CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY DETAILS
UPDATE: June 10, 2021
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.
All visitors and residents of our TWU Campuses and spaces are expected to follow the documents below before coming to one of our campuses and while on site.
A self-assessment tool, developed with the BC Ministry of Health, will help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or on behalf of someone else if they are unable to.
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.
REPORT OF SELF-ISOLATION/ ILLNESS
For students living in residence on the Langley campus who are self-isolating. Please use the following link to complete a Report of Self-Isolation.
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 (888) 468-6898.