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Redeemer University officials are monitoring the coronavirus situation. We are in contact with local public health officials and we continue to heed the advice of local, provincial and national health organizations to ensure the safety of the campus community.
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September 18, 2021
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases at Redeemer
The university has received notification of 3 positive cases of COVID-19 involving students living in a campus residence together. The students are currently isolating. All other roommates have received negative tests. At this time, there is no severe illness for any of the students and we are praying for a speedy and complete recovery as well as strength and patience during isolation.
The affected students were last in the academic building on September 17. The campus continues to be cleaned thoroughly and all operations will continue as scheduled. Any contact tracing required will be managed by public health authorities and is supported by the Campus Care Nurse at Redeemer.
By following all COVID-19 health protocols, including filling out the Health Check form, Redeemer continues to keep in place the layers of protection that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
Redeemer is reporting outbreaks (two or more related cases) instead of individual cases and may also communicate when there are multiple unrelated cases at the same time. Contact tracing will be completed by public health. The Campus Care Nurse supports that effort and will continue to communicate directly with anyone who is a close contact to a confirmed case.
September 2, 2021
Updates to Vaccination Policy and Instructions for Students and Employees
On the evening of Tuesday August 31, Redeemer received direction from the province with respect to the vaccine policy that post secondary institutions must have in order to open this September in Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.
Information has now been published on the Redeemer App on how to provide proof of full vaccination or medical exemption, as well as how to take the education module (once) on Discovery for students and employees who are unable to provide proof. Furthermore, the direction received from the Ministry of College and Universities (MCU) has now set the appropriate frequency of rapid testing as once per week. The vaccine policy and instructions have been updated to reflect this and more information about free testing on campus will be communicated soon.
All the requirements of the vaccine policy take effect on September 13, 2021 but students and employees are encouraged to provide proof or complete the education module ahead of time.
August 27, 2021
Step 3 Adjustments and Vaccine Policy
Last week, the government of Ontario announced that the province would remain in step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen and that vaccine policies were required for high-risk settings, including post-secondary institutions.
In step 3, Redeemer is able to continue with its plan for a full return to campus with some adjustments to classroom spaces to allow for physical distancing. Some rearrangement of the schedule is also required and being implemented immediately.
Residence and campus life will continue as planned and has been previously communicated. Redeemer is subject to Ontario’s step 3 regulations in terms of gathering sizes, with masks and physical distancing required in the academic building. The campus remains closed to the public and only authorized visitors are allowed in accordance with the visitors policy.
Since the announcement, the Covid Management Committee (CMC) has been working on the requirement to implement a vaccine policy. After careful thought and much deliberation, the CMC has approved an interim vaccine policy. This policy is designed to show love and care for the whole Redeemer community. As created and embodied beings, teaching, learning, and serving is richest in person. To this end, the policy seeks to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 on campus by requiring that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors coming to campus provide proof of full vaccination or complete a COVID-19 education module along with receiving regular rapid antigen tests.
The requirements of the policy take effect the first full week of classes, on Monday, September 13. Rapid antigen testing will be available at Redeemer for residence and commuter students, as well as faculty and staff. Tests will be valid for 72 hours. Details on providing proof of full vaccination, the education module, and testing times and locations will be provided next week.
Additional information about vaccines, including benefits and risks have been published in a Q&A format on Redeemer’s website with many helpful links to information sources.
August 18, 2021
Ontario Pauses Reopening; Requires Vaccine Policies
Redeemer is continuing to move forward with a full return to learning and campus life in September while taking into account that Ontario is “pausing the province’s exit from the Roadmap to Reopen” that would loosen most remaining restrictions. Therefore, while taking into account previous guidance from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), it appears that Redeemer will start the year in stage 3 with exceptions to regulations for classroom teaching only.
There will be limits and distancing in the academic building. Here are some of the key protocols and implications:
- Whether in stage 3 or not, masks are mandatory indoors unless alone in a private office or in residences.
- Social gatherings (casual) are limited to 25 indoors and 100 outdoors
- Event gatherings (clubs, committees, meetings etc.) are limited to 50% capacity with distancing indoors and 75% of space or 5000 people outdoors.
- Chapel is a religious gathering with a capacity limited to what is allowed while following distancing rules.
- The Library, 21Five, Refresh, The Market and Tim Hortons will resume regular operations.
- All other food services, including refreshments, must be served in the Dining Hall and EDR. No classroom or meeting room food services will be provided. (Please contact Campus Services for details about a specific meeting or event)
- The campus remains closed to the general public and the visitor policy remains in place.
- Varsity sports will continue as planned; the athletic centre will be open.
- Students may visit other residences while in stage 3.
June 16, 2021
Looking Forward to Fall 2021
Following the recent announcement of Ontario’s reopening plan, Redeemer is increasingly confident that we will be able to safely offer many on-campus activities this fall. While it’s too early to define what specific restrictions may still be required, as more Ontarians are vaccinated and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decrease, September is beginning to look like a return to normal. Chapel, clubs, launch weekend, sports, events, internships and many more activities are likely to resume in a way similar to their pre-covid formats.