Victoria Avenue East campus

Campus Access & Safety

Campus AccesS & Safety

Updates made to this page
  • Tuesday, September 8 at 10.:02 a.m.: Fitness centre and campus hours updated
  • Wednesday, September 2 at 10:15 a.m.: Cafeteria hours added
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 1:23 p.m.: Visitor Log details listed
  • Monday, August 31 at 11.59 a.m.: COVID-19 Safety Orientation Video published
  • Monday, August 31 at 9.54 a.m.: library and bookstore details listed
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 1:31 p.m.: communal food area details listed
  • Wednesday, August 12 at 11:20 a.m.: campus environments now 'mask expected' environments
  • Thursday, July 16 at 4 p.m.: webpage launched

Assiniboine continues to prioritize safe operations for our college community. Fall marks a return to campus for many staff and students. Throughout the transition back to welcoming students and staff to campuses as necessary, we will keep this page updated with the most up-to-date health and safety information and guidelines.

For the latest on all provincial guidelines and restrictions, visit gov.mb.ca/covid19.

Coming to Campus

Entrance Protocols and Screening

At all Assiniboine campuses, staff, students and visitors will be required to self-screen for COVID-19 before entering the building. Self-screening questions will be clearly marked on signage at all entrances. Current screening questions:


1. Do you have a new onset of the following symptoms:

Any one of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat/
  • hoarse voice
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours

Two or more of:

  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Pink-eye
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Skin rash of unknown cause
  • Nausea or loss of appetite

If you answered YES to question 1, self-isolate immediately and call Health Links – Info Sante (204-7888-8200 or 1-888-315-9257) or your family physician for further direction.


2. Have you been outside of Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Northwestern Ontario (west of Terrace Bay) or outside of Canada within the last 14 days?

3. In the last 14 days, have you had close contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19?

If you answered YES to questions 2 or 3, self-isolate immediately and call Health Links – Info Sante (204-7888-8200 or 1-888-315-9257) or your family physician for further direction.


Upon entering the building, you are required to sanitize your hands thoroughly at the stations set up at each entrance. Note: additional sanitizing stations are on order for entry points at all campus.

Along with the current screening steps and entrance protocols, campus entrance points may soon increase to allow efficient entry during peak periods.

COVID-19 Safety Orientation Video

Visitor Log

Assiniboine continues to prioritize safe operations for our college community and requires VISITORS at ALL Assiniboine campuses and sites to complete our digital check-in process, which logs a visitor’s visit to campus and other sites for potential COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.

Upon entry, visitors must scan the displayed QR code to access Assiniboine’s visitor log form, also available via URL assiniboine.net/log. QR codes are scannable with a smart phone camera, which will typically provide the user with the option to open the associated URL. You may also use a QR code scanner app. Alternatively, visitors can manually enter the URL assiniboine.net/log to complete and submit the visitor log, please see the attached poster for visual support.

If a visitor does not have access to a smart phone they are to alert a staff member who can assist them by entering their provided contact details through the form on the college’s website.

Ways to access the Visitor Log

  • Use your smartphone camera
  • Use a QR code scanner app
  • Visit the URL

The form requires the following information:

  • First name
  • Last Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Indicate Campus visiting

Information submitted via this form will be retained confidentially by Assiniboine Community College and used to support public health in the case of contact tracing being activated.

Movement on Campus

Details

While on campus, please follow any posted signage and travel in the most direct route to and from your destination.

Some corridors may require one-way traffic to better facilitate movement and support physical distancing. If this is the case, one-way corridors will be clearly marked. Follow floor markers where applicable.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Face Masks, Shields and Coverings

Assiniboine campuses are “mask expected” environments. This means outside of program spaces requiring personal protective equipment (PPE) to support safe work procedures, students, staff and the public are expected to wear a mask on campus.

Hand Sanitizer

The college has installed additional hand sanitizing stations across campuses and will continue to add more.

