COVID-19 – INSTITUTION RESPONSE

August 1, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to affect the world, InFocus Film School temporarily suspended on-site classes on March 16, 2020. As the provincial health agency in British Columbia has started to lift measures around the province, InFocus has been planning 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. 

During summer 2020, InFocus will primarily offer 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 unusual measures.

PRECAUTIONS AND PREVENTION

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 Health and Safety Policy to keep everyone safe and healthy while on campus and on set.

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
  • Staying home when sick or feeling unwell
  • Personal protection including mandatory masks when in class

All students, staff, and visitors must follow this policy while on campus. Read the full policy here.

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.

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 from or have recently visited other countries to inform 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 and other essential services. This crisis is temporary, and we will all emerge stronger for having lived through it.

Stay safe.