COVID-19 UPDATES: Up-to-date information about RDC's response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. Learn more

Previous COVID-19 Updates

Red Deer College has the most up-to-date updates on the Novel Coronavirus page. The information below has the details provided in earlier updates.

July 6, 2020
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April 1, 2020
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March 23, 2020 (2:00 pm)
March 20, 2020 (11:45 am)
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March 18, 2020 (4:30 pm)
March 17, 2020 (2:30 pm)
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March 15, 2020 (7:23 pm)
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March 13, 2020 (6:00 pm)


Update July 6, 2020

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Fitness & Wellness Facilities Re-Opening Plans

RDC continues to monitor and adapt our operations in response to COVID-19. In accordance with current Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Government of Alberta guidelines, we are pleased to announce the gradual re-opening of certain spaces within RDC’s Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.      

Here are the latest updates:

  • RDC’s Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone and Border Paving Running Track in the Centre will re-open starting July 20, 2020, with limited hours and capacity, and the health and safety of our clients and staff in mind
  • A maximum of 30 people will be allowed in the Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone at one time
  • High-intensity physical or cardio activity equipment (e.g. treadmills and elliptical machines) will be organized so that every third item can be used
    • Throughout July and August, the Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone and Border Paving Running Track will be open:
      • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays | 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
      • Saturdays | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Throughout July and August, the Border Paving Running Track will have the following times available specifically for runners:
      • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 8:00 am - 10:00 am
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
      • The middle lane of the track will be closed. The inside lane will be used for running, and the outside lane will remain open for passing
      • A maximum of four people will be permitted on the running track at one time, with walking allowed during non-designated running times
  • Larkaun Homes Squash Courts will remain closed for now  
  • Drop-in activities will not be available at this time  
  • Personal training is available. Assessments will be conducted virtually, until further notice. Please Gregory [dot] Howe [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) Gregory Howe, RDC’s Varsity Strength & Conditioning Specialist, for more details   
  • Fitness classes will resume in the fall. Further details will be available in the coming weeks  
  • Community change rooms will be closed until further notice, but washrooms will be open
  • The opening of other spaces within the Centre will be assessed on an ongoing basis, according to AHS guidelines

We look forward to welcoming fitness and wellness members back to our campus to enjoy these facilities. We encourage members to follow physical distancing measures, wash/sanitize their hands and remain at home if they are feeling ill. For more information, please sandra [dot] liberty [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) Sandra Liberty, RDC’s Manager of Fitness & Wellness Services.   


Update June 30, 2020

Employee Check-In Process Update

Effective Monday, July 6, all RDC staff, faculty, contractors, service providers and tenants will be required to sign-in daily when attending main campus for work using the RDC SAFE App. Instructions on how to download the App are below. 

Before arriving on campus, employees must complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and AB Health Daily Checklist that is found on the RDC SAFE App. Employees who check-in using the App on their phone are no longer required to check-in upon arrival at the Information Centre inside the main doors.  

  • If someone answers ‘yes’ to any of the questions they will not be permitted to enter campus, should return home, notify their supervisor of the response and should contact Alberta Health Link 811 for a self-assessment and to receive information about completing a COVID-19 testPlease also Health [dot] Safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) RDC’s Health, Safety & Wellness Centre

  • The information submitted is sent directly to the Information Centre/Campus Security desk and kept on file for two weeks, after which time it is destroyed

  • This information is being collected to ensure Campus Security is aware of who is on main campus and to assist with contact tracing at RDC, if needed

  • Employees are still required to receive approval from their Senior Administration leader to be on campus

SAFE RDC App download instructions: This App is available for free. To download on an Apple device, type SAFE RDC in the App store. For all other devices, type SAFERDC [note no space between words]

If faculty and staff do not have a mobile device, they will check-in daily using an iPad (cleaned after each use) at the Information Centre. Please SecurityCentre [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) Campus Security for more information.

CHANGE OF HOURS FOR FRONTLINE RECEPTION SERVICES

The hours of frontline reception service provided by Admission, Registration and Information services (OR), Cashier’s Office and the Student Connect Centre (SCC), are changing effective July 13, 2020. Reception Services (telephone and front counter) will open at 10:00 am and close at 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. Telephone callers can still contact staff and departments if they dial direct or use the dial-by-name calling feature when the phone is set to after-hours mode. 


Update June 19, 2020

ACAC SUSPENDS COMPETITION FOR FALL 2020: RDC ATHLETICS SEASON WILL BEGIN JANUARY 2021 
 
The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), of which RDC is a member, has decided to suspend competition during the 2020 Fall term due to COVID-19 precautions. As a result, an adjusted conference schedule will begin in January 2021, which includes a delay to the start of the cross country running and soccer seasons until the spring. 
 
The announcement from the ACAC aligns with the decisions made by other conferences and governing bodies across the country due to COVID-19. 
 
While the announcement is disappointing for many, RDC supports the conference’s decision, knowing that the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff is the top priority. The College and RDC Athletics will support our student-athletes on many levels, one of which includes our commitment to awarding RDC athletics scholarships to those who meet revised eligibility criteria. 
 
RDC Athletics is also collaborating with the College’s Ancillary & Sport Services on a return to training plan for our teams, according to the health and safety protocols set by the Government of Alberta.  
 
For more details, please refer to the media release

Update June 15, 2020

Student Town Hall: Watch Video 

If you were not able to attend the Virtual Town Hall for Students on June 8, you can watch the video on RDC’s YouTube channel. This video includes a conversation between RDC’s President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, and Students’ Association President, Brittany Lausen, and a question and answer period with student questions. 

Watch the video to learn more about RDC’s plans this fall for course delivery, student services, residence, student life and more.

Staff from across RDC are here to assist you as you plan and prepare for next fall. Please connect with RDC’s Academic Support team, Counselling Services and the Library to learn more. You can also schedule an eAdvising session with one of our experts at rdc.ab.ca/advising.  

It's important to know you are not alone: we’re here to support your education and your goals. We look forward to having you as a student at Red Deer College next year.

If you have any questions, please email us your questions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (questions). We will share your inquiry with the appropriate program or service department to respond.

Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Program Update 

As Red Deer College plans for the upcoming academic year, changes are being made to the Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma

The Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant program is being suspended for first-year students for the 2020/21 academic year. Students beginning their second year will delay starting until January 2021, with August 2021 completion expected. 

These decisions are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure the safety and success of students. The program requires close proximity learning in labs and during practicums. Practicums are also a critical component of the program and required for students to complete this program. The number of available practicums has decreased substantially as a result of COVID-19.


Update June 5, 2020

Congratulations to RDC’s Class of 2020!

We celebrated Red Deer College’s 56th graduating class. Granted, it looked far different from typical Convocation ceremonies, but we are equally as proud to celebrate our graduates through RDC’s social media platforms.

