Frequently Asked Questions
Important: COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for students, employees, individuals living in residence, and visitors for any on-campus learning, activities, or work requirements for the fall 2021 semester.
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- Vaccination Requirement
- Mobile Safety app
- Masks required on campus
- Health protocols for labs, workshops and on-campus practical learning
- Operational Response Levels
- Fall 2021 Academic Term
- Cleaning Services
- Flexible Online Delivery
- Work-Integrated Learning
- Post-pandemic Academics and Program Delivery
- COVID-19 Vaccine
- Emergency Support Fund
What is COVID-19?
How does COVID-19 spread?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Where can I get the most recent, reliable information about COVID-19, public health measures, travel restrictions, etc.?
I’m experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, but I don’t think I have COVID-19. Can I study or work on campus?
What if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
What if someone in my household has COVID-19 symptoms?
What if someone in my household has traveled outside the province?
What if I have a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis?
How do I clean my cell phone?
What Mental Health and Counselling Resources does the College provide for staff and students?
What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on one of our campuses?
Why is Red River College Polytechnic making COVID-19 vaccinations a condition of being on campus in fall 2021?
I have not been vaccinated but would like to be. What do I do?
When will these new rules come into effect and will it apply to me?
I’ve only had one dose of my vaccine and my program required that I be on Campus. Can I still attend my in-person learning?
How long will the vaccination policy be in effect?
Where can I read more about the policy?
Will the College be offering free vaccinations on campus to help remove barriers to access?
Will masks and physical distancing be required on campus in fall 2021?
How will the College verify student and employee vaccination status?
What exemptions is RRC Polytech considering?
I want to request a medical, religious/creed-based, or other exemption. What steps should I take?
Will there be any additional safety measures for those with an approved medical, religious/creed-based, or other exemption?
What if I choose not to be vaccinated?
My program requires my presence on campus and I am unwilling to be vaccinated or consent to asymptomatic testing. What should I do?
What options are available for withdrawal or deferral from my program?
What vaccines will Red River College Polytechnic accept during the Fall 2021 term?
I have received a vaccine that has not been approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization. What do I do?
I will be living in residence, but my courses will be online. Do I need to be vaccinated?
Do I need to be vaccinated if I am picking up something from campus and staying outside (e.g., purchases from the Campus Store)?
What if I choose not to be vaccinated?
Will the College offer any accommodations for learning?
My program is fully online in the fall and I do not need to come to campus. Do I need to be vaccinated?
If I had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
As an international student, can I get vaccinated when I arrive in Manitoba?
Will I be required to show proof of vaccination? How will I show proof that I am vaccinated?
Will faculty members be expected to enforce status of vaccination among students?
I received one or both of my COVID-19 vaccines in Manitoba. How can I find a record of my vaccination?
I got my vaccine outside of Manitoba, how can I register this with the province?
Where will designated entry points be situated on RRC Polytech campuses?
Will contactors, clients and visitors be required to be vaccinated?
How can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?
Can I attend events or tours at College facilities if I am unvaccinated?
Mobile Safety app
Why isn't the College using the provincial immunization cards?
Is the Mobile Safety app safe to use?
Where can I download the Mobile Safety app?
How will I demonstrate proof of vaccination or exemption if I do not have a smart phone or mobile device?
How will my vaccination records be protected and my privacy maintained?
What information is being uploaded to the Mobile Safety app?
How long will the Mobile Safety App keep my information?
Do I have control over my data?
Who will have access to my data?
Are there any other methods available to have vaccine (or approved exemption) status verified without uploading information directly to the Mobile Safety app?
How do I upload my proof of vaccination or approved exemption to the Mobile Safety app?
I have submitted my RRC Polytech Vaccine Passport application, but it’s not approved yet. What do I do?
What documents are accepted as proof of vaccination?
How do I access/view my RRC Polytech Vaccine Passport QR code?
Do I need to provide the date(s) and type(s) of vaccine I received?
Is wearing a mask required on campus?
Why does the College now require that I wear a medical grade mask?
Can I wear my own mask?
Why do I need to wear a mask?
If I work at the College and serve the public from behind a personal barrier, can I take off my mask when I'm not serving customers?
Do I need to wear a mask while eating or drinking on campus?
Will the College provide a mask?
Can I wear a bandana, buff, scarf, or something else instead of a mask?
Can I wear a mask with ventilation pieces?
Can I wear a face shield instead of a mask?
What happens if I forget my mask?
What if I have a medical condition, and can't wear a mask?
What if I refuse to wear a mask?
What is the difference between a medical grade mask and an N95 respirator?
How do I safely wear a medical grade mask?
Is the college-wide mask mandate in effect for in person classes?
