The following message was sent to all Red River College faculty and staff this afternoon from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:
Today, the Province of Manitoba announced that they will extend the current public health orders for an additional two weeks to curb COVID-19 transmission rates within the community and relieve pressure on our health care system.
The new orders, that come into effect on May 29th at 12:01 a.m., formalize the requirement for all workplaces to allow remote work wherever possible.
From the outset of the pandemic the College has been following the spirit of this new public health order to ensure that our employees work remotely wherever possible and only attend campus when essential elements of their work cannot be completed at home.
While the updated orders will not impact our operational level or the delivery of our current on campus programs and services, we are advising every area to maintain working remotely wherever possible. Employees are permitted to attend campus to perform essential functions of their work that cannot be completed at home.
The province also announced Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools currently learning remotely in the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon, and in the Red River Valley and Garden Valley school divisions, will continue until June 7th. Schools in Dauphin will continue remote learning until June 9th.
We recognize that this is continues to be extremely stressful for staff, faculty and students who are trying to balance the health and safety of our families and our work and learning at the College. We will continue to work with staff, faculty and students who have been impacted by changing health requirements. We ask employees to continue to work closely with their managers to determine solutions to balance work and childcare needs at this time.
I want to thank all of you for your support and patience as we work together to address the ongoing changes that we are facing. I want to encourage everyone to make informed decisions about vaccination and continue to follow College updates on eligibility for second-dose appointments.
It has been a challenging few weeks, but know we will continue to work together to support each other during this time.
I encourage you to access resources available to support all of us through the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You can connect with EFAP services online or by calling their 24-hour toll-free number at 1.800.663.1142.
We’re here to help, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to your supervisor or contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates, if required will be provided at www.rrc.ca/coronavirus