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Messages for Students​


September 10, 2020 - RCCD Safe Return Update​​


Dear Student, 

This is a challenging year, but your edu​cational success remains important to this District and its colleges. As the fall semester continues, I wanted to reach out to share the District's plans for a safe, productive and optimistic future. 

I encourage you to keep learning and continue pursuing your educational goals. Think about the reasons for your educational journey. Do you want to create a better life for yourself? Do you want to advance your ca​reer? Do you want to be a good role model for your family and community? Try to focus on your end goals and get support to help you succeed. I urge you to seek assistance from our staff in order to ensure the timely completion of your studies. 

Fall Term

In October, the colleges begin eight-week courses for the second half of the fall semester. It is not too late to add these courses to your schedule. Please check your student email regularly for important information.  

Online resources are provided here for Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College​.  You can access comprehensive student support at your home by phone or on the Internet. Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to working with and supporting our students. Please, reach out and communicate with your instructors about any course concerns, and pay attention to meeting times and other course requirements.​

Winter & Spring​​​ Term​s

If you are currently taking fall classes, you will receive a registration date automatically. If you are not taking fall classes, you will need to reapply to the college in order to register for winter/spring.​

  • The winter term is Jan 4 – Feb 11, 2021. Priority registration is scheduled to begin on Nov. 2, 2020. 
  • ​The spring semester is Feb 16 – June 11, 2021. Priority registration is scheduled to begin on Nov. 30, 2020.  
For the most part, we are planning to conduct winter and spring courses in 2021 online. Some hybrid courses (especially CTE courses in essential sectors) will also meet in-person. Efforts will continue to expand hybrid offerings in other courses requiring practical skills that are difficult to transition to the virtual platform, if conditions permit. When courses require participation on campus, state and county safety measures are followed to reduce the likelihood of exposure to the Coronavirus.  

Keeping you Safe 

We are asking students to refrain from visiting our campuses, unless you are enrolled in one of the hybrid or on-campus courses listed here on our website. This list will be updated each term or semester. If you must come to campus, please wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and adhere to physical distancing and safety guidelines. Admissions, financial aid, counseling, tutorial services, categorical programs, and more are all still available remotely via phone, email or online.  ​

Before arriving on campus, everyone must access the RCCD Symptoms Checker on our RAVE Guardian App or online.

Please note: We are requiring anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the COVID-19, to stay at home until cleared by their doctors and through Student Health Services. 

If you do visit a campus and test positive for COVID-19 or interact with someone who tests positive, please send an email to Covidreporting@rccd.edu and provide a list of onsite labs, classes and offices visited. You will be contacted by a member of your College's Student Health Services department for further information.

If you need to quarantine, please contact your instructors and follow their instructions to continue your coursework. 

District and college staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the campus is clean and labs and workplaces sanitized. Testing of air and water systems has been addressed and systems upgraded as needed. Remember, it is not possible to create an entirely risk-free environment, however, we all have an obligation to do our part. Safety and student success remain our highest priorities. You are encouraged to check our website at rccd.edu/return for the most up-to-date information and for access to our safe return guidelines and COVID-19 Prevention Plan. 

Your college education is importantStay engaged. Keep going. Please, look out for one another and remember the District's Culture of Care values — inclusiveness, excellence, innovation, collegiality, stewardship and heritage. Together, we can make the most of the opportunities before us. I have great confidence in your abilities and hope in your educational path to the future.

 

Sincerely, ​

Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D. 
Chancellor, RCCD



September 2, 2020 - CARES Act Application Now Open​


Dear RCCD student, 

The CARES Act Application is now open through 9/11/20. 

Check under the Financial Aid section on the WebAdvisor Students menu to access the application. If you applied during the spring or summer application period, you only need to update your application for submission in fall 2020.




August 17, 2020 - Safe Return Update


Dear RCCD student, 

The new semester is almost here! This is a quick update on things you need to know regarding the fall semester. RCCD and its colleges are following the California Resilience Roadmap to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently in Stage 2 which permits the reopening of lower-risk workplaces and essential sectors of business and government.

All information about RCCD’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan and recommendations for a Safe Return to Campus are available on the RCCD.EDU website. This plan and the recommendations were created by a taskforce composed of college leaders, faculty, staff, and students from all three of our colleges. The state and county Centers for Disease Control, CalOSHA, and the state Chancellor’s Office have all provided guidelines that have been followed in creating our institution specific plans and recommendations. Our online documents and website pages are continually updated with the most current information available to the RCCD Taskforce for Safe Return.

All courses during the fall semester will have lectures and most learning activities occurring ONLINE. You will be able to login to your colleges’ Canvas Student Hub beginning August 20 using your student ID and password. There, you will be able to see new information about the semester, access to the COVID Symptom Checker, required videos for safe return practices, information on which courses have been approved for face-to-face instruction, and more.