PPE Availability

Assiniboine currently has a robust supply of the following personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectants in-stock. Please note availability will change based on supply and demand.

ITEM

TYPE

Thermometers

Hand-held laser measure

Sneeze Guards – Desk Top Model

Clear Plexiglas desk-top models

Protective Gloves

  • Latex

  • Nitrile

Hand Sanitizer - Wall Mounts

  • Wall dispenser, pump style

  • Wall dispenser, auto dispensing

Hand Sanitizer - Personal Bottles

  • 235ml bottles (gel)

  • 500ml bottles

  • 1L spray bottles

Face Masks - N95

Various styles (not required for daily use)

Face Masks - Non-Medical

Disposable and non-disposable

Face Shields - Disposable

Available for labs

Clorox Total 360

Electrostatic disinfecting system

Spaces on Campus

Cleaning

The college has adopted cleaning protocols to ensure that buildings are safe for students, staff and visitors. In addition to regular cleaning, the Facilities staff is sanitizing frequently touched surfaces more often. Each room has been deep cleaned with all surfaces wiped and disinfected. 

Communal Food

Communal Food Requirements

Assiniboine has developed new communal food requirements to ensure the safety of staff and students. “Communal food” refers to any food shared among staff and students in any form of communal setting within any college location. 

Key conditions surrounding communal food include:  

  • Communal food must be available only in single servings.  
  • Food can be shared only if portions are individually wrapped in protective material.  
  • Staff and students MUST adhere to social distancing while partaking in communal food. 
  • Communal cutlery is not permitted. 
  • Shared condiments are not permitted. 

Common Food Areas

Assiniboine recognizes that there are many areas throughout the college where staff and students use common areas, items and surfaces for food and drink needs. These areas and items include, but are not limited to:

  • Lunch rooms
  • Micro-kitchens
  • Microwaves
  • Water dispensers

Please clean and disinfect tables, microwaves, water dispensers and other commonly handled items before and after each use.

When using these areas and items, staff and students must do their part in keeping the area safe:

  • Keep your distance from others and do not congregate in common spaces .
  • Eat only in designated spaces where there is a hand washing station, disinfectant supplies and adequate space to maintain distance from others.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially when touching common surfaces.
  • Use a barrier, like paper towel, when possible on high touch items.
  • Consider taking breaks and eating outside when the weather allows.
  • Remove your garbage immediately after using common areas.
Fitness Centre

The Fitness Centre at Victoria Avenue East Campus is open with certain limitations in place to ensure the health and safety of the college community:

  • Assiniboine campuses are mask expected environments. Fitness Centre users are expected to wear face masks while exercising in the centre.
  • Three people will be permitted in the Fitness Centre at one time.
  • Staff and students wishing to use the facility MUST pre-book their time.
  • Sessions are limited to one-hour per person per day.
  • The Centre will be open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Patrons are required to use the hand sanitizer stations at the entrance to the facility and practice physical distancing with anyone else in the facility.
  • Patrons must wipe equipment before and after use with provided disinfecting supplies
  • The Fitness Centre is not open on statutory holidays or weekends. Those at increased risk may consider waiting to return to the Fitness Centre.

Booking

  • Staff and students can book a session at the Fitness Centre through their Outlook Calendar. For further instructions, click here.
  • When booking your session at the Fitness Centre, please be mindful to share “popular” times. Booking will be based on the honour system and is available on a trial basis.
Gym

The Victoria Avenue East Gym is closed to all unorganised activities for the foreseeable future in an effort to maintain the health and safety of our campus community, as well as to address any potential academic priorities of this space. An unorganised activity is an activity not pre-approved or authorised by the college. Further details will be made available as to when the gym will reopen at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact the scheduling coordinator at eventrequest@assiniboine.net or by calling 204.725.8751. 

