The most special time of the academic year is the celebration of student achievement through a graduation ceremony. This year, the pandemic has robbed us of the opportunity to join together and celebrate our graduates as they walk across the stage. We cannot settle for that outcome. In order to honor our graduates, we will hold a Virtual Commencement!

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be available on our website on May 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. More detailed information will be forthcoming. Graduates will receive an electronic invitation via their college email account. The invitation will have details on how to access the ceremony and can be forwarded to family and friends. Graduates will also be asked to provide a photo of themselves to be incorporated into the ceremony.

We are excited to have an opportunity to celebrate together, albeit virtually, and honor the accomplishments of our graduates. We are very proud of the perseverance and determination of our students!

Sincerely,

Shannon L. Kennedy, Ed.D.

President

Rappahannock Community College

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/covid-19-testing-sites/

This map/list is intended to help provide information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by VDH. There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included on the map and the status of listed sites are subject to change (may no longer perform COVID-19 testing services). —Virginia Department of Health

Getting excited and maybe a little anxious about transferring to your four-year college or university without being able to visit the campus and meet people?

Have questions about whether you should choose a P+ grade or a letter grade for your spring courses?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

The key to making the right transfer decision is to ask questions and use available resources to inform those decisions.  This FAQ provides general transfer information, questions to consider prior to transfer and direct links to colleges and universities providing information on transfer amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

When should I send my community college transcript?  How?

Transcripts should be sent with your initial transfer application to your four-year institution.  A final transcript must also be sent to the four-year college or university upon completion of your academic program or upon posting of final grades for courses you intend to transfer.

To send your transcript to your four-year college or university, find your transcript request process here.  If you are sending your final transcript, make sure to indicate on the request that you want the transcript sent after final grades are posted and your degree completion is confirmed.  For initial applications, you should select to have the transcript sent at the time of application.

What questions should I ask?

Questions to help determine if you should request letter grades (ABCD) or pass grades (P+/P-) for spring 2020 courses. 

P+ indicates that you have earned a grade of C or better in the course.  A P- represents a grade of D which does not transfer nor apply to degree requirements.

  • Will my class transfer and apply to my degree requirements if a grade of P+ is earned in spring 2020?
  • Will a grade of P+ or P- be used when calculating my GPA for admissions?
  • How will a grade of P+ impact me if I am applying to a competitive major?
  • How will a grade of P+ impact me if my major requires a grade of B or higher in a course?
  • How will a course with a P grade impact my GAA application? What if the GAA requires a letter grade higher than a C on any course?
  • If I earn a grade of P+ on a course that is a prerequisite course for a course in my major, will I still be able to enroll in that course?
  • Do “P” grades impact my eligibility for the Transfer Grant?

Questions to help keep you on track for transferring this fall.

  • Can I still submit an application for admission to a 4-year college or university?
  • When will I know if I am accepted at the 4-year college or university?
  • How will I register for my fall classes at the 4-year college or university?
  • Is my 4-year orientation cancelled and if so, what should I do?
  • When will I know if I get housing at the 4-year college or university?
  • Is it too late to apply for financial aid for the fall term?
  • What if my financial status has changed significantly, can I apply for more aid?  If so, how?
  • What if I cannot pay my admissions deposit when it is due?
  • Can I request an unofficial evaluation of my transcript to see how credits will apply to my prospective major?  If so, how?

Four-Year College and University Outreach

Answers to many of your questions can be found at the links provided below as well as by email to your four-year institution.

Table updated 4.20.20 (Updates will be posted as available to https://tinyurl.com/TransferVA )

