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COVID-19

We are finally turning a corner with rapidly dropping COVID-19 cases in Oregon and, more specifically, Josephine and Jackson counties. Because of the widespread availability of vaccines, Gov. Brown has removed most of the restrictions related to COVID-19. This includes changes to the guidance issued by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon OSHA.

RCC returned to pre-pandemic protocols on June 30, 2021, masks and social distancing are no longer required. RCC will continue to support staff and students who choose to wear a mask or wish to remain distanced from others.

Vaccination Requirements

RCC joins all community colleges in Oregon in encouraging employees and students to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 to protect themselves, the RCC learning environment, and our communities at large. Likewise, we join the majority of Oregon community colleges in not mandating vaccines for employees or students. As a learning institution, we will continue to share resources and information about the vaccine's availability and efficacy.

Masks

The topic that generates the most questions is whether masks will be required for summer and fall terms. In accordance with the current guidance from the state and OHA, masks are no longer required as of June 30, 2021. However, RCC will encourage anyone who is not fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask indoors in accordance with guidance from the CDC.

RCC will continue to make disposable masks available to students and employees who wish to continue wearing a mask while on campus, as well as continue to support those who choose to wear a mask regardless of the reason. Getting vaccinated is a personal decision and a number of our students and employees either cannot receive the vaccination for a number of reasons, choose not to receive the vaccination, and/or have been vaccinated and prefer to continue to wear a mask out of caution.

RCC will respect the decisions of all members of our campus community in regards to vaccination status and/or use or non-use of masks, and will expect every person on campus to respect the decisions of others as well. If you need help or support feeling comfortable on campus or need to discuss any concerns you may have please contact our Counseling department.

Classroom and Space Capacity

Social distancing and classroom/space capacity has been an important factor in return-to-campus planning. Given the updated guidance from OHA, social distancing is no longer be required as of June 30, 20201. Classroom/space capacity has returned to full capacity. If a student or employee feels that they need to continue to social distance while at RCC, they are encouraged to speak to their immediate supervisor if they are an employee or Access and Disability Resources if they are a student. Students can also fill out this online form for a request.

On-Campus Activities

As of June 30, 2021, the following activities and functions have returned to pre-pandemic levels:

  • On-campus meetings
  • Admissions and Recruitment activities and events
  • Student Support Services
  • Student activities and events
  • Associated Student Government and Club activities and events
  • College Facility Use/Rentals

Student and Employee Travel

RCC student and employee travel is also expected to return to pre-pandemic protocols starting in fall term. At that point, we expect that all travel will be handled as outlined in AP 4300 Field Trips and Excursions for students and AP 056 for employees. All travel prior to the start of fall term will need to be approved by Senior Leadership.

Employees and students may be expected to self-quarantine for 7 days following out-of-state travel if they are not fully vaccinated. Employees should notify their supervisor in advance if they plan to travel out of state so that the supervisor can determine the employee’s vaccination status and possible quarantine requirements.

Case Reporting and Contact Tracing

We understand that unknowns about the pandemic, specifically those regarding new variants of the virus that are occurring in other parts of the world, are a major concern for many. RCC has experienced certain levels of success around COVID-19 and that is due in no small part to the steps that our students and employees have taken to ensure their individual well-being and the well-being of the RCC community as a whole.

As we begin the return to campus, vigilance will continue to be key. Each of us has a personal responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of ourselves and those around us. RCC Risk Management will continue to be responsible for all COVID-19 case reporting, contacting tracing, and coordination with Jackson and Josephine County Public Health for any isolation and quarantine requirements.

Cleaning

RCC Facilities will continue to clean all campus facilities in accordance with CDC guidance. RCC Facilities will also continue to disinfect any college space following a reported case of COVID-19 in that specific space. For more information, please refer to the CDC COVID-19 Cleaning Guidance.

Signage and Sanitizing

In order to support the continued commitment to the safety of our entire RCC community, RCC will continue to:

  • Provide hand sanitizing stations positioned at the entrance to most buildings;
  • Post specific signage that is related to hand washing and remaining home if you are feeling ill; and
  • Provide information on how to report a positive COVID-19 test or an exposure to COVID 19.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 precautions on RCC campuses, please reach out to the RCC Risk Management department by contacting Sean Taggart at staggart@roguecc.edu or Wendy Jones at wjones@roguecc.edu.