UNB in-person classes resume with updated COVID-19 guidelines

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Back to school has officially arrived, and with it, many students are excited and anxious to get back to in-person learning. After a much-needed summer break, and New Brunswick entering the “Green” phase of recovery, many students were eagerly awaiting the updated school safety policies. UNB made an announcement early last week explaining the updates.  

Mandatory testing will be in place for unvaccinated faculty and students. (Wolfgang Dachtel/The Baron)

COVID-19 testing requirements

UNB holds a COVID-19 testing policy, wherein all students are subjected to mandatory coronavirus testing. Testing is in place on the UNB Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton campuses. Exemptions are in place for those who have submitted proof of full vaccination.  

In an email sent to all students on September 2, UNB explains, “the purpose of the testing policy is to provide enhanced protection against COVID-19 for [all] members of the university community while engaging in activities on UNB campuses and sites.” 

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students and staff will have to complete rapid testing every three days and must receive a negative test result before participating in any campus activities. Positive tests will be verified with PCR molecular testing.  

Further information regarding the UNB Rapid Testing Policy (such as where to pick up tests and how to submit results) is online at the UNB webpage. 

To send in proof of vaccination, students are able to upload a photo of their vaccination sheet through the UNBSafe App or online. In-person verification is also an option according to the app.  

If uploading a photo, please make sure to cover your Medicare number for safety purposes. The UNBSafe app can be found here

The UNB COVID testing program will begin early next week, and until then no students will be kept from in-person class or on-campus activities.  

Anyone required to do testing will be sent instructions next week.  

Face mask policy 

The face mask policy will remain in place until September 30. At that time, a risk assessment will be conducted and students will be made aware of any changes in the policy.  

UNB maintains regulations that require keeping physical distance when possible, regardless of vaccination status, and non-medical face masks must be worn in common areas, while transitioning through classes, and travelling indoors.  

Masks can be removed when eating or drinking and in offices or classrooms wherein you are the only occupant or there are ten or fewer people with social distancing.  

Professors may remove masks while teaching in the front of a classroom with physical distancing. Cleaning regiments and plexiglass barriers are still in place and remain in place at this time.  

Any further inquiries, questions, or concerns about the UNB policy can be directed to covidhelp@unb.ca.