Coronavirus Information

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Current Message

3/16/2022 | COVID-19, the common cold, and seasonal allergies have many similar signs and symptoms. Given the similarities, and as a reminder, students, staff, and faculty should still self-report if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have themselves tested positive using the Exposure Notification Concern Form. Thank you for helping keep our campus safe!

COVID Updates

Over the last few months COVID-19 has made safety and mental health exceedingly difficult and stressful. As we work to find a balance and based on the Governor’s recommendation, Starting Tuesday, February 22, 2022 RCC will remove the indoor face covering requirement and transition to optional and encouraged face coverings indoors for everyone. 

The College will continue to require students, staff and faculty to self-report if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have themselves tested positive using the Exposure Notification Concern Form.

The safety and mental health of our faculty, staff, and students is paramount. We continue to evaluate the risks and implement strategies to promote the safest and healthiest campus environment possible.

COVID-19, the common cold, and seasonal allergies have many similar signs and symptoms. Given the similarities, and as a reminder, students, staff, and faculty should still self-report if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have themselves tested positive using the Exposure Notification Concern Form.

 Thank you for helping keep our campus safe!

Over the last few months COVID-19 has made safety and mental health exceedingly difficult and stressful. As we work to find a balance and based on the Governor’s recommendation, Starting Tuesday, February 22, 2022 RCC will remove the indoor face covering requirement and transition to optional and encouraged face coverings indoors for everyone. 

The College will continue to require students, staff and faculty to self-report if they have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have themselves tested positive using the Exposure Notification Concern Form.

The safety and mental health of our faculty, staff, and students is paramount. We continue to evaluate the risks and implement strategies to promote the safest and healthiest campus environment possible.

  • Starting Monday, January 31, 2022 students will resume Spring Semester schedules based on the original posted delivery method unless otherwise communicated by their instructor. Students are encouraged to check their RCC email, Moodle (online courses) and the RCC website for important updates. For continued mitigation students are reminded to wear a face covering indoors, and social distance where possible. 

  • Starting Monday, January 31, 2022  employees will discontinue their modified schedules and return to their regular schedules. For continued mitigation employees are asked to continue to use the Exposure Notification Concern Form, wear a face covering indoors (unless in an office alone), social distance where possible, and meet virtually with others if possible.

  • Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, RCC will offer Spring Semester courses through an alternative delivery, where possible and practical, until January 31, 2022. Please check your RCC email and the RCC website for critical updates. Continue to check your email and Moodle (online courses) for updates from your instructors regarding your courses. Remember that RCC is requiring face coverings inside any building on all our campuses.

With the recent announcement from the Governor and the science around the new COVID variant, Randolph Community College will require a mask, face shield, or cloth face covering that covers his/her mouth and nose while inside on any of our campuses.

Exceptions are:

•Employees, students or guests do not have to wear a face covering when they are eating or drinking in a common area, such as a break room or the café.

•Faculty can teach at the front of the classroom without a face covering.

This face covering requirement will take effect Monday, August 9.

Randolph Early College High School staff and students will follow the policy of the Randolph County School System while they are in the Vocational/Technical Center building.

If a student has a documented medical exception for wearing a face covering such as a medical or behavioral condition or disability, that student should inform his/her instructor and contact a Student Services Counselor in the Office of Student Success to discuss available options (e.g., online courses, other face covering options that may be suitable, etc.).

Every effort will be made to work with the student to find appropriate ways, where possible, to accommodate his/her waiver from the mask requirement.

When vaccinations increase and infections decrease, we look forward to relaxing the face covering requirement.

Everyone’s cooperation in this effort will help keep the campus healthy and safe.

HEERF/CARES Act Reports

To satisfy the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, the following report is provided to delineate how Randolph Community College has utilized the institutional portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF/CARES Act) funding and the Strengthening Institutions Program funding during the first quarter of 2022.

