With the increased concern of the highly transmissible omicron variant and projections from public health officials about a significant increase in cases of COVID-19 in January, RRC Polytech has made the decision to change our plans for the Winter 2022 academic term.
For Winter 2022, we will maintain our current Fall 2021 methods of program delivery and operational plans. Since the start of the pandemic these measures have helped to keep our community safe and transmission low.
This means we will be maintaining physical distancing and continue to focus on online delivery, prioritizing essential hands-on learning as well as enriched activities where possible. We will also continue to maintain work integrated learning and practicums as public health orders allow. All courses which were delivered fully online in the Fall term will remain online as well.
For students, program areas are currently reviewing their Winter 2022 plans, and updating course delivery methods and timetables. More information will be shared directly with students by their program areas next week.
For Winter 2022, all current COVID-19 safety measures will remain in place. This includes physical distancing in workspaces, classrooms, labs, and common areas. Additionally, the College is enhancing mask requirements for all on-campus activities.
New mask requirements for Winter 2022 – cloth masks no longer permitted
As of January 4, 2022, students, employees and visitors are required to wear a medical-grade (level 3) mask or a KN95/N95 mask (recommended option) for all learning, teaching, and work requirements. Cloth masks, including those that are three-layer, will no longer be permitted on campus. Proper mask usage is proven to be an effective approach to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, and updates to our policy ensure consistency in mask usage. The College will continue to ensure access to medical-grade, and KN95 and N95 masks for anyone on-campus.
Non-academic areas and staff will continue to operate as they have throughout the fall. Those staff who can work from home should continue to do so, while ensuring operational needs for on campus support continue to be met.
We understand that this sudden change in direction is disruptive, frustrating and can be upsetting as we navigate these new challenges of the pandemic. We also understand that this change may provide some staff and students with relief – thank you to everyone for your patience as we continue to work together and make decisions about how we can best support the vision and mission of the College through this pandemic.
We are communicating with you now to provide as much notice as possible for our entire community as we adjust to this change. Ongoing communication will be provided as our academic areas update their delivery methods to ensure the entire College community is prepared for the start of Winter term.
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the changes and challenges of the pandemic together.
If you not done so already, we encourage you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are double-vaccinated, please get your booster shot as soon as you become eligible.
We will continue to monitor and follow all public health guidance and advice and adjust our response as appropriate.
Further updates will be provided via email and through our COVID-19 website as our response continues to evolve. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org