COVID-19: Health and Safety
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Health and safety
How do I know it will be safe to return? What are the next steps? Added Mar. 12, 2021
BC's public colleges, institutes and universities are working with Dr. Henry to update the Go Forward Guidelines for BC post-secondary institutions, just as they worked with her last summer to develop the blended model that is guiding our campus safety right now. Once finalized, these guidelines will support our planning for a safe return for everyone this fall. The Go Forward Guidelines are expected to be updated in the coming weeks.
What are the Go Forward Guidelines? Added Mar. 12, 2021
The Go-Forward Guidelines for BC post-secondary institutions provide high-level guidance on how students, faculty and staff can safely return to campus.
Who is involved in updating the Go Forward Guidelines?? Added Mar. 12, 2021
Public colleges, institutes and universities are working with Dr. Henry to update the sector’s Go Forward Guidelines to provide high-level guidance on how students, faculty and staff can safely return to campus. This work is done in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, WorkSafeBC, the Provincial Health Office, student associations, labour representatives, First Nations partners and the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training.
I’m nervous returning to campus, will it be safe? Updated March 12, 2021
We know some people are nervous about returning to campus, and safety is our priority. We are working with public health officials to make sure all the right measures will be in place upon your return.
While the pandemic is not over, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The BC government has ramped up vaccination efforts so that every British Columbian can get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this summer.
If there is a positive case at TRU, will everyone be informed? Added Jan. 8, 2021
Our process is similar to that of other post-secondary institutions in BC.
In the event that someone within our university community tests positive for COVID-19, TRU follows the direction from Interior Health. If health officials are unable to complete contact tracing (e.g. the individual has been in public places and exposures cannot be traced/contacted) Interior Health’s direction may be to issue an alert to advise others who may have been exposed that they should monitor their symptoms.
In most cases, the direction will be to not issue a public or internal alert, to avoid impacting the individual’s privacy or dissuading others from coming forward to confirm positive tests.
Those who are deemed to be at risk of being exposed will be contacted. However, any decision to release information more broadly is done in collaboration with Interior Health and based on the need to identify individuals who may have been exposed.
What has changed with the daily health screening process and who does this affect? Added Feb. 11, 2021
In addition to the existing requirement of daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19, all staff, faculty, and students who are employed on campus (including work study students and students hired by researchers), must confirm with their supervisor or designate that they have completed and passed their daily health check. Confirmations can be made verbally, in writing or virtually. Each department/unit will setup a confirmation process that works best for their area.
This does not apply to students coming to campus to study or attend class, or those working remotely.
Will TRU collect and/or share the information collected as part of the updated daily health screening process? Added Feb. 11, 2021
At this time, TRU is not required to submit or share any of the information collected on behalf of departments, but we must have a process in place to confirm the daily health checks have taken place.
What are department/unit leads responsible for as part of the updated daily health screening process? Added Feb. 11, 2021
Department and unit leads are responsible for:
- choosing and implementing a daily health check confirmation process for your area to follow
- ensuring that the process is communicated to individuals in your area who work on campus
The department/unit lead can designate someone else such as a department assistant to be the point person to collect the daily confirmations.
Visit the Health Screening page for options on how to implement a confirmation process in your area. Each unit/department can select a process that works best for their area.
What is involved for departments/units to implement a daily health check confirmation process? Added Feb. 11, 2021
Implementation a process to collect daily health check confirmations is the responsibility of the department/unit lead. This allows each area to choose a process that best works for your area. Visit the Health Screening page for options and resources to set this up. If you have questions or need support, please contact Sarah Martin, Manager, Health, Safety and the Environment, or Steve Pottle, Director, Risk Management.
How do individuals complete their daily health check? Added Feb. 11, 2021
A daily health check is required of anyone coming to campus. You can use the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool or review this poster. You must answer ‘no’ to all of the questions to pass the daily health check.
Faculty, staff or employed students who work on campus must confirm with their supervisor or designate that they have completed and passed the daily health check. Your supervisor or designate will let you know what process will be followed in your area.
Do instructors need to collect confirmations from their students that they have completed their daily health check? Added Feb. 11, 2021
No. At this time, confirmations are only required of faculty, staff or employed students coming to campus to work. Instructors are welcome to add this step to their in-person teachings, but it is not requirement at this time.
Students who come to campus as part of an employment contract with TRU are responsible to confirm with their supervisor they have completed and passed the daily health check.
How long will faculty, staff and students employed by TRU need to confirm that they have completed and passed their daily health check? Added Feb. 11, 2021
This process will be required until we are advised by authorities that it is no longer required.
Where I can find TRU’s institutional safety plan? Added Aug. 14, 2020
TRU’s institutional safety plan is available in the Risk Management Services area of our website.
Do students, faculty, staff and visitors have any responsibilities when on campus to ensure the safety of the TRU community? Updated Nov. 23
Yes. Everyone on campus will have the following responsibilities:
- Self-assess daily before arriving on campus (bc.thrive.health)
- Follow physical distancing in common spaces and as instructed in your classes.
- Frequently wash and or sanitize your hands.
- Wear a non-medical mask when indoors on campus.
- If you believe you are infected or have been in contact with COVID-19, call 811 and talk to a medical professional for next steps.
- You may need to sign in/sign out of some rooms.
- There may be times when you will need to sanitize/clean a surface or item. Signage and supplies will be provided.
Details on accessing these courses are available here.
Can I remove my mask when inside if I am alone or distanced? Updated Feb. 12
Masks may be removed if:
- You are working alone in your office.
- You are working in a cubicle space in an open office, that is physically distant from other cubicles and/or engineered controls are in place to create separation. This includes when you are seated and physically distanced in open study areas like HL 190, but masks must be worn when unseated.
- You are taking part in certain athletic or fitness activities.
Otherwise, masks are required indoors. Exceptions will be provided for people with underlying medical conditions that inhibit their ability to wear masks.
I’m feeling sick. What do I do? Updated Oct. 22, 2020
Please see our Health Screening page to learn more about what to do when you feel unwell.
Will the university be doing contact tracing? Added Sept. 3
In the event of a confirmed case, Interior Health is responsible for informing other parties (including the university) as required to assist with contact tracing.
Are all university-related trips cancelled?
TRU has cancelled all university-sponsored travel outside of Canada involving staff, faculty and students.