4-Year VA Institution Transfer FAQ – Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Transfer Webpage Email
Bluefield College   www.bluefield.edu/transfer  
Bridgewater College https://www.bridgewater.edu/transfer     (scroll to gold bar) https://www.bridgewater.edu/transfer admissions@bridgewater.edu
Christopher Newport University   http://cnu.edu/admission/transfer/ transfer@cnu.edu
George Mason University https://www2.gmu.edu/virtual-experience/faqs-for-admitted-transfer-students https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/how-apply/transfer

https://www2.gmu.edu/virtual-experience

admissions@gmu.edu
Hollins University https://www.hollins.edu/admission/transfer-students/frequently-asked-questions-for-transfer-students/ https://www.hollins.edu/admission/transfer-students/ huadm@hollins.edu
James Madison University https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/covid-transfer.shtml https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer.shtml admissions@jmu.edu
Liberty University   https://www.liberty.edu/online/transfer-to-liberty-university/ undergradtransfer@liberty.edu
Longwood University http://go.longwood.edu/TransferFAQ http://go.longwood.edu/transfer admissions@longwood.edu  
Marymount University https://www.marymount.edu/Academics/Services-Resources/Registrar-s-Office/Transfer-Credit/Spring-2020-Transfer-Resources https://www.marymount.edu/Academics/Services-Resources/Registrar-s-Office/Transfer-Credit admissions@marymount.edu
Old Dominion University https://www.odu.edu/transfer/transfer-centers (scroll to bottom) https://www.odu.edu/transfer transfercenters@odu.edu
Radford University https://www.radford.edu/content/admissions/home/transfer-landing/transfer.html https://www.radford.edu/content/admissions/home/transfer-landing.html admissions@radford.edu
Randolph College http://www.randolphcollege.edu/transfer/faq/ http://www.randolphcollege.edu/transfer/ pdoss@randolphcollege.edu (Admissions)

ksheldon@randolphcollege.edu (Advising)

Shenandoah University   https://www.su.edu/admissions/transfer-students/ sutran@su.edu
University of Mary Washington https://academics.umw.edu/academicservices/transfer-guidelines-for-spring-and-summer-2020/ https://www.umw.edu/admissions/transfer/

 

ctate@umw.edu
University of Virginia – Wise https://www.uvawise.edu/uva-wise/administration-services/registrar/transfer-guidelines/ https://www.uvawise.edu/uva-wise/administration-services/registrar/transferring-courses/ registrar@uvawise.edu or admissions@uvawise.edu
Virginia Commonwealth University https://transfer.vcu.edu/prospective/covidfaq/ https://transfer.vcu.edu/ transferinfo@vcu.edu
William & Mary https://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/documents/transfer/spring-2020-transfer-information.pdf https://www.wm.edu/offices/registrar/studentsandalumni/transfercredit/index.php transfercredit@wm.edu (credit)

transfer@wm.edu  (transfer admission)

 

VCCS Emergency Grading Policy for Spring 2020 Classes

Guidance For Students #3

May 1, 2020

Students have until May 4th to withdraw from a class.  High School Based Dual Enrollment students should contact their instructor for their last day to withdraw.

Why is there an Emergency Grading Policy?

The COVID-19 emergency, and the resulting closure of college campuses and transition to remote instruction, has created access and learning challenges for many Virginia Community College System (VCCS) students. To ensure that students’ academic progress is not adversely impacted this semester, the VCCS is instituting a default Pass/Withdraw/Incomplete grading scale for those classes that were not scheduled to end before April 6.  Please keep in mind that the intent is to “hold students harmless” as much as possible.  As part of the VCCS, Rappahannock Community College will use this grading scale for spring 2020.

 

It is very important for all students to think very carefully about the grading choices available to them.  Every student has a unique set of circumstances, and grade choices may impact financial aid, and transfer to specific four-year institutions and programs.  Students are encouraged to talk to their advisor, financial aid department, instructor, AND POTENTIAL TRANSFER INSTITUTIONS as appropriate to ensure that they make the best decsion for their situation.

What is the Emergency Grading Policy?

The Emergency Grading Policy is primarily a Pass system. As noted in the chart below, students will receive one of five grades: P+, P-, W, WC or I.

P+ Pass with a grade of “C” or higher Applies to college transfer, technical education, and developmental courses. A grade of P+ will not impact a student’s GPA.
P- Pass with a grade of “D” Applies to college transfer, technical education, and developmental courses. A grade of P- will not impact a student’s GPA.
W

WC

Withdraw

Withdraw/COVID-19

A student may withdraw up until May 4th. HS Based Dual Enrollment students should consult their instructor for the last day to withdraw.

A faculty member may award a WC for a student who did not initiate the withdrawal.