Test Centre

The Test Centre is currently operating with new limitations and procedures in place, serving the following groups:  

  1. Accessibility and Disability Services testing 
  2. Admission testing 
  3. Assiniboine students writing missed tests, re-writes and supplemental exams 
  4. Assiniboine Distance Education students 
  5. Individual external testing 
  6. External contacts 

In line with the Province’s public health and safety recommendations, the Test Centre will do the following:

  • Adhere to physical distancing by implementing a decreased capacity of three test takers, scheduling tests accordingly and improving traffic flow.
  • Provide the appropriate PPE for staff and provide masks for students upon request.
  • Increase sanitization procedures, including disinfecting between uses, and daily from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 – 4:30 p.m., rotating seating as necessary and limiting personal items in the Test Centre. 

When a student has been scheduled for a test, they will receive an email with a link to the COVID-19 screening tool and may only write their test if it is safe to do so.

To inquire about booking a test, contact  testcentre@assiniboine.net.  

Lockers

To support physical distancing, fewer lockers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information will be posted once the process for allocating lockers has been confirmed.

Please note that due to the blended delivery of many classes, there may be a decreased need for lockers that should align with availability.

Learning Spaces

Students in courses with a blended delivery method will receive more details about when to come to campus for their classes and about any PPE requirement

Classrooms  

There has been a detailed examination of each classroom space to establish capacity with physically distanced workstations. All classrooms and furnishings will be arranged to support physical distancing. 

Shops and Labs 

Academic staff are working on safe work procedures (including PPE requirements) for specialized program areas to support physical distancing or to mitigate risks where physical distancing can’t be maintained.   

Library

The newly renovated Assiniboine Library reopens on September 8, 2020. Please note that due to physical distancing measures there is reduced capacity available.

Online help is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. fill out a Help Request form and our Library team will provide assistance.

Library items may be borrowed at this time and can be requested through our Library Materials Request form. For information on how to return library items, view our Returning Library Items During COVID-19 page.

Bookstore

Assiniboine’s bookstore is physically located at the Victoria Avenue East campus and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday for students to collect online orders.

Due to COVID-19 the bookstore is not open for general browsing however staff are on hand and available via phone to assist with student questions. Please place your order online here or call (204) 725-8721.

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Cafeteria

The cafeteria at Victoria Ave E is open from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m..

Campus Access for Students

Access Details

Victoria Ave East campus

OPEN to students Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. to midnight.Vacating of premises commences at 11 p.m.

After 6 p.m. on weekdays and on the weekends, access to the campus will be through door B on the west side of the building. After 10 p.m., access is via I.D. swipe card or by calling security. Everyone must sign in and out at the security kiosk.

Staff have access on the weekends or after hours via I.D. swipe card.

Len Evans Centre for Trades & Technology
(North Hill campus)

OPEN to students Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (5 p.m. on Fridays). Staff have access on the weekends or after hours via I.D. swipe card.

Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts
(North Hill campus)

OPEN to students Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (5 p.m. on Fridays). Staff have access on the weekends or after hours via I.D. swipe card.

Adult Collegiate

Main floor OPEN to students Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m. (doors close at 8 p.m. with some classes extending to 9 p.m.). Vacating of premises begins prior to closing time. Staff have access on the weekends or after hours via I.D. swipe card.

Winnipeg campus

OPEN to student by appointment and staff as required.

Parkland campus

OPEN to students Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contract and Rotating Sites

While general college practices and procedures will be the default, each contract site will need to be examined to determine if localized safe work procedures are required. 

Downloadable Resources

Posters

Your Actions Matter Poster

Help Prevent The Spread of COVID-19 Poster

Communal Food Poster

The Only Filter You Need Poster

Benefits of Mask Wearing and Face Coverings Poster

Keep Communal Areas Clean Poster

Procedures​​​​ & Plans

Procedure for responding to STAFF with symptoms of COVID-19

Procedure for responding to STUDENTS with symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 Readiness Plan