Return to Campus

Overview

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As businesses and industries across Manitoba begin to re-open, the safety of the Red River College community remains our top priority.

By following public health directives, Manitobans have played an important role in flattening the curve in our province. The Province of Manitoba has reinforced that these behaviours have put us in a good position to begin a controlled, phased-in approach to return to campus.

Our approach is based on the guidelines and public health measures in the Province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services Plan, and reflects the specific needs of our programs and services.

Campuses will re-open in four phases

We are taking a reasonable and balanced approach to ensure everyone’s safety, and will be returning to campus gradually in four different phases. Our plan for re-entry will allow us – on a very restricted basis – to restart important academic activities, with priority being given to catch-up for those students whose learning was disrupted earlier this year and who need critical industry training.

Each phase will identify acceptable occupancy limits for each campus, which academic and operational areas will be able to resume work on-campus, and anticipated timelines. These phases will move through periods of restricted access to limited access to full access.

We are currently in Phase 1 of our re-entry planning. Students and employees can anticipate that most activities in Phase 2 will begin on July 15.

Information will be updated as our plans, and the situations guiding them, continue to evolve.

Before You Return to Campus

COVID-19 is still present and we still need to take precautions to reduce our risk of contracting and spreading the virus. We all need to do our part to keep each other safe as we slowly begin to resume limited work and training activities on campus as part of our re-entry plan.

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Phased-in Approach

Students and employees will be able to return to campus in a controlled, phased-in approach. Here’s a high-level picture of what this will look like.

No more than 25% campus population by campus/building

Timeline: June 1 to July 15

Online program delivery continues. Limited, essential hands-on training resumes on campus to allow students from certain programs to complete the training they need in order to graduate and allow industry training to take place.

Trigger: The Province of Manitoba has implemented Phase 2 of Restoring Safe Services. The pandemic curve is flattened and stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Staff:

  • The majority of College employees continue to work from home
  • Stringent travel restrictions remain in effect

Services returning: Essential services only. Security, Facilities Management, Safety and Health Services, CLPE, Finance, Ancillary, Procurement, ITS, Research. RRC Daycare reopens. Any services returning to campus will return at a limited capacity, and in consultation with leaders in those areas.

Occupancy: Actual numbers for academic and non-academic spaces will vary depending on the size of a room, office, classroom or lab in order to accommodate physical distancing guidelines and other health and safety measures set forth by public health authorities.

No more than 25% campus population by campus/building

Timeline: July 15 to August 30

Online delivery continues, as well as essential hands-on and industry training on campus. Limited number of faculty and students from targeted programs will be permitted to gradually return on campus to undertake essential hands-on training. Any programs with hands-on training that still need time to catch up after Phase 1 will do so.

Trigger: COVID-19 caseload continues to remain low. Public health orders continue to relax rules around gathering. Curve remains flat. Healthcare system capacity remains unchanged or improves. Testing expanded. Continued overall improvement in the province/country.

Staff:

  • Majority of College employees continue to work from home

Services returning: No change from Phase 1, with some limited academic training activity to resume on campus. Any services returning to campus will return at a limited capacity, and in consultation with leaders in those areas. Wherever possible, services should continue to be provided virtually.

Occupancy: Actual numbers for academic and non-academic spaces will vary depending on the size of a room, office, classroom or lab in order to accommodate physical distancing guidelines and other health and safety measures set forth by public health authorities.

No more than 40% campus population by campus/building

Timeline: August 31 to December 31

Online delivery begins for fall term. Some blended delivery for targeted academic programs will begin as well. Limited on-campus activity will continue in Phase 3 with a focus on hands-on learning and industry training activities. Any programs with hands-on training that still need time to catch up after Phase 2 will do so.

Trigger: Based on provincial guidelines and ongoing direction from public health

Staff:

  • Majority of College employees continue to work remotely

Services returning: No more than 40% of non-academic services return to campus. Any services returning to campus will return at a limited capacity, as required to support on-campus activities, and in consultation with leaders in those areas.

Occupancy: Actual numbers for academic and non-academic spaces will vary depending on the size of a room, office, classroom or lab in order to accommodate physical distancing guidelines and other health and safety measures set forth by public health authorities.

Regular College operations resume on campus

Timeline: TBD

Online and blended learning (i.e. virtual and in-classroom) will continue. College employees who are working from home will return to campus on a department-by-department basis, while continuing to comply with public health directives and physical distancing guidelines. While operations will evolve remote work and virtually learning will continue.

Trigger: Based on provincial guidelines

Events: Convocation, RED Forum, Open House and other key College events/activities resume.

Re-opening By Phase

IMPORTANT: The following tables apply to all Red River College campuses.

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