Student Focus

Spring Break Activities & Covid

Friday, February 26, 2021

The week of March 1 to 5 is Spring Break for many programs at Assiniboine. Students are encouraged to disconnect for a while, take a “break” from screen time, get some exercise and fresh air. It looks like we will see real Spring Break temperatures, ranging form -12 ish to +1 ish Celsius, so getting outside should be much easier than with the -50 wind chill we’ve experienced recently (during the Agriculture & Environment programs break; how unfortunate).

The Offscreen & Outside social contest had several Assiniboine students finding ways to get out of the virtual world and into the fresh air. Here’s a few things these students did, that you can try too:

  • Kailey Heinrichs hiked 4.78 km on the Brule Trail at Clear Lake, in the Riding Mountain National Park. “The trail was so beautiful!”
  • Elisha Lamouline shared a picture with her horse Tugboat, just before they went for a bareback ride through the cows.
  • Do Thuy Ha Tran celebrated Lunar New Year. “I made Vietnamese traditional food and prepared lucky money to give you my friends and housemates.”
  • Christine ran 21.2 km at the Forks in Winnipeg. “I like running outdoors during my free time.”
  • Luke Palson spends time “destroying the slopes” at Minnedosa’s Ski Valley on his snowboard. Or if he’s feeling more of a chill night he goes for a stroll along the Minnesoda beach.

All of the Offscreen & Outside participants were entered into a draw for a $25 Pita Pit gift card, one of our Paw Pass student discount program partners. The winner of the draw was Elisha Lamouline. Congratulations Elisha, enjoy the meal! Thank you to everyone who participated. You can see more contests on our social media, throughout the Student Focus, and on our Events page.

Check out Luke’s video submission: Luke Palson – Destroying the Slopes at Ski Valley

While you’re out and about enjoying this lovely weather, please keep in mind the current pandemic protocols and restrictions. See the Province of Manitoba’s website for the most up to date Covid guidelines.

If you plan to travel during your spring break, you will still be expected to participate in your classes and fulfill your course expectations when classes begin again. So before you travel, check in on those Provincial restrictions. Please see this email from the Assiniboine Response Line sent on February 3 for reference:

Please be advised that the Province of Manitoba is advising against any travel at this time.

Students who chose to travel outside of Manitoba must quarantine for 14 days upon return as per public health orders. As a result, students may find themselves in an unfavourable position with respect to missed evaluations.

Existing academic policy Evaluation of Student Learning (Policy A08 – 3) outlines the framework for deferred evaluations and legitimate exceptional circumstances for missing assessments.

Programs have been sensitive to students’ changing and unique health needs during this pandemic; however, for greater clarity, non-essential travel and resultant quarantine is not deemed by the college to be a legitimate exceptional circumstance for missed evaluations.

All persons re-entering or arriving in Manitoba from any other provinces or territory, or from outside of the country, must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Manitoba.

Public Health Orders may change at any time, and so you should stay alert to how these may impact you. Remember to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
  • Physically distance from others if you are with people outside your household
  • Wear a mask when outside of your home
  • Practice kindness and consideration towards others and yourself

The Students’ Association offers the I.M. Well Student Assistance program, a free 24/7 counselling program available to all students from all campuses, as well as your immediate family members. If you feel you would benefit from talking to someone, we encourage you to learn more about that program on the SA’s website at

Although getting outside during the nice weather is ideal, there is also a few other things we have arranged that you can get into during your free time:

  • Participate in the Show Us Your $50 contest; chances to win $75 gift cards & more
  • Write an article about a Super Woman in your life; chance to win $25 gift card
  • Keep an eye on the Events page; we will have some upcoming games/activities announced soon