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COVID-19 Response & Updates

Updates made to this page
  • Friday, November 20 at 4:28p.m.: update to latest on COVID-19 responses at Assiniboine
  • Thursday, November 12 at 9.05 a.m.: update to latest on COVID-19 responses at Assiniboine
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 11:26 a.m.: to provide update on campuses being mask expected environments
  • Wednesday, July 15 at 11:14 a.m.: to provide further clarification in FAQs

The above updates have been made since the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

For the most current information on campus access, healthy and safety guidelines and operations, visit assiniboine.net/campus-covid.

The latest on COVID-19 response at Assiniboine

Friday, November 20, 2020—Mandatory Masks and On Campus Study Group Registration

Assiniboine was the first post-secondary institution in the province to require masks. Our campuses continue to be mandatory mask environments and we require students and staff to wear some form of face covering in classrooms, shops and labs. 

The exemptions for people unable to wear a mask provided under the public health orders will also continue to apply, these situations have been extremely rare in the college environment. 

Security personnel will be acting as ambassadors to monitoring the campus environment and may approach students to ensure they understand these mask expectations. Education remains our primary tool to ensure compliance, but individuals that refuse to comply may be asked to leave the environment.

Student success remains an important goal. As such, we want to continue to support the ability of students to use college resources, whether that is a study space, computing, library resources, or other college amenities. However, we are also responsive to the current provincial direction to limit social gathering and reduce contacts during Code Red. As such, we will be putting in new requirements for students who wish to study and work on projects on campus with their peers.

We are requiring all students to register any on-campus study group of two or more people. This means if you are meeting in a group of two or more to study together, work on a group project, or tutor one another, you are permitted to do so on campus. You must register your group via the online form assiniboine.net/studylog. Only one person from your group needs to register.  

Please note that social gatherings (non-academic meet-ups, club meetings, in-person hangouts) are not permitted on campus at this time. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020—Assiniboine continues to be Mask Expected Environment

Assiniboine continues to be a mask expected environment, over and above what we are required to do, effective immediately, the following changes have taken place:

  • The Fitness Centre located at the Victoria Avenue East campus is suspending operations until January 2021.
  • Cougars athletics have suspended activities until January 2021.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020—Masks Expected on Campus

Assiniboine campuses are now ‘mask expected’ environments, meaning the general expectation is that staff, students, and visitors wear a face mask or covering.

We will continue to reinforce the practice of wearing masks with education and communication. You can learn more about campus access and safety on our website.

Friday, June 19, 2020—Program Updates for Fall

Program-specific details about blended delivery for the fall is available on our fall 2020 webpage.

Friday, May 22, 2020—2020 Fall Term at Assiniboine

The majority of programs will be blended delivery during the Fall Term at Assiniboine.

Read fAll Term update

Tuesday, May 19, 2020—Students and members of the public are able to visit Victoria Avenue East campus

Students and members of the public are able to visit the Victoria Avenue East campus as needed to access campus services. Please note that some services are not available in-person at this time. It’s best to call ahead if you are unsure. For example,

  • The Registrar’s Office continues to be available in-person (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), however many of their services can be accessed online such as applying online, making a payment or requesting a completion letter. Credentials or completion letters will be mailed out as processed.
  • Library supports are entirely at a distance at this time.
  • Students in select programs may be on campus for specific reasons, such as conducting the necessary lab requirements that can only be facilitated in-person.

Study groups and socializing on campus is not permitted at this time. In all cases, anyone on campus must practice proper physical distancing and hygiene requirements, and abide by the most current provincial Public Health Orders. Everyone visiting campus is required to self-screen for COVID-19, as directed by signage at all entrances, and sanitize their hands immediately upon entry.

Those attending campus should travel directly to their destination as quickly as possible. The Victoria Avenue East campus is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Campus remains open to staff outside of these hours, as necessary, through key card access. As of May 19, only entrances A & B (north and south visitor lot entrances) may be used to access the Victoria Avenue East campus.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020—Graduation ceremonies postponed until fall

June graduation ceremonies have been postponed until late October to coincide with existing fall graduation dates.

College Hosted Events

Physical Distancing

Physical 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.
  • Current public health orders require anyone who returns from travel, either international or domestic (only certain regions in Canada outside of Manitoba), must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return. Please visit the Province of Manitoba's website which outlines which regions outside of Manitoba require a 14-day self isolation period: manitoba.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html#current

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 many, 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, but not be limited to the following:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat/hoarse voice
  • runny nose
  • muscle aches
  • pink-eye
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • difficulty breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or taste
  • vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours
  • nausea or loss of appetite
  • skin rash of unknown cause
  • any combination of these above symptoms

Visit the Province of Manitoba's website for more information. In severe cases, infection may lead to death. COVID-19 can only be diagnosed based on symptoms and laboratory tests.

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.

Please visit the Province of Manitoba's website which outlines which regions outside of Manitoba require a 14-day self isolation period: manitoba.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html#current

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.
  • Wear a face mask or covering
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.
  • Wear a face mask or covering
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.

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.