CNC parking fees waived during COVID-19 pandemic
Effective April 1, 2020, parking fees at the College of New Caledonia’s campuses will be waived for the next three months. This change is in response to the evolving COVID situation and will help to reduce the need to touch common areas such as payment kiosks.
Anyone who already purchased parking passes at CNC for the months of April, May, or June can request a refund. More information about how to receive a parking pass refund will be provided soon.
For more information about CNC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the campus notifications page.
Message sent on behalf of President Dennis Johnson,
Dear CNC students and employees,
This week marked the start of online and alternate program delivery at the College of New Caledonia in response to COVID-19. The last few weeks have challenged all of us, but also brought out the best in people, as we do our part to protect our community by following the requirements of our Government and the Provincial Health Officer. At this time, I would like to acknowledge and thank the many people who helped make this week a success.
To the employees of CNC, faculty, operational staff and leadership who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the transition to online and alternate delivery possible. I’ve heard countless positive comments and accolades and genuine appreciation for all who made this transition possible. I wish to express my gratitude as well. I'm very proud to be part of this remarkable team. Thank you for doing what CNC does best; responding to the needs of the community and the students it serves.
To the students who have had every part of their educational experience turned upside down; thank you for your incredible cooperation and flexibility. By working patiently with your instructors and the other CNC employees that support the learning enterprise, you will not only support your own learning but also help improve the experience of your fellow students.
Finally, I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and continue to follow all of the recommendations of the healthcare experts. All indications are that our region will need to remain vigilant for some time. Flattening the curve, slowing the transmission of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility. So please do your part to look after yourself, your family and your community.
All the best and take care,
President and CEO
Letter to students from President Dr. Dennis Johnson:
Good Afternoon CNC Students,
CNC continues to respond to the fast-changing COVID-19 pandemic situation while following the directive from the B.C. Provincial Health Officer. We appreciate the patience of all students as we transfer to alternative delivery methods. This transition is well underway and most of you will have received information from your instructors or academic area.
This update is to inform you that in order to ensure social distancing recommendations from the Provincial Government are followed, we will be taking additional measures to reduce the number of people physically on campus while still supporting a high-level of services.
As of Monday, March 23, 2020:
This change in service delivery enables us to reduce density at our campuses and to promote social distancing, while supporting the health and safety of the College community. We are committed to supporting our students, staff and community through continuing operations, just in a different way.
This is the official communication regarding this change in service; please go to CNC website cnc.bc.ca/COVID for details and regular updates on how to access services either by telephone or online. Service areas will have signage with instructions on how to access services through telephones and emails. Students will learn of the changes through an all student email that will contain direction for accessing this information in the Student FAQ #2 to be published on cnc.bc.ca Friday, March 20, 2020.
Your cooperation and understanding as we transition our service model is appreciated. We are certainly in a time of change, and I know the CNC community is open to and will embrace a safe and healthy work environment.
Dr. Dennis Johnson
President and CEO
On March 16, 2020, BC’s Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry identified a significant number of new COVID-19 cases related to the Pacific Dental Conference 2020 held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 6 and 7, 2020. Anyone who attended the conference is being asked to self-isolate until March 22, 2020.
Minister Dix and Dr. Henry also issued a new order prohibiting all public gathering of more than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings and other similar events. To read the entire joint statement, visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0086-000499.
The government of British Columbia, in collaboration with the BC Ministry of Health, has developed a COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool. To take the self-assessment, visit https://covid19.thrive.health.
Message sent on behalf of President Dr. Dennis Johnson:
Dear CNC Community,
I am writing to the CNC community today to share an important update on the impact of COVID-19. Over the last few days a number of institutions have announced plans to move, where possible, to online or alternate delivery of education. This is in alignment with the guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and we are working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Our campuses will remain open and services will continue to be provided, modified and reviewed as necessary while this situation continues to evolve. Online and alternate delivery will be adopted where practical, but this strategy is intended to support social distancing and lower on-campus density.
Because of the diversity of the types of education and training we offer, we recognize that not all programs, courses, labs and shops may be suited to be delivered through alternative methods; we will implement all possible safeguards to ensure the safety of students in educational activities which continue on campuses. This week, academic leadership will be working with instructors and program areas to determine whether, and how best, to accommodate alternative methods of instruction and evaluation. Students will learn of the detailed changes affecting them through their instructors, coordinators or deans as the details are worked out.
The week of March 16 will be a week of transition for the College, allowing faculty, operational staff and leadership time to implement alternate forms of program delivery as well as determine how best to continue providing other services.
The Vice President Academic has been working with the academic leadership team to develop an academic strategy to complete the term is as follows:
During this time of transition our principle focus at CNC continues to be on the health and safety of our students and employees. For the latest information regarding British Columbia, please visit the BCCDC website.
In addition to the possible education and training related changes discussed above, CNC will work proactively to educate our community and take other measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please educate yourself and pay attention to the additional information:
I understand that this is a challenging time for many people and I want to remind all of our community members – students, faculty and operational staff – that counselling and health services are available, should they be needed. Alternate modalities for service will be available, access for these services can be found through the service reference document, as well community resources.
