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October 18, 2​021 - New Onsite COVID-19 Testing Hours


Dear Colleagues,

Sorry for the last minute notice. Biocept, the testing lab that performs the onsite COVID-19 testing for the District, informed us this morning that they would like to change onsite testing hours due to low demand.

The new onsite testing hours for this week are:

  • RCC - Monday 10/18 , 7 am – 7 pm & Wednesday 10/20, 7:30 am -11:30 am
  • MVC - Wednesday 10/20, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • NC - Wednesday 10/20, 2 pm – 4 pm

After this week, the onsite testing hours are:

  • RCC - Wednesday 7:30 am -11:30 am
  • MVC - Wednesday 2 pm – 4 pm
  • ​NC - Wednesday 2 pm – 4 pm

Onsite COVID testing is available at CAADO Room 209 every Wednesday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. You can book your appointment online using Cleared4.

Thank-you,

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management

September 29, 2​021 - Onsite Flu and COVID Vaccination Clinics in the Next Two Weeks


Dear Colleagues,

The flu season is just around the corner. This year, the flu vaccine is more important than ever. CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine with rare exceptions. The District will be offering onsite vaccination clinics for flu vaccine and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (booster shots are also available for eligible individuals):

  • Norco College
    Location: Norco Library 115
    Date: Wednesdays October 6th​ and 13th
    Time: 9 am-2 pm
  • Riverside City College
    Location: RCC Digital Library Breezeway
    Date: Thursdays October 7th and 14th
    Time: 9 am-2 pm
  • Norco College
    Location: MVC Administration Annex
    Date: Fridays October 8th and 15th
    Time: 9 am-2 pm

Please book your appointment using the following links:

An appointment is preferred but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Please complete the attached consent form and bring it to the vaccination clinic.

Thank-you,

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management

September 24, 2​021 - Pfizer Booster During on Campus Vaccination Clinics Next Week


Dear Colleagues,

The district will be offering on campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week:

Pfizer booster shots are available for employees and students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions​ may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

An appointment is preferred but not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

Thank-you,

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management

September 17, 2​021 - Vaccine Deadline


Dear RCCD Colleagues,

The Administration and Faculty Association had an emergency meeting this morning to discuss the timeline of the vaccination status. On Thursday, September 16th, a notice was sent to all students and employees reminding everyone that the deadline to take the second vaccine was September 16 to achieve the fully vaccinated status by the deadline of September 30th.

It appears there was some confusion. In an effort to support all of those working towards full vaccination, recognizing that some may have misunderstood the September 30 deadline to be the date by which they were to receive their second dose, the deadline has been extended. To reach full vaccination status you must receive your second dose by September 30th.

All those that complete their second vaccination dose by September 30th will reach full vaccination status by October 14th. During this time, those individuals must continue weekly testing.​

Notification and reminders with vaccination site locations will be provided. Testing will continue to be provided on campus. For those who want to test off campus, please see My Turn https://myturn.ca.gov/.​

The email message below will be sent to students via RAVE.​

Please act now to assure you meet the September 30th vaccination deadline to prevent being administratively dropped from your Face-To-Face (F2F) and Hybrid (HYB) classes on October 15th. Don’t delay. Get your final dose by September 30.

We hope that no one will be dropped from their classes. We are dedicated to keeping our colleges safe and your cooperation in these efforts is greatly appreciated. Get your final dose by September 30 and wear a mask.

The District has identified students who need to receive the final dose by September 30th and will contact them directly. Notification and reminders with vaccination site locations will be provided. Testing will continue to be provided on campus. For those who want to test off campus, please see My Turn https://myturn.ca.gov/.​

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Please help us spread the information provided in these RAVE messages to every individual on our campuses.

Sincerely,

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

September 16, 2​021 - COVID Update: New Dashboard &​ Message to Students


Dear RCCD Colleagues,

This morning, the COVID Dashboard is up on the District website. Go to www.rccd.edu/return and click on the “COVID-19 Confirmed Cases” link in the left hand menu.

RAVE Emergency Alert messages are being sent to students this morning as follows:

RAVE Text:
I​MPORTANT - Today (9/16) is the last day to get your 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna to be fully vaccinated by 9/30. Check your email for the full announcement.

RAVE Email:
​IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – Today, September 16, is the last day to get your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in order to be fully vaccinated by the deadline of September 30th. There is a 14-day waiting period after the final dose of the vaccine in order to build immunity and be cleared in the Cleared4 system. Please act now to assure you meet the September 30th full vaccination deadline and prevent being administratively dropped from your Face-To-Face (F2F) and Hybrid (HYB) classes on October 1st. Don’t delay. Get your final dose today.

WEAR A MASK - We continue to require all individuals to wear face masks inside all college facilities and classrooms, and urge everyone to wear face masks outside as well, especially when social distancing is not possible.

NEW INFO - The District’s Safe Return website pages are updated on a regular basis. A new link has been added to the website sharing compiled data from the Cleared4 system. To view this information, click on the COVID-19 Confirmed Cases link in the navigation menu on the left of the Safe Return website pages at - www.rccd.edu/return.

We are dedicated to keeping our colleges safe. Your cooperation in these efforts to ensure that our campuses are safe places to learn and study is greatly appreciated.

The Riverside Community College District

Please help us spread the information provided in these RAVE messages to every individual on our campuses.

Sincerely,

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

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August 25, 2​021 - Message from the Chancellor


Dear RCCD Colleagues,

I want to commend each of you for your excellent work in bringing students back to our campuses. On Monday, I visited every campus and witnessed firsthand the safe return implementation. This is something that we have been planning and preparing for the past year. Even with the vaccination requirement and rapid switch to Plan B+, we have succeeded in reopening the colleges.

Clearly, everyone had extra work to do. The dedicated leaders in Educational Services at the District and at the colleges, along with leaders and classified professionals in our Information Technology department, spent long hours through the weekend to generate timely data to guide transitions from face-to-face (F2F) to online classes and to prepare the class rosters for faculty. They also helped clear thousands of students and employees through the Cleared4 system so that they could be on the campuses Monday morning.

Faculty and Distance Education staff and managers were adjusting courses and converting several back to online and hybrid modes. Outreach and Student Services, and various other departments across our campuses have been fully engaged in preparing for the new semester, answering thousands of calls and emails, and working non-stop to be ready for the safe return of our students.

The FLEX Day training and all of the presentations given last week were top notch. The virtual Welcome Days at each college were well planned and executed. The campus grounds and buildings are clean and beautiful. I want to express a huge THANK YOU to all of you.

The trustees and I are very proud of the dedicated people who work and serve at the District and its colleges. This has truly been a team effort. I appreciate all the things that were done that I know about, and the things that were done behind the scenes and in one-on-one consultations with students, faculty and staff. Everyone has done their part, and we are seeing the fruits of our labor this week.

In many ways, Monday was like a GRAND OPENING. Welcome booths (check-in stations) were scattered across each campus and the students were excited. Even with masks on, I could imagine the smiles and hear the enthusiasm in their voices. I also heard compliments — “The people serving at the check-in stations were so helpful.”

In fact, many students and parents stopped me to express their gratitude for the warm welcome back to campus. But it is also important to note that we did have some students and parents who expressed disappointment in our inability to accommodate every student who needed access to the F2F classes.

I believe that Tuesday was another successful day and I continue to be impressed by the work you are doing. This will be a great semester because you will make it great. Your attitude is contagious. Again, thank you for your best efforts. I am proud and honored to work at the Riverside Community College District and be your colleague.

Sincerely,

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



August 19, 2​021 - Proof of Vaccinations Due Today


Dear RCCD Employees,

I realize that the last two weeks have proven to be challenging after the District instituted a mandatory vaccination policy for students and employees. I want you to know the decision was made solely with the purpose of providing a safe education and work environment on District properties.

Employees are required to submit proof of vaccination, even if only one shot has been secured, by today (Thursday, August 19) at 11:59 pm PST. (The submission window has been extended by one day.) The District has contracted with CLEARED4 to screen employees for vaccination status. You should receive regular emails from CLEARED4. If not, you can call (951) 222-8017 or email: cleared4@rccd.edu for assistance.

Beginning on Monday, to access your workplace you must be either fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated (at least one shot administered) with a negative test result, or have applied for an exemption through Shaw HR Consulting(https://www.shawhrconsulting.com/rccd/) - the firm that the District is using to process employee exemption requests for Human Resources and Employee Relations (HRER).

Employees must also complete the daily symptom checker from CLEARED4 and must display their pass daily as they enter the workplace.

Fully vaccinated individuals need to submit proof of vaccination to CLEARED4. Once confirmed, you will receive a blue pass which allows access to District facilities.

Partially vaccinated individuals need to provide proof of partial vaccination to CLEARED4 and be tested each week. Testing sites on campus are open Monday – Thursday, and these services are free of charge. Since it takes 24-48 hours for the test results, employees should be tested by Thursday, August 19, if they utilize the on campus testing sites. The District is providing time for individuals to visit a campus testing site to complete the quick and free test. However, employees must Book Appointments immediately in order to be tested on campus today. If an employee decides to have testing done off campus, they will have to upload their test results to their CLEARED4 account before 12:00 pm PST on Sunday, August 22. Note: Only PCR test results will be accepted. Partially vaccinated employees who test negative each week until fully vaccinated will receive a green pass from CLEARED4 allowing access to District facilities.

Employees who have received an exemption must be tested weekly, and receive a negative test result prior to reporting to work each week. This means, that if employees want to be tested on campus, they should be tested by Thursday, August 19. If an employee decides to have their testing done off campus, they will have to upload their test results to their CLEARED4 account before 12:00 pm PST on Sunday, August 22. A green pass will be provided via CLEARED4 once the test results have been reported and verified.

Employees must wear a mask inside District facilities. The only exceptions to this rule are when you have an approved exemption, or you are alone in a room with the door closed, when eating a meal or snack, or when wearing a face covering creates a hazard during instructional activities. It is recommended that you wear a mask outside as well.

An employee who is partially vaccinated and fails to complete the weekly test will not be allowed access to the workplace until a negative test result is secured. If an employee is unvaccinated and fails to receive an exemption, the employee will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and/or including termination.

An employee who receives a positive test result is barred from accessing District facilities and must complete the COVID Positive Case (https://www.rccd.edu/return/Pages/index.aspx​) form on the Safe Return website. Risk Management will contact you with the next steps. If there is an employee who tests positive, close contact coworkers will be notified and be required to be tested regardless of vaccination status.

The Delta variant remains a highly contagious and dangerous virus, especially for younger individuals. It was reported earlier this week that the Delta variant accounted for more than 80 percent of new cases in the US and that 97 percent of individuals seeking medical care are unvaccinated. And while there have been breakthrough cases, the vaccine remains the best option toward providing a measure of protection. Vaccinated individuals tend to be either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms such as those of the common cold.

Please, do your part.

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



August 12, 2​021 - RCCD Vaccination Information Submission


Dear Colleagues,

Due to worsening conditions associated with COVID-19,the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) Board of Trustees approved a new resolution (No. 02 – 21/22​) on August 10, 2021 requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty, staff and visitors who will be accessing District facilities or the campuses of Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College.

RCCD is utilizing the online Cleared4 platform for the submission and validation of vaccination information. Later today, all employees who will be accessing RCC​D facilities during the 2021 fall term will receive an email message from Cleared4 with a link to access the software. Each user has their own unique link, so please don’t share your link.

Directions for the use of Cleared4. Please be on the lookout for the email message from Cleared4.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Christopher Blackmore
Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Technology & Learning Systems



August 12, 2​021 - On Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics the Weeks of August 16 &​ ​23


Dear Colleagues,

At a special board meeting on August 10, the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees voted to approve a new resolutio​n No. 02 - 21/22 to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for students, employees, and other individuals who plan on accessing District property, including campuses and educational centers. To meet the needs of employees and students, the District will partner with Costco Pharmacy to offer Pfizer vaccine during the following onsite vaccination clinics.

Moreno Valley College – August 17 and August 24 from 9 am – 5 pm
Location: Administration Annex
Address: 16130 Lasselle St, Moreno Valley, CA 92551
Parking: Park in Lot B (no parking permit required)
MVC Appointment link: https://book-costcopharmacy.appointment-plus.com/d5q70hb0/

Norco College: August 18, 2021, and August 25, 2021, from 9 am – 5 pm
Location: Norco College Library
Address: 2001 Third St, Norco, CA 92860
Parking: Park in Lot D (no parking permit required)
Norco appointment link: https://book-costcopharmacy.appointment-plus.com/d5q5lm8e/

Riverside City College - August 19, 2021, and August 26, 2021, from 10 am – 5 pm
Location: Riverside City College Digital Library Auditorium and Breezeway
Address: 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507
Parking: Park in the Parking Structure off Magnolia/Terracina (no parking permit required)
RCC appointment link: https://book-costcopharmacy.appointment-plus.com/d4pkv8pg/​

We want to get as many people vaccinated as possible. Please make your appointment using the links above. An appointment is preferred but not required. Walk-ins are welcome. Thank you so much for your help.

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management



August 11, 2​021 - Chancellor's Message to Employees​


Dear RCCD Personnel,

During a Special Board Meeting of the RC​CD Trustees on August 10, the Trustees approved a new resolution (No. 02 – 21/22) to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations that have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for all students, college and District personnel, and visitors who attend classes on-campus, work on-site at any college or District property, or visit any college facility, event or venue.

The District has determined that this mandate to vaccinate before coming to campus is the best course of action, especially because of the expanded threat of COVID-19 variants and rising infection rates across the U.S. This Board resolution is in-force until rescinded or amended by the Board of Trustees. Updates to the resolution will be posted on the RCCD.edu/return​ web page once they have Board approval.