Limited Face-to-Face Instruction: Our colleges are now able to provide limited face-to-face instruction for those students who are taking courses leading to jobs and careers in essential sectors. A list of classes that will have some face-to-face training and examination is available on the District website. If your class is not on the list, your classes will be completely ONLINE – you will not be physically on campus for classes during this semester. You will still be able to access quality student services online. Financial Aid, Admissions & Records, Disability Resource Center, Student Accounts, Counseling, Categorical Programs, Tutorial Services and many other student serving offices are working tirelessly to provide you with the services you need to succeed.

Guidelines for In-Person Courses: If your class is on the in-person list, some sessions of class instruction and examination will be held on campus in a carefully controlled environment. Many of the controls are universal as indicated in the following steps of preparation and prevention. Course instructors will also provide specific safety information related to their courses of instruction. The safety of our students, staff, and faculty remain our priority. To maintain the health and safety of our community, it is essential that everyone follow the protocols below:

  1. Before the first day of classes (August 23), all students and college employees who will be on campus are required to view the online training video - Coronavirus 101: What you need to know (9 minutes).
  2. Cleaning and disinfecting of facilities and equipment will take place on a regular basis by college staff prior to any labs or classrooms being opened. However, you may also be asked to perform some of these tasks to insure safety.
  3. Before arriving on campus all college employees and students will utilize a Symptoms Checker online or on a cell phone using the RAVE Guardian App. Evidence of successfully passing the Symptoms Checker (a printed copy or image of the Green Checkmark - Go To Class screen on the phone app) will be required when entering a classroom.
  4. While on campus, everyone must wear a facemask, wash and disinfect hands frequently, stay behind protective barriers when available, and maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more. Campus Safety personnel will have free masks available for people who arrive on campus without them.

PLEASE REMEMBER: If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, instructors or Campus Safety personnel will ask you to leave the campus until you meet CDC criteria or provide evidence of having consulted with a healthcare provider. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in maintaining the safety of your fellow students and instructors. Should you be exposed to or suspect exposure to COVID-19, please send an email to Covidreporting@rccd.edu – this will notify both Human Resources and Risk Management.

PARKING: GOOD NEWS! You will not be charged for parking on campus during the fall semester, but will be required to obtain a free parking permit from Campus Safety by September 7, 2020 if you are attending a class with an in-person component.

More information will be emailed to you as we start the new semester, announced on the Canvas Hub, and archived in Messages For Students on the RCCD.EDU website. Each college is also inviting you to participate in their Online Welcome Events where more college specific information will be shared.

We know this is a challenging time for all of you. We have confidence in you and your ability to rise to these challenges. A college education is valuable, and the time you spend enduring the struggles to learn and grow is an important investment. Please stay engaged and keep up your studies so that you are prepared for the world ahead. It will be worth it!

Sincerely,

Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
RCCD ​Chancellor



July 31, 2020 - Safe Return Update


Dear RCCD student, 

The safe return of students and personnel to our community college campuses is a top concern for the leadership of the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) and its colleges. The campuses have been closed since March 16, 2020 and instruction has been offered online since that time.

In May, a Safe Return Taskforce was formed from the leadership of Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College along with faculty, staff, students and administrators throughout the District. This t​askforce was charged with developing recommendations for restoring on-site operations while ensuring the safety of students and employees.

The recommendations of the taskforce have been organized into phases that correspond to each academic term and are compliant with the California Resilience Roadmap: Stages 1-4 and specific county health department directives. The recommendations also consider the unique environments and educational programs of each college.

The colleges are currently in Phase A (CA Stage 2) for the summer term that started on June 22 and finishes on July 31, 2020. During this phase the campuses remain closed, instruction is online, and the guidelines of social distancing, personal protection (washing/sanitizing hands, wearing masks and gloves), and thorough cleaning of facilities, are being followed.

Phase B (CA Accelerated Stage 2) recommendations for the fall term: August 24 to December 16, 2020 are similar to those for the summer term, with additional preparations being made for the upcoming winter term. Some District and college personnel are on campuses and in offices providing limited essential services that cannot be offered online or off-campus.

Courses from the previous Spring and Summer (2020) that required face-to-face labs, skills development, and testing will be reconvened for special sessions to help students complete course requirements in the summer and fall. These sessions will be offered while following the CA Stage 2 guidelines. Instructors will communicate with students via college emails to schedule the completion of these courses.

We are prioritizing the restoration of educational programming and organizational functions that are in line with or directly connected to Essential Sectors of the California Economy as defined in Governor Newsom's order dated March 19 and refined in April 2020. Courses and programs that prepare students for jobs in essential sectors will be taught in hybrid format with lectures online and clinical/labs to be conducted in-person.

