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Post-secondary townhall with Dr. Bonnie Henry

Following the video is a list of questions asked along with time stamps to easily find where the questions were addressed.

Questions addressed in the video

The GFG primer seems overly confident about the state of COVID infections for fall 2021. Why the optimism?


The possibility of exposure in post-secondary education is up as more young adults get Covid. Why isn't a full return to in-person instruction being preceded by full vaccinations?

Might specific high risk settings mandate vaccine (e.g., nursing students; athletes; residential students in shared living spaces)?

What level of immunization needs to be achieved to have a safe fall term?

When do you anticipate that the vast majority of young adults will be issued their second shot?

Will employers be expected to track employee vaccine status in case of exposure?


Some students and employees are feeling very anxious about returning to campus while COVID is still with us. Under what circumstances should PSIs be expected to accommodate or create alternate arrangements for these people?

Any advice or guidance on how we protect and accommodate students & faculty who can't get the vaccine for medical restrictions in working in high density classrooms & workplaces?

Should our union members be concerned if they are required to work with other people who have chosen to not be vaccinated?

Go forward guideline implementation

When will the revised go-forward guidelines be ready, when will they go into effect and why was the primer released when it was?

Guidelines seem based on a K-12 model. Our students travel on transit and are intermixed, in different rooms, hourly. How is post-sec being treated differently?

Given the risks of in-person classes, why not a phased return with a substantial number of online and hybrid course offerings where pedagogically appropriate?

What threshold of risk has been used to evaluate the statement in the Primer that: "classes can be scheduled without physical distancing requirements"?

In consideration of the mental health and well being of faculty and students, is a phased return to face to face class for the fall being considered?

Many faculty, staff and students, teach, work, and learn at more than one institution. How will work & movement be structured to limit community spread risks?


Will masks be required at PSIs in the fall and under what conditions?

Why the emphasis on surface touching & cleaning over CDC recommendations on controlling exposure through aerosolized droplets & improved ventilation systems?

Should PSIs not ensure the WorkSafe BC requirements and ASHRAE standards for ventilation are met, will there be any enforcement? If so, who do we report it to?

International Students

Will international students be required to be vaccinated before arriving in Canada?


Can you touch on the role of the provincial/public health with respect to outbreaks on campus and what that might look like in the fall, including contact tracing?


Will PSIs have the ability to offer rapid testing on campus in the fall and under what conditions and circumstances?

What’s the biggest challenge public health officials see in the future as it relates to COVID?


Teaching support

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Technology support

Find technology and support services available for working, teaching, learning and research, including software, managed devices and videoconferencing.

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Virtual event resources

Currently health authorities restrict non-essential gatherings of any size, including campus events. Learn how to take your meeting or event virtual with these resources.

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Past communications

Here is a list of emails we've shared with faculty and staff, students and the SFU community during COVID-19.

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Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

The SFU Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provides confidential, professional assistance to help employees and their family members resolve problems that affect their personal and work lives.

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Human Resources services

COVID-19 resources and contacts for SFU leaders on staff-related HR matters like pay and benefits, sick leave and WorkSafeBC claims.

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Archived material

Refer back to 2019/2020 FAQs and our previous SFU Impact Scale (retired).


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