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COVID-19 Co-op FAQs

Announcement:

Applications for period 3 of the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)  and for the Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG)  is now open. More information here.

 

General Co-op Information

Is the KPU Co-op office still open?

The Co-op office has suspended in-person services but has transitioned to working remotely. We are still available through email and we anticipate no reduction in service.

How can I get in touch with my Co-op Instructor or the Co-op office?

Email is the best way to get in touch and you can find contacts on this page. The Co-op office can be reached at co-op@kpu.ca.

Will COOP 1101 be offered in the Fall semester?

COOP 1101 will be offered in the Fall semester as 100% online. See KPU’s Novel Coronavirus Update page for more details: https://www.kpu.ca/hui/novel-coronavirus

What resources can I access?

Please review the following helpful web resources for additional information around the response to COVID-19:

Co-op Students Currently on a Summer 2020 Work Term

What should I do if I am unable to complete my Co-op work term due to COVID-19 or if I have concerns about completing it?

Your health and safety is our first priority. Co-op students will not have their work terms negatively penalized for issues related to COVID-19. Contact your work term supervisor and your Co-op Instructor if you have concerns about completing your work term due to COVID-19.

I’m on a work term and feeling sick. What should I do?

Contact your work term supervisor to advise that you are ill and keep your Co-op Instructor informed. Anyone who is concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811.

Co-op Students Who Have Secured a Fall 2020 Work Term

My employer is unsure if I will be working with them during the Fall semester. What should I do?

Please contact the Co-op office and include any communication you have had with your employer. We will inquire about the possibility of delaying the start of the work term or other arrangements such as working remotely.

We are also recommending that all Co-op students who have secured a Fall work term to make a ‘back-up’ plan for the Fall semester (i.e. register for courses, put yourself on waitlists), in case of disruption due to COVID-19 circumstances.

My employer has cancelled my Fall 2020 work term or extension. What should I do?

Please contact the Co-op office and include any communication you have had with your employer about the cancellation. We will ask you to unenroll from your Co-op work term course if you have already registered.

We are also recommending that all Co-op students who have secured a Fall work term to make a ‘back-up’ plan for the Fall semester (i.e. register for courses, put yourself on waitlists), in case of disruption due to COVID-19 circumstances.

Co-op Students Who Are Seeking a Fall 2020 Work Term

Are you still posting Co-op roles for Fall?

Yes, employers are still posting Co-op roles to hire a student for the Fall semester. Employers with on-site work placements must adhere to COVID-19 public health protocols. The Co-op office is also encouraging employers to consider allowing the student to work remotely or to offer a combination of on-site and remote work.

We are also recommending that all Co-op students who are still seeking a Fall work term to make a ‘back-up’ plan for the Fall semester (i.e. register for courses, put yourself on waitlists), in case of disruption due to COVID-19 circumstances.

Are you still arranging interviews for Fall?

Yes, employers are still interviewing to hire a student for the Fall semester. We are asking that employers forgo in-person interviews at their worksite and conduct virtual interviews via telephone or video conferencing like Skype.

As noted above, we encourage all Co-op students who are still seeking a Fall work term to make a ‘back-up’ plan for the Fall semester.

What do I do if an employer has contacted me directly to arrange an interview?

Please work with the employer to coordinate a virtual interview via telephone or video conferencing and forward any communication you have had about the interview to the Co-op office.

Co-op Employers

Is the Fall 2020 work term still happening?

It is! Co-op students are still keen to apply and interview for roles. Please consider the following recommendations for the Fall 2020 work term:

  • Conduct remote interviews - by phone or video conferencing like Skype
  • Delay start of work term until October 1st in order to give your organization time to adapt to the quick-changing landscape of COVID-19
  • Consider remote working alternatives
  • If job is onsite, ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols as per BC Centre for Disease Control http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/

Should Co-op students work remotely during this time?

The Co-op office encourages and supports you in considering this option for your Co-op students. If you are unable to offer a remote environment, we expect that the health and safety of your employees is priority and that your organization is following COVID-19 protocols as per BC Centre for Disease Control http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/

What is the process if I choose to end a current (Summer 2020) Co-op student’s work term early due to COVID-19?

If you need to end a work term early, please contact your student’s Co-op Instructor or the Co-op office. Email is the best way to get in touch and you can find contacts on this page. The Co-op office can be reached at co-op@kpu.ca.

What is the process if I choose to cancel a job posting or a Co-op student placement for Fall 2020, prior to the start of the work term?

If you wish to cancel a job posting or a secured job placement prior to the start date, please contact the Co-op office.