This year, we have 1,654 students graduating from RDC. We also had three award recipients, as we would for in-person ceremonies. We announced Brittany Lausen as the recipient of the RDC Foundation Outstanding Student Award and Megan Nikula as the recipient of the Governor General's Academic Medal on social media. In addition, we continued another important tradition by granting the Honorary Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree to Dorothy Dickson. She is an inspiring lady whose life’s work has helped to shape our region and beyond.


Update June 3, 2020

Fall Term 2020 Delivery Details

Preparations continue for the majority of courses to be delivered online in Fall Term 2020. For fall, we have made new curriculum-based decisions that will accommodate limited small group in-person interactions for selected labs, shops, practicums and studios. 

The following principles were used to identify the need for in-person learning opportunities:

  • Ensure all RDC students can achieve learning outcomes and competencies to progress with their studies 
  • Ensure full-time students can complete their programs and graduate in the timeline established when they began their program
  • Offer in-person learning opportunities to small groups when required to meet these timelines and most importantly, to ensure a safe and manageable number of people will be on campus at any given time
  • Continue to adhere to the requirements set by the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Government of Alberta, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Across the College, senior leaders and faculty have been carefully assessing all of our programs using these principles to determine which courses require some in-person instruction in fall term and which courses will be delivered online.

As we consider what limited in-person instruction means for the fall, we will continue to work throughout the summer to coordinate logistics and protocols to help ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students. We will continue to adapt, following health and government directives in our decision-making and planning.


Update June 1, 2020

RDC is getting ready to welcome its summer campers for a wide variety of learning and fun activities, with a blend of online and in-person camps. This decision was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Beginning in early July, the College’s long-running youth summer camps in science, junior chefs, cooking, film, game design and animation, will take place online. Participants will retain high-quality instruction to help them improve their knowledge and skill set, while engaging virtually. The cost for some online camps have been reduced to assist families who may have to purchase some supplies, such as baking ingredients. 

Several Series Summer Art School workshops will proceed for adults, although with a reduced number of available classes. Some courses will be taught online and others will be offered in-person on main campus, closely following the Government of Alberta guidelines.  

RDC Sports Camps, which have been well attended in the past, will not be able to continue as originally planned for this summer, given current restrictions on recreation facilities (such as the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre) and sports such as volleyball and basketball, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In their place, physical literacy camps for youth and physical fitness camps for teenagers have been designed and developed for safe and enjoyable on-campus participation. The health and safety of campers and instructors are of the utmost importance, and the sessions have been carefully designed as such, with small groups and other measures in place. These camps will provide an important outlet for youth that will teach and develop physical literacy and fitness in accordance with health and government protocols. 

Thank you to our colleagues in the School of Continuing Education and Ancillary & Sport Services who have worked hard to reconfigure and plan valuable learning experiences for RDC’s summer camp youth and adult participants during these unusual circumstances.  

Please visit rdc.ab.ca/summercamps for more information. Red Deer College continues to accept registrations for its summer camps. 


Update May 15, 2020

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Travel Update

As employees begin planning for professional development and other College business in the new academic year, RDC is extending its current travel restrictions. No faculty, staff or students will be permitted to travel outside Alberta or outside Canada for College business or PD until at least December 31, 2020. With the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, RDC encourages everyone to stay informed and adhere to the Government of Canada’s travel advice.

RDC Nursing Graduates Perform with Outstanding Results in Certification Exams

As we wrap up National Nurses Week, RDC’s School of Health Sciences recently learned some exciting news to share. The most recent Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) graduates, who wrote the NCLEX nursing certification exam between October 2019 and March 2020, achieved a 97 per cent success rate as first-time writers.

  • This surpasses the Alberta average success rate (94 percent), the Canadian average (85 per cent) and the US average (91 per cent)
  • With this result, RDC is ranked as 3rd out of 11 provincial nursing degree programs. Additionally, RDC ranks in 8th place out of 67 programs nationally

Congratulations to our BScN alumni who have achieved these outstanding results. And thank you to our talented faculty for your efforts in teaching these students. You make us all proud. 


Update May 8, 2020

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

RDC will deliver programs and courses online for Fall 2020

With the uncertain COVID-19 pandemic, RDC will deliver its programs and courses online for the fall, even if restrictions are lifted before then.

To best serve our students and to allow faculty the opportunity to plan effectively for the Fall term, we are announcing this decision now. RDC’s courses will be developed and designed for online learning, providing the best possible opportunities for our students.

We know you will have questions.

Your first question is likely about the practical and hands-on aspects of programs: what about Apprentice programs, labs, practicums and other opportunities? Our Schools are currently establishing courses for delivery online in Fall 2020 and for delivery of courses with labs, practical/clinical, or shops through 2020/2021.

Your second question is likely about course delivery in Winter Term. It is difficult to project what may change between now and January 2021. We will continue to inform you as decisions are made about RDC’s course delivery for the Winter Term 2021. 

Several other aspects of RDC’s operations in the summer and fall are also being actively planned for, including services for students, the Library, food services, Residence accommodations, RDC Athletics, and many more areas. We will continue to keep our College community informed as decisions are made about these items during the next several weeks and months.

Our staff at RDC are available to assist our learners during this time. We invite you to learn more about a variety of services and resources including Academic Support, Counselling Services and Funding & Awards.

RDC's 2020-21 course timetable will be available to view on May 26. Continuing students will be able to register for specific courses starting June 9. Registration will open to new RDC students starting on June 23.

The health and well-being of RDC’s students, faculty and staff is paramount as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. RDC will continue to follow direction from health and government officials in our decision-making. 


Update May 5, 2020

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week
The COVID-19 situation means RDC is unable to host a regional BBQ this year, led by the Health, Safety & Wellness Centre team in partnership with many local organizations, in recognition of this continental event

  • Thank you to the individuals in our Health, Safety & Wellness team, Human Resources, BEST Cleaning Pros, and many others at RDC who lead us in ensuring a healthy and safe environment for the entire College community each day. And thanks to all of you for doing your part to keep yourselves healthy and safe during this time. 

Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, this year focused on the great need caused by COVID-19. Many people are struggling to make ends meet during this crisis. Close to home, this includes our students:

  • Many of you have generously donated funds to RDC’s Student Food Bank, Emergency Bursary and other RDC initiatives such as scholarships, in the past. If you are in a position to do so, please consider donating today as you join in the spirit of the day. Thank you for helping to make a difference in the lives of our students through your generosity. 

For those of you who choose to support our surrounding communities through volunteering or donating to non-profit organizations in other ways, thank you for your contributions to making our region stronger.   

