March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 

Purpose:  To update the community on our restricted operations as part of our commitment to protecting the safety of our community.

What’s new?

Effective Friday, March 20, Renton Technical College will be closed to the public in person. Tomorrow only, those finishing finals and class assignments can be on campus. RTC will maintain its internal hours of operation of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30. p.m., Monday through Friday.  Offices and staff will be available to serve students, prospective students, and other members of the public by phone, email, and by appointment in limited circumstances.

Please see Departmental Contact Information.

We are quickly adapting to the governor’s orders to restrict operations and the rapid spread of COVID-19 so we can continue to serve everyone well and safely.  This schedule will continue at least through the start of Spring Quarter classes on Monday, April 13.  During this time, most people will be working from off-campus. This is a new way of work.  We will solve implementation problems as soon as we identify them.

Information to register for Spring Quarter classes is available on the website. Students can still register online for Spring Quarter or by contacting registration@rtc.edu. Advising is available to help too! The Governor’s current orders are to have remote instruction, except for lab and clinical classes, until April 27.  However, watching the progression of the virus, it is likely that this will extend throughout the quarter.

Please read the rest of this message for important updates about:

  • Health
  • Telework
  • Faculty resources
  • Technology assistance
  • Food pantry operations
  • and other resources

 

Health Update:  The RTC Community has no confirmed cases of COVID-19.  However, we must all be responsible members of the community and practice safe hygiene and social-distancing. The goal of altering our operational strategy is to balance the health of our community with the needs of our students and employees.

Telework: Supervisors are working to maximize telework arrangements at RTC.  Some will continue to work on campus as a part of their functions as long as they follow safe, social-distancing practices and are healthy.  Unless public policy changes to restrict people from going to work, employees can work in their offices or labs with permission of their supervisor.  Please refer to the “Telework Etiquette” guidelines sent from Human Resources.

Faculty Resources: Faculty will be spending the extended time between quarters adapting course to remote instruction as required.  Find details of non-instruction day expectations here.

Technology Assistance:  

  • Telework arrangements: once the telework form is complete and sent to Human Resources, supervisors should send a message to servicedesk@rtc.edu to arrange computers, internet access, software, and hardware to receive calls on their computers as if in the office. Many people will be able to log onto all necessary documents from their personal, home computer using new “Remote Desktop Services.” system.  Zoom licenses are available for computer-based meetings, as is Microsoft Teams
  • Students: We are preparing for Spring Quarter classes.  If you haven’t already, please fill out the Student Technology Survey regarding your technology access needs. The RTC Foundation is working hard to assist you during this trying time and will follow up with you based on the information you provide in the survey.
  • Internet access: If you do not currently have internet service, Comcast is making it available for free for the first two months.  Get details at https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19. RTC will send updates as other possibilities become available.

Food Pantry:  The Associated Student Government’s Food Pantry will be operational for the entire break for those in need.  Weather permitting, food will be available outside the C building (in case of rain, inside the C building) Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Continue to educate yourself with these resources: Visit this page for the most up-to-date information, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and earlier messages. See www.kingcounty.gov/covid for other guidance.

Be well and wash your hands.