Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, NVIT has decided to keep its campuses open for the time being, but they have paused all face-to-face teaching, transitioning instead to alternative course delivery methods.

According to a statement released on the school’s website, “NVIT is focused on identifying ways to maintain social distancing on campus to minimize close contact with each other. These developments follow the guidance of BC’s Provincial Health Officer. Where reasonable, NVIT is transitioning to alternative methods for teaching and learning. These methods may include online delivery for the rest of this term. Given the diverse needs of our diverse programs and learners, it will take some time to implement a plan for all programs, courses and learners requiring accommodation support. Regardless of delivery method, classes will continue on the days and times as scheduled.”

Faculty are not aware of any reported cases of coronavirus among students or staff at either of their campuses, and believe that risk of infection remains low.

As a precaution, many events have been cancelled or postponed, including graduation ceremonies. External party bookings for campus facilities have been suspended, any work-related travel outside of the country has been cancelled and more stringent cleaning and disinfecting routines have been implemented.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding during a very challenging and complex time,” said NVIT president Ken Tourand.

“NVIT continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and is taking measures to keep students and employees safe.”

Tourand maintains that NVIT is following the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer.

“Our focus remains on the health and safety of our community while ensuring our students have opportunities to succeed.”

A news conference with Education Minister Rob Fleming on Tuesday saw the province shut down schools with students from kindergarten to grade 12 indefinitely.