Resources

We have curated, and continue to publish, a variety of trusted resources to inform you about COVID-19:

  • This situation continues to present challenges for many of us professionally and personally. This week is Canadian Mental Health Week. We encourage you to stay connected with colleagues and family and to seek out mental health resources (found on RDC’s website and TheLoop) that are available to assist you as you navigate these uncertain times  
  • You can also review other information we’ve collected from governments and health organizations. This includes tips about working or studying from home, ideas for staying connected with others while we can’t physically be together, and practicing good hygiene 

Update April 22, 2020

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Condolences for our Country

It is with deep sadness that we hear about the tragic loss that Nova Scotians are facing. We may not be situated in Nova Scotia, but that doesn’t mean that the effects of this situation aren’t felt by the victim’s friends and families across Canada. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to all who have lost loved ones during this tragedy.

We recognize our entire country is feeling the weight of many tragedies right now. Everyone at RDC would like to share condolences to those who have lost friends and loved ones due to COVID-19.  


Update April 20, 2020

In a continued effort to inform you about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

2020-21 Timetable

Please be advised that there will be a delay in the publication of the 2020-21 timetable for continuing and new students. This will result in a more accurate timetable and improved registration experience for all students. The new dates are as follows:

  • Publication of Timetable – May 26, 2020
  • Continuing Student Registration – June 9, 2020
  • New Student Registration – June 23, 2020

The Office of the Registrar notified students of this change on Friday, April 17 through TheLoop.

For full details about registering for classes, please visit TheLoop and click the Registration tab. 


Update April 17, 2020

In a continued effort to inform you about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Campuses & Facilities: Restricted Access Reminders

Effective starting Monday, April 20:

  • Employees continue to be strongly encouraged to work from home unless your work requires you to be at RDC’s main campus:
    • All employees who need to work from, or access main campus for any other reasons, will be required to obtain the written pre-approval of the Dean or Director of their School or Division prior to arriving at main campus
    • Deans and Directors should email approval to the employee and cc SecurityCentre [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca and Dan [dot] Sarrasin [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca to ensure the Campus Security team is aware of who has been pre-approved to be on campus
  • All employees, students and visitors must continue to check-in and check-out at the Welcome Centre inside the main doors of RDC’s main campus
    • RDC’s main campus remains open, however, there will be no public access permitted. Any students, visitors or guests must attend RDC’s main campus for business purposes and need to have pre-approved appointments to pick-up or receive goods or services to be on main campus
    • RDC’s downtown campus, home of the Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre, remain temporarily closed to all in-person traffic. No public access will be accommodated, and all instructors and staff will be working from home and responding virtually to student or other inquiries

Update April 14, 2020

In an ongoing effort to inform our College community about RDC's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today's updates: 

Working From Home – Online Courses from RDC

RDC’s School of Continuing Education continues to develop tools and resources to support individuals and businesses during this time. A number of $99 courses, delivered completely online, are available, including Managing the Virtual Workplace.

Resources

We have curated, and continue to publish, a variety of trusted resources to inform you about COVID-19:

  • You’ll find information from governments and health organizations. You’ll also find tips about working or studying from home, ideas for staying connected with others while we can’t physically be together, practicing good hygiene, as well as mental health resources to assist you as you navigate these uncertain times.

Visit rdc.ab.ca/coronavirus or the COVID-19 page on TheLoop to read these resources. 


Update April 13, 2020

In an ongoing effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Thank You: Helping RDC’s Students Through Generous Donations

  • Thank you to the many RDC faculty and staff who have given so generously to RDC’s Student Emergency Bursary and Student Food Bank. We know that some aspects of life are uncertain right now for many members of our community, including our students. It’s inspiring to see that during the weekend RDC employees donated $1,100 to both the Bursary and the Food Bank.
  • If you are in a position to do so, and would like to support the immediate needs of our learners, you can donate online. Give to the Student Emergency Bursary or the Student Food Bank. Thank you for your consideration. 

Students’ Association Hours

  • For this week (April 13 to 17) RDC’s Students’ Association is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Starting again on April 20, the SA Office will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Campuses & Facilities: Restricted Access Reminders

Effective today, Monday, April 13:

  • RDC’s Donald School of Business will temporarily close, until further notice. No public access will be accommodated, and all instructors and staff will be working from home and responding virtually to student or other inquiries.
  • RDC’s main campus remains open, however, there will be no public access permitted on RDC's main campus. Any students, visitors or guests who must attend RDC’s main campus for business purposes need to have pre-approved appointments to pick-up or receive goods or services on main campus.
    • Students who do not have access to a computer or laptop to complete course work can email their name, program, and contact information to rdclibrary [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. The Library has some laptops that can be signed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Library staff will contact you to determine how best to meet your needs and identify where on main campus you can safely pick up devices, whether you need a laptop for an hour, a day, or a week. We will be flexible with loan times, while striving to ensure equitable access to technology for all students.
  • All employees, students and visitors must continue to check-in and check-out at the Welcome Centre inside the main doors of RDC’s main campus.

Update April 9, 2020 

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Help Our Students: Support Emergency Bursary and Food Bank

At RDC, emergency support is available to students through the Student Emergency Bursary and Students’ Association Student Food Bank. Annually, the Student Emergency Bursary supports dozens of students who are faced with urgent or unexpected expenses, and the Student Food Bank provides food hampers and vouchers to more than 200 learners. COVID-19 related business closures and social distancing directives have directly resulted in significant financial strain for many of our learners.

  • A record number of applications have been submitted for the Student Emergency Bursary, and RDC has made the decision to increase internal funding toward this fund. Requests for support from the Student Food Bank have also reached record numbers, and RDC is supporting the Students’ Association to seek support, too.
  • Brittany Lausen, SA President, recently shared how valuable the support for our students is at this crucial time, from everyone within the College and our surrounding communities.
  • As our students wait to receive financial support and relief from government, the Student Emergency Bursary and Student Food Bank can address the immediate and urgent financial pressures they are facing. If you are in a position to do so, and would like to support the immediate needs of our learners, you can donate online at the following links: Give to the Student Emergency Bursary or the Student Food Bank

Blog: Tips for Studying and Writing Final Exams

 

As students gear up to study and write final exams, we wanted to help them feel more comfortable about the current situation. We have compiled a blog with some helpful tips to help prepare them to write exams and final assignments online at home.  


Update April 8, 2020 

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Student Lockers – Donald School of Business

  • Further to yesterday’s update, due to the Donald School of Business temporary closure starting Monday, April 13, the Students’ Association staff have emptied all student lockers at the Donald School of Business. The SA team has ensured that items from each individual locker are separated and securely stored in individual bags, available for pick-up by April 30 at the Students’ Association office
    • If students are unable to physically come to campus to complete this task, please sardc-general [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email )the Students’ Association to establish alternative arrangements
    • The SA is currently open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Celebrating the Last Day of Classes 

Today marks another milestone – the last day of classes for Winter semester. The end of this semester may not have gone according to original plans. However, everyone's hard work and achievements are well worth celebrating - especially so during this time. As you reflect on this semester, please share on RDC’s social media your favourite moment, class or other memory. You can share your experiences from this term on RDC’s FacebookTwitter, and Instagram


Update April 7, 2020 (4:00 pm)

Today is World Health Day. The theme for this year is “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” as identified by the World Health Organization (WHO). In Canada, we also recognize today as National Caregivers Day.

