ARV Canada College is committed to enhance the safety of our students and staff.
COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines Update:
- An updated version of the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelineswas released today to reflect evolving public health guidance including updated BCCDC guidance for the post-secondary sector, and the January 2022 letter from Dr. Henry regarding the prioritization of on-campus instruction.
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Please note the following COVID-19 updates for January 25, 2022:
Post-secondary Rapid Test Kit Strategy
A total of 500,000 rapid tests will be distributed directly to post-secondary institutions from the Provincial Health Services Authority, based on allocation priorities outlined in the COVID-19 Rapid Testing Guidance for Post-secondary Institutions available on the BCCDC website.
- Rapid tests will be available as an optional, time-limited initiative for post-secondary institutions for the testing of symptomatic employees and students.
- The tests are a self-management tool intended to support the continuity of on-campus learning, instruction and research.
- Asymptomatic screening of employees and students is not recommended by public health and tests distributed to postsecondary institutions from the provincial supply are not to be used for asymptomatic screening programs.
- The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training will be reaching out directly to eligible institutions to confirm test kit allocations and distribution logistics based on the priorities identified in the BCCDC guidance.
Updated BCCDC Return to Campus Public Health Guidance
Earlier today the BCCDC updated their public health guidance for post-secondary institutions to support in-person learning for the winter academic term.
Please note the following COVID-19 updates for January 21, 2022:
New Provincial Health Officer Letter to PSIs – Prioritization of On-campus Instruction
Earlier today, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) sent post-secondary institution presidents a letter (see attached) strongly recommending the continuation of on-campus instruction at post-secondary institutions.
- C.’s pandemic response continues to be guided by the epidemiology of COVID-19.
- The lower rates of COVID-19 incidence in the post-secondary population reflect the high vaccination rates and comprehensive safety measures in place.
- Given the disproportionate adverse impacts of the pandemic on young adults in the context of a highly vaccinated population, institutions are encouraged to prioritize on-campus instruction whenever possible.
- The prevention measures outlined in the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines as well as institutional communicable disease prevention plans have been effective at preventing COVID-19 in a wide variety of post-secondary settings, and will continue to support successful on-campus instruction.
- COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines are hosted on government’s public website.
- Guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the COVID–19Provincial Support and Information website.
- If you require advice regarding a potential COVID-19 case, please contact your local Medical Health Officer.
- WorksafeBC guidance is available on communicable disease prevention plans.
ARV College is excited to welcome our community back to Campus.
Staff and students monitoring
Everyone must continue to do a daily health self-assessment before coming to campus and not attending campus when ill (NOTE: It is a personal responsibility for everyone accessing a post-secondary campus to complete a daily health self-assessment).
The on-line Screening Assessment available here: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en.
If you believe you may have COVID-19 or are being tested for COVID-19, please consult with a Health Professional.
According to public health experts, vaccines are the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Public health officials continue to strongly encourage all British Columbians aged 12 and over to be fully vaccinated (i.e. receive 2 doses) to protect themselves and those around them.
Vaccines are available to all faculty, students, and staff, including international students and their families. Please find the information on how to get vaccinated.
Although physical distancing will no longer be required, schools will continue to use strategies such as preventing crowding by staggering break times, managing flow of people in common areas and carefully managing visitors entry into the building.
Face Coverings (COVID-19)
Beginning March 11, 2022 masks are no longer required in most indoor public spaces across the province. While on campus we strongly encourage you to wear a mask in indoor spaces where you may be close to others or if you feel more comfortable doing so. Important personal health measures that continue to be employed include:
- Complete daily health check and stay home when ill
- Hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene are important throughout the day
- Vaccination is recommended for everyone who is eligible
- Respect personal space as much as possible
Cleaning and Hygiene
Daily cleaning and disinfecting, including cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, will continue.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Dry your hand with a paper towel or cloth towel that no one else will share. While we have a hand-sanitizer station at the College entrance, we encourage you to carry a personal size hand-sanitizer (100ml or less) that you can use throughout the day.