Trinity Western University is preparing for a safe return to face-to-face learning this fall.
Updated: June 10, 2021
As recently announced by President Husbands, Trinity Western University is excited to welcome students for a safe return to face-to-face learning this fall! Please review the various sections below for details on health & safety, courses & academics, housing, and travel.
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE
With conditions continuing to improve in British Columbia surrounding COVID-19—represented by declining case counts and hospitalizations as well as an increase in vaccination rates—we have many indications pointing to a September that will be closer to a post-pandemic normal. In early May during a town hall for senior post-secondary leaders, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, directed post-secondary institutions in B.C. to prepare to transition out of the global pandemic for the upcoming fall semester. More recently, Dr. Henry hosted a follow-up conversation with post-secondary institution student leaders providing more insight on what campus life and learning will look like this Fall.
The B.C. Restart plan —a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together—forecasts September 7, 2021, as a target date for as close to a 'return to normal' as can be expected given that COVID-19 will not be fully eliminated worldwide, and we will likely have to learn to live with it as part of preventing respiratory illnesses in general. Moving through all four steps successfully will be contingent on continuing to see declining COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations and mortality rates, alongside an increasing provincial vaccination rate.
As of early June, approximately 70%+ of adults ages 18+ in B.C. have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and the positive impact is already evident in the significant decrease in cases and hospitalizations across the province. The B.C. Ministry of Health is projecting most people ages 12+ can receive their second dose by end of August 2021—and be considered fully vaccinated. Additional information on access to vaccines for all students is available below under the "Vaccine Support" section.
While we have received initial guidance in the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer, we are anticipating detailed instruction from the provincial government in the updated COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector, which is expected to be made available mid-June. Once we receive these guidelines, we will update our 2021/2022 TWU COVID-19 Safety Plan for implementation in August ahead of the fall semester.
As B.C. moves through Steps 2 and 3 of the Restart Plan, the TWU Public Health Team will continue to update our interim guidelines in accordance with provincial guidelines and restrictions. These guidelines are available on the TWU Life App for current students and can be found on SharePoint for employees.
If you are seeking additional guidance or information on COVID-19 immunizations, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine resource page where you will find resources from the B.C. Center for Disease Control, B.C. Public Health and many other Frequently Asked Questions.
We are encouraged that international students who have not been vaccinated will have access to the BC immunization program for first and/or second doses of COVID-19 vaccine once in British Columbia.
TWU strongly encourages vaccination against COVID-19. As a Christian academic institution we value science, accept the evidence that vaccines work and are safe, and we support public health. We believe that God calls us to care for the broader community, and we desire to see people protected from severe illness and death. In alignment with BC Public Health, COVID-19 vaccine is not required for TWU students or employees.
You can review TWU's official position on the COVID-19 vaccine here.
COURSES & ACADEMICS
TWU is preparing for the majority of courses to be delivered face-to-face this fall. Exceptions are those designated as online (OL) courses and a limited number of other courses that will be identified later this summer.
The guiding principles outlined in the Primer have supported some important first steps in our preparations. Public Health has indicated physical distancing will not be recommended in controlled settings like classrooms, which allows for the feasible resumption of in-person learning within the COVID Safety Plan. This does not mean all campus activities will function without core public health measures, rather the level of vaccination within our population will provide a level of protection, allowing some personal protective measures to be safely modified.
On-campus housing will be close to full capacity (80-90%) again this fall. There will be roommates again in residence as well as some single-occupancy accommodation. We have reserved spaces for students ill with or exposed to, COVID-19 who will require isolation per B.C. public health guidelines. Our Community Life and TWU Public Health teams will provide support to any affected students.
While spaces are filling up quickly, there does still remain space for Room & Board applicants. Students are encouraged to inquire through our housing office at twu.ca/housing
Further information regarding Canadian border access and travel-related quarantine requirements will be communicated once we have received guidance from the federal government. We will be updating this page as information becomes available.
For those students physically unable to return to campus due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we will consider necessary accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
PHYSICAL CAMPUS UPDATES
Langley & Richmond
Trinity Western’s Langley and Richmond campuses are planning for a safe return to face-to-face learning this Fall. This is based on provincial public health no longer requiring physical distancing in controlled settings (i.e., classrooms). Safety plans will include considerations for cleaning, hand hygiene, recommended daily self-assessments, and other core public health measures.
Laurentian Leadership Center (Ottawa)
The LLC has a group of excited students ready to join them this fall and a final decision regarding the structure of their semester will be made by the end of July 2021 in accordance with local and provincial Public Health guidance in Ontario.
COMMUNITY QUESTIONS FORM
TWU community members with additional questions or concerns relating to such topics as illness prevention, physical or mental health, class absences, and online learning options are encouraged to submit questions using the link below to direct them to the appropriate area.
For all other inquiries, please contact us by email or phone at (888) 468-6898.