Covid-19 Vaccination and Mask Measures

New Vaccination and Mask Measures 

Frequently Asked Questions 

As you may have seen, some new COVID-19 safety measures have recently been announced for Quest. As part of our shared responsibility to keep each other and our extended families safe during the upcoming school year, COVID-19 vaccines are now required for all students, faculty, and staff.  Masks will also be required for all individuals while using indoor spaces on the Quest University campus with exception when alone in private residence rooms and personal offices.

Please see the following FAQ’s, which will hopefully provide answers to any questions or concerns you may have.

A: Yes. Public health experts have indicated that the use of a non-medical mask can help reduce community transmission of COVID-19, especially when physical distancing may be challenging or not possible.

Exemptions to wearing masks exist in the cafeteria when eating and when actively exercising in the RecPlex. Masks should be worn into these buildings and when moving from one area to another. The PHO guidelines continue to shift, and as they do we adjust. Currently, the most up to date guidelines state that staff and faculty who are meeting in private offices and meeting spaces, where social distancing is possible, and where no student or member of the public is present, can choose to remove their masks. 

Please be mindful that if someone in your meeting chooses to wear a mask, it would be appropriate and respectful to also wear your mask. Individuals who are not feeling well, however, should still stay home, rather than rely on a mask to prevent transmission.

A: Everyone has a role to play in preventing Covid-19. We are all responsible for the health and wellness of each other.

Living in residence at Quest, 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. These 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. Call 811 or use this self-assessment tool to determine your next steps (be that visiting a testing facility, or emergency department, etc). Testing is recommended for anyone with cold-, flu- or COVID-19-like symptoms. Testing sites will not test folks without symptoms.
  4. Need to be tested for COVID-19? Learn more about the process. Testing is available at the locations indicated on the British Columbia COVID-19 Collection Centres webpage. (Please note, Quest University does not have on campus testing for anyone experiencing symptoms so you will have to go to the testing facility listed in Squamish)
  5. If you are directed to self-isolate, and you live on campus you may require alternate accommodation, 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 a isolation space, food delivery etc.
  6. If you test positive, public health will get in touch and give you instructions on how to self-isolate.
  7. Follow all public health recommendations.
  8. 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 with support from Operations 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. These 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. Call 811 or use this self-assessment tool to determine your next steps (be that visiting a testing facility, or emergency department, etc). Testing is recommended for anyone with cold-, flu- or COVID-19-like symptoms. Testing sites will not test folks without symptoms.
  4. Need to be tested for COVID-19? Learn more about the process. Testing is available at the locations indicated on the British Columbia COVID-19 Collection Centres webpage. (Please note, Quest University does not have on campus testing for anyone experiencing symptoms so you will have to go to the testing facility listed in Squamish)
  5. If you are directed to self-isolate, do so at home until you are provided further instructions. Do not come to campus until advised by public health.
  6. If you test positive, public health will get in touch and give you instructions on how to self-isolate.
  7. Follow all public health recommendations.
  8. 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: We are renewing the requirement to wear masks while indoors on the campus, and requiring all students, staff, and faculty to be fully vaccinated by Monday, October 25, the beginning of our November Block.

A: Over the past several weeks, 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: The on-going risk of COVID-19, in particular emerging variants, and the possibility of a fourth wave, has resulted in an increased need for safety measures that will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within our campus community.

A: All individuals, including contractors and visitors, will be required to wear a mask while indoors on the campus, except when in personal workspaces, bedrooms, and while eating and drinking.

All students and staff/faculty, who are eligible for vaccination, will be required to be fully vaccinated by Monday, October 25.

In accordance with the guidelines from the Provincial Health Office,  beginning September 7th, everyone living and visiting residence will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of a second dose will be required by no later than October 24.

A: Yes. All individuals, including contractors, guest, visitors, and the public will be required to wear a mask while indoors on the campus.

Individuals who will be on the campus for less than 24 hours will not be asked for proof of vaccination or required to provide the results of a COVID-19 test.

A: These COVID-19 safety measures come into effect on Thursday, August 26.

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 to elena.hutchinson@questu.ca to apply to be exempt from these new measures.

