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Coronavirus Information

Students

August 5, 2021 Update – Current COVID-19 protocols remain in effect at all campuses

August 5, 2021

Following a review of the upcoming Aug. 7 public health orders, Red River College will maintain all current COVID-19 protocols at our campuses. That means all indoor and outdoor masking and physical distancing policies and guidelines will remain in effect.

As a reminder, RRC’s COVID-19 Policy requires physical distancing and the use of masks in the following places, even when physical distancing is possible:

  • All indoor spaces and facilities, including classrooms, labs, workrooms, areas where staff work within two metres of each other, washrooms, hallways, elevators, and public spaces. This includes meeting rooms and workspaces where individuals may be gathering or meeting – even if social distancing is attainable.
  • Cubicles and open office spaces where employees are sitting at their workspace. Individuals working alone in a private area with the door closed are permitted to remove their mask.
  • Outdoors on campus where two or more individuals gather for a meeting, break, or conversation.

This continued approach aligns with our ongoing response to COVID-19 and allows us to closely monitor and adjust as necessary, focusing on the safety and health of our College community as we prepare for the start of the Fall Term.

For more information about our COVID-19 safety and health protocols and masking requirements on campus, click here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Safety Health Services at safety@rrc.ca.

Thank you,

Conor Lloyd
Director, College and Public Relations

Top five things you need to know about campus life

January 18, 2021

Our Winter Term is off the ground and employees and students are back to business, whether virtually or on campus.

While we continue to operate and deliver education during the pandemic, we wanted to recap where things stand on and off campus. Here are five things you need to know:

  1. Campus access: All employees, students, and visitors must follow certain steps before arriving at, and upon entering, any RRC campus. This includes, but is not limited to, completing the self-screening tool through Shared Health, entering campus through a designated entrance, and more. Review the steps/campus access checklist so you’re prepared.
  2. Health and safety measures: Everyone on campus must wear a medical grade face mask and follow physical distancing protocols while on campus. To enhance safety on campus, we recently purchased Clorox 360 Electrostatic Sprayer Systems that release a mist to disinfect spaces like labs, classrooms, washrooms, and other areas. Watch this video to see how our sprayers work.
  3. Current operational status: RRC uses a colour-coded approach to share our current operational status. Our response levels range from green (limited risk) to yellow (caution) to orange (restricted) to red (critical). Right now our level is orange, which indicates community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring but there is low risk at RRC campuses. Learn what each level means.
  4. Help is available on and off campus: See our full listing of student supports. We also have supports for working on campus and working from home.
  5. Where to find information: Visit the coronavirus section of our website, Staff Forum (employees only), and watch your College email to stay informed on the latest news.

Here’s to another successful term. We wish everyone the best in your work and studies at Red River College.

Red River College transitions to medical grade masks on campus

December 11, 2020

A message to Red River College students, faculty and staff from Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resources Officer:

The College is transitioning to the use of medical grade facemasks for anyone who is required to be on-campus. Safety Health Services and the Incident Management Team made this decision to continue to align our College-wide response and protocols with the current Public Health directives for K-12 and early childhood education centres.

The new masks will be provided by the College and departments can order them through Procurement & Logistics in order to distribute to staff and students.

What is the difference between medical masks and N95 respirator?

  • The new medical grade masks that are being provided are fluid resistant and add an additional layer of protection for the wearer. They have a coating that acts as a barrier to better protect against large droplets, splashes or sprays of fluid.
  • N95 Respirators form a tight seal to the face and require the user to have a respirator fit-test to ensure protection. N95 respirators are worn in healthcare settings to protect healthcare workers during specific medical procedures.

Can I still wear my own cloth mask?

Yes, the College will continue to allow students and staff to wear their own cloth masks on-campus. If you choose to wear a home-made or store-bought cloth mask, it must meet the following approved requirements by the Public Health Agency of Canada:

  • It must be made of at least 3 layers:
    • 2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen
    • the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric, or a disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping;
  • it must allow for easy breathing;
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops;
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments;
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty; and
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we work to keep your campuses safe. If you have any questions or are unsure if your cloth mask is safe to use, please don’t hesitate to contact Safety Health Services at safety@rrc.ca

 

Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Campus; one at NDC, one at EDC

December 2, 2020

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

Red River College has been advised today that two members of our community have tested positive for COVID-19.  These cases are unrelated and not a result of transmission on campus. We wish them, and everyone else at the College affected by this virus a quick recovery.

