COVID-19: Faculty of Education Return to Campus Updates
Faculty-wide Updates and Resources
- Dean’s Update: COVID-19: Return to Campus
Dear colleagues and friends,
As we plan for a return to campus on September 7, the Senior Leadership Team and I would like to recognize that we are all coming from different places and different stages of emotional readiness to resume our on-campus lives. The health and well-being of our students, staff, faculty and instructors remains top of mind for us.
The situation remains fluid, with guidance from public health officials and UBC evolving rapidly. It is vital to the success of our academic commitments that we ensure our operations and practices are consistent with UBC’s and the province’s approach. I encourage our community to be patient and continue to support each other at this time.
UBC and the Faculty of Education remain committed to face-to-face instruction. We will only deviate from this plan through accommodations. We will be guided by UBC’s mask and vaccine policies, which are currently in development. We will update you the moment we receive news.
Please take a moment to read the following Return to Campus themes, which are relevant to all in our Faculty of Education community.
Miigwech – thank you,
Return to campus information for the Faculty of Education
Teaching, learning, and administration
As noted above, the Faculty of Education is committed to face-to-face instruction beginning September 7. This is what we have communicated to our students, who are travelling from near and far, and we need to honour that commitment.
Heads and Directors have been invited to attend an event hosted by the Office of the Provost tomorrow, with speakers including Andrew Szeri, Simon Bates, Pam Ratner, along with colleagues from Faculty Relations, Employee Relations, Safety & Risk Services, and the VPRI (among others). Heads and Directors will be able to share information with you following the briefing.
Most Faculty of Education staff are returning to on-campus work on September 7. Many staff members have applied for up to two days per week of remote work, as part of our pilot project on remote work arrangements. Staff and instructors in the ELI will be returning to campus at a date that aligns with the start of on-campus instruction.
Mode of course delivery
I encourage faculty members who have concerns about course delivery modes to engage in a discussion with their Head or Director. Please refer to the following resources:
- Part 1 of the Collective Agreement, Article 13.03 e) asks that the Head considers mode of delivery when assigning teaching workload.
- The University’s remote work guidelines state that the modality of instruction of a course needs discussion between the Head and the faculty member.
ETS will continue to provide support for all types of course delivery. New information about hybrid course instruction and remote student participation will be available early next week on the ETS website.
UBC has created guidelines for faculty and staff to understand and request medical accommodation. Documentation may be required.
We recognize that there are presently many concerns about teaching and learning, and we are currently receiving requests to relocate classes to larger rooms. The university simply does not have capacity to make such changes for everyone who requests a larger room. We are therefore prioritizing changes for those who have a clear need (for example, those who require a medical accommodation).
UBC’s COVID-19 Heating, ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC) working group reviewed technical recommendations to enhance building ventilation systems to reduce the risk of airborne infectious aerosol exposure in UBC-owned and operated buildings. All Scarfe and PCN learning spaces are mechanically ventilated spaces and may be used at pre-pandemic capacity.
Indoor mask requirement
New Public Health Orders, effective August 25, 2021, note that non-medical masks are required for all indoor public areas at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs. The Order also applies to anyone taking public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle. There is an additional announcement specific to post-secondary institutions. UBC Okanagan is subject to additional health measures.
The Faculty of Education is presently waiting for clarity on several points, such as mask-wearing in learning spaces and in shared office spaces.
We understand that UBC is in the process of developing new policy on vaccination requirements for the campus community. We will receive a UBC broadcast when the information is finalized.
Here is the most current provincial information we have:
- As of September 13, people in British Columbia will be required to be partially vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to access certain businesses and events.
- As of October 24, people in British Columbia will be required to be fully immunized, at least seven days after receiving two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, to access the same list of businesses and events.
- In the interim, in areas where community transmission is increased significantly or where there are outbreaks, the requirements to be fully vaccinated to access events and activities may be required at the direction of the local medical health officer.
Here is the full list of settings where proof of vaccination will be required:
- indoor ticketed sporting events
- indoor concerts
- indoor theatre/dance/symphony events
- restaurants (indoor and patio dining)
- night clubs
- movie theatres
- fitness centres/gyms (excluding youth recreational sport)
- businesses offering indoor high-intensity group exercise activities
- organized indoor events (eg. weddings, parties, conferences, meetings, workshops)
- discretionary organized indoor group recreational classes and activities
Read the Government news release.
BC Vaccine Card
Individuals will be able to confidentially access their proof of vaccination through a secure website. A weblink will be provided and publicized widely before September 13. To access proof of vaccination, an individual will need:
- date of birth
- personal health number (PHN)
Individuals will be able to save a copy of their proof of vaccination to their phone to show when entering or using designated businesses and events. A second, secure option will be provided for people who cannot access their proof of vaccination online through a call-in centre (call centre details to be made public in coming days). Individuals will show proof of vaccination in the settings listed in the PHO order, alongside valid government ID.
More information on the new vaccine card.
Vaccination clinics on campus
UBC is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic to assist with vaccinating members of our campus community.
UBC Life Sciences Centre
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Dates and times
August 26, 27 and August 30 to September 3
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Dose 1: All people aged 12+
Dose 2: People vaccinated at least 28 days ago
If you are planning to hold an in-person event on either campus, please review the most current information. Those planning an event on the Vancouver campus are required to access Safety and Risk Services’ risk identification tool to help evaluate potential risk.
COVID-19 safety training
All UBC employees are required to complete the new mandatory online COVID-19 safety training (UBC Vancouver | UBC Okanagan) prior to resuming on-campus activities, or as soon as possible if they are already working on campus. Those returning to campus are also required to follow the COVID-19 Campus Rules.
- COVID-19 Safety Plan
1. Common Areas and Public Realm
2. Field Trip and Field Research Activities
4. Learning Spaces
5. Office/Administrative Areas
6. Study Spaces
7. Workshops and Research Laboratories
Please refer to the safety plans for guidance specific to these areas.