Updates: Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND UBC’S RESPONSE: Information and FAQs available.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with the virus. For information on UBC’s response and frequently asked questions, visit covid19.ubc.ca.

The Okanagan campus is still open; however, some services and operations have modified hours or are closed. For the most up to date campus-specific information, visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca

For Faculty of Education specific updates, please visit educ.ubc.ca/covid-19.

Last revised: July 20, 2020

General

The SUO has partnered with UBC to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund which will help offer you some financial relief if you are affected by the pandemic.
This one-time bursary is available to all students whether domestic/ international or undergraduate/graduate who are registered as a student at UBCO in 2019/2020. The bursary is meant to assist with costs such as housing, food, emergency travel, or other unforeseen expenses.

Please see message from UBCSUO on how to apply:

If you are in immediate financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is asked to email Enrolment Services at sis.ubco@ubc.ca. Please be reminded that this is an emergency fund, and at the moment the bursary is being awarded to those in immediate, dire, financial need.

In your email include:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • How you have been funding your education to date (e.g., personal savings, parental support, government student loans, bursary, scholarship, etc.)
  • Where you are currently residing
  • Details on your urgent COVID-19-related need

This will allow us to determine if emergency funding is your best option for financial support, or if other funding sources and strategies are better suited to your needs. If other options are better suited to your needs we will respond with the details and support you need to apply for that support.
We recognize that students are dealing with unexpected expenses and other financial impacts due to the pandemic, and students are reminded that emergency funding requests will be processed carefully and confidentially. Please note that our focus at this time is to help those with urgent, unexpected financial need as a result of COVID-19. Please contact Enrolment Services at sis.ubco@ubc.ca with any questions.

The BC Federation of Students has compiled a list of available relief measures.

View Resources

UBCO students have 24/7 access to Studentcare’s EmpowerMe support services. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out to the EmpowerMe counselling service.

The Summer Institute in Education courses will be moved to an online delivery.

Please note: Students must be available during the currently posted course dates and times as courses may be synchronous, asynchronous or a combination of both.

Your instructor(s) will post the updated course syllabus, format and assignments on canvas once it is available. Canvas will have the most up to date course information.

Read the announcement

Many of you may be aware of friends or colleagues who have been tested for COVID-19, or who suspect they may have been exposed. You are asked to be diligent about not sharing any information about a person’s state of health in relation to a suspected, presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19. To share such information is a violation of the Public Health Act.

Please use the following protocol to protect the health and privacy of our community:

UBC Okanagan Athletics & Recreation is offering virtual classes to provide more ways to move your body and revitalize your spirit while practicing physical distancing at home.

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Students who access the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) are encouraged to speak directly with the DRC and your instructor for accommodations.

UBC Okanagan students are automatically assessed U-PASS fee. There are criteria to be able to opt-out of the U-Pass.

Students must meet one of the following U-PASS opt-out eligibility criteria in order to have the U-PASS fee reversed (documentation will also be required).

  1. Student with a disability which requires use of alternative transportation
  2. Student with a valid BC Bus Pass or registered HandyDART user
  3. Student who does not reside within the Regional District of Central Okanagan
  4. Student studying only by distance education / GoGlobal program.
    Please note web-oriented courses are not classified as distance education by the University and as such,
    web-oriented courses are assessed regular fees.
  5. Student taking only one course, and is only on-campus one day per week
  6. Student with a valid U-PASS from another post-secondary institution

The 2020-21 academic year deadline is September 29, 2020 by 4:00pm.

Students can learn more and find the online form at ubcsuo.ca/u-pass-out-opt

Starting mid-August, students have three options to purchase textbooks:

1. Order books online and have them delivered

2. Order books online and pick them up at the dedicated pickup location on campus

3. Shop in-store

Note: there will be a limit of 40 customers in the store at one time. Customers will be required to follow health guidelines including one-way traffic, using hand sanitation stations and leaving any food and beverage at the front of the store.

Students are strongly encouraged to order digital materials this semester, as the bookstore is predicting a large number of online orders that may result in shipping delays.

The bookstore has sourced digital options wherever possible to assist with your online learning. Students can receive their books immediately by choosing digital options.

As always, students can check their course syllabus, provided by their instructors, for their course list. You can also enter your student number on the bookstore course materials page to view course requirements.

More information will be available on the UBC bookstore website in mid-August.