Due to the stringent safety measures in place, Public Health considers each case to be low risk. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The first case involves an individual at the Exchange District Campus. The last time they were on campus was Friday, November 27th. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • The second case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on campus was Friday, November 27th. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to each of the cases listed above has been contacted by the College. They have been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols are underway in the affected spaces and surrounding areas.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to either case. Both NDC and EDC remain open and no programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

We want to remind everyone – on and off campus – to continue to follow the advice from public in order to limit the spread of the virus. For more information on the fundamentals and best practices, please click here.

For more important information on our protocols if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, please click here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Notre Dame Campus

November 24, 2020

Red River College has been advised today that an additional member of our community tested positive for COVID-19. Cases reported today are unrelated and not the result of transmission on campus.

Due to the stringent safety measures in place, Public Health considers this case low risk. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • This case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on campus was November 13th. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to the case has been contacted by the College. They have been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols have since been completed to the affected space and surrounding areas.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to this case. NDC remains open and no programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

Unfortunately, we know that COVID-19 community transmission continues to be a reality in our province. Every day new cases are shared by Public Health, and even though neither of the cases we have shared today have been connected to the College, we have a large network of students and staff who live and work and learn in our community and this is the difficult reality of the pandemic we are facing. What we will stress is that we are committed to following strict health and safety protocols outlined by public Health, and by RRC’s Safety and Health Services, and we will continue to communicate updates to you as soon as the information becomes available.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

 

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at RRC’s Winkler Campus

November 24, 2020

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

Red River College has been advised that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. We wish this individual and everyone else at the College affected by this virus a quick recovery.

Due to the stringent safety measures we have in place, Public Health considers this case to be low risk.  At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The case involves an individual at the Winkler Campus and the last time they were on campus was November 12th.
  • The individual was symptomatic while on campus, however their contact was limited and their contacts were following all of the appropriate health and safety measures.
  • Everyone connected to each case has been contacted by the College. They have all been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor or self-isolate, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection protocols have been implemented in the affected spaces.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to this case. The campus remains open and no other programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

We want to remind all staff and students to stay home when they, or anyone in their household is not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms. These protocols we have in place are designed to protect the College community, and we will work with you to provide support if you must miss class or work because you are feeling unwell. We are at a critical juncture as a province and we must all work together to stop the spread of the virus within our community and protect one another.

We want to urge all staff and students to continue following the advice of public health advice at all times – on and off campus – to help limit the spread of the virus. For more information on the fundamentals and best practices, please click here.

For more important information on our protocols if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, please click here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

 

How we keep campuses clean and disinfected

November 24, 2020

As people continue to learn, teach, and work on campus, we’re proud of our ongoing efforts to keep our spaces as clean and safe as possible.

To enhance safety on campus, the College recently purchased new Clorox 360 Electrostatic Sprayer Systems to disinfect spaces like labs, classrooms, washrooms, and other areas. These sprayers release a mist to disinfect spaces and are proven by Health Canada to be effective against viruses like COVID-19.

We use the sprayers to disinfect campus spaces on a regular basis. As well, if any space at the College were to be exposed to COVID-19, we’d be able to shut down and disinfect the impacted area quickly and safely using one of the sprayers.

Watch the video below to see how the sprayers work.

Want to learn more about our cleaning protocols on campus? Review our FAQs.

Operational Response Levels

November 19, 2020

The following message was sent to all Red River College students, faculty, and staff on Nov. 18:

To all Red River College staff and students,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter course in sometimes hard-to-predict ways, we’ve come to recognize the need to change how we plan and communicate the status of Red River College’s program delivery and operations.

Beginning today, Red River College will define its level of operations using a scalable colour-coded approach based on the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System. This will replace our Phased Re-Entry approach.

