College of the Rockies welcomes new and continuing international students to its East Kootenay Region campuses this fall. To ensure the safety of all students and employees at the College, the College has developed Safety and Exposure Control Plans for local delivery, which follows and monitors all recommendations put forward by the Provincial Health Officer, the BC Ministry of Health, WorkSafeBC, Ministry of Advanced Education and the Interior Health Medical office.
Due to delays in study permit processing along with difficulties for global travel, College of the Rockies’ International Office strongly encourages all new international students to remain in their home country for the Fall 2020 semester and participate in alternative delivery.
For those international students who do choose to travel and arrive from outside Canada, a thorough quarantine plan, managed by the International Office, has been implemented so that all students are compliant with Federal 14-day quarantine rules. Completion and submission of the International Student Arrival Form notifies the College that a student is planning to travel to Canada. And, while in quarantine, students will receive daily check-in calls from the College’s International team members.
For more information on the above and on quarantine procedures, please contact Wayne Lee-Ying, Manager, International Education in the International Department.
The College’s International Office has developed and distributed a document entitled Travelling to Canada - COVID-19 Restrictions and Self-Isolation to all international students. The Travelling to Canada document provides detailed information outlining six essential steps that students must follow in preparation of travelling to Canada. The College expects all students who are arriving from their home country to follow the six steps, which includes completion and submission of the Federal Government’s required Quarantine plan, the BC Government’s Quarantine Plan, and sharing those plans with College of the Rockies International Office prior to travelling, where each student plan will be reviewed. Links to the Quarantine Act are included in the Travelling to Canada document for students to follow and familiarize themselves with the consequences of not adhering to their approved Quarantine Plan.
Upon arrival, international students will be transported by Star Taxi, a local taxi provider, from the Canadian Rockies International Airport to their place of quarantine/self-isolation. Star Taxi will subsequently invoice the International Office for the cost of the taxi service.
To ensure International students quarantine and meet all public health requirements within the East Kootenay Region, the College has arranged with local hotel providers to accommodate students in quarantine.
Providers in Cranbrook:
The Travelodge, in particular, has stepped forward to support the College. They will provide accommodation, three-meals per day, on-site nurse support, and security at a very reasonable cost to the student. The College is certainly appreciative of the support from local business as these efforts mitigates risk by allowing new international students to quarantine at their hotels rather than in our Residence or with homestay families.
To reserve a stay, please email Kathleen Hadford from the International Office.
Some grocery stores provide delivery services for a service fee. Take out food delivery service for restaurants is also available. The Travelling to Canada document provides information to students who need food services and basic necessities delivered to their quarantine location.
International Office staff have been assigned to conduct daily unscheduled check-ins with every student in quarantine/self-isolation. A tracking sheet has been created to document the daily check-ins as well as note occasions when students may be in need.
Students who are found to be in non-compliance will be reported to Interior Health and will be subject to the penalties described within the Quarantine Act.
College of the Rockies is committed to ensuring all students’ physical and mental health are considered. The College has a long-term partnership with Guard.me insurance to provide medical insurance coverage through the 90-day waiting period prior to MSP for new students, access to keepme.SAFE for mental health support for all international students, sharing information on how to access Here to Talk, and have a counselor on staff that is accessible by virtual appointment online or by telephone.
College of the Rockies supports equity and inclusion for all; racism or stigma associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will not be tolerated on our campuses or within our online spaces, in keeping with our existing policies. Should students ever experience stigma or acts of racism, they should immediately contact International Education at 250-489-2751. Our team will connect students to available resources via the College’s Student Services department.
All College employees and students who have face-to-face classes are required to use the Province’s self-assessment tool (https://bc.thrive.health/) prior to each visit to the College. Risk of outbreak is shared between the community-at-large and the new international student population. Regardless of the origin of an outbreak, the College will adhere to guidance provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), the BC Ministry of Health, WorkSafeBC, and the Interior Health Medical Office.
Please visit College of the Rockies’ COVID-19 Information and Resources page for more information.
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Cranbrook, BC, Canada V1C 5L7
If you have questions, please book an appointment with a member of our International Department