Return to Campus update for Aug. 31, 2021
Good afternoon JIBC Community,
As you are likely aware, members of the BC Association of Institutes and Universities, of which JIBC is a proud member, committed last week to investigating additional measures for educational activities beyond those covered by the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
JIBC will not be introducing any additional measures (e.g., rapid testing or proof of vaccine beyond discretionary activities covered by the Provincial Health Officer order) at this time, though we will continue to monitor and be ready to adjust if necessary.
JIBC will continue with the current measures — our communicable disease plan requirements plus current PHO requirements for mandatory masks in indoor public settings effective Aug. 25, and proof of vaccination for non-essential activities on campus effective Sept.13. These measures, combined with extremely high community vaccination rates, provide us with confidence that our plans for a return to campus are sufficient at this time. Your health and safety are always top of mind and will remain our priority, always.
Here is what you need to know as you Return to Campus on Sept. 7, 2021:
- Perform a daily personal health assessment and stay away if ill.
- Use of masks indoors is mandatory in all indoor common/shared spaces.
Please provide your own mask, however back-up masks are always available at security and/or campus administrators if needed.
- Follow signage for the most current guidance re. masks, occupancy, distance or direction.
- Hand sanitization stations are in place at entrances and main hallways.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures remain in place, and ventilation systems will continue to be maintained in accordance with industry standards and WorkSafe BC requirements.
- Proof of vaccine for discretionary on-campus activities (e.g., fitness room, intramural or social activities, and potentially cafeteria seating area) will be required as of Sept. 13.
Should anything change about requirements for on-campus attendance, we will advise you accordingly.
Last, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and to let you know that we are eager to start what I know will be a tremendous new JIBC semester and to wish you continued success with your studies.
Dr. Michel Tarko
JIBC President and CEO
Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.