July 21, 2020
Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,
I hope that everyone is staying well and safe during these difficult times. I know there is a great deal going on in the world and much uncertainty. I write today in hopes of providing at least one point of certainty about our fall quarter of instruction. We continue to pay close attention to guidelines from government and health officials about exactly when we can return to campus and what guidelines we must follow when we do. While certain areas are beginning to reopen, it is clear that a full return to campus for students and classes is not likely in the near future. We believe it is in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff to plan to offer all courses normally schedule as in-class or mixed-mode via synchronous video (online) throughout the fall quarter as we have done for spring and summer quarter.
If more clear guidance suggests we are able to safely return to campus at some point in fall, we will announce a comprehensive plan to begin doing so. Until then, please plan for our current delivery
Thank you and stay well,
Scott Carnz, City University of Seattle Provost
Applying for the final period of the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides temporary income support to post-secondary students and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are facing a different job market this summer due to COVID-19. This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).
Free Self- Isolation for GEC Students
Located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, GEC Granville Suites provides fully serviced hotel suites and care packages for self-isolating students and guests. Students enjoy free accommodations for 14-day self-isolation when they book a minimum of 6 months at any GEC location by September 15, 2020.* For more information check this link.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources
Authorities have encouraged residents to practice social distancing by staying home and away from others if you are sick. The advice should be perhaps to practice social engagement and physical distancing. Use some of the free tools that are available to reach out and keep contact with friends and family members (Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, etc.)
If your life is in danger or you know someone’s life is in danger DIAL EMERGENCY NOW (often 911 in your area). DO NOT HESITATE! You can click here for Emergency services in your area.
Mental health resources during COVID
- On-Demand Webinar: Mental Health and Resilience During Covid-19 Trainer: Vicki Enns, MMFT, RMFT
Description: The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping our lives in a way that has great potential to impact our mental health. Key changes include heightened anxiety in our local community and the world; social and physical disconnection from others; and the ever-present threat of an unfolding unknown. These factors can create new mental concerns, or exacerbate existing ones, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and our patterns of coping. This webinar will explore key factors for understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will receive concrete guidance for building resilience and staying emotionally and mentally healthy during this stressful time, including insights for supporting children.
- FACE COVID – Video
- Wellness Together Canada
May 5, 2020 Article (By Laura Armstrong/ the Star)
Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. Create an account and answer a series of questions to guide you in choosing from a variety of tools and resources to get you back on track.
- Tips on how to deal with anxiety during the lockdown – Video
- Online Therapy – Video
Dr. Korol’ s tips for therapists wanting to transition to online therapy
- Emergency Medicine (EM) article about
- Fact Sheet compiled by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
Provincial and National Student Loan programs
Important COVID-19 Update-Alberta Student Aid
Alberta Student Aid has taken the following measures to support student loan borrowers during COVID-19 pandemic:
- Alberta Student loan repayment is paused for six months beginning March 30, 2020.
- Interest will not accrue during this time.
- You do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
- If you choose, you may continue making payments during this period.
- You are still responsible for making scheduled payments until March 30.
To see the status of your Alberta student loan, login to your MyLoan account.
Stay informed – go to studentaid.alberta.ca for any updates to Alberta Student Aid
Please click here for all financial aid options.
StudentAid BC during COVID-19
StudentAid BC continues working with schools to mitigate any potential impacts related to COVID-19 on students who receive financial help.
StudentAid BC policy is that financial assistance recipients should not be disadvantaged due to an interruption of study caused by natural disasters or events like the COVID-19 outbreak.
Effective March 30, 2020, all British Columbia student loan borrowers will temporarily have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. During this time, no payment will be required, and interest that currently applies to the federal portion of student loans will not accrue. Repayment will be paused automatically, so borrowers do not need to apply to have their repayment suspended.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more details on the temporary suspension of payments.
National Student Loans Services Centre
To support student loan borrowers during COVID-19, payments will be suspended without interest accruing to borrowers until September 30th, 2020. Learn more
For more information about Financial Aid Option please click here
Assistance during COVID-19
- The Psychologist’s Association of Alberta
The Psychologist’s Association of Alberta has established a Disaster Response Network which has psychologists willing to provide 1-3 sessions of telepsychology services (pro-bono) for individuals experiencing distress due COVID-19. For more information, please contact the PAA at PAA@PAA-AB.CA of toll free at 1-888-424-0297.
- COVID-19 info for Albertans
- COVID-19 info for British Columbia
City of Vancouver
- Many City services are available online, by phone, or by appointment. Review all impacted facilities and services on Vancouver.ca/covid19 https://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/covid-19-coronavirus-within-vancouver.aspx
- City debuts initiative for COVID-19 community support
- COVID-19 info at the federal level (Canada)
- Other Resources
You might be eligible for resources from different government bodies. Explore your options.
- Supports for loss of income
- Work Opportunities
- Student Benefits
- Rent and Housing
- Food Security
Precautionary Measures Recommended by the WHO
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- If you are sick (e.g., flu, cold), do not come to work.
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care.
Please find below a list of other resources that might be useful if needed.
About the Coronavirus COVID-19
In this video, you will learn about the symptoms associated with COVID-19. They are quite a bit different from a regular cold. The disease seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
PLEASE keep calm if you are feeling any symptoms. Contact your doctor or see a
Canadian (licensed in Canada) Doctor Online (Covered in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia with a valid Health Card). Self-quarantine and improve your immune system by getting enough sleep, eating the right food and drink enough liquid.
Free and family friendly: things to do or watch while you stay at home
- A look at what libraries and streaming sites are offering as you practise social distancing
- As COVID-19 shutters theatres, opera singer serenades Edmontonians from her balcony. Music is a powerful way to bring people together, says Cara McLeod
- 30 Ideas to entertain yourself during social distancing (Courtesy of the Brain Injury Canada website)
- Cirque Du Soleil offer Free Online Shows Every Week.
Virtual Tours Museums and Art Galleries
- Bored during self-isolation? Tour these museums from the comfort of your couch
- A source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museum and heritage organizations
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- Canadian Museum of History
- Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)