Reopen Task Force

 

Safeguarding the health of our students, staff, and surrounding community.  

Ultimately, students, staff and the general public will only feel comfortable returning to in-person activities if our campus has taken appropriate safeguarding measures, and we are doing just that -- in accordance with guidance from health professionals and requirements from the governor’s office.   The campus will have protocols in place to deal with: classroom seating and spacing; health screenings prior to entry; social distancing, including the wearing of face coverings and the use of area separations like plexiglass and curtains; a process for access to elevators, restrooms, entries and exits of buildings; as well as the cleaning and sanitization of campus facilities, especially high-use and touch areas. 

Supporting Student Learning.

RVCC’s main goal is to help our students move forward -- keeping their education on track and planning for their future.  Along these lines, the College will offer several teaching modalities in the fall to meet the needs of different learners and specific courses.  Some classes can meet in a remote or online setting; others, like labs and training classes, need in-person interaction.  Therefore, courses will include both on-campus and remote learning options.  Some classes will be available completely online, some in Remote/Synchronous format, some as Hybrids, and some in the traditional face-to-face environment. Please view this video for a more detailed explanation of course offerings, as well as how to understand which courses are offered in which modality.  RVCC’s plan ensures that students can continue their education with safe, flexible, supportive and high-quality instruction.  

Flexibility for all constituencies using the campus. 

Any return to campus must be flexible, balancing the health and safety of the entire RVCC community with the need to resume educational activities. To that end, campus resources and services will be available both on-site and remotely. The College will have protocols in place to provide support services for students and staff in the following areas:  limiting the number of visitors to campus and the timing of classes; staggering staff schedules; offering academic and student services (such as registration, tutoring, career and mental/physical health counseling) with both remote and scheduled in-person appointments; using the library; providing dining services in a grab-n-go format; and monitoring and providing open gathering areas (appropriately distanced and safeguarded) for staff and student use. RVCC’s plan includes training and an opportunity for you to send your individual questions to us to be addressed by emailing reopening@raritanval.edu. Know that RVCC pledges to use collaboration and open communication to determine all policies and protocols for our Fall Reopening Plan.   
 
We are in this together – and together, we will succeed.

RETURN TO CAMPUS FAQS

PERSONAL SAFETY:

How are COVID symptoms being monitored?
RVCC’s top priority is to safeguard the health of our students, staff and community. Protocols have been established with the expectation that everyone coming to campus takes their own health and the health of others seriously, and that the entire campus community has a part to play in our response to the challenges that a global pandemic presents.  All individuals will be screened before being allowed to enter the campus.  Temperatures will be taken at all entrances to the buildings.  Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html) should seek immediate medical attention and cannot return to campus until they are cleared by a healthcare provider.  Human Resources is working closely with local health officials to establish tracing protocols.

Will face coverings be required?
Yes, face coverings will be required on campus.  All students, employees and visitors are encouraged to wear their own mask or face shield.   A face covering will be provided for visitors to campus and for each employee or student who needs one prior to entering the building. 

What will Social Distancing look like?
The campus will be run accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines. There will be several noticeable physical changes to campus upon reopening, including Plexiglass dividers, clear curtains and designated gathering areas and 6-foot spacing for distancing while waiting in lines. 

What cleaning processes are in place?
The College has established enhanced cleaning, sanitation and disinfecting campus wide using EPA approved materials. Hand sanitizers will be located throughout campus and at the entry to all classes.  Alcohol and disinfectant wipes will be provided for all work areas and desks.  The College will be fogging all classrooms after each class.  Bathrooms are scheduled to be cleaned at least several times during the day with Kai-vac machines that completely clean all surfaces.

What should I do if I am immune-compromised?
Your health should always come first.  Students who are immunocompromised, or at high-risk for COVID-19, or have received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 and are thus unable to attend classes in-person will be advised and assisted by the registrar/advising staff to register for courses offered in alternative delivery formats such as online and remote/synchronous.  If the particular class needed is only offered in a face-to face format, advising staff and faculty will work to accommodate the student on a case-by-case basis. For students who present with COVID symptoms during the semester, reasonable accommodations will be made for that student to participate remotely via recording or streaming the class meeting online. All efforts will be made to assist students to complete the course and/or provide options to return to the course in a future semester.

What do I do If I believe I am exposed to COVID?
You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Notify  your professors and Human Resources. Work will be provided remotely.  See the following CDC  link for additional information about when to quarantine:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html#:~:text=You%20should%20stay%20home%20for,after%20exposure%20to%20the%20virus

What do I do if I test positive?
Stay home for at least 10 days since symptoms first appear and have no fever without medication for at least 24 hours.  Notify  your professors and Human Resources. Work will be provided remotely. In some cases, the class may quarantine also.  See the following link for additional information about testing positive for covid19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html

Will I be excused from class if I cannot attend in person classes due to possible exposure?
Yes

INSTRUCTION:

When do spring classes start?
The College plans to begin classes for the spring semester on January 19, 2021 as scheduled.  

How are classes being taught?
The College has developed three modalities for instructions.  Online anytime (study from home on your own schedule), Remote classroom (learn from home at specific times), and Face-to-face (on campus classroom instruction).  To learn more about the learning options click here.

What if I don’t have access to a computer or the internet?
The College is providing resources to students who need assistance in accessing their courses.  Students who are unable to access remote education because they do not have access to a computer or internet should reach out to the help desk. Also, to provide greater accessibility, many internet providers are offering promotions to new and existing customers. For more detailed and accurate information, please contact your local internet providers.