What accommodations will be made for members of the Deaf or hard-of-hearing community where masks may limit full communication?
Health protocols for labs, workshops and on-campus practical learning
What are the expectations for student and faculty participating in hands-on learning on campus?
Why was this decision made?
How are supplies ordered?
Who pays for the implementation of this required PPE?
Can I still wear my own mask?
What if I have a three-layer mask?
Are my prescription glasses sufficient?
Do I require eye protection if I currently wear a face shield as part of my required PPE?
I currently use eye protection as part of my program, do I need to replace it?
How do I clean my reusable eye protection?
Who will enforce this new protocol?
Will Red River College Polytechnic campuses re-open during the 2020/2021 academic year?
What priorities and guidelines inform the College's Operational Response Level planning?
How does the College determine which programs are essential for in-person delivery?
Will the College be re-opening gym facilities at NDC and The Roblin Centre?
How are ventilation and air flow being managed on our campuses?
What should I do if I am working in an open area and have concerns about my desk area?
Will there be flexible work-from-home plans for non-academic staff to return to campus?
Will I need to be on campus to take courses in the fall?
What amount of online learning should I expect?
What is the difference between Essential and Enriched?
Why are a few programs completely face-to-face?
Do we need to clean rooms between class changes? Is there a turnaround time?
Can different groups of students use the same room in the same day?
Are students allowed to stay on campus for lunch or dinner?
Is there a maximum amount of time that students can be on campus during the day?
Can students see more than one faculty member during the same day?
Can students mix in different groups during the same day, i.e. be with different students when in different classes?
Will food services be provided on campus?
Do students have to wear masks when they’re not in the classroom?
What happens if there’s a positive COVID test in a class? How does contact tracing work?
Can groups request dedicated rooms for their students / groups of students?
How do we find out what the COVID room capacity is?
Do students need to be supervised on campus when they are not attending classes, labs or workshops?
Are study spaces available on campus to use before, between and after on-campus classes?
Will lockers be available?
What if a faculty member doesn’t want to come on campus to teach?
What if a student doesn’t want to come on campus to learn?
How will Red River College Polytechnic ensure Manitoba students who live outside of Winnipeg have access to enriched learning activities on campus?
Will the College be offering information sessions for students about the fall 2021 academic planning?
Do programs that offer a practicum or co-op components that are considered essential also need to incorporate more enriched opportunities into other courses?
What is the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing?
What steps do our cleaning staff follow?
What kind of disinfectant do we use?
What best practices for disinfection are we following to be effective against COVID-19?
What is the Clorox 360 Electrostatic Sprayer System?
Is the disinfectant dispensed through the Clorox 360 System effective against COVID-19?
Is the Clorox 360 System and its disinfectant safe?
Do all campuses have access to the same resources and support?
How often are washrooms cleaned and disinfected?
How often are spaces cleaned?
When am I expected to disinfect surfaces before using them?
I need to order cleaning or disinfecting supplies (e.g. disinfectant, gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.) for my area/event/meeting. What should I do?
Are all spaces being cleaned and disinfected?
What can I do to help keep our College community safe?
When are Building Services staff available on campus?
Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding the cleaning or disinfecting of an area?
What is Red River College Polytechnic doing to maintain the quality of programs and courses that are now being delivered online?
What if I don't have access to a computer or high-speed internet, or don't have a reliable or dedicated study space at home? Are spaces available on campus for me to study, or access online courses?
Are all programs going to be delivered online from now on? Or will we go back to “business as usual” when the pandemic ends?
Will I be able to complete my co-op or practicum?
Will the College be reducing tuition as a result of online delivery and will fees change?
If courses are delivered online, why am I still being charged certain fees?
What kinds of fees am I being charged as part of my tuition?
What do we expect the teaching and learning environment will look like after the COVID-19 pandemic? Will it go back to the way it was before? Will the College shift to a new long-term philosophy in how we deliver our programs?
As delivery models continue to shift from emergency remote to blended to intentional online, what kinds of investments have been made, or will be made, to ensure our course and program development can keep up with all the change and maintain/regain their quality?
Has post-secondary been designated a priority group for vaccination?
Are the vaccines safe?
Why should I get the vaccine?
Where can I go to learn more about vaccine eligibility?
What vaccines are currently available in Manitoba?
I am a student who has been financially impacted by COVID-19. How do I apply for funding?
Who can receive funding through this fund?
How can I make a donation to this fund?
Is this fund available to international students?
Is the COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund a loan or a bursary/grant?
If I don't meet all of the outlined criteria, am I eligible for financial support through the COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund?
What is the deadline for applications to the COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund?
How long do the applications for this fund take to process?