Coming to Campus
Everyone who comes to RDC's campuses is required to follow these steps to help reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus:
- Stay home if you are ill. If you suspect your illness may be related to COVID-19, then visit the Alberta Health Services website or contact Alberta Health link at 811.
- Stay at home if you, a member of your household, or a close contact are waiting for COVID-19 test results.
- Complete the mandatory COVID-19 training. This only has to be completed once, prior to coming to RDC's campuses. Full details are available below.
- Check in each day you are on campus using the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Daily Health Checklist using the SAFE RDC App.
- Wear a face covering. RDC implemented face covering protocols in August, and the Government of Alberta introduced mandatory face coverings in all indoor facilities in December. View full details below.
- Maintain a two-metre physical distance. In addition to wearing face coverings, everyone at RDC is required to maintain physical distancing in all public areas (hallways, eating areas, washrooms, etc.). Physical distancing is encouraged in learning spaces, whenever possible.
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer regularly. More than 300 hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout RDC's campuses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I come to RDC if I’m not feeling well?
Do I have to wear a face covering on campus?
Yes, a face covering must be worn at RDC by everyone over two years of age. Everyone coming to campus is responsible to provide their own face covering.
The Government of Alberta introduced public health measures in December 2020 and masks are required in all indoor public spaces, including indoor work spaces. There are some exceptions to wearing a mask while working indoors which include:
- when working alone in an office
- when working in a safely distanced cubicle or when an alternate effective barrier is in place
Wearing a face covering in the classroom is mandatory, however instructors are permitted to remove their face covering when teaching at the front of the room and when a two-metre distance from others can be upheld. Instructors are required to wear a face covering before and after teaching, and when a two-metre distance from others cannot be maintained.
What kinds of face coverings are acceptable?
RDC requires everyone on campuses to follow these face covering guidelines:
- ACCEPTABLE face coverings include:
- Reusable cloth face coverings as long as they have multiple layers of fabric
- Single-use (disposable) face coverings
- Specialized and approved face coverings required for specific teaching circumstances (email health [dot] safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca for more information)
- The following ARE NOT acceptable:
- Face shields: these are used to protect the eyes of the person wearing it; using a face shield without a mask will not provide protection from exposure to COVID-19
- Neck gaiters, warmers, buffs or bandanas: these are likely to move or slip and they are difficult to remove without contaminating yourself
- Masks with exhalation valves: these do not protect others from exposure to COVID-19
- Clear masks: will need to be assessed by Health, Safety and Wellness on a case-by-case basis (email health [dot] safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca)
What if I require an exemption to the face covering protocols?
Some students, staff and guests will be exempt from face covering requirements. These include:
- Persons who are unable to place, use or remove a mask without assistance;
- Persons unable to wear a mask due to mental, medical, physical, or sensory concerns or limitations;
- Persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a mask would hinder that caregiving or assistance (e.g., person who is working with a deaf individual who needs to see lips in order to read them)
In order to be considered exempt, a person must contact Health, Safety & Wellness Centre by Health [dot] Safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email) or by phone at 403.342.3427 and provide documentation.
Is there anything else I have to do when I come to campus?
Yes. Each day, every person who comes to campus must complete the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Alberta Daily Health Checklist using the SAFE RDC App.
What is the COVID-19 training and how do I access it?
RDC’s COVID-19 Training is a requirement for everyone who will be coming to campus. It provides information about COVID-19, RDC’s rules and the responsibilities we each have to prevent the spread of the infection. The training is mandatory for all those who will be coming to campus.
Students, faculty and staff who are coming to campus can access the mandatory COVID-19 Training, which is located under the My Courses tab on Blackboard. This training sets a foundation for the safety culture we all have a responsibility to be part of.
Please note the following details:
- The training will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.
- It is mandatory for everyone who is coming to campus: this is the same for those who are on campus regularly, and for those who may come occasionally.
- Students who come to campus are required to take this training, ideally prior to the first day of classes, labs or shops, but students will have a grace period of up to their third day on campus to complete.
- Make sure to read all of the information within the training, including the content under the Start Here page. This will help make sure you don’t miss anything.
- Not familiar with Blackboard? The Library has created information on how to login to Blackboard and a useful guide to help you navigate the platform.
Partners, contractors and visitors can complete the COVID-19 Training and Information Powerpoint, provided by their RDC contacts or available on the website. For complete information on our planning, please see the COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan.
Where can I learn more?
You can find more information about RDC's COVID-19 training and information in this video.
Background on RDC's Protocols and Planning
RDC's top priority will always be the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, stakeholders and community members. We take this priority very seriously, and to help protect people we have:
- Adhered to health measures and directions from the Government of Alberta
- Prepared a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan, including a COVID-19 Exposure Incident Form
- Established RDC-specific COVID-19 rules for our campuses
- Required all people on campus to complete the mandatory COVID-19 training
- Limited the number of people on campus at any time
- Coordinated and scheduled the movement of people on campus
- Provided online class delivery and services where possible
Looking for more information? Check out the following webpages:
Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca
RDC Main Campus Location
100 College Boulevard | Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta | T4N 5H5