Phase C (CA Stages 2 - 3) recommendations for the winter term: January 4 to February 11, 2021 are structured so that most courses will continue with online instruction, while some courses may be offered in a hybrid format if they require face-to-face labs, skills development, and testing. The recommendations will be further developed as the conditions and status of the COVID-19 pandemic are better understood, closer to the term’s start date.

Phase D (CA Stage 3) recommendations for the spring term: February 16 to June 11, 2021 are based on the assumption that the state has reached Stage 3 of the California Resilience Roadmap and the county health directives will allow the reopening of college campuses. It is anticipated that a traditional course schedule will be published with some courses returning to campus while others continue in an online or hybrid mode. State guidelines of social distancing, personal protection (washing/sanitizing hands, wearing masks and gloves), and thorough cleaning of facilities, will continue to be followed until CA Stage 4 is reached and those guidelines and directives are lifted at the conclusion of the Stay Home Order.

As the recommendations evolve and plans are finalized, announcements will be made on the District and college websites. RCCD’s COVID-19 Information web page will continue to be updated with communications and resources. A new SAFE RETURN web page​ will also be accessible with updated recommendations and information as it becomes available and as each new term begins.

Throughout the different phases of reopening and stages of the pandemic, students will continue to have equitable access to essential student services either online, or when necessary on campus. Financial Aid, Counseling, Tutoring, and special programs are still available in this evolving environment and will continue with limited interruptions. Students are able to continue their education and prepare for graduation during this pandemic. Our teachers and staff are committed to helping each of our students to progress and succeed.

I appreciate the extra effort that everyone is contributing to help us through the COVID-19 pandemic. The taskforce has done a good job of researching the problems ahead, and proposing recommendations that are cautious and yet determined. It will take patience and resilience to realize our goals and objectives, but I have confidence that we will be able to return to our wonderful campuses in the future, when it is safe to do so.

Sincerely,

Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Chancellor



June 15, 2020 - 2nd Round of COVID-19 CARES Funds Are N​ow Available


Dear RCCD student, 

RCCD ALERT: Student applications for a 2nd round of COVID-19 CARES funds are now available at RCCD.edu/covid_funding_resources​ - Apply now for funding! 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides money to assist students affected by COVID-19. These funds are distributed based on U.S. Department of Education​ CARES Act Emergency Aid eligibility criteria and need resulting from the pandemic. The application — along with a scoring rubric — will guide the RCCD task force in determining awards. Only students who submit an application and demonstrate a COVID-19 related need will be eligible for monies.



June 5, 2020 - Grading Options: Spring/Summer​ Semester


Dear RCCD student, 

Are you aware of your grading options? 

For Spring 2020, see Student Communications April 23 - Grading Options at: https://www.rccd.edu/admin/bfs/risk/Pages/cv_student.aspx 

For Summer 2020 courses details are below. 

You are able to elect a Pass/No-pass (P/NP) grading option for your course(s). The deadline to elect a P/NP Summer 2020 courses is August 15, 2020. 

We also understand that you may decide to pause your attendance. In this case, when you drop your course(s) you are able to elect an Excused Withdrawal (EW). The deadline to elect an EW for Summer 2020 courses is August 15, 2020. After August 15, you still have one year from the end of your Summer 2020 courses to complete an Extenuating Circumstances Petition for an EW grade. The deadline to receive a refund for courses dropped with an EW is July 15, 2020. 

What are the steps to elect a P/NP?​

  1. Send an email requesting Pass/No Pass and course(s) for which it is requested from RCCD student email to admissions@mvc.edu, admissions@norcocollege.edu, or admissionsriverside@rcc.edu​.
  2. Once processed, an Admissions & Records staff will send confirmation email back to you.​

What are the steps to elect an EW? 

If you wish to drop your course(s), please proceed to do so on WebAdvisor or EduNav and send an email from your RCCD student email account to admissions@mvc.edu, admissions@norcocollege.edu, or admissionsriverside@rcc.edu by requesting the following:

  1. ​The specific course or courses you wish to drop; AND 
  2. A Withdrawal (W) grade to be modified to Excused Withdrawal (EW). EW does not impact your academic standing or repeatability of the course(s); AND 
  3. A refund for the dropped course(s) will be processed by staff. You can verify the refund amount by checking WebAdvisor's Account Summary for accuracy. Please be mindful that it may take a few weeks before actual refunds are generated.​

If you have questions, please check with your Counselor before making these decisions. 

