Winter and Spring 2022
Masks are required indoors.keep everyone safe — wear your mask! When outdoors on campus, masks are recommended
Open registration for the 2022 Winter Term starts on Monday, November 8. The winter schedule of classes is now available. In order to register for face-to-face or hybrid classes, students must upload evidence of their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination in Cleared4. A chart showing important dates and deadlines for the winter term is available on the Safe Return Page of the RCCD website.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have tracked the COVID-19 virus and found that people who have been fully vaccinated are less likely to be infected, and people who have had their booster shots are much more resistant to the Omicron variant. The CDC has also noted that people who have been vaccinated are generally not suffering severe symptoms, and are much less likely to need hospitalization.
At the RCCD Board of Trustees Meeting on January 18, the board passed another addendum to Resolution 02-21/22 mandating COVID-19 vaccinations. The trustees have directed us to include booster shots in the vaccine mandate for eligible individuals prior to accessing District facilities and attending face-to-face or hybrid instruction and/or receiving in-person services. A link to the addendum will be added to the District’s Safe Return website within a day or two. BOOSTER ELIGIBILITY: You are eligible for the COVID booster 2 months after getting the J&J shot, or 5 months after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations.
If you are already registered for a F2F or Hybrid class for Spring 2022 and are eligible to receive a COVID booster vaccination, you will need to submit proof of having received your booster in Cleared4 by February 1, 2022. Those who are eligible for the booster and have not submitted proof will be required to take a weekly COVID test and must be negative in order to continue with in-person instruction or services.
If you are registered for online classes only for Spring 2022 and are not planning on accessing any in-person services, the vaccine mandates do not apply to you. HOWEVER, we highly encourage you to be up-to-date in your COVID vaccination for your health and safety as well as that of our general public. Achieving community immunity is key to defeating COVID.
Where can you get a COVID test, vaccination or booster? To schedule an appointment for testing, go to your Cleared4 account for on-campus and community testing locations. To schedule a vaccination (including booster shots) you can book your appointment for on-campus clinics provided by Albertsons. You must meet the minimum age requirement, and the time requirement from your first round of vaccinations to be eligible.
How do I upload my booster or vaccination record? Individuals who have already received a booster shot should add this documentation to their vaccination records in the Cleared4 system by February 1, 2022. You’ll upload a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, or if you want faster processing you can look up your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record and upload the SMART Health Card (with the QR code) that the state provides which includes the information for all of the COVID-19 shots you’ve received.
Once you have successfully submitted your COVID-19 vaccination information in Cleared4, on your account’s home page you will have a link to the Blue Cleared4 Pass that allows you to access District offices and college facilities. Sometimes it takes a day or two to process, so I recommend that all students get their COVID-19 vaccination record uploaded right away, before you discover that you need to be on campus.
What if I am ineligible to receive my booster by February 1? If an individual is ineligible for a booster shot before February 1, 2022, they will need to submit their proof of booster vaccination within 30 days of becoming eligible. All individuals who are eligible but have not received a booster shot will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing with evidence of negative test results before accessing District offices and college facilities.
Medical and Religious Accommodations
The District will provide a process for students, faculty and staff seeking a reasonable accommodation for the following situations: (a) a verified medical restriction or functional limitation; (b) declaration of a religious objection based on a person’s sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance. Whenever an accommodation has been granted, weekly COVID tests will be required with evidence of negative test results prior to the unvaccinated individual accessing District offices or college facilities. The District will consider all requests and balance the need to support students, faculty and staff, while not reducing the quality or volume of services and not jeopardizing the health and safety of the work and learning environment.
What does this mean for the students of Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College?
Your college continues to offer a full schedule of classes each term. The winter term is going strong. The spring term will begin on February 14. Most classes will remain online until it is safe to move them back on campus. Those classes that require face-to-face interaction will also continue in hybrid mode and on campus for those who are fully vaccinated and registered on the Cleared4 system. We will keep you informed and up-to-date on any changes. In the meantime,
- Keep Working Toward your Educational Goals – keep going! Register for the spring term now. A college education is the best investment you can make toward your future career and earning potential. This has not changed because of the pandemic.
- Get Tested - we are encouraging everyone who has recently been exposed to the virus, and those who are experiencing symptoms, to be tested and to self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Report positive tests to the Health Center on your campus for further guidance. Testing is regularly scheduled on each campus.
- Be Fully Vaccinated – if you haven’t received your first dose, do it now. If you are due for a second dose, do it now. If you are eligible for a booster shot . . . do it now. Vaccination clinics are scheduled at all RCCD campuses. Check your email for dates and times.
- Wear a Mask – especially when you are indoors or around other people. We also strongly encourage everyone to wash your hands and practice physical distancing when possible.
- Stay Positive – the future is bright! Don’t let today’s COVID-19 obstacles stand in your way.
