COVID-19 Updates and Information
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.
Please see our resources below on how to proceed safely:
- RCC’s Safety Re-Opening Plan [PDF]
- Student Health Safety Agreement Form [PDF] All students who will be on an RCC campus or site must follow the guidelines as stated in the Student Health Safety Agreement (SHSA). Students who have a class that has an on campus/site component should contact their instructor as to signing and submitting their SHSA. Students who are coming to a campus/site for any other reason will sign an SHSA at the Welcome Desk.
- CARES Act: Click here to learn more about the CARES Act.
- 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
- RCC Food Pantry: We are here to help. Call the RCC Food Pantry at 804-333-6732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for possible pick-up.
WiFi Access: In order to assist those without strong Internet connectivity, RCC has extended WiFi access to the following areas (see maps):
Glenns Campus: Parking lot area, closest to the nature trail entrance.
Warsaw Campus: Student parking lot in front of the main entrance.
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.
COVIDWISE is the official Virginia Exposure Notification System (ENS) app created by the Virginia Department of Health in partnership with Google and Apple. This free smartphone app is available to all Virginians on Google Play and in the App Store. After downloading the app, you will be able to use your phone in the fight against COVID-19, without compromising your privacy or personal information.
COVIDWISE uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to quickly notify users who have likely been exposed so you can reduce the risk for your friends and family and help Virginia stop the spread. Everyone with an Android or Apple phone is strongly encouraged to download and use COVIDWISE. By working together and using every tool at our disposal, we can protect ourselves and our communities. Minors should request permission to download and use COVIDWISE from a parent or guardian.
COVIDWISE will notify you if you’ve likely been exposed to another app user that shared a positive COVID-19 test result. Knowing your exposure history allows you to self-quarantine effectively, seek timely medical attention, and reduce potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. The more Virginians who use COVIDWISE, the greater the likelihood that you will receive timely exposure notifications that lead to effective disease prevention.
Academic Continuity for 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.
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.
- Use Canvas Resources and make sure you are getting instructor notifications and announcements.
- 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.
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 email@example.com
Grade Change Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Eric Barna, Ph. D.
Interim Assistant Vice President of Instruction
Example Request to Change Grading Scale for Spring 2020
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.
Student Expectations for Zoom Online
If you choose Zoom Online classes, you will be expected to attend class online via Zoom at the time specified on the schedule.
To attend successfully, you need a laptop or personal computer equipped with a camera suitable for Zoom technology. Consult this link for computing requirements: https://www.rappahannock.edu/helpdesk/tech-tips/#techreq
RCC can help you meet these Zoom technology needs:
- If you do not have an appropriate computer, computer labs will be available on campus by appointment.
- If you have an appropriate computer but do not have access to high speed internet during the class meeting time at home, you can come to campus to access the internet by appointment.
- If you have appropriate internet access at home but do not have an appropriate computer, there is a limited number of college laptop loaners available for students. You can request a laptop at email@example.com.
Students must provide their own headphone/microphone to use a computer in the computer lab or to access the internet on campus for a Zoom class. USB or Bluetooth headphones/microphone combinations are the most compatible options to use with college computers.
Student Expectations for Online On-Your-Time
If you choose Online On-Your-Time classes, you will have clear assignment deadlines, but will not have specific online meeting times and will not meet on campus.
To attend successfully, you need a laptop or personal computer suitable for online learning. See the note below regarding cameras and consult this link for computing requirements: https://www.rappahannock.edu/helpdesk/tech-tips/#techreq
RCC can help you meet these technology needs:
- If you have an appropriate computer but do not have access to high speed internet you can come to campus to access the internet by appointment.
- If you have appropriate internet access but do not have an appropriate computer, there is a limited number of college laptop loaners available for students. You can request a laptop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you do not have either of the above, you can access a computer lab on campus by appointment.
Note: Most classes will require Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor for assessments. This will require you to have computer with a camera. If you do not, you can take the required assessments on campus by appointment. Scheduling an assessment appointment can be done at email@example.com
Computer System Requirements
|Intel CORE Series Required, i-Series processor recommended (i5 or i7)|
|8 GB RAM (Memory)|
|Microsoft Edge, Firefox (latest), Chrome (latest)|
|Display: 1280 x 800 screen Resolution|
|Java 8 (most recent update recommended)|
|Access to High-Speed Internet*|
|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
- Browser: Firefox (Latest), or Chrome (latest), Edge (Windows 10), Safari 12+. Canvas Browser Compatibility Page.
Some applications such as Navigate do NOT support Edge or Safari. Firefox and /or Chrome are strongly recommended.
- Microsoft Word (2007 or higher, Office 2016 or Office 365 recommended) *Google Docs is supported but does require extra steps.
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.
Transfer FAQs – Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
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 )
Academic Continuity for Faculty
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.
