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Coronavirus Information

Restricted access on RRC campuses – essential services

April 1, 2020

On Monday, March 30, 2020 Manitoba Public Health issued a revised order for the closure of non-essential business in Manitoba.

As a publicly-funded organization, RRC is not impacted by the order and the College is continuing to support students in their studies by providing alternative, remote delivery methods for programs and services.

During this time of stringent social distancing, the College remains closed to classes, public events and all functions that are not deemed “essential services.” Essential services, in this context, are critical functions that will require some or occasional staff to be on campus during the limited access period.

The College continues to require all faculty and staff who are able to work from home, to do so immediately and to continue to do so until further notice.

Those staff who cannot work from home will continue to develop their schedules and work plans with their supervisor to ensure they are following social distancing measures and public health advice, such as staying home if feeling unwell, washing hands regularly, and not gathering in groups in the workplace. This applies to all RRC campuses.

Yesterday, the Province of Manitoba extended the closure of the K-12 school system. We recognize that this decision will continue to have an impact on many of our staff, faculty, and our students. Managers are asked to continue to work with their employees and students, to continue to find opportunities to balance their family commitments along with their work and education commitments as well. We encourage all Managers to explore flexible work options to continue to support staff and faculty through this period.

We appreciate College employees have been working extremely hard to transition RRC to alternative delivery of programs and services, and that this has been an enormous task. We are so grateful for your hard work, creativity and commitment to our students and the College’s core mission.

Thank you for your support and leadership in helping us continue operations while keeping our numbers on campus to a minimum.

Stay safe everyone and please contact safety@rrc.ca if you have any questions.

Melanie Gudmundson
Chief Human Resource Officer, Red River College

Restricted Access

Red River College has many programs and services that are essential to the College’s core operations. During this time of social distancing, the College is delivering as many programs and services remotely as possible in order to ensure buildings remain closed and the number of people on campus are severely restricted.

Working remotely

Any of RRC’s academic and non-academic operations can be performed remotely and online, and all RRC employees who are currently working this way should continue to do so. Please develop work plans with your supervisor and stay connected to your colleagues, clients and partners using communications tools such as Microsoft Teams and WebEx.

Working on campus

The College remains closed to classes, public events and all functions that are not defined as “essential services.” Essential services, in this context, are critical functions that will require some or occasional staff to be on campus during the limited access period.

If a task must be done on site, managers should first consider whether the task can be suspended or delayed. If the task cannot be delayed and is critical, the employee should only be on campus for the time required to perform the specific task. Once that task is complete, other non-critical tasks should not be conducted until the employee resumes working off site.

All employees accessing any RRC campus during COVID-19 must receive prior approval from their Executive Director/Dean using the following form:

Essential Services

1. Non-Academic

To keep College facilities safely running and to meet legislative requirements.

  • Power House
  • Security Services
  • Safety and Health Services
  • ITS
  • Procurement Services

In extenuating circumstances, where alternate options to support the College remotely are not possible, one staff member, and a backup, will be identified to complete these tasks on-site, subject to the approval of the Executive Director.

2. Academic

To keep College programs and services available to students.

Program delivery: All academic programs must be delivered in alternate formats, off campus, during this period.

In extenuating circumstances, where campus access is required to prepare learning materials (lab recordings) or protect learning resources/materials (lab samples), one staff member, and a backup, will be identified to complete these tasks on site, subject to the approval of the Dean.

Academic support services: All academic support services must be delivered using alternative methods, off campus, during this period.

In extenuating circumstances, where access is required to collect mail, or process payments, one staff member, and a backup, will be identified to complete these tasks on site, subject to the approval of the Executive Director.

Regional Campus Managers will remain the primary contact for their respective campus and will be available to respond to critical function needs as necessary.

3. Research

To keep research programs operational.

All research activities must be completed using alternate methods during this period.

In extenuating circumstances, where alternate research delivery is not possible, one staff member, and a backup, will be identified to complete these tasks on site, subject to the approval of the Executive Director.

All research activities should consider other department supports that are required for research to continue safely. If these supports are not suitably available, the research activity or industry project should be adjusted.

In all of these categories, the need for on-site work should be restricted to the greatest extent possible to abide by social distancing measures. While it may be easier to have certain functions performed on site, this is not an option during this time.

If it can be done off-site, it must be done off-site.

As this policy evolves, updates will be provided to all RRC employees.