Students who are experiencing anxiety or other mental health concerns can contact Student Lifeline to access confidential support and resources through the 24-hour telephone line at 1-877-371-9978.
Employees seeking counselling should access the employee and family assistance program for resources and counselling. The College’s Employee and Family Assistance Program service provider (Homewood Health) continues to provide ongoing support to all employees and family members experiencing anxiety or other mental health concerns. To contact Homewood Health for support, dial 1-800-663-1142.
Please continue to visit CNC.BC.CA/COVID for updates. As always if you are sick and experiencing cold and/or flu-like symptoms, you are encouraged to stay home and to follow the directives of the BC Centre for Disease Control.
I want to thank all of our students, faculty, and operational staff for their patience and understanding as we deal with these challenging times. Please monitor your email and our website for additional news and further updates.
While the weeks ahead may be challenging for all of us, the current situation demands that we prioritize the health and welfare of our CNC Community. Please support the work of our faculty, operational staff, and leadership as we continue to navigate any uncertainty in the weeks ahead.
Dr. Dennis Johnson
All classes and operations at CNC’s six campuses are scheduled to continue as normal on Monday, March 16, 2020. The health and safety of students, employees and the community continues to be the top priority for CNC.
CNC is actively developing a COVID-19 response plan with proactive measures. This is being done in collaboration the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the Ministry of Health, and with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer.
More information about CNC’s plan will be released early this week.
Thank you for your patience and continued support in what is a rapidly evolving situation.
The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and other community members is the highest priority at CNC. In response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are continuing to work very closely with Northern Health and are monitoring all appropriate health agency websites to communicate information as timely as possible as things progress. We also encourage you to practice “information hygiene” and examine sources to reduce the spread of misinformation. CNC has established a COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre to discuss and respond to risks. This team will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates either directly through email or on our website.
For the latest numbers and related information, please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control.
At this time, according to the BC Provincial Health Officer, the risk of infection spread is low, however we all share the responsibility to act preventatively. Proper hygiene will help to reduce the risk of infection spread. Practicing proper hygiene not only helps to protect you, but also your friends, family, and the wider community. Please continue to follow these recommendations:
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT:
Please continue to visit cnc.bc.ca/COVID for updates.
We appreciate your continued cooperation and we encourage everyone to be respectful and supportive.
To the members of the CNC community,
CNC, with advisories from the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada, continues to monitor developments related to the coronavirus, and will provide you with relevant information as needed. For several weeks, we have been tracking the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation and Tyson von den Steinen, Director, Safety & Security has been offering regular updates through the CNC website. However, with ongoing developments and the disease now established in Canada and British Columbia, and the resulting number of questions and concerns being expressed, we are intensifying our institutional response.
I write now to share important information. Because COVID-19 has the potential to affect all of us at CNC in some way, I ask that everyone – students, operational staff, leadership and faculty; take the time to read and share the information below. The remainder of the message is organized into four sections: general update and health information; important links to more information; business continuity, classes and activities; and travel and study abroad.
Since future challenges from COVID-19 could disrupt critical functions at CNC and in the community, we are monitoring changes and developing contingency plans. However, as of today, CNC is continuing with regular operations and all scheduled classes and events will continue. The situation will be assessed daily and you will be informed of any changes.
Even without confirmed cases in our region, there may be those that are concerned and anxious about the future. I hope we can be sensitive to each other’s burdens in this situation, provide support when possible and make accommodations when we can. And I count on every member of our community to make sure that the rumors, discrimination, shunning and bullying that have been reported at other institutions since the outbreak never occur at CNC.
I encourage each of you to think through how you can help limit risk and support others. I know that both the spread of this disease and our decisions about it will affect not only CNC programs and activities, but the lives of individuals. Should the situation worsen, the steps we may need to take to protect the health of the community may involve significant inconvenience. Please accept my gratitude in advance for your goodwill and understanding.
Dr. Dennis Johnson
President and CEO
As of March 11, 2020, 93 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control: “B.C. has confirmed cases of coronavirus; however the risk to Canadians continues to be low”.
The contamination pattern is not well understood and the global situation is shifting. Diagnoses of COVID-19 have risen significantly around the world and new cases are being reported each day.
The BC Centre for Disease Control suggests that you can protect yourself and others by following the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season:
Two of the most reliable sources of information are the BC Centre for Disease Control website and the Public Health Agency of Canada website. There is a great deal of information available but not every source is reliable, I would urge you to be discriminating about the information you consume and rely on official government websites for the most accurate information.
Links to more information:
Business Continuity, Classes & Activities
As of today, March 9, all scheduled activities, including classes and events, are unaffected. However,we encourage everyone to follow the general health and hygiene procedures outlined above.
Given the risks posed by the virus and how little is known about it, we may have to make some difficult choices if the situation changes. Our top priority must be to support the health and wellbeing of our community as we continue to fulfill our mission. Should any disruptions or change of service levels be required, we will try our best to minimize resulting burdens, but I do not expect
that we will be able to eliminate them. Indeed, the virus has already disrupted classes, study abroad programs and required changes to international travel plans at some institutions in Canada and around the globe. (See below for more on study abroad and travel information).
