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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, NOVEMBER 1, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM BOOTH UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, NOVEMBER 1, 2021

November 3, 2021

Booth University College remains committed to the health and safety of our campus community; therefore, 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.

Booth UC continues to require all employees, students, contractors and visitors to wear a mask in all common and/or shared spaces, complete a self-screening declaration before entering and adhere to social distancing guidelines posted throughout campus.

All fully vaccinated employees (Faculty and Staff), are encouraged to return to campus the week of January 4, 2022 on a rotating work schedule. Please work with your supervisor to implement a staggered return to campus schedule and discuss any concerns you may have.

The following return to campus 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

VACCINE ELIGIBILITY

To book an appointment for a vaccine, visit https://protectmb.ca/. Appointments may also be booked by calling 1-844-626-8222.

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.

ACADEMIC

Winter Term Delivery

Booth UC has decided that we will continue with virtual delivery in the Winter term, but face-to-face instruction may also take place for fully vaccinated students at the instructor’s discretion as permitted by Manitoba Health orders in place at the time.

If an instructor chooses to hold face-to-face meetings, all classes must also be delivered virtually for students who are not in Winnipeg or who cannot, for whatever reason, come to campus. Instructors will be responsible for communication with students about any changes to delivery.

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).

School for Continuing Studies

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

STUDENT SERVICES

Return to Campus (Winter term):

  • Students must be fully vaccinated to be permitted on campus and follow health regulations, which include completion of self-screening prior to entry.
  • Students will be required to present one-time proof of vaccination: Manitoba Immunization QR Codes, Manitoba Immunization Cards, Manitoba Immunization Records, or proof from other jurisdictions to the Student Services Information Desk at the Waldron Building, 447 Webb Place, where it will be verified.
  • Upon verification, students will receive a campus-access sticker to be affixed to their student ID card from the Student Services Information Desk.
  • Students will need to present their Booth UC card (with sticker) whenever they need to access campus (Petersen Hall, Library, Waldron Building).
  • Students who require a Booth UC student card must contact StudentServices@BoothUC.ca.
  • For students returning to campus for classes in January, please arrange to verify your vaccine status and obtain your campus access sticker prior to the first day of classes, in order to avoid congestion at the Student Services Information Desk.
  • The third-floor student lounge will be open for both commuter and resident students.

Supports

For the Winter term, commuter students who are fully vaccinated, are permitted on campus for the following services

  • Academic Learning Center – by appointment only.
  • Student Services Information Desk – for payment of fees, when electronic or phone payment is NOT an option. Students who are unvaccinated and need 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.
  • Appointments will be scheduled with sufficient time before and after the appointment to minimize close contact with others. Meeting rooms will be large enough to accommodate social distancing.
  • Student Services staff are responsible to ensure all areas are sanitized after each use.

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 a 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 travelling 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 neighbouring 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 UC-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, with the exception of the third-floor student lounge, remain closed.

Classrooms/meeting rooms for any in-person classes/meetings will be set up according to public health orders for fully vaccinated individuals. Chairs and tables must NOT be moved without permission. Please contact facilities if you require a different setup.

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.

The Booth UC COVID-19 Recovery Committee continues to meet throughout the fall in order for preparation of a gradual return to campus for the Winter term.

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