We will be here. We will keep our campuses clean, sanitize classrooms and workspaces, and maintain fully operational campus ventilation/filtration systems. Student services will continue both online and in-person.
It’s tough to guess whether infections have peaked or will continue to climb over the next few weeks. Please know we are right there with you navigating all of the ups and downs, the emotional upheavals, and all the personal and professional challenges.
We will not stop. Your future is too important.
Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
If you want to take classes on campus and in hybrid mode, you will need to have at least your first COVID vaccination before you register for your classes.
The only exception to this requirement is for students who apply for and receive a medical vaccine accomodation. Online classes are available to everyone, vaccinated or not vaccinated, but my recommendation is that anyone who is eligible be vaccinated ASAP so that we can achieve community immunity and get past this awful pandemic.
All students are encouraged to report their COVID vaccination status on the Cleared4 System using the private link sent to each student’s email address. We will keep your personal information confidential. If you haven’t registered on the Cleared4 System yet, please do so now. Our objective is to keep our campuses safe, and our students, faculty and staff healthy. Your help and cooperation are greatly appreciated.
For students who are not vaccinated are able to enroll in online classes and engage in virtual academic and student support services and opportunities. Online resources are available for students who need them.
If you need help planning your schedule, please check the Drop In Counseling appointment times by pathway. You can also visit the Virtual Engagement Centers and meet with an educational advisor. For counseling questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (951) 222-8440.
Student Medical Academic Adjustment Request
For students who are seeking an accommodation for a medical exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, please complete the Student Medical Academic Adjustment Request for COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Form.
Please note, the medical documentation must include a diagnosis, a link between the diagnosis and the medical exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement; it must be on letterhead and signed by the medical provider.
In addition, please know this process is for students seeking enrollment in classes for which there are no online course alternatives.
Partially vaccinated students must be tested weekly. Testing on campus will be held at the following time and location:
- Thursdays 7:30 - 11:30 am in the Nursing Building Room 156
These are extraordinary times and we have learned that as the pandemic evolves and changes we must do the same. RCCD/RCC will remain vigilant in our efforts to stay informed of the most current local and federal guidelines, and everyone’s patience and cooperation are appreciated. While these are our current plans, they could change in the future depending on the course of the pandemic. Visit RCCD Safe Return for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are masks required to be worn on campus?
- FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED INDOORS.
- All students and employees must wear a face covering inside District facilities.
- The only exceptions to this rule are when you have an approved exemption, or you are alone in a room with the door closed, when eating, or when wearing a face covering creates a hazard during instructional activities.
- It is recommended that you wear a mask outside as well.
- Where or who do we send questions about Cleared4?
- How do I get an exemption?
- I didn’t receive a link to CLEARED4, how do I provide proof of vaccination?
- Personnel at most booths can look up students by their Student ID and send students a text message with their unique Cleared4 link.
- Students can also send an email to email@example.com
- Provide vaccination information either by uploading your vaccination card, or visiting the California Department of Public Health website for a QR code.
- Students can receive a QR code verifying vaccinations through the California Department of Public Health by visiting the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record (ca.gov). The response time is almost instantaneous. Students can then take a screen shot of the results and upload it into their Cleared4 account.
- An administrative review team will check your status.
- If your status is approved you will receive confirmation with a green or blue pass.
- What happens if I don’t show proof of vaccination? Will I be dropped from my classes?
- Students who do no provide proof of full vaccination will be dropped from any face-to-face or hybrid classes in which they were enrolled and will not be permitted to participate in face-to-face services on the college.
- Will I receive a refund if I get administratively dropped from my classes?
- Fees associated with the administratively dropped courses will be refunded to students.
- Have additional online courses been added?
- Yes, all divisions are offering more online classes and the deans are assessing needs every day and adding classes where possible.
- If I have only had gotten my first dose of the vaccine, can I take classes on campus?
- Yes, students who are partially vaccinated are eligible to take in-person classes. However, they must show proof of a negative COVID test weekly until two weeks after their final dose of the vaccine.
- What exactly is required? The original COVID-19 or all future vaccines or boosters?
- Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and boosters as they become available.
- If I’m not vaccinated, do I need to change my classes or will the college change my
- Yes, students are encouraged to modify your schedule as soon as possible.
- If you are not vaccinated, you will need to drop face-to-face classes and register for online classes.
- If you did not provide information by the deadline you will be dropped from any face-to-face or hybrid class your are enrolled in.
- If they do not provide information by the deadline they will be dropped from any face-to-face or hybrid class they were enrolled in.
- Unvaccinated students are only able to take online classes and receive support virtually.
- How and when will I know that my schedule was changed?
- Check your schedule regularly.
- Only you can make changes to your classes.
- If you do not provide your vaccination status by the deadline you will be administratively dropped from face-to-face or hybrid classes you are enrolled.
- Where do I go if I need help with my schedule?