Free Health Care Providers
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
Central Virginia Health Services—Fredericksburg/Westmoreland
1965 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
18849 Kings Hwy.
Montross, VA 22520
Southeastern Virginia Health System—Town Center Physicians
Community Health Center (CHC) for insured, uninsured, and underinsured
10980 Buckley Hall Road
Mathews, VA 23109
Middle Peninsula Northern Neck CSB
530 General Puller Highway
Saluda, VA 23149
Three Rivers Health District
Info on Coronavirus in our 10-county region
Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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.
- CDC’s Handwashing
- VDH – Fact Sheet for Coronaviruses
- CDC – 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ
- CDS – 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- World Health Organization – Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Please stay informed and stay well. We will provide updates whenever they become available.
Message from President Shannon Kennedy
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.
- 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.
- RCC students/staff: Sign up for the RCC Alert System: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085614989#/login
Sign up as a NEW USER and set up your account and profile
Shannon L. Kennedy, Ed.D
Protect Yourself and Others From Getting Sick
Reporting and Information
Positive Tests for COVID-19
We received notification on Monday, 11/30/2020 that an RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Warsaw Campus on Monday, November 16th. The student was tested on Friday, November 27th, and was subsequently advised of the positive result on Saturday, November 28th. Three Rivers Health department was notified on 11/30/2020, and has determined there was no exposure to students or staff.
We received notification on 11/30/2020 that an RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Kilmarnock Campus, Saturday, November 21st and the Glenns Campus on Monday, November 23th. The student was tested on Wednesday, November 25th, and was subsequently advised of the positive result on November 27th . Three Rivers Health department was notified on 11/30/2020, and has determined there was potential exposure. Students and employees who were in contact with this individual have been/are being notified and encouraged to seek medical advice regarding the need for testing and/or self-quarantine.
We received notification on 11/22/2020 that an RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Glenns Campus on Friday, November 20th. The student was tested on Thursday, November 19th, and was subsequently advised of the positive result on November 22nd. Three Rivers Health department was notified on 11/23/2020, and has determined there was potential exposure. Students and employees who were in contact with this individual have been/are being notified and encouraged to seek medical advice regarding the need for testing and/or self-quarantine.
We received notification on 11/21/2020 that an RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been on campus. Three Rivers Health District was notified of the positive case and has determined there was no exposure to students or staff.
An RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Glenns Campus on Saturday, November 7th . Upon the onset of symptoms on Tuesday, November 10th, the student was tested on Wednesday, November 11th , and was subsequently advised of the positive result on November 13th . RCC was notified of the positive test result on Friday, November 13th. Students and employees who were in contact with this individual have been/are being notified and encouraged to seek medical advice regarding the need for testing and/or self-quarantine..
An RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the New Kent campus on November 2. Three Rivers Health District was notified of the positive case and has determined there was no exposure to students or staff while at school. A negative test result will be required prior to the student’s return to RCC.
An RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Glenns Campus on October 2. Following a COVID-19 test on October 5, the student received notice of the positive results on October 6.
An RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Glenns Campus September 28. Following a COVID-19 test on October 2, the student received notice of the positive results on October 3.
An RCC student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was briefly at the Warsaw Campus on September 11, and became symptomatic on September 13. Following a COVID-19 test administered on September 15, the student received notice of the positive results on September 17. All areas of the building in which this student was present have been disinfected. The student reported no direct contact with any RCC students, faculty or staff while on campus. A negative test result will be required prior to the student’s return to RCC. This student wore a mask at all times while on campus and practiced social distancing.
On September 8, 2020, RCC received notification that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was most recently on RCC’s Glenns Campus on September 1. A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the affected office areas on the Glenns Campus was completed. RCC’s campuses and sites remain closed to the public.
On August 26, 2020, RCC received notification that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was most recently on RCC’s Glenns Campus on August 20. A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the affected office areas on the Glenns Campus was completed. RCC’s campuses and sites remain closed to the public.
On July 17, 2020, RCC received notification that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was most recently on RCC’s Glenns Campus on July 6 and July 7. RCC notified the VDH Three Rivers Health District and provided information to facilitate contact tracing. A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the affected office areas on the Glenns Campus was completed. RCC’s campuses and sites remain closed to the public.
On Monday, July 13, RCC closed the Warsaw Campus after a student reported testing positive for COVID-19. Per CDC and VDH guidance, the facility was closed and strict cleaning and sanitation measures were taken.
The facility was re-opened Tuesday morning, July 14, for a select number of classes and labs to resume. The facility, as well as the Glenns campus and all other RCC sites, remains closed to the general public at this time.
At this time, the Warsaw campus of Rappahannock Community College remains closed to the general public.
Specific hands-on and laboratory classes that have been in session on campus have resumed as of July 14, 2020. RCC faculty and staff who have been working at the Warsaw campus are permitted to return.
The Warsaw campus of Rappahannock Community was closed immediately due to a positive test of COVID-19. The Warsaw campus is located on Rte. 360, just west of downtown Warsaw, Virginia, in Richmond County.
