Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
For the most up-to-date information visit RCTC.edu/coronavirus
Campus and Community Support for Students
The College recognizes that this a difficult and unprecedented time which may be filled with uncertainty. Your safety, health, and well-being are our primary concern and we want to be able to support you in any way that we can. The College compiled a list of on campus and community support for students here.
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.
You are not alone and we will navigate these challenges together. Yellowjackets take care of their hive!
March 25, 2020 Update: Dental Hygiene Clinic
The RCTC Dental Hygiene Clinic is closed until further notice.
March 24, 2020 Update: More Internet Services Are Being Provided
- Comcast – Options for more wireless and data access for subscribers and non-subscribers, including free wifi hotspots nationwide for all and unlimited data for their subscribers.
- HBC – Temporary Free Internet Assistance Program (COVID-19)
- KMTelecom – KMTelcom is offering free internet within its service area (Kasson, Mantorville, Dodge Center, Rock Dell) to households who do not have internet access. Households must have K-12 or college students at home.
- MIDCO – Midco Internet Basics, for low-income households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t have internet access.
- Spectrum – Free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days in home with K-12 and/or college students that don’t have an existing Spectrum service level up to 100 Mbps
March 24, 2020 Update: Testing
March 18, 2020 Update: Campus Hours | Rochester Public Transit
The RCTC Campus will remain open with modified hours. From March 20-29, 2020, campus hours are Monday-Friday (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Rochester Public Transit
Effective Friday, March 20, Rochester Public Transit will suspend regular weekday transit service and RPT will begin operating reduced service as follows: Routes 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 (typical weekend holiday service) will begin operation seven days a week. Visit https://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/public-transportation for social distancing protocol and an outline of service.
March 17, 2020 Update: Spring Commencement | Spring Sports Season | Athletic and Recreation Facilities | Student Health Services | Campus Visits
Effective immediately, and according to current Minnesota Department of Health and CDC guidelines, any campus-related gathering must have less than 50 people if social distancing can be adhered to. Meetings or gatherings where social distancing cannot be accommodated should be moved to a virtual environment, postponed, or cancelled. In light of these recommendations, Spring 2020 commencements at all Minnesota State colleges and universities are cancelled. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
Spring Sports Season
The NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately following the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Athletic and Recreation Facilities
In following yesterday’s Executive Order of Governor Walz, all RCTC athletic and recreation facilities are closed effective March 17, 2020 until March 27, 2020. These facilities include the Bubble, the Rochester Regional Sports Center and all playing fields. Questions may be directed to the Sports Center Director, Michael Sheggeby at 507-285-7565 or Michael.email@example.com.
Student 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information about obtaining 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 email@example.com for more information.\
All campus visits are cancelled. We will do our best to accommodate visit requests individually, but will limit the amount of guests that attend with the student.
March 15, 2020 Update: Spring Break/Prep Week Expanded By Another Week
Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra announced Sunday evening that all Minnesota State institutions will be extending their Spring Break by two weeks, rather than one week as previously announced. As such, RCTC classes are now scheduled to resume with alternative delivery modes on March 30, 2020. Given the enormity of the task at hand, this additional time is being given so faculty have enough time to complete their work in modifying their delivery methods. Additional information will be forthcoming on course delivery, scheduling, and other details. Please check RCTC.edu/coronavirus for the latest information.
March 14, 2020 Update: Broadband Access for Students
For students who do not have broadband internet access at home, several service providers have created opportunities for college students to get free internet including installation.
For students in Rochester, Charter (Spectrum) Communications is offering: Free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days in home with K-12 and/or college students that don’t have an existing Spectrum service level up to 100 Mbps.
Comcast is creating options for more wireless and data access for subscribers and non-subscribers, including free wifi hotspots nationwide for all and unlimited data for their subscribers.
We will continue to update this site with additional providers as soon as information becomes available.
March 12, 2020 Update: Spring Semester | Campus Operations
RCTC Campus Community:
Due to the increasing severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of an abundance of caution for our students, employees, and community visitors, the difficult decision has been made to disrupt normal College operations. While these changes will cause disruption to our routines, they are necessary to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Beginning immediately, the following changes and procedures will be in effect until further notice:
Spring Semester Classes
Spring break will be extended for an additional week concluding on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Beginning Monday, March 23, RCTC classes will resume utilizing alternative delivery formats. Specific plans will be finalized the week of March 16 and will be communicated to the campus community at that time.
The RCTC campus is not closing. All College faculty, staff, and administration will report to work during the week of March 16-22 to prepare for alternate course delivery methods. However, based on guidance from health officials and Minnesota State, RCTC will be implementing several operational changes including:
- Regular operations, including prospective student campus visits and student support services, will remain open.
- As directed by the System Office, out-of-state travel is suspended effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
- All College-sponsored events with an anticipated attendance of 100 people or more are cancelled effective March 16, 2020.
- All non-RCTC events and rentals are cancelled effective March 16, 2020.
- Employees who are at-risk of infections or those who may infect others should seek alternative work spaces. Please work with your supervisor to discuss options.
We truly appreciate everyone’s patience, cooperation, and flexibility during this period of uncertainty and upheaval. We are continuously monitoring the situation and working with public health experts to help keep our campus community prepared, informed, and protected.
Please watch your email, social media, and rctc.edu/coronavirus for additional updates.
March 11, 2020 Update: Coronavirus
RCTC Campus Community:
Today we learned Olmsted County has its first presumptive case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please know the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and visitors is our top priority. As such, we are working with the Minnesota State system office, Olmsted County Public Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Department of Education to continue providing a safe learning and working environment.
As of today, the Minnesota Department of Health and Olmsted County Public Health are advising no change to regular operations. Further, MDH is not recommending cancelling any large public events or meetings or restricting domestic travel. Based on this current information and advice, RCTC’s classes and events are scheduled as normal. This situation is fluid and Academic Leadership, in consultation with Faculty Leadership, are working on finalizing instructional contingency plans (i.e. online or hybrid) should such actions need to be implemented.
As we look to the coming weeks, the College encourages students, employees, and visitors to use good hygiene habits to help reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting any illness. These include staying home when feeling ill, washing hands thoroughly after using the restroom, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning touched objects/surfaces, and avoiding sick individuals. For individuals returning from travels over the Spring Break to areas that have seen Coronavirus outbreaks, we especially encourage you to take extra precautions. The College has set up a website with additional resources and information: www.rctc.edu/coronavirus.
Thank you for cooperation as we work to address this on-going situation.