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New Image College COVID-19 Restart Plan
Protocols for Safe Campus Operations

Protocols for Safe Campus Operations

Introduction

The New Image College COVID-19 Return to Normal Guidelines provide updated public health guidance to support the full return to in-person education at New Image College.

Protecting the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors remains a top priority, while keeping adaptability in mind as conditions change.

New Image College have already demonstrated remarkable resilience and adaptability by quickly shifting to remote and hybrid learning to remain open and available for learners in March 2020. Since we have been back to full campus activities and throughout clear expectation, policies and procedures combined with all efforts to minimize the transmission of COVID-19, we believe that we can certainly adapt to living with both COVID-19 as we do with other manageable seasonal ailments such as influenza.

Guiding Principles

Safe operations on our campus are guided by the following principles:

  • Our top priority is the health and safety of our community
  • We recognize the benefits of in-person instruction and services and will add these when safety permits
  • We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic situation is ever-changing, and we must be flexible and adaptable in our approach

Guiding Structure

This plan is informed by COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines for the post-secondary sector, WorkSafe BC Guidelines, Provincial Health Officer recommendations, and other health and safety frameworks.

Core New Image College Health Measures

New Image College believes that we can all contribute personally and professionally by getting vaccinated, following campus safety plans, performing our daily health check, staying home when sick, wearing marks as required, following handwashing and hygiene etiquette, and following public health guidance both on and off campus. It is up to each one of us to do our part, but it our collective efforts that will make a difference.

Core measures that are expected to remain in place in September 2021, until otherwise determined by the Provincial Health Officer include:

 

Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene is actively promoted. New Image College provides and stocks adequate washroom and hand-washing facilities on-site for faculty, employees students, and instructors. Faculty, employees, students, and visitors should wash their hands, including upon arriving on campus, before and after breaks, before and after eating, before food preparation, before and after sporting activities, after handling cash or other materials, before and after handling common tools and equipment, etc. Instructors are to provide the ability for frequent handwashing or sanitizing. Numerous hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the campus, at entry points, and in corridors to facilitate hand hygiene.

 

Cleaning

Regular and consistent cleaning using “virucidal” agents for effective sanitation in the school and surfaces. Please see Cleaning Protocol below. Educational and public spaces are cleaned routinely.

 

Daily Self-Administered Health Checks

Daily Self-Administered Health Checks are a personal responsibility. Students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors are not required to confirm that they have completed the health self-assessment prior to accessing campus. Individuals experiencing symptoms should stay home, consult the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool to determine if COVID-19 testing is needed, and contact 811 or their healthcare provided for medical advice as necessary.

 

Masks

Non-medical masks may be recommended by public health in some circumstances, depending on local COVID-19 transmission rates. New Image College will continue following the advice of Provincial Health Officer and will ensure the campus community is aware of current masks requirements. An email with new requirement, if any, will be sent to whole New Image College community.

 

Sickness

New Image College has zero-tolerance for any illness symptoms. If employees, students, or instructors are not feeling well, they are asked to stay home and contact the school immediately. Please see Sickness Close Contacts Policy below.

 

Ventilation System

As per WorkSafeBC guidelines, New Image College’s building ventilation systems are in good operation conditions and does not contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

 

Room Occupancy and Traffic

New Image College is not required to manage the flow of pedestrian traffic within building or confined areas, or post occupancy limits for spaces such as classrooms and washrooms.

Educational Activities

Classroom Logistics
The Provincial Health Officer has indicated that there are no limits on the number of participants for in-class educational activities. As such, fall classes are schedule without physical distance requirements.

 

Mental Health Support

New Image College recognizes the importance to promote and provide mental health support services and resources throughout this period as the physical, social, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing of students/faculty/staff may be impacted by COVID-19. We have put together a set of options for all:

 

School Counsellor

It is important to us that you succeed in your studies and career, and we understand that the pressures of everyday life can be overwhelming at times. With that in mind, students and alumni can avail of on-campus confidential counseling courtesy of New Image College. Our counselor, Bill Dyck, is a registered clinical counselor who has over 45 years of experience in the field and is known for being skilled and easy to talk to. Speaking with a counselor can help clarify concerns or situations and open new ways of dealing with them. To book this complimentary service, please contact the Granville Campus’ Front Desk.

Here2Talk: https://here2talk.ca/
Connects students with mental health support when you need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a BC post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counseling and community referral services, conveniently available 14.7 via an app, phone, and web.

Wellness Together Canada: https://ca.portal.gs/
Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counseling with a mental health professional

Sickness Close Contacts Policy

What you need to know
  • Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
  • A COVID-19 test is recommended if:
    • you had a contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and have any one of the symptoms below.
    • you are experiencing symptoms as described below.
  • If you feel unwell and are unsure about your symptoms, contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.
Testing for COVID-19 contacts

You need a COVID-19 test if:

  • You are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 AND
  • You have 1 or more of any of the symptoms listed above.
Symptoms that require testing

For people who do not know if they had a contact with someone with COVID-19, you need a COVID-19 test if you have new or worsening symptoms.

If you have 1 or more of these key symptoms, seek testing as soon as possible:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Difficulty breathing

If you have 2 or more of the symptoms below for more than 24 hours, and they are not related to any other pre-existing conditions, seek testing.

These symptoms are:

  • Sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you have only one of these symptoms, or a symptom that is not on this list and you are able to manage the symptoms at home, stay home until you feel better. If you have any questions, or the symptoms don’t go away contact your health care provider or call 8-1-1.

