RCTC Student Beehive – March 18, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 changes, the Beehive is one tool that will be used to relay important information to you as it becomes available. It’s likely that it will no longer be a Wednesday publication but rather we will send it out as is necessary to keep you updated.

Check out the following links for important resources that are available to you:  NO CLASSES UNTIL MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

Health Services and Mental Health Services
Advisors and Counselors
The Hive Supply – Campus-Based Food Pantry
Student Emergency Fund
COVID-19 Support and Resources
Unemployment Insurance



HEALTH SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Out of an abundance of caution, RCTC Student Health Services will not be open for in-person student visits during the extended Spring Break.

Students who are ill should contact their regular healthcare provider by phone or through their provider’s patient portal.  Additionally, students may call 507-280-2887 during regular business hours, or email healthservices@rctc.edu for information about obtaining a medical evaluation.  Please note that email replies may take up to one business day.

Appointments for other types of visits (TB skin tests, Health Assessments for academic programs, etc.) will be available at a later date.  Students in programs that require these services (Nursing, Nursing Assistant, and Surgical Technology, etc.) can be assured that the deadlines for these requirements are being adjusted.  Additional information about the new deadlines will be communicated to students as the current situation becomes clearer.

Students utilizing mental health counseling services can continue to receive the services either at an alternative site or via tele-therapy during the extended Spring Break.  Please contact Zumbro Valley Health Center at 507-289-2089 or email healthservices@rctc.edu for more information.

RCTC Student Health Services cares about the well-being of all our students.  In the upcoming weeks we will share additional health, wellness, and resource information to help our students during this difficult time.

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ADVISORS AND COUNSELORS
Times are uncertain. You have an extended Spring Break. You don’t know when you will return to campus. But GOOD NEWS!!!  Your advisors and counselors are here to help you with all your academic needs and questions. The process is simple!  Log on to AdvisorTrac, select “phone” for delivery method and in the notes section list the phone number at which you want to be contacted.  If you prefer videoconferencing, you can select “phone” and under “reason” select “Zoom.” Your advisor or counselor will then email you directions on how to proceed with Zoom and you won’t even need to leave your home.  All you need is a cell phone!  Try it today!

Remember, registration for both Summer and Fall classes opens for you on Wednesday, March 25. Please set up an appointment if you have questions or need help with course selection.

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THE HIVE SUPPLY – CAMPUS-BASED FOOD PANTRY
The Hive Supply, our campus-based food pantry, is still open for student use during this time. To comply with current recommendations from the CDC related to social distancing we have created pre-packed brown paper bags with items from the Hive Supply as a grab and go option. You can receive a grab and go bag at the Welcome and One Stop Center. If you would prefer to visit the Hive Supply on campus, we ask that you schedule an appointment by contacting Travis Rutt at travis.rutt@rctc.edu.

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STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND
The Student Emergency Fund assists RCTC students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illnesses, death of a family member, transportation issues, fire damage, or need for temporary housing. Students will meet one-on-one with a counselor or advisor to assist them with discovering resources both on and off campus.  Student resource information is available.  To get started, complete the Student Emergency Fund Application and you will be contacted by a staff person to set up a virtual meeting (Zoom, phone or email) and answer any questions you may have.  You may also find information about the Student Emergency Fund on our website.

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COVID-19 SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
The College recognizes that this a difficult and unprecedented time which may be filled with uncertainty. Your safety, health, and well-being is our primary concern and we want to be able to support you in anyway that we can.

We understand that at this time you may be facing some obstacles that would make it difficult to meet your academic goals. Please use this form to share if you have any concerns related to basic needs (housing, food, financial, medical, mental health, child care, etc.), clarification on official College communication, access to relevant technology, or information on campus services available at this time.

After completing this form you will be contacted by a staff member at the College as soon as possible to provide support and assistance. We will navigate these challenges together and know that you are not alone!

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
If you have had hours reduced or lost your job because of the COVID-19 pandemic you may apply for unemployment benefits. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is encouraging people who have lost work to apply for benefits as soon as possible and to be patient as they anticipate a large amount of applications.

More information: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/workers/

You may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance if:

  • You are a bar, restaurant, or other worker affected by temporary closures
  • You are an individual who is sick or quarantined due to COVID-19
  • You are unable to work because you are caring for a person who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had to quit your job due to a lack of childcare.
  • Your hours were reduced, or your employer has shut down operations due to COVID-19

You can apply for Unemployment Insurance here: https://www.uimn.org/applicants/index.jsp

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