Please refer to the student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at rccd.edu/covid-19 for additional information on grading options.​



May 26, 2020 - Registration Message ​Regarding Summer/Fall Semester


Dear RCCD student, 

Like the summer term, Riverside Community College District colleges will offer online instruction for the fall semester. Lecture classes will solely be online. Career Technical Education, STEM and the Arts courses that require practicum, lab or a performance component will be offered in a hybrid modality. The requirement of physical and social distancing will be enforced during face-to-face instruction.

Important Dates: Registration is now open for the summer term; classes begin on June 22.

Meanwhile, the fall schedule of classes will post online and on MyPortal/WebAdvisor on June 15. Priority registration will commence on July 6 for the fall semester. 

For information or enrollment assistance, contact Admissions & Records at: 

Thank you for your patience during this trying time. You are to be saluted for your perseverance as well as your dedication to your studies. Also, remember, staff is available on each of the campuses to answer questions and assist you. For assistance outside of Admissions & Records, please reference your homeschool website for contact numbers and emails.

Sincerely,

Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Chancellor, RCCD


May 14​, 2020 - Registration Message for Students


Dear RCCD student, 

We are writing to remind you that Summer 2020 priority registration begins on Monday, May 18th and registration for Fall 2020 begins July 6th. Please visit WebAdvisor to access your specific registration appointment date. We know how important it is to be able to register for the classes you need in a timely manner. In order to assist you with your registration needs, each college has staff available to assist you during the following hours:​

  • Moreno Valley College – Email admissions@mvc.edu for WebAdvisor, MyPortal, Canvas, email and password help as well as all admissions, enrollment and application questions, or call (951) 571-6101 for assistance and leave a voicemail. Voicemails are checked regularly.

    The MVC Registration Help Center provides one-stop support for students who need help registering for classes, including help with EduNav, Admissions support, Financial Aid questions, academic advising, and support for new students Monday – Thursday from 9am – 7pm at https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/98174563311. Students can also e-mail the Registration Help Center at assessment@mvc.edu or text (951) 472-2176.
     
  • Norco College - Click on the LiveChat link on the Admissions and Records page for help or assistance. Live chat is available Monday – Thursday from 8am – 8pm and on Fridays from 8am – 4pm.

    ​For other requests, please call (951) 372-7002 or email admissions@norcocollege.edu

  • Riverside City College - Click on the ChatBot pop up on the Admissions & Records Page for general information 24/7. You can also call (951) 222-8600 and leave a voicemail for a return call or email admissionsriverside@rcc.edu. Staff is available Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm and until 6 pm on Tuesdays. Tutorial Videos​ to assist with registration are also available.

If you are using EduNav to register for classes and you need assistance, live support, that can be accessed from inside EduNav, is available Monday - Friday from 6am - 9pm. We strongly encourage you to register during this timeframe. If you are experiencing issues related to EduNav, specialists are available to assist you with resolving the issue. However, if you decide to use WebAdvisor to register for classes, you may choose to opt out of EduNav. Opting out means that the next time you click the Register for Classes link in MyPortal or WebAdvisor, you’ll go to the WebAdvisor page, not EduNAv.

For more information about EduNav, frequently asked questions, and tutorials, including instructions for opting out of EduNav visit:


May 5, 2020 - FREE Emergency CARES Grant Funds Available for Eligible Students


Dear RCCD student, 

Are you experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19? If so, you are eligible to apply for FREE money through the CARES grant fund. 

To apply, click here and go through the steps to submit your application. Please note this grant is money that is given directly to you, the student, and does not have to be paid back. 

The deadline to apply is May 8. Apply TODAY. 

For questions, contact your college financial aid office. 

Take CARE, 

Student Financial Aid Services
Moreno Valley College | Norco College | Riverside City College


April 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Funding Resources


The CARES Act provides funds to assist students affected by COVID-19. A RCCD task force in consultation with student representatives determined how funds will be distributed based on US Department of Education CARES Act Emergency Aid eligibility criteria and need resulting from the pandemic. The application — along with a scoring rubric — will guide the task force in determining awards. Only students who submit an application and demonstrate a COVID-19 related need will be eligible for monies from the CARES Act. 

Student applications for COVID-19 CARES funds for RCCD students are available at https://www.rccd.edu/covid_funding_resources/Pages/index.aspx​ - Apply ASAP, funds are limited!


April 23, 2020 - Grading Options


Dear RCCD Student, 

Are you aware of your grading options for Spring 2020 courses? 

You are able to elect a Pass/No-pass (P/NP) grading option for your course(s). The deadline to elect a P/NP for Spring 2020 courses is July 15, 2020. 

