Story Institute has developed the following safety plan to take care of our students, staff and faculty and adhere to the public health guidelines.
Step One: Understanding the Risk
All visitors to our school will be encouraged to wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds upon arrival and again before and after lunch. We will continue to have the Senior Educational Administrator (SEA) be in communication with our regulatory bodies including our Provincial Health Officer and AEST Education Quality Assurance.
Step Two: Implementing measures, policies, and practices to reduce the risk
All staff, instructors, and students will be able to work from home or make up lost instructional time without loss of pay or tuition or experience if showing symptoms of any communicable diseases, and may work remotely or via Zoom until such time as they are cleared by a medical professional to return.
Step Three: Communicating measures, policies, and practices to reduce the risk
The SEA will contact the appropriate and necessary individuals who may be required to self-monitor and/or self-isolate once advised by BC Health.
Step Four: Monitoring the environment and updating the plan
Under the guidance of Provincial Health Officer and AEST Education Quality Assurance we will make immediate changes when/if necessary. We will continue to monitor and assess potential risks and make necessary adjustments to ensure the safety of all is reflected as a primary order of operation.
Faculty, staff and students may be experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Resources are available to support the mental health and wellbeing of students including Here2Talk offering mental-health counselling available 24/7.
• Culturally-aware crisis support is available 24/7 to Indigenous people in B.C. through the KUU-US crisis response service.
• The Province offers a range of virtual mental health programs and services to support mental health and wellness.
• Mental Health Commission of Canada – National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
A Safety Committee has been established with staff, faculty and student representatives and will meet regularly to keep tracking changes and updating our policies as necessary. The committee has reviewed and approved this document.
This is a living document that will continue to change and update in accordance to the ever-evolving scenario of COVID-19 and the BC Health Authorities guidelines. Please note that the health guidelines are subject to change without notice. For the most up to date information, please consult the official websites for your local public health authority. If you have any suggestions for additional ways we can create a safer and/or more conducive space please forward them to: [email protected]