COVID-19 and Nimbus School of Recording & Media’s Response

Message to students, faculty and staff of Nimbus regarding the COVID-19

Updated: March 30, 2020

Release date: March 13, 2020

Mar. 30, 2020 – 2:30pm

Campus & Studio Access

As we continue to shift and enhance our online/remote delivery service, please be advised that until further notice, Nimbus facilities will be operated as follows:

  • All teaching and learning will now be facilitated remotely.
  • Student and staff safety is our primary concern. Until further notice, there is limited access to studios, and while on campus physical distancing of a minimum of 2 meters must be adhered to at all times.
  • Instructors will be able to access the campus as needed.

Graduation Ceremony Postponed

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and after much deliberation, we will regrettably be postponing our 201 Graduation Ceremony.

To be clear, this is not a cancellation. While we do not have a firm date at this time, we will be looking for the earliest available date and working to ensure that we are able to celebrate student accomplishments as soon as it is safe to do so. 

Mar. 17, 2020 – 5:45pm

Nimbus Update

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with the virus. However, it is important to state that Nimbus does not currently have any confirmed cases amongst its faculty, staff and student community.

Please be advised that we are continuing to follow the direction of the federal and provincial governments, the BC Centre of Disease Control, World Health Organization and the Provincial Health Officer (PHO). As of this moment, the PHO who directs post-secondary schools on closures, has not yet recommended any post-secondary schools to cease operations.  

Valuable resources for current and accurate information on COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 guidance and recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer are available online at the BC Pandemic Preparedness website.
  • Please monitor the BC Centre for Disease Control website for updates, information and resources.
  • For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc), a new dedicated phone line has been set up at 1-888-COVID-19.
  • If you require advice regarding a potential COVID-19 case, please contact your local Medical Health Officer.

There is a restriction currently that outlines no groups above 50 are allowed, along with taking social distancing precautions of 1-2 meters or 3-6 feet.  Any student or staff showing symptoms are to self-isolate and self-monitor.  

Please know that at this point, students are still able to utilize studio spaces in the evenings in groups of 4 or less while practicing social distancing.  

To lower the risk from our campus environment:

  • Routine cleaning is scheduled daily by our onsite facilities manager.
  • Before and after any studio session, all gear and respective studios will be wiped down and sanitized.
  • Nimbus has also brought in an external cleaning company and conducted a thorough sanitization of the campus.
  • 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 in the main entrances.
  • 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.

The school is also 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.

As soon as it’s safe to have students back on campus so we may conduct classes in the studios, we will of course do so.

Below is some further information gathered from various public health agencies that you may find informative.  Any questions or concerns, please let us know. As the situation evolves, subsequent information will be relayed via email, NDB newsfeed and the Nimbus website.

Risk to Canadians

For the latest Canadian updates, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • aged 65 and over
  • with compromised immune systems
  • with underlying medical conditions

There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. This includes cruise ships.

It is important for all travellers to:

  • self-isolate for 14 days after your return from travel outside of Canada
    • some provinces and territories may have specific recommendations for certain groups such as health care workers
  • monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing
  • wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing.

We continue to reassess the public health risk, based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.

Reduce the risk 

There are measures that all students, faculty, and staff can take to help reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coronavirus, colds, and influenza:

  • 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 when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.
  • If you are ill, have symptoms of flu like a fever or cough, you should stay home.
  • Social distancing, between 1 – 2 meters, or 3 to 6 feet apart.
  • Studio session to include no more than 4 people at one time.
  • Avoid gathering in large groups, no more than 10 people in common areas.

Role of public health authorities

The school continues to take its direction from local, provincial and national public health authorities for our campus response associated with COVID-19. The management team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation, develop plans, and respond as needed. The management team will seek advice and adhere to the provincial public health authorities.

If a case of COVID-19 were to be confirmed that affects Nimbus, it would be communicated to the school via Vancouver Coastal Health and information would be shared with the Nimbus students, faculty and staff.

