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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, AUGUST 4, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, AUGUST 4, 2021

August 4, 2021


On August 3, the province announced changes to the public health orders that focus on public health recommendations and guidance, rather than restrictions, as the province prepares for a shift from pandemic to endemic COVID-19.

Booth University College remains committed to the health and safety of our campus community; therefore, Booth UC will continue to require all employees and students to wear a face mask in all common and/or shared spaces.
Anyone coming to campus (staff, faculty, students and visitors) will be required to wear a mask, complete a self-screening declaration before entering and adhere to social distancing guidelines posted throughout campus.

All employees (Faculty and Staff), except those in essential services, may continue to work from home at this time. Anyone wishing to return to campus is encouraged to further discuss with their supervisor.

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY
The Province of Manitoba has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for both first and second doses to everyone over the age of 12. All members of our Booth UC community – staff, faculty and students – are now able to book a vaccination appointment.

To book an appointment for a vaccine, visit protectmb.ca/. Appointments can be made at one of the provincial supersites or popup vaccination clinics. Appointments may also be booked by calling 1-844-626-8222.
The province has introduced secure immunization cards for fully vaccinated people. Applications for the card can be made online at immunizationcard.manitoba.ca/. Full information is available on the province’s website.

ACADEMIC
Fall Term Delivery

Booth UC has decided that fall delivery will remain virtual; limited face-to-face instruction can take place at the instructor’s discretion as permitted by Manitoba Health orders in place at the time (number of students and room availability to be determined).

If an instructor decides on face-to face meetings (and if that can be accommodated), all classes will be delivered virtually as well for students that may not be in Winnipeg or who cannot, for whatever reason, come to campus. Instructors will be responsible for communication with students about any changes to delivery.

As the term progresses, we will consider moving more classes, as well as co-circular activities, to campus. Administration will communicate with instructors if more face-to-face options become available.

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.

SCHOOL FOR CONTINUING STUDIES
The School for Continuing Studies continues to offer fully online, asynchronous courses.

STUDENT SERVICES
Residence Students
For students living in residence and traveling outside of the province of Manitoba, Booth UC will adhere to the provincial quarantine guidelines at this time.

International Students
International students arriving to study at Booth UC must adhere to the Booth UC Safe Arrival Plan that has been put into place in accordance with the directives from the federal government for international students coming to Canada.

International students can book vaccination appointments immediately after arrival as long as their stay in Manitoba will be at least 30 days. The vaccine will be provided at no cost and some form of government-issued ID such as a passport will have to be presented to receive the vaccine.

Supports
Planning is underway for orientation events; information will be made available in the coming weeks.

HOSPITALITY
The Bistro will be open for pickup or delivery only during the fall term. Delivery within the Waldron building, to 290 Vaughan and neighboring colleagues will be available.

Employees 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
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.

The following system is 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
By fobbing, the employee is declaring they have completed the MB self-screening tool and are safe to come to work. sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/.

Common spaces remain closed.

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.

The Booth UC COVID-19 Recovery Committee continues to meet throughout the summer and any changes to the existing protocols will be communicated to the community before the fall term begins.

COMMUNICATION
We will continue to update the BoothUC.ca website, post to social media 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.