Post-secondary studies during COVID-19

For the 2021/2022 academic year, public post-secondary institutions will follow updated COVID-19 Return-to-Campus guidelines. 

Last updated: December 22, 2021

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COVID-19 Return-to-Campus guidelines

The guidelines are developed by a team of experts from B.C.’s post-secondary sector, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, regional health authorities and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Return-to-Campus town halls

virtual town hall meeting was held on December 8, 2021 with representatives from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and the BC Centre for Disease Control to discuss public health guidance for BC’s post-secondary institutions. Topics discussed included:

  • Why vaccinations are not mandatory for post-secondary students, faculty and staff
  • The limited value of rapid testing in environments with high vaccination rates
  • The low COVID-19 transmission rates at post-secondary institutions
  • PHO advice on travel over the holiday break

Two earlier virtual town hall meetings covered public health guidance in the previously released Return-to-Campus Primer:

Institution communicable disease prevention

Under the guidance of WorkSafeBC, all public post-secondary institutions have developed communicable disease prevention plans. 

As part of these plans, post-secondary institutions can implement their own proof of vaccination policies beyond what is provincially required. 

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