The District recognizes its obligation to engage in good faith bargaining with represented employee groups prior to implementation of this Board resolution.

PROOF OF VACCINATIONS
Employees will be receiving an email by August 12 that will provide instructions on how to submit proof of vaccination through CLEARED4, a company that will process and secure the vaccination, testing, and symptoms checker data of all individuals accessing RCCD locations and facilities. The CLEARED4 database is designed to protect individual personal medical information and allow only the District’s Human Resources and Employee Relations (HRER) and Risk Management personnel to access the information when necessary. Proof of vaccination must be received no later than 11:59pm on August 18 to continue accessing RCCD locations and facilities.


FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS
The clinics are scheduled at the following times and locations (walk-ins are welcome):

  • Moreno Valley College (MVC) – Administration Annex - August 17 and 24 (9 am – 5 pm)
  • Norco College (NC) – Norco College Library - August 18 and 25 (9: am – 5 pm)
  • Riverside City College (RCC) - Digital Library Auditorium - August 19 and 26 (10: am – 5 pm)

ACCOMMODATIONS OR EXEMPTIONS
Employees who have a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice that would restrict or prevent the employee from being vaccinated may apply for an accommodation or exemption from the vaccination mandate. To assist in managing the District’s COVID-19 related accommodation requests, the District has hired a third-party consulting firm, Shaw HR Consulting. If you would like to request to be exempted from this vaccine mandate, please click on the following link and complete the form no later than 11:59pm on August 18 - www.shawhrconsulting.com/rccd

Please be advised that making a vaccine exemption request is not a guarantee of approval. Once the form is completed, Shaw HR Consulting will contact you regarding the next steps in the process. Please note, if a vaccine exemption request is approved, RCCD will then explore if there are reasonable accommodations that can be implemented to support you to perform your job safely and fully.


COVID-19 TESTING
Information about testing appointments will be included in the emails from CLEARED4. The following testing sites are available to employees and students at the following times and locations:

  • Culinary Arts Academy and District Office (CAADO) – Room 209 Thursdays (1 – 4 pm)
  • MVC – Administration Annex Mondays & Thursdays (7 am - 2 pm), Tuesdays & Wednesdays (12 - 7 pm)
  • NC – CSS Upper Lounge Mondays & Thursdays (7 am - 2 pm), Tuesdays & Wednesdays (12 - 7 pm)
  • RCC - will be conducting COVID testing on campus in two locations Digital Library Breezeway: Monday - Thursday (11 am - 7 pm) Bradshaw, Student Dining: Monday - Thursday (7 am - 2 pm)


NONCONFORMING EMPLOYEES
Employees who have not submitted proof of vaccination or requested an accommodation or exemption by 11:59 pm on August 18, may be subject to disciplinary procedures until proof of vaccination has been received by the District through CLEARED4, or a request for accommodation or exemption has been submitted to HRER.


STUDENTS
Students who wish to attend classes on campus must also provide proof of vaccination using the CLEARED4 system prior to showing up for classes on campus. The only “accommodation” for students who are unvaccinated is the expansion of online class options in the fall schedules. Vaccinated and partially vaccinated students will be welcome on campus and in classrooms. Unvaccinated students will continue accessing District and college services online, and are encouraged to enroll in online classes. A new message to students has been sent via email on August 11.​

Instructors will be provided a class roster prior to the first day of classes that will list the enrolled students who have submitted proof of full or partial vaccination. If a student has not provided proof of vaccination, they will not be on the class rosters, and should be referred to the Admissions and Records department. Students and employees will also be provided with a “blue or green pass” from CLEARED4 indicating that they are approved for classes and services on-site.

VISITORS
Anyone who wants to work on-site at any college or district property, or visit any college facility, event or venue will be required to provide proof of vaccination using the CLEARED4 link for visitors prior to arriving at District or college facilities or property.


MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS
All students, employees and visitors are required to wear masks or face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status, and this practice is also recommended outdoors while on campus grounds. Information regarding masks and face coverings can be found on the CDPH website​ at this link. Employees who are unable to wear a mask/face covering due to a health condition should contact HRER to explore potential reasonable accommodations. The only exceptions to these mask and face covering rules are when people are alone in a room with the door closed, when eating a meal or snack, or when wearing a face covering creates a hazard during instructional activities.

The vaccination mandate is one way that we are ensuring the health and safety of RCCD employees. The Trustees have made this decision with input from all constituency groups of the District. The Safe Return Taskforce continues to provide recommendations to the Chancellor, and has presented the new Plan B+ for his approval and implementation. This plan includes the expansion of online classes offered for the fall semester. More announcements from HRER and Risk Management are anticipated, and updates to the RCCD COVID-19 Prevention Plan will be posted on the District’s Safe Return web page.

I encourage RCCD employees to be vaccinated or request accommodations as soon as possible to avoid any gaps in service or employment. Please share this memo with any of your co-workers who might not have received it. I sincerely appreciate everyone’s efforts to ensure a safe environment at the District and on our college campuses.

Yours Truly,

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



August 9, 2​021 - District Distance Education Faculty Support for Fall 2021 (See August Weekend Availability)


Dear Faculty,

The District Distance Education Department is ready to assist with the anticipated transition of many courses from face-to-face to an online or hybrid modality. We understand that some courses will be new to the online modality while others have been taught previously.

All courses have a Canvas shell, and some will have content copied from a previous term. In some specific situations, content from a previous term was not able to be copied. In that situation, faculty can copy the content themselves, or they can complete a Course Copy Request, and DE will copy the content for them.

We will provide the following synchronous and asynchronous support options for faculty:

Additional Weekend Synchronous Support:
Distance Education personnel will provide weekend faculty support (ConferZoom link for all sessions) on the following days & times:

  • Saturday August 21
    • 9am to 1pm with DJ Hawkins
    • 1pm to 5pm with Derek Moore
  • Sunday, August 22
    • 9am to 1pm with Anish Bhatia
    • 1pm to 5pm with Dr. Torria Davis
  • Saturday, August 28
    • 9am to 1pm with Dr. Torria Davis
    • 1pm to 5pm with Derek Moore
  • Sunday, August 29
    • 9am to 1pm with Anish Bhatia
    • 1pm to 5pm with DJ Hawkins

Synchronous Support:
Faculty can register for weekday 1:1 appointments or Q&A sessions for assistance with Canvas, accessibility, and media questions and issues. If faculty need help with Instructional Design, they can email DJ Hawkins directly for an appointment.

Asynchronous Support:
Asynchronous on-demand support resources can be found in the following places:

  • Templates & Pre-built Assignments can help faculty quickly build content for new and/or converted classes.
    • Canvas Templates & Pre-Built Assignments: This resource page has a video tutorial & how-to walk-thru screenshots to assist faculty with finding, selecting, and importing templates and pre-built assignments into their courses. TIP: Faculty teaching courses online for the first time might consider using “RCCD’s Streamlined Course template” which has pre-built modules with pages and assignments ready for editing and fully-built discussions ready to go.
    • Template Tuesdays: This 8-part webinar series explains how to use and personalize templates. Each episode focuses on a different type of template.
  • DE Library: Faculty can watch recorded webinars and quick tutorial videos.
  • RCCD DE: Instructor Resources (self-enroll in the Canvas resource shell): Faculty can learn how to use Canvas tools through written how-to information and embedded videos.
  • Distance Education Website: Faculty can also access recorded webinars and additional resources on the RCCD DE Website with specific resources on the following pages:
  • Faculty can submit request forms to ask for general & specific help. DE personnel will follow up within 24 business hours (excluding weekends) to assist. Faculty can do the following:
​​The District Distance Education Department is here to support you as you support our students.​​

Sincerely,
Torria Davis, PhD
Dean of Distance Education, Interim
Riverside Community College District



June 16, 2​021 - Welcome Back​


Dear RCCD Employees,

I am very pleased to welcome the RCCD classified professionals back to the workplace. It is a pleasure to see you in the office and back on the college campuses. Actually, many of you have already been on campus supporting classes, preparing facilities and cleaning offices and workspaces. I appreciate the great work our employees have done both on campus and from home.

You have been asked to come to work on our campuses and in our buildings. There are both tangible and intangible benefits and improvements to our work when we are together on-site. We have better access to each other and to our students. Most of our communications are non-verbal expressions, gestures and body language that are difficult to view and understand via Zoom. While Zoom has been a great tool for us to use, it is a poor substitute for in-person interaction with our students and colleagues.

I hope that you feel welcome and valued at RCCD. Those of you who have worked here a long time are back in familiar surroundings. There are also many new employees who have joined us during the pandemic. Let us make sure that we demonstrate our culture of care and inclusion as we reconnect, and meet new people who have been added to our team.

You have heard me suggest that all faculty, staff and administrators should be fully vaccinated as soon as possible. I hope that you saw the message I sent to students about Resolution No. 71-20/21 passed by the board last night that requires FDA approved COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty, staff and administrators who work or attend classes on-site at the colleges or District. 

Accommodations are being made for students and employees who have medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs that would prevent them from being vaccinated. Please contact your HRER Liaison or Analyst if you have any questions. They are ready to serve you.

Employees who have not been vaccinated will be required to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results on a regular basis. All employees should continue to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. Employees should download the Guardian App or use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker every weekday before you arrive for work. If you are sick, stay home. If you have symptoms, stay home. 

We are still wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing for now. New information, messages to students, faculty and staff, and updates to our COVID-19 Prevention Plan are regularly added to the Safe Return pages on the District website. Your managers are being trained and you will have training as well that is designed to keep you safe and healthy while you work with us.​

I know you are excited to prepare our campuses, classrooms and facilities for the safe return of our students. Their academic progress, and ultimately their social and economic success depends on us. We are here to support and lift them to the next level in their educational pursuits. It is an honor and privilege to work with you and serve them.​


Sincerely,

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


May 28, 2​021 - Return to Work Message​


Dear Faculty, Staff and Administrators,​

First, let me assure you that I understand that the health and safety of our personnel and their families are of paramount importance. This is the reason that we are encouraging everyone to be vaccinated. Research has shown that the COVID-19 vaccinations are effective and essential to reopening the economy of California, and the key to bringing our students back to our community colleges.​

The number of vaccinations across the state has been increasing rapidly. The number of COVID-19 positive tests and hospitalizations have gone down significantly. The state of California is preparing to move Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and fully reopen the economy across the state on June 15.

In preparation for this reopening, the Riverside Community College District board of trustees has unanimously approved Resolution NO. 70 – 20/21. This resolution directs all administrators back to on-site work locations by June 7 and all staff back to on-site work locations by June 16.

Board Passes Resolution, Clearing Way for Return to Normal Operations​

I know that some of our personnel have concerns about the return to on-site operations. Some of you have sincerely-held religious beliefs that may prevent you from getting the vaccine. Others have doctor-approved medical reasons for not being vaccinated or staying away from possible infection. Accommodations addressing these concerns can be made through Human Resources and Employee Relations.

I understand that this will not be an easy transition back to normalcy. We all have some trepidation. However, we are committed to following regulations and guidelines from federal, state and local health agencies to keep us safe. We have scientific proof of the efficacy of the vaccines being provided. And, we have the will and optimism needed to move forward.

We want to pave the way for faculty and students to safely return to on-site instruction at our colleges by August 23. This return is essential to the success of our students. Our colleges are essential to the economic recovery of the communities we serve.

I truly believe that we will be successful in our plans to return and that we are ready to encourage students to start or continue their education with us at the RCCD colleges. I appreciate the hard work being done to prepare classrooms and workspaces for the full return to on-site instruction and all of the critical work of higher education. You are to be commended for your dedication and commitment. I look forward to seeing you – in-person – as we begin our safe return.

Sincerely,

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


May 18, 2​021 - Next Safe Return Town Hall Meeting - May 19


YOU'RE INVITED - On Wednesday, May 19, at 4:00 pm, Chancellor Isaac will hold another Safe Return Town Hall meeting​ to address Instruction and Academic Support for the return to campus in the fall. ​

Gregory Anderson, Ed.D., president, Riverside City College (RCC), will serve as the moderator; and, Jeannie Kim, Ph.D., interim vice chancellor, RCCD Educational Services & Strategic Planning; Samuel Lee, Ed.D., vice president of Academic Affairs (VPAA), Norco College; Carlos Lopez, VPAA, Moreno Valley College; and Kristine DiMemmo, Ed.D., interim vice president, Planning & Development, RCC; will also have presentations before responding to questions.​

Students, faculty, staff and the community members are invited to attend the Safe Return Town Hall on Zoom - https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93612506667

Or One tap mobile :
US: +16699006833,,93612506667# or +13462487799,,93612506667#

Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923​

Webinar ID: 936 1250 6667 ​

International numbers available: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/u/ac1TJRqBXA

Questions are being solicited prior to the town hall. Please, email questions to – questions@rccd.edu. Questions may also be posted in the Q&A field in the Zoom meeting. The Zoom meeting will accommodate the first 500 people who sign-in. Attendees beyond 500 people will be directed to YouTube.

