Throughout the pandemic RRC Polytech has continued to monitor the COVID-19 response in the community and follow guidance from public health, adjusting our approach to best balance the needs of students and employees with on-campus program delivery and campus operations.

The following update outlines changes that will be in effect as of May 31 and June 17, 2022, across RRC Polytech campuses.

Mask Requirement Optional as of June 17

RRC Polytech’s mask requirement is being extended to Friday, June 17, 2022. After this date wearing a mask will be optional. 

The change in the College’s mask policy from required to optional is part of a gradual transition that started mid-March with the updates to mask usage outdoors and when physically distanced in workspaces and classrooms. 

Current public health guidance now states personal risk assessments are the best course of action to approach mask usage indoors. The decision to extend the mask requirement to June 17 was made to allow additional time to ensure all employees and students are informed of the upcoming changes.

While we are making this transition to allow members of the College community to make the decision that is best for them, we will continue to support the use of masks on campus. We recognize that individuals will have different comfort levels with the change in masking requirement.  We want to remind our community that questioning others’ choices, or disrespectful comments and/or actions go against our Respectful College Policy. 

Note that RRC Polytech will continue to provide medical-grade masks free of charge to students, employees and visitors at campus entrances.

Self-Screen When Coming to Campus and Stay Home When Sick

All RRC Polytech students and employees are still required to self-screen before arriving on campus, and are also required to stay home when sick, even if symptoms are mild. In addition to these health and safety measures, it is important to practice handwashing and sanitizing regularly, especially after using high touch areas.

Onsite Check-ins and Reporting Cases of COVID-19

A reminder that employees are no longer required to provide an onsite check-in through HUB when working from campus. 

Because the number of COVID-19 cases reported to the Health Centre has decreased and on-campus transmission remains low, we are phasing out the requirement to report positive results or symptoms as of May 31, 2022.

As always, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 response in the community as well as public health directives, and reassess our approach at the beginning of the Fall 2022 Term.

For any questions or concerns about the latest updates to on-campus COVID-19 health and safety measures, please reach out to Healthy, Safety and Security Services at safety@rrc.ca

For questions pertaining to your individual work situation, we encourage you to have a conversation with the Chair or Manager of your area.

Thank you for continuing to support our students and one another.