Coronavirus Information

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Update for Students | Wednesday, April 1 | 10 a.m.

Due to the recent announcement about graduation, the RCC Campus Store will no longer issue graduation walking passes. If an order was placed for a cap and gown that order will be automatically canceled and there will be no charge or cost to the student. If students are still interested in purchasing a cap and gown or tassel, those items will be available in the Campus Store at a later date.

An additional event, to celebrate the graduating student's achievements, is being discussed and more information will be communicated as a plan is established. We know this may not be an ideal situation, but we are in the difficult position of trying to protect the health and safety of students and their families, faculty, staff, and the community and still express our pride for our graduates.


Update | Monday, March 30 | 3:45 p.m.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and safety of students and their families, faculty, staff, and the community, Randolph Community College is moving the 2020 May graduation to a virtual platform.

RCC will celebrate the important achievements of the Class of 2020 in this virtual ceremony.

More information will be coming in the weeks to follow. Therefore, students need to check their email and the College’s website for updates.


Update | Friday, March 27 | 4:10 p.m.

Although Randolph Community College remains open for business, as are other community colleges in North Carolina, based on the latest developments and recommended best practices by state and federal authorities along with the recent COVID-19 cases in Randolph County, Randolph Community College has made the decision to operate with essential personnel only starting Monday, March 30.

Faculty and staff will be available remotely during normal business hours with limited physical access on campus.

Students are encouraged to check Moodle, their email and the College’s website for updates in response to the COVID-19 virus.

If students have technology or accessibility issues, access to a computer lab is available, by appointment, by calling 336-633-0223.

Our President and Senior Leadership Team continues to monitor the situation and make decisions that prioritize the campus community’s health and well-being.


Update | Thursday, March 26 | 3:10 p.m.

The NC Community College System has communicated the ongoing importance of the Community Colleges as the main source of education for much of North Carolina's workforce, therefore Randolph Community College remains open for business as are other community colleges in North Carolina.

RCC has transitioned to an alternate operation model with faculty and staff available during normal business hours on campus and remotely. Starting Monday, March 30 all RCC campuses will be closed to the public in order to protect the health and well-being of the campus community. This does not pertain to currently enrolled RCC students.

If students have technology or accessibility issues, access to a computer lab will be available, by appointment, by calling 336-633-0223.

It is important for students to check Moodle and their email for information regarding their classes. We also encourage students to check the College’s website for updates.

Our President and Senior Leadership Team continues to monitor the situation and make decisions that prioritize the campus community’s health and well-being.


Update for Students | Friday, March 20 | 10:50 a.m.

As a result of guidance from the N.C. Community College System Office (NCCCS), all students will transition from in-person instruction to online delivery starting Monday, March 23.

RCC’s leadership will determine which classes, such as those with labs, will continue to require in-person instruction and attendance based on the NCCCS’s guidance regarding face-to-face instruction.

This guidance offers specific exceptions to the suspension of all face-to-face instruction in critical areas such as public safety and public health services.

Our President and Senior Leadership Team continues to monitor the situation and make decisions that prioritize the campus community’s health and well-being.


Update as of Monday, March 16 | 3:00 p.m

In an effort to keep you updated on the rapidly changing landscape of the coronavirus situation and RCC’s response to it, the following points are a big picture summary of where we are with the situation as it currently stands:

  • RCC’s Spring Break has been extended through this week to allow our faculty to transition as much of their course content to alternative deliveries (i.e., online, assignment packets, etc.) as possible.
  • RCC will transition from in-person instruction to a system of alternative course delivery, where possible and practical, starting Monday, March 23, which will last indefinitely, including College and Career Readiness and ABLE. Our goal is to return to in-person instruction as soon as reasonably possible.
  • The College is open for faculty and staff, except any who are ill, whose recent travel puts the College at a significant health risk, or faculty or staff who have been in other high risk settings such as hospitals or nursing homes. These situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please continue to use this form to self report: https://randolphcc.wufoo.com/forms/rcc-selfreported-travel-form/
  • RCC leadership will determine which classes, such as those with labs, will continue to require in-person instruction and attendance. We will work with students to complete work if they are unable to take classes online.
  • We are doing our best to protect the best interests of the faculty, staff, students, and community.
  • NO decision has been made about graduation, but we are aware the situation may require alternate plans. That decision will be made by the end of next week.

