Post-secondary go-forward guidelines
The COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.'s Post-Secondary Sector were developed by experts from the B.C. post-secondary sector and provide guidance to post-secondary institutions for education, research and on-campus services.
Institutions must ensure they are abiding by any Orders, notices, or guidance issued by the Provincial Health Officer and their local health authority. The protocols will be periodically updated, as necessary, to align with evolving guidance from the Provincial Health Officer.
Principles and guidelines for return to campus
The UNBC COVID-19 Principles and Guidelines for Resumption of Face-to-face Services and Activities on Campus support programs and departments with the return to on-campus planning to reduce the risk to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff while COVID-19 remains present.
The document includes information on the following:
- Phased and scaled approach for re-entry
- Mental health and wellness
- Daily assessments
- Reducing risk of transmission
- Public health measures
- Physical distancing
- Engineering and administrative control examples
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Risk assessment and hazard identification
- Guidelines for environmental changes to spaces
- Process for re-opening of face-to-face service areas
Exposure control plan checklist
Effective immediately, if a department or program is considering returning additional students, faculty, staff, researchers and/or clients to any campus, they must conduct a risk assessment of their areas based on these provided guideline principles.
This is necessary for the University to complete an ‘on-campus work’ plan that ensures the return of additional individuals to campus is safe and supports the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and researchers.
Complete the Exposure Control Plan Checklist following the steps outlined in the guidelines above. A team from the safety and facilities office will work with you to help perform the assessment and identify the risks of physical spaces. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if further assistance is required.
Send the completed Exposure Control Plan Checklist and any specific sector or industry requirement safety plans for your area to email@example.com for review and final sign off by the Joint Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC).
Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8, we are recommending that those in our community who can wear a mask should wear one in public spaces.
We recommend wearing face-coverings in hallways, stairways, atriums and other high-traffic areas where two-metre physical distancing might not be achievable for extended periods of time. It is important to maintain a safe distance even when wearing a mask. Remember, a mask is not a substitute for physical distancing.
Some people in our community may not be able to wear a mask for medical or other reasons. Please be kind to each other and respect the choices that individuals make to protect themselves and those around them.