We are so glad that you will be a part of the Grebel community this fall term. Some of you will be connecting to us virtually while others are planning to move into Grebel’s residence or apartments. Regardless of your home base this fall, you are all important members of the Grebel community and we look forward to creating a vibrant fall term with you.
Given COVID-19, this will be a fall term with unique challenges and gifts. Grebel is committed to making health and safety a top priority and is planning the term with this top of mind. Some important information is ready for you to read below. Please check in frequently as we will be updating the information to respond to COVID-19 protocols that seem to be changing week to week.
You can also expect a packet of information in the mail by mid-July. It is important to take the time to read through everything carefully; times, locations, onsite and virtual programming, information about laundry and electronics are some of the info-bites included. If questions arise, please e-mail Pam Bartel, the Administrative Assistant for Student Services. She is always happy to help.
Mary Brubaker-Zehr, Director of Student Services
COVID information - updated August 31, 2020
Here are our most up-to-date plans for creating a healthy and safe community for Fall 2020. We continue to work hard to understand Public Health advice so that we can combine a good community experience while limiting the spread of COVID-19. Please review now, and regularly review the following details. Note your questions and send them to Pam Bartel (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will work at this together in the Grebel community spirit.
1. COVID-19 handbooks
- 2 Covid handbooks have been created. All students should have received one via email.
- Pre-Arrival: all students are advised to limit their social contacts and adhere tightly to their social bubbles two weeks prior to move-in day.
- All students must come with documentation showing they have had a COVID-19 test no earlier than August 31, 2020. (tip - make sure you bring your health card to the test... you can get your results faster).
- If you test positive, we request that you remain at home for 14 days from the date of the test and until you feel healthy. Please advise us if this is the case.
- If you don't have results prior to move-in, you will need to self-isolate in your residence room at Grebel until you get your results.
- If you arrive without documentation verifying a test, you'll need to immediately get a test and then self-isolate in your residence room at Grebel until you get your test results.
- Out of country students will need to self isolate for 14 days upon arrival (we'll be in contact with you about details).
- Upon arrival, there will be a health and wellness screening including a temperature check.
- Students will move in at designated times so that we can maintain physical distancing. You will be notified of your two-hour move-in block at least 2 weeks ahead of move-in.
- Only the student and their family will touch the student's belongings (sorry about this, normally we like to help carry your belongings in).
- There will be designated washrooms for guests (non-Grebelites) during the move-in hour.
3. Living together
Even with all the restrictions that come with COVID, Grebel wants to be a warm and hospitable living environment for you. We want you to remain healthy (physical and emotionally) and to thrive academically. We know it will take all of us working together to create this kind of environment and we are confident that we can do it together!
To that end, here are some things you can expect:
- warm and friendly staff who are available and open to conversation and relationship
- o-week activities
- outdoor activities - basketball, volleyball, campfires, frisbee, outdoor swing
- indoor and outdoor group programming that follows Public Health protocols
- indoor programming in spaces with good ventilation and that allow for physical distancing
- use of the Grebel work out room, games room, practice rooms but with curtailed and regulated capacity
- You will be encouraged to make on-campus Grebel residents and apartment dwellers your primary cluster.
- Off-campus associates and outside guests will not be permitted in the residence. Encounters with these folks should happen outside of Grebel's buildings.
- If you leave for more than 12 hours, you'll need to get a new COVID-19 test and self-isolate until your get your results
- Exterior doors will be locked 24/7 so that only those with keys may enter (you will have keys).
- The dining room will only be open to Grebel residents, apartment dwellers and essential staff.
- Meals from our servery will not be self-serve but you will still be able to select what you want to eat and you'll get to know the kitchen staff really well!
- You will share a sink, toilet and shower with a small designated group of students.
- Masks need to be worn in buildings at all times except when you are in your residence/apartment room on your own or when you are eating in the dining room.
- You'll need to bring your own masks and personal hand sanitizer.
- You are also encouraged to bring cleaning supplies for your own room so that your can sanitize after fellow students have been in your space.
- Washrooms and high touch points will be cleaned several times each day.
- Daily temperature checks will be in place (at least at the beginning).
4. What if you get sick while at Grebel?
- If you are able to go home until you are better and no longer contagious, we want you to do that.
- If you are unable to go home, we'll help you isolate by bringing food to your room, etc.
- If you are feeling unwell, we will want to quickly rule out COVID-19 by asking you to get a COVID test.
5. What if there is a second wave or an outbreak?
- First and foremost, Grebel will see the advice of Public Health.
- Depending on the severity, students may be asked to go home for a time for a period of time.
- Contract provisions will be followed.
Feel free to contact our office if you have questions - email@example.com
Move-in day for all Residents - updated August 31, 2020
Sunday, September 6
Returning students - AM unless otherwise arranged
New students - 2 hour windows throughout the day. You'll be given a specific move-in window
Details have been emailed to all students. If you did not receive instructions or have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for living in residence at Grebel
Here are a few tips as you begin thinking about what to pack for the fall! For more information please also refer to the Fall 2019 Residence handbook
- Each shared room contains 2 desks, 2 desk chairs, 2 single beds (in some rooms, permanent bunks) and two wardrobes. Drapes are provided for each room.
- Typically two students occupy a double room, but because of COVID you will be the sole occupant of the double room. Grebel has limited storage space so all the furniture for double room occupancy must remain in the room.
- There may be a few clothes hangers in your closet.
- TIP: Bring more clothes hangers
- Bring at least 2 hand towels for use in the bathroom.
- If you choose to use college linens, one sheet, a pillowcase and a wool blanket are provided for you by the College. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW.
TIP: There is a slight variance in Grebel bed lengths. Thus, we recommend extra long sheets which will fit any of our beds.
