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Okanagan College’s COVID-19 safety planning
Okanagan College is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and working environment for our students, employees and visitors. To deal with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has developed a series of safety protocols, re-occupancy guides, and contingency plans that adhere to federal and provincial health and safety guidelines, as dictated by WorkSafeBC, the Provincial Health Officer and others.
At the root of our response is an expectation that anyone attending one of our campuses or learning centres will self-assess and will not come to learn, work or visit if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone who does come and displays symptoms will be asked to leave. They should follow the advice provided by the provincial government.
We have instituted a series of protocols that ensure safe social distancing, and which include enhanced cleaning.
Okanagan College's Safety Plan is based upon a WorksafeBC template to ensure we are meeting expectations as an employer and will be following the Post Secondary COVID 19 Go-Forward Guidelines and any other directives issued by the Provincial Health Officer or by Interior Health.
Campus re-occupancy guides
A message from Meri Kim Oliver, Vice President Students
Sept. 3, 2020: As we draw close to the start of the fall semester, there are several important initiatives that we want to alert students to, in relation to Okanagan College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Development of a College directive pertaining to on-campus use of non-surgical masks
- A requirement for students coming to campus to complete a course on our Moodle platform that pertains to the College’s exposure mitigation controls, as well as a self-reporting acknowledgement form is part of the course
- Development of a directive regarding how to report unsafe behaviour relating to COVID-19 risk mitigation
- A directive outlining processes regarding students who may present symptoms associated with COVID-19 while on-campus, and the process regarding safe return to campus for students following COVID-19 symptoms
- Access to libraries at our campuses in the fall, following strict health and safety plans.
These initiatives are all integral to our responsibilities to collectively maintain the safe, healthy learning and working environments to which we are committed. The directives have been developed in compliance with directions from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC, The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and the Go-Forward Guidelines for Post-Secondary developed by the province.
They have also been discussed and reviewed with student association leaders and have been vetted by the College’s COVID-19 Steering Committee, the Operations Implementation Team and the Student Experience Team. They supplement the College’s already-developed COVID-19 Safety Plan, its Exposure Control Plan, the campus-specific Re-Occupancy Guides and the program- and event-specific Health and Safety Plans.
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Frequently asked questions
For those considering study in Fall 2020
How will COVID-19 affect my admission to the College?
Okanagan College is committed to ensuring the application and admission processes remain as smooth as possible, and is working hard to ensure your application will be evaluated fairly, even if you have experienced disruptions due to COVID-19. Visit the Admissions page for more information and specific questions.
What services are available to me while learning from home?
Okanagan College services are still available, and many offer remote options for contacting individuals and departments. Check out this directory in Remote Services how to contact departments like Student Success Centre, the Library, Registrar’s Office and Student Services.
I have limited access to technology. Do you have computers available to students?
Laptops are available for loan through IT Services. Students can call ahead (1-866-839-4032) and IT Services can arrange to have hardware made available for you.
Where can I get support with learning online?
The College has several informative links available on the Online Resources page especially for students. It includes information on where you can access equipment, online learning platforms like Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate. For students with academic accommodations that may be more challenging on an online environment, Accessibility Services will reach out to you via email. However, if you have any questions about receiving academic accommodations, please contact your Accessibility Services Coordinator or email email@example.com.
For students considering financial implications
What financial support and resources are available to students?
The Financial Aid and Awards office is available to consult with students about financial support and resource options. Contact the department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
How do I access provincial or federal financial assistance?
How do I access provincial or federal financial assistance? There are different assistance plans available:
- Canadian Emergency Student Benefit
- Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit
- BC COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information
- BC Housing
- Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
I have other questions about finances. Who should I contact?
Please visit the Financial Aid and Awards webpage for additional FAQs, information and contact details.
What is the status of the Library?
Okanagan College's Library is offering services during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit Library's webpage for details about what is available.
What is the status of the Learning Centre/Student Success Centre?
Learning Centre / Student Success Centres are providing academic support to students remotely.
What is the status of OC Bookstores?
OC Bookstores are taking online orders. Visit their website to place an order.
What is the status of food services on campus?
Food services on campus are closed at this time. Note: on the Kelowna campus, OC Culinary and Pastry Arts programs, in conjunction with the Okanagan College Students’ Union, are offering a free meal program called OC Serves Up. Students can apply to request a meal by emailing: email@example.com.
What is the status of recreation facilities on campus?
Recreation facilities on campuses are currently closed.
What is happening with student housing?
For inquiries about Okanagan College Student Housing at the Kelowna campus, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the status of OC's Convocation ceremonies?
After polling graduating students on their wishes, Okanagan College made the decision to postpone Convocation ceremonies. Please stay tuned for details.
What is the status of events?
Okanagan College is following guidelines and orders from the Provincial Health Office and in-person events more than 50 people are cancelled. As fall approaches, Okanagan College will determine what in-person events can move forward safely for all participants. Check out our Events Calendar for information.
In the meantime, check out these virtual events and activities:
As an international student, what impact does COVID-19 have on my immigration status?
Contact the International Services department for questions about immigration and health insurance for international students.
As an international student, do I need to stay in the country?
Okanagan College students in degree or diploma programs who are planning to travel home may do so. This applies to all international students, as alternate modes of course delivery are or will soon be in place. If you are taking English as a Second Language (ESL) or English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, please consult with your instructor, preferably via email or phone, to assess arrangements to allow you to complete these courses when you return to your country.
For questions about study permits and other international-student questions, visit this webpage.
What about international travel?
The federal government announced that the Canadian border is closed to foreign nationals as of March 17. Those exempt from crossing closure include: Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, their family members, air crews, diplomatic staff, residents of the United States, as well as commercial and trade shipments.
I have more questions as an International student. Who should I talk to?
Please contact the International Department online.
Are Co-op interviews being suspended?
No. Many employers are willing to do phone or video interviews and the co-op department is assisting them in doing so.
I am a Co-op employer. How do I apply for funding?
Visit this resource page in the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment section for details.
I have questions relating to Co-op. Who should I contact?
Touch base with the Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment department with inquiries.