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COVID-19 return to operations
The safety of our students, faculty and staff, and the wider community is our first priority. As BCIT prepares for a gradual re-opening of its campuses and before a final decision is made to allow faculty, staff, and students to return to specific on-campus programs, we have implemented the following mandatory procedures as per WorkSafe BC requirements to ensure all safe work protocols are addressed.
All faculty and staff must follow the policies, guidelines, and procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Your compliance is critical to protecting not only your health but also that of our students, colleagues, and the community.
Before you return to campus
1. Complete the Pandemic Exposure online course
This mandatory 30-minute online course, “BCIT Pandemic Exposure Control Plan,” will give you critical information to help protect your health while reducing risk to others while you are on campus. You will learn:
- the responsibilities of key groups in the workplace during a pandemic
- the routes of respiratory disease transmission, and
- how to protect yourself using risk-control measures.
You are required to take this course once, prior to returning to campus. Take this free self-guided course now on the Employee Learning Hub.
*2. Complete the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) New Employee Orientation online course
This 90-minute online course is part of the BCIT COVID-19 Safety Plan and provides critical safety information at BCIT that employees need to be aware of before joining BCIT or returning to work or activities on campus.
You are required to take this online course within 30 days of hire, or prior to returning to campus. You will need to review the OHS NEO checklist (downloadable from this course or from ShareSpace) with your supervisor and upload it to the course to complete it. Take this self-guided course now on the Employee Learning Hub.
3. Health screening
To assist health screening, before attending campus, a BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool is available to anyone and can be used to help assess symptoms and determine if you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
4. Review the following return-to-work information
- Your site-specific risk assessment
- Your site-specific Return to Campus Plan (posted on-site)
- Guidelines for Working Alone
- Self-Assessment and Protecting Others During COVID-19
When you’re on campus
When you are on campus, be vigilant about following the safety rules below. Remember, you are protecting yourself and others. If you feel sick, notify your colleagues and do not come to campus.
- Do not come to campus if you are sick or exhibit any of the symptoms of COVID-19, a cold or the flu.
- Do not come to campus if you are self-isolating.
- Maintain physical distancing (2 metres) at all times.
- Do not touch your face unless your hands have just been sanitized.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Wash your hands both before and after class, before and after using the washroom, and often throughout the day.
- Ensure only one person uses the washroom at a time.
- Follow your site-specific safety protocols.
During these uncertain times, our community’s health and safety remain our highest priority. This includes an ongoing commitment to mental health and wellbeing.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your health and safety at the workplace, report to your manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find more information about health and safety at BCIT:
The COVID19 Employee Orientation [PDF] contains information for faculty and staff on returning to BCIT programming and campuses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This information outlines safety guidelines which are consistent with those of BC’s Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC, as well as a link to a mandatory “Pandemic Exposure” online course.
Remote working for faculty and staff
BCIT has transitioned to remote work for faculty and staff on an as-possible basis. Our IT team has developed a helpful one-page guide so departments and school leaders can establish processes that support their individual teams in working remotely.
We recognize that staff who provide critical on-campus supports will still need to physically attend campus. Emergency Operations Centre representatives are doing an additional assessment of the areas that need to retain a physical presence to identify and deliver additional preventative measures to protect our valued faculty and staff.
If you have any questions, please contact your dean, manager, or supervisor.
Faculty members are working with their Dean or Associate Dean to optimize the online learning and teaching experience.
Part-time Studies instructors scheduled to teach in the summer semester should have received a communication from BCIT confirming contracts and delivery methods. All courses at BCIT during the summer semester (June – August, 2020) are primarily online in an e-learning format.