​​​Safe Return




​A Phased Approach to Student Return

The taskforce recommends the following phase-in periods and assumptions, each of which defines a period of operational a​nd planning activity within an environment limited by an assumed stage as defined by the California Governor’s Office Resilience Roadmap​.

​ The workgroups were asked to make recommendations for a safe return to operations for each phase. The recommendations are organized according to the needs, activities, and unique considerations of three populations: Students, Personnel, and Communities with safety and facilities serving as a foundation to meet the needs of the stakeholder groups. Details applicable to RCCD Phases about Facilities Protocols, Technology Recommendations, and Communication and Engagement can be found in Appendix 1Appendix 2, and Appendix 3​, respectively. In addition, the COVID-19 Prevention Plan and Safety Guidelines document can be found at this SharePoint link.

Phase A   >>  current ​​​​ (CA Stage ​2)​


Summer Term: June 22 – July 31, 2020 
Assumes California Resilience Roadmap (Riverside County) Stage 2 

Phase A focuses on providing online instruction and services while assessing the physical and technological needs to safely return staff to the colleges. Ensure efficient and effective technology tools are identified and implemented to support online student services including counseling support, queuing systems, website and student communication and student technology needs (e.g. Zoom, Cranium Café, Pronto, QLess, etc.)

Workgroup Recommendations Summary

  • Summer 2020: Only face to face lab instruction associated with critical infrastructure programs approved by Riverside County Office of Health are offered in summer 2020 schedule of classes. Other lab instruction is online. 
  • Spring 2020 teach-out: Students enrolled in programs that were suspended during spring 2020 would return during summer 2020 to complete instruction. Programs distinguished per COVID19.CA.GOV as essential, may have higher priority. Each college has teach-out timelines developed in anticipation of clearance to return to campus 
  • Lecture, tutorial and supplemental instruction, student services and administrative services are all delivered online for summer 2020 classes. 
  • Only essential personnel needed during this time to complete tasks that cannot be completed remotely and to prepare spaces for a safe return. 


Opening Labs  and  Similar Facilities

Only students enrolled in critical infrastructure programs that were suspended during spring 2020 would return​​ during summer 2020 to complete instruction. These programs include Health care, public safety, or other critical infrastructure programs as identified at COVID19.CA.GOV. Additional programs that may be allowed to restart are those in workforce areas that have reopened as part of the state's Stage 2 Resilience Roadmap (Cosmetology, etc.). Students would have to abide by safety protocols appropriate to the type of instruction. 

Student Services

Students access student services programs, services and workshops online. Limited in-person services to support students’ basic needs including Grab-n-Go food bags, drop-off/pick-up of supplies necessary for instruction (e.g. laptops, hotspots) utilizing drive-thru, limited contact interactions.
  • Athletics Specific Procedures and re-socialization will follow directives set forth by the CCCATA and CCCAA, and in compliance with county and state regulation with an anticipated start date of August 31. 
  • Create student protocols regarding social distancing, requirement to wear masks/face coverings; computer use, etc. 
  • Assess need for access to shower facilities, refer students to appropriate services until colleges are able to restore per State and/or County guidelines. (e.g. when state opens up Fitness Centers or when Kinesiology and Athletics may be offered). 

Lecture Planning – Returning to Lecture-based Instruction

The lecture portion of classes delivered online.
  • ​Registration for fall 2020 begins July 6, the schedule needs to clearly articulate class meeting obligations (e.g. online vs hybrid). 
  • Distribution and/or collection of any technology/instructional supplies for students needs to occur following appropriate social distancing guidelines.  

Academic Support Services

Tutorial and supplemental instructor support delivered online.

Facilities, Operations, and Infrastructure

No students on campus; Food services and Child Development Center not operational. 
Administrative Support Center/Printing and Graphics Center ​and Auxiliary Business Services will support students with limited in-person services (e.g. gift card distribution, payments and sponsor billing/internal departmental vouchers). 