Sincerely,

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


May 13, 2​021 - Pfizer Vaccine for 12 and Older


Dear Colleagues

CDC and FDA appr​oved Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15. Employees, student, and their family members 12+ years old can receive 1st dose and 2nd dose Pfizer vaccines during the on-campus vaccination clinics:​​

Norco College Vaccination Clinic
Amphitheater (outside the l​ower level of the library and Corral)
Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riverside City College Vaccination Clinic
2nd level of the Parking Structure
Date: Thursday May 27
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Moreno Valley College Vaccination Clinic
Student Academic Services Building Room 121
Date: Friday May 14, & May 28
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge for all. Appointment is highly recommended, however we will vaccinate walk-ins. Please book your appointment using the following links:​

Individuals who have received their first shot elsewhere may get their second shot during the campus clinics. However, please make sure to bring the vaccination card with you. We need to verify the date of the first shot. Please book your second dose appointment

Please bring the following do​​cuments to the clinics:

  • Consent form​ – please complete the attached consent form prior to your appointment.
  • A copy of your Driver’s License, passport, or other government issued ID.
  • A copy of your Insurance card If you have insurance. Insurance card is not required if you don't have insurance
  • COVID vaccination card (for second dose Vaccine only)

As always, thank you for your support.

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP

Director of Risk Management


April 30, 2​021 - On Campus Vaccination Clinics for RCCD Employees, Students and F​amily M​embers in May, 2021


COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. After you are fully vaccinated, you may be able to start doing some things you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. 1st does and 2nd dose Pfizer vaccines will be offered to employees, students and their family members aged 16 and over during the on campus vaccination clinics in May.​

Norco College Vaccination Clinic
Amphitheater (outside lower level of the library and Corral)
Date: Wednesday May 5, May 12, & May 26
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riverside City College Vaccination Clinic
2nd level of the Parking Structure
Date: Thursday May 6, May 13, & May 27
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Moreno Valley College Vaccination Clinic
Student Academic Services Building Room 121
Date: Friday May 7, May 14, & May 28
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge for all. Appointment is highly recommended, however we will vaccinate walk-ins. Please book your appointment using the following links:​

Individuals who have received their first shot elsewhere may get their second shot during the campus clinics. However, please make sure to bring the vaccination card with you. We need to verify the date of the first shot. Please book your second dose appointment

Please bring the following do​​cuments to the clinics:

  • Consent form​ – please complete the attached consent form prior to your appointment.
  • A copy of your Driver’s License, passport, or other government issued ID.
  • A copy of your Insurance card If you have insurance. Insurance card is not required if you don't have insurance
  • COVID vaccination card (for second dose Vaccine only)

As always, thank you for your support.

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP

Director of Risk Management


April 16, 2​021 - Safe Return Town Hall Meeting (Zoom Info Included)


Join us this Wednesday, 4/21 at 4PM for the first in a series of monthly zoom webinar Town Hall Meetings where we will share information about our preparations for safe return to colleges and work sites in the fall.

Everyone in the District is invited to attend this Zoom meeting. If you are a student at Moreno Valley College, Norco College or Riverside City College, we especially want you to tune-in. We want you to participate and share your opinions, questions and concerns.

During this first meeting we will discuss how we are preparing our facilities and campuses. Dr. Steinback, the president of Moreno Valley College and chair of the Safe Return Taskforce will serve as the moderator. The Vice Presidents of Business Services from each college, and the District's Director of Risk Management have prepared a short presentation. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow.

You are invited to submit questions before the meeting via email: questions@rccd.edu, or during the meeting in the Q&A box.

Your participation is important, and we look forward to your joining us for this Town Hall Meeting.

On Wednesday at a little before 4 PM, please paste the link below into your browser to join the Zoom webinar: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/96156157574

Or One tap mobile :
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Webinar ID: 961 5615 7574 International numbers available: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/u/abwNOcKyEE

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323:
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Sincerely,

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


April 14, 2​021 - On Campus Vaccination Clinic Next Week at NC, RCC, & MVC


Dear Colleagues,

Out of abundance of caution, the district has temporarily placed a “pause” on the administration of Johnson and Johnson vaccines following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1st does and 2nd dose Pfizer vaccines will be offered to employees and students during the on campus vaccination clinics next week:​

Norco College vaccination clinic at the Amphitheater (outside lower level of the library)

Date: Tuesday April 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 2 pm

Riverside City College vaccination clinic at the 2nd level of the Parking Structure

Date: Thursday April 22, 2021
Time: 9: 00 am – 5 pm

Moreno Valley College vaccination clinic at Student Academic Services building room 121

Date: Friday April 23, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 1 pm

The COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge for all. You can book your appointment using the following link -

If you booked you appointment for J&J vaccine and would like to switch to Pfizer vaccine, please rebook your appointment using the above link.

In addition, please bring the following documents to the clinics:

  • Consent Form​ – please complete the attached consent form prior to your appointment.
  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • A copy of your Insurance card
  • COVID vaccination card (for second dose Pfizer Vaccine only)

Thank you​

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


April 6, 2​021 - On Campus Vaccination Clinic at MVC, NC and RCC - 2nd Dose Pf​izer


Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 vaccines can protect you and your families from COVID-19. In anticipation of the safe return in Fall 2021, the District strongly encourages all employees and students to receive the vaccine at their earliest convenience. To assist in obtaining vaccinations, the District has made arrangements to host three additional vaccination clinics for the 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccines and the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for all RCCD employees and students.

Norco College vaccination clinic at the Amphitheater (outside lower level of the library)

Date: Tuesday April 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 2 pm

Riverside City College vaccination clinic at the 2nd level of the Parking Structure

Date: Thursday April 22, 2021
Time: 9: 00 am – 5 pm

Moreno Valley College vaccination clinic at Student Academic Services building room 121

Date: Friday April 23, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 1 pm

The COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge for all. You can book your appointment using the following link -

Please bring the following documents to the clinic:

  • Consent Form​ – please complete the attached consent form prior to your appointment.
  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • A copy of your Insurance card

Thank you​

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


March 24, 2​021 - On Campus Vaccination Clinic at MVC, NC and RCC Next Week


Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. In anticipation of the safe return in Fall 2021, the District strongly encourages all employees to receive the vaccine at their earliest convenience. To assist employees in obtaining vaccinations, the District has made arrangements to host three vaccination clinics next week at the Moreno Valley, Norco, and Riverside City Colleges:

Norco College vaccination clinic at the Amphitheater – Pfizer Vaccine

Date: Tuesday March 30, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 2 pm

Riverside City College vaccination clinic at the top level of the Parking Structure – Pfizer Vaccine

Date: Thursday April 1, 2021
Time: 9: 00 am – 5 pm

Moreno Valley College vaccination clinic at Student Academic Services building room 121 – Pfizer Vaccine

Date: Friday April 2, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 1 pm

The COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge and you can book your appointment using the following link - https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/RCCD.

Please bring the following documents to the clinic:

  • Consent Form​ – please complete the attached consent form prior to your appointment.
  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • A copy of your Insurance card

If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you​

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


March 19, 2​021 - Reminder COVID-19 Vaccination Status & Onsite Vaccination Event Needs Survey


Dear Colleagues,

Chancellor Isaac has announced that majority of classes offered at the Moreno Valley, Norco and Riverside City colleges during the 2021 fall semester will be offered on campus. Starting on August 23, 2021, students and faculty will be returning to campus for the fall semester. RCCD will follow state and county guidelines to protect students and faculty and limit exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. To prepare and plan for the safe return, please share with us your vaccination status and your desire to participate an onsite vaccination event.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=F5tmSTP640qOzDzxFreQ5ZWx9BIVKEBJgGeMPpvZP61UM0NTWFRBU1I1REtJU1Q0QURZOTZFN1BTUy4u​

Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease itself. All RCCD employees are now eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine under the State of California’s vaccine allocation guidelines. The District strongly encourages our employees to take advantage of the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

Thank you for your help.​

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


March 16, 2​021 - COVID-19 Vaccination Status & Onsite Vaccination Event Needs Survey


Dear Colleagues,

Chancellor Isaac has announced that majority of classes offered at the Moreno Valley, Norco and Riverside City colleges during the 2021 fall semester will be offered on campus. Starting on August 23, 2021, students and faculty will be returning to campus for the fall semester. RCCD will follow state and county guidelines to protect students and faculty and limit exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. To prepare and plan for the safe return, please share with us your vaccination status and your desire to participate an onsite vaccination event.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=F5tmSTP640qOzDzxFreQ5ZWx9BIVKEBJgGeMPpvZP61UM0NTWFRBU1I1REtJU1Q0QURZOTZFN1BTUy4u​

Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease itself. All RCCD employees are now eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine under the State of California’s vaccine allocation guidelines. The District strongly encourages our employees to take advantage of the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

Thank you for your help.​

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


March 10, 2​021 - Private COVID-19 Vaccination Event for RCCD E​mployees


Dear Colleagues,

The district strongly encourages our employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to us. Currently there is still limited supply of the vaccine. Sometimes our employees experience difficulties to book their appointment with the vaccine providers. The District worked closely with Rite Aid pharmacy in the area and setup a private vaccination clinic event for RCCD employees. Since Rite Aid pharmacies receive COVID-19 vaccines directly from the federal government and federal government decides which store receives the vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccines are only available in two Rite Aid locations in our areas.

Type of Vaccine: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Date and Time of the vaccination event: 8 am – 5 pm, March 17, 2021
Location: Rite Aid Pharmacy, 6075 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92506
Number of vaccina​tion appointment: 100

This is a vaccination event that opens to RCCD employees only. The appointments can be booked through the District’s Risk Management appointment site.

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/RCCDRiskManagement@student.rcc.edu/bookings/​. Employees can book appointments for first dose and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Please make sure to bring the following items to your appointment at Rite Aid:

  • Driver’s License
  • Insurance Card
  • Consent form: English | Spanish
  • Vaccination card (for second Pfizer dose only)

Please feel free to reach out to me if you need any addition information.

Thank you and stay safe.

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


March 2, 2​021 - Reopening Colleges


Dear RCCD Community,

We hope this letter finds you healthy and well.

As we have begun the spring semester and have almost completed the preparations for summer, our focus now turns to reopening of RCCD’s colleges for Fall 2021 and to welcoming students back to campus at what we plan will be close to our normal capacity of face-to-face classes.

Since the colleges closed last March, the Safe Return to Campus Task Force and its attendant workgroups have been hard at work to plan a return to school that is as secure and normal as possible. While we are aware that many of you have lingering reservations about the viability of a return, the unfortunate reality is that remote education has had a negative impact on several areas, from student learning, to overall morale and workload, to the amount of funding we receive from student enrollment. For these reasons and many others, our goal is to reopen the campuses in the fall to the furthest degree possible while safeguarding safety. We are aware that some individuals have medical concerns. Unless they have requested an accommodation and have gone through, or are going through, the Interactive Process via Human Resources and Employee Relations (HRER), they should expect to return to campus in some capacity this fall. Otherwise, no particular disciplines or faculty are exempt from returning to face-to-face instruction this fall.

We are currently in the process of fleshing out the infrastructure that will be necessary in order to make the transition safe and successful. We have been working with partners in the community, in county health, at the state chancellor’s office, in our local feeder schools and transfer institutions to ensure that what we create will make this process as seamless and transparent as possible. We understand that the devil is in the details, and we will be providing you with regular updates on how those details are developing. We want everyone in the District to be fully apprised of what is going on and why.

We also are aware that schedule building for fall 2021 is already underway, which is why we are sending this message now. While the exact guidelines for which classrooms and at what capacity will be determined by each college administration, we are asking everyone to prepare for the necessary return of significantly more activity and lecture classes in fall. We are asking Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs to work with their Deans of Instruction to create schedules that address a number of contingencies, from full return to a more limited set of options. The hope, of course, is that we can achieve the former, but we need to be prepared in the event that only certain classes and activities can be accommodated given federal, state, county and/or city guidelines.

We appreciate how much work all of you have already put into keeping the colleges and District Office going and for continuing to support our students and our communities. We know that we are all in this together and appreciate your commitment. Please be on the lookout for regular updates, and contact your college academic senate, union, and administrative leadership if you have questions.

Sincerely,
​Professor Jennifer Floerke, District Academic Senate President
Dr. Rhonda Taube, CTA President
​​​Dr. Jeannie Kim, Interim Vice Chancellor, Educational Services & Strategic Planning


February 22, 2​021 - COVID-19 Vaccination Appts Available at County Vaccination Sites


Hi Colleagues,

Riverside County reopened COVID-19 vaccination appointments to educators and school staff today. You can make your first dose appointment using the following website:

https://www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine-with-Registration​

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


February 17, 2​021 - Spring Semester Challenges and Opportunities


Dear Faculty, Staff and Managers,

First, I want to thank all of you for your preparations for the spring semester. We have been learning from recent semesters about how to enhance and improve our efforts to serve and support our students during this COVID pandemic. Ultimately, our goals and objectives remain the same, regardless of our methods of delivery. The safety and success of our students is still what drives and inspires us. With this in mind, I would like to address some of the challenges and opportunities of this new semester.

Most of our classes are offered online this semester as recommended by state leaders and county health officials. Some labs, workshops and studio sessions related to essential sector jobs are being offered on our campuses even during the pandemic. Hybrid courses are providing opportunities for us to combine online lectures and instruction with hands-on experiences that are often required for learning to take place. Ensuring the continuity of instruction in all of our classes and programs is essential. Our students are relying on us to prepare them for university studies and careers that require the knowledge and skills we teach.

When our students are on campus, we need to make sure that we are following the guidelines to keep them safe and limit exposure to the COVID viruses. In our classrooms, labs and other facilities we should maintain at least six feet of distance between participants whenever possible. Everyone should be washing their hands frequently and using hand sanitizers. Face masks, and other personal protective equipment such as gloves, shields and specialized lab gear should be worn whenever contact with other people is possible.

Outdoors, people will need to keep their masks with them, and use them while practicing social distancing. People who are sick or symptomatic should stay home, get COVID testing done, and seek medical attention as needed. COVID testing is available at our RCC campus every Tuesday in parking lot C. Vaccines are not yet available for most of our students. However, we are encouraging everyone, as they become eligible, to get their vaccinations as soon as possible.