Bachelor of Education Students

Summer Term One (April 29 – June 24) and Summer Term Two courses (July 6-23) will be delivered online.

This change in delivery directly impacts:

Your instructor(s) will post the updated course syllabus, format and assignments on canvas once it is available. Please note that Canvas will have the most up to date course information.

The Faculty Advisors are your Instructors for Community Field Experience (EDUC 442).

You will receive a brief overview of the course around mid-April. The course syllabus will be posted on Canvas on April 27.

We understand that some of you may be concerned about your internship. This situation is rapidly evolving and while we don’t have all the answers right now we are monitoring the situation and in conversation with the Ministry of Education. We hope that internships will move forward as planned; but we are in the process of considering alternative arrangements should a change in delivery be necessary.

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc’ education.ubco@ubc.ca.

Your faculty advisor is here to support your learning needs. Please feel free to contact your faculty advisor if you have questions or need assistance.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

Dear teacher candidates,

I hope this email finds you happy and healthy.

We greatly appreciate the energy you have brought to your Zoom meetings and course work so far, as well as the care and support you have shown one another.

The OSE feels a social responsibility to support you however we can, especially in these trying times. We recognize that financial stress is weighing on many of you and we would like to help alleviate some of that stress. We have decided waive the OSE program fee for 2020S1&2. For those of you who have already paid the $200 fee for 2020S, we will be reimbursing you. For those of you who have not paid the $200 program fee for 2020S, please do not pay this fee.

This means instead of $514 in program fees, you will be paying a total of $314 in program fees. This includes:

  1. First year accident insurance: $7
  2. 2019 Winter Term 1: $100
  3. 2019 Winter Term 2: $100
  4. Second year accident insurance: $7
  5. 2020 Winter Term 1: $100

You do not need to take any action to receive this refund. We will look at our records of your program fee payments and will process reimbursements for anyone who has paid the 2020S fee. Jordy will notify you when your refund has been processed. Your refund will show up on the card with which you initially paid the fee. Please note that these fees and payments are not visible on the Student Service Centre online portal (SSC).

If you have any questions, please email Jordy.decker@ubc.ca.

Take care and be well,

The OSE team

Dear teacher candidates,

The UBCO Emergency Assistance Fund Form is temporarily unavailable. We haven’t received a date for when it will re-open yet, but we will let you know when we do. In the meantime, the BC Federation of Students (BCFS) has compiled a list of available relief measures.
Review the list at https://www.wearebcstudents.ca/blog/covid-19-updates.

STUDENT SERVICES
Connect with the resources and people who can help you

Take care, stay safe, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need support.

Dear teacher candidates,

We hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy! Please be assured that your instructors, faculty advisors and our office, are doing all we can to support you and ensure your academic success.

As the situation is rapidly evolving, we have made the decision that all upcoming Summer Term One and Summer Term Two courses will be online.

This means that Summer Institute in Education courses will be moved to an online delivery. To view all upcoming Summer Institute courses, please visit https://education.ok.ubc.ca/degrees-programs/summer-institute-in-education/.

Your instructor(s) will post the updated course syllabus, format and assignments on canvas once it is available. Please note that Canvas will have the most up to date course information.

Your faculty advisor is here to support your learning needs.  Please feel free to contact your faculty advisor if you have questions or need assistance.

We want to remind you to take care of yourself during these challenging times.

UBCO students have 24/7 access to Studentcare’s EmpowerMe support services. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out to the EmpowerMe counselling service.

For more student wellness services, please visit https://students.ok.ubc.ca/health-wellness/counselling-mental-health/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with the virus. For information on UBC’s response and frequently asked questions, visit covid19.ubc.ca.

The Okanagan campus is still open; however, some activities and operations have modified hours or are closed. For the most up to date campus-specific information, visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca

Recent UBC Broadcasts
We would like to draw your attention to the last four UBC Broadcasts that went out over the last week, as there is some critical information for students, faculty and staff:

Protection and personal privacy during COVID
Many of you may be aware of friends or colleagues who have been tested for COVID-19, or who suspect they may have been exposed. You are asked to be diligent about not sharing any information about a person’s state of health in relation to a suspected, presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19.  To share such information is a violation of the Public Health Act.