Thanks to all caregivers, nurses and other healthcare professionals in our region who help us to achieve good health every day, and for your extraordinary efforts in helping to combat COVID-19. We all have a personal stake in helping to combat and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thanks for continuing to practice physical distancing, good hygiene and other measures.

Please note today’s updates:

Campuses & Facilities Update

The following changes are being implemented in the coming days and weeks:

Donald School of Business

  • RDC’s downtown campus, home of the Donald School of Business, will be open tomorrow and Thursday to allow faculty and staff to remove any personal items and materials they need to work from home. 
  • Effective Monday April 13, RDC’s Donald School of Business will temporarily close, until further notice. No public access will be accommodated, and all instructors and staff will be working from home and responding virtually to student or other inquiries.

Main Campus

  • Effective Monday, April 13, there will be no public access permitted on RDC's main campus. Any students, employees, visitors or guests must attend RDC’s main campus for business purposes and need to have pre-approved appointments to pick-up or receive goods or services to be on main campus.

Employees

  • To further encourage faculty and staff to work from home, starting Monday, April 20, all employees who need to work from, or access main campus for any other reasons, will be required to obtain the written pre-approval of the Dean or Director of their School or Division prior to arriving at main campus.
  • This written pre-approval should include the date(s) in which the employee is approved to be at RDC’s main campus.
  • Deans and Directors should please email approval to the employee and cc to SecurityCentre [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca and Dan [dot] Sarrasin [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca to ensure the Campus Security team is aware of who has been pre-approved to be on campus.

Students

Effective Monday, April 20, all student access to RDC’s main campus will stop, with the exception of students who are coming to clean out their lockers and/or access the Students’ Association (SA) Food Bank as noted below:

  • Students will be required to clean out their lockers by Thursday, April 30 and return locks to the SA. If students are unable to physically come to campus to complete this task, please sardc-general [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) the Students’ Association to establish alternative arrangements. Please note the SA is currently open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
  • Students who require access to the SA Food Bank can fill out and submit this Food Bank Application.
  • Students who do not have access to a computer or laptop to complete course work can email their name, program, and contact information to rdclibrary [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. The Library has some laptops that can be signed out on a first-come first-served basis. Library staff will contact students to determine how best to meet their needs, whether they need a laptop for an hour, a day, or a week. We will be flexible with loan times, while striving to ensure equitable access to technology for all students. Learners may also contact RDC’s Library through online chat or phone for other inquiries.

Employee Parking 

  • Effective April 1, 2020, RDC has decided to suspend employee parking fees for all parking on RDC’s main or downtown campuses, until further notice.
    • For employees whose fees for reserved stalls are paid by payroll deductions, they will first notice that no parking fees will be deducted from their payroll/direct deposit on the April 24, 2020 pay date (for the April 1 – 15, 2020 pay period).
    • For employees who pay fees online for scramble parking lots, they will not be required to pay for parking on RDC’s campuses in April, and until further notice.
  • Parking enforcement and fees have been suspended temporarily on RDC’s main campus, until further notice, for all students and employees.
  • The College continues to urge employees to work remotely if their work does not require them to be present at the College. For those who must work at RDC’s main campus, please continue to park in Lots C or Public West and check-in and check-out at the Welcome Centre upon arrival and departure. 

IT Services – Zoom Video Meeting Software Update

  • Following the IT Services security alert message distributed by Doug Doran on Friday, April 3, Zoom released a patch that will automatically be applied when individuals use Zoom video meeting software. This patch fixes one of the major security issues, significantly reducing risk when using this video chat software. However, there are still a number of outstanding security issues that have been identified by IT Services, including ZoomBombing (that is, unidentified persons interrupting online meetings and classrooms with offensive language and images). PC Magazine has written a helpful article on how to prevent ZoomBombing.
  • As Zoom continues to have weaknesses in its underlying security, RDC’s IT Services continues to recommend using Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, and BlackBoard Collaborate for RDC online meetings and classes. 

Update April 6, 2020 (2:00 pm)

Red Deer College continues to work with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta to ensure we follow their advice and protocols.

Please note today’s updates: 

Yesterday we learned of a person within our College community who has tested positive for COVID-19. Given the size of RDC's community, this news is unfortunate, but not entirely unexpected. We have implemented a variety of measures to help keep our campuses as safe as possible with this rapidly changing situation.

Below are more details:

Confirmed Case of COVID-19

  • This individual did not display any symptoms of COVID-19 when they last attended RDC’s downtown campus (on March 13) and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre (on March 18).
  • Out of an abundance of caution, RDC’s janitorial staff are completing thorough and enhanced cleaning of known spaces in which this individual last visited at the College.
  • Following AHS guidelines, everyone in the College community is encouraged to monitor their health for any potential symptoms of COVID-19.
    • AHS directly contacts any individual who is considered exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19. These individuals are provided further direction, including being asked to self-isolate and to be tested for COVID-19. Only those contacted directly by AHS are considered exposed to this virus. If they are not contacted directly by AHS, they are not considered exposed and should instead continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • We remind everyone to be vigilant in their efforts to practice physical distancing, good hygiene, and to stay home if ill.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are important to us. To help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, RDC continues to follow AHS and government protocols including:

  • online course delivery starting March 18
  • connecting with students through phone or online service delivery
  • ensuring physical distancing by those who remain at RDC for work
  • using enhanced disinfecting and cleaning products and regimes

What Should You Do If You Suspect You Have COVID-19?

If you suspect you may have COVID-19:

  • As per Alberta Health Services guidelines, please first take this Alberta Health Services Self-Assessment; follow the advice provided to you after taking this assessment
  • Stay at home and call Alberta Health Link at 811 if you’re directed to do so upon taking the Self-Assessment. Please do not go to the RDC Health, Safety and Wellness Centre on campus, physicians’ offices, or hospital emergency rooms. If you are in immediate distress, call 911.

“On behalf of the entire College community, I wish this individual well and hope they have a speedy recovery and good health in the near future. It’s at times like this that we should all come together, and it is important that we share our compassion and patience for one another,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are of the utmost importance. I encourage everyone to take necessary precautions to help ensure good health and to use the available resources from RDC, AHS and the Alberta Government as we support each other during this unprecedented time.”

Update April 3, 2020 (1:30 pm)

As we wrap up another busy week, we are pleased to report that Alberta Health Services has still not advised RDC of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to our campuses.   

