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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, JANUARY 6, 2022

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, JANUARY 6, 2022

January 6, 2022

Booth University College remains committed to the health and safety of our campus community. This Bulletin is being released in light of the new Omicron variant and its increased transmissibility, and as such, there are some changes to our original plans for the Winter term.

The Return to Campus Plan has been placed on hold and only previously designated departments (essential services) will be required to be on campus at this time. While we strongly encourage all others to work from home, if employees still prefer to work on campus, they must speak with their supervisor to confirm a schedule.

Booth UC requires all employees, students, contractors and visitors to wear a 3-ply well fitted filtered mask, ie. KN95, N95, medical grade, etc., in all common and/or shared spaces, complete a self-screening declaration before entering and adhere to social distancing guidelines posted throughout campus
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Anyone coming to campus (employees, students, contractors and visitors) are required to be fully vaccinated and must provide a one-time proof of vaccination: Manitoba Immunization QR Codes, Manitoba Immunization Cards, Manitoba Immunization Records, or proof from other jurisdictions.


The previously designated departments will remain working from campus during regular working hours Monday- Friday:
➢ Facilities
➢ Hospitality
➢ Student Services
➢ Front Desk (Waldron Building)
➢ Library
➢ Financial Services (limited days)

All employees are encouraged to hold business meetings virtually. For any required in-person meetings, masks must be worn at all times and participants must socially distance.

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY
We encourage all employees and students to receive a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. These are available at any location that offers the COVID-19 vaccine.
Applications for immunization cards for fully vaccinated people can be made online at https://immunizationcard.manitoba.ca/. Full information is available on the province’s website.

ACADEMICS
Winter Term Delivery

Booth UC will provide virtual delivery only for the beginning of the Winter term. This decision will be reevaluated during reading week.

Library
The library will be open to the public, Booth UC students, including cadets, Booth UC employees, including sessional faculty and CFOT Officers, who provide proof of full vaccination (either their student card with sticker or Manitoba Immunization QR Codes, Manitoba Immunization Cards, Manitoba Immunization Records, or proof from other jurisdiction).
All seating areas will be setup to accommodate social distancing.
Masks are required to be worn at all times.
Library staff are responsible to ensure all areas are sanitized after each use.

School for Continuing Studies
The School for Continuing Studies continues to offer fully online, asynchronous courses.

STUDENT SERVICES
Winter Term
All Student Services Programming will be provided virtually for the Winter Term. This decision will be reevaluated during reading week.
ALL common spaces on campus are now closed. This decision will be reevaluated during reading week.

Supports
For the Winter term, commuter students who are fully vaccinated are required to contact the Student Services Information Desk for any in-person services.

Academic Learning Center – virtual only

Student Services Information Desk – for payment of fees, when electronic or phone payment is NOT an option.
Students who are unvaccinated and needing to pay fees in person, must contact Booth UC @ 204-947-6701 ext. 0 or 701 to make alternate arrangements.

Student Services Information Desk – to access all other Student Services, including appointments with staff and items needed from the Information Desk, please contact Reception at 204-947-6701 ext. 0 or 701 to make an appointment.

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 arriving in Winnipeg must inform the Student Services Coordinator at least two weeks prior to their arrival date to ensure appropriate protocols are adhered to and support is given in timely fashion. E-mail: Matthew.Peters@BoothUC.ca.

International students can book vaccination appointments immediately after arrival as long as their stay in Manitoba will be at least 30 days.

Residence
For the Winter term, all privileges granted to the resident students remain in effect.
For students living in residence and traveling outside of the province of Manitoba, Booth UC will keep students informed of the requirements regarding COVID-19 tests, self-isolation, or quarantine.

HOSPITALITY
The Bistro will be open for pickup or delivery only during the Winter 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 Winter term.

FACILITIES
Booth UC will be closed to the public for the Winter 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. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
All common spaces are closed.

THE PUBLIC
Visitors

Visitors/guests are permitted on campus ONLY if conducting Booth UC business. If visitors/guests are invited, the following protocols are in place:
▪ All visitors/guests must be fully vaccinated and follow health regulations which includes completion of self-screening prior to entry.
▪ Must report to Student Services Information Desk to have proof of vaccination verified.
▪ Must be met by the employee who invited them to campus, at the front desk.

Contractors
Contractors are permitted on campus with the following protocols in place:
▪ All contractors must be fully vaccinated and follow health regulations which includes completion of self-screening prior to entry.
▪ Must report to Student Services Information Desk to have proof of vaccination verified.
▪ Must be met by the employee who invited them to campus, at the front desk.

Deliveries
Delivery courier/drivers are permitted entrance by the front desk staff at Waldron and Peterson Hall. If the delivery cannot be left at the front desk, the appropriate department will be contacted.
Bistro deliveries will be accepted by the back entrance only.

Any general questions not addressed here can be directed to communications@boothuc.ca.

The Booth UC COVID-19 Recovery Committee continues to meet throughout the winter and will provide updates as necessary.