COVID-19

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Students

Based on guidance from public health, in-person classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 10, for those that have not already started. Please continue to check this page and the Important Dates page or contact your professors/instructors if you have questions about the start date and delivery of your classes.

Read the latest notices

This page provides information for OC students. Visit the COVID-19 page for general information.

What to do if you are sick

OC strongly encourages everyone to refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website for details on self-isolation, self-monitoring and testing. Find out more by clicking on the links below.

6 things you need to know to be on campus

Wondering what the latest guidance is? Here is a condensed primer on the 6 daily requirements people need to know as they head back to campus.

Notices

Jan 14, 2022

Okanagan College received the following COVID-19 update from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training on Jan. 13, 2022: 

Jan 10, 2022

In regard to the Omicron variant, Okanagan College understands that many students and employees will have questions about what do to if sick or…

Jan 7, 2022

Okanagan College received the following update from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training on Friday, Jan. 7. Note: Okanagan…

Jan 6, 2022

Hello to the OC community, 

First, I’d like to express my gratitude to the many team members across Okanagan College who over the past few…

Dec 30, 2021

Hello OC students, 

I hope you are enjoying a restful holiday…

Frequently asked questions

Health

If you are sick, please stay home. Consult the B.C. COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed, and contact 811 or your healthcare provider for medical advice as necessary. 

If you do test positive for COVID-19, please notify your instructor(s) and follow provincial health guidance around self-isolation and monitoring and testing

Follow the instructions on the What to do if you are sick page. Individuals experiencing symptoms should stay home, use the B.C. COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed, and contact 811 or their healthcare provider for medical advice as necessary. Find the assessment tool here: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en. If you miss class because of illness, contact your instructor(s).

  • You are required to do a personal daily health check for COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • If you are sick or feeling unwell, please stay home.  
  • Follow the instructions on the What to do if you are sick page, including following provincial health guidance on self-isolation and testing

Receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, and subsequent booster doses, are safe and effective ways to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. With increased COVID-19 activity across the Interior, getting your booster dose is a critical step you can take to reduce your risk of hospitalization and to preserve capacity in the health-care system. 

Visit Interior Health’s Immunization Clinics to book your first or second doses, and for information about booster clinics. 

If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed, know that you are not alone and that help is available.   

  • OC Counselling Services: book an appointment   
  • Here2Talk: This is a 24/7 mental health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. Confidential, free, single-session services are available by app, phone and online chat: http://here2talk.ca/    
  • The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Alternatively, you can call directly into the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050, or online: https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.com/.  

The Province of BC offers the 24/7 Here2Talk service to all BC post-secondary students, via app, phone and web.

There are many apps to choose from when it comes to mental health and wellness. As individual needs vary, here are a few options to see what works best for you:

Lifeworks developed Build your self-care toolkit, a portal that features articles, videos and additional tips and tricks about small steps everyone can take to build resiliency and support self-care.

Studying at OC

Most programs and courses are currently being delivered in-person. OC is following public health guidance regarding the COVID-19 prevention measures in place on campus While our structured settings are deemed low risk and transmission of COVID-19 on B.C. post-secondary campuses remains uncommon, post-secondary institutions have been instructed to expect and plan for increased absences in the coming weeks. Educational delivery may need to adjust (I.e. a class could be cancelled for the week or move online temporarily) in the case of instructor absences.  

The College will ensure students are kept informed promptly of any change in planned delivery for programs or individual classes. Okanagan College is actively planning to ensure continuity of classes and services, while supporting students and employees to stay home when ill.

Check classfinder. You will be notified by the College or your instructor if there is any change to the planned modality of your class.

Moodle is the College’s online learning system package designed to help teachers easily create online courses – and students can access course materials from anywhere at any time.   

myOkanagan is the main portal to access web-based College services like your student records, course schedule, the OC wireless network and email. You can also connect to Moodle through this portal. Log in to myOkanagan. Reminder: you will need your 300-number to log in.

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing/webinar platform designed for use in online teaching. This tool uses audio, video and chat tools to create virtual classrooms and meeting spaces where learning material can be shared and discussed. Webinar rooms include a collaborative whiteboard tool that allows you to interact with your peers and instructor in real time. 

Follow these steps for connecting to your Collaborate experience: 

  1. To join a Collaborate session, click the green "Join session" button on the Collaborate activity page in your course 
    • Tip: Use Google Chrome™ with your Collaborate room for the best experience 
  2. After joining, give Collaborate permission to use your Camera and Microphone (if using) 
  3. Take a few moments to explore the Collaborate tools: 
    • Raise your hand to ask a question or get the Moderators attention 
    • Click the microphone icon to turn on your mic and speak to the room 
    • Click on the camera icon to enable your camera so the room can see you 
    • Click on the Collaborate Panel icon to access session tools 
    • Click on the Chat icon to chat with other participants and your teacher 
    • Click the settings menu to set up your camera and microphone 
    • The Attendees icon lets you see who else is in the session 

All campuses have a number of study/learning spaces available on the campus sites and all buildings are equipped with wifi. In Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton, please inquire about potential options at the Regional Dean’s Office. On the Kelowna campus, you can book a study room on the OC Support room booking system managed by the Library. 