- Bikes may be stored in our indoor bike storage room. Fill in the optional services form to access this service. Bikes are not permitted in the residence building. Space limitations require no more than one bike per person.
- TIP: You are advised not to bring an extremely expensive bike
- Hockey equipment may be stored in a hockey storage room located in the apartment building. Fill in the optional services form to access this service.
- COVID update: there will not be UW/Grebel intramurals this fall term.
- Food preparation and cooking appliances are not permitted with the exception of hot air popcorn poppers, small coffee makers (no more than 1000 watts) and kettles. Microwaves and toasters are not allowed.
- There is a student lounge on the 3rd and 4th floor, each with a TV, DVD player and refrigerator.
- COVID update: these lounges may not be open for use.
- Small refrigerators (no larger than 1000 watts or 5 cubic feet) are permitted in residence rooms.
- There is a games room and lounge with a workout area, foosball, pool table and ping pong table on the 2nd floor. Mailboxes are located in the lounge area.
- COVID update: Games room may not be open for use.
- There are private practice rooms across the hall from the games room where you may play your musical instruments. While you are encouraged to bring your musical instruments to residence, loud musical instruments such as trumpets, drums or electric guitars should be practiced in areas designed for this purpose (music practice rooms). You may play your electric instruments in your residence room if you use headphones.
- There is a laundry room located beside the games room with washers and dryers. This room is also equipped with a wash tub and ironing board and irons. It is available 24 hours a day.
- TIP: High efficiency detergent is required for these machines. They are accessed with a laundry card which may be loaded using a debit or credit card at any time, including move-in day.
- A sleeping bag will be needed for the All-College Retreat at Camp Trillium
- COVID update: the retreat has been cancelled
- Each room has been wired for high speed access to the UW Computer Network and the wireless network is available throughout the residence building.
- TIP: The new resnet does not accommodate wireless routers for things like printers, etc. Wireless routers will interfere with the new system so please bring the hardware you need for your electronic equipment.
Arrival for OCR's and first-year Off-Campus Associates(OCA's)
Sunday, September 6
Details will follow in August.
Move-in day for On-Campus Apartment Dwellers - updated July 10
On-Campus Associates are welcome to move in to the apartment in the morning of September 6. Upon arrival, check-in with the Campus Host for your keys and other start of term items
Register for a move-in time at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49ADAF22A7F94-f20apartment
Arrival information for Upper-Year Off-Campus Associates
Start of term details for off-campus associates will be available in August.
Emailed to students August 31/Sept 1, 2020
Saturday/Sunday - All-Grebel retreat - TBD.
All-College Retreat -cancelled for 2020
Each year, on the weekend following Labour Day, there is an All Grebel Retreat at Camp Trillium, on Rainbow Lake near Waterford. There will be no fall retreat this year.
Job opportunities for Fall 2020 - updated August 31, 2020
Short of cash this term? Several opportunities exist at the College for earning that bit of extra money you need. Following is a list of job opportunities and the person to contact if you are interested. Remuneration for all jobs listed is $14 per hour (plus 4% vacation pay) unless otherwise stated. Some positions may require resumes and/or interviews.
Four times/day, Monday-Friday, the parking lots are checked to ensure all cars parked on College property are displaying permits or purchased tickets. Remuneration is $70/week or $35/week if shared between two persons.
*Note: Frequency of checks (and therefore remuneration) may be lower due to less parking activity than usual in Fall 2020.
TO APPLY: Contact email@example.com, include class schedule
Casual Jobs in the kitchen
1. Evening snack servers: Snacks are available Mon., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. night from 9:00 – 10 pm. Two people are required each evening to set out and serve the snack items, and then tidy up afterwards. Hours of work are 8:45 – 10:15 pm. Two to eight people are required to fill these positions. Could be 2 people working every night, 8 people working only 1 night or any combination in between. It is a great job to do with a friend.
2. Afternoon snack servers: afternoon snacks are available 7 days a week from 3-4 pm. We need 1 person everyday to work the serving line; serving beverages, cereal, bread and spreads, fresh fruit etc. This would be a good job to share between a couple of people.
3. Weekend supper servers: help is needed with serving supper on weekends from 5-6. This person will handle the beverage and dessert counter, serving hot and cold drinks and dessert on Saturdays to residents. It could be the same person working both evenings. Would also work to have 2-4 people who alternate weekends.
4. Ice cream scooper: a long standing Grebel tradition has been to serve ice cream for supper every Sunday night. We want to continue this tradition so we need someone to work 5:15 -6 pm on Sundays, serving scoops of ice cream. This would be a good job for 1 person or 2 people to share if you want to alternate weekends.
5. Evening floor sweeper/mopper: The kitchen/dining room gets a lot of traffic every day and we need some help keeping those floors sparkling clean. We anticipate that it will take one person 2-2.5 hours each evening to sweep and mop the kitchen floor, and sweep or vacuum the dining room floor. Two people could work together each evening to get the job done faster. This position is available 7 days a week and can be done anytime between 7 and 11 pm.
Salary for the above positions is $14/hour + 4% vacation pay.
Email Cheri Otterbein, Food Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 8, 2020 to apply for any of the above positions.
When applying for any of these roles, please indicate which nights/afternoons you are available.
Contract Food Services Assistant Position available.
This role involves working from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday, every 2nd weekend. Duties include preparing vegetables for salad bar, preparing fruit salad or fruit trays, serving on the food line, running the dishwasher, restocking the serving line, wiping tables etc. Experience working in a commercial kitchen is preferred. Salary for this position is $18.29/hour + 4% vacation pay.
Apply with resume to Cheri Otterbein, Food Services Manager at email@example.com by Sept. 8, 2020.