Important Update from Richmond Community College
Updated April 3, 2020 2:44PM EST-Important message from Dr. McInnis, President of Richmond Community College
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Updated April 1, 2020 3:28PM EST- Important message from Dr. McInnis, President of Richmond Community College
As you know, Gov. Cooper issued a new executive order that went into effect Monday, March 30 and lasts until the end of April. A link to the stay at home order is provided below. I would urge you to read the stay at home order itself carefully, since many of the summaries in the news have seemed incomplete. It identifies which essential businesses and organizations can remain open, and under what circumstances we can leave our homes. First and foremost, take this order seriously and take yours and your family’s health seriously. That will always be my number one concern.
The Governor has recognized our college as an essential entity. This will allow us to continue to serve our current students and prepare for what I believe will be very busy summer and fall semesters. We will continue to restrict access to the campus and coordinate employee telework efforts with the work that can only be done on campus.
With the first week of this new normal in the books, the reports from our Leadership Team are very positive. Thanks to your focused efforts of our faculty and staff, the vast majority of our students are on track. I have heard great stories from students and colleagues about the outreach, dedication, compassion and patience shown by the RichmondCC family. We must build on this positive energy to generate the momentum to sustain our students, our communities and our families in the days and weeks to come.
I welcome your questions and ideas as always, and look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.
President, Richmond Community College
State of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, Govenor, Executive Order No. 121
Updated March 24, 2020 5:30PM EST - Important message from Dr. McInnis, President of Richmond Community College
This is an important update from Richmond Community College about our next steps as our students and faculty work to complete our current classes while mitigating risk to the corona virus.
- Most of our campus buildings are restricted to approved college personnel, but we are going to provide limited access to students on Wednesdays beginning March 25. This effort is to support our students who face challenges with Internet and computer access.
- The Academic Success Center and Library on our Hamlet campus and the Covington Street Building on our Scotland County campus will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for students to work on assignments or take a proctored test.
- College personnel will be taking temperatures with a non-invasive procedure for anyone entering these buildings, so if you are sick, please stay home. Students must bring a current student ID, and for the safety of your children, they must stay at home.
- Student-use WiFi will be available starting Monday, March 30, in the parking lots of the Cole Auditorium in Hamlet and Morgan Center in Laurinburg. WiFi will be limited to school-related activities.
- The College and community will be celebrating student accomplishments when courses are finished and degrees are earned.
- RichmondCC is happy to announce we have rescheduled 2020 graduation to Aug. 7.
- The separate pinning events for Medical Assisting, Dialysis and Nursing will occur on Aug. 5.
- Our Graduation Fair will also be occurring on Aug. 5.
- More details about these events will be released closer to August.
- Summer registration is going on right now. The College will provide a full schedule of courses this summer.
- Students wanting to earn a high school equivalency can still enroll in our Basic Skills program by appointment. These classes will be offered online. Call the College’s main number, (910) 410-1700, for more information.
- This is a tough time for all of us, especially for our students. The College has licensed counselors available for students by phone and online. Visit the College’s website or call (910) 410-1700 for details.
- The College encourages its employees and students to use reliable sources for information on the virus and the state and national response. NC Department of Health and Human Services offers the most current and accurate news about the virus and our state’s response. https://www.ncdhhs.gov/
- For the latest College information, please visit www.richmondcc.edu or call (910) 410-1700.
Updated March 19, 2020 7:30PM EST - Important message from Dr. McInnis, President of Richmond Community College
I want to share this announcement with you about our status as we face the corona virus together. I have just updated our employees and informed them on recent developments and the next steps in our response to this virus. As the virus spreads and touches us all in new and unexpected ways, our college and each of us individually, we have to continue to adapt and be resilient.
We recently rescheduled spring break from April 14 to this week in order to convert many of our classes from face to face to an on-line format. Thanks to the talent and efforts of all our faculty and staff, I am happy to announce those classes are ready to roll out beginning Monday, March 23. This is a huge accomplishment! We are going to provide extra support to these students, who may have signed up for a traditional face-to-face class, but are now in the online setting. If students don’t have the experience and comfort with Moodle we are going to do all we can to make sure students have the confidence needed to succeed.
For our remaining courses in WED and those not compatible with the conversion to Moodle, because they are face-to-face, we had planned to continue to teach as many of them as possible for as long as we could. That plan, unfortunately, has now changed. We received new guidance from the North Carolina Community System President who recommends we pause all face-to-face courses by Monday, March 23. We are not cancelling any classes.
Based on this recommendation and the feedback I have heard from many of our employees and our students, I have decided we will pause and take a break from all face-to-face classes, curriculum and WED at all locations, effective this Friday, March 20. Moodle classes that are in place will continue through the end of the semester. Students will be informed of this decision through a separate message and contacted by their course faculty. We want you to understand this is a pause. The classes have not ended, and we are going to try to pick back up where we left off as soon as it is safe for everyone to be back in a classroom setting again.
