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RRC COVID-19 Testing Micro-Credential Course

October 9, 2020

Red River College is dedicating its expertise and resources to help increase the COVID-19 testing capacity for Manitoba Public Health.

RRC will open registration early next week for a new micro-credential course designed to train a number of health-care professionals and health-care students to safely administer a nasal swab to test for the virus.

Micro-credential courses allow students to gain practical skills in a short period of time. The COVID-19 testing course will be offered tuition-free through blended online and hands-on delivery, and includes an essential online theory module and hands-on clinical training.

More information, including eligible professions, course dates, and how to register will be made available early next week. Once more information is available we will update our website.

RRC announces plans for Winter 2021 academic term

October 2, 2020

Sent to all Red River College staff and students:

As our College community continues to navigate through the Fall Term, we recognize the importance of providing information regarding our plans for upcoming 2021 Winter Term.

I want to emphasize that with parts of our province, including Winnipeg, moving to Orange status recently, Red River College continues to monitor public health changes and develop plans that are based on the best advice from public health officials. We will continue to do so and adjust as necessary because the safety of our students and employees is our top priority.

The College’s Winter Term, which begins January 4, 2021, will look much like the current academic term, with most programs continuing in a blended format, online and on campus, with a modest increase in the number of students returning to campus for essential and necessary hands-on learning. Our programs typically require hands-on learning and our careful planning allows us to safely increase these offerings in our Winter Term.

Thanks to incredible work from all our staff and faculty, and the resilience of our students, we developed and maintained an effective approach to delivering programs on campus and online during the Fall Term. Enhanced health and safety measures made it possible for limited numbers of staff, faculty and students to return for essential hands-on learning and industry training.

Our Winter Term will build on these efforts. We are fortunate that our scheduling, space requirements, and health and safety measures (as approved by public health) allow us to plan for a modest increase in on-campus academic activity. This activity is important in creating student connections and enriching the overall learning experience – and we are committed to finding ways to do this while still adhering to the stringent safety measures that are in place.

For staff, work will continue through our Academic Re-Entry Team and our Incident Management Team to consult with all areas and identify programs and activities that would benefit from returning to campus in a limited capacity. If you see opportunities you’d like to explore, please share them with your manager. We will provide you with updates as soon as we have further details.

For students, we will contact you with updates via your RRC email, Student News, and at rrc.ca as soon as we have details to share.

Current on-campus health and safety measures – including physical distancing protocols, increased cleaning, hand hygiene stations, and the requirement to wear a mask – will remain in place.

This pandemic continues to demand a lot from all of us. Thank you for your commitment, creativity and resilience. As we continue planning for our Winter Term, we know a lot more about our College – and we have built tremendous capacity over the last six months.

Christine Watson
Vice-President, Academic

 

The COVID Alert app is now available

October 1, 2020

The Government of Canada’s COVID Alert exposure notification app is now available for your smartphone.

We encourage everyone at the College to download and use this important resource to limit the spread of COVID-19.

COVID Alert is designed to break the cycle of infection by letting people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.

The app uses Bluetooth to exchange random codes with nearby phones. Every day, it checks a list of random codes from people who tell the app they tested positive. You’ll get a notification if you’ve been near one of those codes in the past 14 days.

The app is safe and secure. It doesn’t use GPS to track your location, and doesn’t share information with others about you or the time you were near them.

Find out more ›

COVID-19 Update: Manitoba Public Health elevates pandemic response for Winnipeg

September 25, 2020

Manitoba’s public health officials announced today that the province’s Pandemic Response System will be elevated to Restricted (orange) level effective Monday, September 28 for the Winnipeg region.

At this time, public health measures for post-secondary institutions remain unchanged, as our working and learning spaces do not constitute as public gatherings, and the measures we have in place meet or exceed all current public health orders. That means Red River College programs and services currently on campus will continue to be delivered on campus.

Red River College established very stringent health and safety measures on all its campuses earlier this year that anticipated stricter public health regulations, including the use of face masks while indoors, cleaning protocols, hygiene stations, physical distancing guidelines, and building capacity assessments.As we continue to live with COVID-19, please remember to stay home if you feel sick, wash or sanitize your hands frequently. If you’re coming to campus, follow our Return to Campus guidelines, and remember to wear a mask.

For updates from the Province of Manitoba, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/index.html

For updates from Red River College, visit https://www.rrc.ca/coronavirus

UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus

September 23, 2020

Emailed, September 23 – 5:07PM

Earlier today we were notified of a positive COVID-19 test connected to a member of our College community. We can now confirm that the last time this individual was on-campus was during the afternoon of September 16th. They were asymptomatic during that time and their access was limited to one building on-campus. The classroom they accessed on campus has been closed and is being cleaned.

All contact tracing related to the RRC community has been completed by Public Health. All individuals connected to this case have now been contacted. Public Health considers the risk of transmission low.

We’re continuing to support everyone involved and we want to thank everyone for their quick actions to keep our College community safe.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Safety Health Services at safety@rrc.ca. If further updates are required they will be shared with the College community and posted to www.rrc.ca/coronavirus 

Thank you,

Melanie Gudmundson

Chief Human Resource Officer

COVID-19 positive test at Notre Dame Campus

September 23, 2020

Today, Red River College received notification from Manitoba Public Health that a member of our community at Notre Dame Campus tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was asymptomatic while on campus.

Due to the safety measures and protocols in place at the College, Public Health advises the situation is considered low risk. Notre Dame Campus remains open and no other programs or services are impacted.