All district and college personnel should be using the online Symptom Checker before they arrive at any of our campuses or facilities. Personnel who are symptomatic, have been exposed to COVID in the past ten days, or have tested positive for the virus, must notify Human Resources (HR) about their status, and then be cleared by a medical professional and/or Human Resources before they return to district or campus environs. If district or college personnel are sick or caring for someone with COVID, they should check with an HR representative to obtain COVID sick leave.

The Risk Management Office should be consulted with any concerns about COVID exposures or possible contaminations in our facilities and on our campuses. Custodial personnel will provide sanitation services in our buildings and classrooms on a regular basis, and when notified of possible contamination.

For more information, please visit the COVID-19 page of the District website which is updated regularly with announcements and notifications. The District’s plans for a safe return to our campuses​ are progressing and are also regularly updated with information from our Safe Return Taskforce.

The spring semester is always a time that we look forward to in education. This semester is full of opportunities for all of us. Let’s stay safe and follow the guidelines that are being provided. Commencement is coming and will again be a celebration of our wonderful graduating students. I sincerely hope that we all arrive at that destination safe, healthy and happy at the end of this semester.

With Warmest Regards,

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


February 11, 2021 - Onsite COVID-19 Vaccination Event Survey


Dear Colleagues,

We are working with a COVID-19 vaccine provider to plan an onsite vaccination event for our employees in the next few weeks. Please complete the following survey and let us know whether you will be interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine at a district location: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=F5tmSTP640qOzDzxFreQ5ZWx9BIVKEBJgGeMPpvZP61URVBJRzFQTE9RTVdSNVZMRFlSVFFVTkNRRi4u​


​January ​29, 2021 - Free COVID-19 T​esting at RCC Parking Lot C


Dear Colleagues,

Riverside County will have free COVID-19 testing at RCC parking lot C on Tuesdays. The first testing event is scheduled on Tuesday February 2 from 8 am to 3 pm. You can book your appointment using the following link: https://curative.com/sites/24170?date=2021-02-02#14/33.97149/-117.38462​


January ​27​, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine Appts are Available at Vons & Albertsons


Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 appointments are available at Vons and Albertsons now. Please use the following link to book your appointment: https://www.mhealthappointments.com/covidappt​

Many of you expressed concerns of educators not listed in the eligibility list. I talked to the Albertson manager who is in charge of the COVID-19 vaccination in Southern California this morning. As long as you book the appointment in an Albertson or Vons pharmacy in Riverside County, you will be able to get your vaccine. They will vaccinate educators. Riverside is the only county that is vaccinating educators now.

As long as you work for the District, you may​ receive the vaccine.

Here are some tips for booking your appointment:

  • If you use 92508 as the zip code and search for 50 miles radius, appointments are available at Von in Sun City
  • If you use 92501 as the zip code and search for 50 miles radius, appointment are available in the 7070 Archibald Ave, Corona


January ​22​, 2021 - Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Appts Available on 1/23 at Noon


Dear Colleagues,

Riverside County will open up COVID-19 vaccination appointments for 20 new clinics on Saturday January 23 at noon.

Date of the clinics:​

  • Monday January 25 – 65 years and above only
  • Tuesday January 26, 2021
  • Wednesday January 27, 2021
  • Thursday January 28, 2021
  • ​Friday January 29 – 65 years and above only

Locations of the clinics:

  • Corona High School, 1150 W. 10 Street, Corona, CA 92882
  • Heritage High School, 26001 Briggs Road, Menifee, CA 92585
  • Indio Fairgrounds – Fullenwider Auditorium, 46350 Arabia Street, Indio, CA 92504
  • San Gorgonio Middle School, 1591 Cherry Ave., Beaumont, CA 92223
All clinics are by appointment only. You can make your appointment at https://www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine​ . Due to the high demand and limited supplies, you might experience some difficulty attempting visit the website and/or book the appointment. Frequently, the clinics reached full capacity within hours after they are listed on the website. 
    ​​
Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


January ​21, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine​​ Update, More Appointments Available​


Dear Colleagues,

Riverside County will open up more COVID vaccine appointments today at noon for six upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Lake Elsinore, Perris and Indio.​​

January 22 & 23

  • Diamond Stadium located at 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA
  • The Jan. 22 clinic is for those 65 and older only

January 23 & 24

  • Indio Fairgrounds in the Fullenwider Auditorium located at 46350 Arabia Street, Indio
January 24 & 25
  • Perris Fairgrounds, 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris
  • The Jan. 25 clinic is for those 65 and older only
All clinics are by appointment only. You can make your appointment at https://www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine​ . Due to the high demand and limited supplies, you might experience some difficulty attempting visit the website and/or book the appointment. Frequently, the clinics reached full capacity within hours after they are listed on the website. 
    ​​
Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


January 15, 2021 - COVID-19 Vaccine​


Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday, the County of Riverside opened COVID-19 vaccination to frontline essential workers, including educators who live and work in Riverside County. Only those individuals who meet the eligibility requirements will get the vaccine. The following three forms of documentation are considered acceptable proof by the county:​

  • Current school year ID badge/personnel ID badge
  • Paycheck stub highlighting school/district employer
  • Letter from the employer

All vaccination clinics sponsored by the county are by appointment only. You can make appointment from the Riverside Country website - https://www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine​.

Vaccination is also available at various locations of the community partners of the county:

Due to the high demand and limited supplies, you might experience some difficulty attempting visit the website and/or book the appointment. Frequently, the clinics reached capacity within hours after they are listed on the website.

The District is working diligently with county and local pharmacies to allocate vaccine for our employees. We will share the progress with you once we have more information.

​​

Beiwei Tu, ARM, CIH, CSP
Director of Risk Management


January 15, 2021 - Verifications of Employment


We hope this update finds you healthy and safe.

As you may be aware, the Riverside County Public Health Department is planning several COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those individuals in Phase 1A (all tiers), 1B (tier 1), and individuals 65 years and older. These VOLUNTARY vaccine clinics require employees in Phase 1A and 1B-Tier 1 to have an appointment and an employee ID badge OR a letter verifying employment (as noted below).

If you need a verification of employment, please email Dawn Rechenberg, HR Specialist, at dawn.rechenberg@rccd.edu. Please note, the verifications of employment will only include your name, date of hire, and current position.

If you have any questions related to verifications of employment, please contact the Human Resources Main Line at (951) 222-8595.

Diana Torres
Director, Human Resources

​​ COVID 19 Vaccination clinics


​Decemb​er 21, 2020 - Course Caps Letter​


Dear Colleagues,

We hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy.​

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the academic senates, the Faculty Association, the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, and the Chancellor have discussed how to best proceed with the previous temporary change to course caps made in May 2020. We determined that the best decision during this financial crisis is to extend the implementation of the modified course caps through the Summer 2021 semester:

  • All courses capped between 30 and 39, exclusive of ENG 1A and COM 1, will be capped at 35. ENG 1A and COM 1 will continue to be capped at 30;
  • All courses currently capped at 40 or above will be capped at 45. This includes large lecture sections except those in STEM that have co-requisite labs.
  • STEM courses with co-requisite labs will continue to be capped at 60 and their respective labs will be capped at 30.
  • ​Lab sections (e.g. studio, performance, activity) will maintain at their current caps;
  • Specialty courses (e.g. Honors, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Automotive) will maintain at their current face-to-face caps.​​

We are mindful that decisions regarding course caps should flow from disciplines, departments and deans to Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs and be grounded in pedagogical rationales. We also recognize that these decisions fall under the purview of the academic senate and are brought to the faculty union for assesment of impact on working conditions.

​​The Course Caps Task Force will reconvene in Spring 2021 to continue its discussions regarding how best to address course caps utilizing the established guiding principles of academic integrity, course efficiency, workload equity and financial sustainability.

Thanks to your continued dedication and hard work, our institutions continue to best serve the needs of our students and our communities at an exemplery level.

All the best,

Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac, Chancellor
​Dr. Jeannie Kim, Interim Vice Chancellor Educational Services and Strategic Planning​
Professor Jennifer Floerke, District Academic Senate President
Dr. Rhonda Taube, RCCD Faculty Association President​


Decemb​er 8, 2020 - Chancellor's Message Regarding Stay at Home Order


Dear Faculty and Staff,

We have reached a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic here in Southern California. On December 3, 2020, the Governor announced regional stay at home orders would take effect if/when the ICU availability dips below 15%. We have now passed that threshold and the stay at home order for our region started at 11:59 p.m. on December 6, 2020. This order will be in place for a minimum of 3 weeks, and will continue until our region's ICU availability meets or exceeds 15%.​

Our college employees are continuing to work remotely, and in some cases on campus for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. The state’s Higher Education guidelines and tier status guidelines remain the same during this stay at home order. Under the widespread (or purple tier) guidelines, indoor lectures and student gatherings are not permitted. The exception to this rule is labs and studio arts, which may continue operations while following the COVID-19 safety procedures outlined by the state and county centers for disease control.

Deans and faculty will communicate with students in Canvas and via email with instructions regarding current courses. Classes will continue online and in labs and studios following the safety protocols and standards outlined in RCCD's COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Students, faculty and staff who are allowed on campus will continue to use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker before entering any college buildings or facilities. People who are sick or who have symptoms of the Corona Virus are to stay at home and seek proper medical attention. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not allowed on campus until cleared by human resources and risk management. Masks are required at all times while on campus and in District or college facilities, and frequent hand washing, sanitizing of workspaces, and social distancing will continue.

​​We have resources available to help us get through this pandemic. Our COVID-19 web page​ provides links to many of these resources, and contacts for more direct information. The Corona Virus has not changed our commitment to student success and equity. We care about our students, faculty and staff.

All of us have been affected by COVID-19 and many have suffered and continue to suffer because of this virus. I encourage everyone to be thoughtful, careful and kind as we finish this year and look forward to the next.​

Sincerely,

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

Decemb​er 4, 2020 - COVID 19 Procedures


Dear Colleagues,

While the majority of faculty, staff and students are still working and studying remotely, there are some who need access to our campuses and facilities. This is an update to RCCD’s safety guidelines that should be followed by anyone going on campus or accessing RCCD’s facilities with links to additional COVID-19 resources.​

Guidelines for In-Person Courses/Working onsite: To maintain the health and safety of the community, it is essential that everyone follow the protocols outlined below: ​

Before arriving on campus all faculty, staff and students are required to complete the online Symptoms Checker or the RAVE Guardian App health assessment tool. ​

  • ​​ Students are require to show the Rave Guardian or online Symptom checker screen on their phone upon entry into classroom/lab, etc. 
  • Staff, faculty and administrators need to pass the Symptoms Checker prior to arriving to a District location. Confirmation is required by showing the screen on the Rave Guardian App or by notifying your supervisor or dean (text, call, email).​

​​Note: Faculty, staff ​members or students failing the health assessment should notify their supervisors/dean/instructor and refrain from accessing District/college facilities.

While on campus a facemask must be worn, make sure to wash and disinfect hands frequently, remain behind protective barriers when possible, and maintain social distance of six feet or more. Please, continue to follow health procedures for a safe work environment.

​ If you begin to feel ill, please leave campus immediately. I​f a COVID-19 exposure is confirmed or symptoms present themselves, please follow these reporting procedures:

COVID Reporting Procedures for Employees

REPORT: Employees must report any positive diagnosis of COVID-19, exposure, or symptoms* to Human Resources and Risk Management ( diana.torres@rccd.edu and monica.esqueda@rccd.edu ) OR by emailing covidreporting@rccd.edu,. Please provide the following:

  • Name
  • Contact Number
  • Department
  • Supervisor
  • College and Building
  • Last date Onsite
  • How and when the Exposure Occurred
  • Symptoms
  • *Symptoms can be reported via the RCCD Online symptom checker or the RAVE Guardian App assessment tool.

    ​NOTIFICATION PROCESS: Risk Management/HRER will notify the employee’s supervisor of the employee’s active and clearance status.

    Note: Risk Management/HRER will not disclose medical/diagnosis information; and

  • Based on the situation and employee’s position, employee may continue working remotely during medical assessment/self-quarantine; and
  • If a faculty member is exposed and unable to teach, the instructor will need to work with their area dean and/or college administration to facilitate the continuation of class(es); and Risk Management will notify County of Riverside Public Health of the employee’s positive case status as well as any identified close contacts, if applicable; and Risk Management/HRER will notify the college’s Facilities director in order to request a deep cleaning of the exposure area, if the employee was onsite; and In case of a verified exposure, Risk Management/HRER will notify individuals who are considered close contacts and provide instructions for quarantine and how to be tested.
  • CLEARANCE/RETURN TO WORK: In cases of non-industrial (non-work related personal injury and/or illness) HRER will provide return-to-work clearance for non-industrial cases. Clearance is contingent upon one or more of the following:

      Employee provides a doctor’s note
      Employee provides a negative test result
      Employee completes the CDC recommended quarantine

    HRER will notify the employee’s supervisor of their clearance. In cases of industrial cases (work-related injury and/or illness) Risk Management will provide return-to-work clearance for industrial cases. Clearance is contingent upon one or more of the following:

      Employee providing a doctor’s note
      Employee providing a negative test result
      Employee completing the CDC recommended quarantine

    ​Risk Management will notify their employee’s supervisor of clearance.

    Leave Provisions for Employees An individual who is and has been employed with RCCD for 30 days, is eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency sick leave. FFCRA provides for 2 weeks (80 hours or proration thereof if part-time) of sick leave, not deducted from your own accrued bank, for self-quarantine/COVID diagnosis. If you are an employee, please contact your Human Resources Liaison for specific FFCRA information.