I Incomplete Students must complete 50% of course competencies and attendance requirements in order to receive a grade of Incomplete. Instructors may allow students up to two semesters to complete the requirements for the course.  Students should contact his or her instructor to discuss an I.

 

Which courses will be graded under the emergency policy?

All Spring 2020 16-week, second 8-week, and dual enrollment high school-based instruction classes will be graded under the P/W/WC/I system.

 

What if students prefer the A-F grading system?  The survey is no longer active

Students who wish to be graded under the A-F grading system must notify each instructor separately of this request by the last day of instruction before the final exam, project or culminating activity.  Once a student chooses to be graded under the A-F system, the student may request to change back to a P+, P- or WC beginning May 7th.  Students may also switch from a P+, P- or WC to an A-F Grade beginning May 7th.  Please visit this link for more information:  https://www.rappahannock.edu/health#toggle-id-10 .  We are in the process of developing an electronic method to facilitate requests. Students must complete a very brief (1 question) survey in Canvas for each course in which they want to receive an A-F Grade.  This Survey will be included in all course Canvas sites.  An Announcement that is titled “Spring 2020 Grading Choices” will be in each course Canvas site to send students to a Module titled “How To Request an A-F Grade for this Course.” The Module has a link to the survey “Click Here to Request an A-F Grade for this Course”.

 

Carefully read and follow the directions included in the Survey.

ONLY STUDENTS WHO WISH TO RECEIVE AN A-F GRADE WILL COMPLETE THE SURVEY. 

 

STUDENTS WHO WANT TO USE P+/P-/WC (Emergency Grading Policy) DO NOT COMPLETE THE SURVEY.  Because the Emergency Grading Policy is the default system, students wishing to receive these grades do not need to take any action. 

 

Please review the information that follows in this document to see if an Incomplete (I Grade) may be an option for you.  You will need to communicate directly with your instructor regarding an I Grade.

 

Attention High School Based Dual Enrollment Students:  We are developing a separate electronic method for you to select the A-F Grading System.  More information on this process will follow from the Dean of Dual Enrollment.

 

When will the A-F Grade Survey be available?  The survey is no longer active

The survey will be available from Monday, April 20th until Monday, April 27th at 11:59 p.m.  All requests for an A-F Grade must be made by April 27th at 11:59 p.m. 

 

When is the deadline for choosing an A-F Grade?

Students must complete the Survey (see above) by 11:59 p.m. on April 27th.  After that, the Survey will be unavailable, and you will not be allowed to request an A-F Grade.  This is a hard and fast deadline.  Remember, the Canvas Survey must be completed for each course in which you choose to receive an A-F Grade.

Beginning May 7th, students can request a Grading Policy change.  Please visit this link for more information.

Where can students go for guidance on whether to choose the A-F Grade?

Students should discuss their current class grade and upcoming graded assignments with the instructor to fully understand their situation in the class. Students can confer with Student Development, financial aid, and other colleges and universities, on the advantages and disadvantages of each system.  Ultimately, students must make their own choices.

 

If a student requests the A-F Grade, can he or she change his or her minds later and return to the P/W/WC/I?

Yes.  Beginning May 7th, students can request a Grading Policy change.  Please visit this link for more information:  https://www.rappahannock.edu/health#toggle-id-11 .

What does it mean that the Emergency Grading System is the default system?

The Emergency Grading System will automatically be used by instructors to report spring 2020 grades in courses covered by this policy. Students do not have to request the P/W/WC/I system. However, if a student wishes to use the A-F system, the student must notify each instructor separately. Once the student submits a request to be graded in the A-F system, the student cannot later choose the P/W/WC/I system.  We are developing an electronic method for requesting the A-F Grade.

How will the instructor determine if I should get a P+ or a P-?

The instructor will use the grading policy published in the course syllabus. For course grades of C or higher a P+ Grade will be reported. For course grades of D a P- Grade will be reported. For course grades of F, the student may withdraw from the course with a grade of W. If a student with an F Grade does not withdraw from the course, the instructor will withdraw/covid-19 (WC) the student.

 

When are the grades of W and WC used?