We also understand that you may decide to pause your attendance. In this case, when you drop your course(s) you are able to elect an Excused Withdrawal (EW). The deadline to elect an EW for Spring 2020 courses is July 15, 2020. After July 15, you still have one year from the end of your spring 2020 courses to complete an Extenuating Circumstances Petition for an EW grade. The deadline to receive a refund for courses dropped with an EW is May 15, 2020. 

What are the steps to elect a P/NP? 

  1. Send an email requesting Pass/No Pass and course(s) for which it is requested from RCCD student email to admissions@mvc.edu, admissions@norcocollege.edu, or admissionsriverside@rcc.edu
  2. Once processed, an Admissions & Records staff will send confirmation email back to you. 

What are the steps to elect an EW? 

If you wish to drop your course(s), please proceed to do so on WebAdvisor or EduNav and send an email from your RCCD student email account to admissions@mvc.edu​, admissions@norcocollege.edu, or admissionsriverside@rcc.edu by requesting the following: 

  1. The specific course or courses you wish to drop; AND 
  2. A Withdrawal (W) grade to be modified to Excused Withdrawal (EW). EW does not impact your academic standing or repeatability of the course(s); AND 
  3. A refund for the dropped course(s) will be processed by staff. You can verify the refund amount by checking WebAdvisor’s Account Summary for accuracy. Please be mindful that it may take a few weeks before actual refunds are generated. 

If you have questions, please check with your Counselor before making these decisions. 

Please refer to the student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at rccd.edu/covid-19 for additional information on grading options.



April 15, 2020 - Refund for Student Parking


Dear Students, 

During these unprecedented times, we know that any financial support can make a meaningful difference. 

RCCD understands and appreciates the sacrifices you have made during this transition. 

We are continuously impressed by your resilience and determination. 

Please know that we are in this together and are committed to your education, health and safety. 

In response to COVID-19 and the transition to virtual instruction, the Riverside Community College District has committed to refunding 75 percent of the cost for student parking permits, which covers the remaining months of Spring Semester 2020 (March 23-June 12). 

Refunds are expected to arrive by the end of April. 

For permits purchased online, checks will be mailed to the mailing address on file where original permits were mailed. For permits purchased in person, checks will be mailed to the address in the parking system. Please direct any questions to AccountsPayable@rccd.edu

John Geraghty
Controller - Riverside Community College District​


April 14, 2020 - Summer Session - Online


Dear Students, 

For the upcoming summer school session, the Riverside Community College District leadership has approved the following: 

  • Summer session will remain a six-week format; 
  • Classes will be held online; 
  • A limited number of classes whose lab portion cannot be offered fully online will be offered in the hybrid mode. 
  • On April 27, the summer class schedule will be available online and in MyPortal/WebAdvisor, with priority registration beginning on May 18. 
  • On June 15, the fall class schedule will be posted online and in MyPortal/WebAdvisor, with priority registration commencing on July 6. 

For more information contact Admissions & Records at: 



April 6, 2020 - Spring Break Cancelled


Dear Students, 

We would like to inform you that spring break (April 13–17) has been cancelled to make up for the week of instruction lost when we transitioned to online instruction. This will allow us to fulfill the State requirement for student contact hours. Please look for information from your professors about your class schedule/assignments. These are unprecedented times and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. 

As you are aware, the Riverside County Public Health Officer extended the school closure order through June 19, 2020. For more information, visit the District COVID-19 website or check your college website to find out more about resources and online learning: 

Please note that Riverside County health officials issued an order to stay home and cover face when leaving. Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that do not have visible holes. 

Remember, “Stay in your place. Maintain your space. Cover your face.” 

Thank you again for your continued patience during this time. We are learning together, and will continue to persevere and get through this together. 

Helpful Links 

April 2, 2020 - In-Person Suspended, Online Through June 19


Dear Students, 

The Riverside County Public Health Officer has extended closures for county schools and colleges through June 19, 2020.  

RCCD colleges will continue to provide courses online until further notice. Operations continue and are available remotely; please feel free to reach out to your professors or home college website. Students can also email covid19@rccd.edu or call (951) 222-8662 for assistance.  

Updates and details will continue to be provided as they become available at www.rccd​.edu/covid19. We encourage you to stay enrolled and succeed online. We are here for you! Thank you for your patience and support.

Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Chancellor


March 26, 2020 - No Cost Internet for Up to 60 Days

​​

You can get no-cost, in-home internet for up to two months during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak if you qualify for certain low-income internet programs or have a student living in your household. Here’s a list of the internet providers offering limited, no-cost internet services during the outbreak.