One classroom on campus has been closed for deep cleaning and disinfection. The individuals who were in the space at that time have been sent home out of an abundance of caution. Their situation is being assessed by Public Health, and we will follow their guidance for the return to campus.

We are working to support those affected. Members of our College community who have further questions, or who may have been contacted by Public Health as a result of their investigation, are asked to contact the Health Centre at 204-632-2238, and we will continue to support you.

I appreciate how concerning this is for everyone at the College. The safety and health of our College community is our first priority, which is why it is our protocol to keep you updated as we receive information from Public Health.

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

Melanie Gudmundson,
Chief Human Resource Officer

Confirmed COVID-19 case connected to Red River College

September 9, 2020

Emailed September 9, 2020

Today, Red River College received notification of a positive COVID-19 case involving a worker with one of the sub-contractors at the Innovation Centre construction site. 

The College immediately informed RRC employees who regularly work at the construction site, and sent them home to self-isolate and contact officials at Health Links. The construction site was immediately closed for deep cleaning and all workers on site were sent home.

Public Health advised our primary contractor that the risk of exposure to our employees – or any of the workers on site at the Innovation Centre – was extremely low in this instance. However, out of an abundance of caution we activated our response plan to ensure for the ongoing health and safety of our College community.

We continue to work closely with the construction companies to ensure the site is disinfected before work resumes. Because the situation is limited to the construction site, and no other College facilities, it will not affect the delivery of our programs and services at any of our campuses.

I know how distressing and concerning any news related to COVID-19 can be, however, it’s important that we keep our community informed about any cases that are connected to the College as the safety and health of our College community is our first priority. We are maintaining close contact with our employees at the Innovation Centre construction site and are supporting them every step of the way.

Red River College continues to work closely with Manitoba Public Health to ensure that we have the necessary health and safety measures in-place to keep you safe while on-campus. This notification is part of those processes to keep you informed. If updates are necessary, they will be provided as they are available and will be sent through email, and will be shared online at www.rrc.ca/coronavirus

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to keep our College community safe. As we continue to live with COVID-19 please remember to stay home if sick, wash or sanitize your hands frequently and if you’re coming to campus, remember to wear a mask.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Safety and Health Services at safety@rrc.ca

Melanie Gudmundson

Chief Human Resource Officer

Our COVID-19 Response Plan

September 9, 2020

To all Red River College staff and students,

As we welcome back more students and staff, I want share with the College community what you can expect in the event we are notified by Public Health that a student, employee or visitor to one of our campuses has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

  1. As soon as we are notified, the College will contact anyone who shared a space with the person who received the COVID diagnosis to advise them on steps they need to take, which may include using the self-screening tool, testing, and/or self-isolating. These steps will be guided by Public Health. Confidentiality will be maintained in accordance with the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA).
  2. The College community will be notified immediately about the exposure along with any impacts to the delivery of programs and services. This information will include the specific campus and building if applicable. The College will provide regular updates via email and through our website regarding our response.
  3. A cleaning crew will immediately close and disinfect any impacted spaces. Those spaces will remain closed for 24 to 48 hours, based on guidance from Public Health. If the situation permits, we will provide an alternate learning or working space until the regular space is ready to be occupied again.
  4. The College will provide Manitoba Public Health with as much information as we can to help with their investigation – for example, class contact lists, sign-in sheets and schedules. The appropriate workplace safety and health committees will also be advised.
  5. A representative from Manitoba Public Health will contact anyone they identify as a close contact to this case to request more information, or provide additional recommendations for your safety.
  6. If necessary, and following the advice or directives of public health authorities, we will close additional areas, buildings or campuses.

RRC Safety and Health Services has worked closely with Manitoba Public Health to develop our response plans. As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we will communicate any information vital to the health and safety of all members of our College community via RRC email, emergency notification, our website, and our social media channels.

Our campuses do have stringent measures in place to ensure physical distancing and proper hand hygiene for everyone onsite. Please remember to follow campus access guidelines and wear a mask if you’re on campus. Stay (or go) home if you feel ill. Call our Health Centre at 204-632-2238 if you’re concerned about symptoms or have even the slightest question about whether you should be on campus.

Additional information can be found at rrc.ca/coronavirus. If you have any questions, please contact safety@rrc.ca.

Melanie Gudmundson
Chief Human Resource Officer

RRC campus re-entry begins Phase 3

September 2, 2020

Red River College began Phase 3 of its campus re-entry on Monday, August 31, the start of the Fall 2020 academic term.

Phase 3 means another step up in the amount of activity taking place on campus:

  • Most RRC courses will continue to be delivered online throughout the fall
  • More students and instructors will return to campus for applied, hands-on components of courses and industry training that can only be completed on site
  • An increasing number of staff will return to support on-campus activity

Find out which services and supports are on campus during Phase 3.

If you are returning to campus this fall:

If you are studying or working from home this fall:

Watch for important updates on our website, Staff Forum, Staff and Student News, social media, and in your RRC email.

Questions? Contact us!

 

Revised hours for Campus Store web pick-up orders

August 31, 2020

Beginning September 1, 2020, the Campus Store will be extending web order-pick up schedule for NDC and the Roblin Centre.

NDC:

August 31st to September 11th

Monday to Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Roblin Centre:

September 1st to September 11th

Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We will continue to monitor customer traffic and extend or revise the hours as required after the next two weeks.