The following message was sent to all Red River College students today by Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:
Today, Manitoba public health officials announced further restrictions to Manitoba and the Winnipeg Metro Region as part of the province’s Pandemic Response System. Effective Monday, November 2, Winnipeg will be elevated to Red (Critical) level and the rest of Manitoba will move to the Orange (Restricted) level.
What this means for the College:
Due to the stringent safety measures and protocols that post secondary institutions have in place, public health has confirmed that today’s announcement will not change the current academic programming offered on campus.
It is our responsibility as a College to continually evaluate best practices and work closely with public health. To ensure academic programming can continue safely, we will reduce the number of staff we have on our campus to support operations and activities taking place on site. We’re taking this measure now to follow the advice of public health, which recommends reducing contacts outside of our own households.
We want to remind all students and staff to continue to follow all public health advice, including the fundamentals: stay home if you are ill, wear a mask in public places (and on all RRC campuses), and practice good hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and physical distancing.
We are a large, multi-faceted organization and we understand that there is never a one-size-fits-all approach to how we respond to this pandemic. While we continue to provide essential hands-on activity on campus, we must maintain student-facing services on a limited basis. As always, safety is our top priority.
We have implemented many stringent health and safety protocols that meet or exceed current public health guidelines, including mandatory wearing of masks, physical distancing, cohorts to minimize exposure, staggered academic schedule, increased access to hand sanitizer, and enhanced sanitization measures of all spaces and surfaces.
As we continue to live with this pandemic it’s important to continue to adhere to these measures at all times in order to keep each other safe while on- and off-campus. These measures have been very effective in reducing the risk of transmission of the virus at RRC.
Today’s news is unsettling. We are all members of the Red River College family, and it’s important that we take the time to care for ourselves and each other. If you need help coping with stress or anxiety, we have resources available to support our students and staff.
We commend the College community for working together and doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.
For ore information, please visit rrc.ca/coronavirus