Randolph Community College

Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

April 10, 2022

  • Randolph Community College (College) has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Funding Certification and Agreement for the Section 314(d)(5) of CRRSAA that requires that an institution receiving funding under section 314(a)(1) provide the same amount in financial aid grants to students from the new CRRSAA funds that it was required or which it would have been required to provide under its original Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Student Aid Portion award. The ARP, with some changes, is a continuation of the CRRSAA programs. Under the ARP (a)(1) program, as authorized under section 2003 of the ARP, the amount each institution must use for financial aid grants to students is determined by calculating the sum of 50 percent of the amount each institution receives under the formula factors in CRRSAA section 314(a)(1)(A)-(D); and 100 percent of the amount received under the formula factors in CRRSAA section 314(a)(1)(E)-(F). Under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) programs, student portion funds must be used to provide financial aid grants to students (including students exclusively enrolled in distance education) which may be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare. In making financial aid grants to students, an institution of higher education must prioritize grants to students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants.

  • The College has received $632,128 under CARES, $632,128 under CRRSAA, and $2,432,037 under ARP from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification of Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.  The College was also funded to receive $62,584 under CARES, $108,564 under CRSSA, and $196,972 under ARP through the Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP).  The total amount of aid the College had available to use for Emergency Financial Aid Grants was $4,064,413.

  • As of March 31, 2022, the College has distributed $4,059,265 to students under the CARES Act, CRRSAA and ARP student aid portions.

  • As of the date of this report, the College distributed funds to 2,965 unduplicated students since the beginning of the pandemic.
    • 2,390 unduplicated students have received assistance since Fall 2021

  • $667,350 was distributed to 1,492 students during the January – March 2022 quarter for “any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus.”  

  • It is estimated that 1,767 curriculum students have been eligible to receive HEERF funds since Fall 2021, and 617 students enrolled in our Workforce Development or Career and College Readiness Programs.  Therefore, we believe that there is an estimated total of 434 students eligible to receive HEERF funds this academic year.

Method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive HEERF grants and how much they would receive:

The Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs has disbursed Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) proceeds to Randolph Community College students as quickly, and efficiently, as possible for the 2021-22 academic year while adhering to applicable guidance. All curriculum students enrolled at Randolph Community College were sent an email sharing that they can request laptop and/or internet assistance through the Digital Randolph Application. Additionally, students enrolled in Career and College Readiness (CCR) and students enrolled in eligible Continuing Education (CE) programs were notified of the opportunity to apply for this assistance.

Our office received hundreds of requests for assistance and disbursed these funds as quickly as possible to ensure students could get assistance and have the tools to be successful in their courses. The amounts awarded were $700 to assist with the procurement of a laptop and $300 to assist with obtaining internet service at their personal dwelling. Our office opened the same application later in the academic year to allow students with a recent need, as well as those taking late-start classes to seek assistance as well.

In addition to laptop and internet assistance grants, the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs worked with key personnel in the Workforce Development & Continuing Education Division, as well as the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to award block grants to nearly every student on campus. All curriculum students with a high school diploma were awarded prorated amounts based on their enrollment level for the semester (ex. Full time, three-quarter time, half time, less than half time); however, higher amounts were awarded to students receiving Pell to ensure we met the federal requirement of prioritizing those with exceptional need.

The Registrar for Workforce Development ran a report identifying students currently enrolled in Continuing Education and College and Career Readiness courses.  The following criteria was used to identify those eligible to be awarded funds:

  • Active in the program year.
  • Continuing Education:
    • Student enrolled in a 96-hour or more course that leads to a State or National Credential or Certification.
    • Student received a scholarship for the course.
      (scholarships are based on reported student income)
  • College and Career Readiness (CCR):
    • Student enrolled in College and Career Readiness Program

Once they provided their list of students, we awarded grant amounts with priority based on need. In Continuing Education, students who received a need-based scholarship were awarded more than students who did not apply for a need-based scholarship and/or were not eligible for a scholarship.  In CCR, each student was awarded a set amount if they had completed 40 contact hours, and those under that prescribed threshold received a smaller allotment.

Read the report by downloading this PDF.

To satisfy the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, the following report is provided to delineate how Randolph Community College has utilized the institutional portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF/CARES Act) funding and the Strengthening Institutions Program funding during the fourth quarter of 2021.

Read the report by downloading this PDF.

To satisfy the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, the following report is provided to delineate how Randolph Community College has utilized the institutional portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF/CARES Act) funding and the Strengthening Institutions Program funding during the third quarter of 2021.