Safety

Online instruction is planned at this time. There are certain labs that cannot be completed online and have been given clearance by the State Public Health Officer to resume, such as Paramedic, Nursing, EMT, Fire programs. Other programs may be able to resume if approved by the State Public Health Officer, since the state guidance is available, such as: culinary (under restaurants guidance),  cosmetology (under personal services/hair salons/barber) and childcare (under child care/day camp guidance's) etc.  
Onsite employees will be required to wear face coverings, adhere to social distancing of more than six feet, follow hand sanitation standards, and perform self-symptom checking before they arrive onsite.

Communication

Communicate with faculty, staff, students and community the plan as Phase A progresses. ​

See Phase A details for:  Employees - Community


​​Phase B (assumes CA Accelerated Stage 2)​

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Fall Term:  August 24 - December 16, 2020
Assumes California Resilience Roadmap (Riverside County) Accelerated Stage 2

Phase B focuses on continued online instruction and services, with a focus on restoring staff to the colleges as outlined below. Students have increased access to in-person services, however they will be encouraged to continue accessing services online to maintain the health and safety of students and staff. Additional work is completed by facilities personnel to address modifications needed to return staff to the colleges. At this point, managers and staff need to begin preparations for returning to work sites.

Workgroup Recommendations Summary​

  • Students have access to an increased variety of on-campus courses with continued safety guidelines (face covering, hand washing, disinfection, and where PPE is required).
  • Students continue to access the majority of instruction, tutorial and supplemental instruction, student services and administrative services student services online. 
  • As students register for classes - meeting obligations need to be clearly communicated, easy access to technical support and equipment. 
  • Additional college faculty and support staff will return to work to support the modest expansion of face-to-face instruction. 


Opening Labs and Similar Facilities

Students have access to an increased variety of on-campus courses with continued safety guidelines (face covering, hand washing, disinfection, and increased PPE where required). ​

Student Services

Students continue to access majority of student-centered service programs and workshops online. Limited face to face services that are deemed critical to support online instruction. Services that could not be transitioned to online are re-established and made available to students. 
  • LIMITED OPEN: Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Engagement Center; Counter services; Large Work Spaces; Showers 
  • CLOSED: Student Gathering Spaces; small work spaces 
  • ONLINE: Services continue in an online platform, including counseling, peer mentoring, workshops, etc. 
​ To ensure safety and physical distancing, student access to the areas with limited services will need to be by appointment and/or queuing system.

Lecture Planning – Returning to Lecture-based Instruction 

The lecture portion of classes delivered online.
  • ​​​Registration for winter and spring 2021 takes place in the fall. The schedule needs to clearly articulate class meeting obligations (e.g. in person, online vs. hybrid). 
  • Distribution and/or collection of any technology/instructional supplies for students needs to occur following appropriate social distancing guidelines. ​

Academic Support Services

​ Students continue to access majority of tutorial and supplemental instruction services online. Limited face to face services are available that are deemed critical to support online instruction (including courses that could not be transitioned online). 
To ensure safety and physical distancing, student access to the areas with limited services will need to be by appointment and/or queuing system. 
  • Learning Resource Centers 
    • LIMITED SERVICES OPEN: Help Desk/Receptionist/Instructional Materials Checkout; Open Computer Lab; Open Student Study Space; Faculty Offices; Staff Work Spaces 
    • CLOSED: Student Study Rooms 
    • ONLINE ONLY: Tutoring, Peer Mentoring, Faculty Consultations, Workshops 
  • Libraries
    • LIMITED SERVICES OPEN: Reference Desk; Circulation Desk (Includes services of: Loans of Laptops, Textbooks, Calculators, etc.); Computer Commons w/Printers and Copy Services; Computer Commons Tech Support Desk; Stacks; Open student study area; Faculty Offices; Staff Work Spaces
    •  CLOSED: Student Study Rooms 
    •  ONLINE ONLY: Group Library Instruction ​ 


Facilities, Operations, and Infrastructure

​Students continue to access majority of services online and/or through email inquiries. Limited face to face services available that are deemed critical to support online instruction and students, including collection of cash payments (enrollment fees, health fees, transportation fees, student services fees, and any materials fees, as appropriate), gift card distribution, payments and sponsor billing/internal departmental vouchers. 
  • LIMITED OPEN: Cashiers Office, Child Development Center and Food Services. 
  • ONLINE ONLY: N/A 
To ensure safety and physical distancing, outdoor triage stations implemented (e.g. Ask Me Booths). Additionally, student access to the areas with limited services will need to be by appointment and/or queuing system and the use of disposable items will be implemented where appropriate. ​

