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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (COVID-19) FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (COVID-19) FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

On September 8, 2020, Booth UC will enter Phase 3 of the re-opening plan as students return to campus virtually and/or in person. 

As of September 1, 2020, all employees and students are required to wear a face mask in all common and/or shared spaces. This means anywhere outside of offices/classrooms/meeting rooms. Masks may be removed in offices/classrooms/meeting rooms where social distancing guidelines are being maintained.

The following re-opening requirements are now in place:

  • Training workshop for all employees and students
  • A staggered return-to-campus schedule
  • Rotating work schedules
  • An ample supply of recommended PPE available
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing supplies available for use
  • Fixed property distancing equipment/signs installed (Floor markers, signs, Plexiglass shields, sanitizing stations, touchless garbage cans)

Booth UC will be closed to the public for the fall term, except by appointment with a specific individual or department for a Booth related reason. 

Anyone coming to campus (staff, faculty, students and visitors) will be required to complete a self-screening declaration before entering and must adhere to social distancing guidelines posted throughout campus. 

Commuting students should only be on campus if they have a scheduled class, appointment, or are accessing the library.

All employees and students must abstain from stigmatizing others.   Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger instead of focusing on the disease. Stigma can also make people more likely to hide symptoms or illness and keep them from seeking healthcare.   Stigma can make it more difficult to control the spread of an outbreak. This includes passing judgment on individuals becoming ill, staying home, seeking testing, and returning to campus following an illness. 

ACADEMIC

Fall Term Delivery

  • The Fall term will be delivered virtually in the time slots assigned. All courses which would normally be instructed face to face will be delivered virtually.  Some instructors may also provide in class delivery following all government directives regarding social distancing and maximum number of students allowed. Students are advised to contact their instructors to enquire whether an in-class option is available.
  • For students that may not be in Winnipeg or cannot come to campus, the virtual option will be available for all courses.   
  • Faculty office hours will be virtual only.
  • Plans for Field Education and practicum placements are being developed. The Field Education Coordinator has been securing placements and working with agencies to ensure student safety. 

Library

  • The library is open to Booth UC students, including cadets, Booth UC employees, including sessional faculty and CFOT Officers.
  • All persons entering the Library much swipe the fob at the entrance for tracking purposes.
  • Social distancing will be maintained. 
  • Library computers will be separated throughout the library, to allow the recommended 6 feet distancing guideline. 

School for Continuing Studies

  • Booth UC has increased the number of online courses through the School for Continuing Studies to give students more options. These are fully online, asynchronous courses.

STUDENT SERVICES

Commuter Students

  • The following system is now in place to ensure that students are safe to come to campus and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • Commuter students who wish to come to campus will be required to use their fob to access campus buildings (ie. Waldron Bldg, Peterson Hall, Library).

Residence

  1. All residence students must complete the MB self-screening tool prior to leaving their floor. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
  2. Only Booth University College students will be permitted to live in residence.  All four floors may be utilized.  Students may only access the floor on which they live.  No visitors are allowed.
  3. The residence community kitchen will be closed, and the Bistro will provide 2 meals 7 days/week.  The Bistro will provide weekend meals with no additional cost to the food plan.
  4. Students coming from out of province will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks and attend all their classes virtually during the quarantine period. Residence will be open after August 20th for students who wish to move to campus and quarantine two weeks before classes start, students will not be charged room fees for early move-in, although they will be charged for the cost of Bistro meals provided during quarantine.   Arriving students must arrange their own transportation to campus, wear a mask at all times and not be in contact with anyone en-route.  Arrival plans must be communicated to the Student Services Coordinator in advance of arrival.
  5. International students must adhere to the Booth UC Safe Arrival Plan.
  6. Each residence student will be provided one reusable face mask at no cost.
  7. Shared spaces will be managed using the practice of social bubbles or cohorts within their floor group. 
  8. Students traveling outside the province of MB during the fall semester, will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon their return.

International Students

  1. A plan has been put into place in accordance with the directives from the federal government for international students coming to Canada.

Supports

  • New Student Orientation will be conducted through an on-line course in Populi, which will be available between Sept 1-22.
  • Student programming and events will be done virtually.
  • Welcome Week activities planned to take place virtually.   
  • The Academic Learning Centre will continue to run virtually, including appointments and workshops.
  • A ‘Virtual Front Desk’ link has been added in Populi for students to initiate zoom meetings with the Student Services Information Desk.
  • Personal/Mental Health supports will be provided virtually where possible.  Students are encouraged to use the My Student Support Program app to access counselling services virtually.
  • Booth UC Community gatherings will continue virtually.

HOSPITALITY

  • The Bistro is now open for pickup.  Delivery within the Waldron building, to 290 Vaughan and neighboring colleagues will be available September 8, 2020.    
  • Employees will have the options of having a declining balance within the Bistro or paying over the phone by credit card as well as paying at the till at pick up.
  • Booth University College will not be accepting any outside rental groups during the Fall term. 

FACILITIES

  • The following system is now in place to ensure that employees are safe to come to work and to track who is on campus each day for the purpose of contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • All employees are required to fob in each day when they arrive on campus
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed, where needed, to allow work to continue where distancing may be difficult.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been placed at the main entrance and strategic locations throughout the institution.
  • Disinfecting / Cleaning of the facilities have been increased.
  • Common spaces will be closed.
  • Signage has been provided to direct students and employees to endure provincial directives on social distancing are met.
  • Booth UC will be installing MERV 13 filters in our ventilation system.
  • Classrooms/meeting rooms for any in-person classes/meetings are set up to accommodate social distancing guidelines.  Chairs and tables must NOT be moved without permission.  Please contact facilities if you require a different setup (maintaining the room maximums).
  • Room maximums are:
    • Meeting Room 106 – 4 people
      • Boardroom 228 – 6 people
      • PH1 – 6 students
      • PH2 – 14 students
      • Classroom B – 10 students
      • Classroom C – 10 students
      • Classroom D – 25 Students
      • Chapel – 35 People

COMMUNICATION

We will update the BoothUC.ca website and send bulletins to the Booth UC Community as new information and initiatives are available.

Understanding the situation is ever-changing, any general questions not addressed here can be directed to communications@boothuc.ca.