Verizon - https://www.verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus
Xfinity - https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19;
Optimum - https://www.optimum.com/coronavirus;
Spectrum - https://www.spectrum.net/page/covid-19-update

What will physical classrooms look like?
RVCC will adhere to CDC guidelines, so faculty and students will be required to wear face masks/face coverings and will be properly distanced within classrooms or labs, using Plexiglas and other dividers. 

Will there be access to advising, counseling and other support services?
Students will have both virtual and in-person access to advising, counseling and other support services by appointment.  Students can schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor or academic advisor or financial aid officer. Email ACS@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, option 2, to arrange a virtual appointment.

Will the library be open?
The RVCC library will be available to faculty and students for reference services, materials pick up and reserves scanning requests.  The library will be closed to the general public. 

I am registered for a science lab on campus.  How will it work?
Science labs will be run at half capacity, and shields have been installed between student work areas to ensure proper social distancing.  Individual student work stations will be equipped with all necessary equipment and materials to minimize the use of shared supplies or common areas in the lab.  Proper PPE, including masks, gloves, and face shields when necessary, will be used.

CAMPUS LIFE:

Will student clubs meet? 
Yes, clubs will be meeting remotely. To find out more about clubs and organizations, download the RV Connect app. “Joining” a club on RV Connect is not a commitment, it is more like “following” on Instagram. You can ask the officers questions and get announcements about upcoming events and meetings, as well as engage in topical conversation with like-minded people. Here are the links to download the app: Apple: Link, Google Play: Link 

Will athletics and sporting events take place?
The College has, along with other members of our conference, suspended all athletics for the Fall 2020 semester. Outdoor individual physical conditioning  activities will be permitted.

Will the pool and fitness center be open?
The College has closed the pool and fitness center .

Will food service be available?
The Coffee Shop at the Welcome Center will have “Grab and Go” options for purchase.  There will be limited seating at the Welcome Center, the Sculpture garden and the Cafeteria.

What are the hours for the bookstore?
As of November 2, the bookstore will be open to the public 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday and Tuesday, and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday.  The bookstore will be closed on Fridays.  These hours are subject to change. 

Fall Rental Book Return Options 
You have three options to return your Fall Semester Rental books to the Bookstore:   

    1. You can either come to the bookstore during our hours of operation (11 am to 3 pm Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 am - 4 pm Wednesdays and Thursdays) to check your books in in person.
    2. You can leave your rental books in the drop box in the Events Center lobby during the Event Center Entrances hours of operation (currently 6:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday - Friday).  Please fill out the check in slip, place your books and slip in a provided bag, and place the bag in the box.  Bookstore staff will be checking the box twice a day to process check ins.
    3. You can ship your books to the bookstore at your own cost.  Please visit raritanvalshop.com, sign in to your account and print out a packing slip to send with your books using the shipping vendor of your choice.

The deadline to return your rental books is December 22, 2020.  Please email the bookstore at raritanval@bkstr.com with any questions or concerns.

FACILITIES: 

Are there any changes to the ventilation systems?
Several buildings on campus, by design, have 100% outside air being delivered to the spaces.  These include all science buildings, Phys Ed Building, several areas in Hunterdon and Somerset (they used to have science labs), automotive and cosmetology. In buildings that have recirculation air, we have made two changes.  Outside air dampers have been fully opened so that so that recirculated air is diluted with a maximum amount of fresh air.  In addition, the filters for these buildings have been replaced with MERV 13 filters that remove 90% of particles and considered effective against viruses. In addition, every classroom will have a local air purifier placed in the room. This self-contained unit has a HEPA filter and UVC light within the unit.  These units will run continuously. 

Will Covid-19 testing continue in the parking lots?
The county runs this testing. It is likely that testing will continue through the Fall. Currently the testing is one day a week and is conducted in lot 5. Persons arriving for the test never leave their cars.

How will access to the campus buildings be conducted?
The campus will have 5 entry points to the buildings.  One at the main entrance to the Workforce building, one at the south end of the Arts building by the power plant, and three access points for the main campus buildings.  The 3 entry points for the main campus will be through the Events Center, the east entrance to Hunterdon by parking lot 8, and the west entrance to the Science building. All individuals will be screened before being allowed to enter the campus.  Temperatures will be taken at all entrances to the buildings.   All three of these entry points will allow access through the inner campus to the other buildings (West, Library, Somerset, College Center, Phys Ed).  The inner campus will be fenced in between the buildings so that occupants can move freely between the buildings and will not be required to go through checkpoints multiple times.   

COMPUTER NEEDS: 

Are you checking to see if your computer will support RVCC's remote learning?  Here are a few basic requirements:

•    Windows 10 computers - At least 8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended).
•    Macintosh computers - At least 8 GB of RAM (16 GB recommended), and Mac OS 10.13 or higher.
•    Chromebooks - will limit students to having Internet access, and Office 365 online through the Internet; the Microsoft Office suite programs cannot be installed on a Chromebook.
•    For Windows and Macintosh, it is not needful to purchase Microsoft Office suite programs.  The Office suite is provided by the college through student Office 365 accounts.

If you are a graphic design, gaming or other high computer demand program please contact your instructor for counsel.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?:

email: reopening@raritanval.edu