Safety

Personnel needed to support special allowable programs, along with any other district operations may return under the State Public Officers guidelines, since offices (in all sectors, not only critical infrastructure) have been approved to be reopen by the State. Office workspaces guidelines have been released by the State and Cal OSHA and must be followed. The exception would be for employees that are immunocompromised and/or over the age of 65 (CDC guidelines). Those employees should continue to work remotely until Phase 4. Onsite employees will be required to wear face coverings, adhere to social distancing of more than six feet, follow hand sanitation standards, and perform self-symptom checking before they arrive onsite. ​

Communication 

Communicate with faculty, staff, students and community as Phase B progresses. ​


Conclusion for Phase B

​Coordination throughout the district will be needed as the colleges begin to phase in programs and services. While alignment throughout the District is ideal, the individual needs and unique capacities (facilities, personnel) of the colleges will need to be taken into consideration. Each college must adhere to external standards that provide direction for social distancing and large group gathering capacities which may result in differences among the colleges with regard to the composition of programs and services available during the phase-in process. 
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An increased emphasis on training will be needed during this phase on protocols for monitoring and enforcing safe behavior and use of appropriate PPE.


See Phase B details for:  Employees - Community

Phase C (assumes CA Stage 2-3)

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Winter Term:  January 4 - February 11, 2021
Assumes California Resilience Roadmap​ (Riverside County) Stages 2-3

Phase C focuses on continued phasing in of services and staff to the colleges. Winter intersession provides an opportunity to prepare for the full return of services and programs to the colleges for the spring 2021 semester.

Workgroup Recommendations Summary

  • ​Students have access to increased variety of on-campus courses with continued safety guidelines (face covering, hand washing, disinfection, and where required PPE). Alignment of program/course offerings throughout the District is ideal and will be achieved as best possible through coordination between the colleges. Individual needs and unique capacities (facilities, personnel) of the colleges will inform the array of courses available on-site (f-2-f). The variety, breadth, and scope of offerings to be identified by each college. 
  • Each college determines the level of return to campus for lecture purposes. The amount of hybrid/face-to-face instruction will depend upon college-specific physical space, current safety guidelines, and facilities and other capacities with a goal of building a student-centered schedule. 
  • Fully open academic support services in the Library and LRCs. 
  • Students can access additional student services with capacity limitations in place. 
  • During this phase, staff will return to the campus on a rotational scheduling format so as to maintain social distancing and safe practices.  


Opening Labs and Similar Facilities

Students have access to increased variety of on-campus courses with continued safety guidelines (face covering, hand washing, disinfection, and increased PPE where required). ​

Student Services

Students have access to increased variety of on-campus student services with capacity limitations in place and continued safety guidelines (face covering, hand washing, disinfection, and where PPE is required). ​Focus on how to open small office spaces and student gathering spaces in a safe manner with capacity limitations.

Lecture Planning – Returning to Lecture-based Instruction

Each college determines the level of return to campus for lecture purposes. The amount of hybrid/face-to-face instruction will depend upon college-specific physical space, current safety guidelines, and facilities and other capacities with a goal of building a student-centered schedule. As such, each college should explore the early return of low-capped, lecture-based course/programs as part of an initial phase of return to campus. 
Coordination and consideration of equitable access to programs/courses throughout the District is a priority. 
As students register for classes – class meeting obligations (e.g. in person, online or hybrid) need to be clearly communicated. During schedule development - clearly define online and face-to-face obligations/expectations for students and faculty.