Please use the following protocol to protect the health and privacy of our community:

April Reminders

  • CANCELLED: April Advisory sessions
  • CANCELLED: April 1: Learning Tech Session at Hollywood Rd.
  • SD 23 laptop return: Please hold on to your laptops/power cords for the time being. Details re: how/when to return them to the Learning Tech Dept will be determined at a later date.
  • CANCELLED: April 1 ILE Network Inquiry Session (optional ProD event)
  • POSTPONED: April 8 Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) Information Sessions  We are working with the TRB to move these sessions to June.
  • POSTPONED: April 22 Make a Future Information session  Again, we are working to move this session to June.
  • FA Resources: If you have borrowed resources from your FA, please hold on to them and we will arrange a return date in the future.

Final Practicum/Internship (EDUC 444)

We understand that some of you may be concerned about your internship. This situation is rapidly evolving and while we don’t have all the answers right now we are monitoring the situation and in conversation with the Ministry of Education. We hope that internships will move forward as planned; but we are in the process of considering alternative arrangements should a change in delivery be necessary.

Questions and Concerns
The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc’ education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca

Dear Teacher Candidates,

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful 5 weeks in the schools!

WHILE THE FOLLOWING IS THE MOST CURRENT ACCURATE INFORMATION WE HAVE TO DATE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK CANVAS FOR UPDATES.

BLOCK 4 INFORMATION

So much has changed since sending out the Welcome to Block 4 email!  Please disregard the previous email (sent on Fri Mar 6th 2020) and all of the attachments.  With the transition to online courses, we will be issuing a NEW course syllabus and set of assignments and readings.

We look forward to meeting with you in a Zoom meeting MONDAY March 23 at 9:00am! …   read more

At that time, we will first hear from the OSE Director, Dr. Margaret Macintyre Latta. Then we will go over the syllabus, the course format, schedule, expectations and assignments for Block 4.  There will be time for a Q&A at the end.

You can access the Block 4 Launch by clicking the link Block 4 Launch Zoom Meeting: ubc.zoom.us/j/633940579

Meeting ID: 633 940 579

Please sign in earlier so that we are ready to go at 9am and you don’t miss anything!

Please note that there is no cost for you to access and participate in a Zoom meeting.

Your Block 4 Instructors: Desiree Marshall-Peer, Robert Campbell, Liz Saville

COURSES

We can assure you that your immediate upcoming courses will be hosted online. We are working on plans for courses up until the end of June, 2020 (2020S1).

FIELD EXPERIENCES

At noon on March 17, 2020, the BC government announced that in-class teaching of K to 12 will be suspended indefinitely. We understand that you may have concerns as to how to this will impact your future courses or practicums. It is fortuitous that in the OSE BEd program, you had the chance to complete EDUC 441 – your 5-week Field Experience.

We are hopeful that schools will resume regular operations by September, but as the situation is rapidly evolving we have to wait and see what develops in regard to EDUC 444.

UPDATE FROM THE FA TEAM: APRIL ADVISORY/CFE PREPARATION

Your FA team is here to support your learning needs.  Please feel free to contact your faculty advisor if you have questions or need assistance.

April FYI’s:

  • CANCELLED: April Advisory sessions
  • CANCELLED: April 1: Learning Tech Session at Hollywood Rd.
  • SD 23 laptop return: Please hold on to your laptops/power cords for the time being. Details re: how/when to return them to the Learning Tech Dept will be determined at a later date.
  • CANCELLED: April 1 ILE Network Inquiry Session (optional ProD event)
  • POSTPONED: April 8 Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) Information Sessions We are working with the TRB to move these sessions to June.
  • POSTPONED: April 22 Make a Future Information session Again, we are working to move this session to June.
  • FA Resources: If you have borrowed resources from your FA, please hold on to them and we will arrange a return date in the future.

EDUC 442/CFE Tasks: Course tasks will be posted on Canvas on April 27th.

COMMUNITY FIELD EXPERIENCE

As there are a number of uncertainties surrounding community placements in your Community Field Experience (CFE), we have made the decision that there will be an inquiry-based assignment in lieu of your CFE (EDUC 442). You must still, if you have not already, register for this course (EDUC 442) as part of your program. Your health and safety is our number one priority and we felt it was better to arrange an alternate delivery. We understand you and your community partner may be disappointed. We encourage you to send a quick email to your partner thanking them for agreeing to host you and wishing them all the best in these trying times.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 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 UBC does not currently have any confirmed cases amongst is faculty, staff and student community.

