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This document outlines the prevention measures recommended by public health for post-secondary institutions in B.C. to reduce the risk of communicable diseases, including COVID-19, on campus.

The prevention measures detailed in this document have been very effective at preventing COVID-19 in a wide variety of settings across B.C. and will support a successful and safe return to campus.

As per the BC CDC Return to Campus Public Health Guidance (December 22nd, 2021), Public health experts in B.C. support om-campus instruction with the effective evidence-informed prevention measures detailed within this guidance document in place.

 

Prevention Measures in place

Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order

Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces in B.C., including all New Image College spaces including students, faculty, staff and visitors. This includes, but is not limited to all public indoor public spaces, in common areas of buildings (e.g., classrooms, lobbies, hallways, bathrooms) as per Public Health Order

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-face-coverings.pdf

 

Home when sick

Students, faculty and staff are aware they should not participate in any activities (educational or otherwise) if they are sick and inform the school.

 

Get Tested When Recommended

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the BC Self-Assessment Tool app, the BCCDC When to Get Tested Resource, or call 8-1-1 to determine if they should get tested for COVID-19 if they’re sick.

 

Hand Hygiene

Regular opportunities are enabled for hand hygiene, inclusive of hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility.

 

Ventilation

New Image College continues to ensure that all mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed, operated and maintained in accordance with WorkSafe BC requirements and ASHRAE Standards for indoor air quality, and that they are working properly.

 

Cleaning & Disinfection

New Image College cleans and disinfects educational spaces, public spaces and high touch areas daily.

 

Physical Distancing

Students are encouraged to spread out within available space and to consider and respect others’ personal space (the distance from which a person feels comfortable being next to another person).

 

Sickness Guidance

What do to when you are feeling sick?

• Do not come to school (or leave school). Inform studentservices@newimage.ca and your instructors if you haven’t done so yet.

• Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

• Follow the guidance to determine if you need testing or not.

• Keep the school informed.

 

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

 

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is available to any student, faculty or staff in BC. Click here for complete information:

https://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/testing/when-to-get-a-covid-19-test

 

Contact Tracing

Public health follows up on every person who tests positive for COVID-19. This process is called contact tracing. Contact tracing helps to identify and manage close contacts, who may be at increased risk for COVID-19. As part of contact tracing, close contacts are notified by public health and informed of what subsequent actions they should take (e.g., monitor for symptoms, self-isolate, seek testing, etc.) as they may be at increased risk for COVID-19. 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.

 

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