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COVID-19 Response & Updates

Updates made to this page
  • Tuesday, March 24 at 3:55 p.m. to note the planned closure of remaining campuses.
  • Monday, March 23 at 3:45 p.m. to note the provincial heath recommendations for 14 days of self-isolation following any travel outside of province.
  • Monday, March 23 at 3:09 p.m. note closure of Library at Victoria Avenue East Campus
  • Wednesday, March 18 at 5:15 p.m. to note closures of North Hill campus and Adult Collegiate after Friday, March 20.
  • Tuesday, March 17 at 11:46 a.m. to provide a link to the Province of Manitoba's COVID-19 self-assessment tool under the FAQ "What should I do if I feel unwell with cold or flu symptoms?"
  • Monday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. to provide an update on moving on-campus programs to alternative formats of delivery.
  • Monday, March 16 at 7:26 a.m. to provide FAQ on practicum/co-op placements.
  • Sunday, March 15 at 4:15 p.m. to provide FAQ on why classes are continuing on campus at this time.
  • Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 p.m. to note the Government of Canada's recommendation to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and measures for students returning from travel outside of Canada.

The latest on COVID-19 response at Assiniboine

Monday, March 23, 2020Closure of all campuses to students after Friday, March 27

Assiniboine Community College will close its remaining campuses to students and the public after Friday, March 27 until further notice. This includes the Victoria Avenue East campus in Brandon, Parkland campus in Dauphin, and Winnipeg campus.

  • Assiniboine staff members will continue to have access to these campuses, but are encouraged to work from home whenever possible.
  • After March 27, students will only be permitted on campus for exceptional circumstances and will coordinate any visit to campus through a student success advisor (SSA).
  • We continue to ask members of the public not to visit any of the college’s campuses until further notice. This past Friday, March 20, the college closed its North Hill campus and Adult Collegiate in Brandon until further notice.
Monday, March 23, 2020—Students returning from travel outside of province must self-isolate

Public health officials are recommending that anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic (outside of province), should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. This applies to both staff and students.

Monday, March 23, 2020—Planned Closures of Library at the Victoria Avenue East Campus 

Assiniboine Community College will close its Library at the Victoria Avenue East Campus at the end of Tuesday, March 24 at 4 p.m. The Library will remain closed until further notice. Students can visit the Library today, Monday, March 23 until 7.30 p.m., and tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to borrow items.

Return dates will be adjusted to accommodate the library closure, and no overdue notices will be sent at this time. Students will still be able to access online Library resources such as program-specific Library Guides and request assistance via the Library’s Virtual Help Desk.

In select cases, books may be borrowed from the Library by appointment; however, shipping of library materials is still available to students. For further information, please contact the Library’s Virtual Help Desk via email library@assiniboine.net.

Assiniboine will continue to provide timely updates on this and any additional changes that may occur in the coming days and weeks. For information and updates, please visit www.assiniboine.net/covid-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020—Planned Closures of North Hill campus and Adult Collegiate

Assiniboine Community College will close its Adult Collegiate and North Hill campus at the end of Friday, March 20. These two campuses in Brandon will remain closed until further notice. Assiniboine staff will have limited access to these facilities and students will not be permitted on campus.

Students whose programs ran out of the Adult Collegiate or North Hill campus will make arrangements with their instructors to deliver any final assignments to the Victoria Avenue East campus.

At this time, the Victoria Avenue East campus in Brandon will remain open for staff and students during regular hours: 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. All Assiniboine students are welcome to use the facilities available at the Victoria Avenue East campus, including computer labs, printers, study spaces, and the library.

We continue to request that the general public to avoid visiting campuses that remain open for students and staff, and instead contact college staff by phone or email.

The college’s Parkland campus (Dauphin) and Winnipeg campus remain open. Measures are in place to promote proper social distancing and enhancing cleaning activities are underway at all open campuses.

The college previously announced that it would finish face-to-face delivery of classes on all campuses on or before Friday, March 20 and that all college-hosted events through to April 30, 2020, are cancelled. The college will assess future events beyond April as the situation develops.

Monday, March 16, 2020—Scheduled On-Campus Classes to Wrap Up This Week at Assiniboine

Face to face classes at Assiniboine will finish on or before Friday, March 20. The large majority of programs will move to alternative formats for students to complete coursework. Students will hear directly from their program officials as to next steps for their coursework, as well as practicum placements and co-ops.