For information on UBC’s response and frequently asked questions, visit covid19.ubc.ca.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca.

RECENT UBC BROADCASTS

We would like to draw your attention to the last four recent UBC Broadcasts that went out over the past couple of days, as there is some critical information for students, faculty and staff:

  1. COVID-19 – Remaining assessments and final exams for all students
  2. COVID-19 – remote working for faculty, staff, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and student employees
  3. Transition to online classes at UBC
  4. COVID-19 – Updated guidance regarding events and travel

Questions and concerns

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas and contact your course instructor and cc’ education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your Community Field Experience, please check canvas and contact Rob Johnson, Community Field Experience Coordinator, at rob.johnson@ubc.ca and cc education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

UBCO students have 24/7 access to Studentcare’s EmpowerMe support services. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, reach out to the EmpowerMe counselling service.

For more student wellness services visit students.ok.ubc.ca/health-wellness/counselling-mental-health.

We understand you may be concerned about potential academic impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of today, your upcoming courses and Community Field Experience are running as scheduled.

At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as “low for Canada.”

We want to assure you that a plan is in place should the risk level change. Courses and/or your Community Field Experience will be adapted to ensure you will graduate on time.

We encourage you to review UBC’s Response and Frequently Asked Questions list. This page has valuable information regarding steps UBC is taking, precautionary steps to stay healthy and links to other resources. This page will be updated frequently with any new developments. Please refer to it for updates.

Course and program specific information will continue to be posted on canvas.

As always, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home. View the instructions to complete an Absence Report Form on our website under the Bachelor of Education Student Resources section.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check CANVAS and contact your course instructor and cc’ education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your upcoming Community Field Experience, please check CANVAS and contact Rob Johnson, Community Field Experience Coordinator, at rob.johnson@ubc.ca and cc education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

Graduate Students

Summer Term One (May 11 – June 19) and Summer Term Two courses (July 6-23) will be delivered online.

This change in delivery directly impacts:

  • Leadership for Sustainability (EADM 558)
  • Readings and Discourse in Education (EDUC 521)
  • Navigating Controversial Issues in Education: Democracy, Disagreement, and the Ethics of Teaching (EDUC 517A)
  • Summer Institute in Education courses

Your instructors will post their updated course syllabus, format and assignments on canvas (canvas.ok.ubc.ca).

The deadline to submit your completed reports to the Education Office is June 15.  Please ensure that all fields are completed with electronic signatures prior to submitting to Lindsay Cox (lindsay.cox@ubc.ca).  Incomplete reports will not be accepted. A reminder that these reports will be used to verify University Graduate Fellowship (UGF) eligibility.

For those of you in the MA or PhD program, you will complete Annual Progress Report “A.”

For those of you in the MEd program, you will complete Annual Progress Report “B.”

The submission of the Annual Progress Report is MANDATORY for all students with a few exceptions:

  • Students who will defend their thesis or complete their program before June 30, 2020, are not required to submit the annual progress report.
  • Students on an approved leave of absence, are not required to submit the report until they return from the leave.  Some programs may require students to submit the progress report before the leave of absence commences.
  • If their program commences in May 2019, they are not required to submit a progress report until next year.
  • If they started their program in January 2019, they are required to submit a progress report this year.
  • If they were required to submit an interim progress report earlier in the year, they are still required to submit the annual progress report.

Students registered in graduate programs are not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading in any course.

The College of Graduate Studies has some helpful updates for graduate students related to program progression.

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

We ask that you continue to stay in regular contact with your supervisor by phone, email or Skype meetings. You are encouraged to discuss plans for thesis and dissertation exams and your research plans with your supervisor. The College of Graduate Studies has information on the new temporary protocols and procedures.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

For graduate student resources including the upcoming course list, please visit education.ok.ubc.ca/student-resources/graduate-student-resources.

We hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy! Please be assured that your supervisors, instructors, and our office, are doing all we can to support you and ensure your academic success.

As the situation is rapidly evolving, we have made the decision that all upcoming Summer Term One (May 11 – June 19) and Summer Term Two courses (July 6-23) will be delivered online.
This change in delivery directly impacts:

  • Leadership for Sustainability (EADM 558)
  • Readings and Discourse in Education (EDUC 521)
  • Navigating Controversial Issues in Education: Democracy, Disagreement, and the Ethics of Teaching (EDUC 517A)

This change in delivery also affects all upcoming Summer Institute courses, to view the list of upcoming Summer Institute courses, please visit education.ok.ubc.ca/degrees-programs/summer-institute-in-education.

