What is novel coronavirus?

The BC Centre for Disease Control website for the latest information available for British Columbia.

What is North Island College doing?

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and the ability for students to meet their academic goals are priorities for NIC. We are monitoring information about COVID-19 and following the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer. Senior administrators are meeting daily as we develop plans for any operational changes that may become necessary as this situation continues to develop.

The College is also working hard to ensure that students, faculty and staff receive reliable and up to date information. COVID-19 is primarily droplet-spread so preventative measures such as washing your hands; not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands, and covering up a cough/sneeze are effective methods. Generally, there is low risk of spread from hard surface touch points but we have heightened cleaning of common touch points such as doorknobs and pushplates, and increased the distribution of cleaning materials around campuses. 

Provincial Health Officer recommendations:

For Post-Secondary Students, Faculty and Staff Regarding COVID-19

International work-related travel by college employees:

We are following the Travel Advice and Advisories provided by the Government of Canada and making decisions about international travel on a case by case basis.

Study abroad travel by NIC students:

We are following the Travel Advice and Advisories provided by the Government of Canada and making decisions about international travel on a case by case basis.

Considering personal travel?

Please check ahead, plan accordingly and ensure you have reviewed the latest Government of Canada travel advisories and travel health notices.

What can I do to help prevent the virus from spreading?

Public Health Office advises:

  • 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 face/eyes/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.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

BC Centre of Disease Control advises:

The symptoms of COVID-19, are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

What should I do if I feel sick or suspect I may have COVID-19?

Anyone who is concerned they, or someone they have been exposed to, may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health-care provider or call public health at 8-1-1. For more information and the latest updates, visit

Can someone spread the COVID-19 virus without being sick?

Read more about how the virus can be spread and how best to protect yourself on the BC Centre for Disease Control website, the Health Canada website, or the World Health Organization website

What happens if I miss classes or work due to illness?

  • Students– Please contact your (Student Services Office and/or instructor) if you are absent for reasons of illness in order to discuss your options.
  • Employees– Please contact your supervisor immediately if you are absent for reasons of illness and follow your normal sick leave protocol as per your contract.

What about Spring Semester?

At this point, Spring semester 2020 – which includes intersession and the 14 week semester -- is scheduled to move forward as planned. Please be aware that this may involve alternate and compressed forms of teaching, learning and evaluation. Check the website for updates.

Will NIC close campuses if there is a confirmed case in our region?

North Island College would only close campuses due to COVID-19 at the direction of the Public Health Office.

What about exams?

Students in programs and courses that have scheduled exams during the Winter final exam period from April 14 to April 27 should make themselves available until the end of the exam period in case there is a need to rescheduled your current exam date and time.  While we do not anticipate this being necessary at this point, the College always allows contingency space during the exam period in the event of a short disruption. For more information, check Key Dates.

What if I am going to miss class?

Students who miss classes due to illness or self-isolation should contact their instructor(s) or Student Services by calling 1-800-715-0914.

Is there a vaccine?

There is no vaccine available to protect against this disease at this time. However, researchers are working on it.

Further updates:

North Island College will continue to update this FAQ page if new information becomes available.