April 30, 2021
With recent announcements from the provincial health officer, CityU is making plans to prepare for a safe return to in-person activities on campus, including in-person instruction, this September.
The following document is now available for leaders to review, and to assist with planning efforts in preparation for the fall term.
Following the directions by the province, CityU is planning for a full return to face-to-face teaching and learning this September. In addition to this, we are also exploring some online offerings for students who are unable to be on campus. We aim to release the Winter Session timetable, including course delivery details, at the end of May.
The health and safety of all our CityU Family remain our top priority. At any point that public health orders call for a temporary halt to face-to-face classes or other on-campus activities, we will scale back our plans accordingly, including returning to a predominantly online delivery on an emergency basis if needed.
Health and safety
The PHO expects that BC’s population will be substantially vaccinated by the end of June. As a result, they expect transmission rates to be lower. As conditions improve, we anticipate some of the more restrictive public health measures affecting our personal and professional lives will be relaxed. Based on these assumptions, the PHO advises that physical distancing will not be required in controlled post-secondary classrooms and instructional settings this fall.
Core measures that are expected to remain in place for September, until otherwise determined by the Provincial Health Officer, include:
- Completing a daily COVID-19 self-assessment and not attending campus when ill
- Following handwashing and hygiene protocols
- Continuing daily cleaning protocols in all indoor settings and on high touch surfaces
- Requiring non-medical masks in indoor common areas
- Discouraging crowding and managing pedestrian traffic flow
- COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for BC’s Post-secondary Sector are hosted on the government’s public website.
- Guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information website.
- If you require advice regarding a potential COVID-19 case, please contact your local Medical Health Officer.
Please check this page periodically as we continue to update and post information on our campus plans, including the next version of the post-secondary Go-Forward Guidelines.