You should continue to seek care for other medical conditions as needed, even if it’s not related to COVID-19.

Children have similar but milder symptoms to adults.

Should I get tested if I don’t have symptoms?

If you don’t have any symptoms, testing is not recommended even if you are a contact.

In B.C., testing is generally not available through the provincial health care system for people without symptoms including routine screening for employment, travel, school, before surgery or for other health procedures.

If you are unsure, use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

When to get tested
Close Contacts

A close contact is generally someone who has been near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes when health and safety measures were not in place or were insufficient. Health and safety measures include things such as physical barriers or physical distancing of at least 2 metres. If you are wearing a non-medical mask, you may still be considered a close contact. Some interactions that are less than 15 minutes can also be considered close contact.

Key Points
  1. Being a close contact with a person who has COVID-19 can occur in different settings and depends on different situations such as how long you were together, how close you were, what happened during the interaction, if protective measures such as physical distancing were followed, or in other special circumstances
  2. If you are identified by public health as a close contact, you will need to self-isolate and monitor yourself for symptoms.
Who is considered a “close contact” of a person with COVID-19?

Close contact can occur when people have intimate contact, share a room, a house or a workplace, or are in a crowded place where health and safety measures aren’t always being used. You can also be considered a close contact if someone with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs on you. In other situations, public health will need to assess what happened, and decide if someone is a close contact.

You may be a close contact even if you interacted with a person up to 2 days before they showed symptoms.

Some people are asymptomatic and still test positive. You may also be a close contact if you were around them up to 2 days before their positive test.

If public health decides you are a close contact, you have to follow their advice.

What should I do if I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

If you are a close contact of a person who has COVID-19, you need to:

  1. Self-Isolate for 14 days: Self-isolation is important to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others. See the self-isolation page for details about how long you will need to self-isolate and tips on how to self-isolate safely.
  2. Monitor yourself for symptoms: See the symptoms page for the most up-to-date information about which symptoms are associated with COVID-19.
Should I get tested if I am a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

If you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to be tested, unless you are asked to by Public Health. It can take up to 14 days from the last time you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 for symptoms to develop or to have enough virus in your body for a test to detect COVID-19. This is why it is important for you to self-isolate for 14 days and watch for symptoms.

If you get symptoms, you will likely need to get tested. Go to the testing page for more information.

Not sure if you should be tested? Complete the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool.

 

Do I still need to self-isolate for 14 days if I get tested and my test comes back negative?

Yes, if you are tested for COVID-19 and the result is negative, you will need to continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days. There may not have been enough virus in your body to be detected and show a positive test result. This is why is it very important

What do I do if I live with someone who has COVID-19?

If you live with someone who has COVID-19, our handout/webpage for caregivers and household members of those with COVID-19 has information on what you should do to reduce the spread of the virus.

 

What do I do if I live with someone who is a close contact?

If you live with someone who is a close contact, there are steps you can take to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 to others in your home while this person is self-isolating in case they get sick with COVID-19. You may want to limit your contact with people who have a greater chance of getting very sick from COVID-19 such as older people and people with some chronic diseases.

Consider cleaning and disinfecting your home more often – the cleaning and disinfecting page has detailed information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while keeping you safe from harsh

Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols

The College is cleaned and disinfected following the BCCDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings.
 

Cleaning Schedule

New Image College makes use of approved hard-surface disinfectants that have a Drug Identification Number (DIN) for cleaning.  The manufacturer’s instructions for safe use are ready and followed. Products are selected based on the approved list.

  • Public Area Touchpoints 
    • Frequency – Varies, several times per day
    • What is cleaned/wiped – Door Handles/Push Bars, Handrails, Sanitizer Dispensers, Water filling station, light switches, countertops
    • What products are used – Clorox Performance Disinfecting Bleach (DIN: 02488655), Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner (DIN: 02245935)
  • Washrooms
    • Frequency – once a day
    • What is cleaned/wiped – Toilets, Urinals, Countertops, Sinks, Mirrors, Dispensers, Partitions, Door Handle/Push Plates, Floors
    • What products are used – Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner-Disinfectant (DIN: 02407140), Clorox Performance Disinfecting Bleach (DIN: 02488655), Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner (DIN: 02245935).
  • Classrooms
    • Frequency – once a day
    • What is cleaned/wiped – desks, tabletops, chairs, workstations, door Handle/Push Plates, Floors,
    • What products are used – Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner-Disinfectant (DIN: 02407140), Clorox Performance Disinfecting Bleach (DIN: 02488655), Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner (DIN: 02245935), Hand sanitizer: Ethanol Sanitizer (NPN: 80098856).
  • Private Office Areas
    • Frequency – Weekly
    • What is cleaned/wiped – desks, tabletops, chairs, Door Handle/Push Plates, Floors, computer keyboards, mouse, telephone, light switch
    • What products are used – Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner-Disinfectant (DIN: 02407140), Clorox Performance Disinfecting Bleach (DIN: 02488655), Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner (DIN: 02245935).
  • Implements and Tools
    • For the Nails and Spa classes, Barbicide, CS20, and Virolex will be used. These are disinfectants for cleaning implements and tools.

International Students

New Image College has developed a plan and arrival guide for international students. The arrival guide is designed to support international students with the most updated information regarding entry in Canada.

 

 

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