Travel advice and advisories

Please consult the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism information for the latest travel advice before any travel.

Stay informed

Please follow information from the BC Centre of Disease Control for up-to-date health information related to Coronavirus. For more information follow updates from local, provincial, national and international health authorities:

Nimbus continues to monitor information from health authorities. We will update students, faculty and staff if there is a change that warrants further action.

 

Mar. 14, 2020 – 8:15am

Transition to online classes at Nimbus

As you know, governments and institutions around the world are grappling with the spread and impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The situation continues to evolve and it has become an unprecedented scenario for the school.

Today we are announcing the transition to online classes effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. For classes that cannot be accommodated online, we will be issuing further information through our Instructors. 

Nimbus’ main and satellite campuses will remain open and all school operations will continue as normal as we transition, unless otherwise stated. Updates continue to be shared by email and posted to https://nimbusrecording.com/covid-19-coronavirus-and-nimbus-school-of-recording-medias-response/.

Online classes will be held via Google Hangouts.  Students will be required to login during their typical scheduled class time to obtain attendance so please keep in contact with your Instructor and TA. If you require technical support, we will supply a support email address with the Google Hangout meeting links.  

Studio sessions and bookings remain open however students must:

  • Limit sessions to a maximum of 4 people
  • Keep a social distance of 1 meter or more between each other
  • Studios cannot be booked during regularly scheduled class hours as instructors will/may be using them to stream their classes

We are working as quickly as possible to inform our faculty in order to assist them in preparing their materials for online. We understand this shift in delivery will have a significant impact on our community and you have many questions. We would ask for your patience as we seek to answer those questions.

It is important to note that the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are leading the coordinated response to COVID-19 within British Columbia. Nimbus’ actions are aligned with advice from the Provincial Health Officer announced on March 12, 2020.

To be clear, we are not aware of any presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty or staff. However, we understand the need to be prepared as a post-secondary institution and act accordingly – aligned with guidance from the Provincial Health Officer and working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

We would also like to offer our thanks to all Nimbus faculty and staff who have assisted in moving the school through this uncharted territory. Many people are involved in Nimbus’ response to COVID-19 and they are working as hard as possible.

 

March 13, 2020

There is a growing, but limited number of cases of COVID-19 in B.C. which are being very closely managed. Updated information regarding these cases is available from the BC Centre for Disease Control. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as “low for Canada”.

China, Italy, Korea, Iran and other countries around the world, including Canada, are working to contain the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The BC Centre for Disease Control advises the following:

  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been to Hubei, China, Iran or Italy should stay home or self-isolate in their residence*/room 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*/room 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*/room alone for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing).
  • Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in other parts of the world where COVID-19 cases have been reported should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing) for 14 days. They do not need to self-isolate.

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their health-care provider or the provincial health line 8-1-1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up. 

We are now aware that this virus can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms, and it is possible that people will not recognize symptoms that are mild. Given this new information, taking steps to reduce the chance of spreading the disease to others is important.

We have no reports of any COVID-19 illness among the Nimbus community. As global information about the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to evolve, below is information for Nimbus School of Recording & Media students and employees.

Role of public health authorities

The school continues to take its direction from local, provincial and national public health authorities for our campus response associated with COVID-19. The management team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation, develop plans, and respond as needed. The management team will seek advice and adhere to the provincial public health authorities.

If a case of COVID-19 were to be confirmed that affects Nimbus, it would be communicated to the school via Vancouver Coastal Health and information would be shared with the Nimbus students, faculty and staff.

Travel advice and advisories

Please consult the Government of Canada Travel and Tourism information for the latest travel advice before any travel.

Anyone expecting visitors to campus from affected areas should keep updated to determine if the visit may be delayed or affected by the situation overseas.  

Stay informed

Please follow information from the BC Centre of Disease Control for up-to-date health information related to Coronavirus. For more information follow updates from local, provincial, national and international health authorities:

Nimbus continues to monitor information from health authorities. We will update students, faculty and staff if there is a change that warrants further action.