Coronavirus Update

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Reopening Rhodes State College

Updated September 1, 2020

Reopening the Physical Campus

We are excited to reopen the physical campus to students, but we want to do it safely. This is your hub for important dates and resources as we define the “new normal” for students, staff and faculty at Rhodes State. Check here frequently for updates to the Campus and Building Access Procedure and the RSC Protocol for Campus Access Related to COVID-19.

Fall semester will start on Wednesday, August 26 as normally planned but the campus is opening only to students and faculty enrolled in the scheduled in-person labs this Fall. Click here for frequently asked questions regarding student services, technology, etc. for Fall 2020.

Our priority is the safety of our students, employees, and visitors so there are certain protocols in place and are explained on this site. Check your college email for updates. Fall classes will be delivered primarily Online or Hybrid with select laboratory/clinical courses being offered Face-to-Face. All classes that are able to be held remotely will be held online; see STARS for the course schedule and delivery methods for each course.

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  • Clinical Protocols: Meet with your program’s clinical coordinator to ensure you have met all of the safety requirements related to your assigned clinical rotation. You may be required to provide your own PPE per facility guidelines.
  • Externship/Practicums/Internship Protocols: Please contact Lori Dyer for specific details related to your major. Dyer.L@RhodesState.edu.

All offices at the College will continue to operate remotely but adhering to regular business hours. Click here to get the link to the appropriate department for their hours and contact information.

Safety protocols and a facial covering have been mailed to all students coming to campus.

Click here for the Fall Protocol information for students.

Mask recommended washing instructions: It is recommended that you wash the mask each evening at the sink with dish soap and water, rinse thoroughly and hang up to dry. Be prepared for health screenings that will evaluate for the following and you must wear a facial covering:

  1. Do you have any COVID-19 related symptoms?
  2. Have you been exposed to someone who tested positive within the past 14 days?
  3. Have you tested positive to COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

Coming to Campus

Now when anyone enters a building, we will all have to follow new procedures as well as continuing to practice social distancing. Everyone who comes to campus is required to wear a facial covering inside and outside of buildings at all times. If you forget your mask, ask your instructor or Security for a disposal one. No food or drink will be available on campus – please bring your own.

Prior to coming on Campus

Self-Assessment: take your temperature – If you have a temperature above 100.4F degrees, please stay home and contact your instructor.

If you have any of these symptoms (Visit CDC), please STAY HOME AND CALL YOUR HEALTH PROVIDER:

  • Fever or chills. Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue. Muscle or body aches. Headache.
  • New loss of taste or smell. Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose. Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

A face covering is required

Also, follow up with your instructor.

Upon Arriving On Campus:

  • Wi-Fi designated Parking Lot F is available to work in your vehicle.
  • A face covering is required in all buildings while on campus. Click here for the correct way to wear your face covering.

Upon entering a building on campus:

Upon entry to any building, everyone--all employees, students and guests--will be required to have their temperature checked and be below 100.4F degrees. Everyone entering a building will need to go through a temperature scanner located at the designated entrance. Anyone with an elevated temperature at a checkpoint will be required to leave and visit a health professional before returning to campus. Those who pass the screening can proceed to their designation.

  • Green light – proceed to class.
  • In class - Scan QR Code complete survey and submit.
  • Red Light – exit campus immediately following the exit arrows. AND contact your instructor.
  • If you cannot leave immediately campus, return to your car or the parking lot and contact Campus Security at (419) 995-8499 for access to an isolation room.

If you present any COVID-19 symptoms, you will be sent home and not allowed on campus. You will be asked to contact a healthcare provider and be tested. If you test positive, you will not be allowed to return until completing a 14-day quarantine.

Once students get into classroom, scan the QR code to fill out a daily survey.

How to Scan a QR Code - Android

How to Scan a QR Code - iOS

Which buildings will be open?

August

Campus opens for Fall semester on 8/26 per safety plan guidelines, , for students with scheduled in-person classes/labs ONLY. The above entrance procedures with health and safety checks to protect everyone coming to campus will be implemented.

We will be instituting a new entrance procedure with health and safety checks to protect everyone coming to campus.

Designated Entryways & Exits

All College buildings will have a single point of entry and designated exits in order to minimize people crossing paths when entering and exiting buildings. All employees, students, and visitors must use the designated entryways and exits. In the event of an emergency, such as a fire, all exits can be utilized.

Physical Distancing

This practice of physical distancing includes but is not limited to classrooms, labs, common areas, entrance/exit areas of buildings, and offices. Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to and spreading viruses.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Rhodes State is requiring all employees, students and guests to put on your face covering before exiting your vehicle. A face covering is required at all times while on campus and when within 6 feet of another individual. Wash or sanitize hands each time, before and after, touching face or face covering.

Closure of Common Areas

To discourage individuals from congregating in enclosed spaces, common areas will either be closed or have minimal seating until further notice.

Handwashing/Sanitizing

Regular handwashing with an antibacterial soap is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs. The CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. In addition, hand sanitizer stations are available throughout buildings and individuals are encouraged to sanitize upon entering and exiting buildings and throughout the day.

Workstation/Office Cleaning

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of all common areas and classrooms will be performed daily by facilities services. Additional cleaning supplies will be available for students and instructors to clean learning spaces after use. Hard surfaces such as desktops, tables, etc. in private offices are not cleaned by facilities services and employees should clean and disinfect their own office space. Cleaning supplies will be made available in each office area.

Food/Drink

Communication to Students re: Campus food, snack and drink options

The cafeteria will be closed but vending machines will be available. No food allowed in classrooms/labs.

Student Printer Needs:

Due to the COVID-19 closure of campus facilities, only necessary institutional requests will be printed. For specific questions about any course-related items or assignment, please contact the assigned Instructor of the course.

Communication is Key

  • Email - please make sure you are checking this regularly for updates.
  • Text messaging – students will be sent appropriate messages. Also, ensure you are signed up for Rhodes Alert. Click here for more information on Rhodes Alert
  • Signage - will be posted throughout campus. You will find blue and lime green signs throughout the campus to help direct and remind you of our new procedures. Look for the “For Your Safety” circle on all signage. Signage will provide directions social distancing, facial coverings, entrance/exits, cleaning and hygiene techniques. Heavily trafficked spaces will have floor decals to help direct people. View Signage.
  • Web - check this page regularly for more updates, policy, and guidance.
  • Social Media - we will be providing updates on our channels.
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