Dear ACTS Community,
With the start of the Fall 2021 semester almost upon us, I wanted to highlight a few key elements from the latest update from the BC Provincial Health Officer regarding COVID-19 and a return to campus. We are excited at the prospect of resuming in-person instruction and are committed to doing so in such a way as to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
New Mandatory Mask Order
On Tuesday, August 24, 2021, the provincial government introduced a new mask mandate that applies to post-secondary institutions. To read the full announcement, please visit the government website: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AEST0053-001664. The mask order will apply in all indoor public areas at TWU Langley and Richmond campuses, including lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs. We will have updated signage to reflect this.
New BC Vaccine Card
On Monday, August 23, 2021, the provincial government introduced the BC Vaccine Card. The BC Vaccine Card provides proof of vaccination, and the program comes into effect on September 13. To read the full announcement, please visit the government website: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0053-001659.
In accordance with the Provincial Health Officer guidelines, ACTS Seminaries will not require proof of vaccination to attend in-person classes. However, the following activities will require proof of vaccination:
Indoor fitness and recreation activities on the Langley campus.
Practicum or internship activities in clinical or long-term/extended-care facilities.
For those who are unable to be on-campus in person, we are committed to providing remote-access to all our courses to ensure you are able to continue your studies.
I would encourage all of our students, faculty and staff to get your COVID-19 vaccine. As Christians, we are called to love our neighbour as ourselves, and care for the most vulnerable in our community. By getting vaccinated, we can express our faith in Jesus through our care and concern for others as we help safeguard those who are at risk or unable to be vaccinated themselves due to age, illness or other factors.
I am grateful for your commitment to follow God’s call on your life. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of that call as you study the scriptures and live out your faith in your church and community.