BC’s Restart and how the plan will impact KPU
The provincial government has released B.C.’s Restart: A plan to bring us back together. This four-step plan maps out the gradual restart for the province, with a carefully staged approach to the loosening of public restrictions that were put in place to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While each step has an anticipated start date, each also has a set of criteria that must be met in order for the provisions of that step to take effect.
The first step began yesterday, May 25. The underlying criteria included:
- At least 60 percent of the population over the age of 18 vaccinated with their first dose;
- Stable COVID-19 case counts; and
- Stable COVID-19 hospitalizations.
During this phase, physical distancing is still required and masks are still mandatory in public indoor settings. This includes the public indoor areas at KPU.
Additionally, we are still reminded that if you or anyone in your family feels sick, you must not report to work, and should get tested immediately. Testing information can be found here. Employees are also reminded that they must continue to complete the Daily Health Assessment before coming to campus.
As you review the Restart plan, you will see that the advice to workplaces is to take a slow and careful approach to additional activity, including in-person meetings, until at least July. We will adhere to that approach, and so nothing will change in the near future regarding meetings and gatherings on campus except for in-person instruction and other limited activity that have an approved Safety Plan...
All employees and contractors working on campus must complete a health check prior to starting their shift. Anyone coming for a quick visit to campus must do the same.
Employees who are working on campus must complete KPU's online self-assessment form before starting their shifts. If for any reason you are unable to access the online tool, please call Security to confirm that you have met the requirements on this WorkSafe BC poster prior to beginning your shift.
All contractors working on campus will still be required to check-in with Security when they arrive on campus each day to confirm that they have met the requirements listed on this WorkSafe BC poster.
Students attending campus at KPU should complete a daily self-assessment prior to their arrival on campus. Completing the confidential B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool is the best way to perform this check as it aligns with the latest guidance from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. See KPU’s student self-assessment page for more information.
If you have any of the symptoms or potential exposures listed on the poster, do not come to campus. Please consider calling 8-1-1 or contacting your health-care provider for advice. Any employee or contractor who refuses to take part in the health check will not be allowed to enter the workplace.
It is mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in all indoor public spaces on our campuses, including hallways, corridors, washrooms, lounges, atria and study areas, the libraries and the Bookstore. There are exceptions if you are eating or cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.
Program and department safety plans address the need to wear masks in classrooms and office spaces. Students and employees are to adhere the approved safety requirements when in those areas.
KPU asks that you wear a mask when you are outdoors on campus unless you can guarantee that you can stay at least six feet away from others at all times.
Accessing Campus Safely
KPU Resources and Information
Safety plans have been created for faculties, departments and projects at the university
KPU is committed to supporting applicants and newly admitted students during the pandemic
Assessment & Testing Services is offering online and on-campus admissions plus select distance education exams
KPU's athletic and recreation facilities are closed but some classes are being held online
Course materials can be ordered online, with home shipping or curb-side pick up at KPU Surrey
Brew Lab beer sales have changed as a result of COVID-19
Campus shuttles are operating with reduced capacity to allow social distancing
KPU has increased cleaning at all campuses with a particular focus on cleaning touch points
Most classes are being delivered online. A limited number of courses follow a blended format
KPU Teaching and Learning has developed resources to help instructors teach online
Course safety plans have been created for classes where in-person teaching is essential
Human Resources has a library of resources for employees
All in-person KPU events have beeen cancelled until further notice
KPU First Aid stations remain open with appropriate COVID protocols in place
Food and drink outlets operating at KPU have to apply provincial guidance
Indigenous Services is providing support to students online
Building access has been altered and safety measures installed where necessary
KPU International has answers for international students to many frequently asked questions
All tutoring and learning strategist appointments are now online
KPU librarians are offering assistance remotely. Libraries are open with reduced hours and capacity
Mental health support is available to KPU students 24/7 through My SSP
KPU's Employee and Family Assistance Program is available for employees who need support
KPU's Multi-Faith chaplains are providing online support
Outdoor campus spaces are open, but campus visits are not encouraged at this time
Parking charges have been eliminated while KPU is primarily teaching remotely
Unless expressly exempt, face-to-face data collection must be socially distanced or suspended until human contact is allowed
PPE should be worn where physical distancing cannot be maintained