Robertson is closely monitoring COVID-19 updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), Canada Public Health, and Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. We advise all our staff and students to follow all precautions to slow down the spread. We have included some resources below to help you stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 developments.
June 1, 2020 Update
A phased approach for the re–opening of our campuses is now in effect. Specific return dates will be dependent on the student’s program end date and whether hands-on training is required for program completion. We will be notifying students individually if and when they are scheduled to return to campus for on-site classes. Students who are not scheduled to return will continue to learn virtually through Brightspace.
April 3, 2020 Update
All scheduled events (on and off-campus) and including our upcoming Graduation Ceremonies have been canceled or postponed until further notice. The College is currently exploring other options and will notify students of further details and specific dates as the information becomes available.
March 23, 2020 Update
Current and upcoming on-campus classes have been moved to our Virtual Campus for the time being. The virtual classroom allows students to continue their education on the regular class schedule, attending instructor-led classes remotely in real-time. Learn more about the virtual classroom.
March 14, 2020 Update – Winnipeg Campus
Effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, our Winnipeg campus will also be moving to Virtual Campus. On-campus classes will no longer be meeting in person. Instruction via virtual classrooms in Brightspace will begin on Tuesday, March 17 for students from our Winnipeg campus. Robertson student and career services will remain available during this time, offering assistance remotely.
March 14, 2020 Update – Calgary Campus
Effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, our Calgary campus will be moving to Virtual Campus. On-campus classes will no longer be meeting in person. Instruction via virtual classrooms in Brightspace will begin on Tuesday, March 17 for students from our Calgary campus. Robertson student and career services will remain available during this time, offering assistance remotely.
March 13, 2020 Update – Edmonton Campus
The health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our number one priority. We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to adjust our response plan as necessary.
Three individuals from our Edmonton campus are currently in self-isolation after members of their households showed symptoms of the flu and are being tested as a precaution.
The individuals did not test positive themselves and are in self-isolation as a precautionary measure.
Effectively Monday, March 16, the Edmonton location will be moving to the Virtual Campus.
Starting Monday, classes at our Edmonton campus will no longer be meeting in person. Instructors will be conducting classes remotely through Brightspace, our online learning platform through virtual classrooms during regular class hours. Robertson student and career services will remain available during this time, offering assistance remotely.
Learning through Virtual Classroom
All current and upcoming on-campus classes are being held remotely through virtual classrooms. We use a platform called Brightspace to host Robertson Online and our virtual classrooms. Brightspace allows our students to access everything they need in one place including video conferencing with their instructors and peers, study materials, class notes/ presentations, discussion boards, assignments, and quizzes.
Learn more about the virtual classroom learning experience.
Preparing to Work Remotely
At Robertson, the health and safety of our community is our number one priority. As our students and staff shift to a virtual landscape, it is critical to maintain productivity while studying or working from home.
To help with this transition, Robertson has launched a new Work From Home Course to help you navigate the realities of remote work or study. This 8-hour course is free to take and will provide tips and insight on how to stay productive while working from home, develop a healthy work-life balance and how to balance remote work and parenting.
How to Protect Yourself
Anyone who has travelled internationally and domestically should observe a 14-day self-quarantine after they or anyone in their home, has travelled to any of those countries. The 14-day quarantine starts upon entry back into their home province.
Staff who must observe a 14-day quarantine based on the above policy must contact the Campus Director to self-identify and discuss their particular situation.
TIPS FOR SELF QUARANTINE
Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. You should also monitor for any coughing or trouble breathing.
- Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school during this 14-day period. Discuss your situation with your Campus Director before returning to school.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis or any ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theatres) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
- Alberta Health Services
- Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
- Government of Canada
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Global Affairs Canada
- World Health Organization
To minimize the spread of any respiratory virus (including the flu/influenza and COVID-19), the WHO suggests:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer where soap and water are not readily available
- Practice social distancing (6 feet from others) while out in public, especially from anyone displaying flu-like symptoms
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Do not shake hands
- Follow good respiratory hygiene, such as using your elbow or tissue to cover a cough or sneeze
- Seek medical care early if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
- Stay home if you are sick
- Stay informed