These are just some big picture points to keep you updated. Please see below for a short video to further clarify where we are in our ongoing planning and response.

Dr. Shackleford Video - Coronavirus Update 3/16/2020


Update as of Friday, March 13 | 3:05 p.m.

Our senior leadership team has held numerous meetings, consultations and evaluations in the past few days regarding the well-being of the campus community.

Today, out of an abundance of caution, we announce the following important updates:

  • Spring break is being extended for curriculum students for one week (March 16-20).
  • We will close at 5 pm. Monday through Thursday.
  • We encourage students to stay at home during this time.
  • All faculty and staff need to report to work.
  • There will be additional communication with faculty about transitioning to online classes, clinicals, etc.
  • Vice Presidents will also be communicating with their individual areas with further information specific to your departments.
  • We intend to limit visitors on campus.
  • For continuing education students, all classes are suspended from March 14-22.
  • Effective immediately, all travel for RCC purposes is suspended.
  • Effective immediately, all events on all of our campuses are cancelled through May 31. A decision about RCC’s graduation is pending.
  • As of the distribution of this email, Randolph Early College High School will be open the week of March 16-20.
  • The café and the library will be open during the week of March 16-20 and will also close at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • During the week of March 16-20, the focus of our campus’ work will be to transition most curriculum classes to online and other work we need to do to ensure our campus community remains as safe as possible.
  • We are asking that all employees self-disclose travel to any areas that have been deemed “hot spots” where outbreaks of the Coronavirus have occurred. This includes travel to foreign countries, other states (New York, Massachusetts, California, and Washington) as well as the counties of Orange, Wake, Forsyth and Durham in North Carolina. Decisions will then be made of what the best course of action should be. Click here to fill out the Self-Report Form.

The Facilities Team has been and is doing several things to address the situation, and you will continue to see enhancements to our cleaning efforts. Our standard protocol follows bloodborne pathogen cleaning guidelines. This guideline includes chemicals such as Fight Bac, Clorox and Vital Oxide. Areas that these chemicals are used nightly are restrooms, dining tables, door hardware, chairs, and library. We have used these chemicals for years, and they defeat infectious and contagious viruses, including Coronovirus. These are not new chemicals, so we have effectively been fighting these viruses on a daily basis.

This remains a very fluid situation, and these were not decisions RCC has made lightly. While there are no cases of COVID-19 on our campus or in Randolph County, we have all seen how this situation is continually changing. We are implementing these measures to do what we can to “flatten the curve” – a phrase that many physicians are using regarding further prevention – while also ensuring students have the opportunity to continue earning academic credit.

We know the fluidity of this situation may cause some stress in the coming days. Know that our team continues to monitor minute by minute, work with trusted partners and reliable sources, and make decisions that prioritize the campus community’s health and well-being. We appreciate your partnership as we work to do what is best for our entire campus community.

RCC is coordinating with local Randolph County Health, Randolph County Emergency Management, and state officials to proactively monitor and respond to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.



Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are some general precautions you should always take to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Health Support

If you suspect you are sick with COVID-19, seek medical care right away. Call ahead, though, before you go to a physician's office, hospital or urgent care center to tell them about your exposure and symptoms. Follow the medical provider's directions.  Also, notify the local health department of your exposure and symptoms.


Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

What is 2019 novel coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people, and some of these viruses are more serious than others. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How is coronavirus typically spread?
From the CDC website: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.  Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Can it be spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects?
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Do I need to wear a face mask?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend wearing a face mask if you are well and have no symptoms. Face masks should only be used by health care workers and people who may be taking care of someone in a close setting. 

If I have flu-like symptoms, what should I do?
Anyone who is displaying flu-like symptoms should stay home and stay away from others as much as possible.
We encourage you to:

  • Contact your primary care physician or other healthcare provider to seek medical help.
  • Do not go to work or school. Stay home and try to avoid contact with others unless seeking medical treatment.
  • Inform your instructors of your absence.