    RCCD Contact information for Employees: Employees must report any positive diagnosis of COVID-19, exposure, or symptoms to Human Resources diana.torres@rccd.edu and Risk Management monica.esqueda@rccd.edu OR covidreporting@rccd.edu

    RCCD Contact information for Students: Students must report any positive diagnosis of COVID-19, exposure, or symptoms to their college Student Health office. Norco Campus- Cathleen.Chou@norcocollege.edu, Moreno Valley/Ben Clark Campus- Chris.Bass@mvc.edu Riverside City Campus- Renee.Martin-Thornton@rcc.edu

    Free Testing resources: COVID Testing | Riverside University Health System (ruhealth.org)Get tested for COVID-19 today | CurativeFinding a Testing Site (arcgis.com)

    More information regarding COVID-19: RCCD COVID Reporting Procedures for students Reporting a health hazard -eforms (rccd.edu) coronavirus​ (rivcoph.org) COVID19.CA.GOV Cal/OSHA COVID-19 ResourcesRCCD Covid 19​Safe Return (rccd.edu) 12-3-2020 Regional State at home orders

    ​Per the CDC the symptoms of Coronavirus are: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Diana Torres Director, Human Resources and Employee Relations diana.torres@rccd.edu Monica Esqueda, CSRM, ARM-P Manager, District Safety and Emergency Preparedness monica.esqueda@rccd.edu ​

    October 27, 2020 - Fall 2020 P, NP, EW Statement


    Dear Colleagues,

    We are sending along important information regarding dates and details for the Fall 2020 semester. Please offer grades as you would in any semester. Due to the continuing pandemic, students may elect Pass/No-pass (P/NP) grades and apply for the Excused Withdrawal (EW) option for Covid-19 related reasons. You may wish to provide specific information to students on how to make these requests. This can be found on page 2 of this letter​.​

    ​Pass/No-Pass Grades:

    • ​​Last Day for students to request a Pass/No-pass grading option is December 21, 2020.​
    • ​​Once a student elects the P/NP option, it cannot be reversed.
    • ​​UC and CSU systems have not stated that they will be providing the same concessions for Pass/No-Pass grades as they did during the spring 2020 semester.
    • ​​Students should be encouraged to seek academic counseling to fully understand the implications of P/NP grades before making this choice.

    Excused Withdrawals (EW):

    • ​​Last Day for students to request an EW grade is December 21, 2020.​
    • ​This is available to students who receive a W or FW grade due to Covid-19 related issues.
    • Students must request the EW grade change through the Admissions and Records office of their home college.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at your earliest convenience. And please be well and stay safe.​

    All the best,​

    Jennifer Floerke
    Associate Professor, Communication Studies
    President, District Academic Senate​
    ​President, Academic Senate MVC

    Jeannie G. Kim, PhD​
    Interim Vice Chancellor
    ​​Educational Services & Strategic Planning​
    Riverside Community College District​

    GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS

    DEADLINE FOR ALL GRADE CHANGES OR WITHDRAWALS IS

    DECEMBER 21, 2020 ​

    GRADE CHANGES TO PASS/NO-PASS (P/NP) 

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

    REQUESTING AN EXCUSED WITHDRAWAL (EW) 

    1. ​Send an email requesting an Excused Withdrawal (EW) and course(s) or term from your RCCD student email to admissions@mvc.edu, admissions@norcocollege.edu, or admissionsriverside@rcc.edu. 
    2. Once processed, an Admissions & Records staff will send a confirmation email back to you. 
    3. NOTE: Receiving an EW does not mean you will receive an automatic refund.

    REQUESTING AN EXCUSED WITHDRAWAL (EW) WITH REFUND If you stopped attending classes within the first two weeks of the Fall semester due to extenuating circumstances resulting from COVID, you may be eligible to request a refund. 

    1. Send an email requesting an Excused Withdrawal (EW) and Refund for the term from your RCCD student email to admissions@mvc.edu, admissions@norcocollege.edu, or admissionsriverside@rcc.edu. 
    2. Admissions & Records staff will respond with next steps for requesting your refund. ​

    September 23, 2020 - Joint Statement​ on Winter and Spring


    Dear Colleagues,

    Recently, the Faculty Association and the Academic Senate’s leadership met with the Chancellor to discuss a number of inquiries from concerned faculty requesting more clarity regarding the composition of course offerings and campuses reopening during the Winter and Spring terms. As you all know, the District Safe Return Taskforce has been meeting for several months working diligently on a constructive and meaningful plan of action with guidelines and timelines for reopening of campuses. These updates are available on the District’s Safe Return webpage.​

    This message is meant to provide clarity regarding questions that have been received.

    We know many of you are already aware that the County of Riverside is in the ‘red tier’ of Governor Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. How this plays out in the District over the next several months is something that we are not able to predict as the situation is fluctuating. However, we are sharing with you what we consider to be the most likely scenario.

    The Winter and Spring sessions, like Fall, will continue with lectures online. Some programs in the CTE and STEM areas have already received permission to return to face-to-face and hybrid. We anticipate that these courses will continue as scheduled. If County numbers continue to improve, we are hopeful that some additional classes could move to in-person instruction during the Spring semester. Based on the realties we will be facing at the time, as well as the guidelines provided by State and County Health Officials, and the District’s Safe Return Taskforce, it’s possible more labs may be allowed to be taught with a face-to-face component. Classes with lower course caps that allow for proper social distancing, such as courses in the Honors Program, may also return to campus in the Spring.

    This message is driven by the hope that we are heading toward a safe return and will see each other soon. The final decisions will be dictated and driven by State and County guidelines and regulations. What we all agreed is that if we continue in the right direction, these are the expectations for the Winter and Spring terms.

    We hope you are all staying safe and look forward to seeing everyone again in person in the future.

    Sincerely, ​

    Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D. Chancellor, RCCD
    Jennifer Floerke, District Academic Senate President
    Rhonda Taube, Faculty Association President​

    September 10, 2020 - Safe Return Update​​


    The Safe Return Update message below was sent to all current students. We want you to be aware of these communications.

    Dear Student, 

    This is a challenging year, but your educational 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


    August 17, 2020 - Safe Return Update


    Dear RCCD faculty and staff, 

    Our preparations for a Safe Return to our campuses are progressing! I appreciate the efforts of our Taskforce to ensure that we are keeping the safety of our students and college personnel our top priority. We are sending a message to our students today that contains most of the information contained in this faculty/staff update.

    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. At this point, we will follow most of the same processes and procedures we followed during the summer term.

    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.

    Online Services: Students will 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 offices are working tirelessly to provide the services our students need to succeed.

    All courses during the fall semester will have lectures and most learning activities occurring ONLINE. The colleges’ Canvas Hub will be available to students on August 20. Faculty and staff can direct students to the hub where they will have 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 in-person examination is available on the District website. If a class is not included on the list, the class will be 100% online. Please check with your Dean if you need changes made to this list.

    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. 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 students are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, instructors or Campus Safety personnel should ask them to leave the campus until they 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 our 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 required to be on campus during the fall semester.

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

    PWe know this is a challenging time for everyone. You have already proven your adaptability and resourcefulness when we made the transition to online courses. We have confidence in you and your ability to rise to the challenges of the new semester. Our county is still on the governor’s watch list and we expect to be at Stage 2 of the California Resilience Roadmap through the end of 2020. The Taskforce for Safe Return will be making recommendations about the Winter Term on September 8.

    We will keep you posted with more messages like this one when we have more information to share. Please be vigilant in k​eeping our colleges a safe place for students and all of our college personnel. Your help is much appreciated always, and particularly during this pandemic.

    Sincerely,

    Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
    Chancellor



    July 31, 2020 - Safe Return Update


    Dear RCCD faculty and staff, 

    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 taskforce 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 19, 2020 - Taskforce for Safe Return Update


    RCCD community,

    The Chancellor’s taskforce for Safe Return has been working diligently for the past few weeks to craft a plan for restoring on-site operations at our colleges and the District office that ensures the safety of students and employees. Organized into seven work groups lead by President Steinback, the taskforce will incorporate rules, guidelines and suggestions from state and local officials within its recommendations. The taskforce is also consulting with other colleges and universities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues surrounding the safe reopening of college campuses in our region. 

    Progress is being made in the workgroups. Safeguards and protocols are being established to allow the colleges to reintroduce face-to-face classes when possible. Campus and facility modifications are being considered, and cleaning and sanitation programs are being designed to mitigate the risks of returning to campus. Contingency plans are also being made to address incidental exposure to the Coronavirus or future outbreaks of the COVID-19 illness. Timelines and phases of reopening are being discussed for summer and fall of 2020, and winter and spring of 2021. 

    The District has and continues to provide critical operational functions during this period and has developed a process of identifying the required personnel to be on-site to render these services. Until further notice, only those individuals who have been designated as on-site required personnel by their supervisor, or have been granted access by the College President, should access any District locations. Please remember, starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings when accessing public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions.

    As previously stated in messages posted on the COVID-19 se​ction of the RCCD website, summer courses will be held online. In the fall, 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 requirements of physical and social distancing will be enforced during all face-to-face instruction. 

    The safety of our colleges’ students and personnel is our number one concern as we weather the storm of COVID-19. The pandemic continues to spread, and although it appears to be slowing, we will continue to be thoughtful and careful as we consider how to safely reopen our college campuses. Thank you all for your commitment to the students and communities we serve.

    ​​

    June 4, 2020 - Faculty Participation in Graduation


    RCCD Faculty

    Although, we won’t be physically present for 2020 graduation festivities, this fact does not diminish the significance of the event. Commencement is the pinnacle of the academic year, one that should be celebrated. For many, if not all, you have been more than just educators to the graduates. You have been a constant figure that has supported, encouraged, and empowered them to reach success and then to keep going. We urge each of you to participate in the end-of-year celebration for yourselves, your students, and their families. Please remember that many of our students are first time college goers in their families; therefore, your presence sends a special message of solidarity and support not only to your students but also to their parents.

    Thank you each for what you do to ensure quality learning within the Riverside Community College District. It has been a difficult ending to the semester, yet we will celebrate over 6,000 students who qualify for graduation and many more who will have earned a certificate.

    We would also like to express our gratitude to the staff who have worked tirelessly in supporting students and on the colleges’ virtual graduation ceremonies. We appreciate your time, planning and efforts in providing the graduates with a ceremonial sendoff. Below is a link to each of the colleges’ graduation pages:

    Sincerely,

    Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
    ​Susan Mills, Ph.D.

    June 3, 2020 - Grading Options - SPG/SUM 2020


    Dear Colleagues

    We are sending along important information regarding dates and details for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 semesters. Please offer grades as you would in any semester. Students will either request to have the grade changed (for example, from a C grade to a P grade), or Educational Services will make changes as necessary (for example, W grades and FW grades will be changed to EW grades administratively). 

    Please post the following information in your Canvas shells. 

    For Spring 2020 classes:​

    • Last Day for Students to receive refund for courses dropped with an EW: May 15 
    • Last Day for Students to request a Pass/No-pass grading option: July 15 
    • Last Day for Students to request an EW grade: July 15 
    • All W grades will be administratively converted to EW grades 
    • All FW grades will be administratively converted to EW grades

    For Summer 2020 classes:

    • ​Last Day for Students to receive refund for courses dropped with an EW: July 15 
    • Last Day for Students to request a Pass/No-pass grading option: August 15 
    • Last Day for Students to request an EW grade: August 15 
    • All W grades will be administratively converted to EW grades 
    • All FW grades will be adm​inistratively converted to EW grades

    If you have any questions, please contact us at your earliest convenience. And please be well and stay safe. 

    All the best,

    Mark Sellick, Ph.D.
    Professor, Political Science 
    President, Academic Senate RCC

    Susan Mills, Ph.D.
    Vice Chancellor, Ed. Services & Strategic Planning
    RCCD

    May 28, 2020 - County Update


    RCCD Faculty and Staff, 

    On Friday, May 22, the State of California approved Riverside County's plan to move to Accelerated Stage Two, allowing for the reopening of businesses such as dine-in restaurants and shopping centers (including retail and shopping malls).

    Schools — excluding higher education institutions — are included in Accelerated Stage 2. However, Riverside Community College District is beginning laying out plans to reopen our colleges. Robin Steinback, Ph.D., president, Moreno Valley College is chairing the Chancellor Taskforce for Safe Return. The taskforce, in collaboration with the California Community Colleges chancellor’s taskforce, is charged with exploring scenarios for reopening the campuses and educational centers, and what a reopening would look like. When completed, the District’s reopening plan will be communicated with faculty, staff and students.

    Until then learning will continue online. However, discussions are underway with the State Public Health Officer for a waiver so labs can return to face-to-face instruction, while complying with the safety requirements during the summer and fall terms.

    The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain the District’s top priority. For additional information, please visit the District website at COVID-19 updates​, email covid19@rccd.edu or reach out to you​r department manager if further clarification is needed. At this time, campuses remain closed, therefore only approved personnel should access District property.

    Sincerely,

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


    May 12, 2020 - Course Caps Understanding

    Dear Colleagues, 

    We hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy.

    We have all borne witness to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to pursue our district's primary charge, which is providing educational opportunities for our students. It cannot be stated enough now proud we are of all our stakeholders for how they have responded to this unprecedented situation and ensured that the institution continues to serve the needs of our students and our communities. But the situation we face going forward is sobering. The Department of Finance has projected a financial crisis that dwarfs the situation we confronted during the Great Recession. We will be needing to make difficult decisions about and numerous modifications to the institution in order to address what is to come, and we will be working with all our stakeholders to ensure that we make changes that maintain our institutional integrity and minimize the potential impact on our employees.

    In light of this, we recently have had discussions that included the academic senates, the Faculty Association, the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services, and the Chancellor​. These talks have focused on how to best address enrollment management matters, particularly those connected to the setting of course caps. This group constitutes a large part of the Course Cap Task Force that was convened in the Fall of 2018 to specifically address the matter of course caps. The current group was asked to consider a plan for establishing course caps for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters and is not intended to replace the Task Force. The work that was started then, and is being done now, is oriented by four priniciples. T​hose are:

    1. ​Academic integrity
    2. Course efficiency
    3. Workload equity
    4. Financial sustainability
    We expect the Task Force will reconvene in Fall 2020 to continue its discussions regarding how best to address course caps and other issues, and to revisit the decision we will detail below. But we needed to convene the current group immediately to address cap issues in light of concerns raised by faculty, particularly department chairs, and the looming economic downturn. What we have determined is the following plan, which will apply to the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters:
    • All courses capped between 30 and 39, exclusive of ENG 1A and COM 1, will be capped at 35. ENG 1A and COM 1 will continue to be capped at 30;
    • All courses currently capped at 40 or above will be capped at 45. This includes large lecture sections, such as those in STEM, which are typically capped at 90. Large lecture sections, such as the 90-person lecture caps in STEM, will be replaced by two lectures of 45;
    • Lab sections (e.g., science, studio, performance, activity) will maintain their current caps;
    • Specialty courses (e.g., Honors, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Automotive) will maintain their current face-to-face caps.
    We are mindful of the fact that decisions regarding course caps should flow from disciplines through departments and deans to Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, that they should be grounded in pedagogical rationales, and that they are the purview of the academic senate and are brought to the faculty union for assessment of impact on working conditions. As we state above, we expect to continue our discussion of course caps though Course Caps Task Force in Fall 2020 and to broaden and deepen the conversation. We also expect to gain feedback from the academic senates in their next regular meeting which will provide us with some direction going forward. For now, we offer the current plan in the spirit of transparency and collegiality, and thank you for your support and dedication to the institution.

    All the best,

    Mark Sellick - President, RCCD Academic Senate
    Rhonda Taube - President, RCCD Faculty Association
    Susan Mills - Vice Chancellor,​ Educational Services & Strategic Planning
    Wolde-Ab Isaac - Chancellor, Riverside Community College District

    May 1, 2020 - Microsoft Teams for Video Conferencing

    ​​

    Dear Colleagues, 

    Over the last two weeks, RCCD has continued to experience incidents with Zoom bombing where offensive content has been displayed during video meetings throughout the District. All Zoom meeting hosts should continue to follow the best security practices referenced in the email below. Also, RCCD is recommending the meeting host disable video for all unknown meeting participants.

    Through our campus agreement, RCCD is fully licensed for Microsoft Teams. Teams also provides video conferencing capability. If you are hosting video meetings with a large number of participants, Teams ca​n provide a higher level of access and security control through a webinar type of experience. 

    If you have a need to utilize Microsoft Teams for large audience video conferencing or webinars, please contact the RCCD IT Service Desk at helpdesk@rccd.edu or (951) 222-8388. The RCCD IT Service Desk will confirm you have the appropriate licenses and distribute instructions on using the Teams Live Event functionality. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 

    Christopher Blackmore
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Technology & Learning Services

    April 29, 2020 - Fall 2020 Schedule

    ​​

    Dear Colleagues, 

    We are writing to provide some preliminary information on the fall 2020 schedule. 

    It is clear that due to requirements for physical and social distancing, there will be no face-to-face only sections offered. Hence, all lecture classes will be offered online. 

    Courses in the CTE, STEM, and Arts areas with practicum, lab, or performance components that can comply with requirements of physical and social distancing will be offered in a hybrid modality with permission from the county. 

    In the next two weeks, we will provide more details as we learn more about the situation in our county and state. 

    At this time, please do not change any attendance accounting methods in the fall 2020 schedule as we are developing our emergency blanket distance education addenda that allow us the flexibility to offer our courses in an online/hybrid mode. 

    Fall schedule posting will occur on June 15 and priority registration will begin on July 6. 

    Thank you for your patience, perseverance, and dedication to our students and community. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Sincerely,

    Wolde-Ab Isaac, RCCD Chancellor
    Susan Mills, Vice Chancellor, Educational Services and Strategic Planning

    April 17, 2020 - Zoom Video Conferencing Safety & Security

    ​​

    Colleagues, 

    As RCCD has transitioned to online learning and remote work during the COVID-19 crisis, our user community has come to rely on Zoom as essential tool for communications. 

    However, Zoom-bombing has become a serious issue for our District. Zoom-bombing is the unwanted intrusion into a video conference call by an individual, which causes disruption. We’ve had reports of RCCD Zoom video conferences being interrupted by the display of inappropriate graphic material and the use of offensive language. 

    It is extremely important that all RCCD users of Zoom, also known as ConferZoom, follow best practices for securing their Zoom meetings regardless of the participants. I’ve attached a document to this email with the latest recommendations from Zoom on how to secure meetings. Also, below are links to the CCC TechConnect Best Practices for Securing Your Meetings and the Privacy & Security Information from Zoom: 

    Please note: RCCD IT will provide information on alternatives to Zoom in the near future. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. ​

    Christopher Blackmore
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Technology & Learning Systems

    April 14, 2020 - Summer Session - Online

    ​​

    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. Each college's plan details these. 

    Instructional vice presidents will work with Information Technology/Education Services/Creative Services to ensure delivery mode is clearly identified in the class schedule and WebAdvisor. 

    On April 27, the summer class schedule will be available online and in WebAdvisor, with priority registration beginning on May 18. 

    On June 15, the fall class schedule will be posted online and in WebAdvisor, with priority registration commencing on July 6.

    April 6, 2020 - Message from the RCCD Board of Trustees

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    Dear RCCD Community: 

    On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Riverside Community College District and representing the colleges of Moreno Valley, Norco and Riverside City, I would like to take this opportunity to commend all of the employees within the district for your exemplary and professional performance of duty within these past few weeks. 

    We are living in unprecedented and extraordinary times which have challenged our everyday lives in the work place, within our family units and in our community. Each of you has had more than enough to deal with in just taking care of your family needs while facing this pandemic and yet you have continued your commitment and responsibility to this district and its students. As a result, we fulfilled an enormous task of taking the 5th largest community college district in the state to becoming fully on-line. In so doing, we became one of the first community colleges to launch our on-line courses. 

    Our faculty, always considered to be second to none, united their collective intelligence and passion to ensure a successful transition from classroom face to face learning to full on-line courses. Full time and part time faculty came together as one professional unit. Within those ranks, leaders emerged that took on the task of guiding and supporting the entire faculty, for the benefit of the student’s success toward their new on-line experience. As a result, the quality of our educational programs continued, almost uninterrupted. 

    Staff representatives and administrators, collaborated for hours and eventually for days in order to identify those “essential” employees that would be needed to effectively and successfully continue running the educational institution at its bare minimum. Once identified, those employees answered the call to duty and reported to their work stations. As a result, our students, our facilities and the remainder of our personnel needs continued to be met. 

    The leadership of this district: the Chancellor, the three college Presidents and the Vice-Chancellors, all immediately mobilized in order to provide the direction, method and process which would continue to meet the mission, vision and values of our educational goals for our students. This leadership met continuously, consistently and at times endlessly from day to day. Their leadership was significant to the overall success of continuing our quality instruction. 

    While many of our students will never know the lengths to which you have worked in order to provide them with the continued high quality education of which they have become accustomed to in this district; your five member board of trustees recognizes and hereby acknowledges your superior efforts at maintaining the high reputation of this district within the community college system, not only in this state but in the entire nation. 

    On behalf of the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees, please accept our sincere thanks for your commitment to professionalism that has been so profoundly demonstrated these past few weeks. 

    We wish you and your family continued blessings and an abundance of continued good health.

    Sincerely, 

    Mary Figueroa, President
    Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees

    April 2, 2020 - Joint District, Colleges and Faculty Association Statement on Calendar

    ​​

    Dear Colleagues, 

    We would like to share with you an update regarding our academic calendar – one that many of you have heard about and now may be wondering how the rest of the year will play out. As you are surely aware, the Riverside County Department of Public Health has extended our campus closure until June 19th. Yesterday, Governor Newsom publicly announced that all campuses will be shut down until the end of the academic year. No words can possibly do justice in describing our gratitude and admiration for the immense effort every single faculty member has undertaken to convert their courses online, as well as to our students for bearing with us during this emergency situation. 

    We also acknowledge and greatly appreciate the invaluable support of our dedicated staff members, support personnel, the district and college managements, as well as the Academic Senates, the Faculty Association and the CSEA throughout this process. It truly proves the commitment, professionalism, and dedication of our District to ensuring continuity and access to education for all of our students. 

    One extremely important issue that the faculty Association and District administration has discussed at length is Spring Break, which is a negotiated item that falls under the Faculty Association’s collective bargaining agreement. We have discussed in countless meetings how to fulfill our 16-week compressed calendar at this time. There are so many moving parts and different variables to consider when drafting an academic calendar. Every single modification to the calendar must take into the account the major impacts the change would make on various stakeholders, as well as the financial and budgetary implications for the entire district. Those of us on the Executive Board who have served on the Calendar Committee have always gone in thinking that it would be one of the easier tasks, only to find out that it is quite possibly one of the most taxing and heated sub-committees on which to serve for our District. This is simply because of the challenging task of finding any wiggle room – even under normal circumstances. 

    Given the emergency state we are in, the challenge has only gotten more difficult. The situation is further complicated by the fact that our contract does allow the District to amend, modify, or rescind practices set forth in the Agreement in cases of emergency, such as the one we are experiencing now. Additionally, the California Community College State Chancellor Oakley issued an executive order suspending sections of Title 5, sections 58002 and 55702, that pertain to individual colleges’ ability to amend the calendar year and provided additional guidance for colleges to extend their spring terms through June 30th. 

    We have worked extremely hard to review every meaningful option that our dedicated stakeholders have presented. We have also carefully studied the steps that are being contemplated by other districts and compared them to the need and priorities of our own. In the end, we have decided to adopt a compromise approach towards finalizing our agreement on the spring calendar. One important principle in the final compromise agreement is the unanimous effort to avoid any further harm to the education of our students and their ability to finish their courses in a timely manner. As such, we worked hard to avoid extending the spring semester beyond June 12th. 

    Another important principle in our compromise agreement is our understanding that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be completely possible at this time. For example, most – if not all – Science and CTE labs were only recently transitioned to virtual labs or are still in the process of transitioning. Those labs may need more time to fulfill their basic requirements. 

    Thus, the management team and the Faculty Association, after working around the clock to weight the date, information and evidence provided by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Educational Services, have reached the following agreement, moving forward:

    • We will roll spring break into the spring semester to make up for the week of instruction we lost when we shut down instruction to prepare for face-to-face online instruction. This way, we will be able to complete our 16-week compressed calendar and fulfill our State’s requirement for weekly student contact hours. We are very mindful of the fact that faculty have worked extremely hard to make this transition as successful as possible. Once again, we cannot thank them enough for their dedication and professionalism. As much as the above move and the prospect of yet another last-minute addition to our faculty’s already full plate sounds extreme, in the long run it should not prove to be the case. Classes that were already online or that have recently converted would most likely not have included assignments during Spring Break. Therefore, we anticipate that most faculty would retain their already devised course assignments for the rest of the semester. 
    • The compromise agreement takes into account that some programs and disciplines might not be able to fulfill their lab and lecture hours during this time. Those programs such as STEM and CTE will have the option to extend their semesters by a few days or a week or two in June. This decision will be made by the respective disciplines in consultation with their division dean, their Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Strategic Planning. ​ 

    Finally, our compromise agreement is additionally designed to safeguard our financial standing with the state by fulfilling our obligations to a 16-week compressed calendar. Some districts are already contemplating austerity measures in their preparations for the bleak economic forecast for next year. Our district remains fully committed to the well-being of our stakeholders and to its mission of providing affordable, accessible, and quality education to our community. We are fully convinced that we will make it through this unprecedented crisis with flying colors. 

    Again, we cannot adequately express our gratitude for all the incredible work all of you have accomplished, not only at such a fast pace but also under extreme duress. We greatly admire these efforts and thank you sincerely. ​

    Sincerely, 

    RCCD Chancellor, Wolde-Ab Isaac
    Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Strategic Planning, Susan Mills
    Moreno Valley President, Robin Steinbeck
    Norco College President, Monica Green
    Riverside College President, Gregory Anderson
    The RCCD Faculty Association Executive Board: Rhonda Taube, Dariush Haghighat, Fabian Biancardi, Peter Boelman, Jeff Rhyne, Monica Gutierrez, Garth Schultz, Shari Yates, Emily Philippsen, Asatar Bair, Diana Campuzano, Jillian Robertson

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

    ​​

    The Public Health Officer of the County of Riverside has amended the Order to Close All Schools, Community Colleges, Colleges and Universities. The amended county order extends the physical closure of Riverside County schools to June 19, 2020. RCCD has already complied with the earlier order and will continue to suspend all in-person activities, with the exception of essential services or medically related authorized and approved courses until further notice. For more information on available resources or student services, please visit District COVID-19

    Working through uncertainty and focusing on our mission, faculty, staff, and managers have been ensuring continuity of operations and instruction throughout the District. Converting lectures and labs to an online environment has been an amazing accomplishment. Kudos to the Distance Education team for their consistent and dedicated support of the faculty and to all the academic support and student services teams for their support of students as they transition to the new mode of instructional delivery. I am humbled by the commitment and solidarity of faculty in this time. Your support of each other and of your students is a reminder of the strength across the District. My sincere thanks to each of you for your tireless efforts to the education and viability of our community.