​Provider
Service
Who Qualifies
​Offer
​How To Get It
​Altice USA
​Internet up to 30 MBPS​

​New customers with K-12 or college students in household
​No cost for first 60 days
https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic​
1-866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region
1-888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region
​Charter Spectrum
​Internet up to 100 MBPS and no installation fees
​New customers with K-12 or college students in household
​No cost for first 60 days
https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-internet-offer-students/​
1-844-488-8395
​Comcast Xfinity
​Internet Essentials package with speeds up to 25 MBPS
​New Xfinity customers who are eligible to public assistance programs
​No cost for first 60 days ($9.95/mo. after)
https://www.internetessentials.com/​
1-855-765-6995
​Cox
​Internet up to 15 MBPS through Connect2Compete program
​New Cox customers with at least one K-12 student in household who qualifies for public assistance programs
​No cost for first 60 days ($9.95/mo. after)
https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete/covid-19-response.html​
1 -800- 234-3993


Data effective 3/18/20. Not all offers available in all areas. Prices and packages are subject to change. Every internet provider that has signed the Keep Americans Connected Pledge has also opened up their Wi-Fi hotspots for free public use.​

March 20, 2020 - Shelter at Home


RCCD Students: 

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order requiring residents in California to stay home, except as needed. The order​, which has the support of Sonia Angell, MD, director, State Public Health Office and California Department of Public Health, went into effect on Thursday evening (March 19). It will remain in place until further notice. 

A handful of essential services​ will remain open, such as gas stations, pharmacies, grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants, banks and laundromats/laundry services. Some state and local government functions will also remain open, such as law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you go out to one of the approved locations, keep at least a six-foot buffer between yourself and other individuals.

Riverside Community College District‘s colleges and the District office locations are closed to all visitors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Very limited essential personne​l are permitted on site at this time. All other employees are working remotely, or are on stand-by until in-person operations resume, to ensure continuity of business operations and instruction.​ 

RCCD colleges continue moving instruction online for classes Monday, March 23. For more information regarding online instruction and available student services, please log on to your home college website or visit the District site. Students can also email covid19@rccd.edu or call (951) 222-8662 for assistance. Messages are routed to the appropriate department. 

We realize this is a challenging time. However, be reassured there are mechanisms in place to assist students in the transition to online learning. Faculty and staff are committed to the successful completion of the spring semester and keeping students’ academic careers on track. 

Our colleges are working to ensure your academic success and this includes grab and go food bags. Bags are limited, so items will be distributed on a first-come, first-serveD bas

is. 

At Riverside City College, grab and go bags will be distributed on March 20 from 1 to 3 pm in Lot G, near police portable. Then, beginning the week of March 23, bags will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time and location until grab and go bags run out. 

At Norco College, care packages with non-perishable food is being distributed between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, Monday through Friday. Students should contact campus police at (951) 222-8171 to arrange for a pick-up. 

At Moreno Valley College, grab-and-go bags are available on Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Parkside Complex, Portable 17. 

The Riverside County Office of Education is offering meal service to RCCD students at six locations throughout the county of Riverside. Food service will be available from 8:30 am to 11:30 am starting March 17. The locations below will provide two breakfast meals and two lunch meals per student, so that one trip will last two days. 

  • Riverside— Arlington Regional Learning Center, 6511 Arlington Ave., Riverside 92503 
  • Hemet and San Jacinto — Betty Gibbel Regional Learning Center 1251 Eagle Dr., San Jacinto 92583
  • Southern Riverside County — David Long Regional Learning Center 41350 Guava St., Murrieta, 92562
  • Indio and Coachella Valley — Don Kenny Regional Learning Center 47336 Oasis St., Indio, 92562 
  • Perris and Moreno Valley — Val Verde Regional Learning Center 3010 Webster Ave., Perris, 92571
  • Palm Springs — Palm Springs Community School 1800 Vista Chino, Palm Springs, 92262

March 18, 2020 - In-Person Closure Through April 30


Riverside County Public Health Officer has extended the campus closures of the county’s schools and colleges through April 30. 

All RCCD locations are closed for in-person lectures, labs, meetings and events until further notice. Courses currently online will continue as scheduled. 

In-person courses will transition to online instruction by March 23. Updates and details will be provided as they become available at www.rccd.edu/covid19​

March 16, 2020 - Student Services Information


The Riverside Community College District (RCCD) - Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College, will close all non-essential functions beginning March 16 following the Riverside County Public Health​ officials order​ to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • ​ All in-person lectures, labs, meetings and events are suspended until further notice. 
  • I​n-person lectures will be held in an online learning environment by Monday, March 23. 
  • Classes already held online ​will continue as scheduled. 
  • Labs that cannot shift to an online environment will be rescheduled for a later date. 
  • Services that the D​istrict is unable to provide in an online format will be addressed at a later date.​

We are writing to assure you that in addition to our primary focus on the health and safety of our students and employees, we are doing our best to keep your academic progress on track. 

