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Coronavirus Information

Update on planning for Fall 2021 Academic Term

June 21, 2021

The following message was sent to all Red River College students and staff this morning from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

Many of us have been following the latest updates being reported about COVID-19 vaccine uptake and the Government of Manitoba’s reopening plans. There have also been more discussions in the media about what fall will look like for schools – including post-secondary institutions.

As you know, Red River College’s Fall Academic Term will be blended, which incorporates a mix of online and in-person learning, to ensure that our students continue to have access to the necessary high-quality education and training that they expect from the College.

While our approach will remain flexible and responsive in order to expand on-campus services and supports, should public health restrictions loosen further and allow such activities to take place, we will not change the planned delivery method for our programs this fall. Our goal is to continue to increase opportunities for all students to access on-campus activities to ensure quality learning, successful student outcomes and sufficient student engagement within a safe learning environment.

Over the summer months, we will continue to monitor the situation within the province and provide updates as more information becomes available. Managers will continue to work with their areas to create and communicate plans that will effectively support the approach for the fall academic term for each respective area – with the safety of our students, staff and faculty as our top priority.

We also continue to encourage the entire College community to get vaccinated as soon as you become eligible. Vaccines are safe for the vast majority of individuals, and they are the best way to protect ourselves, protect others, protect the community, and help reduce further spread of COVID-19, and it is our best option at hopefully, returning to campus and the things that are important to each of us, safely, as soon as possible.

A reminder to all staff and faculty that the College supports up to three hours of paid leave to receive a vaccination, and an additional three hours of paid leave to support those who are taking a dependant to their vaccine appointment.

If you have questions about the fall planning we encourage you to speak with your Manager.

If you have questions please email safety@rrc.ca