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Update on in-person learning and COVID-19 protocols for the 2022 winter term

Update on in-person learning and COVID-19 protocols for the 2022 winter term

CMU will continue in-person education on the Shaftesbury Campus starting on Monday, January 24, 2022 in a manner that cultivates and sustains high levels of safety, health, and well-being for students, staff, and faculty.

CMU has introduced increased health and safety measures for the 2022 Winter Term to make the January 24 in-person return possible. These measures will be in effect until reading week and will be re-evaluated at that time.

Reminder of protocols for the 2022 winter term

Isolation after testing positive or having symptoms of COVID-19

When you receive a positive result on a PCR or RAT (rapid) test, according to provincial guidelines, you must self-isolate for five days from the day you tested positive, regardless of symptoms beginning prior to a positive test result. Additionally, do not come to campus until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If you develop symptoms, do not come to campus—get tested at a provincial COVID-19 testing center.

Masks

Three-ply surgical, N95, KN95, or a doubled mask (cloth over a two-ply disposable mask) are required for all students, staff, and faculty when on campus. Given the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, wearing only a cloth or a two-ply mask will no longer be sufficient. CMU will supply two-ply and tie-up cloth masks while supplies last, available at both North and South Side reception desks.

NEW! Receptacles for the recycling for disposable masks can be found at both North and South Side reception desks.

Rapid testing for students

Full-time students are required to participate in CMU's rapid testing program a minimum of once per week and may attend up to three times per week. All full-time students must register for the day(s) they will be tested.

Part-time students are strongly encouraged to sign up for rapid testing. The rapid test screening site is located in OL2, in the basement by the Chapel. Rapid testing is available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

Rapid testing for staff and faculty

Staff and faculty are asked to participate in CMU's rapid testing program twice weekly. The rapid test screening site is located in OL2, in the basement by the Chapel. Rapid testing is available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine

All students are require to receive a third COVID-19 vaccination dose, when eligible. Until you are eligible for the third dose you may continue to come to campus as normal. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the third dose. 

Contracting COVID-19 is likely for many of us. While this can be distressing, do not be ashamed or embarrassed—it does not mean you did anything wrong! Honesty and transparency are key to maintaining the health of our community. Please reach out to Charlie Peronto at cperonto:@:cmu.ca or Julene Sawatzky at jusawatzky:@:cmu.ca if you have any questions, are symptomatic, or have tested positive. CMU is here to support you!

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of all during the 2022 Winter Term.

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