Q: How do I access my class online?
All classes will take place in the Canvas platform. A computer (PC or MAC) is recommended. There may be some issues accessing via a mobile device. Log into CANVAS (https://rccd.instructure.com/login/canvas​) and check your RCCD email often. 

Q: How do I get internet access?
Several companies including Charter, Spectrum, and Comcast have announced plans to offer free internet service for 60 days to households with students as classes are moving online amid concerns about COVID-19. Beginning March 16 Charter Communications will make its internet and WiFi services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company. WiFi hotspots will also be open for public. https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more​

Please contact the companies at the phone numbers below directly to arrange services if you are interested. 

  • Charter and Spectrum: 1-844-488-8395 
  • Comcast: 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers​​

Q: How do I get access to support and services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, etc…)
There are many services that can be conducted online, by phone/text or email. Please visit the college website for additional information. You may also call the District Hotline at 951-222-8662 and your message will be routed to the appropriate college and department for a response within 24 hours.

Q: What if I belong to a special program or service (e.g. Veterans, Disability Resources, EOPS, Foster, etc)?
You will be contacted directly by the program director or staff member related to your program. Please check your RCCD email regularly for communications from your program or service. 

Q: Will I have access to the Food Pantry and/or Showers?
Please visit the college website to see modified hours of operation and/or locations. 

Q: What do I do if I am sick or think I have COVID-19?
If you have medical related questions, contact your health care provider or the Riverside County Health department at (951) 358-5107 during business hours or the emergency line at (951) 782-2974. For general questions regarding coronavirus, call 2-1-1.​

The California Department of Public Health has identified a number of precautions to protect yourself and those around you, including: 

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Cleaning your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. 
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available). Discard tissue and wash your hands. 
  • Social distancing – stay isolated from others if you develop respiratory symptoms, or a fever and a cough. Call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical treatment.​​

March 15, 2020 - District/College Closure Message


Students, Faculty and Staff,

The Riverside Community College District (RCCD) - Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College, will close all non-essential functions beginning March 16 following the Riverside County Public Health​ officials order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

All in-person lectures, labs, meetings and events are suspended until further notice.

I​n-person lectures will be held in an online learning environment by Monday, March 23.

Classes already held online ​will continue as scheduled.

Labs that cannot shift to an online environment will be rescheduled for a later date.

Services that the D​istrict is unable to provide in an online format will be addressed at a later date.​​

For the health and well-being of the District community, effective immediately, RCCD will cease all non-essential in-person operations. At this time, unless notified otherwise by your supervisor, only those staff identified as ‘essential’ will be asked to report to work. All management staff are considered essential employees at this time and should report to work on Monday, March 16. Essential staffing levels may be adjusted to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Updates will be posted on this website and information will also be shared on the District’s social media accounts:​

​Facebook: @RCCDistrict, @MorenoValleyCollege, @NorcoCollege, @RiversideCityCollege
Twitter: @RCCDistrict, @mvcollege, @NorcoCollege, @RCCSocialmedia
Instagram: @rccdistrict, @morenovalleycollege, @norcocollege, @riverside

citycollege

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff is my top priority. We will take all necessary steps to minimize the spread of the virus. I appreciate everyone’s collaboration and cooperation at this time. We thank you for your patience and your continued support and understanding as we navigate this situation together.


Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Riverside Community College District


March 13, 2020 - Transition to Online/Remote Learning


The health an​d well-being of our community is a top priority. District and College leadership are working to maintain the academic mission of our institution as we prepare for a shift of many courses to remote/online instruction. This directive supersedes the M​arch 12 announcement.

March 16 - March 17: All face-to-face lecture courses are suspended in preparation of the transition to online learning. During this transition, all faculty are to complete necessary online training and lecture preparation. All labs that cannot be easily converted to an online format and existing online courses will continue as scheduled until further notice.

March 18: RCCD courses will be hosted in an online format.

Riverside Community College District offices and colleges are not closing. College facilities will remain open, and operations will continue.

Updates and details will be provided as they become available.

​​

March 12, 2020 - Online/Remote Learning Message​


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I want to reassure the RCCD community that leadership is doing everything we can to ensure your safety. Your healt​​h and well-being is my top priority. 

RCCD is continuing to work with Norco, Moreno Valley and Riverside City colleges leadership to make the best decisions for our institutions and the academic mission. 

As we prepare for a shift of many of our courses to remote/online instruction, we will continue to provide updates and details as they become available. 