Academic Support Services

Students have access to academic support services in Library and LRCs.
  • Learning Resource Centers 
    • FULLY OPEN: Help desk/Receptionist/Instructional Materials Checkout; Open Computer Lab; Open Student Study Space; Faculty Offices; Staff Work Spaces; Student Study Rooms; Tutoring, Peer Mentoring, Faculty Consultations, Workshops 
  • Libraries 
    • ​ FULLY OPEN: Reference Desk; Circulation Desk (Includes services of: Loans of Laptops, Textbooks, Calculators, etc.); Computer Commons w/Printers and Copy Services; Computer Commons Tech Support Desk; Stacks; Open student study area; Faculty Offices; Staff Work Spaces; Student Study Rooms; Group Library Instruction 

Facilities, Operations, and Infrastructure

Students continue to access a majority of services online and/or through email inquiries. Limited face to face services available that are deemed critical to support online instruction and students. Food Services to reopen Café and kiosk areas; Child Development Center not operational. 
  • LIMITED OPEN: Cashiers Office, Food Services and Child Development Center. 
  • ONLINE ONLY: N/A

Safety

If the State moves to Phase 3 or Phase 4 status, regular onsite work can resume. The exception would be for employees that are immunocompromised and/or over the age of 65 (CDC guidelines). Those employees should continue to work remotely until Phase 4. If the State reverts to Phase 1 or Phase 2 remote work should resume. Onsite employees will be required to wear face coverings, adhere to social distancing of more than six feet, follow hand sanitation standards, and perform self-symptom checking before they arrive onsite.

Communication 

Communicate with faculty, staff, students and community as Phase C progresses. ​


Conclusion for Phase C 

In Phase C, additional staff return to the colleges in preparation for a full-scale sage return for Spring 2021. ​


See Phase C details for:  Employees - Community


Phase D  (assumes CA Stage 3)

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Spring Term:  February 16 - June 11, 2021
​Assumes California Resilience Roadmap​ (Riverside County) Stage 3

In Phase D, college operations have been fully restored with special consideration for large scale events and activities that take place at the colleges.


Workgroup Recommendations Summary

  • Students have access to in-person curriculum, tutoring and supplemental instruction, student services and administrative services with any ongoing required health and safety guidelines that remain in place. 
  • Special consideration needed for large group gatherings (e.g. commencement, end of year celebrations, etc.) 
  • Staff returns following continued safety measures and guidelines for the reestablishment of community access to college facilities. 

Opening Labs and Similar Facilities

Students have access to in-person curriculum with ongoing required health and safety guidelines that remain in place. ​

Student Services

Student Services open to students. Students will continue to have access to services online and/or through email inquiries in addition to face-to-face services. Special consideration needed for large group gatherings (e.g. commencement, end of year celebrations, etc.). ​

Lecture Planning – Returning to Lecture-based Instruction​

Appropriate increase of hybrid/face-to-face instruction to be determined by each college. Each college resumes “normal” balance of face-to-face, hybrid, and online offerings.

Academic Support Services

Students have access to academic support services in Library and LRCs. 
  • Learning Resource Centers 
    • FULLY OPEN: Help desk/Receptionist/Instructional Materials Checkout; Open Computer Lab; Open Student Study Space; Faculty Offices; Staff Work Spaces; Student Study Rooms; Tutoring, Peer Mentoring, Faculty Consultations, Workshops 
  • Libraries 
    • ​ FULLY OPEN: Reference Desk; Circulation Desk (Includes services of: Loans of Laptops, Textbooks, Calculators, etc.); Computer Commons w/Printers and Copy Services; Computer Commons Tech Support Desk; Stacks; Open student study area; Faculty Offices; Staff Work Spaces; Student Study Rooms; Group Library Instruction 

Facilities, Operations, and Infrastructure

Students continue to access a majority of services online and/or through email inquiries. Limited face to face services available that are deemed critical to support online instruction and students. Food Services to reopen Café and kiosk areas; Child Development Center not operational. 
  • LIMITED OPEN: Cashiers Office, Food Services and Child Development Center. 
  • ONLINE ONLY: N/A

Safety

If the State is on Phase 3 or Phase 4, regular instruction can resume. If the State reverts to Phase 1 or Phase 2, online instruction should return.

Communication

Communicate with faculty, staff, students and community as Phase D progresses. ​ 


See Phase D details for:  Employees - Community



Do you have questions? 

Email us at covid19@rccd.edu​ or call us at (951) 222-8662.​

For information related to Riverside County COVID-19 cases, testing sites and resources, visit: 

Interested in getting tested? Make an appointment through Riverside County Health at 800-945-6171.
If you have symptoms, logon to the County’s triage website at: ​https://www.projectbaseline.com/study/covid-19/

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