W – A W Grade is for students who choose to withdraw from the course.  Students may request a withdraw grade of W by contacting Admissions and Records at records@rappahannock.edu. Students are encouraged to stay in their courses, because the Withdrawal Date has been extended to the last day of instruction before the final exam, project or culminating activity.  This allows students extra time to work with their instructors to successfully complete the course.

WC –  Instructors may report the withdraw/Covid-19 grade of WC as the final grade. This is intended for students who do not successfully complete the course and are not eligible for an I Grade. 

 

Grades of W and WC will be reported on the student’s transcript. The W and WC Grades do not affect Grade Point Average (GPA).

When is the I Grade used?

Our intention is to get as many students as possible across the finish line with a completion grade this semester.  Hopefully, we will not need to rely on I Grades to a large extent.  Therefore, RCC will use 50% completion as a guideline, but will remain flexible based on the unpredictability of this semester.   Also, we will extend the completion limit to the end of Fall 2020 Semester, as opposed to the end of Summer 2020 Semester.  A final note:  students should initiate a conversation with their instructors in regards to requesting an I Grade.

How will P/W/WC/I Grades affect GPA?

The grades will not be factored into the student’s GPA.

How will P/W/WC/I Grades affect Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

We are waiting for final guidance on SAP from the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  It is expected that ED will relax some of the requirements of SAP for this semester only.  Information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

How will P/W/WC/I Grades affect Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension?

Students on Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension will remain in those statuses until the next semester in which A-F Grades are awarded. Students may appeal Academic Warning, Probation, or Suspension. Students on Academic Warning, Probation, or Suspension will not be further penalized for not having exited those statuses in the Spring 2020 semester.

 

Will P+ and P- Grades count towards degree completion and graduation requirements?

P+ Grades will be counted towards course completion and graduation requirements for required courses. P- Grades will be counted towards course completion and graduation for required courses, except for courses where a grade of C or higher is required.

 

Will P+ and P- Grades count for courses that are prerequisites for other courses?

P+ Grades can be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements. P- Grades can be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements, except if a grade of C or higher in the prerequisite course is required.

 

How will P/W/WC/I Grades affect competitive admissions programs at RCC and other colleges?

The Virginia Community College System will issue guidance on how P/W/WC/I Grades affect admission to competitive admissions programs at other schools.  Students should also check with their intended transfer programs and schools.  

How will P/W/WC/I Grades transfer?

The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) has received assurances from all public­ colleges and universities in Virginia, except UVA, that courses graded P+ will be awarded transfer credit. UVA has stated that they will accept P+ Grades for admission, but they have not given a final ruling on accepting P Grades for transfer. SCHEV and the VCCS continue to survey public and private schools in Virginia, and we will share any additional guidance we receive. Students planning to transfer to UVA and non-public colleges and universities in Virginia and schools in other states should check with those schools to find out how the P+ Grade will transfer.

 

How will other colleges and universities know what the P+ and P- Grades mean?

A note will be placed on the student’s transcript indicating what the P+ and P- Grades mean.

If a student decides to request the earned letter grade from their instructor, will that letter grade impact GPA?

Yes, the earned grade (A, B, C, D, and F) will be used to calculate GPA.

Can faculty give students an F under the P+, P-, W, WC, and I?  F is not an option in this scenario.

No, only these five grades are available under the Emergency Grading Policy. If the student earns an F under the Emergency Grading Policy, the faculty records a WC. IF the student requested the traditional letter grades, and then earns an F, the F is awarded.

Are students able to choose option one (P+/P-) for one class and option two (A-F) for the rest of our classes?

Yes, students can make a different choice for each of their classes.

If a student requests a letter grade today, will the student get the grade he or she has today, regardless of his or her work the rest of the semester?

No.  The request for a letter grade still requires the student to complete all of the work during the semester, including the final exam. Then the student gets the earned letter grade instead of a P Grade.  However, an Incomplete could still be an option if the student does not complete all of her work.

If a student has an I Grade for spring, will the P+/P-/W be available in the summer or fall when the work is completed?

Yes!!

The original policy stated that it will be used for developmental courses.  Is this correct?