The transition to online/remote learning will occur in three Phases:

  • Phase 1:
    • at RCCD COVID-19. This schedule will remain in effect until further notice. 
    • The hands-on labs, performance and studio classes, kinesiology activities, and career technical education skills based portion of courses will remain on site at this time. 
    • All classes will be cancelled Friday, March 20 to prepare for this transition. 
  • Phase 2:
    • We will continue to transition courses March 24 through April 6 in the STEM, Fine and Performing Arts and Career Technical Education disciplines as appropriate. There will be some exceptions for courses that do not lend well to an online format. These courses will remain on site at this time. 
  • Phase 3:
    • Some courses cannot be​ held remotely.  The District is committed to student education and these courses will be rescheduled at a later date if needed.

Riverside Community College District offices and colleges are not closing. College facilities will remain open, and operations will continue.

Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Riverside Community College District​​

March 11, 2020 - Continuity of Instruction & Operations​


Dear RCCD Students.

I want to give you an update on the District response to the COVID-19 situation.  These decisions are made in support of the concept of “social distancing," which can be effective with as little as a six-foot gap between individuals.

Continuity of Instruction & Operations

  • As of March 11, 2020, with no confirmed cases in the District, in-person instruction will continue until further notice.  Classes are not cancelled. 
  • The District and college offices are not closing. Offices will remain open and operations will continue. 
  • Our facilities staff have been using enhanced disinfecting protocols on all high-touch surfaces.
  • At this time RCCD is restricting all District/college related travel through March 31, 2020.  Travel is only permitted within southern California where attendance at the meeting/event is less than 200 individuals. In-state travel to California Community College Chancellor Office (CCCCO) meeting/event requiring air transportation must be approved by the college president.
  • All events and gatherings with more than 200 participants are to be postponed or canceled. 
  • A District taskforce is preparing a blanket distance education addendum to be submitted to the CA Community Colleges Chancellor's Office that will allow all RCCD courses to be offered in an online environment for a specified period of time.
  • In abundance of caution, District officials are working to support a remote learning environment including on-line instruction.  Updates will be shared as information is available. ​

There will be many questions in the days ahead. Updates will be provided on a regular basis.  I encourage you to revisit our previous communications and tips for staying well on the District COVID-19 updates webpage at https://www.rccd.edu/admin/bfs/risk/Pages/covid_19.aspx.

If you have medical related questions, contact your health care provider or the Riverside County Health department at (951) 358-5107 during business hours or the emergency line at (951) 782-2974. For general questions regarding coronavirus, call 2-1-1.

If you are not feeling well, we encourage you to adjust your schedules and stay home to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Thank you for your commitment to a healthy RCCD community. Please remember to stay well and look out for each other.


Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Riverside Community College District​​

March 6, 2020 - Riverside County Emergency Management Department Update​


Dear Students, 

At present, the Riverside County Emergency Management Department confirmed that there are no coronavirus cases within Riverside County. A Riverside County resident is being treated for the virus in Northern California following a cruise. They have not been in Riverside County since returning.

Riverside Community College District is continuing to monitor the situation and work with health officials, and will be providing updates as needed. For the latest information, visit https://www.rccd.edu/admin/bfs/risk/Pages/safety.aspx

Risk Management, Safety and Police Department
Riverside Community College District
Moreno Valley College | Norco College | Riverside City College

March 5, 2020 - Acknowledgment and Resources​


Dear Students and Colleagues:

As concerns about the Coronavirus emerge, know that the Riverside Community College District is in contact with the California Community Colleges State Chancellor's Office, Governor's Office, federal, state and local health officials.  

For additional information, refer to the following links provided by the Riverside County Department of Health:

At present, there is one coronavirus case within Riverside County. The District will continue to monitor the condition and work with health officials, providing updates as needed. According to the Center for Disease Control, there is little immediate risk of exposure to the virus.​

The California Department of Public Health has identified a number of precautions to protect yourself and those around you, including:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cleaning your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available). Discard tissue and wash your hands.
  • Social distancing – stay isolated from others if you develop respiratory symptoms, or a fever and a cough. Call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical treatment.

If you have medical related questions, contact your health care provider or the Riverside County Health department at (951) 358-5107 during business hours or the emergency line at (951) 782-2974. For general questions regarding coronavirus, call 2-1-1.

If you are not feeling well, we encourage you to adjust your schedules and stay home to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Health and safety is RCCD's top priority. It takes all of us to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

Risk Management, Safety and Police Department
Riverside Community College District
Moreno Valley College | Norco College | Riverside City College



Social Media Resources​

District

Moreno Valley Colleg​e

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  • ​Twitter @mvcollege
  • IG @morenovalleycollege

    Norco College

    • FB @NorcoCollege
    • Twitter @NorcoCollege
    • IG @norcocollege

    Riverside City College

    • FB @RiversideCityCollege
    • Twitter @RCCSocialmedia​
    • IG @riversidecitycollege​​