April 2, 2020
Update from President Kevin McCarthy regarding extended stay-home order
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Late this afternoon in response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Jay Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order by another four (4) weeks. It is now in effect through May 4, 2020. This extension will affect all of us, and all of us will do our parts in collectively addressing our public health crisis.
What does this mean for us?
Renton Technical College is using the most up-to-date information we have and we are modifying plans as new information is available. We will continue to update everyone in our community.
Spring Quarter Classes will still start on Monday, April 13. We already had planned to offer all instruction online until April 27, and now that will extend until at least May 5. Many classes are already set to be online for the entire spring quarter. However, we will have to study the effect of this extension on some of our lab-heavy courses. The faculty and instructional administration will be adapting plans and announcing changes next week. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these uncertain times.
For employees, Renton Technical College is continuing normal operations, but utilizing alternate work locations and ways of working, just as we have since the Governor’s initial order. Through May 4, we are complying with the Governor’s order to “stay home, stay healthy.” Some staff will continue to be assigned on-campus given their responsibility for safety, systems, and to maintain specific operations. The vast majority of us will continue working from home during our normal hours of operation, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We have the technology to provide all our services to all our constituents by phone and email using the regular Departmental Contact Information. Supervisors and Human Resources are adapting planning to adjust to the new timeline and will communicate new information in the upcoming days.
This is a difficult time and I want to express my special gratitude to our students and employees who are hard at work keeping other essential services in our communities running, in healthcare settings, grocery stores, delivering food and other goods.
I wish you all well,