Reporting Absences

What to do if you are Feeling Sick and Suspect COVID-19 

Symptoms 

Reported signs and symptoms include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • and/or difficulty breathing. 

If you think you have the symptoms of COVID-19, please stay at home and call 8-1-1, or your family doctor/nurse practitioner.

B.C.'s online self-assessment tool for COVID-19 can help determine if you need further assessment or testing. You can also download the app here.

People without symptoms, or those with mild symptoms who can be managed at home, should not be tested. The exception is health-care workers with COVID-19 infection who have recovered and require a negative test prior to returning to work.

Testing

Testing will occur by appointment for people who have been referred by their primary care provider or an 8-1-1 nurse.

Contact Us

Out of respect for the health and safety of the working and learning environment on our campuses, Okanagan College would ask any member of the College community diagnosed with a coronavirus infection (student, employee, contractor, on-campus visitor) to communicate as quickly as possible with the College:

Students: 

Contact the Registrar’s Office (registrar@okanagan.bc.ca or 250 762-5445, ext. 5417)

All others:

Central Okanagan (Kelowna) – 250 762-5445, ext. 4789

South Okanagan-Similkameen (Penticton) – 250 492-4305, ext. 3216

North Okanagan (Vernon) – 250 545-7291, ext 2206

Shuswap-Revelstoke (Salmon Arm) – 250 832-2126 ext. 8239

 

Reporting an Absence - Process if you are Ill and Initiating Self-Isolation

If you are a student:

  • If you are feeling ill, stay home
  • Contact your instructor if you will miss class due to feeling unwell or are initiating self-isolation (here are the current guidelines and information for who should self-isolate in B.C). Note: anyone returning from international travel as of March 12, should self-isolate for 14 days, per the Public Health Officer.
  • If you have been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection (COVID-19), please see above for whom to notify.
  • If you are feeling unwell and unsure what to do, B.C.'s self-assessment tool for COVID-19 can help determine if you need further assessment or testing. You are also encouraged to contact your primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1, if you feel you may have been exposed to the virus. 

If you are an employee:

  • If you are feeling ill, stay home
  • Contact your supervisor as soon as possible to let them know you are feeling unwell or are initiating self-isolation (here are the current guidelines and information for who should self-isolate in B.C.).
  • All employees are expected to comply with the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) including the recommendations with respect to out of country travel. As of March 12, the Government of Canada has advised residents to avoid all non-essential travel out of the country until further notice.
  • Note: anyone returning from international travel as of March 12, should self-isolate for 14 days, per the Public Health Officer.
  • If you are feeling unwell and unsure what to do, B.C.'s self-assessment tool for COVID-19 can help determine if you need further assessment or testing. You are also encouraged to contact your primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1, if you feel you may have been exposed to the virus.
  • You may wish to refer to your collective agreement, terms and conditions of employment, and Human Resource procedures for helpful information. If you have a question about a policy or procedure, please contact Human Resources