    Riverside County health officials have issued a new public health recommendation to cover your face when outdoors or in public spaces - “The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again.”​

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

    The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remain our top priority. For additional information, please visit our COVID-19 updates. Students, Faculty and Staff can also email covid19@rccd.edu or call (951) 222-8662 for further assistance. Be safe. 

    Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph. D.
    Chancellor

    April 1, 2020 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - Employee Rights​​

    ​​

    In accordance with the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and the recently enacted FFCRA guidelines, the Notice of Employee Rights under the Act must be posted in conspicuous places on employer premises where notices to employees are customarily posted. To comply with the guidelines and to accommodate the District’s remote/virtual environment, attached you will find a copy of the FFCRA Employee Rights Poster. A copy of this poster will also be available on the District’s website.​

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.​

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact your designated Human Resources Liaison: 

    Norco College – Susan Boling (susan.boling@rccd.edu or 951-222-8356)
    Moreno Valley College – Silvester Julienne (silvester.julienne@rccd.edu or 951-222-8593)
    Riverside City College – Martha Arellano (martha.arellano@rccd.edu or 951-222-8591)

    Human Resources & Employee Relations (HRER)​

    ​March 25, 2020 - Memo Regarding District Travel & Events (Update from March 10)​


    Please be advised of the updated Notice to the Travel and Event Memo issued on March 10, 2020.

    Since that time, the Riverside County Department of Health, issued an order to extend school closure through April 30th. Subsequently, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring residents in the California to stay home, except as needed. 

    Out of an abundance of caution, Riverside Community College District is suspending all travel and events until further notice. Our top priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. 

    As a result the following guidance is being provided:

    All District/College related travel is suspended until further notice

    • Travel already booked should be canceled. It is recommended that travel be canceled 72 hours prior to departure. There may be a chance that the airline will cancel the flight due to cuts in service to domestic/international routes, as demands for travel is declining. If that’s the case, passengers are often entitled to a refund of the ticket price and associated fees when the airline is at fault. When the passenger cancels a non-refundable tickets, in most cases, the airline will issue a credit or travel voucher good for future use on the airline and not a full refund
    • No New Travel reservations should be made at this time, until further notice. 
    • The District encourages participation in virtual meeting and conference attendance (Zoom or Teleconferencing). 

    Please contact your Supervisor or Business Office (District/College) for instructions on how to cancel Travel Requests (both Concur and Paper/Galaxy).

    Thank You,

    Majd S. Askar
    Director, Business Services

    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 25, 2020 - Memo Regarding District Travel & Events (Update from March 10)​


    Please be advised of the updated Notice to the Travel and Event Memo issued on March 10, 2020.

    Since that time, the Riverside County Department of Health, issued an order to extend school closure through April 30th. Subsequently, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring residents in the California to stay home, except as needed. 

    Out of an abundance of caution, Riverside Community College District is suspending all travel and events until further notice. Our top priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. 

    As a result the following guidance is being provided:

    All District/College related travel is suspended until further notice

    • Travel already booked should be canceled. It is recommended that travel be canceled 72 hours prior to departure. There may be a chance that the airline will cancel the flight due to cuts in service to domestic/international routes, as demands for travel is declining. If that’s the case, passengers are often entitled to a refund of the ticket price and associated fees when the airline is at fault. When the passenger cancels a non-refundable tickets, in most cases, the airline will issue a credit or travel voucher good for future use on the airline and not a full refund
    • No New Travel reservations should be made at this time, until further notice. 
    • The District encourages participation in virtual meeting and conference attendance (Zoom or Teleconferencing). 

    Please contact your Supervisor or Business Office (District/College) for instructions on how to cancel Travel Requests (both Concur and Paper/Galaxy).

    Thank You,

    Majd S. Askar
    Director, Business Services

    March 20, 2020 - Shelter at Home


    RCCD Students: 

    Governor Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order requiring residents in the California to stay home, except as needed. The order​, which has the support of Sonia Angell, MD, director, State Public Health Officer 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-serve basis. 

    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 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 17, 2020 - Canvas Training & Resources


    Dear Faculty, 

    We have been making gains in getting people Canvas- trained – thanks to all of you who have completed training and are at work on your Canvas courses! If you haven’t done your training yet, you have been enrolled automatically into the Online Canvas Academy. To access the Academy, log-in to Canvas​ using your RCCD email address and the password, changeme. Be sure to change your password as soon as you log in. Once you have completed the Academy, it will take a couple of hours for you to be entered into the system. Once you’re in the system, you will receive an email saying that your Canvas course(s) are ready.

    Please be sure to check out our special transition module in the DE News, especially the e-Resources link. There are lots of good tips on how to transition quickly to online, and tools that are integrated into Canvas that are fun to use!

    If you were having trouble getting a Zoom account, please see the email that went to the rccd-all listserv at 4:10 PM today from Associate Vice Chancellor of IT, Chris Blackmore. It will provide directions on how to access a Zoom account that’s already been created for you!​

    We have a schedule of online support sessions to help answer questions. To get the most out of these sessions, please attempt the online Canvas training first. You can also email ochelp@rccd.edu.

    Schedule of online Canvas support sessions for Wednesday, March 18:​

    ​8 - 9 am
    ​DJ Hawkins

    ​9 - 10 am
    ​​Derek Moore
    ​10  - 11 am
    Sean Ulbert
    ​11 - 12 noon
    DJ Hawkins​

    ​12 - 1 pm

    ​1- 2 pm
    ​Sean Ulbert


    ​2 - 3 pm
    Derek Moore
    ​3 - 4 pm

    ​4 - 5 pm
    ​Sean Ulbert
    ​5 - 6 pm
    ​Dj Hawkins​
    ​6 - 7 pm


    In addition, the LMS administrators and Instructional Designers have made a simple template to use to transition your course. The course is easy to navigate and has buttons that show you where to upload your course content. A screenshot of the template is shown below. The template is automatically generated for you if you have completed the Online Canvas Academy since Friday. If you completed the Canvas Certification training before that date, the template is available in Canvas Commons by searching for “DE-Supplemental Course”. It will show the name William Diehl under the course title. Instructions on how to import the template to your own course shell are found at this link​.

    DE Supplemental course instructions

    Thanks for all that you’re doing, and keep well!​ View our Calendar of Training Events​!

    Sheila Pisa, Ed.D.
    Interim Dean, Distance Education​
    Riverside Community College District

    ​​

    March 16​, 2020 - Additional Canvas Support​ Sessions Available


    Dear Faculty, 

    We have a schedule of online Canvas support sessions for this Monday and Tuesday, March 16th and 17th. We will evaluate the schedule at the end of this time and send out a schedule of sessions for the remainder of the week. These are open-ended sessions to help you transition your course to the online environment. Please make every attempt to complete the Online Canvas Academy before attending a session. However, if you are having trouble with the Academy, our support staff will help you. The sessions are scheduled from 8 AM until 7 PM each day. To access the Zoom sessions, click on the links in the table below: 


    ​8 - 9 am
    ​DJ Hawkins
    Vincent Alonzo
    ​9 - 10 am
    ​​Derek Moore
    ​10  - 11 am
    Sean Ulbert
    ​11 - 12 noon
    DJ Hawkins​

    ​12 - 1 pm
    Vincent Alonzo
    ​1- 2 pm
    ​Sean Ulbert

    Vincent Alonzo
    ​2 - 3 pm
    Derek Moore
    ​3 - 4 pm
    ​Vincent Alonzo
    ​4 - 5 pm
    ​Sean Ulbert
    ​5 - 6 pm
    ​Dj Hawkins​
    ​6 - 7 pm


    In addition, the LMS administrators and Instructional Designers have made a simple template to use to transition your course. The course is easy to navigate and has buttons that show you where to upload your course content. A screenshot of the template is shown below. The template is automatically generated for you if you have completed the Online Canvas Academy since Friday. If you completed the Canvas Certification training before that date, the template is available in Canvas Commons by searching for “DE-Supplemental Course”. It will show the name William Diehl under the course title. Instructions on how to import the template to your own course shell are found at this link​.

    DE Supplemental course instructions

    We appreciate how hard everyone is working to serve our students. Please attend a session if you’re struggling.

    Sheila Pisa, Ed.D.
    Interim Dean, Distance Education​
    Riverside Community College District

    ​​

    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, @riversidecitycollege

    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 - Faculty Message Regarding Transition to Online/Remote Learning


    Dear Faculty, 

    Following the email from Vice Chancellor Rebeccah Goldware regarding Transition to Online/Remote Learning sent earlier today, we have scheduled trainings and support sessions in Canvas for faculty over the weekend and all day on Monday and Tuesday. These sessions offer opportunities to attend Canvas Training for RCCD Certification in a face-to-face setting as well as online. If you have not completed Canvas training, you may take the online version by simply logging in to Canvas with your RCCD email address and password “changeme”. Please make sure that you change your password once you’ve logged in. If you prefer a face-to-face training, find the face-to-face sessions in the tables below that are labeled Canvas Certification Training. 

    Once you have completed training, you will receive an email from RCCD Distance Education when your Canvas course shell is ready. This is usually done within 2 hours after your training is complete. If you complete the training in the late evening or early morning, it may take a bit longer. 

    In addition to Canvas Training, RCCD Distance Education staff are offering support sessions. These sessions are intended for faculty who have already completed Canvas training and need additional help in setting up their Canvas course(s). The online support sessions are conducted through Zoom, just click on the link in the schedule below. 

    All sessions on Monday and Tuesday are face-to-face sessions on college campuses. Other support sessions will be offered throughout the week – times and locations will be posted on the DE Faculty Training Calendars​. If you have questions about sessions over the weekend, you may contact William Diehl at 951-203-4849.


    Table 1 Weekend Schedule - Support sessions are for those who have completed Canvas Training.​

    Saturday, March 14​​​​​​
    ​​Sunday, March 15
    ​8 - 9 am       
    ​​Online Support Session via ZOOM​ with DJ Hawkins
    ​​

    8 - 9 am​

    ​​Support Session RCC BE-100 with DJ Hawkins​



    ​9 - 10 am
    9 - 10 am​
    ​10 - 11 am

    ​10 - 11 am

    ​11 - 12 pm
    ​11 - 12 pm
    ​12 - 1 pm
    ​​​Online Support Session via ZOOM with Sean Ulbert


    ​12 - 1 pm
    ​​​Online Support Session via ZOOM with Sean Ulbert


    ​1 - 2 pm
    ​​​​RCC BE-204 Canvas Certification Training. Can also join via ZOOM​ with Derek Moore


    ​1 - 2 pm
    ​2 - 3 pm

    ​2 - 3 pm
    ​​RCC BE-104 Canvas Certification Training. Can also join via ZOOM​ with Derek Moore


    ​3 - 4 pm
    ​3 - 4 pm
    ​4 - 5 pm
    ​4 - 5 pm
    ​5 - 6 pm
    ​5 - 6 pm
    ​6 - 7 pm
    ​6 - 7 pm
    ​7 - 8 pm
    ​Online Support Session via ZOOM​ with Sean Ulbert
    ​7 - 8 pm
    ​8 - 9 pm
    ​8 - 9 pm
    ​​Online Support Session via ZOOM​ with DJ Hawkins

    ​9 - 10 pm


    Table 2: Moreno Valley Schedule. Support sessions are for those who have completed Canvas Training.

    ​​Monday, March 16  HUM 319
    ​Tuesday, March 17  HUM 319
    ​8:30 am - 1 pm  Canvas Certification Training with Vincent Alonzo
    ​8:30 am - 1 pm   Canvas Certification with Vincent Alonzo
    ​1:30 - 4 pm  Canvas Support with Vincent Alonzo
    ​1:30 - 4 pm   Canvas Support with Vincent Alonzo


    Table 3: Norco College Schedule. Support sessions are for those who have completed Canvas Training.

    ​​Monday, March 16   CACT 2
    ​Tuesday, March 17   CACT 2
    ​​8:30 – 1 PM    Canvas Certification Training with Sean Ulbert
    ​8:30 – 1 PM    Canvas Certification Training with Sean Ulbert
    ​1:30 – 4 PM    Canvas Support with Sean Ulbert1:30 – 4 PM    Canvas Support with Sean Ulbert​​


    Table 4: Riverside City College Schedule. Support sessions are for those who have completed Canvas Training.

    ​​​​Monday, March 16 Tuesday, March 17
    ​8:30 – 1 PM    Canvas Support with DJ Hawkins BE 204​8:30 – 1 PM    Canvas Support with DJ Hawkins BE 204
    ​10 AM – 2:30 PM     Canvas Certification Training with Derek Moore   
    BE 104
    10 AM – 2:30 PM     Canvas Certification Training with Derek Moore
    BE 104​
    ​1:30 – 4 PM    Canvas Support with DJ Hawkins BE 2041:30 – 4 PM     Canvas Support with DJ Hawkins BE 204​


    Sheila Pisa, Ed.D.
    Interim Dean, Distance Education
    Riverside Community College District


    March 13, 2020 - Transition to Online/Remote Learning


    The health and 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 health 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:
      • Starting Monday, March 23, most RCCD courses will be taught in a remote/on-line learning format. RCCD students and faculty can find helpful guides to assist them 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 - Remote L​earning Preparation


    Dear Colleagues, 

    Please be aware that all face-to-face classes are continuing to meet in person as scheduled. We are asking faculty to complete online Canvas training (if not already completed) as soon as is possible, preferably by March 16 (March 18 at the latest) in preparation for the District to move to remote learning as smoothly as possible. Please refer to the recent letter from Dr. Isaac, Dr. Taube, Dr. Sellick and me for details. 