Resources for Students  |  Resources for Faculty

Specialized labs will be available for impacted students in a small number of programs; these labs are essential to program completion and will be opened with a specific schedule and operate under safe work practice guidelines and social distancing methods.

At this time, campuses maintain regular hours for staff and students. We encourage the public to continue avoiding visits to campus and instead contact college staff by phone or email. Students and staff should continue to practice social distancing and practice good hygiene habits, including:

  • Minimize prolonged, close contact with others
  • Avoid greetings that involve touching such as handshakes
  • Avoid crowded places and events
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Frequent washing of hands with soap and use of sanitizers provided across campuses

Only one program which has already started, Industrial Metals Fabrication (Welding), is to be cancelled. Students were provided with the option to defer to the next intake or receive a refund.

College staff have made extraordinary efforts to prioritize the migrating of programs to alternative modes of delivery. Assiniboine students are well-positioned to finish their program requirements.

 

Current campus hours for staff & students

 

Victoria Ave East campus

CLOSED to students after Friday, March 27

Campus remains open to staff through key card access

Len Evans Centre for Trades & Technology
(North Hill campus)
CLOSED
Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts
(North Hill campus)
CLOSED 
Adult Collegiate CLOSED
Winnipeg campus

CLOSED to students after Friday, March 27

Campus remains open to staff through key card access

Parkland campus

CLOSED to students after Friday, March 27

Campus remains open to staff through key card access

 

College Hosted Events  

  • Effective immediately through to April 30, 2020, college-hosted events with more than 50 guests are cancelled, and in some cases may be postponed. Please refer to assiniboine.net/events or event organizers for the most up-to-date information on cancellations of events.
  • Assiniboine will endeavour to make a decision on June graduation ceremonies prior to May 1, 2020, and will communicate that information to graduating students directly via their student email accounts and on our website.
  • Program information and financial aid sessions, Spend a Day, and campus group tours are cancelled effective immediately through to April 30, 2020. The college will continue to assess dates scheduled beyond April 30.

Social Distancing

Social distancing refers to measures to minimize close contact between people. These measures include things like avoiding handshaking, avoiding mass gatherings, maintaining distance between people when possible, and avoiding large gatherings of people. 

  • Effective immediately, external gym bookings are suspended. If you have any questions, please contact the scheduling coordinator at eventrequest@assiniboine.net or by calling 204.725.8751. Full refunds will be issued to those impacted by this change.
  • Continued awareness and education efforts related to hygiene, physical contact, and social distancing are underway for the college community.
  • Students or staff who may be experiencing symptoms should not travel to campus and should follow the advice given by public health professionals.
  • Students or staff who believe they may have come into contact with COVID-19 should contact Health Links – Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 for information and advice on what to do.

Travel 

  • Staff travel for college business outside of Manitoba is suspended effective immediately until further notice. Any exceptions to this must seek the approval of the president.
  • The Government of Canada has established guidelines regarding self-monitoring and self-isolation for those returning from international destinations. As of March 14, the Government of Canada has recommended to avoid non-essential travel to all countries outside of Canada. We continue to expect the college community to seek out the most up-to-date information here so they may protect themselves and others.
  • Public health officials are recommending that anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic (outside of province), should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. If any students are returning from any travel outside of Canada or Manitoba, they are required to notify instructor(s) and the chair of their program, and plan to self-isolate for 14 days. Students will need to work with their program on making individual arrangements to complete their studies. Given the rapidly changing situation, students who choose to undertake international travel outside of Canada or travel outside of Manitoba after today must take responsibility for the risks associated with that decision, including the risk of not being able to return to their studies as planned. They will need to abide by public health requirements, including travel advisories.

  • Student travel both inside and outside of Manitoba to college-sponsored events and activities is cancelled effective immediately. This includes all field trips. Any exceptions for field trips and activities inside Manitoba will require the approval of the Vice-President Academic. No exceptions will be made for travel outside of Manitoba until further notice.

Public health and other local authorities will guide Assiniboine Community College, including fulfilling responsibilities to institute community containment measures and infection control measures.

Province of Manitoba Government of Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) were developed to help address the most common questions arising from the college community.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from a common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Some of these illnesses transmit easily from person-to-person while others do not. The recent Coronavirus outbreak globally that has been receiving a lot of media attention is referred to as COVID-19.