As we continue to get used to a ‘new normal’ of working and studying from home, or maintaining physical distancing measures for anyone who is still required to be at RDC’s campuses, we appreciate everyone’s diligence and efforts in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Special thanks to our colleagues with BEST Service Pros and others across RDC’s campuses who continue to implement heightened cleaning protocols and other measures to help keep our College community as healthy as possible.      

At RDC, we also want to share our appreciation for healthcare workers who are doing their best work caring for community members who are ill during this COVID-19 situation. Each night, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is lit in blue and green (Alberta Health Services’ colours) to demonstrate our institution's appreciation for these frontline workers. We are especially proud of the many RDC alumni and instructors who are among the thousands of valued healthcare professionals in our province helping to keep us all healthy and safe every day.

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre lights

Update April 2, 2020 (12:15 pm) 

In a continued effort to inform our community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Postponement of Convocation 2020

  • After much consideration, Red Deer College has decided to postpone our Convocation Ceremonies that were scheduled for Friday, June 5. 
  • A new date has not yet been determined, but this will be communicated as soon as it is established.
  • This decision was not made lightly, as Convocation is a wonderful time of celebration for students and their families, as well as faculty, staff and community members. We’ve chosen to postpone Convocation 2020 because, in alignment with Alberta Health directives, the health and safety of everyone on our campuses is our highest priority. 
  • Students who are eligible to graduate will still earn their credentials, and they will receive their parchments by mail after June 5, 2020. The Office of the Registrar is contacting all students with details about the postponement and the related processes.
  • For additional information and frequently asked questions, please see RDC’s Convocation page.

Postponement of RDC Events

  • Following directives from Alberta Health Services and governments, with the health and safety of our community members in mind, RDC will postpone all events that are hosted by, or at, the College between now and June 5, 2020
  • For RDC, this includes: Convocation, Athletics Awards Night, Community Awards Celebration, Annual Fine Wine and Food Tasting Event and all other small and large in-person events 
  • Anyone who previously purchased tickets for RDC events will automatically receive refunds as quickly as they can be processed in the next four to six weeks
  • RDC is communicating this decision with community partners who have rented our facilities for upcoming events in this time period, and those organizations will then inform their guests of this decision 

Campus Store

  • With the Campus Store currently closed for in-person traffic, students who rented textbooks and other course materials that are due in April can ship these rented items by mail with a shipping label provided by the Campus Store
    • To receive your free shipping rental return label, email the Campus Store: 0913mgr [at] follett [dot] com. When you email, include your first and last names, your address and your daytime phone number. The Campus Store will then email you a shipping label
    • You will then have to bring your rental return shipment to the nearest Purolator drop-off store to be shipped to RDC’s Campus Store
    • If you rented materials online, you may convert these items to purchase or extend the rentals by visiting rdc.ab.ca/campusstore and then logging in to “My Account” on or before the due date which was provided at the time of rental
  • You may purchase course materials and other merchandise for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters from the Campus Store and The Pulse by visiting rdc.ab.ca/campusstore. Purchases will be shipped for free to the mailing address you provide in your online order
  • RDC’s Campus Store is pleased to provide free shipping for book rental returns and new purchases that are made on its website as a small way to help make this situation less stressful for our students and other customers 

Update April 1, 2020 

It is April 1, April Fool’s Day, which is a day typically filled with fun and pranks. 

We know that the situation presented by COVID-19 is no laughing matter. However, we thought we’d share with you a blog that highlights the spirit of our College community and some of the encouraging words that our community has recently expressed for our students.  

RDC will continue to provide members of the College community with updates about RDC’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation as new information arises.  


Update March 31, 2020 

RDC has no updates today relating to our response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. We have compiled a variety of resources that we invite you to view, including information from RDC’s Counselling Services, Alberta Health Services and governments. 

RDC will continue to provide our community with updates as information changes.  


Update March 30, 2020 (3:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), please note today’s update: 

Service Areas 

RDC will continue to provide service delivery online or over the phone, until further notice. This includes services for: Counselling, the Library, Campus Store, Student Connect Centre, Office of the Registrar and Financial Services. 

All food services at the College’s main campus remain closed, until further notice.

View current details of RDC’s Services and Contact Information


Update March 27, 2020 (2:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Employees Working From Home Update

  • The College continues to respond to public health directives relating to COVID-19. As such, in an effort to promote physical distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19, RDC continues to urge employees to work remotely if their work does not require them to be present at the College. This precaution measure to work remotely is expected to continue until further notice.

Students’ Association Hours & Resources

  • Effective Monday, March 30, Students’ Association of Red Deer College (SA) hours will be adjusted:
    • Open 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 
    • Closed on Mondays and Fridays
  • The SA, in partnership with local grocery stores, provides RDC students with a 10% discount on groceries at Sobeys Village Mall, 5% discount at Sobeys South and 5% discount at IGA Eastview. To receive these discounts, students should show their RDC iCard at the grocery store check-out.
    • Students may also apply to receive a food hamper by completing this Food Bank Application if they are experiencing financial shortfalls. To help the greatest number of students, hampers are limited to a maximum of one hamper per four-month term and a lifetime maximum of three hampers.
  • You can access mental health resources, including an online mental health tool called mywellness.
  • Call the Students’ Association at 403.342.3200 or email inquiries as follows:
    • Academic supports & other student challenges: sardc-president [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Health and dental: reddeerplan [at] mystudentplan [dot] ca
    • General inquiries: sardc-general [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

RDC Partnering to Make Disposable Face Masks 


Update March 26, 2020 (2:30 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Academic Update 

  • Final Exams will continue to be administered at the end of the Winter semester in RDC classes, as per our normal practice at the discretion of instructors. Final exams will be held online and not at Red Deer College's campuses. This is one of many ways in which students’ progress is assessed in courses. Students will continue to be informed by their instructors about final projects and exams, as well as other details relating to their courses
    • RDC’s academic teams and faculty members are aware of, and sympathetic to, the stressful situation that students are experiencing, as we have rapidly transitioned to online learning
    • To help minimize stress, for any final exams that are administered instructors are using technology that is familiar for students and is user-friendly 
    • With a breadth of courses offered by RDC, a ‘one-size-fits-all approach’ for accommodating decisions such as grade assessments and final exams for our students is not possible 
    • Please see the FAQ page for further details. 

New Process: Check-In & Check-Out at Main Campus 

  • Effective Friday, March 27, to help ensure the safety of our employees, students and visitors to RDC’s main campus, everyone should please check-in as you arrive at the Welcome Centre (inside the main entrance) and check-out as you leave
  • As a friendly reminder, only the main entrance remains open, and all other exterior doors are locked. All individuals should park in Lots C and Public West for easiest access to the main entrance. Parking enforcement has been suspended temporarily until further notice to help accommodate these parking changes

Resources 

  • Counselling 
    • RDC’s Counsellors are available to connect with members of the College community by phone or email during this stressful time. RDC’s Counselling Services has also created a variety of helpful resources about a variety of topics for people to access 

Update March 25, 2020 (2:30 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Academic Update

After consultation with the College’s academic teams and instructors, RDC will continue the practice of issuing students with letter grades upon completion of courses this semester. Discussions continue regarding how to assess our students, including use of final exams, and information will be provided once these details are established.  