Read the report by downloading this PDF.

To satisfy the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, the following report is provided to delineate how Randolph Community College has utilized the institutional portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF/CARES Act) funding and the Strengthening Institutions Program funding during the second quarter of 2021.

Read the report by downloading this PDF.

To satisfy the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, the following report is provided to delineate how Randolph Community College has utilized the institutional portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF/CARES Act) funding and the Strengthening Institutions Program funding during the first quarter of 2021.

Read the report by downloading this PDF.

To satisfy the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, the following report is provided to delineate how Randolph Community College has utilized the institutional portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF/CARES Act) funding and the Strengthening Institutions Program funding.

Read the report by downloading this PDF. 

To satisfy the reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Education, the following report is provided to delineate how Randolph Community College has utilized the institutional portions of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF/CARES Act) funding and the Strengthening Institutions Program funding.

Read the report by downloading this PDF.

The U.S. Department of Education has distributed funds to community colleges to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

These emergency grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including childcare, food, healthcare/medical, housing (including increased utility costs), technology (including computer or WiFi access for online classes), and other items.

Randolph Community College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and the assurance that RCC intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. RCC received $632,128 in funds, and we will apply for additional funds as they become available.

To identify students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, reports were run to identify all students enrolled in spring and summer 2020 who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), were deemed to be Title IV eligible, and were not solely enrolled in distance education courses. Using that data, an email that contained a link to an online application was sent to all students who met the known criteria for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Students who completed the online institutional application were reviewed for eligibility once the deadline passed and awarded funds, if eligible. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. Students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, have a valid Social Security number, be registered with the Selective Service (if male), and have a high school diploma or GED. Students who were only enrolled in online courses as of March 13 are not eligible to receive the grants. Any student who receives a grant will receive an equal share of the student aid funding.

As of September 11, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to date is $382,250. The total number of students to date who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 214 students.

RCC also applied for and received institutional funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of $632,127 which are being used to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractor for the provision of pre-enrollment activities, including marketing and advertising, endowments, or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship. As of September 1, we have spent $196,069.99 of those funds.

The U.S. Department of Education has distributed funds to community colleges to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

These emergency grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including childcare, food, healthcare/medical, housing (including increased utility costs), technology (including computer or WiFi access for online classes), and other items.

Randolph Community College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and the assurance that RCC intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. RCC received $632,128 in funds, and we will apply for additional funds as they become available.

The total number of students at Randolph Community College in spring was 2,806 students. RCC sent electronic applications to the 1,965 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. Students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, have a valid Social Security number, be registered with the Selective Service (if male), and have a high school diploma or GED. Students who were only enrolled in online courses as of March 13 are not eligible to receive the grants. Any student who receives a grant will receive an equal share of the student aid funding.

As of August 1, the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to date is $334,250. The total number of students to date who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 208 students.
RCC also applied for and received institutional funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of $632,127 which are being used to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractor for the provision of pre-enrollment activities, including marketing and advertising, endowments, or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship. As of August 1, we have spent $152,791.91 of those funds.

The U.S. Department of Education has distributed funds to community colleges to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and education have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. This funding is available through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

These emergency grants are intended to assist students with expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including childcare, food, healthcare/medical, housing (including increased utility costs), technology (including computer or WiFi access for online classes), and other items.

Randolph Community College signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the U.S. Department of Education and the assurance that RCC intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. RCC received $632,128 in funds, and we will apply for additional funds as they become available.

The total number of students at Randolph Community College in spring was 2,806 students. RCC sent electronic applications to the 1,965 students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. Students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, have a valid Social Security number, be registered with the Selective Service (if male), and have a high school diploma or GED. Students who were only enrolled in online courses as of March 13 are not eligible to receive the grants. Any student who receives a grant will receive an equal share of the student aid funding.

The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to date is $339,000. The total number of students to date who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 226 students.

RCC also applied for and received institutional funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund of $632,127 which are being used to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus so long as such costs do not include payment to contractor for the provision of pre-enrollment activities, including marketing and advertising, endowments, or capital outlays associated with facilities related to athletics, sectarian instruction, or religious worship.