Please click here for up-to-date information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Click here for up-to-date information on Campus Access.

RCC community members are also encouraged to visit the MA Department of Health website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for accurate, updated information on the virus.

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Important Information on Campus Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

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All questions related to RCC’s response to COVID-19 should be directed to COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu.

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Information on Community Access 

On May 18, 2020, Governor Baker and the task force leading the reopening of services and institutions in the state of Massachusetts released a four-phase plan. This plan and activation is dependent upon public health data and is relative to each industry and geographical area in the state.  Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks. Additionally, each phase can be reversed to a prior if need be. 

RCC has developed its own four-phase plan, and all phases and safety measures are informed by local, state, and national guidelines. All RCC phases adhere to the guidelines included in the state of MA’s plan for Reopening Higher Education.  

Four Phase Campus Access Plan

All RCC members and guests are required to follow Protocol and Guidelines for Navigating, Interacting and Distancing on campus during all phases and until otherwise noted.

The safety and wellness of all RCC members is and always will be a top priority for the College. During all phases of reopening campus, the College will work with faculty and staff to ensure that options for remote work, alternative processes for completion of job tasks, and additional supports are provided.  Those at high risk and who care for others who are at high risk will continue to work with Human Resources for support during the pandemic.

Nonessential travel is banned during Phases One-Three and will resume in Phase Four on an as-needed basis.

Click here to review the Four-Phase Campus Access Plan in full.

Current Phase: Phase II – Effective August 17, 2020

Phase II – Vigilant – During Phase II, the following restrictions around campus access are enforced.

  1. Select courses and programs will be open to students on campus, while a majority of courses
    will be provided remotely and online.
  2. Additional employees and departments will resume business on campus in a limited and asneeded capacity.
  3. Students requiring services which cannot be administered effectively remotely will be able to make scheduled appointments to come to campus (no walk-in services permitted).
  4. Labs and technical programs will resume with limited capacity on campus for face-to-face
    instruction.
  5. All other services will follow procedures from Phase One.

Reminder: All employees who visit campus must follow the Protocol and Guidelines for Navigating, Interacting and Distancing on campus during every campus visit.

Training Materials 

All students, staff, and faculty, including those already working on campus, must review the mandatory health and safety requirements information on this page before returning to campus.  Any questions about these materials should be directed to COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu.   

If You Feel Sick – Stay Home

If you feel sick, do not visit campus.  One of the most effective ways to combat the spread of COVID-19 is to avoid leaving your home when you feel ill.  You should immediately contact your health care provider if you begin to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Self Checker: Before entering a campus building, you must complete the COVID-19 Self Checker to verify that you are not at risk for having COVID-19. 

If you begin to feel sick while visiting campus, you should leave campus immediately:

  • Any RCC employee who demonstrates symptoms of COVID-19 should leave work immediately and inform HR.
  • Any student who demonstrates symptoms of COVID-19 should inform the Office of Student Life.
  • Appropriate cleaning procedures will be implemented in the spaces any expected or diagnosed party visits on campus.

Hand Hygiene

Following CDC guidelines, handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water is required throughout the day. Hand sanitizer stations are also available throughout the campus.  You must clean or sanitize your hands before and after visiting an office.

Link to hand hygiene information in Spanish: https://youtu.be/d6GqqqSC4Zw.

Face Coverings – Required for Campus Access

All campus visitors must always wear a face covering or mask at all times while on campus. The face covering or mask must cover the nose and mouth and may be reused if not soiled. Individuals working in private offices with closed doors may remove their face covering or mask only when in this setting. 

Link to information in Spanish:  https://youtu.be/oKRFWS9Eh3M

Social Distancing

All members of our community will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The guidelines include staying at least six feet from other people, avoiding shaking hands, avoiding gathering in groups, avoiding crowded places, and maintaining appropriate distance when studying or meeting in person. 

Link to information in Spanish:  https://youtu.be/atoYsk9lFXs

Training from RCC Employees 

Learn how to properly wash your hands, handle your face mask and practice social distancing from RCC employees.

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