    Dr. Susan Mills
    Vice Chancellor, Educational Services and Strategic Planning

    March 11, 2020 - Faculty Message


    Faculty Letter​

    Dear RCCD Faculty,

    We are writing to assure you that in addition to our primary focus on the health and safety of our students and employees, RCCD is developing plans and taking actions for instructional continuity during the spread​ing coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic. These actions include the preparation of 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.

    At this time, there are NO COLLEGE CLOSURES and you should NOT cancel classes.

    Should it become necessary to transition to a remote learning mode, we are advising faculty members to start planning now to be able to continue instruction using various technologies. We are asking all faculty who have not completed Canvas training to do so by March 18. We are also asking faculty to have syllabi, materials, assignments, and student instructions for a two-week period uploaded into Canvas by March 18. Please start to communicate now with students about how the class will be conducted should the District move to a remote learning mode.

    How to obtain Canvas Training:

    Training is available at this link. Any updates to Instructional Continuity plans will be posted on the DE website. Faculty Canvas training takes approximately 3 hours. Part-time faculty will be compensated for the training using the three hours of paid professional development as specified in Article X.J.4 of the Agreement between RCCD and the RCCD Faculty Association or, if those hours have been utilized, via a special project. Full-time faculty may use the training time for FLEX credit or institutional service hours. Once trained, please notify your dean and department chair.

    What resources are available now? 

    • Canvas shells are available for all courses and students are already enrolled. ​
    • Distance Education staff to assist you with training and questions as you transition ​your course to an online environment. 
    • Course templates are available in Canvas Commons for faculty who would like to import these for use in courses. 
    • ConferZoom, Office 365, and Google docs are integrated into Canvas. 
    • Training modules for students are available in Canvas Commons and will be included in the coursetemplate, as well as on the Student Resources page of DE website​.​ 
    • Ally is in place and can be enabled to check ADA compliance for documents in Canvas Online proctoring is available with Respondus Lock Down Browser and Respondus Monitor
    • An e-Resources Canvas​ site that contains help on many topics included in the matrix on the next page.

    Some suggestions to get started:

    If you are not currently teaching an online or hybrid course, we recommend you start with a staggered approach – planning for a two-week closure at first. To begin preparing, you could attempt to answer the following questions and then choose tools accordingly:

    • What do you think you can realistically accomplish during this time period?
    • Do you think you can maintain your original syllabus and schedule?
    • Do you hope students will keep up with the reading with some assignments to add structure andaccountability?
    • Do you just want to keep them engaged with the course content somehow? You may wantto use the following checklist, organized by purpose:​
    ​​Issue to Address
    Possible Solutions
    Establish a mode of communication to use in case of an emergency.
    • Ensure students all have access to and are aware of this communication method.​
    Make your syllabus available digitally.
    Decide how you will distribute documents and readings during a disruption. 
    • Become familiar with the process of making PDFs from hard copies (see module in Canvas Emergency Training course).
    •   Library Resources​
    Designate a centralized place to collect student submissions.
    Think about how you would continue class discussion in the event of a disruption.
    Consider capturing your lecture content for students to watch remotely.
    ​Identify an option for holding class and/or office hours virtually. You can fall back on your chosen option if it is expected that several class periods will be missed.
    Think about how your methods for evaluating student learning could be moved to a digital space.
    Proctoring Tests or Quizzes online.​
    Settle on an option for providing students with grades and feedback on their work in the event of an emergency.​

    What if I teach a lab, studio, clinical, or manual skills-based course?

    In limited cases, such as courses involving a lab, studio instruction, clinical experiences, or manual skills-based course, instructors will need to make accommodations to meet the course requirements whether in person, possibly at a different time, or via an alternative delivery mode. Please communicate with your dean and department chair to coordinate preparations and plans for these courses. It is important that faculty be as flexible as possible. If a student indicates to you that she or he lacks the technology to complete assignments, please consider how this student might be accommodated.​

    What additional resources will be provided?

    • The District is purchasing Cranium Café that has virtual classroom and online counseling capabilities
    • The District will be providing faculty mentors to assist faculty who are new to teaching in the online environment​

    Additional communications from the District Distance Education Office will be provided to assist in this transition. We truly appreciate your cooperation and dedication to teaching during this unprecedented time. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

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

    Susan R. Mills, Ph.D.
    Vice Chancellor, Educational Services & Strategic Planning

    Rhonda Taube, Ph.D.
    President, RCCD FA/CCA/CTA

    Mark Sellick, Ph.D.
    President, RCCD Academic Senate​


    March 11, 2020 - Continuity of Instruction & Operations​

    ​​

    RCCD Community:

    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. Where possible, you are encouraged to deliver the event in an alternative format. For college events that continue as scheduled, it is advised that organizers exercise CDC key prevention strategies in event operation plans. Gatherings of less than 200 may also be inconsistent with the practice of social distancing if not properly organized.
    • 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.

    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 10, 2020 - Memo Regarding District Travel & Events (Update)


    Dear District Office Team, 

    In response to the COVID-19 email update received on March 09, 2020, regarding cancellation of travel for the month of March 2020, the District is requesting that all travelers take necessary steps to cancel any and all travel requests that will take place now through March 31st, 2020. Don’t forget that all segments related to travel must be canceled - hotel reservations, airline tickets, conferences, car rentals, etc. Each traveler or designee is responsible for requesting and following up on all refunds.​

    Attached is a listing of March 2020 Travel Requests (both Concur and Paper/Galaxy). You can filter by traveler name or budget string to locate your travel.​

    Travel Cancelllation Procedures:

    1. Contact Hotel, car rental agency, and/or Airline to cancel reservation. Be sure to follow up with the vendor to confirm cancellation and refund.
    2. Contact Conference vendors to cancel conference registration, confirm cancellation and refund.
    3. If your travel includes Charter Bus, please contact the Charter Bus Company to cancel, confirm cancellation and refund.​
    Travels Submitted Through Concur:

    • Contact CalTravel Store to Cancel all Booking Segments at (877) 454-8785. 
    • The Travel Request (TR) entered in Concur must be canceled too. Please note on the Comments Section reason for cancellation and all cancellation numbers provided by vendors, if available.
    • Attached are Concur instructions on how to cancel TRs in the system, depending on the status of the TR.
    Travels Submitted Through Paper TR/Galaxy Requisition:

    • Cancel all pending Travel Requisitions that have not been converted to a PO – notate reason for cancellation in Internal Notes first, save those notes, then Delete the Requisition. 
    • Email Purchasing to Request Cancellation of all Travel Purchase Orders. Include the PO# in your request.​

    It is recommended that any Travel taking place after March 31st is purchased at a refundable price/ticket option. Confirm with your Hotels and be aware of what their cancelation policy is for full refunds, some are 24 hours’ notice, some are 72 hours’ notice or greater.​

    The benefits of using Concur Travel and Expense Reimbursement:​

    • System will track any credit travel vouchers that are issued, and reduces the risk of paying out of pocket. 
    • Eliminates the use of personal funds and/or credit cards 
    • Reduce the time spent making travel reservations which minimizes the cost 
    • Minimize the hassle of completing the expense process 
    • Allow on-the-go capabilities through user friendly mobile applications 
    • Provide pre-populated expense reports 
    • Offer a simplified experience for requesting reimbursement​

    Let me know if you need assistance or have questions. 

    Thank you in advance for your attention regarding this very important matter! 

     Majd S. Askar
     Director, Business Services


    March 9, 2020 - Memo Regarding District Travel & Events 


    To the RCCD Community, 

    As the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns continue to increase in California, and there is now confirmation of the virus in Riverside County, we want to provide you with information. The District is committed to the health and well-being of our students, staff and faculty. Below are the latest actions taken in preparation for COVID-19.

    • The District is taking guidance from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, the County of Riverside Department of Public Health and other local health authorities and have increased cleaning and sanitizing for all hard services to help prevent the spread of all germs. 
    • District travel through March 31 is being cancelled. All other travel is subject to review. If this impacts you, please contact your supervisor. 
    • Large District meetings are being modified or postponed. 

    There are ways you can help prevent the spread of illness. 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 attention. 

    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. You can also call the CDC hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO. If you are not feeling well, we encourage you to adjust your schedules and stay home to mitigate the spread of any virus. 

    Health and safety is a top priority. It takes all of us to ensure a safe and healthy environment. For additional information, refer to the following links: 


    March 9, 2020 - Riverside County COVID-19 Case Update


    The first case of locally acquired COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Riverside County was announced on March 7. For current status and updates, log onto www.RivCoPH.org/coronavirus.​

    Health and safety is a top priority, which is why the Riverside Community College District is taking guidance from the CDC, California Department of Public Health, the County of Riverside Department of Public Health and other local health authorities to increase cleaning and sanitizing for all hard services to help prevent the spread of germs.  We are doing everything we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment.​​

    ​Get the FACTS: California Releases Updated Guidance for Schools, Colleges & Large Public Events to Prepare and Protect Californians from COVID-19​

    March 6, 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 OfficeGovernor's Office, federal, state and local health officials.  ​

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

    ​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



    Getting Set Up to Work Remotely​


    Confirm you have reliable access to the internet with your devices. 

    • If you can't access a computer, submit a ticket through the IT ServiceDesk​
    • Reduced Cost or Free Internet Access - If you need reduced-cost or free internet access, there are multiple organizations that are providing support. We encourage you to research each option to find the best fit for you. 
    • Webcam (built-in on most laptops) 
    • Headphones/microphone (microphone built-in on most laptops)​ 
    • Ergonomic Workspace 
      • Keyboard/Mouse 
      • Furniture 

    Continue to use Microsoft Office and go.rccd.edu Portal as usual 

    Email 

    File Storage and Sharing 

    District share point can be found at go.rccd.edu 

    Microsoft OneDrive 

    Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud storage service available to all RCCD employees with their Office365 account. To access Microsoft OneDrive on your computer, go to the Single Sign-On Portal (https://go.rccd.edu), and log in, with your email address as your username and your email password as your password.

    Single SignOn Portal Instructions for RCCD

    Click on the OneDrive Icon (as shown in the screenshot below).

    Single Signon Portal

    In the OneDrive app, you can drag-and-drop your files, from your File Explorer in Windows, to OneDrive. You can also click ​Sync to have the files on your computer's hard drive automatically sync with copies of those files in OneDrive.



    Video Conferencing and Meetings 

    Use Zoom​ for video conferencing 

    Remote Work Tools and Resources 

    District Updates and Resources

    Phone Call Forwarding & Voicemail

    Phone Call Forwarding & Voicemail Instructions 


    Frequently Asked Questions


    District

    Q: Is spring break cancelled (April 13–17)?
    A: Yes, spring break 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.​

    Q: Will summer session take place online?
     A: Yes, summer session will be held online and will remain in a six-week format. A limited number of classes whose lab portion cannot be offered fully online will be offered in the hybrid mode. Lookout for more information from your professor. On April 27, the summer class schedule will be available online and in WebAdvisor, with priority registration beginning on May 18. 

    Q: When will the Fall 2020 class schedule be posted?
     A: On June 15, the schedule will be posted online and in WebAdvisor, with priority registration commencing on July 6

    Q: What is the impact on classes?
    A: Following the Riverside County Public Health officials order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) - Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College, classes have transitioned to an online/remote environment until further notice. This includes District Office employees. 

    Updates and details will be provided as they become available at www.rccd.edu/covid19​. All RCCD locations are closed for in-person lectures, labs, meetings and events until further notice.

    Q: How has COVID-19 and the District’s response impacted Districtwide events?
    A: Following the Riverside County Public Health officials order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) - Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College, suspended all on-site functions, including events, until further notice. This took effect on March 16.​

    Health and Prevention 

    For information related to COVID-19 cases, testing sites and resources, visithttps://www.rivcoph.org/


    stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face

    You can also be screened online at https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/. For medical-related questions, contact your health care provider or Riverside County Health Department at (951) 358-5107 and the emergency line is (951) 782-2974. For general questions regarding COVID-19, call 2-1-1.

    Travel and Events 

    Q: Are there any restrictions in place for District related travel?
     A: All District/College related travel is suspended until further notice. No New Travel reservations should be made at this time, until further notice. The District encourages participation in virtual meetings and conference attendance (via zoom or through teleconferencing). 

    Q: What is the Travel Cancellation Procedure?
    A: Travel already booked should be canceled. It is recommended that travel be canceled 72 hours prior to departure. There may be a chance that the airline will cancel the flight due to cuts in service to domestic/international routes, as demands for travel is declining. If that’s the case, passengers are often entitled to a refund of the ticket price and associated fees when the airline is at fault. When the passenger cancels a non-refundable tickets, in most cases, the airline will issue a credit or travel voucher good for future use on the airline and not a full refund.


    Parking Services 

    Q: Can I get a refund on my parking permit?
    A: Parking refunds are under review. Please contact Parking Services for additional information. 

    Q: Campus is closed, but can I still park on campus?
    A: Only essential personnel are allowed on campus with special permit; any other vehicles are subject to citation. Contact your supervisor for additional information. Any other parking or refund related questions should be directed to Daniel Shipp at parkingservices@rccd.edu. ​




    Social Media Resources

    District

    Moreno Valley Colleg​e

    • FB @MorenoValleyCollege
    • ​Twitter @mvcollege
    • IG @morenovalleycollege

      Norco College

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

      Riverside City College

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