What are the symptoms?

Those with COVID-19 may experience few or no symptoms. Symptoms of the illness are similar to those of a cold or flu and may take up to two weeks to appear after exposure. Symptoms are similar to seasonal influenzas and may include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • difficulty breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • pneumonia in both lungs
  • any combination of these above symptoms

In severe cases, infection may lead to death. The COVID-19 can only be diagnosed based on symptoms and laboratory tests.

Can I be vaccinated against COVID-19?

No, there is currently no vaccine. Most people with common coronavirus illness will recover on their own. During any flu season, the college community should follow best practices:

  • consider getting a flu shot – even though this will not protect you from the current Coronavirus outbreak, your risk is much higher of contracting another flu from the current flu season
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitizing stations around campus
  • cover your cough or sneeze
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without washing your hands first
  • avoid sharing personal items with others such as eating & drinking utensils, cosmetics, water bottles, and towels
  • if you are displaying flu symptoms, stay home
  • keep a safe distance (3 or more feet) from others displaying flu symptoms
What should I do if I have travelled outside of Manitoba recently?

 The Government of Canada is recommending to avoid non-essential travel to all countries outside of Canada. 

Public health officials are recommending that anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic (outside of province), should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. 

If any students are returning from any travel outside of Canada or Manitoba, they are required to notify instructor(s) and the chair of their program, and plan to self-isolate for 14 days. Students will need to work with their program on making individual arrangements to complete their studies. 

Given the rapidly changing situation, students who choose to undertake international travel outside of Canada or travel outside of Manitoba after today must take responsibility for the risks associated with that decision, including the risk of not being able to return to their studies as planned. They will need to abide by public health requirements, including travel advisories.

For staff and students, if you have travelled outside of province recently, it is important to monitor your health. You should monitor for fever, cough and difficulty breathing for 14 days after you arrive home. All travellers are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms and to contact Health Links – Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 for information and advice on what to do.

How is COVID-19 contracted?

Current evidence from health organizations suggest person-to-person spread is more likely when there is close contact between individuals. For example, touching or shaking hands; respiratory droplets that spread when you cough or sneeze; and touching something with the virus on it.

How do I protect myself?

Good practices to follow include:

  • Wash your hands regularly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer, while not a replacement, is the next best option.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others such as water bottles, eating utensils, towels, cosmetics and dishes.
  • Regularly clean surfaces and items you touch on a frequent basis.
How do I protect others?

Good practices to follow include:

  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not into your hands
  • Stay home and rest if you feel unwell to minimize the risk of spreading any illness to others.
  • Wash your hands regularly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer, while not a replacement, is the next best option.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with others such as water bottles, eating utensils, towels, cosmetics and dishes.
  • Regularly clean surfaces and items you touch on a frequent basis.
Should I be wearing a face mask?

Health Canada currently states that the use of a mask is not necessary if you are a healthy individual or are not in a caregiver situation. Wearing masks when you are not ill and not at high risk may give you a false sense of security.

If you experience cold and flu symptoms, wearing a mask may help prevent the spread of this infection to others because the masks act as a barrier. If you are caring for a sick person or are in direct contact with an ill person, wearing a mask may help protect you from catching COVID-19, but will not fully eliminate the risk.

What should I do if I feel unwell with cold or flu symptoms?

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any combination of these signs, you should stay home and rest.

A new self-assessment tool is now online to help Manitobans determine whether they need to call Health Links–Info Santé to possibly get a referral or to self-isolate.  The tool provides interactive advice to users concerned about whether they have contracted COVID-19.  It is expected the tool will help with call volumes.  For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19

I have other questions. Where can I find the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak?

There are a number of reliable resources online, including the Government of Canada’s website and Province of Manitoba’s website.

Are face-to-face classes continuing on campus? 

Face to face classes at Assiniboine will finish on or before Friday, March 20. The large majority of programs will move to alternative formats for students to complete coursework. Students will hear directly from their program officials as to next steps for their coursework, as well as practicum placements and co-ops.

Resources

Province of Manitoba COVID-19 general information

Province of Manitoba COVID-19 fact Sheet

Province of Manitoba COVID-19 Self Isolation

Government of Canada COVID-19 general information

 

This page sources information from the World Health Organization, Government of Canada, and Province of Manitoba.