For students, face-to-face class time is very important, and British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer supports the continuation of face-to-face learning in our province’s post-secondary institutions, including the Global Village English language school in Victoria BC.
Health and safety in the classroom is of paramount concern, so how do schools keep their learning spaces as safe as possible?
Here is what we are doing at Global Village:
- We have modified our classrooms and lounge spaces according to “Return to Campus” Covid-19 safety guidelines
- We require vaccination for Covid-19 of all onsite staff and students.
- We require staff and students to conduct daily Covid self-health checks.
- We require anyone with symptoms of cold, flu or Covid-19 to stay home until their symptoms resolve, and to speak to a nurse by calling HealthLink BC 8-1-1 to discuss symptoms.
- All members of the GV community follow Covid-19 safety protocols, including:
- Mask wearing
- Good hand hygiene
- Avoiding close face-to-face interactions
- Clean facilities thoroughly each day, especially touch-points
- Balance or restrict the number of people in each room or space
Use of Rapid Covid Tests
As the Omicron variant continues to spread in our communities, many concerned Canadians are racing to find their own personal supply of Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits.
Global Village Victoria has a stock of rapid test kits which are used to provide peace of mind in the specific case of a potential classroom exposure incident. Students and hosts may also wish to purchase their own personal stock of rapid test kits to use on a weekly basis.
Two common questions of GV Victoria students are:
1. Where can I buy test kits in Victoria, BC?
2. How should rapid test kits be used?
The answer to these questions follows:
Where to buy Covid-19 rapid antigen test kits?
Public Health officials in BC have stated that the Abbot Panbio rapid test meets the standard set by the province and will be distributed to the public. A slightly more affordable and commonly-used at-home test kit is the BTNX Rapid Response kits.
Within the month of January or February 2022, the large Canadian pharmacy London Drugs will have rapid test kits available in-store. However, until the stock arrives, the only option is to purchase online.
Still available (as of Jan 18, 2022):
Waitlist-only (as of Jan 18, 2022):
How to use a rapid Covid-19 test kit?
According to the CDC Centre for Disease Control, “Self-testing is one of several risk-reduction strategies to reduce the chances of COVID-19 transmission. They may be used regardless of vaccination or symptom status.”
If you plan to use rapid test kits as part of your personal routine, please follow these tips:
1. Read info carefully, like the rapid test kit advice page from CDC.
2. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the type of test kit you have.
3. Watch an online video for the type of rapid test kit you have.
4. Carefully use your rapid test kit, wait for the results and consider taking a photo of the results so you have a date-stamp of your status on that date.
How to dispose of a rapid Covid-19 test kit?
After use at home, a rapid Covid test kit is biohazardous waste because it contains fluid from the nose. It should be disposed of carefully in double-bagged bathroom garbage.
Do NOT put a used test kit in the recycling.
Further Health & Safety Advice
Please review the “When to get tested for Covid-19” poster while monitoring for symptoms.