CNC Guidance for Travel and Study Abroad
As of today, no decision has been made regarding cancelling upcoming CNC international travel including currently scheduled study abroad and practicum related trips that have already been approved. A number of Canadian institutions have cancelled all international travel, and the situation is changing. At CNC however, for trips that are still a number of weeks away, we are
planning to wait and before any decisions are made we will continue to monitor health authority, government travel advisories and any direction given by the BC government.
In terms of any new CNC related travel plans to international locations, no new travel should be contemplated in the near future. However, any travel requests that do arise will be assessed on a case by case basis.
In terms of personal travel, we know that many of you may plan travel after the semester. We urge you to weigh the risks and potential consequences for yourself and others. If you are planning to travel please refer to the Government of Canada websites for travel advisories and travel health notices.
The risk of the virus spreading still remains low.
As of March 1, 2020, 24 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.
Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.
Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
CNC continues to monitor the situation and is working closely with the applicable health authorities and the BC Post-Secondary Emergency Planner’sgroup to stay as current as possible on the situation.
In the meantime, please continue to follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.
The most important thing you can do to prevent coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Cover your mouth when you cough so you're not exposing other people. If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed.
We are writing to provide information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a new virus causing respiratory illness.
There have been a small number of cases of COVID-19 in B.C. which are being very closely managed. Updated information regarding these cases can be found at bccdc.ca. All B.C. cases have a recent history of travel to affected areas or close contact with a traveller. There has been no sustained community transmission, and the risk to British Columbians at this point remains low.
As the areas affected by the outbreak changes and we learn more about the virus, we will provide updated public health recommendations. We are now aware that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. Given this new information, there are steps that people at risk of COVID-19 can take to reduce the chance of spread to others.
Advice for students, faculty, or staff on self-isolation
We now recommend that:
Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.
More information on self-isolation is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/2019-novel-coronavirus-information-sheet-travelled-hubei-province-china.html.
While these recommendations are important, they are voluntary. You do not need to report people who are not self-isolating. If you have concerns, you can discuss them with your institution’s administration.
There are measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza:
The following advice is for people who are self-isolating. Students, faculty, or staff who are recommended to self-isolate under the guidance above should call 8-1-1 for additional advice. While self-isolating:
If you are sick and depend on post-secondary housing, food, laundry, hygiene, or other critical services, please let your institution know that you are self-isolating so that they can help support you, including in your current studies.
Staying in isolation can be difficult and lonely. If you are isolated, keep contact with friends and family through phone or computer.
The Provincial Health Officer asks you not to make assumptions about the risk of students, faculty or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history.
Advice on School Events, Outings and Trips
It is not necessary to cancel school events, outings or field trips to public locations. Trips, including educational exchanges to China are not recommended at this time. Up-to-date information on travel advisories to China can be found here: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/210
Additional information on COVID-19 is available on the BC Centre for Disease Control website at: www.bccdc.ca/
As of February 16, 2020, 8 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.
Areas in Canada with confirmed cases
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.
Overall, the risk to Canadian travelers abroad is low.
The risk to Canadian travelers to China is assessed as high. The Government of Canada recommends avoiding:
Travelers coming from Hubei province to Canada continue to be at an increased risk for COVID-19. If you have travelled to Hubei province in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that you left Hubei. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact the local public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. This will reduce your risk of spreading infection to others.
The research and data on COVID-19 continues to grow and evolve. PHAC will continue to adapt their advice for travelers based on the latest science available.
The College of New Caledonia is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus situation and taking the appropriate precautions for limiting the impact to our campus community. We are working closely with public health officials and following their lead and direction.
The Canadian Public Health Agency has assessed the current risk for Canadians as "low."
A response coordination committee, made up of members from key areas of the College, is working to coordinate the College’s response and prepare for any cases directly impacting our campus community. Tyson von den Steinen, Director of Safety & Security is chairing this committee. At this point in time, CNC has no cases presumed or confirmed.
It has been reported in other places around the world that individuals have been unfairly targeted or subjected to discrimination resulting from a misplaced perception that they may be a carrier of a communicable disease based on their perceived disability, race, ancestry, place of origin or otherwise. Fortunately, this isn’t anything we’ve seen happening at CNC but would like to remind everyone that such behavior is not in line with our values and would not be tolerated. Please be aware and be sensitive to others that might be impacted by what’s happening around the world as we learn more about this health concern.
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, cases of a new novel coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019.
On Jan. 28, B.C.’s Minister of Health Adrian Dix and B.C.’s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry released a joint statement announcing the province’s first confirmed case of novel coronavirus. In the statement, Minister Dix and Dr. Henry assured that “the risk of spread of this virus within British Columbia remains low at this time.”
CNC will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow any recommendation from public health authorities. For more information and updates on the coronavirus, please follow the websites below:
BC Centre for Disease Control
Public Health Agency of Canada
BC Ministry of Health
The BC Ministry of Health recommends the general public take no special precautions at this time other than usual measures to prevent other common respiratory viruses. HealthLinkBC provides these tips:
These health authorities are providing accurate and timely updates on the coronavirus outbreak. Please keep up to date with their advisories.
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