Covid-19 Vaccination and Mask Measures

Frequently Asked Questions: Vaccination and Mask Measures

(Updated: March 17th, 2022)

A: The PHO announced that as of March 11 at 12:01am masks are no longer required in indoor spaces. The PHO indicated that individual organizations can choose to require masks on their premises. Quest will move forward with a hybrid approach. Students, staff and faculty will no longer have to wear masks in indoor spaces, except, we will ask that you continue to wear masks in the classroom until further notice.

A: Quest has free rapid antigen tests available to the Quest community. You can get one by speaking to your RA or RC, grab one at reception, the RecPlex, or in the faculty lounge.

A: Everyone has a role to play in preventing Covid-19. We are all responsible for the health and wellness of each other. Living off campus in Squamish, we ask all students to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Washing hands, wearing a mask, getting vaccinated, and physically distancing are all ways you can do your part to keep our campus healthy. You may be wondering “What do I do if I am feeling sick?”

If you are feeling ill, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or think you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19,and you live on campus, please follow these steps:

1. Stay in your room.

2. Check your symptoms.

3. Use a rapid antigen test to test yourself,

4. Self isolate for 5 days at home. Do not come to campus until you have completed your 5 days of isolation.

5. Follow all public health recommendations.

6. If you are self isolating and you live on campus you may require food, or other resources. The Residence Team is here to support you, simply contact your RA on call to alert us of your situation, and we will outline supports and next steps for you including food delivery etc.

7. If you are taking a class at this time, contact your tutor. Let them know you will be missing class and get instructions on next steps.

Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can feel overwhelming. The Student Life team is here to support you. We will manage all inquiries confidentially. Anyone, even those following all prevention protocols could get COVID-19, which is why we have these processes in place. Know that we will support all our students in a kind and supportive way.  

A: Everyone has a role to play in preventing Covid-19. We are all responsible for the health and wellness of each other. Living off campus in Squamish, we ask all students to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Washing hands, wearing a mask, getting vaccinated, and physically distancing are all ways you can do your part to keep our campus healthy. You may be wondering “What do I do if I am feeling sick?”

If you are feeling ill, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or think you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, please follow these steps:

1. Stay home.

2. Check your symptoms.

3. Use a rapid antigen test to test yourself,

4. Self isolate for 5 days at home. Do not come to campus until you have completed your 5 days of isolation.

5. Follow all public health recommendations.

6. If you are taking a class at this time, contact your tutor. Let them know you will be missing class and get instructions on next steps.

Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can feel overwhelming. The Student Life team is here to support you. We will manage all inquiries confidentially. Anyone, even those following all prevention protocols could get COVID-19, which is why we have these processes in place. Know that we will support all our students in a kind and supportive way.

A: Beginning August 26th, 2022, every member of the Quest community—all students, faculty, and staff—were required to show proof of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine before coming onto campus.

On April 8, 2022 at 12:01 am, these restrictions will be lifted. Proof of vaccination will no longer be required to access restaurants, local businesses and events, including Quest graduation events. Proof of vaccination will no longer be required for Quest residences.

A: All members of our campus communities must continue to wear masks when in class. All other indoor spaces no longer require mask wearing.

A: Public health authorities recommend that a non-medical mask be used to reduce community transmission of COVID-19, especially when physical distancing may be challenging or not possible. Such use can protect others if the wearer of the mask is infectious. While those with symptoms should stay home, there are cases of transmission of disease from asymptomatic individuals. Classrooms are small spaces, and to keep our community safe, the task force decided to keep this requirement in place.

A: Students with a protected characteristics can submit a letter with required documentation from a medical professional requesting to be exempt from mask wearing and vaccination measures.

Letters can be sent confidentially to julie.miller@questu.ca. Anyone approved through this process will be provided with a letter they can present to faculty and staff when needed.  Staff and faculty can confidentially provide medical documentation to HR by emailing  elena.hutchinson@questu.ca to apply for exemption from these safety measures.

A: As with all current COVID-19 health and safety measures, we expect visitors to campus, including contractors, to abide by these measures.

A: Our COVID-19 Task Force has been monitoring the on-going risk of COVID-19, as well as the emerging variants. In consultation with other Canadian post-secondary institutions, representatives of our student body, staff, and faculty, and with legal and public health experts, we deemed that these safety measures were the best approach to protect our small residential campus, as well as the broader Squamish community and region.

A: These safety measures will remain in effect as long as COVID-19 remains a risk to our Quest community. Our COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the situation and, in consultation with the Executive committee, the Board of Governors, and public health officials, will adjust these measures accordingly.

A: The science is clear: vaccinations are the clearest path towards beating COVID-19 and its dangerous variants. Without these measures unvaccinated individuals on campus jeopardize their own health and the health of others and will disrupt in-person classes and campus activities for everyone. Only widespread vaccination and testing throughout our campus can help ensure our safety.  

A: For those not yet vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccines are available by contacting VCH.

A: This policy will remain in effect as long as COVID-19 remains a risk to our Quest community. This policy will be reviewed regularly by the Covid Task Force. It is subject to change at the discretion and in consultation with the Quest University Executive Team, the Quest Covid Task Force and Board of Governors as public health guidance and understanding about COVID-19 evolves. 

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