Bow Valley College COVID-19 Updates
Update March 16, 2020
Bow Valley College is committed to the safety of our students, employees and the community. The risk of contracting COVID-19 may still considered low by Alberta Health Services. However, we know that this crisis is changing quickly, and we have an essential part to play in reducing the spread of the virus. We have paused all classes from March 16 until March 22 and will be offering the majority of students remote classes as of Monday, March 23, 2020. Alberta's Chief Medical Officer announced a new set of aggressive public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. All Kindergarten-Grade 12 classes are cancelled through to the end of the school year. All licensed daycares, including The Laugh N Learn Childcare in North Campus, will also close. The Chief Medical Officer reiterated that face-face classes in post-secondary are cancelled, but that remote/online courses will continue as post-secondary institutions are to remain open. Bow Valley College is doing our best to accommodate our employees who find themselves in a difficult position with the abrupt change in child care or their family’s situation. For employees who are working on campus this week, we will continue with all social distancing and healthy habits protocols with increased cleaning and disinfecting to provide as safe an environment as possible for everyone.
Update March 15, 2020
Bow Valley College is committed to the safety of our students, employees and the community. The risk of contracting COVID-19 is still considered low by Alberta Health Services and the Public Health Agency of Canada. However, we know that this crisis is changing quickly, and we have an essential part to play in reducing the spread of the virus. Effective March 16, 2020 all classes will be paused for one week and the majority of courses will move to online delivery effective March 23, 2020. The majority of students will learn remotely and online while our campuses stay open. This new delivery method will allow us to continue offering quality education and support for our students while drastically reducing the number of people who are physically on our campuses. We will be working with instructors to support them in the transition to a different style of teaching. We are also implementing an appropriate socially distant framework for exams, practicums and participation requirements with this approach to education. We increased the frequency of our cleaning schedule and switched to high-powered disinfectants. We implemented a travel ban for all College business, cancelled all on-campus events, banned attendance at external events, and will continue to provide supplies to keep hands and workplaces clean to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Update March 14, 2020
Bow Valley College is committed to the health and safety of our students, employees and the community during this COVID-19 crisis. We are working around the clock on our continuity plan and will provide an update at noon tomorrow, March 15, 2020. We continue to monitor the situation and are consulting with the Alberta Ministry of Health and Advanced Education.
Update March 13, 2020
Due to Bow Valley College’s smaller class sizes, (under 250 as per the Alberta Ministry of Health’s mandate) the Alberta Ministry of Health has not directed that Bow Valley College close the institution or suspend classes at this time. As a result, Bow Valley College remains open and classes will continue until further notice.
Bow Valley College’s top priority is the safety of our students and employees so we will continue to follow the direction provided from the Alberta Ministry of Health. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Alberta Ministry of Health as the directed approaches to the COVID-19 response unfolds.
- There are no presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Bow Valley College.
- We are actively monitoring the situation and taking necessary measures including disinfecting and cleaning, postponing all on-campus events, implementing a travel ban outside of Bow Valley College's service area in Southern Alberta and rescheduling some practicum placements in medically vulnerable workplaces.
- The College is assessing all continuity options.
Update March 12, 2020
The complexities of COVID-19 are changing rapidly. We remain committed to the safety of our community by monitoring the situation actively, and we are working closely with Alberta Health Services.
- There are no presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 cases at Bow Valley College
- Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the lead on COVID-19 in our province. AHS's advice to all Albertans is that "If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing and have travelled outside Canada or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link 811". We encourage employees and students to follow this advice.
- All events that were to be held on campus are postponed or cancelled.
- While on campus, practice social distancing, which, according to WHO, means maintaining at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Any travel outside of Bow Valley College's service area in Southern Alberta is not permitted.
- Move any meetings from in-person to virtual.
For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit the Government of Alberta's website, Alberta Health Services website or the Frequently Asked Questions on the Government of Canada's website or the World Health Organization.
Update March 11, 2020
Today, COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Bow Valley College continues to actively monitor the situation and work closely with Alberta Health Services, who is the lead on COVID-19 in our province.
Our priority is the safety and well-being of our employees, students and partners.
Effective March 12, all events that were to be held on campus will be postponed or cancelled. Employees are being encouraged to hold meetings either virtually or by phone. Any travel outside of Bow Valley College's service area in Southern Alberta is not permitted unless seen as critical for College business. The College is assessing all continuity options, including remote working, while classes will continue at this time, as we actively monitor the situation.
Update March 4, 2020
The safety and well-being of our employees and our students remain a top priority.
As with all health-related outbreaks, Bow Valley College diligently follows all recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Alberta Health Services.
We also monitor the World Health Organization response as well as review information from the Government of Canada travel advisories.
On January 31, 2020, Bow Valley College implemented an international travel ban. This travel ban prohibits employees from travelling outside of Canada, including any U.S. states that have declared a state of emergency, for work-related purposes. This travel ban will continue, we will re-evaluate the ban at the end of March 2020.
We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to provide any relevant updates.
Prevention of the coronavirus
The risk of contracting the virus is still considered low in Alberta, and public health measures are in place to quickly identify potential cases and prevent the infection from spreading.
Many common respiratory viruses are circulating in Alberta and around the world, such as influenza (known as the flu). The flu will be the most likely cause of a respiratory infection.
To help protect against all respiratory illnesses, including the flu and coronavirus, you should:
- Use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
- Consult the Global Affairs Canada site before leaving the country if travelling abroad
- Contact your primary health provider or 811 Health Link if you have questions or concerns about your health
If you are feeling unwell with a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing, see a health care professional. In Alberta, you can call Alberta Health Link at 811.