Whistler Adventure School Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

June 26, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. PDT

Update June 26,2020.  British Columbia is now entering into Phase 3 – Restart Phase.

WAS is continuing to run our small, outdoor-focused courses in person (not online), and has resumed courses in June for students already in Canada and students who had study permits approved prior to March 14, 2020.  To see the course listings, please go to the WAS Course Calendar.

Note that strict guidelines are in place for any travellers arriving from International Destinations are required by Canadian Law to comply with the Self-Isolation requirements outlined on the Government of BC Website.

The WAS administration team are continuing to work regular hours and all operations are being adjusted, per guidelines set by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Any current students needing to speak with our staff can do so by virtual appointment and we are available to support our students at any time during this unprecedented time.

We are closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO), the BC Centre for Disease Control, and local health agencies for the latest developments related to COVID-19 and following the guidance of government and public health officials.

Within British Columbia, Provincial Medical Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19. WAS continues to take direction from the BC Provincial Government as we plan and consider next steps.

A toll-free phone line has also been established in Canada (1.833.784.4397) to answer general questions about COVID-19.

To view a video update on the current situation of classes and new intakes from WAS on April 7, see:

Video Update April 7

Click on the below sources for current information on the COVID-19 virus.

Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)

Tourism Whistler

Public Health Agency of Canada

BC Centre for Disease Control

Canadian Government travel advisories related to COVID-19

World Health Organization

Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQs have been compiled to help students, faculty and staff during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

How high is the risk of contracting the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 in BC? 

 More information can be found on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

Are any WAS students, faculty or staff reported to be confirmed cases? 

We are currently not aware of any cases amongst our students, faculty and staff. In the event of a confirmed case, information would be provided to the public by the relevant health agency, according to their protocols.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Canada website Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

What precautions can I take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections? 

The advice from health agencies is:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home as much as possible, and self-isolate when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people and practice social distancing.
  • If you are ill, have symptoms of flu like a fever or cough, you should stay home.

What is WAS doing to minimize the risk of infection to students, faculty and staff? 

WAS has senior level committees working to develop plans and responses to the evolving situation. We regularly consult with governing bodies such as the BC Centre for Disease Control and other government agencies on how to detect and mitigate any potential cases on our campus. We have appropriate measures in place, in the event that we are presented with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

To lower the risk from our campus environment: 

  • Routine cleaning is scheduled and follows industry cleaning standards
  • We have posted information to remind people of how to reduce the spread of infections and continue to monitor and refill our current hand sanitizer stations located at the main entrance to classrooms.
  • We are encouraging all campus users to follow the best practices in self-care being shared by the BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health.

WAS is working hard to ensure that students, faculty and staff receive reliable and up-to-date information on preventive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Should students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled abroad remain at home for a period of time, after returning to Canada?

As of March 12, 2020, the BC Centre for Disease Control advises the following:

  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have travelled outside Canada (including the United States) after March 12 should
  • stay home or self-isolate in their residence alone for 14 days, immediately on their return. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been laboratory tested for COVID-19 should stay home or self-isolate in their residence alone, until their test results are known.
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their residence alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).

What should I do if I have travelled outside Canada (including the United States) after March 12? 

Any students returning from outside Canada after March 12 are advised to contact WAS immediately in addition to following the aforementioned steps.

What should I do if one of my peers shows symptoms of COVID-19? 

Anyone who is concerned they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 8-1-1. For more information and the latest updates, visit http://www.bccdc.ca

What is WAS doing to ensure it is prepared, as the situation evolves? 

WAS senior team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation, develop plans, and respond as needed. WAS is in frequent contact with the provincial public health authorities and government authorities.

Is WAS proceeding with courses as scheduled on the website? 

WAS is consulting with health agencies regarding future scheduling and are working to reschedule classes for upcoming programs in the future as opposed to cancelling classes and programs. We will be contacting current students with scheduled updates.

What if I need to travel outside of Canada? 

WAS advises you to consult the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information here: travel.gc.ca

Travellers with Canadian citizenship are advised to register their travel with the Canadian government here https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration.

Will there be any concessions for students who are unable to travel due to COVID-19? 

If any student is unable to travel due to government sanctioned restrictions, please contact WAS immediately. WAS will work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine how best to support them.

To access the WAS WorksafeBC re-start plan, please contact shelley@whistleradventureschool.com for a copy of the document which is also posted at the school.

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