The following message was sent today to all Red River College staff and students.
Today marks a significant milestone in our Return to Campus Plan as we enter Phase 2.
It is important to recognize that throughout this pandemic, Red River College has remained open for business – we have just been working very differently in order to abide by public health guidelines and ensure the safety of our students, staff and faculty. It meant closing our campuses to the public and shifting the majority of our programming online.
This rapid shift was not easy, but it was important so we could do our part to help curtail the spread of COVID-19. I applaud all RRC employees for their agility and creativity during this time, and for their commitment to their students and the industries that rely on RRC grads. Our ingenuity will serve us well as we move forward through a time that is still uncertain.
More recently, we have developed a Return to Campus Plan that features several phases.
During Phase 1, we welcomed back a very limited number of students to complete essential hands-on learning they needed to finish courses interrupted by COVID-19. We also prepared our facilities to accommodate more students and staff as public health measures evolved to support the expanded re-opening of our province’s economy. Our research facilities stayed open for business, and they continue to be engaged in a number of industry projects.
In Phase 2, which begins this week, we will welcome more students back to campus including industry training. As we move through this phase, we will continue to find the balance between limited on-campus activities, planned in consultation with public health, and quality online learning. This is why we have developed a new Flexible Online Delivery approach, which focuses on enhancing the student experience in online learning.
Making our campuses ready to resume more hands-on learning activities has been an enormously complex undertaking — and so we owe a big thank-you to the academic, operational, and safety and health teams who came together to make Phase 2 possible. We are grateful for your expertise, your leadership, and your devotion to ensuring our students continue to experience high-quality learning in some of the most challenging times we have faced together as a community.
Each phase is an important step forward as we balance the health and safety of our community with our ability to permit more people back in our classrooms, office, labs and hallways. I know we are all looking forward to the moment we can open our doors to all our staff and students. We will get there. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience, your advice, and hard work to get us to this point and wish everyone good health in the months ahead.
Please visit our website for up-to-date information about our return-to-campus phases, guidelines and safety measures for those returning to campus, answers to frequently asked questions, and a list of all programs and delivery methods for Fall 2020.
If you are a student with specific questions about your program or returning to campus, please contact your program lead. If you are an employee with questions about returning to campus that are not answered online, please contact your supervisor.
Stay safe and take care of one another,
President & CEO