No, this has changed.  Developmental courses will use the regular grades of S, R and U.  However, students will still have until the last day of instruction to request a W.

What does this mean for VA/GI Bill students?

Please contact Ms. Vickisha Harris at vharris@rappahannock.edu with questions.

Computer System Requirements

PC Requirements
Intel CORE Series Required,  i-Series processor recommended  (i5 or i7)
8 GB RAM (Memory)
Windows 10
Microsoft Edge, Firefox (latest), Chrome (latest)
Display: 1280 x 800 screen Resolution
Java 8 (most recent update recommended)
Access to High-Speed Internet*
Mac Requirements
Mac with Intel Processor
8 GB RAM (Memory)
OS 10.13 or higher
Safari 12/13, Firefox (Latest), Chrome (Latest)
Display: 1280 x 800 screen Resolution
Java 8 (most recent update recommended)
Access to High-Speed Internet*
Note: Not all software is Mac compatible. Please consult your instructor prior to the course start date. Parallels or Boot Camp might be needed.

Notes: The hardware requirements listed above are general recommendations for most courses. Some requirements may vary – check your course syllabi for special hardware or software requirements.  Lower versions of some software may continue to work but reduced functions or compatibility with other software.

Chromebooks – sold under a number of different manufacturers and sometimes called Chrome Laptops are not recommended.  These computers are for running web-based applications only.  Some classes may require specialized or locally installed software that will be incompatible with Chromebooks.  The Canvas LMS does support Chromebooks in general, but some class related activities may not.

Note on Windows Versions:  Windows 7, 8, 8.1 are compatible with our LMS (Canvas), but not with all software in use in classes.  Windows 7 in particular is Not Supported by Microsoft (the manufacturer.)  It is strongly discouraged for use.

* Reliable High-Speed Internet access is required for all online course and much supplemental tools for face to face courses.  Dial-up access is not adequate for many applications.  Cellular hot-spots are not recommended – consult your data plan for possible costs.
** Some application functions and services may not be compatible with all mobile devices.

Other Software Requirements

Virus/ Spyware Information
Due to all the infected files with worms and computer virus on the Internet, we encourage students to run antivirus software. It is important that you make sure you run updates on a regular basis to prevent viruses from infecting your computer.

Students, faculty, and staff can now download Symantec AntiVirus Products for use on their personal computers. To qualify for the free download, you will need to be registered for classes at RCC. To access the free download, you will need go to the VCCS Resources page and login with your myrcc account.

COVID-19 Resource Links for Colleges, Businesses and Individuals

Thursday, March 19, 2020

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Information

For information regarding the global pandemic and the latest guidance from Virginia public health officials,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Virginia Department of Health (VDH)

The New York Times is providing free access to the most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help readers understand the pandemic. Sign up with an email address to read all the articles on this page. https://www.nytimes.com/news-event/coronavirus

 

Unemployment and other Public Benefits

Virginia Governor’s Office Guidance: https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

FAQ for workers: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/Frequently-Asked-Questions-from-Workers-Regarding-COVID-19.pdf

Virginia Chamber COVID Resource Center: https://www.vachamber.com/covid-19/ 

Virginia Employment Commission: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/ 

Virginia is in the process of applying for small business administration emergency loans. Reference here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

For unemployment benefits, individuals can apply online at: http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699. The Governor has waived wait times and called for expedited processing of claims.

To determine eligibility for any and all social services programs, individuals can apply via CommonHelp or by phone at 1-855-635-4370. They are processing claims for assistance.  

Virginia Career Works centers have limited access right now.   

Online Connectivity for Students Who Lack It

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for two months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.
  • Charter Free Internet offer for two months
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers. Started Tuesday, March 17, 2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • Altice/Suddenlink response: offers 30Mb internet to any new subscriber free for 60 days. No late fees or terminations for existing customers. Applicable to some rural localities.

