Spring and Summer 2021 Terms
UPDATE (May 5, 2021): Here is further information about how the recently enhanced Alberta COVID-19 health measures will impact operations at RDC:
For at least the next three weeks:
- Labs and shops have been approved to continue face-to-face. At RDC, this means in-person labs can continue, including within the School of Health Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences. Students enrolled in RDC’s apprenticeship programs can attend in-person shops, while theory will be delivered online only.
- Courses within these Schools will move to online delivery only for at least the next three weeks, if they weren’t already being delivered as such
- Clinical placements, practicums, and field schools are able to continue in-person as currently delivered. Alberta Health Services has committed to continue health-related clinical placements and practicums. Other partner organizations and sponsoring agencies can determine whether students will continue their learning opportunities.
- RDC's Schools are working through these situations on an individual basis to best support our students’ learning outcomes
- All courses within RDC’s School of Continuing Education will be delivered in an online format only
For food services and other logistics:
- Individuals who attend campus for labs, shops, or work, must eat by themselves
- As a reminder, the FarSide Grill remains open for takeout orders only
- The Students’ Association has adjusted their hours as follow, until further notice:
- Far Side Grill: Monday – Friday | 8:00 am - 1:30 pm | Take-out only
- Students' Association Office (for lockers and other inquiries):
- Tuesday – Thursday | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm | By appointment only
- The Loft: remains closed until further notice
- After reviewing public health measures relating to retail operations, RDC’s Campus Store will adapt operations as follows:
- Online purchases are available 24/7 by visiting rdc.ab.ca/campusstore
- Curbside pickup services are available (details will be provided by Campus Store team members at the time of ordering items)
- The Campus Store is open for in-person shopping, to help accommodate anyone who is attending campus for courses or work. The store will continue to adhere to current public health measures limiting the number of people who are permitted in the store at one time to 10 per cent of fire code capacity
- Child care services remains unchanged
Based on the updated information, the following entrances will be open for access to main campus:
- Main entrance
- East entrance to Four Centres building
- Entrance closest to RDC’s Child Care Centre, as this service area remains open
UPDATE (May 4, 2021): Tonight, Premier Kenney announced additional public health measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 across our province.
Among the measures, all course and service delivery at RDC (and all post-secondary institutions) must shift immediately to online delivery only for at least the next three weeks, pending future updates from the Government.
If you’re enrolled in an in-person class, please don’t come to campus. Instructors will contact students to provide information about courses.
To contact a staff member in one of RDC's Service departments for online assistance, please visit our Service Updates webpage for details.
Please see the information below, which details RDC’s plans for the upcoming Spring and Summer terms.
- Those interesting in taking courses in Spring or Summer Terms can view RDC’s Timetable to begin the process of registering in courses, labs, seminars and practicums.
- RDC’s Spring term begins on May 3 and Summer term begins on July 5.
- Students have until May 7 to register for Spring Term courses.
- In RDC's decision-making and planning, the health and safety of students and employees continues to be paramount as we safely navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.
Courses and Practicums
RDC has made all decisions related to course delivery methods with a focus on how we can best support our students and help to ensure they achieve identified learning outcomes. Additionally, we will continue to help ensure our College community’s health and safety as we continue to adhere to Alberta Health Services’ public health measures and RDC’s COVID-19 protocols.
For Spring and Summer terms, RDC will continue to provide courses and services using either online or in-person delivery. Where possible, we will continue to offer students the choice to attend a particular class online or in-person (in practice, some students in a class will choose to participate online while others choose to attend in-person). We hope that this flexibility provides students the opportunity to learn in a way that suits their learning needs and to remain in their home community, if they are currently living outside Red Deer.
Students can identify which courses, labs, seminars and practicums are available for registration by viewing RDC’s Timetable for the Spring and Summer 2021 Terms.
Many of RDC’s programs have practicums scheduled during the Spring term for students to successfully meet graduation requirements. Practicums will be provided to students through either in-person or online work experiences, depending on the requirements of a particular program and following Alberta Health Services’ measures.
Faculty and staff are working with partner organizations and employers to plan for students to enjoy a high-quality and safe practicum experience to help prepare their for success in their chosen careers. Students can expect to receive practicum information from their practicum instructors during the coming weeks.
Services at RDC
School offices and Service departments will continue to offer services online and in-person during the College’s core business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). Complete details are available at Service Updates.
Limited food services will continue to be available on campus at the FarSide Bar and Grill, following all public health measures. Additionally, vending machines are available throughout RDC's Main Building and in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Fall 2021 Term Planning
RDC is actively planning for course and service delivery for Fall 2021 Term. We are doing our best to anticipate potential public health measures and recognize positive developments such as more people being vaccinated during the coming months.
With this in mind, RDC will offer students the choice of attending their courses in-person or online, or through a combination of both. In some instances, students will be required to attend in-person due to the hands-on nature of the course work (e.g. courses that take place in labs, shops, and gyms).
In our decision-making, RDC’s faculty and staff will continue to focus on how we can best support our students in helping them to achieve identified learning outcomes. RDC will also continue to implement enhanced health and safety protocols to help ensure the health and safety of everyone attending our campuses in-person.
More details relating to specific programs and courses will be announced by the end of March, in anticipation of RDC’s Timetable for 2021/2022 being finalized and shared with students on April 20, 2021. Current students can begin registering in courses starting on May 4, 2021, with new students beginning to register starting on May 18, 2021.
Continued Diligence with RDC’s Health & Safety Protocols
Everyone who comes to campus will be required to follow RDC's health and safety protocols to prevent exposure to COVID-19.
With a smaller offering of Spring and Summer courses compared to our other terms (as is typical), RDC estimates that between 500 to 1,000 students and employees will be on main campus each weekday. Enhanced cleaning protocols will continue in common and utilized spaces, including classrooms in between classes, as well as other important safety measures.
Thank you for your diligence following RDC’s protocols and public health measures as you keep yourself and those around you safe, whether it’s on-campus, in our community, or at home. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate through the unique circumstances of the pandemic together.
RDC will continue to update information about our ongoing response to COVID-19. This information includes illness reporting details, RDC’s COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan, general COVID-19 resources, and the latest College COVID-19 updates.
Students who have specific questions about a course, now or as they prepare for the Spring or Summer terms, are encouraged to contact their instructors. They may also contact an Academic Advisor to discuss any questions they may have about Spring or Summer terms.