Staying Connected Through Social Media

As people everywhere continue to transition and adjust to the temporary new normal that COVID-19 brings, we encourage you to stay connected and to share the little wins you may be experiencing.

Please visit RDC’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to share messages of positivity with the people who have helped you through this challenging time. 


Update March 24, 2020 (3:45 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Students’ Association: Lockers and Hours

  • Students who have rented lockers can return their locks to the Students’ Association (SA) office no later than June 30 to receive a $10 refund (as per normal practice). 
  • Students with lockers in the 2400 Wing should return their locks to the SA no later than March 31, as previously planned renovations will begin in that area in April and access won’t be possible to the 2400 Wing
  • RDC’s Students’ Association is open with reduced hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday, until further notice

Travel for College Business

  • Effective immediately, all interprovincial College-related travel (for professional development or otherwise) is not permitted. This is in addition to the College’s previous decision to suspend all international travel for employees and students. This decision will be in effect until June 30, 2020, unless the COVID-19 situation improves sooner, at which point an update to this decision will be provided

RDC’s campuses remain open, with altered and limited services in many areas. If you are attending RDC’s main campus for any reason, please park in Lots C or Public West and enter through the main entrance, as all other entrances are now closed. Please see the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for details on temporary facility closures and changes to parking. 


Update March 23, 2020 (2:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform our College community about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), here are today’s updates:

Facility Temporary Closures

With greatly reduced in-person traffic at RDC’s campuses, starting Tuesday, March 24 the following temporary facility closures and changes to access will begin, until further notice: 

  • All access to RDC’s main campus building will be through the main doors adjacent to the Welcome Centre. All students, staff and visitors are requested to use these doors, as all other doors will be locked
  • RDC’s Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre will be accessible from the north entrance only; all other exterior doors will be locked 
  • Cenovus Energy Learning Common, NOVA Chemicals Learning Common, and Computer Labs (Rooms 907B and 907C) will be closed
  • Many washrooms on main campus will be closed
  • RDC’s Welikoklad Event Centre (located in downtown Red Deer) will be temporarily closed 
  • Please see RDC’s campus maps for details about the locations indicated

Signage will be posted on all washrooms, classrooms, and other areas of RDC’s campuses that are temporarily closed. Please do not enter these spaces, even if you may have keys to access these areas, without first contacting Campus Security. This ensures these spaces remain clean, allowing RDC’s janitorial staff to concentrate their efforts in other higher traffic corridors and common areas.

Parking on Main Campus

Starting Tuesday, March 24, all individuals should park in the two parking lots immediately north of the main entrance (Lots C and Public West). This will facilitate easy access to the main door. Access to other parking lots will be closed. View this parking map if you require directions.

Parking enforcement has been temporarily suspended until further notice to help accommodate these parking changes

Testing Services

Effective immediately, all in-person testing in RDC’s Test Centre is cancelled. Test Centre staff will contact students and faculty who have exam bookings scheduled in Access+ for the period of Monday, March 23 to Wednesday, April 8. If previously booked testing is impacted, Test Centre staff will assist individuals with setting up alternate arrangements to ensure testing is completed, and to ensure that students receive the accommodations they require

Please see the Service Updates page for details about changes to services at RDC 


Update March 20, 2020 (11:45 am)

In a continued effort to inform our College community of updates about RDC’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), please note today’s updates:

Food Services

  • Effective Monday, March 23, Tim Hortons in the Red Deer Bottling Forum will be closed. This means there will be no food and beverage service on main campus, other than vending machines, starting Monday. Anyone working or visiting main campus is asked to bring your own food and beverages
  • Please see Service Updates for details about food services at RDC

Donald School of Business

  • Effective Monday, March 23, RDC’s Donald School of Business (located in the Millennium Centre downtown) will be open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on weekdays. Please note that this is a temporary reduction in hours, and we will inform you of any future changes. Certain classrooms, most computer labs and other spaces within this School will be temporarily closed to alleviate repeatedly cleaning those spaces. Common areas, faculty and staff offices and washrooms will continue to receive regular cleaning

College Services Updates

Resources

  • Counselling
    • RDC’s Counselling and Career Services has helpful resources online about a variety of topics to help people care for their mental and physical health  
  • Social Distancing
    • The Alberta Government has developed a tip sheet to help us understand ways to minimize close contact with others in community settings

Red Deer College will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. Thank you to all of our students, faculty, staff and community members for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.  


Update March 19, 2020 (2:00 pm)

In a continued effort to inform students, faculty, staff and community members about RDC’s response to COVID-19, please note the following updates:

Programs 

  • School of Trades and Technologies:
    • Plans have been identified for all Apprenticeship programs at RDC, along with all other Alberta post-secondary institutions that offer Apprenticeship programs
      • March to April and May to June Apprenticeship programs are cancelled. Students who started classes on or after March 2, 2020 will receive tuition refunds, which will automatically be processed within the next four to six weeks 
      • Online classes in the Locksmith and Parts Technician programs will continue as per their current structure and schedule
      • Instructors for intakes of 1st Period Automotive Service Technician (Feb. 3, 2020 start date), Cook Apprentice, 4th Period Electrician, and 3rd Period Instrumentation & Control Technician (all of which are more than 50 per cent completed at this time) will post information in RDC’s Blackboard about online learning opportunities for Apprentices to complete their training Period
    • Learn more at Alberta Apprenticeship & Training’s website
  • Online Learning – Access to RDC Laptops
    • Students who do not have access to a computer or laptop to complete course work can email their name, program, and contact information to rdclibrary [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca. The Library has some laptops that can be signed out on a first-come first-served basis. Library staff will contact you to determine how best to meet your needs, whether you need a laptop for an hour, a day, or a week. We will be flexible with loan times, while striving to ensure equitable access to technology for all students. You may also contact RDC’s Library through online chat or phone for other inquiries

Student Services

  • Student Connect Centre (Student Funding, Awards, Records, and Advising)
  • Office of the Registrar (Admission, Registration and Information Services) 
  • Cashier’s Office
    • All open for online or phone service only; no in-person service delivery
    • Visit RDC's contact information webpage for details

General Updates  

RDC’s campuses remain open, with altered or limited services in various areas. We appreciate the valued efforts of our colleagues in BEST Service Pros as they continue to ensure RDC’s campuses are thoroughly cleaned every day. By using heightened protocols that have been identified by Alberta Health Services, they are helping to keep everyone on campus all as safe and healthy as possible.   