- Students needing assistance changing their classes should contact the counseling office or meet with your educational advisor.
- Drop-In counseling is available in Counseling and Engagement Centers.
- Check the Counseling website for virtual hours. Students can also email Counselingfirstname.lastname@example.org or call (951) 222-8440.
- Where will I need to show my blue or green pass?
Everyone will assist with confirming student Cleared4 passes
In the classroom, faculty will rely upon class rosters and passes.
In Bradshaw, Library, MLK, and Kane, personnel will check passes.
In other campus locations (offices, computer labs, engagement centers, etc) classified professionals, managers, and faculty will check passes.
- What happens at the check-in station?
- Everyone who needs support should be directed to the Campus Access & Information station located outside the Kane building (open 7:30am - 7:30pm).
- Do students and staff need to visit a check-in station every day?
- No, only students who are having an issue with Cleared4 or have a teal colored pass must report to a check-in station.
- How long will I have to show my blue or green pass?
- Staff and Faculty will be checking student passes at building and classroom entrenes daily.
- If I’m not vaccinated, can I check out books from the library or use the computer
- Students who do not provide proof of vaccination will not be permitted to participate in face-to-face services on the college.
- For those who are not cleared to be on campus, eligible books can be checked out online and sent by mail.
- If I need a laptop because I need to take online classes how do request a loaner?
- The library manages the laptop requests.
- Can I get tested or receive the vaccination on-campus?
- Students who have received the first vaccination, must have the first PCR COVID negative test at an off-campus site.
- Once students receive the Green pass, they will be allowed to utilize the on-campus testing and vaccination services.
- How do I change my classes?
- Log into MyPortal and under Webadvisor, select registration. Changes in registration can be made through a system called EduNav.
- What does it mean if I am waitlisted for a class?
- If you are waitlisted for the class, you may become enrolled if enough people withdraw or drop the class.
- You are not guaranteed a spot on the roster.
- Contact the professor via email for more information.
- What do I need to do to add a class after the start of the semester?
- Once the class has started, if you would like to register for the class you will need to receive an add code from the professor.
- You may register for the class if you are given an add code by the professor.
- This is a four-digit number that is entered during the class registration process. Only professors can give out add codes.
- Once you get an add code, go into your schedule and add the class using the code you were provided.
- How do I know if my class is online or in-person?
- Online classes show ONL on the class schedule. In-person classes have a building and room number as well as a time and date associated with them on your schedule.
- What if I am locked out of MyPortal?
- How long do I have to change my classes?
- Each class has its own deadlines to add or drop. Please check the class information available on Edunav.
- How will dropping my classes affect me?
- Dropping classes can affect students’ standings academically as well as impact financial aid eligibility.
- If you are unsure about dropping a class, contact the counseling department and/or the financial aid department.
- Will students still be added into classes from the waitlist as soon as the drop process
- Students on a waitlist will be added as open spaces become available.
- Students on a waitlist will be added as open spaces become available.
- What if a student waits until after the administrative drop deadline to add a class?
- Students are only able to add full-term classes after the start of the term using an add code, if given one by the professor.
- Students are able to enroll in late start (8-week) classes through the normal online registration process.
- When will I get my financial aid/disbursement?
- Financial aid disbursement dates depend on when students complete their financial aid profile.
- Go to the financial aid website for more information about disbursements.
- Where do I go if I am having a problem with my financial aid?
- Where do I go if I need tutoring?
- RCC has a variety of tutoring services in-person and online. Cleared students can access tutoring services at the MLK building.
- Online students have access to various remote tutoring support.
- When is the Kane student services building open?
- In-person assistance available for students who are cleared to be on campus via Cleared4.
- Online resources can be accessed through http://rcc.edu/student-support/online-resources.html
- How do I get my ID card?
- Students who have been cleared to be on campus can get their student ID in Admissions & Records in the Kane Student Services building.
- Online students may request a student ID card that will be mailed to them.
- What is my Canvas log in?
- Canvas uses the single sign-on
- Username: student email address
- password: same as for MyPortal
- Canvas uses the single sign-on
- What if my class is not showing up on my canvas?
- Classes are not typically available on canvas until the first class meeting. If you have recently added the class, it can take up to 2 days for the class to appear on your account.
- I am enrolled in online classes and am not vaccinated If I’m not able to be on campus
how do I purchase textbooks?
- The bookstore is offering FREE shipping to all students. Place your textbook order online and have them shipped to your home.
- How do I use my textbook voucher? I never received my textbook voucher.
- Students were sent emails by their programs with information about how to use the textbook vouchers. All questions about vouchers should be directed at your program.
- Do I have to pay for parking if I have face-to-face classes on campus?
- Is the free bus pass still available to students?
- Yes, all students enrolled in classes within the RCCD can ride RTA buses at no charge. Show your student ID or class schedule to board.