Here is where you will find all the latest updates from Centre for Arts and Technology in relation to the COVID – 19 Pandemic. Students, please continue to check this page as well as your email for future updates.
March 18th 2020
Campus will be closed as of 5:00pm today, Wednesday March 18th, 2020.
Since last Friday the senior staff of the school has met every morning to discuss the latest recommendations of public health officials in order to make fact-based decisions about how to best proceed with regards to our response to the emerging COVID-19 challenge.
We had hoped to remain open to ensure each of you had access to all the things you need to complete the quarter, but these are unprecedented times and changes have been coming swiftly. The news of the last 24 hours and the data provided by health officials made it clear that we need to do more to protect ourselves and one another.
To that end, we have made the decision to close our campus to students effectively immediately.
This announcement is likely to raise a whole number of questions. “What about my assignment?” “How can I capture my animation?” “How will I complete this class?” “Will I be able to continue my studies?”
Know that we already have answers to many of the questions we assume you will have, and we also have solutions to many of the challenges this decision raises. We know that our decision to close the campus may have some bumps and hiccups along the way but be assured that we are fully committed to doing everything we can to ensure you continue on your path to success. Classes will re-convene, likely virtually, in April. In the coming hours and days, you will receive emails detailing how you can expect to proceed and so it is important that you check your email regularly.
It is often the case that announcements such as this one come tagged with something like, “…this is a difficult decision…” The truth is this ISN’T a difficult choice. The health and safety of our students, staff and their families has always been our highest priority and we are fully committed to this responsibility.
All our CAT staff including Department Heads, Managers, Instructors and Support Staff will continue to respond to emails, but if you have any immediate questions or concerns, please feel welcome to reach out to me.
In the meantime, enjoy the coming of spring, follow the recommendations of Health Canada, and stay healthy.
We’ll reconnect when we can.
CAT Management Team
March 16th 2020
In-Class Students: Transitioning to Online/Alternative Delivery & Assessment Methods
In an effort to increase social distancing, we will be transitioning our in-class instruction to online instruction and alternative forms of delivery and assessment, where possible and reasonable. Please note – We will be open and classes in session for these final days of our January Quarter. Students – Please check your emails daily for further updates specific to your program.
Our campuses will remain open while implementing measures to support social distancing. We are open for our final week of the January Quarter, completing final quarter educational requirements. Pay attention to your e-mail for future notifications regarding plans for post-term break.
In response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and in accordance with B.C. health officials’ guidelines, Centre for Arts and Technology is undertaking the following measures on top of additional cleaning and sanitation on campus:
- Cancelling or rescheduling any events of 50 people or events that include the public.
- Cancelling all corporate travel outside of Canada – including to the U.S. In addition, anyone who chooses to travel will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return as per the Canadian government. This applies to employees and students.
If you become sick, or develop a fever, do not attend classes. Immediately inform your Instructor, Student Success Advisor by email and Centre for Arts and Technology by calling in at 250-860-2787 as per your Student Handbook. Additionally, you can call HealthLink 811 for medical advice and also access more information at HealthLink BC. Students will not be penalized for not attending but are expected to continue with their theoretical studies remotely by connecting with their instructor for any assignments.
Symptoms specific to COVID-19 include:
- Deep cough
- Difficulty breathing
If you have any of the above symptoms but have not recently travelled, not been exposed to a site with a declared outbreak and have had no direct contact with anyone tested/awaiting results for COVID-19, call 811 and they will provide you with any necessary next steps and advice. Please note it may take a while to get through, so please keep on trying. If you are unable to connect with 811 assistance, please go to HealthLink BC.
Centre for Arts and Technology is following the advice from health agencies and is urging students, employees and visitors to our campuses and facilities to reduce the risk of transmitting respiratory diseases by:
- Regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
- Staying at home if you or someone in your family is experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Centre for Arts and Technology is monitoring the situation and will update this information page as appropriate. You can learn more about novel coronavirus updates from these organizations: