RCC Responds To COVID-19 With Remote Learning

On March 12, 2020, Rappahannock Community College President, Dr. Shannon L. Kennedy issued a statement to inform students how the college is handling the threat of the Corona Virus of 2019.

As we closely monitor COVID-19, RCC is following guidelines from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health, and state and local departments,

We are guided by four key goals:

  • safeguarding the health of students, faculty, staff, and the community
  • ensuring instruction continues
  • maintaining the College’s operations
  • joining in the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19

We will continue to use these goals to guide our best judgment as new information is released.”

RCC will shift to remote learning:

Out of an abundance of caution and in support of CDC guidance regarding social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, RCC will shift to remote learning.

On-campus classes are canceled on March 16 and March 17 to allow for the transition.

Classroom instruction and student advising will be conducted virtually starting Wednesday, March 18 until Saturday, April 4. Online classes will continue without change.

College events are suspended from March 16 to April 4. This includes events sponsored by any recognized student organization and other affiliated groups.

The College will revisit the situation and provide further communication no later than March 27.

Campus Operations:

  • RCC campuses and sites will remain open unless otherwise noted. Our libraries, including the Richmond County Public Library, housed on the Warsaw campus, will remain open.
  • Keeping the campuses open allows faculty to develop and deliver lessons and materials electronically and students to access computers for learning, if needed. RCC is diligently disinfecting common areas, door handles and computer keyboards. Tissues and hand sanitizer are available throughout all campuses and sites.
  • Employees are expected to continue working during this period, observing proper health protocols and with modifications as needed and approved by supervisors. We ask that employees who are feeling ill to please remain at home. All non-essential travel is suspended.

Our understanding of this COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. At this time, prevention and preparation are the best courses of action, and RCC asks all students, faculty, staff, and community members to follow the CDC recommended hygiene and social distancing practices. Your success matters to us! Please stay safe and healthy!

To stay informed:

  • Call 804-333-6761 for the latest RCC information.
  • Refer to www.rappahannock.edu/health for additional information and resources, including free health care providers in our service area.

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