Welcome to 2021! I hope you’re all feeling rested and recharged after the holiday break and that you found some time to celebrate all that you accomplished last year.
As we return to learning — whether from home or on campus — I want to take this opportunity to remind you where to find BCIT’s latest COVID-19 safety information. The BCIT COVID-19 page is your one-stop-shop for safety updates. Here you will find the BCIT Go-Forward Plan, an important document which outlines the safety measures and guidelines for programming that BCIT has in place to help protect our community. On the COVID-19 page you will also find the latest COVID-19 updates, and links to essentials tools and resources for visiting campus.
A few reminders to start our new year on the right foot:
- Please do not come to campus if you are feeling unwell. Attending class with even mild symptoms can threaten the safety of our community. You must also complete The Province of BC’s Self-Assessment Tool each day you plan on coming to campus.
- Wash your hands frequently, continue to physical distance, and strictly follow your department’s Safety Plan.
- Wear a mask in all common areas including hallways, stairwells, and elevators or in areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Download our Safety Wise app for convenient access to campus safety information and updates, as well as the Self-Assessment Tool, found in the “Safety Toolbox” section.
On December 18, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training released a new edition of the COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s Post-Secondary Sector. These guidelines help post-secondary institutions operate safely while minimizing the risks associated with COVID-19. BCIT’s Go-Forward Plan was developed to reflect the BC provincial guidelines and we will continue to update our plan to ensure they are aligned. View the Go-Forward Plan here.
We can also expect to hear an update from the Provincial Health Officer in the coming days. Look to your email and the BCIT COVID-19 page for new announcements.
Director, Safety, Security and Emergency Management