St. Andrew’s Hall Covid-19 Policy

(updated for September 7, 2021)

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, St. Andrew’s Hall (SAH) has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation experience for our residents during this challenging time. Our Christian commitments call us to a love of God and love of neighbour, and therefore the health and safety of staff and residents remain our priority.  In this mission of caring for one another, we continue to work closely with our partner Vancouver School of Theology and other associated colleges at UBC, to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines of the Province of British Columbia.

On July 1, 2021, the Province of British Columbia entered Stage 3 of the restart plan with further Public Health Orders announced on August 23, 2021 impacting life on post-secondary campuses, including residences like SAH.  As a result, SAH is updating its Covid-19 policy, and invite faculty, staff, students, and residents to read below for how our common life together will be shaped during this new school year beginning in September 2021.

SAH Resident Responsibility

All residents at St. Andrew’s Hall can contribute to the pandemic response on the UBC campus by getting vaccinated (as able[1]), following campus safety plans, performing a daily health check, staying home when sick, following handwashing and hygiene etiquette, and following public health orders and guidelines both on and off campus.

SAH expects residents, guests, and staff to practice respiratory etiquette and good hand hygiene by coughing/sneezing into their mask, a tissue, or into the sleeve of their shirt.  SAH residents and staff are expected to regularly wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds or make use of hand sanitizer.  A hand sanitizer station is available in the foyer of SAH, and residents are encouraged to carry their own bottle of hand sanitizer.

[1] As of September 1, 2021, the Government of Canada has not yet approved vaccines for those under 12 years old.  As SAH has thirty townhouse units, many with families that include children under 12 years old, these younger residents are exempt from the vaccine polity.

Vaccine Requirements

The BC Provincial Health Officer released a Public Health Order on September 9th, 2021 specifically focused on the impact of the new BC Vaccine Card for post-secondary residences such as SAH:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-post-secondary-institution-housing.pdf   St. Andrew’s Hall has put into place the required actions of this PHO and encourage everyone at St. Andrew’s Hall to obtain their BC Vaccine Card as soon as possible, and then to register their vaccination status with the Housing Office.

If you were vaccinated in another province or country, no matter what vaccine you received, you may upload your information in order to obtain your BC Vaccine Card. If you need a BC Personal Health Number to upload your information, call a BC Services agent at: 1-888-268-4319 then upload your vaccine information.

Please note, by following the direction of the Public Health Order, residents are fulfilling their commitment in Section 38 of the SAH Residence Agreement that states one “agrees to the terms of the Residential Agreement and to abide by all Canadian federal, provincial and local government laws, regulations and bylaws, St. Andrew’s Hall rules, regulations, policies and procedures, including but not limited to those issued from time to time by the Housing Office.”

Welcoming International Residents

Anyone who has travelled internationally may only enter the SAH residence after complying with all Canadian entry and quarantine requirements.

Guests in the SAH Residence

Starting September 1, 2021, SAH residents will be permitted guests/indoor visitors according to the guest policy in the SAH residential agreement and the SAH resident handbook.  Guests visiting in the Quad (shared kitchen, bathroom, living room) rooms will be required to remain masked at all times.

Sharing Common Spaces Together

All common room spaces such as the SAH Centre, third floor studying area and laundry facilities will reopen (based on Public Health Orders) on September 1, 2021, with reduced capacity limits.

Non-medical masks are required in indoor common spaces like hallways, washrooms, staircases, laundry rooms, the elevator, etc. for all residents, staff and guests.

Residents who test positive for COVID-19

 If a SAH resident is feeling unwell, they must stay in their unit and avoid using shared residence facilities such as laundry rooms or the elevator before getting tested for Covid-19.

Residents who test positive for COVID-19 will immediately inform SAH staff by calling or emailing the Housing Manager or, if outside of regularly office hours, by texting their Community Coordinators (ComCo) and will have to self-isolate in their unit for the quarantine period assigned by Public Health.  Additional cleaning and sanitizing will be completed in the shared spaces that may have been impacted by a resident who tests positive.  The SAH Chaplain will be informed, and efforts will be made where possible to support residents with practical help such as groceries, etc.

 

***The St. Andrew’s Hall Covid-19 policy is subject to change in response to Public Health Order updates.***