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: Yes. Beginning on Thursday, August 26, all members of the Quest Community will be required to check-in at the Campus Life office (113 Admin/Library Building) and will be asked to present documentation of their current vaccination status. Confirmation of full vaccination will be required by Monday, October 25.

A: No. The Campus Life office will just record your status as either; fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or not disclosed. No private health records will be copied or stored.

A: All students, faculty, and staff—will be required to show proof of at least on Health Canada approved vaccines before coming onto campus. If you received a vaccine that has not been approved by Health Canada, we recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider, or with the BC Health Authority (BCHA), to determine the appropriate next steps for COVID-19 vaccination.

A: Full vaccination against COVID-19 has been repeatedly demonstrated to be the most effective manner of protecting against the illness caused by COVID-19 and its spread among the population. The more members of our campus community who are fully vaccinated the safer it will be for all of us to share this campus, attend classes in person, and participate in on campus activities. These measures will help us return to our normal life on campus.

A: Yes. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is operating a drop-in vaccination clinic in Squamish. The clinic is working on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on your eligibility and vaccine availability. People 12 years and older are eligible to be vaccinated and you are eligible for a second dose at 28 days after your first dose.

A: The Vaccination clinic is located at Brennan Park Recreation Centre (1009 Centennial Way) and is open:

  • August 23, 10am-5pm
  • September 1, 10am – 5pm
  • September 15, 10am – 5pm

Quest’s Student Life team will be organizing transportation to vaccine clinic all students who want to be vaccinated. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

A: Anyone who is not vaccinated, or does not disclose their vaccination status, will be required to provide the results a COVID-19 test each week to permitted on our campus. If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will not be permitted to be on the campus or to participate in any activities, including in class instruction. More information about COVID-19 testing and other related measures will be provided as soon as possible.

A: Yes. We will help facilitate COVID-19 testing for everyone who needs it. We are establishing this process now and will release more information as soon as possible. If you would like our assistance with accessing the tests, please email us at covidtest@questu.ca.

A: No. You do not need to wear a mask inside your own bedroom or washroom in the residences, while alone in your own workspace, or while eating or drinking.

A: Anyone who is unable to be vaccinated, or wear a mask, for a protected characteristic (e.g. health, religion, etc.) may request an exemption to these safety measures. The request, including supporting documentation, must be emailed to julie.miller@questu.ca.

A: It is the expectation that all members of the Quest community be vaccinated for protection against COVID-19, and will abide by all COVID-19 health and safety measures in place on our campus. Staff, faculty, and students can kindly and supportively remind others to wear masks. Students, staff, and faculty will report to the Housing office to have their vaccination records recorded. More details will come very soon about testing procedures.

Those not vaccinated and without a negative test result will not be allowed on campus, in buildings, residences or classrooms. 

A: Quest has carefully considered the requirements for both a safe and welcoming campus reopening. When the campus reopens for regular operations, the increased population need for regular cleaning and sanitization, especially in high traffic areas. We have implemented a plan that will gradually reopen all campus facilities over the coming term.

A: Yes. The campus operations team has identified specific areas that will be the focus for regular cleaning and sanitization including:

  • The common areas in the residences
  • The Meal Hall, including the Dining Room
  • The classrooms
  • The Admin Building, including the Atrium, the Learning Commons, and the Library
  • All staff workspaces

All other indoor spaces will be closed and/or receive cleaning as time permits.

A: The campus operations team has identified facilities and spaces that will either be closed, or operate on reduced hours, to help ease the gradual reopening of the campus. The changes to these facilities include:

  • The Admin/Library Building will close earlier in the evening during the school week and have reduced hours during the weekends.
  • The Academic Building will close earlier in the evening during the school week and will be closed during the weekends.
  • Levels 1 and 2 of the University Services Building, including the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room) and the washrooms will be closed and ‘off limits’ except for booked events.
  • The 3rd Floor of the Admin/Library building will be closed and ‘off limits’ until further notice.
  • The RecPlexwill be closed until further notice.

A: As soon as possible. Like many employers, our campus operations team is short-staffed and still hiring employees. Once the team is complete and all new staff are properly trained, they will begin to slowly reopen all parts of the campus. We hope to reach this point during the Fall term.

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