Return to Campus guidance from PHO
I am pleased to report that at the end of the day yesterday the province released the revised Return to Campus guidance we’ve all been eagerly awaiting. The Provincial Health Office also published a detailed order late yesterday that provides greater detail and clarity on wearing masks at the College.
I encourage every member of the OC community to take a moment to read through the Return to Campus guidance as it re-affirms our personal responsibility in keeping ourselves and our campuses healthy this fall, as mentioned in yesterday’s message.
Some of you had questions about the response rate of OC’s student/employee vaccination rate survey. We received responses from 2,724 of 6,593 students surveyed (41.3%), 605 of 1,096 employees (55.2%), and 27 of 47 individuals who are both students and employees (57.4%).
Mask order clarification
- Students, employees, and members of the public are required to wear non-medical masks in all public indoor spaces, including classrooms and other indoor instructional settings (e.g., labs and shops), except for the following:
- Instructional staff, students, and other presenters do not need to wear a mask when presenting in a classroom, lab, or shop if they are behind a barrier or can maintain two metres of physical distance from others in the room;
- Employees, students, and members of the public can remove their mask to consume food or drink while seated in areas designated for the consumption of food and drink;
- Employees, students, and members of the public can remove their mask if they are in a room by themselves or are separated from others by a barrier.
- Students seeking accommodation for a mask exemption must contact Accessibility Services and follow the Accessibility Academic Accommodations for Students Policy.
- Instructional staff will be notified if they have a student in their class, lab, or shop who has been granted accommodation regarding mask wearing.
- Employees seeking accommodation for a mask exemption must contact Human Resources and follow the Accommodation of Employees Policy.
- Read more in the College’s revised mask directive.
Proof of vaccination to access discretionary services, businesses and events and on-campus housing
We learned yesterday that details on the implementation of proof of vaccination for students living on-campus housing are still forthcoming. Visit the Province’s Proof of Vaccination page to see how you can get ready for Sept. 13 and the rollout of the card.
Thank you for your patience during this period of uncertainty, during what is normally a joyous and exciting time – Orientation week. We will continue to actively support any students who have questions and concerns. Rest assured, our team members will help you navigate this time of transition, so that your focus can remain where it should – on your well-being and your studies.
We will continue to post updates and new FAQS on the College’s COVID-19 / Return to Campus page.
Wishing you a safe and restful long weekend. Whether you’re a new or returning student or team member, welcome to Fall 2021 at OC.
President, Okanagan College
Tags: COVID-19, COVID-19 employees, COVID-19 students
June 14, 2022
The Casorso active transportation corridor (ATC) between Raymer Ave. and KLO Rd. is the latest addition to Kelowna’s cycling network and it is now ready for riders. The B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Honourable Rob Fleming, visited Okanagan College to recognize and celebrate the completion of this project. The College is one of the main destinations connected along the Ethel Casorso ATC corridor stretching from Downtown Kelowna to the Pandosy Urban Centre. “Having safe and convenient routes for walking, cycling and acti...Read more...
June 7, 2022
Grads of Okanagan College’s Animation Diploma program are finding their skills have never been in higher demand. First- and second-year students showed samples of their artwork and demo reels to industry partners at OC’s annual Animation Industry Night on May 17. “Lots of the work was very professional,” says James Wood, Chair of Okanagan College’s Animation Department. “Our program is short, but intense. The instructors make sure the students have a realistic understanding of what they need do to succeed in a competitive and demanding wo...Read more...
May 30, 2022
Business students from Okanagan College are once again able to travel to Jyväskylä, Finland to experience an international summer school at the JAMK University of Applied Sciences. Finland’s education system is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. OC Business Professor Blair Baldwin, who has taught Services Design at JAMK for several summers, says working in Finland has helped him innovate and create new teaching methodologies. “JAMK employs experiential learning across its curriculum,” he says. “They stress critical thinkin...Read more...
May 27, 2022
Okanagan College students will once again be competing for the Canadian title after qualifying for the Enactus National Exposition with a first-place finish in their league during the semi-final round. Enactus teams at post-secondary institutions across Canada competed virtually earlier this month, and Okanagan College scooped up top position in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge, and runner-up in the Scotiabank Climate Action Challenge for the Unusually Good Food Co. project. It also included national runner-up in Shaw and RBC accelerators...Read more...