This new approach allows us to plan for, and respond to, multiple scenarios that could impact on-campus activity. It reinforces our efforts to keep our College community safe, and provides the flexibility needed to support online and blended delivery of our programs.

The new approach will replace our Re-Entry Phases with Operational Response Levels:

  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red

The College’s current operational status will appear in a colour-coded banner at the top of our COVID-19 information page.

Changes to our risk level and our response will be guided by direction from Public Health. A response level may apply to entire campuses, or only to specific facilities or buildings (i.e. in the event of a localized cluster or outbreak). RRC response levels may also differ from those currently applied to the Winnipeg Metro Region or other parts of Manitoba.

A rising risk level will lead to stronger responses and restrictions. At the same time, responses for each risk level will be flexible and proportionate to the risks involved.

This new approach does not change our current operations and delivery of programs or services at the College.

Public Health has advised that Red River College is currently at Orange (Restricted) level due to our stringent health and safety measures, which meet or exceed current directives. This level allows for limited on-campus activities for students who require hands-on training.

General information about the directives and guidelines associated with each Operational Response Level are available at rrc.ca/coronavirus/on-campus-safety/levels/.

We will provide updates about any changes to our operational status, and what those changes mean, on the COVID-19 news blog, Staff and Student News, on-campus digital signage, RRC social media, and via email where appropriate.

The safety and health protocols in place at Red River College have helped us keep our numbers down and ensured there’s a very low risk of transmission on our campuses which has enabled us to maintain our current operations while keeping each other safe. Thank you for working together to help us limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please email safety@rrc.ca

Melanie Gudmundson,
Chief Human Resource Officer

Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 at RRC; one at NDC, two at EDC

November 17, 2020

Red River College has been advised that three members of our community tested positive for COVID-19. These cases are unrelated and not a result of transmission on campus.

We wish them, and everyone else at the College affected by this virus a quick recovery.

Due to the stringent safety measures we have in place, Public Health considers these cases low risk.  At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The first case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus and the last time they were on campus was November 13th.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all the appropriate safety protocols.
  • The second and third cases involve two individuals at the Exchange District Campus, and the last time they were on campus was November 10th, and November 13th – respectively.
    • Each of their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to each case has been contacted by the College. They have all been advised to follow Public Health advice to self-monitor or self-isolate, and have been instructed to contact the Health Centre should their condition change.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection protocols have been implemented in the affected spaces.

If you have not heard from the College, you are not connected to this case. Both campuses remain open and no other programs or services are impacted. We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation.

We want to urge all staff and students to continue following the advice of public health advice at all times – on and off campus – to help limit the spread of the virus. For more information on the fundamentals and best practices, please click here.

For more important information on our protocols if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms, please click here.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe.

Updates, if required, will be provided via email and will be shared online at rrc.ca/coronavirus

Province of Manitoba announces all of Manitoba moves to Critical (RED)

November 10, 2020

Today, public health officials announced further restrictions to Manitoba, moving the entire province to Critical (Red)– effective Thursday, November 12.

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. The College has taken early-steps to reduce the number of people we have at our campuses to support operations and activities taking place. Today we’re providing additional direction to all leaders to encourage their staff to work from home where possible, in order to maintain the continued safe operation and delivery of our programs.

Student supports and services

Student supports and services will be delivered virtually wherever possible and will continue to be available to all students. Students are permitted to use the designated learning spaces on-campus for the purpose of participating in their program virtually as well. For more information about the student supports and services available, please click here.

Work Integrated Learning Placements:

All work integrated learning placements will continue as planned unless we are advised by the placement site that they are unable to continue with the placement as a result of the new public health directives. We will continue to closely monitor all work integrated learning placements, and request regular updates from the sites, in order to ensure our students are well-supported.

Today’s news is difficult, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued commitment to keep learning happening during these trying and uncertain times. The work we’re doing both on and off-campus plays such an important and critical role in our province and I can’t thank you enough for your continued commitment to our students and to each other.

We know that these further restrictions will bring new challenges for many of us across the College. 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. Resources are available for  students and staff to support through this challenging time

This is a critical time in our province as we move to flatten the curve, and we commend the College community for working together and doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on all of the public health restrictions visit: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=49737&posted=2020-11-10