The Provincial Health Officer recently advised the possibility of a gradual relaxation of the restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. However, given the large size of BCIT and other post-secondary institutions, compared to other entities, we do not expect an immediate effect on our classes.
For this reason, for the summer semester (June – August, 2020) we will continue to schedule new and ongoing classes remotely in an e-learning format similar to the current semester. Should the COVID-19 situation improve, we may gradually supplement our remote classes with field, lab, and shop sessions.
We base our decisions on the information from the Provincial Health Officer, augmented by BCIT’s own Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) department. OHS inspects teaching and learning environments and issues Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines prior to returning any spaces to operation. When safe to do so, we will strive to return as many spaces to operations as possible, but will always err on the side of caution. The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount.
An announcement with respect to the Fall semester beginning in September 2020 will be shared shortly.