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To support the return to primarily in-person teaching and learning for fall semester 2021, all Memorial employees are expected to return to work on campus by Tuesday, July 13.
Some employees may be required on campus earlier to support operational requirements, necessary services and Memorial’s core mandate.
“The provincial COVID-19 vaccination campaign is moving along and a majority of residents have received at least one dose,” said Provost Dr. Mark Abrahams. “The university continues to follow all public health guidelines and has implemented measures to ensure the return to campus is a positive experience.”
At this time, all employees should work with their supervisor to determine their individual plan to return to campus.
Memorial’s density calculator will be used to determine maximum capacity of on-campus spaces.
If you need support with IT equipment, please contact ITS, submit a ticket online or call 639-2049. Information on will be forthcoming about campus services such as food, parking and building access.
While on campus, employees should follow public health guidelines for public locations and take necessary precautions, as per the below.
Completing the daily self-assessment (also available in the MUN Safe app) before coming to campus;
Wearing a mask in all public spaces and common areas, or any time two-metres physical distance cannot be maintained;
Reviewing and following all posted signage;
Maintaining physical distancing;
Washing or sanitizing hands on a regular basis (note: there are sanitization stations set up throughout campus);
Staying home when sick.
Memorial is encouraging all employees and students to get vaccinated through public health. Vaccination is open to those 12 or older in Newfoundland and Labrador.
As well, Memorial encourages faculty, staff and students to download the COVID Alert app to help protect yourself and others. The app is designed to let Canadians know whether they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The return to campus plan will be continually monitored. At any point, Memorial could quickly revert back to a remote work environment. In the event of an outbreak with a provincially mandated two-week “circuit breaker,” employees will be expected to return to campus following the two-week break, unless public health officials direct otherwise.
More information will follow through regular Memorial channels as we approach the return to campus date.
Vaccine appointments now open for 12+
Memorial is pleased to learn the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone ages 12+ and appointments are now open for everyone who is eligible. All members of our Memorial community can now book their vaccination appointments and are encouraged to do so. This new eligibility is not based on specific areas of the province, jobs or vulnerabilities. To book an appointment for a vaccine, visit the government website. You should have your MCP or health card number available at the time of booking. If you do not have a provincial MCP number, you are still eligible to make an appointment.
Message to students from Dr. Dr. Mark Abrahams, provost and vice-president (academic) pro tempore: Update to Fall 2021 semester
In person for fall
We are optimistic for the next year, and expect to be on campus and in-person for university activities in September.
We are excited to share this news and look forward to welcoming you.
We are now in the process of preparing for the return to on-campus teaching and learning. Detailed planning for the fall 2021 semester is ongoing and information will be shared as it becomes available on Memorial’s COVID-19 website or Grenfell's COVID-19 website.
New and current students should make plans to be on our campuses for their university experiences this fall, unless all of the courses they are registered for are offered online.
Students arriving from outside of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador may be required to self-isolate for 14 days and should make plans to arrive in the province by mid-August.
International students who wish to attend Memorial this fall are strongly advised to move quickly to submit their study permit requests to the Government of Canada immediately following receipt of their offer of admission from Memorial.
They should also make plans to arrive in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador by mid-August to allow for the required 14-day self-isolation period before classes begin. For students needing to self isolate upon arrival, please visit Memorial’s Arrivals website for information or by emailing email@example.com.
Your health first
Memorial is continually assessing the evolving public health environment and will make any needed adjustments to the fall semester based on public health requirements.
The fall 2021 semester experience will look different, as Memorial will continue to follow public health requirements, which could include the use of non-medical face masks, physical distancing and other public health measures.
I look forward to sharing more information with you as it becomes available.