“Back to Class” with Western Community College

In March 2020, the world was plunged into a global pandemic. To ensure the safety of our students, staff and faculty, Western Community College (WCC) introduced an initiative that provided students the opportunity to continue their educational journey in an online format. After all, student safety is critical for us.

Since the onset of the pandemic, circumstances have continued to evolve hence requiring everyone to adapt and adopt new practices. With the onset of the new term, we will continue to listen to Public Health Authorities in BC to ensure we are doing everything to keep our faculty, staff and students, protected and safe.

Our College has worked hard to create a healthy and safe learning environment. All necessary measures have been put in place. These measures include:

  • Providing opportunity for online courses
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning processes across our campuses
  • Monitoring all who enter our premises for COVID 19 symptoms
  • Supporting and monitoring our students, to help during this difficult time
  • Requiring and providing masks for all while on campus
  • Installing and requiring the use of sanitation stations within common areas
  • Installing protective safety barriers to reduce direct airflow between front line staff and others
  • Creating and placing directional signage in all areas of the College visibly indicating the flow of traffic in public areas
  • Informing and training staff and students on how to return to and work safely
  • Creating a “WCC COVID-19 Safety-Plan”
  • Requiring all staff, students and visitors to complete an online daily self-health check questionnaire
  • Implementing contact tracing processes for all that visit our campuses
  • Signage for safety protocols
  • Providing clear, consistent COVID-19 information to the members of our staff, students and faculty
  • Removing shared items that might cause cross-contamination
  • Restricting the number of patrons using the washroom facilities
  • Processes for isolating symptomatic individuals or individuals who might be at risk of displaying symptoms. These individuals will be directed to call 811 or the local health provider

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