COVID-19 | Safety Plan

Assessment of campus and learning (in accordance with WorkSafe BC)

PLC classes and courses are being delivered 100% online (since March 2020) until there is ministry go-ahead to have them offline/blended. Burnaby campus is closed for classes until said clearance is received, and is used by internal staff only. Surrey campus has only administrative offices running – appointment-based reception, learning management, co-op and student advising. Students and visitors in general are contacted via phone or electronic means, with on-campus visits only allowed when absolutely necessary and by appointment. Visitors will need to self-assess, sign in and wear masks (provided by PLC for those who do not have these) at all times on-campus.

Areas identified as those with higher traffic – reception, student lounge, student advising, co-op office and lunch room.

Roles that require higher visitor interaction – reception, student advising and co-op.

Equipment with shared use – copier.

Surfaces with higher interaction – front and back door handles, tables used to maintain distancing and student advisor room handle.

Educational delivery (in accordance with AEST Go Forward Guidelines for Post Secondary)

  • PLC courses are delivered 100% online (live sessions) to minimize exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic until further advice from the ministry
  • Students must follow the same guidelines for attendance and behaviour as during in-person classes
  • New students and instructors will receive online orientation about PLC and online Moodle learning system
  • Instructors will work from home until there is go-ahead from AEST and the provincial health officer to return to normal in-class learning

Protocols for students, staff and visitors to campus (in accordance with WorkSafe BC)

  • Occupancy limit for the Surrey campus has been reduced to 15 (posted on-site); no classes or visits occur at Burnaby campus
  • With 5-8 staff on-site, a maximum of 2 visitors are allowed at a time; appointments are made so that only this many visitors are on-site at a time
  • Everyone must maintain a 2-metre distance from one another at all times; points have been marked on the floor to show distancing
  • The campus has a single entry and exit pathway to have one-way foot traffic, with said pathway indicated via arrows
  • Visits are by appointment only
  • Visitors must wear masks at all times; if they do not bring these, PLC will provide them with masks
  • Visitors will need to allow their temperatures to be taken via digital infrared thermometer; if they have a temperature indicative of a fever, they will be asked to leave and conduct their appointment via phone or video conference
  • Visitors must sanitize their hands upon entry
  • Visitors may not wait in the reception area, but instead must go to the student lounge
  • High-occupancy areas like reception use use markings to denote distancing
  • Barriers are cleaned and sanitized along with the entire campus regularly
  • All staff must fill in a self-assessment form upon each visit to the campus
  • Staff on-site will maintain social distance from one another and visitors; staff that often see visitors will use masks
  • Staff will sanitize and wipe down their work areas and equipment daily before and after use (sanitizer is provided)
  • PLC nurse staff supervised by the Campus Manager will train and update staff on all COVID-19 protocols
  • PLC has contracted regular campus cleaning and sanitization
  • No shared food equipment will be available on campus e.g. cups
  • The lunch room allows only 1 user at a time

Policies for outbreak (in accordance with WorkSafe BC and PHAC Guidance for Post Secondary Institutions during COVID-19)

  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or having arrived to Canada in the past 14 days is prohibited from the campus
  • Staff and students that show symptoms will be asked to go/remain at home and must work from; they will need to contact 811 immediately for testing and health procedures
  • Staff and/or students showing symptoms must isolate at home and inform their contacts
  • Any outbreak will be reported by the nurse on staff or Campus Manager to Fraser Health
  • For anyone having severe symptoms, staff will immediately call 911
  • The campus will be closed for staff and visitors in the case of an outbreak; complete sanitization of the campus will take place daily for 5 days
  • The campus will only open after 14 days since the outbreak
  • All staff and students on-site during outbreak will be required to go home, work from home and self-monitor for 14 days before returning; anyone with symptoms will need to report to Fraser Health and continue to work from home
  • Post outbreak, staff will meet about changing protocols around campus access
  • Any changes will be communicated to students via email and Moodle, and updated to the website COVID-19 page

Communication and training (in accordance with WorkSafe BC)

  • Policies are sent by the campus manager to all staff via email
  • Signage regarding symptoms and occupancy limits are posted in reception and lunch room

Monitoring and changing to adapt to the situation (in accordance with WorkSafe BC)

  • The Campus Manager and nurse on staff will stay updated on the latest health developments regarding COVID-19 in BC
  • PLC’s nurse on staff will update current staff and also train new staff on latest COVID-19 policies from the health authority
  • Any non-compliance with the 14-day self-isolation will be reported by the staff nurse to the provincial health authority

Quarantine of arriving international students (in accordance with AEST Go Forward Guidelines for Post Secondary, PHAC Guidance for Post Secondary Institutions during COVID-19 and Public Health Institutional Readiness Requirements for Int’l Students)

  • Any students who have attained their study permits must notify PLC so that the following arrangements can be made
  • Students must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of their flight departure and bring test results with them to Canada to show border agents
  • Students will need to arrange 3-day hotel quarantine accommodation via this link, which will cost around 2,000CAD
  • Students that test negative for COVID-19 at the airport test can after the 3-day quarantine continue to an 11-day quarantine at a hotel arranged by PLC; students that test positive will need to continue their government hotel quarantine at additional cost
  • PLC will coordinate arranging for a second hotel for self-isolation for the remaining 11 days and also special PPE taxi pick-up and drop-off at second hotel
  • COVID-19 policies, quarantine information and PLC contact information will be given to students before they depart to Canada
  • Students must access the BC COVID-19 app and ArriveCan
  • Before arrival PLC will also coordinate the setup of extended health care plans and also food delivery service for students and their spouses and children during quarantine
  • Parental accompaniment is discouraged for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • PLC will be in contact with students during quarantine for advising and also cultural as well as arrival information
  • For students that need it, PLC will coordinate the setup of Homestay with partnered providers; said service will begin after quarantine is over
  • New arriving students wanting to meet staff will only do so after the quarantine period and with prior approval from the college
  • Students showing symptoms during quarantine will be put in touch with local health authorities if needed in the case of intense symptoms, or may need to isolate for longer; meals and other services can be extended in this case
  • Student social activities such as winter party will be strictly online

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