On-Campus Safety

Campus Access Checklist

All students, employees and visitors must follow these steps before arriving at, and upon entering, any Red River College Polytechnic campus:

  1. Upload proof of vaccination (or approved exemption) to the RRC Polytech Mobile Safety App. See the step-by-step directions on how to add your information.
    • Enter your proof of vaccination (or approved exemption) at least 48 hours prior to when you’ll be arriving on campus to ensure you receive verification.
    • Once you receive verification through your RRC Polytech email account, log on to the Mobile Safety App to retrieve your digital vaccine passport or print out your QR code (for web-based app), which will be used to check-in at RRC Polytech campuses.
  2. Every time you come to campus, but before you arrive on campus, you must complete the self-screening tool through Shared Health.
    • If the screening tool does not direct you to be tested for COVID-19, you can come to campus.
    • If the screening tool does direct you to be tested for COVID-19, do not come to campus. Please notify your instructor or supervisor, and contact the RRC Polytech Health Centre at 204-632-2238. A nurse from the Health Centre will advise you on when you can return to campus.
  3. Enter campus through a designated entrance, where you’ll be asked to check in using your digital vaccine (or approved exemption) passport.
  4. Upon entering campus, wash your hands in the nearest washroom using soap and water, or at a hand sanitizing station.
  5. Wear a medical grade face mask at all times in all indoor spaces and facilities, and outdoors on campus grounds when individuals are gathering. (Review our Mask FAQ for more info.)
  6. Adhere to physical distancing guidelines at all times.
    • Navigate your way around campus by following directional signage, floor markers, and more.
    • Staff will be on site to help students and employees where needed.

Note: Starting in the Winter 2022 Term, which begins January 4, it is anticipated that physical distancing will no longer be required on campus. The decision to no longer require physical distancing, in order to create capacity for more face-to-face learning, was made with the approval of Manitoba Public Health. The College’s COVID-19 safety measures, including the vaccination requirement, rapid-antigen testing program for individuals with an approved exemption, and mask requirement, support the safe increase of academic activity, services, and supports on campus.

  1. If you are a student, you must wash your hands and leave campus immediately through a designated exit once your on-site training is complete.

Note: If you start to feel unwell while on campus, please contact Health Services (204-632-2238) and/or your supervisor to let them know you are ill and need to leave campus immediately. Health Services will let you know if you need to contact Health Links-Info Santé or seek medical treatment.

Vaccination Required for All On-Campus Activities

From the onset of the pandemic, Red River College Polytechnic has made the health and safety of our students, staff and community our top priority, which is why the College has made vaccination mandatory for students, employees, individuals living in residence, and visitors.

This policy applies to students, employees and visitors who are coming on campus for in-person teaching, learning activities, events and work requirements – in addition to the health and safety protocols we currently have in place.

While we recognize that many members of the College community are already fully immunized, for those who have yet to receive the vaccine, RRC Polytech will be hosting on-campus vaccine clinics. Watch Staff/Student News for upcoming dates.

All Manitoba residents aged 18+ are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Book your appointment now ›

To support members of the College community in getting vaccinated, there will be on-campus vaccine clinics.

Verifying Vaccination Status

Starting September 20, 2021, digital vaccine (or approved exemption) passports will be verified at designated entrances upon arriving at all RRC Polytech campuses.

RRC Polytech’s Mobile Safety App will be used to verify employees and students’ vaccination (or approved exemption) status – the app is a safe and secure solution that will protect your personal health information.

Ensure you upload your proof of vaccination (or approved exemption) to the Mobile Safety App prior to when you’ll be arriving on campus to allow for verification.

Once you receive verification through your RRC Polytech email account, log on to the Mobile Safety App to retrieve your digital vaccine (or approved exemption) passport or print out your QR code (for web-based app), which will be used to check-in at RRC Polytech campuses.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing will be required for individuals attending campus who have received an approved exemption (medical, creed/religious, other). Exemptions are available for those who cannot be reasonably accommodated through remote work or online learning as a result of the essential on-campus delivery of their program.

For more information about verifying vaccination (or approved exemption) status, including requesting an exemption, review the frequently asked questions about vaccine requirements.

Designated Campus Entrances

All RRC Polytech staff and students must use designated entrances to verify their vaccination status each time they arrive on campus.

