orange iconOperational Response Level: Restricted ›

Teaching Essentials

Fall 2021 Planning FAQ

Do we need to clean rooms between class changes? Is there a turnaround time?

No, rooms will not be cleaned in between each class use. Safety protocols approved by Public Health are that each student and staff member is to wash or sanitize their hands before entering the classroom, and then once again when they leave.

How often a space is cleaned depends on the size of the campus and occupancy levels. Each campus receives at least one full round of cleaning and disinfection per day in all common areas, as well as any areas reported as occupied or pre-booked.

Can different groups of students use the same room in the same day?

Yes, Red River College consults regularly with Public Health on the latest research supported health and safety measures. Research shows that there is low transmission of the virus on hard surfaces. With students and staff following the fundamentals, including staying home if you or anyone in your household is feeling ill and ensuring hands are washed or sanitized prior to entry and once again upon leaving the classroom, we can all do our part to keep the College community safe.

Are students allowed to stay on campus for lunch or dinner?

Yes, we recognize that some students who are on campus for extended periods of time to complete their in-person labs and hands-on learning will require time and space to eat meals. In order to keep the College community safe, we have created designated learning locations for students to access and eat in these spaces while on campus.

Is there a maximum amount of time that students can be on campus during the day?

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.

Students who are on campus to complete hands-on learning, labs, or any other approved activities will not have time limitations placed around access to campus services, so long as these are within the hours of operation.

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 and campus access checklist so you’re prepared.

Can students see more than one faculty member during the same day?

Yes, students are able to see more than one faculty member in the same day and are reminded to follow the fundamentals and health and safety protocols we have in place at all times, including:

  • stay home if you or someone in your household is ill
  • wear a medical grade mask on campus and eye protection in all labs and workshops
  • practice good hand hygiene
  • cough etiquette
  • physical distancing
  • reduce your contact with those outside of your immediate household

Can students be in mixed groups during the same day? (i.e. be with different students when in different classes)

No, at this time cohorts are an important safety measure that we have in place. Cohorts ensure that if there has been a positive case identified on campus it is limited to one cohort and quick and accurate contact tracing can be successfully completed.

As a College community, we have done a great job following the advice and best practices of Public Health in order to prevent the spread of the virus on campus. Following the health and safety measures we have in place – including cohorting – helps ensure we can continue to limit the spread and protect one another.

Will food services be provided on campus?

We recognize that as Public Health restrictions loosen and staff and students continue to spend more time on campus, there is an interest in providing food service options and we are in the process of exploring what options may be available for fall 2021.

Do students have to wear masks when they’re not in the classroom?

Students, employees and visitors, including vendors and contractors, are required to wear medical grade face masks at all times while on any RRC campus.

The protocol, as part of RRC’s COVID-19 Policy, requires that masks be worn in all indoor spaces and facilities, including classrooms, labs, workrooms, areas where staff work within 2 meters of each other, washrooms, hallways, elevators, and public spaces.

Masks can be removed while eating/drinking, but individuals should take measures to ensure physical distancing during meal and snack breaks, and should not walk around public spaces while eating or drinking.

What happens if there’s a positive COVID case in a class? How does contact tracing work?

RRC Safety and Health Services has worked closely with Manitoba Public Health to develop our response plans. RRC has an established positive COVID on campus protocol. Health Centre staff complete the contract tracing for staff, faculty, and students on campus.

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we will communicate any information vital to the health and safety of all members of our College community via RRC email, emergency notification, our website, and our social media channels.

Can groups request dedicated rooms for their students or groups of students?

Yes, groups can request rooms and spaces for their students but are asked to connect with Christine Siewert who will coordinate these requests and communicate with the Building Services team.

How do we find out what the COVID room capacity is?

If you have questions about the capacity of a room, please email safety@rrc.ca or call 204-632-2511.

Do students need to be supervised on campus when they are not attending classes, labs or workshops?

No, students who are on campus to complete hands-on learning, labs, or any other approved activities do not need to be supervised.

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 and campus access checklist so you’re prepared.

Are there study spaces available on campus? Some students may have an on campus activity in the morning, and an online one in the afternoon and not be able to get back home in time.

Yes, Red River College’s Fall Academic Term will be blended, which incorporates a mix of online and in-person learning, to ensure that our students continue to have access to the necessary high-quality education and training that they expect from the College.

Our approach will remain flexible and responsive in order to expand on-campus services and supports, should Public Health restrictions loosen further and allow such activities to take place without disrupting the blended delivery of our programs.

Will lockers be available?

Yes, we are still in the process of finalizing our academic and operational plans for fall 2021 and once we determine who will be on campus and where, lockers will be made available for student rentals.

What if a faculty member doesn’t want to come on campus to teach?

Red River College has taken every precaution to protect your health and safety. These precautions include the addition of physical barriers, occupancy and traffic flow assessments, reduced class sizes, an increase in hygiene stations, and markers and signage to ensure physical distancing in hallways, classrooms, labs, offices and workshops. Staff and students will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms every day before coming to any campus and wear masks while on campus.

If you are reluctant to return to work on campus, reach out to your supervisor, manager, or Human Resource Services to determine appropriate next steps.

What if a student doesn’t want to come on campus to learn?

Red River College has taken every precaution to protect your health and safety. These precautions include the addition of physical barriers, occupancy and traffic flow assessments, reduced class sizes, an increase in hygiene stations, and markers and signage to ensure physical distancing in hallways, classrooms, labs, offices and workshops. Staff and students will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms every day before coming to any campus, and wear masks while on campus.

If you are reluctant to come onto campus to learn, please share your concerns with your Instructor to determine the appropriate next steps. If the Instructor is not sure how to handle the concern(s) please call the Health Centre and ask to speak with one of the Nurses.

Red River College has developed a Flexible Online Delivery Model to ensure that in spite of the pandemic, the quality of our online teaching and learning continues to meet the high standards that set RRC apart.