Douglas College > About Douglas > News and Media > News > 2020 > March > A message from the President on COVID-19
On March 12, I took part in a conference call between the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, the Ministry of Health, and the Presidents and Board Chairs of all of British Columbia's public universities, colleges and institutes. All of us are concerned about the health and welfare of our students, faculty and other employees in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. And all of us are receiving questions about the status of in-person classes and other activities at our institutions.
The Ministry of Health informed us once again that the health risk to the majority of us as individuals remains low and that the best way to fight the virus is to be vigilant about proper hand washing, cleaning, self-isolation during symptoms, and other recommended steps. The Ministry does not recommend that we suspend in-person classes.
Given this advice, Douglas College – along with the other public universities, colleges and institutes in BC – will remain open and in-person classes and most other activities will continue as scheduled. This is based on the best available evidence and advice from the Province's Chief Medical Health Officer. Should this recommendation change, public post-secondary institutions will work together to suspend activities as necessary in a coordinated manner.
Douglas College will continue to ramp up our capability to deliver course work online, so we are prepared should we ever need to suspend in-person classes, and look at ways to deliver alternatives to in-person exams should that become necessary. In the meantime, we have enhanced our cleaning regimens, curtailed non-essential international travel, and are working across the institution to maintain a healthy, safe and engaging learning and working environment.
I would like to thank the College community for remaining calm, but vigilant, during this challenging period. I encourage you all to follow the recommendations of the BC Centre for Disease Control to stay healthy and help reduce the spread of the virus, and to visit the College FAQs for more information.
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