Update March 18, 2020 (4:30 pm)

To serve our learners, RDC’s campuses remain open, with altered or limited service delivery in various areas. 

Programs

  • School of Trades and Technologies:
    • All Alberta post-secondary institutions that offer apprenticeship training, including RDC, are collaborating with Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training and the Ministry of Advanced Education. Students will be updated as soon as possible once we have information. 
  • Practicums
    • School of Arts and Sciences:
      • Social Work: students have been removed from practicum placements and the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) has approved non-direct activities for students to complete field evaluations
      • Media Studies & Professional Communications: students removed from practicum placements; students will complete online component to fulfill practicum requirements
    • Additional practicum placement details for students enrolled in RDC’s Donald School of Business, School of Education and School of Health Sciences can be found in the COVID-19 Update from Tuesday, March 17 (2:30 pm)

Student Services 

RDC’s campuses remain open for services. For any in-person service delivery, RDC is limiting contact between individuals and encouraging people keep a two-metre distance between them where possible to encourage social distancing. 

Updates:

  • RDC’s Library will close for in-person traffic starting end of day Wednesday, March 18 through March 31. This decision will be reviewed and updates to future service delivery will be shared as soon as possible. Disability Resources and Tutoring continues to be available through online service delivery.
    • Individuals can continue to contact Library staff to receive assistance online. Staff can be reached through online chat and by phone. Visit: rdc.libguides.com/covid19 to connect online with Library staff and to review available hours for inquiries
  • IT Services:
    • In-person/walk-in traffic (in Room 814) is closed at this time to encourage social distancing. 
    • IT Services team members remain available to assist students and employees.
    • Remote support options are available 
    • Individuals can call IT Services and arrange a time to drop-off a laptop or other College device for servicing
    • Email: servicedesk [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca or call 403.342.3580 for assistance from IT Services
  • Student Connect Centre services (Student Funding, Awards, Records, and Advising) are available for online services. No in-person appointments or drop-in inquires until further notice. 
  • Admission, Registration and Information Services are available. In-person traffic is directed to maintain a two-metre separation from staff. All new applications are to be completed through APAS rather than in-person.
  • Cashier Services are available. In-person traffic is being directed to maintain a two-metre separation from staff. 
  • School Academic Advising services are available except for in-person appointments until further notice. Please see the Contact Information page for contact details for each School. 
  • Print Centre will only hold printed order for pick-up; deliveries to requesting departments at RDC are not occurring at this time
  • Testing Services:
    • RDC testing is available for accommodated students only. Admissions testing, Trades testing, drop in, and make up exams are not available until further notice.
      • Any tester/student who has a visible illness will not be permitted to test
      • Test sessions are limited, so staff are able to sanitize the desks and workstations appropriately
    • External testing is closed at this time

Food Services

  • Tim Hortons (operated by Chartwells) in the Red Deer Bottling Forum remains open on main campus
    • Tim Hortons is now processing transactions using RDC’s iCard, debit and credit cards only (no cash) to help reduce potential spread of illnesses
  • Food services in The Marketplace are closed now through March 31. This decision will be reviewed and any updates to future service delivery will be shared as soon as possible
    • All RDC catering through Chartwells will stop, for meetings or otherwise, until further notice 
  • The FarSide Bar & Grill and The Lift (operated by RDC’s Students’ Association) is closed effective immediately, until further notice

Campus Store and ThePulse

  • Open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm this week for in-person service
  • Starting Monday, March 23 through March 31, the Campus Store and The Pulse will be closed for in-person traffic. This decision will be reviewed and updates to future service delivery will be shared as soon as possible. 
  • Online purchases of textbooks and other merchandise will remain OPEN. Purchases will be delivered to people’s homes via courier (details available online as people place orders). Visit: rdc.ab.ca/campusstore to purchase items online
  • The Campus Store is reviewing plans and processes relating to book returns and rental agreements; further details will be shared with the College community as decisions are made

Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts to transition very quickly to online and alternate delivery. This is not an easy feat, and there will be some challenges as we know there have been already.  


Update March 17, 2020 (2:30 pm)

Programs, Student Services & Practicums

  • RDC’s School administrative teams and faculty are working with students and practicum placement sites to identify appropriate solutions to ensure that students remain safe. Students should speak with their instructors and practicum placement supervisors and to visit Blackboard online to confirm details for their particular practicum
    • School of Arts and Sciences: awaiting information from School; solutions are currently being identified
    • Donald School of Business:
      • Administrative Professional: solutions currently being identified
      • Business Administration: practicums have been completed by all students
      • Legal Assistant: solutions currently being identified
      • Unit Clerk: currently continuing with plans for upcoming preceptorship; monitoring Alberta Health Services protocols to help ensure student health and safety as decisions are made
    • School of Education:
      • Educational Assistant & Early Learning and Child Care: remaining practicum hours in this Winter term will be completed through online solutions
      • Bachelor of Education and Transitional Vocational Program: solutions currently being identified
    • School of Health Sciences:
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (years 1-3), Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant and Medical Lab Assistant: all practicums cancelled 
      • Practical Nurse (year 2): preceptorships currently remain in place; monitoring Alberta Health Services protocols to help ensure student health and safety as decisions are made
  • RDC’s Counselors will be offering virtual or phone-in appointments and not in-person sessions with students who require assistance starting Wednesday, March 18.

IT Services

  • Scams and phishing emails relating to COVID-19 are starting to circulate in the world. 
  • All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue good diligence when receiving emails to ensure the email is legitimate and that they don’t click suspicious hyperlinks that could leave RDC vulnerable to hacks.

Service Area Updates

  • Campus Store & The Pulse:
    • Changed hours for in-person traffic: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • The Pulse is closed: students or employees in the School of Trades and Technologies should visit Campus Store to purchase any items they require
    • Still accepting online purchases at rdc.ab.ca/campusstore. Purchases can be delivered to home addresses or picked up in person
  • Learning Resources: 
    • Disability Resources Consultation, Writing Tutoring and ESL Tutoring will all move online to connect with students soon; these teams are working to identify logistics
  • Counselling Centre:
    • RDC’s Counsellors will be offering virtual or phone-in appointments and not in-person sessions with students who require assistance starting Wednesday, March 18
  • Starbucks:
    • Closed at RDC (and at all post-secondary institutions) until further notice

Residences

Students living in Residence have received information from RDC to inform their decision-making. Below is a synopsis:

  • Students are permitted to stay in our Residences, if they wish
  • If students wish to move-out for home or other accommodations, the Residence Administration team is working with students to assist them
  • If students choose to vacate their Residence unit early, RDC has waived all early termination charges, and will be prorating Residence rate based upon move-out date
  • Public gathering spaces are closed, and all events have been cancelled to encourage social distancing
  • No visitors are being permitted to visit our Residences
  • Campus Security continues to be available 24/7

Red Deer College is working through many different scenarios as we all navigate this situation together. Thank for you to all students, faculty and staff for your efforts and for your patience with each other. 