Minimizing Your Risks of Getting COVID-19

What students can do in the wake of a natural disaster: https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/natural-disasters/

How to cope emotionally in the wake of a disaster:
https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/recovering-disasters

You’ll probably still need to go to the store and open doors.  Here are ten ways to help avoid coronavirus when you must leave the house: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-ways-to-help-avoid-coronavirus-when-you-have-to-leave-the-house/

 

Virtual Escapes
If you’re feeling stir-crazy from being cooped-up and cut off from the outside world, these links offer some sanity relief: access to some of the world’s most beautiful art galleries and natural parks via online virtual tours.

Five top world art galleries:
https://thespaces.com/5-galleries-you-can-tour-digitally-on-your-lunch-break/

Twelve amazing livestreams of animals around the world:
https://www.tripsavvy.com/best-livestreams-animals-around-the-world-4800070

Virtually tour of US national parks:
https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/free-us-national-parks-virtual-tours-36735495

The Smithsonian Institution’s 19 museums, galleries, gardens and National Zoo have temporarily shut their doors. But, while these brick-and-mortar buildings may be closed, the Smithsonian remains active in the digital space, making it easy for museum lovers, creatives and lifelong learners to experience its offerings from home.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-virtually-explore-smithsonian-your-living-room-180974436/

What is Academic Continuity?

Academic Continuity refers to the continuation of academic services and support at Rappahannock Community College through the use of instructional technology tools and online teaching & learning strategies during an emergency event or extended college closure. Help your students succeed by being proactive and knowing what to do during an emergency and how to do it.

Tips for effectively communicating with students online: 

  • Be consistent with the digital tool selected for online communications, and be sure to post this information in a prominent location, such as the Syllabus page in Canvas
  • Set expectations for how students should engage in the communication, including how they should contact the instructor. 
  • Set expectations with students for how quickly the instructor will respond to online communication.

Delivering a Virtual Lecture

There are many ways in which instructors can host lectures with their students, either synchronously or asynchronously with tools provided by the VCCS. For a virtual, synchronous meeting Zoom web conferencing is a great solution. In a Zoom meeting, both instructors and students can share audio, video and screen presentations. There is also an option for the host of a Zoom video to record the session, which can be saved and posted to Canvas after the session ends. 

To optimize your synchronous Zoom lecture, we recommend: 

  • Use headphones or earbuds with a microphone to minimize surrounding noise and maximize your voice.
  • In your Zoom settings, opt to Mute Participants upon entry into the meeting.  As the host of the meeting, instructors are able to mute and unmute participants at any point. 
  • As the host of the meeting, instructors can turn on the Breakout Rooms feature in Zoom settings for group discussions. In a Breakout Room, instructors can split a large class meeting into separate rooms for small groups of students to work collaboratively.  

As you begin transitioning your course materials online for remote instruction, please consider the following:

  • Communicate with your students early and often. Demonstrate that you are present with the students in a meaningful way.
  • Focus on learning outcomes even if you need to adjust specific activities that contribute to those outcomes.
  • Prioritize course activities and focus on delivering the ones with the most significant impact on learning outcomes.
  • Maintain normal course scheduling as much as possible. Try to hold synchronous activities during the normally scheduled campus class time, to avoid putting students in the difficult position of having to choose between simultaneous activities for different classes.
  • Convert synchronous activities into asynchronous activities to ease scheduling challenges, as long as the new asynchronous activity promotes the same learning outcomes.
  • Rearrange course activities if needed to delay specific activities where face-to-face interaction is crucial. 
  • Replace physical resources with digital resources or OER where possible. Remember that some students who are not on campus may not have access to all of their course resources.
  • Use RCC supported tools and commonly used resources that are readily available and familiar to you and your students.

Academic Continuity for Students


Continuing Your Studies Online

 

 

Here is how you should be prepared to successfully participate in your courses: clear communications, reliable Internet and device access, knowledge of Canvas, familiarity with creating files for online submission and a commitment to accessing and completing online assignments.

Communication

Contact your instructors via your VCCS email or messaging in Canvas.

  • If you do not have all of the required technology and access to complete online coursework, be proactive in communicating this to your instructor and in finding solutions (see links below).

Internet and Device Access

When classes are changed to an online format, consider the following to be prepared.

  • Ensure you have access to a computer or a mobile device that includes reliable access to the Internet.
  • Ensure you have speakers and a microphone, or a headset with microphone.
  • Ensure you have a webcam, either built into your computer/mobile device, or USB webcam.