Your instructors will post their updated course syllabus, format and assignments on canvas (canvas.ok.ubc.ca).
education.ok.ubc.ca/degrees-programs/summer-institute-in-education

We have appreciated your patience and understanding as we work through this change in delivery together.

Annual Progress Report Update

The standard deadline of June 1 for progress reports is extended this year until July 2, 2020.

The deadline to submit your completed reports to the Education Office is June 15th. Please ensure that all fields are completed with electronic signatures prior to submitting to Lindsay Cox (lindsay.cox@ubc.ca/a>). Incomplete reports will not be accepted. A reminder that these reports will be used to verify University Graduate Fellowship (UGF) eligibility.

For those of you in the MA or PhD program, you will complete Annual Progress Report “A.”
gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca/resources/forms/annual-progress-report-a

For those of you in the MEd program, you will complete Annual Progress Report “B.”
gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca/resources/forms/annual-progress-report-b

The submission of the Annual Progress Report is MANDATORY for all students with a few exceptions. See below for details.

Who needs to complete a Progress Report?

  • Students who will defend their thesis or complete their program before June 30, 2020, are not required to submit the annual progress report.
  • Student on an approved leave of absence, are not required to submit the report until they return from the leave. Some programs may require students to submit the progress report before the leave of absence commences.
  • If their program commences in May 2019, they are not required to submit a progress report until next year.
  • If they started their program in January 2019, they are required to submit a progress report this year.
  • If they were required to submit an interim progress report earlier in the year, they are still required to submit the annual progress report.

Please connect with your supervisor by email or phone and let them know how you are doing with your coursework and your plans or writing for your Project or Thesis. You are encouraged to set up a regular meeting through phone or email for your support, encouragement, motivation, and connection.

We want to remind you to take care of yourself during these challenging times.

UBCO students have 24/7 access to Studentcare’s EmpowerMe support services. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out to the EmpowerMe counselling service.

For more student wellness services, please visit visit students.ok.ubc.ca/health-wellness/counselling-mental-health.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with the virus. For information on UBC’s response and frequently asked questions, visit covid19.ubc.ca.

The Okanagan campus is still open; however, some activities and operations have modified hours or are closed. For the most up to date campus-specific information, visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca.

Recent UBC Broadcasts

We would like to draw your attention to the last four UBC Broadcasts that went out over the last week, as there is some critical information for students, faculty and staff:

For additional updates related to the Faculty of Education, visit educ.ubc.ca/covid-19.

Protection and personal privacy during COVID

Many of you may be aware of friends or colleagues who have been tested for COVID-19, or who suspect they may have been exposed. You are asked to be diligent about not sharing any information about a person’s state of health in relation to a suspected, presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19. To share such information is a violation of the Public Health Act.

Please use the following protocol to protect the health and privacy of our community:

Questions and Concerns

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

We ask that you continue to stay in regular contact with your supervisor by phone, email or Skype meetings. You are encouraged to discuss plans for thesis and dissertation exams and your research plans with your supervisor. The College of Graduate Studies has information on the new temporary protocols and procedures.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc lindsay.cox@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

For graduate student resources including the upcoming course list, please visit education.ok.ubc.ca/student-resources/graduate-student-resources.

We understand you may be concerned about potential academic impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your current and upcoming courses are running as scheduled. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as “low for Canada.”

We want to assure you that a plan is in place should the risk level change. Courses will be adapted (i.e. offered online through Canvas) to ensure continued degree progress. We encourage you to review UBC’s Response and Frequently Asked Questions list. This page has valuable information regarding steps UBC is taking, precautionary steps to stay healthy and links to other resources. This page will be updated frequently with any new developments. Please refer to it for updates.

Course and program specific information will continue to be posted on canvas.

As always, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home and notify your instructor.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca.

If you have specific concerns regarding your courses, please check Canvas and contact your instructor and/or supervisor and cc postbac.education@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

Certificate or Diploma Students

Summer Term One (May 11 – June 19) and Summer Term Two courses (July 6-23) will be delivered online.

This change in delivery directly impacts:

To view all the upcoming post-bac courses, please visit education.ok.ubc.ca/degrees-programs/certificates-diplomas.