Update March 16, 2020 (5:00 pm)

Red Deer College continues to establish plans and processes for the changes to our course delivery, as well as any other changes on our campuses due to COVID-19. At this time, please note the following updates:

Classes

  • As per the update on March 15, 2020, all classes on RDC’s campuses are now cancelled, including all Apprenticeship classes:
    • Classes will be offered via online and remote delivery starting on Wednesday, March 18
    • This online delivery of courses is anticipated to continue until September 2020, as per RDC’s communications with the Government of Alberta
    • Thank you to all of our leaders, faculty and staff who have been working diligently to support our students and each other through this change
    • Students are encouraged to stay connected with their instructors via email to determine the specific needs for each class
  • If students need to contact Advising and Recruiting Services for our Schools, they are encouraged to send an email:
    • Arts and Sciences: artscienceinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Creative Arts: creativearts [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Donald School of Business: dsbinfo [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Education: education [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Health Sciences: healthsciences [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Trades and Technologies: tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
    • Continuing Education: ce [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca

Events

  • RDC is also cancelling all events that will be held on our campuses now through April 30, 2020. We will continue to assess future events, using a 30-day window into the future to identify cancellations. Events held later this spring are currently being assessed to determine if they will continue. RDC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and government/health agency directives in our consideration for these events. We understand that individuals may have questions about ticket refunds for paid events, and other details. These items are currently being reviewed and once more details are known, RDC will communicate with ticketholders. 

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

  • RDC is temporarily closing all of its sports and recreation facilities, including programming and associated bookings, as of noon on Monday, March 16.
  • The facilities and programming impacted by this include:
    • Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone
    • Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Arena
    • Fas Gas – On The Run Gymnasium
    • Border Paving Running Track
    • Larkaun Homes Squash Courts
    • All Fitness and Wellness Programming and Classes
    • Be Fit For Life Centre
  • The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre remains open, as do the other buildings on RDC’s campuses.

Throughout this situation, RDC has implemented a variety of protocols, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic areas (such as classrooms and washrooms), to help ensure the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors.


Update March 15, 2020 (7:23 pm) - ALL CLASSES CANCELLED

Upon direction provided by the Government of Alberta at 4:30 pm today, ALL Red Deer College classes are now cancelled. This cancellation now includes all Apprenticeship classes within RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies.  

Red Deer College’s main and downtown campuses will remain open, and all employees are expected to attend work.  

RDC plans to begin online and remote delivery of RDC’s classes starting Wednesday, March 18. Any updates to this timing will be shared with RDC students and placed on this webpage. Students will receive specific information and instructions from each of their class and practicum instructors, as soon as possible early this week. 

We understand these are stressful times, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work together to determine solutions that work in our College community.


Update March 15, 2020 (3 pm)

To help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, Red Deer College has cancelled most in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. This class cancellation will allow the College’s academic teams and instructors to plan for, and transition to, online and remote delivery of its classes, starting on Wednesday, March 18.

With the breadth of programs and courses offered by RDC, a common solution of providing online delivery in all cases is not possible. Classes and labs within RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies will continue in-person on Monday and Tuesday, given the hands-on components involved in these courses. 

RDC students will be contacted by each of their class and practicum instructors as soon as possible early this week when further details of their class delivery will be provided. 

Red Deer College’s main campus and downtown campus will remain open on Monday and Tuesday, and beyond.  Employees are expected to attend work in-person (providing they are not ill or in self-isolation), and to have discussions with their supervisors regarding any potential alternative work arrangements. 

Summary:

  • In-person classes: are cancelled on Monday and Tuesday for students at RDC’s main and downtown campuses except for students in the School of Trades and Technologies.
    • Apprenticeship students: Please come to class. 
    • Engineering Technology students: Classes are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday and will resume through online delivery starting Wednesday.
  • Online classes: Students taking online classes currently should continue with their classes, as scheduled, on Monday and Tuesday 
  • Students who are involved in practicum placements should follow the advice of their practicum supervisors and instructors regarding their attendance 
  • RDC’s campuses will remain open on Monday and Tuesday, and employees are expected to attend work 

Red Deer College has implemented a variety of protocols, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic areas (such as classrooms and washrooms), to help ensure the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors. 


Update March 13, 2020 (6 pm)

RDC is committed to helping reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) with students, faculty staff and community members. Increased diligence for cleaning and sanitizing is being undertaken across our campuses to help mitigate the spread of the illness. 

Other than cancelling large events, as per direction from Alberta Health Services, Red Deer College remains open and classes will continue. COVID-19 is a dynamic situation, and RDC will continue to communicate updates as required.

Updates:

  • Effective immediately, as per Alberta Health Services direction, all large events hosted by, and at, RDC’s main campus (including the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre) and downtown campus (including the Welikoklad Event Centre) are cancelled. The RDC Ancillary & Sport Services team is reviewing all events that are currently booked at RDC, and assessing these using directives from the Government of Alberta. External organizations who booked events at RDC will be contacted by the Ancillary & Sport Services team.  
  • At this time, courses are continuing as normal. Any course cancellations or changes in delivery, to online, will be communicated as soon as possible. Students completing practicums or clinical placements will be advised of any changes through their program faculty or placement provider.
  • If students, faculty or staff at RDC believe they might have COVID-19 (coronavirus), please first call 811 (Alberta Health Link) to receive information. Next, please contact the RDC Health, Safety & Wellness Centre to report your illness. Email Health [dot] Safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca or 403.342.3427. Please also stay home, and follow the advice you receive from 811. 
  • Students who are ill or self-isolated may complete a Late Drop Request due to medical reasons. The Late Drop Request should be submitted to admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
  • Students who self-isolate will be supported by RDC in order to complete their courses. Students are asked to contact their instructor to make arrangements. If required, students will be approved for a deferred exam if the self-isolation period extends into Final Examination Week.
  • Decisions to cancel Final Examinations, Spring Term, and Apprenticeship Technical Training periods will be made, if required, and communicated as soon as possible.

RDC has activated the College’s Level 1 Emergency Operations Centre to prepare and plan for a variety of potential scenarios that may arise in the coming days and weeks. Individuals involved in this response are reviewing and revising the College’s Pandemic Plan on a daily basis as new information arises. RDC is in close contact with Alberta Health Services and governments, and monitoring other trusted sources of information to assess the situation and make appropriate decisions for the health and safety of RDC’s community.   

RDC will continue to provide updates as new information arises. For further details, please see the frequently asked questions

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Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre lights
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