Red Deer Polytechnic students will no longer have to present proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test to enter campus facilities as of Feb. 27. (Contributed graphic)

Red Deer Polytechnic students will no longer have to present proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 test to enter campus facilities as of Feb. 27. (Contributed graphic)

RDP to drop vaccine requirements, students return to in-person learning Feb. 28

Red Deer Polytechnic students will be back in the classroom at the end of the month.

In an announcement Tuesday, the institution confirmed that its vaccination program will end on Feb. 27 as more students prepare to return to in-person class delivery on Feb. 28.

“We are appreciative of our faculty members who continue to demonstrate their dedication and ability to quickly adapt and deliver quality programming in a variety of ways for our students,” says Kylie Thomas, Vice President, Academic and Provost.

“We look forward to welcoming more learners back on campus as they truly add to the vibrancy of Red Deer Polytechnic. With that comes more opportunities for increased face-to-face interactions with peers and instructors, which will help to continue to grow the entire Polytechnic community.”

RDP will keep some of its COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place until at least March 1. That includes wearing face coverings at all times while indoors, completing the daily health checklist before arriving on campus, maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others and staying home if you are sick.

After March 1, wearing masks will only be strongly encouraged.

As of Feb. 27, students will no longer need to show proof of vaccination or a rapid COVID-19 test to enter campus facilities.

“We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has been trying for many of our students, faculty and staff. We appreciate their patience as they’ve continued to adapt to the dynamic situation presented to all of us,” said Jim Brinkhurst, RDP Interim President.

“We appreciate everyone’s diligence continuing to comply with our institution’s protocols, and with public health measures, as we look forward to safely increase the number of people at our campuses and learning centres during the coming weeks.”

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