This was a very difficult decision, because I know how hard our students in these classes have worked, and how close they are to completing their dream. I share in your disappointment. However, protecting the health and well-being of each student and every employee has to be my highest and greatest priority. We are not going to take any unnecessary risks with your health whether you are a student, an employee or a member of the community.
While we are pausing these face-to-face classes, we are also going to be making a major change in how we staff our campuses. Effective Tuesday, March 24, most of our employees will be directed to work from home. Our vice presidents or deans will be notifying employees if they are required to be on campus, based on their duties and the needs of the college.
Many of our buildings are going to be closed to the public, but I want to reassure you this does not mean your college is closing. We are going to continue to serve our students and our communities to the best of abilities, but we are going to have to adapt, just like everyone else is, how we work to protect ourselves, our employees, our families and our students. Many of employees’ jobs and duties may be changing temporarily, but I want to ensure our permanent employees they will continue to be paid their full salary and will not be charged for leave time during this pause.
Our mission now is to do our part as a college to mitigate the spread of this disease, without losing our connections to our students and to each other.
If anyone has questions, concerns or ideas, please let us know because our goal is to overcome this virus so our College will be stronger and better than we are today.
Updated March 16, 2020 2:30PM EST - Here is the latest update for Richmond Community College's Plan of Action in regards to the corona virus pandemic, as of March 16, 2020 at 2:30PM. If you have any questions or concerns please call (910) 410-1700 #RichmondCC
I am sure the corona virus and efforts to contain it have already impacted the daily lives of you and your family. Our college is adapting as we all take the necessary steps to continue our mission and serve our students, while supporting all efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus. As we move forward into uncharted territory, the College will make every effort to keep you all informed, and listen to your questions, ideas, and concerns. For questions, call our main number (910) 410-1700.
Current Plan of Action
- Switching spring break from April 14-17 to this week is necessary to give our faculty and staff the time needed to implement and verify the conversion to on-line and communicate the change to students.
- We will transition all compatible classroom courses to an on-line format that will be in effect by Monday, March 23.
- Classes that are not compatible with an on-line format will resume their regular schedule and location on Monday, March 23. Students impacted will be notified separately by the VP for Instruction.
- These same steps will apply to Early College High School students and CCP students enrolled in our college classes
- Classes taught on site at the high schools will be converted to an on-line format or suspended until the high schools reopen.
- We will operate our computer labs on both campuses for students to use, and for proctoring of on-line course tests when needed.
- All WED (short-term training) and Adult Education classes will continue to meet as scheduled, including this week.
- Our facility services team will be working hard to keep our spaces as clean as possible.
- This is a dynamic, evolving national crisis. Please monitor your College email, our website, your Moodle classes, and RichmondCC Facebook and Instagram continuously for updates and announcements.
As long as we are allowed, we will serve our students to the best of our ability, while maintaining everyone’s safety.
Dr. William D. McInnis, Ed.D
Updated March 14, 2020 9:50PM EST - This afternoon at 4:30, Gov. Roy Cooper announced his decision to close all K-12 public schools in our state from this Monday, March 16 through March 30 to fight the spread of the corona virus.
Richmond Community College does not fall under this order from the Governor and will remain open for business until otherwise directed by Governor Cooper or our local health departments.
So that we can take the necessary steps to maintain our educational quality in the safest possible setting, Richmond Community College will move spring break for students in curriculum classes (originally scheduled for April 13-17) to March 16-20. All students in curriculum courses will not be expected to attend classes next week.
The college will remain open during this revised spring break, with all short-term training classes (WED & Basic Skills, etc), as well as all college offices and functions continuing as usual.
By noon, March 16 our college will send out more specific directions for employees and students as to our next actions in facing this historic and unprecedented situation. Our priority is the success of our students, while securing their safety and that of our employees and their families.
March 13, 2020 - Based on Gov. Roy Cooper’s guidelines issued yesterday afternoon and today’s direction from Dr. Tommy Jarrell, Richmond County Health & Human Services Director, Richmond Community College is prohibited from holding any events that draw more than 100 people starting today through the next 30 days (March 13 – April 12).
In the interest of public health and compliance with these directions, the College is coordinating with all impacted parties and stakeholders to reschedule events if possible, including the final two shows of the DeWitt Performing Arts Series. We ask that any ticket holders for the “An American in Paris” musical and Phil Vassar concert retain those tickets until further notice about rescheduled performance dates.
Cancellations of on-campus events will be reported on our website and RichmondCC Facebook.
No classes at Richmond Community College have been cancelled, and the College is open for business. We are registering students for summer semester while taking all necessary precautions for the health and safety of students and employees.