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Douglas College students launch petition against in-person learning

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson|Jan 9 2022, 1:38 pm



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Concerned students from Douglas College have started an online petition to ask that their school reconsider the return to in-person classes on Monday, January 10 as the Omicron wave spreads through BC.ADVERTISEMENThttps://3cb5d862963d3908970d491e06aaef46.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Bachelor of Social Work student Selena Johal spoke with Daily Hive about their concerns.

“Students such as myself are seeing the numbers go up, but it’s difficult to hear that Douglas is expecting us to go back when other institutions are giving their students more time,” she said.

“There isn’t much that we can do as students to keep ourselves safe, we can only take responsibility for our own safety.”

The Change.org petition was started by Payal Bansal and it has 650 signatures, aiming to reach 1,000.

“The petition has allowed Douglas students to come together and hopefully it will make it will create a sense of security knowing that others also feel unsafe and are trying their best to protect themselves,” said Johal.

“The omicron variant is highly contagious therefore causing students to feel unsafe,” wrote the petiton’s organizer on its page.

“Students are concerned of potentially contracting the variant at the university as most classes are small, and contact with other students are close, meaning there is no room for students to social distance while learning.”

“Many students like myself live with at-risk family and cannot afford to get sick and miss work. It is the benefit of everyone that we limit in person contact until it is safe.”

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