COVID-19 – INSTITUTION RESPONSE

December 27, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, InFocus Film School temporarily suspended on-site classes on March 16, 2020. As the provincial health office in British Columbia has adjusted measures around the province, InFocus has been executing a phased approach to resume in-class education.

These phases are based on the guidelines and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, public health agencies, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Our plans are focused on prioritizing the health and well-being of students, instructors, and staff; maintaining our commitment to delivering a quality educational experience; and adopting an approach to in-person learning that follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer. 

Currently, InFocus is primarily delivering classes remotely (online) with select classes conducted in-person both on and off-campus for hands-on work in the Film Production Program, including filming on film sets.  

Classes in other programs will remain online for the time being.

Please be assured that we are dedicated to your education during these unusual and challenging times. Thank you for understanding these measures.

PRECAUTIONS AND PREVENTION

READ OUR COVID-19 CAMPUS SAFETY AND RESPONSE PLAN

READ OUR ON-CAMPUS RULES AND GUIDELINES

The health and safety of all students, instructors, and staff at InFocus Film School is of paramount importance, especially so during the current COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, working with students, instructors, and staff, InFocus has developed a comprehensive set of rules and guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy while on campus and on set. All students, staff, and visitors must follow these rules while on campus.

This policy focuses on several key areas to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Physical distancing and reducing in-person interactions
  • Restricting non-essential visitors and guests to the campus
  • Sanitation, cleaning, and hygiene to prevent the spread of germs
  • Self-monitoring and staying home when sick or feeling unwell
  • Personal protection including mandatory masks when in class

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

All students and staff should assess themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19. A self-assessment tool is available online at https://bc.thrive.health/

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Nausea or vomiting

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the COVID-19 should call 8-1-1 where they will be connected to a health professional. Information is available in more than 130 languages.

TRAVELLING

Please avoid all non-essential travel–both international and domestic–for the near future and stay home as much as possible. All students who are arriving from other countries or planning international travel must inform info@infocusfilmschool.com before they travel. Everyone (except healthcare workers and other exempt individuals) will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their entry into Canada.

International students and other international travelers will require several items be in place BEFORE they travel. This includes:

  • Completion of an ArriveCAN application
  • A self-isolation plan. Details and resources for creating a plan are available here.
  • Suitable accommodations for the 14-day mandatory quarantine period

Upon entering Canada, in addition to normal travel and applicable study permit documents, travelers will be asked to confirm they are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, acknowledge quarantine requirements, and present their self-isolation plan. More information on traveling to Canada is available on the federal government travel webpage.

DOWNLOAD OUR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE

WHAT NOW?

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the BCCDC website or Health Canada COVID-19 webpage.

For questions or concerns about InFocus’ COVID-19 procedures, or to report compliance issues, please contact:

Jess Seymour
Registrar
jess@infocusfilmschool.com

The struggles of all people affected by this pandemic are on our minds. Thank you to all workers in health care and other essential services. This crisis is temporary, and we will all emerge stronger for having lived through it.

Stay safe.