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Coronavirus Information for the RCC Community

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All College Continuation Plan Letter - March 20, 2020

Letter to Faculty and Professional Staff from President Valerie Roberson - March 20,2020

Letter to Students from Associate Vice President Andres Oroz - March 20, 2020

Letter to Students, Facutly and Staff from President Valerie Roberson - March 16, 2020

Email to Students from Associate Vice President Andres Oroz - March 13, 2020

Email to Faculty from Vice President Kimberly Rogers - 3.13.2020

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Letter from Dr. Valerie Roberson - March 23, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

By now, many of you have likely learned of the “Stay at Home” order issued by Governor Charlie Baker this morning. After discussing the order with state leaders, we can confirm that the College is open for very limited purposes, and we are permitted to use the campus to distribute the technology needed for you to teach and conduct business remotely. Accordingly, we have finalized the following plan for technology distribution.

Those of you with critical business responsibilities will have the opportunity to pick up your laptop or surface pro from the Student Commons tomorrow, March 24, 2020, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. If your job function is categorized as critical, you will be contacted by Danielle Freeman with instructions on how to set-up your appointment. It is vitally important that only those employees with critical business functions access the campus before 1:00 pm tomorrow.

All other faculty and staff can schedule a time to pick-up their laptops or surface pros after 1:00 pm tomorrow (March 24, 2020) – the end of the day on Friday, March 27, 2020. Please adhere to the following protocol:

  • To schedule your appointment, please visit https://calendly.com/rccbuildingaccess and select a half-hour appointment time that works with your schedule.
  • When you arrive on-campus, you can only gain access by entering Building 3 using the courtyard door near Public Safety. You must sign in with the Public Safety Officer stationed inside that door and present your employee ID. If you need to access your office in another building, Public Safety will accompany you to the building and unlock doors as needed.
  • Please only visit the Student Commons (where you can pick-up your device) and your office while on-campus. When you leave, you must sign out and be sure to indicate all locations visited on the sign-out form, so that the maintenance staff can clean appropriately.
  • Please limit your time on-campus to a half hour.
  • We expect internet hot spots to arrive at RCC by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Accordingly, those of you needing internet hot spots should schedule your campus visit for Wednesday, or later in the week.

The final schedule of virtual training sessions is attached to this email.

  • For department-specific training sessions – you will automatically be added to the meeting by the trainer, and you will receive login instructions.
    For open training sessions – Information on accessing open training sessions is forthcoming.
  • Please attend as many training sessions as possible to maximize your familiarity with remote learning and remote working tools by the end of this week. Additional training sessions will be added on an as-needed basis.

We’ll be in touch throughout the week with additional news and updates. Take care, and please continue to direct your questions to COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu.

Best Regards,

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College

 

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Letter from Dr. Valerie Roberson - March 20, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Over the past few days, city- and state-wide actions to limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have become more and more restrictive. The campus buildings are empty, and many of us are anxiously awaiting updates while checking on friends, family, and loved ones. In the midst of this rapidly-evolving crisis, the likes of which we’ve never seen before, I’m moved beyond words by your continued commitment to Roxbury Community College.

I’ve heard from countless students, faculty, staff, and alumni over the last few days, all of whom have offered words of encouragement, support, and hope. So many of our dedicated faculty and staff have offered remote assistance, and everyone has expressed deep, sincere concern for the well-being of our community. In the most troubling of times, we have come together in unprecedented support for our students and each other. It’s perhaps the one silver lining to this difficult situation.

Based on guidance received from the CDC, Governor’s Office, MA Department of Public Health, and MA Department of Higher Education, we have developed a plan to allow the continued delivery of instruction, essential student support, and college operations remotely, limiting the number of individuals on-campus until at least Monday, April 27, 2020.

Instruction
As discussions with MCCC and DCE continue, we are now confident that we can transition many of our courses to a remote learning model. We will use next week (March 23, 2020 – March 28, 2020) for virtual faculty training, so that our faculty have the resources needed to maximize remote learning opportunities.

Faculty – The Office of Academic and Student and Affairs sent details on this transition to you earlier today. Please contact Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Kimberly Rogers at krogers@rcc.mass.edu if you did not receive the email.

Students – You will receive information on your courses from professors.

Student Support
Student support services, such as Advising, Financial Aid, Enrollment, and other vital student services, will be provided remotely, beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. Employees who offer these services will be provided with the technology to work remotely and by appointment, on campus.

Students will receive instructions on accessing student support from the Office of Student Life.

Staff
Most staff will be asked to work from home. Some staff will be asked to be on campus, on a limited basis. We have launched Microsoft Teams to support virtual collaboration, and we will provide you with the technology needed to work remotely.

Staff will receive information on working from their supervisors.

All staff members should fill out the following survey to indicate their technology needs, if you have not already done so:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MQ6GVFN.

On-Campus Meetings and Gatherings
There will be no on-campus meetings or gatherings until at least April 30, 2020. We may need to extend this end date to include early May. For now, we are working with SGA and other student organizations to maximize the opportunities for virtual student engagement.

At present, Commencement is still scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020. If we are required to postpone the ceremony, we will inform you directly.

Prevention and Care
Please continue to follow the CDC and MA Department of Public Health guidelines on prevention and care. Know that there all official hotlines if you or your loved ones are in distress: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/crisis-hotlines.

As the continuation plans are finalized and communicated, we will continue to post all relevant information on rcc.mass.edu/coronavirus. All questions and concerns should continue to be directed to COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu.

Thank you for your continued support. Take care, be well, and please be in touch with questions and concerns. We are here to support you.