Exchange District Campus – The Roblin Centre

EntranceTimes
William Ave.7am – 4:30pm
Elgin Ave.
(Staff and students will enter here for evening classes)
7am – 7pm

Exchange District Campus – Paterson GlobalFoods Institute

EntranceTimes
504 Main St.
(Staff and students will enter here for evening classes)
 7am – 7pm
King St.
(Global Kitchen customer entrance)
7am – 5pm

Exchange District Campus – Elgin Building

EntranceTimes
Elgin Ave. (Main Entrance)7am – 4:30pm

Notre Dame Campus

EntranceTimes
Bus Loop
(Staff and students will enter here for evening classes)
7am – 7pm
Building C East6am – 4:30pm
Building T South Entrance7am – 4:30pm
Building J North7am – 4:30pm
Building D/E (West)7am – 4:30pm
Building D East (Student Services Entrance)7am – 4:30pm
Shipping/Receiving (Main doors)7am – 4:30pm
Building B North/East Entrance7am – 4:30pm
Building A (East)7am – 4:30pm
Building A (West)7am – 4:30pm
Building Z (South)7am – 4:30pm

For weekends: Card access will be shut down for all entrances. There will be limited access available through Security as an on-site checkpoint.

Wearing a Mask is Required

Red River College Polytechnic students, employees and visitors, including vendors and contractors, are required to wear medical grade face masks at all times while on any RRC Polytech campus.

The protocol, part of RRC Polytech’s COVID-19 Policy, requires that masks must be worn in the following places:

  • All indoor spaces and facilities, including classrooms, labs, workrooms, areas where staff work within twometres 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 space with the door closed are permitted to remove their mask.
  • Outdoors on campus where two more more individuals gather for a meeting, break, or conversation.

Masks can be removed while eating, but individuals should take measures to ensure physical distancing during meal and snack breaks.

Students and employees can wear a personal cloth mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin as long as it meets the following guidelines. However, RRC Polytech will provide one disposable mask each day to any student or employee who needs one.

The requirement to wear a mask, even if you have no symptoms of COVID-19, adds an additional layer of precaution to our on-campus health and safety measures (see below), and helps protect those around you from the spread of infection.

Additional information regarding mask usage on campus can be found in our online FAQ.

Physical Distancing Measures

Note: Starting in the Winter 2022 Term, which begins January 4, it is anticipated that physical distancing will no longer be required on campus. The decision to no longer require physical distancing, in order to create capacity for more face-to-face learning, was made with the approval of Manitoba Public Health. The College’s COVID-19 safety measures, including the vaccination requirement, rapid-antigen testing program for individuals with an approved exemption, and mask requirement, support the safe increase of academic activity, services, and supports on campus.

Prior to January 4, 2022, please follow all physical distancing guidelines as indicated below.

Physical distancing is required at all times on campus. Safety and Health Services has completed physical distancing assessments of all offices, classrooms and common spaces throughout campus. The following describes how we plan to maintain proper physical distancing.

Desks/Working Stations

  • Only one employee will be permitted to use an office that previously seated two people.
  • Supervisors will contact Safety and Health Services to determine a solution where six feet (two metres) of distance cannot be maintained.

Meetings

  • All individuals meeting in-person on campus must be fully immunized against COVID-19, as per the College’s vaccination requirement, or have an approved exemption.
  • Virtual meetings will be encouraged even when employees are on site.
  • Virtual meetings will be encouraged when conducting business with external parties.
  • Where six feet (two metres) between desks/working stations is not possible, meeting rooms may be re-purposed for physical distanced seating. Individuals on campus will be required to wear a mask while in meeting or workspaces with other members of the College community at all times – even if social distancing is attainable.

Common Areas

As you walk throughout campus, you will notice the following physical distancing measures in place to keep you safe:

Signage

Posters with messaging such as “Please wait here” will be posted around campus near washrooms, elevators, microwaves, etc.

Floor Markers

Floor markers are placed six feet apart to comply with public health requirements. Please watch for these markers as you approach service desks, bathrooms, elevators, classrooms, etc.

Physical Barriers

In some spaces, you will encounter barriers similar to those you may have seen in grocery stores or banks. Please follow any directions provided by staff when you approach a service window.

Caution Tape

Caution tape has been used to mark off common areas and classrooms with restricted access or seating throughout the College. These areas have been deep cleaned and cannot be used at this time.