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

We hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy! Please be assured that your supervisors, instructors, and our office, are doing all we can to support you and ensure your academic success.

For those of you currently enrolled in a course, we have appreciated your patience and understanding as we work through this change in delivery together.
As the situation is rapidly evolving, we have made the decision that all upcoming Summer Term One and Summer Term Two courses will be online.

This change in delivery directly impacts Programming for Children with Specific Learning Disabilities (EPSE 431) and Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners (EPSE 406). To view all the upcoming post-bac courses, please visit education.ok.ubc.ca/degrees-programs/certificates-diplomas.

All Summer Institute in Education courses will be moved to an online delivery. To view all upcoming Summer Institute courses, please visit education.ok.ubc.ca/degrees-programs/summer-institute-in-education.

Your instructor(s) will post the updated course syllabus, format and assignments on canvas once it is available.

We want to remind you to take care of yourself during these challenging times.

UBCO students have 24/7 access to Studentcare’s EmpowerMe support services. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please reach out to the EmpowerMe counselling service.

For more student wellness services, please visit visit students.ok.ubc.ca/health-wellness/counselling-mental-health.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess the public health risk associated with the virus. For information on UBC’s response and frequently asked questions, visit covid19.ubc.ca.

The Okanagan campus is still open; however, some activities and operations have modified hours or are closed. For the most up to date campus-specific information, visit ok.ubc.ca/covid19.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca.

Recent UBC Broadcasts

We would like to draw your attention to the last four UBC Broadcasts that went out over the last week, as there is some critical information for students, faculty and staff:

Protection and personal privacy during COVID

Many of you may be aware of friends or colleagues who have been tested for COVID-19, or who suspect they may have been exposed. You are asked to be diligent about not sharing any information about a person’s state of health in relation to a suspected, presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19. To share such information is a violation of the Public Health Act.

Please use the following protocol to protect the health and privacy of our community:

Questions and Concerns

The Okanagan School of Education’s faculty and staff are working remotely until further notice. If you require administrative assistance, please email education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you have concerns regarding your courses, please check canvas. If you need to contact your course instructor about concerns, please cc education.ubco@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email: Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

We understand you may be concerned about potential academic impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your current and upcoming courses are running as scheduled. At this time, the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as “low for Canada.”

We want to assure you that a plan is in place should the risk level change. Courses will be adapted (i.e. offered online through Canvas) to ensure continued progress. We encourage you to review UBC’s Response and Frequently Asked Questions list. This page has valuable information regarding steps UBC is taking, precautionary steps to stay healthy and links to other resources. This page will be updated frequently with any new developments. Please refer to it for updates.

Course and program specific information will continue to be posted on canvas.

As always, if you are feeling unwell, please stay home and notify your instructor.

If you have concerns or questions about UBC’s response to the coronavirus, please contact vicepresident.students@ubc.ca.

If you have specific concerns regarding your courses, please check Canvas and contact your instructor and cc postbac.education@ubc.ca.

If you still have concerns or academic issues, email Margaret Macintyre Latta, Director of the Okanagan School of Education at margaret.macintyre.latta@ubc.ca.

2020/2021 Incoming Teacher Candidates

We are excited to “meet you” online on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at the Bachelor of Education (BEd) Orientation session, and look forward to getting to know you. Instructions for this online meeting will be emailed later in August.

Given the evolving situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus), your Winter Term 1, September to December 2020 will be predominately online. We pride ourselves in always offering high-quality learning experiences no matter the format.  UBC is working closely with public health authorities to determine when it will be safe for students and faculty to return to classrooms. Until we can return to face-to-face classes, a program expectation is that you ensure you have technological capacity for accessing learning experiences online.

It is required that you be in the UBCO area in-person by October 1, 2020. While your BEd courses will be online in September, it is in October that the field experiences in schools and in-situ work begin. You will be meeting with a mentor teacher and students in some capacity. You will have both online and face-to-face experiences October – December.

Prospective Students

The Okanagan School of Education (OSE) will accept a Credit/D grade for most courses that an applicant presents towards meeting BE.d academic requirements. OSE will not accept a Credit/D grade for the 6-credit English Composition and Literature requirements as applicants have to present an average of at least 65% across those six credits.

Understandably, the admissions team will not accept an ‘F’ course towards meeting an academic requirement.