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Update for students: Returning to campus in Fall 2021Posted on June 10, 2021
A message from VCC's Recovery Plan Working Group (RPWG)
As we look towards the sunny days of summer, there are a few key areas where students can help ensure a safe return to on-campus activity at Vancouver Community College (VCC) this fall.
Just as VCC encourages our students to get their flu shots and take measures to keep themselves safe and healthy, we strongly encourage our entire community to follow the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.
Vaccines do more than protect the people getting vaccinated, they also protect everyone around them. The more people in a community who are immunized and protected from COVID-19, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread.
Find information about B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccinations and learn how to register at gov.bc.ca/covid-19.
VCC’s COVID-19 information site
Later this month, content on VCC's COVID-19 information site will be updated and organized to include facts and FAQs relevant to this next stage of the pandemic and VCC operations moving into the fall.
We encourage students to bookmark this page and check it over the summer months for updates heading into September.
Returning to campus
Staff and faculty at VCC are currently planning for a safe return to on-campus activity this fall. Over the summer, your department(s) and/or instructors will be reaching out to you to ensure you have all the information required for a safe start of the semester.
Our student support areas are also open to help you with questions, including admissions, registration, fees, and advising.
In a recent Town Hall with the Alliance of BC Students, the British Columbia Federation of Students, and Indigenous student associations and student unions from 25 public post-secondary institutions, PHO Dr. Bonnie Henry spoke about how vaccine effectiveness has reinforced confidence in a full return to campus for post-secondary institutions in the fall.
Have a safe summer
The information being shared out from the PHO is very encouraging — that by the end of summer, we can expect COVID-19 cases to be low and vaccine rates to be high.
Throughout the pandemic, VCC has continued to operate essential learning activities safely on campus, and over the past year, we have set an example of how to adapt to unprecedented challenges.
We have every confidence that, over the next few months, we will be able to plan for a safe return in the fall.
Please stay safe and continue to follow provincial guidelines and recommendations.