Give fully vaccinated Queen's students the option to attend in person classes this winter

Give fully vaccinated Queen's students the option to attend in person classes this winter

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Dante Caloia started this petition to Patrick Deane (Principal of Queen's)

I have been a student since this pandemic began. In March 2020, I went home with thousands of other students and endured a lockdown to stop the spread of COVID. I did my part throughout this entire process - Online classes, limited contact, getting vaccinated as soon as possible. But now that it's been almost two full years of uncertainty and hopelessness, I believe that things should be different. 

I'm proposing that Queen's allows students who are fully vaccinated to choose between online or in-person classes for the winter semester. Yes, the new variant is spreading fast, but we are also set to receive third doses very soon. Why should our educational experience suffer due to the University's poor decisions? 

A semester with smaller class capacity, strong mask policies, and rapid test availability ALL SEMESTER would be safe, and doable. I know I'm not alone when I say I'm not ready to pay the exact same amount of money to Queen's to sit in my bedroom all day watching pre-recorded lecture videos all day. 

For those who are still worried about the variant, are unvaccinated, or have at risk people they will be seeing, in person lectures can be recorded for those who wish to stay home. It takes minimal effort on the professor's part to make this option available, and considering what we've sacrificed in terms of our education its the least they can do. 

As students we have done our part and done our best to stay positive, but even the most resilient of us are getting tired. I am willing to take a small risk to be able to engage in constructive, in person learning.

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