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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.

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at NDC

January 18, 2021

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

On Friday, we were advised that a second member of the Red River College community tested positive for COVID-19. This case is not connected to the case we advised of earlier that morning and is not the result of community transmission on campus. We wish them, and everyone else at the College affected by this virus a quick recovery.

We will continue to work with Public Health in support of their ongoing investigation, and those who have been identified as close contacts have been advised to self-isolate. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • This case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus and the last time they were on campus was Tuesday, January 12th.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College.
  • Everyone connected to this 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.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols have since been completed to the affected space and surrounding areas.

NDC remains open, the impacted class has temporarily transitioned to online learning and no other programs or services are impacted.

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

Have your say: Engage MB Survey COVID-19 Restrictions

January 15, 2021

Today, the Manitoba government released a survey on EngageMB.ca to receive feedback from Manitobans on priorities for potential easing the current COVID-19 restrictions.

We are sharing this information with you because we recognize that opportunities to offer feedback on decisions regarding gradually and safely restoring services and activities, are important to staff and students who live and work in our community.

This could include possible changes to:

  • gradually expand retail shopping,
  • reopen barbershops and salons, gyms and fitness centres, non-regulated health professions, restaurants, faith-based and ceremonial gatherings and organized recreation and sport; and
  • possible increases to indoor, outdoor and household gathering sizes.

The intent of the survey is to help inform the government’s future decisions on restoring services safely; and provides an opportunity to provide forward-looking input that can help inform a sustainable path forward where businesses and communities can reopen safely, and stay open.

The survey also asks for Manitobans’ perspectives on the risk of the virus, COVID-19 vaccines and their comfort levels with different activities.

The Province will share any revised recommendations with Manitobans early next week for feedback prior to any changes to the current Orders.

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at NDC

January 15, 2021

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

Red River College was advised late yesterday that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. We wish them a quick recovery.

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 and the last time they were on campus was Tuesday, January 12th. The individual was asymptomatic while on campus.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following all of the appropriate safety protocols.
  • Everyone connected to this 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.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols have since been completed to the affected space and surrounding areas.

NDC remains open and no programs or services are impacted.

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 NDC

January 11, 2021

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 was advised today that a member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. 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 this case low risk. At this time, we can share the following information:

  • The case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus. The last time they were on campus was Thursday, January 7. They were asymptomatic at the time.
    • Their activity was limited to one area of the College and they were following the appropriate safety protocols.
    • Everyone connected to this 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.
    • Regular cleaning and disinfection protocols have since been completed to the affected space and surrounding areas.

NDC remains open and no programs or services are impacted.

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

RRC unveils plans for Winter 2021 term

December 16, 2020

We’re looking forward to welcoming our students back following the holiday break on January 4.

Since no two Red River College programs are exactly alike, we will continue to deliver learning experiences to students that reflect the uniqueness of their programs to minimize disruptions caused by the pandemic.

For most programs, online classes will begin January 4. Instructor-led online courses in a small number of programs will begin January 11 following a week of alternate learning for students, including project-based assignments and academic success sessions.

If you’re a student whose online courses starts on January 11, you can still expect to complete your program and graduate on schedule. The project-based work, pre-reading and online sessions you attend this week will help set you up for success in the term ahead.

All hands-on and work-integrated learning and apprenticeship training will take place as scheduled beginning January 4. Reading Week will still take place February 15 to 19. Winter Term will end as scheduled, and any program delivery that spans the Fall/Winter term will continue as scheduled.

In the coming weeks, programs will reach out to you with updated academic schedules for your courses. For a complete listing of Winter 2021 programs and delivery methods, click here.

Thank you to you and your families for your resilience and support as our College community continues to rise to the challenges of COVID-19. We can’t wait to be part of your journey as you take those next steps toward an exciting and meaningful future. On behalf of Red River College, I wish you a safe, healthy andC restful holiday break.

Dr. Christine Watson
Vice-President, Academic
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

 

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at NDC

December 10, 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 received notification of a positive COVID-19 case involving an individual on campus.

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

  • This case involves an individual at the Notre Dame Campus and the last time they were on campus was Monday, December 7th . The individual developed symptoms while on site and left campus immediately at the onset.
    • 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.
  • The affected space has been closed and deep cleaning and disinfection protocols are underway and will be completed later this evening.

We wish them, and everyone else in our community affected by this virus a quick recovery.

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.

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

 

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