Coronavirus (COVID-19): VFS monitoring & response
Updated: March 31, 2020
In order to continue the delivery of our programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver Film School has paused all in-person instructional delivery, as well as staff and student access to all campuses, until we are able to re-open.
During this time, in line with the request from the Provincial Health Authority to promote social distancing, VFS is actively planning and enacting alternative forms of instructional delivery.
- All departments have been working countless hours to shift VFS programs to online delivery. For many programs, we have proceeded with online course delivery with minimal interruption.
- We are in touch with all students regarding how their classes will resume during the campus closure. Please check your emails regularly for exact details and instructions.
- The safety of our students, staff, and industry partners will always be our first priority, and will continue to guide us as we navigate this and other challenging decisions in the coming weeks.
VFS is committed to continuing to offer exceptional industry-leading instructional delivery during this time of transition and we thank everyone in advance for their ongoing patience and understanding.
“Although facilities will remain closed until it is safe to reopen, I can say with confidence that if any school in the world is up to the task, it is VFS,” says Vancouver Film School president James Griffin. “Our students create more original content each year than other schools anywhere and we work at a flat-out pace year-round. You are more than our students, you are all part of the VFS family and we intend to deliver an exceptional experience, even in these difficult times.”
As COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to spread around the world and more cases are reported in B.C., Vancouver Film School is actively monitoring the situation and supporting a global response.
What you need to know
COVID-19 is a serious disease, but outbreaks can be managed and contained. At this time, Canada’s Public Health Agency and B.C.’s Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) have assessed the risk associated with the virus as “low,” and the vast majority of infected people are expected to recover.
However, at this time, the province of British Columbia and Canada’s Public Health Office advise against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including the United States.
If you are returning from abroad, you will need to stay away from work and school for 14 days upon your return. Should any symptoms arise during the 14-day monitoring period, immediately limit your contact with others and call 8-1-1.
If you are travelling abroad for Vancouver Film School business or study, please contact Andrew Tsang.
If you’re concerned you may have COVID-19 symptoms and want to do a self-assessment, please visit: https://covid19.thrive.health
What VFS is doing
Our message to all prospective and enrolled students, as well as their parents and guardians, is about our increased response to COVID-19, and how we’re empowering everyone at VFS to make decisions that are best for their health.
VFS has established a COVID-19 Committee consisting of key stakeholders in all departments and we are communicating on a daily basis to review the latest updates from the Provincial, Federal and World Health Organizations, and to make the appropriate changes to our procedures, best practices, and communication within the VFS community.
Offshore requests to visit VFS
On March 18, the federal government announced the closure of Canada’s borders to non-essential travel due to COVID-19 measures.
Until further notice, international visitors (including those from the U.S.) are not allowed in Canada.
Visitors who had arrived from the U.S. prior to the closure must observe a 14-day isolation period before visiting VFS, as established by the provincial and federal governments.
All visitor requests (i.e. agents, school representatives, visiting scholars, third-party vendors, etc.) are to be reported to the relevant Department Supervisor for approval.
While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the risk associated with coronavirus as low thus far, we continue to monitor developments very closely.
The B.C. government has restricted events and gatherings of 50 people or more. Consequently, VFS is currently evaluating all event commitments for the sake of everyone involved.
For more information about our scheduled events, visit vfs.edu/events
VFS has stepped up its facilities and janitorial services by frequently wiping down high-touch, and high-traffic areas. Most importantly, VFS will continue to promote the following best practices to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as noted by the BC Provincial Health Authorities, the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Canadian Centre for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.
The best way to further protect yourself and those around you from the virus is to:
- Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
- Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
- If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
Most importantly, if you have any kind of illness, please stay home, get rest, and take the time to recover.
For more information on COVID-19
Public Health Agency of Canada — https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
BC Centre for Disease Control — http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus
World Health Organization — https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
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