A student attended a science lab on campus on July 2, 2020, from 12:30 – 3:20 pm, but had not been to campus prior, nor was the student on campus the week of July 9, 2020. The student was reported to be asymptomatic, had been wearing a mask and had practiced proper social distancing. There were four other students present, as well as a lab assistant and administrative staff member. All individuals who were in direct, sustained contact are advised to self-quarantine at home until further notice and all have been notified.
RCC’s Safe Reopening Plan states:
Following confirmation of a positive test for COVID-19 within the College community, the facility affected will be immediately closed until such time as cleaning and disinfecting protocols can be completed.
The Plan can be found on RCC’s website at: https://www.rappahannock.edu/health.
Students and employees will be reminded of COVID-19 symptoms, self-screening questions, and the local healthcare resources which are available within our service region. The local VDH Health District has been advised of this positive test. RCC will work closely with the VDH Health District to facilitate VDH’s contact tracing program, providing appropriate contact information for those individuals possibly exposed to COVID-19. Students and employees in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, on and/or off campus, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to an RCC campus or site.
A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the Warsaw campus has been initiated. Notification will be released when the Warsaw campus is safe for reopening.
RCC’s guiding principles:
- Our priority is the health, safety, and wellness – both physical and emotional – of students, faculty, staff, and our community.
- We will follow applicable CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and local guidance.
- We will follow Virginia’s guidance on both easing and reinstating public health restrictions as the situation changes.
CARES Act Required Reporting
In accordance with the Announcement posted by the US Department of Education on May 6, 2020, Rappahannock Community College herein discloses the following required information pertaining to its use of HEERF funds for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
Acknowledgement and Assurance
On June 10, 2020, Rappahannock Community College (RCC) received an allocation from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act under Section 18004(a)(1) in the amount of $1,149,192. On April 27, 2020, RCC signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
The College received at total of $574,596 from the U.S. Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. The College was also allotted institutional funds in the amount of $574,596 as part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Institutional Grant of the CARES Act. This allotment will be utilized in accordance with the CARES Act guidelines. Initial guidance states that these funds are to be directed toward costs associated with the significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. RCC awaits further guidance from the Department of Education and the Virginia Community College System regarding the allowable methodology for expending this second half of CARES Act funding.
Eligible Students and Total Awards Granted
The college distributed 75% (or $434,150) of the total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of June 11, 2020.
The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 713. The total number of students that received funds as of June 12, 2020 is 415.
RCC disbursed 75% of the funds, or $434,150, without further application to students whose Title IV eligibility had already been established in accordance with Section 484 of the Higher Education Act. In accordance with the CARES Act, RCC directed funds to students who demonstrated the most financial need as per the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file. The following additional criteria were used to determine funds disbursement:
- Students were enrolled in at least one college credit class that was being delivered onsite at RCC on March 13, 2020 — the date of the National Emergency Declaration
- Students were NOT enrolled in all online course work as of 3/13/2020
- Students were NOT dual enrollment students
- Students had an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $25,000 or less per the FAFSA
The method used to determine how much students would receive under Section 18004 (a)(1) of the CARES Act is as follows:
- 85% (approximately) of the $434,150 was distributed to students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours in Spring Semester 2020. These students received awards of $1,150.
- 15% (approximately) of funding was distributed to students enrolled in less than 6 credit hours in Spring Semester 2020. These students received a $400 award.
Funds were disbursed directly to students. If a student owed a balance to RCC, these funds were not applied to that balance. Disbursements were sent to students per their previously selected refund method (direct deposit or paper check).
The remaining approximately 25% of the Emergency Financial Aid Grants funding, or $140,446 will be disbursed on a case-by-case basis to applicants not fully meeting the model above but meeting Title IV and CARES Act requirements.
Students received guidance, instruction, and direction regarding the student grants and the availability of the emergency grants through the college’s website. Additionally, eligible students received a communication through the student message center portal as well as an email communication.
For more information regarding requirements, see Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students
Update on Emergency Grants to Students
RCC has received 310 emergency grant applications from students. A committee including representatives from advising, financial aid, and the dean of student development will review applications for eligibility and to determine final awards. Award decisions are anticipated by 7/30 for any applications received by 7/23.
Of the applications received, Rappahannock Community College awarded an additional $54,250 in HEERF Emergency Students Grants to 55 eligible students who did not receive a prior award. The student’s emergency grant applications were reviewed for compliance to the established criteria noted above. Students were notified of the award through the College’s message center on August 6, 2020 with electronic fund distribution the week of August 10, 2020. Additional funding still remains, students who have not yet received a grant and meet the criteria are encouraged to complete the Cares Act Emergency Grant Application at https://www.rappahannock.edu/cares-act.
VCHF Resource Page
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.
COVID-19 Resource Links for Colleges, Businesses and Individuals
COVID-19 Pandemic Information
For information regarding the global pandemic and the latest guidance from Virginia public health officials,
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/
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:
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/
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:
Twelve amazing livestreams of animals around the world:
Virtually tour of US national parks:
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.