Best Regards,

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College

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Letter from Dr. Valerie Roberson - March 16, 2020

Dear RCC Community,

Your health and safety are our first concern, and we are committed to providing you with up-to-date information on the College’s response to COVID-19. We share the update below in the interest of full transparency, but stress that to date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among RCC community members.

Yesterday, two students and one faculty member reported symptoms consistent with COVID-19 that are yet unconfirmed and untested. We have consulted MEMA for advice, and without confirmed cases, the previously relayed recommendations remain in effect.

If members of the RCC community test positive for COVID-19, we will notify you and provide you with additional information.

Per the notification sent on Friday, March 13, 2020, the College is closed this week for preventative sanitizing cleaning. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to monitor their health and consult their primary healthcare providers with concerns. All should continue to follow the state-issued recommendations to stay at home if possible and to practice social distancing.

Know that the Emergency Management Team continues to meet virtually to finalize plans that will limit future access to campus while allowing students, faculty, and staff to complete critical work remotely.

We will provide further updates as we are able. Please direct questions or report positive test results to COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu.

Best,

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College

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Letter from Dr. Valerie Roberson - March 13, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that all of you and your loved ones are safe and well during this difficult time. All of you have shown a remarkable commitment to our student body by working diligently to deliver essential academic and support services, and I am incredibly grateful for your efforts.

As the spread of Coronavirus continues to increase, we must continue to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our community. Accordingly, we have decided to extend Spring Break through Saturday, 3/28/2020.

Next week, from Monday, 3/16/2020 – Friday, 3/20/2020, all campus buildings, including the Reggie Lewis Center, will be closed for a thorough cleaning. It is critical that only essential personnel are on-campus during the cleaning process. Please make sure that you do not leave any important items in your offices when you leave campus today, as you will not be able to enter campus buildings next week.

While the College is closed, the Emergency Management Team will meet virtually to finalize academic continuation plans for the College. While we realize that many students may not have access to personal computers, we must explore the option of completing at least some classroom activities online, after Spring Break, to minimize the number of people on-campus. Limiting on-campus classes and activities as much as possible is currently the best option for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Faculty – You will receive an email from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs with additional information and a link to a survey so that we can collect your input on online learning. You will receive further instructions and information on a potential transition directly from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Staff – All employees who have been designated as essential personnel are expected to report to work. If you have questions concerning your status, please consult with your supervisor for instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns about the temporary closing, please email COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu.

We will be in touch via email next week, with additional information. For now, please continue to prioritize your health and wellbeing.

Best Regards,

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College


Letter from Dr. Valerie Roberson - March 11, 2020 

Dear RCC Community,

Governor Baker issued updated guidelines to state employees in light of growing concerns over limiting exposure to and the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Beginning immediately (as of March 11, 2020), the following prevention measures are in effect for all RCC personnel:

  • All professional (work-related) international, domestic, and in-state travel is prohibited. 
  • Any non-essential business meetings should be postponed or conducted virtually.  The only exception at the present time is for required public meetings, such as board meetings.
  • All on-campus conferences, seminars, gatherings, and meetings that involve external partners or constituency groups are postponed, through April 30, 2020. 
  • You may hold regularly scheduled internal meetings, although you may consider holding these meetings virtually.
  • You should continue to follow the guidance issued on March 5th regarding prevention and care.

The College’s recommendation on planned personal travel has not changed:  We encourage you to think critically about any personal international travel in the immediate future, especially travel to countries identified as high-risk by CDC. If you choose to travel to these countries, you may be subject to government-imposed quarantine upon your return. We recognize and value that the decision to travel at this time is deeply personal; as such, we are only providing a recommendation at this time.

To confirm:  as of today, we are only implementing the measures listed above.  All other college business, including scheduled classes, will proceed as usual.  We will inform you directly should there be any changes to normal business operations.

Please email COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 or the College’s response. We will ensure that your questions are answered promptly and accurately.

Please continue to take care of yourself and others.  Your wellbeing remains our top priority.

Sincerely,

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College

 


Letter from Dr. Valerie Roberson - March 5, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

As many of you are aware, a new coronavirus, first reported in Wuhan, China, has spread to the United States. Although your risk of catching this virus remains low, I am reaching out to share updated news and information. Your wellbeing as an individual, and the wellbeing of our campus community, is a top priority.

Updates from the Department of Public Health

The MA Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed that the risk to residents in Massachusetts remains low.

General Information

Both the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) website and the MA DPH website are regularly updated with information on Coronavirus. Please visit these sites for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

Prevention

Although the risk to Massachusetts residents of the novel coronavirus is low, the risk for influenza is currently high. Many of the things you do to help prevent colds and the flu can help protect you against other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Try not to touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
  • If you have a fever or feel sick, stay home, and call your healthcare provider.
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs and countertops, with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Think ahead about how to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
  • Get the flu vaccine – it’s not too late!

Travel Recommendation

Currently, all MA Colleges and Universities are being asked to cancel current and future study abroad programs, until the worldwide spread of the virus decreases. Accordingly, RCC has canceled the upcoming study abroad program in France. Additionally, RCC is encouraging you to think critically about any personal international travel in the immediate future, especially travel to countries identified as high-risk by CDC. If you choose to travel to these countries, you may be subject to government-imposed quarantine upon your return. We recognize and value that the decision to travel at this time is deeply personal; as such, we are only providing a recommendation at this time.

RCC Emergency Notifications

The Emergency Management Team at RCC has plans in place to respond to pandemics on-campus, which were developed due to an abundance of caution. Know that if the spread of Coronavirus reaches the level of a public safety emergency, you will receive emergency updates via RAVE.

Updated Information for RCC

We will continue to send updated information to the RCC community via email; and, we will keep information accessible from the home page of our website.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College