NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INSTITUTION RESPONSE

April 1, 2020

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, InFocus Film School has temporarily suspended all on-site classes and operations until at least May 1, 2020. This date may change as the situation evolves.

Program and course delivery will continue through either Zoom video communication software or Discord, depending on your program of study. If you have any issues or questions about this online delivery, please reach out to a program manager.

InFocus will make every attempt to deliver all curriculum and maintain the current class schedule, however some changes may be required due to the limitations of this new program delivery. Missed content will be covered once normal operations resume, although some lessons may need to be condensed.

Normal attendance and participation requirements will remain in effect. Students are still required to attend all online classes and submit assignments.

For the health and safety of both students and the public at large, we ask that students stay home as much as possible. The campus is currently closed. If a student requires use of the facilities, please contact a program administrator. Please do not come if you are sick.

Please be assured that we are dedicated to your education during these unusual and challenging times. Thank you for understanding these unusual measures. We will resume normal operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to that of the flu, including fever, cough, muscle aches, and may include difficulty breathing. Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus should call 8-1-1 where they will be connected to a health professional. Information is available in more than 130 languages.

PRECAUTIONS AND PREVENTION

Precautionary measured to avoid COVID-19 are similar to measures to prevent the cold and flu. Everyone should:

  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • 60-90% alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used to clean hands that are not visibly soiled.
  • Do not touch your face, eyes, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close physical contact with others and maintain social distancing measures.

If you are experiencing symptoms similar to a cold or the flu, please stay home.

InFocus Film School has increased the frequency of our cleaning services, including in high-use areas. As always, we ask that students are mindful and properly dispose of items such as tissues, napkins and disposable food utensils. Please thoroughly wash all reusable dishes and utensils before and immediately after use.

Please refrain from sharing food, drinks, or other items that may transmit illness.

TRAVELLING

Please avoid all non-essential travel–both international and domestic–for the near future and stay home as much as possible. InFocus asks all students who are travelling or have recently travelled to other countries to immediately contact info@infocusfilmschool.com and self-isolate for 14 days upon your return.

WHAT NOW?

If you have any questions about the coronavirus or COVID-19, please visit the Health Canada FAQ webpage or call the Public Health Agency of Canada 2019 Novel Coronavirus Telephone Information Line at 1-833-784-4397.

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

Stay safe.