COVID-19 update #5

Mar 18, 2020

At Coast Mountain College we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely under the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The health of our college community, students and employees remains our top priority. We know this is a challenging time for our CMTN community and we want to thank all of our staff and faculty for their very hard work during this time to help us respond and plan as this situation evolves.

Updates will be posted daily as new information comes to us and as we work toward facilitating social distancing at Coast Mountain College.

Classes temporarily suspended March 18-20 

Classes will be temporarily suspended at all campuses beginning today, Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 20 to allow instructors, senior administrators and the team at our Centre of Learning Transformation (COLT) to identify and implement distributed learning models as alternatives to face-to-face teaching and learning. The college campuses remain open. 

Students should communicate with their instructors to find out the distributed learning models that will begin effective Monday, March 23.

Work from home options for staff and move to online and tele-meetings

Another reminder that in the interest of promoting social distancing, CMTN employees are encouraged to discuss work-from-home options with their supervisors/managers to establish a work plan moving forward.

In addition, all employees are encouraged to employ telephone, on-line or other virtual options of conducting meetings in lieu of face-to-face meetings, where possible.

Implications of suspension of K-12 in-person teaching

Yesterday, March 17, 2020, BC’s Minister of Education announced that K-12 in-person classes in British Columbia are being suspended indefinitely. We know this has implications for both dual credit courses and for employees and students that have children in the K-12 system. Our leadership team continues to work with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to better understand the implications of this announcement. This will take some time and we ask for your patience as details develop. 

CMTN convocations postponed to a later date

CMTN’s leadership team has made the difficult decision to postpone convocation ceremonies planned for Terrace and Prince Rupert at the beginning of June. Convocation is one of the most important celebrations and milestones of the school year and we are hopeful we will be able to postpone to a date later in the year. 

All events at CMTN campuses cancelled until further notice

In the interest of supporting social distancing, we have taken the decision to cancel events at all of our campuses until further notice. 

If you are ill, please stay home

A reminder that anyone who is feeling ill should stay home and communicate with their manager. This also applies to students – any students who are feeling ill should stay home and communicate with their instructors. Campuses remain open.

Further information

Media contact

Sarah Zimmerman, APR
Executive Director, Communications
Cell: 250-641-2206