Canvas

  • Use Canvas Resources and make sure you are getting instructor notifications and announcements.

Online Files

  • File Types: You may be asked to submit PDF or Microsoft Office files. Office 365 and Google Docs allow you to save your files as PDFs. (For information on Google Apps, please visit https://www.rappahannock.edu/helpdesk/)
  • Software: As a Rappahannock student, you have access to free instructional software at https://www.rappahannock.edu/helpdesk/software/
  • Daily Check-in: Expect to check your email and Canvas courses daily, and be prepared to attend live video sessions online via the Zoom web conferencing tool that may be scheduled during your regularly scheduled campus class time.

Zoom Support:

See the RCC Help Desk page at: https://www.rappahannock.edu/helpdesk/

  • Notifications: Reading announcements and assignment notifications are crucial to having a successful online learning experience.
  • Time: Expect to spend as much time with your courses online as you would on-campus.
  • Office Hours: Take advantage of any online office hours offered. 
  • Communicate: Take the time to promptly communicate via Canvas or email with your instructors. Ask for feedback or clarification; be open to phone conversations and video conferencing.
  • Course Support: Before spending too much time on tasks, be sure to ask for assistance if you have questions or are unable to access course content. Canvas courses need to be published in order for you to see them. If you cannot see your course on your Canvas dashboard or Courses menu, contact your instructor to make sure it has been published.
  •  
  • For help, contact the RCC Help Desk at 804-333-6786 or rcchelp@rappahannock.edu

All students need to place book orders online.

For delivery, please use a physical address,  not a PO box. Books are delivered via FedEx, who does not deliver to PO boxes.

If students are using financial aid, the Bookstore will need Student ID# for the account number.

All shipments are FREE.

GLENNS STUDENTS:

www.rappahannockshop.com

WARSAW STUDENTS:

www.rappahannockwarsawshop.com

Last day for a full refund is May 27, 2020

Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) new COVID-19 Resource Page contains a wide array of resources for those seeking information or help during this time of COVID. It contains topics such as personal health, medication assistance, Medicaid/FAMIS coverage, unemployment, child care, food and other many other resources.

Dear Student:

Rappahannock Community College is expanding your options for making grade choices:

  • If you requested an Incomplete (I) for a spring course or courses, you will be able to request either A-F grades or P+, P- and WC grades when you complete the (I).

 

  • After your grade for a semester course is posted, you will be able to change your grade choice (if you chose an A-F Grade and would rather have a P+/P- or WC, or if you chose a P+, P- or WC and would rather have an A-F Grade). You can request a grade change beginning May 7th

 

To request this change, please email records@rappahannock.edu
Include in your email:

  • Your name, student ID number, name of instructor, class number, and course/section numbers.
    • This information can be found on your class schedule by logging into myRCC and pulling up Students Services Center. Your class schedule will be found under the Academics heading. 
  • The grading scale that you are requesting (A-F Grades or P+/P-/WC Grades).
  • Your preferred phone number in case we have any questions about your request
  • You must make this request for EACH class you would like to change.
  • See below for an example request

 

High School Based Dual Enrollment Students: You will receive separate directions on these expanded grade options from your DE instructors.

You will be able to change the type of grade you received for Spring 2020, COVID-19 affected courses for one year.

We appreciate your hard work and patience this semester and look forward to helping you continue your education this summer.

Sincerely,

Eric Barna, Ph. D.

Interim Assistant Vice President of Instruction

 

Example Request to Change Grading Scale for Spring 2020

To: records@rappahannock.edu

Hello,

My name is (put your name here) and my student number is (put your 7 digit student number here) I would like to change my grading scale to A-F for, BIO 142 – 51B, class # 40504 taught by Professor Dunston.  If you have any questions, the best number to reach me at is (your cell phone number here).

You must make this request for EACH class you would like to change your grading scale in, but you may put all the requests in one email.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Interim Rappahannock Community College Guidelines: Instruction, Events & Travel

UPDATE: APRIL 16, 2020

Rappahannock Community College is Closed Until Further Notice
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, all campuses and sites were closed (Glenns, Warsaw, Kilmarnock, King George, New Kent and Montross). Access to the buildings is not be permitted. This includes the Libraries and the Testing Centers.

