Aug 27, 2021

Dear students, faculty, and staff,  

Recently BC Colleges, of which Langara College is a member, released a statement regarding our approach to the return to campus this fall. We are all committed to continuing to follow the advice of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), as we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. That advice is that the current measures in place – mandatory masks in indoor public settings, proof of vaccination for non-essential activities on campus, and communicable disease plans, along with highly protective vaccines, are effective for a safe return to campus.  

Surveys of our community members indicate very high vaccination or vaccination intention rates, with 85% of students, and 95% of employees who responded, indicating they were already or planned to be vaccinated. We know that 83.9% of eligible British Columbians 12+ have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 75.8% have had two doses. In addition, the Government’s recent announcement of the BC Vaccine Card is already working to further increase vaccination in the province. We continue to encourage all those who can to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

Langara has also completed a study of classroom ventilation on campus. Based on that study we have taken steps to reduce the risk of airborne transmission by increasing the maximum available outdoor air in our buildings and utilizing MERV 13 filters. We are now in the process of placing portable 'high efficiency particulate air' (HEPA) filtration units in areas that need them. 

Young adults have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, and it is important that we get back to in person instruction to support their social and emotional wellbeing, as well as ensuring quality learning experiences.  

We will continue to work closely with public health and remain flexible in adapting our approach as conditions and public health advice evolve. We look forward to receiving the revised Return to Campus Guidelines soon so our plans for the fall semester can be finalized. 

Sincerely,

Lane Trotter
President and CEO