We recognize that anxiety around COVID-19 will persist for some time and that each student's personal health situation and concerns will be different. If you have a documented medical condition which will require an accommodation, please visit the Accessibility Services webpage to complete the intake and medical documentation forms.

Safety measures

Yes, good-quality, well-fitting, three-layer masks are required for all individuals in indoor settings while at any of OC’s campuses. Please ensure you wear your mask properly, covering the nose and mouth. Find the full details in Okanagan College's mask directive.

Physical distancing is not required but it is encouraged, where possible. Students and employees are encouraged to respect the personal space of others, noting that everyone’s concept of personal space and comfort with being around and in close proximity to others will be different. Anyone in indoor common areas must be masked, following the provincial/PSI mask mandate and the College’s mask directive.

Health checks are a personal responsibility for each individual at Okanagan College. Personal health checks should be completed daily. If you are sick and/or have symptoms, please stay home.

The Provincial Health Officer has mandated that proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for students living in shared accommodation (student housing) and those studying in health-care and some other fields where clinical placements are required. OC will contact you directly if vaccination is required for your education or employment. Proof of vaccination via BC Vaccine Card QR Code confirmation is also required to attend some discretionary events on campuses. Learn more about the BC Vaccine Card on the Province of BC website.

Campus facilities and services

View campus maps and other useful information about campus services on each of our campuses in KelownaPentictonSalmon Arm, and Vernon.

The Campus Administration offices (Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton) and the Registrar’s Office (Kelowna) are open and staff are available to assist you with admissionregistrationfee payment and several other requests. However, many questions can be answered by reviewing our website or logging into myOkanagan and using one of the many self-service options available. 

All campus libraries are open. See the Library website for hours, facilities and resources.

Campus Bookstores continue to remain open with both in-person and online ordering options. Please refer to https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/bookstore for more information.

Parking passes can be purchased in the Registrar’s Office (Kelowna) and the Campus Administration Offices (Penticton and Vernon). No pass is required for Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. 
Find out more at www.okanagan.bc.ca/parking.

In Kelowna, Infusions takeout has resumed, and cold beverage and snack vending options are available at every campus. In addition, for students experiencing food insecurity, students can request a meal through OC Serves Up by emailing: ocservesup@ocsu.ca. 

For updates on third-party options, visit the Food Services webpage.

Okanagan College Student Housing at the Kelowna campus is operational. For information, contact housing_klo@okanagan.bc.ca.

Yes, each campus has student meeting rooms available for the purpose of group study, mostly in campus libraries but also in some other buildings, including the E building in Kelowna. Many of these rooms can be booked online. Masks are mandatory in study rooms.

Yes, there are many awards, scholarships and bursaries available to students at Okanagan College.  Learn more at https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/financial-aid-and-awards.

The OC Fitness Facilities in Kelowna and Penticton are currently closed following PHO guidance on fitness facilities. Stay tuned for the reopening date on the website and social media. If you are a new student, you will need to purchase a gym pass for a one-time fee of $10. You can do this at the Registrar’s office or online at www.okanagan.bc.ca/kelownastudentlife.  Visit Athletics, Recreation and Student Life in S108 in Kelowna if you have any questions. 

Athletics, Recreation and Student Life will be offering activities in accordance with public health orders. Check out the Student Life page to get involved. 

Events and Convocation

OC is committed to the health and safety of students and employees, so any in-person activities offered will follow guidance and orders from the Provincial Health Office and Interior Health. Find out more:  www.okanagan.bc.ca/events.

Find the latest information about Orientation at www.okanagan.bc.ca/orientation.

International Students

Contact Okanagan College's International Education Department: inted@okanagan.bc.ca for the latest updates and guidance.

Online classes will be synchronous (in real-time).

Yes, face-to-face and online classes will cost the same.

Yes, Success Centre Coordinators will be available to assist students in person on all four campuses and online via Moodle and the Success Centres website.

Online resources and IT Services

The College has resources that can be accessed 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. If you require academic support with learning, connect with the Student Success Centre at your campus to build skills that will help you learn. 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 accessibility@okanagan.bc.ca.

Campus libraries provide access to desktop computers.

Still have questions? Concerns?

OC understands that returning to campus is prompting a lot of questions. If you still have questions after reading the information above, or have concerns, please contact us.

Available services

Learn how to access services in-person or online and find hours and contact information.

Get involved

OC is a tight-knit community. Join in on the fun on campus and through virtual events.

Online resources

Need help making the transition to online learning or instructions to learning platforms?

Your health

OC cares about your mental and physical health. Check out info and supports available to you.