WiFi Access
In order to assist those without strong Internet connectivity, RCC has extended WiFi access to the following areas (see maps):

kilmarnock wifiGlenns Campus: Parking lot area, closest to the nature trail entrance.

Warsaw Campus: Driveway loop at end of Rte 360 entrance, near the flagpoles.

Kilmarnock Center: Parking lot area closest to the front of RCC Workforce Development.

Additional locations (click here to open Google Map of locations) throughout our service region where students can find free WiFi. Some may require a purchase (coffee or cheeseburgers) in order to use. We ask that anyone using WiFi in any of these areas to maintain adequate social distancing for the safety of others.

Commencement

The most special time of the academic year is the celebration of student achievement through a graduation ceremony. This year, the pandemic has robbed us of the opportunity to join together and celebrate our graduates as they walk across the stage. We cannot settle for that outcome. In order to honor our graduates, we will hold a Virtual Commencement!

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be available on our website on May 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. More detailed information will be forthcoming. Graduates will receive an electronic invitation via their college email account. The invitation will have details on how to access the ceremony and can be forwarded to family and friends. Graduates will also be asked to provide a photo of themselves to be incorporated into the ceremony.

Instruction/Events

All in-person classes have been canceled. Instruction will be delivered online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester as well as the Summer 2020 semester. All RCC students are urged to remain in close phone and email contact with their instructors for class schedules, lessons, assignments and grades.

All Rappahannock Institute of Lifelong Learning (RILL) classes are canceled. The Preakness Party, scheduled for May 16, 2020, has been canceled.

Food Pantry
Call the RCC Food Pantry at 804-333-6732 or email foodpantry@rappahannock.edu to discuss options for possible pick-up.

March 12, 2020

Dear RCC Community,

As we closely monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus), RCC is following guidelines from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), 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; and 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.

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 cancelled 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:

Best wishes,

Shannon L. Kennedy, Ed.D

Rappahannock Community College and other educational institutions are closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (“2019-nCoV”).  

We are all interested in staying abreast of developments relating to the novel coronavirus and to keep our College community informed, we have created this webpage where we will communicate with you about the coronavirus and how it could affect our community. 

According to the Virginia Department of Health, Common coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness, like the common cold. Symptoms include fever, cough and trouble breathing; it can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should visit a doctor immediately. 

As precautions, the Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health and other agencies recommend steps that everyone can take to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including coronavirus 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask: 
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

Please visit the links provided for additional information on the virus and steps you can take to help prevent its spread. 

Please stay informed and stay well. We will provide updates whenever they become available. 

Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic

Kilmarnock (Main Clinic)

51 William B Graham Court
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Monday 8:30 – 5:00
Tuesday 8:30 – 8:00
Wednesday 8:30 – 5:00
Thursday 8:30 – 8:30
Friday 8:30 – 4:00

Westmoreland Outreach Clinic

Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church
16340 King Highway
Montross, VA 22520

Every other Thursday 8:30 – 1:00

 

Middlesex Outreach Office

Feeshade Community Center
1544 Regent Road
Syringa, VA 23169

Every Thursday 12:30 – 4:30

Tappahannock Free Clinic

317 Duke Street
Tappahannock, VA 22560
804.443.9590

 

Central Virginia Health Services—Fredericksburg/Westmoreland

1965 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-735-0560

Services Offered:
Medical
Dental
Behavioral Health

18849 Kings Hwy.
Montross, VA 22520
804-493-9999

Services Offered:
Medical
Behavioral Health

Southeastern Virginia Health System—Town Center Physicians

Community Health Center (CHC) for insured, uninsured, and underinsured

10980 Buckley Hall Road
Building 5
Mathews, VA  23109
804-725-9191

Middle Peninsula Northern Neck CSB    

530 General Puller Highway
Saluda, VA  23149
804-758-5877

https://www.mpnncsb.org/159/Community-Options

Three Rivers Health District

   Info on Coronavirus in our 10-county region

   http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

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