Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Summer Quarter Plans

July 9, 2020

Welcome to summer quarter!

We are excited to welcome our Summer Quarter lab students and faculty back to campus for their hands-on training. We all must follow safety protocol, RTC policies, and state law to keep everyone safe. Only students enrolled in labs are allowed on campus (unless returning or picking up computer equipment; see details below). All other services and instruction remain online.

Please note that we adjusted our hours throughout July to ensure the best service to our community while complying with mandated furloughs due to the fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about it by visiting the July Summer Hours page.

WHO CAN BE ON CAMPUS?

Campus is only open for those taking or teaching on-campus lab courses in essential programs. Other courses and services remain remote and not face-to-face. Campus buildings are not currently open to the public. Find Information about Summer Quarter or our more detailed reopening procedure by visiting the COVID-19 Safety Plan page. Information will also be posted in and near your labs.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE COMING TO CAMPUS?

Before you leave home for campus, you must complete a self-screening process to attest to your health by going to www.rtc.edu/CampusAccess each day. You will be asked questions such as if you have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms. You will also be asked about travel. If you have been outside Washington, Oregon, or Idaho in the last two weeks, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days before you may return to campus according to the Department of Health policy. If you cannot attest to your good health, do not come to campus! And if you begin to feel sick while on campus, inform your instructor or supervisor and go home.

WHAT WILL I DO ON THE FIRST DAY?

Classes begin on Monday, July 6. On the first day of class, you will do a campus safety training class in Canvas.  After that, Faculty will review COVID-19-specific safety protocols in place at the beginning of labs with a daily briefing.

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK?

Yes. It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain your and others’ health. You must:

  • wear a face-covering/mask,
  • maintain physical distance from others of 6 feet, and
  • practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently.

The College will supply you with a reusable mask if you do not have your own, as well as other personal protective equipment (PPE). If you are not willing to do these things, do not come to campus.

HOW WILL MY CLASSROOM BE CLEANED?

Our custodial staff will be doing its part to keep the campus clean and safe. You will also be asked to share in the responsibility of cleaning and disinfecting your classroom workspace.  Cleaning supplies and instructions are in each lab and class.

CAN I USE THE CAFETERIA, LIBRARY, AND OTHER CAMPUS AREAS?

Limit your movements on campus to your lab spaces, limited food services in Building I, and restroom facilities. Keep notes of where you’ve been and who you see if contact tracing becomes necessary.

The Library, Learning Resource & Career Center, and computer labs will operate remotely. Virtual student services are available through our Zoom Lobbies. You can find out how to call, text, or email for help on our Contact Information page.

As phases of the economy, society, and higher education “open-up,” we will modify our services and practices as appropriate.


Financial Aid

Be sure your FAFSA or WASFA is completed, and all required documents are submitted by the Financial Aid Priority Date, May 29, 2020. Files completed by May 29th will have a tuition hold that will protect students' classes from being dropped for non-payment.

Commencement

We have surveyed students, faculty, and staff about what the 2020 Commencement ceremony might look like, given that our traditional event at the Showare Center on June 24 cannot occur. With that input, we have decided to postpone Commencement until the end of the summer quarter with the hope that public gathering will be safer at that time for smaller groups of people. At this point, it is our desire to have a series of smaller, program-specific ceremonies during a Commencement Week. If the virus intervenes, we will change course at that time.

Fall Quarter

We are planning for fall quarter classes and activities to allow more face-to-face learning and work. Yet this will also occur in a “new normal” context. Until there is a proven vaccine and effective medical therapies for the virus, we will continue to associate in ways that protect our own health and that of others, and enact RTC’s values. Faculty and instructional administration modified the curriculum to fit the new realities and it will be delivered in a variety and mix of modes—face-to-face, online, hybrid, and flex. They also developed the curriculum so that it can pivot to adapt to changing public health conditions. The virus will have the final say.

Our approach to the other work of the College this fall will also evolve. More of us will be able to interact on-campus, but we strongly suspect the lessons, technologies, and opportunities of our current telework will continue to influence how we execute our work.

Census 2020

While you are staying at home and staying healthy, a very important thing to do—if you have not already—is to participate in the 2020 Census. It is extremely important for all residents to complete the Census. The Census is how POWER and MONEY get distributed to each state—through Congressional representation and Federal funding. The information gathered in the census is completely CONFIDENTIAL and will be kept private. Individual data cannot be viewed for the next 72 years! It is critical that we count all people including seniors, students, babies, immigrants, parents, everyone! All individuals living in the US should be included in the census regardless of immigration status and complex living arrangements. Since 1790, the Census is taken every ten years. During the 2010 Census, Renton was undercounted—this year, let’s make every one count!


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