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Updated as of 9/23/2020 at 5:50 pm
In response to questions that Public Safety has received, here is clarification regarding the process that must be followed in the event of a positive COVID-19 test. Read the Public Safety update.
To view the College’s SUNY Certified Reopening Plan, visit: sunyrockland.edu/reopening-plan.
Essential campus facilities will remain open and many will continue to conduct business virtually. For related resources, go to www.sunyrockland.edu/essential-resources.
The following areas of the College will be closed until further notice:
- Hawk’s Nest
- Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education – Visit their website for more information.
As a community college that is part of the SUNY system, the College is taking directive from SUNY leadership. Click here for a letter from the SUNY Chancellor, which outlines the plan to combat the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.
It is recommended that you sign up for emergency communications using our SWIFT911 contact system.
For information on the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, please visit the New York State Department of Health website.
The College has put mobile technology in place to provide reassurance that students, faculty and staff are ready to return, allowing for self-reporting of temperature, symptoms, and virus exposure risks.
The campus community will use the CampusClear app for the self-monitoring process. Students, faculty and staff who will physically attend classes or work on campus will respond to basic questions listed on the CampusClear app to allow for easy response to daily self-screenings. Any visitors to campus will also be required to use the app.
As RCC students complete their academic requirements through online and alternative education, and many faculty and staff work remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Rockland Community College continues to take precautions to ensure the health and well-being of its campus community in response to the coronavirus pandemic. See the cleaning and disinfecting protocols followed by our Housekeeping team.
If you, or a loved one, are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and would like to get tested, the following testing centers are now available. Please read the information thoroughly and make sure you know all the requirements needed to be tested. Please check below for information on how to get tested. For information about on-campus pooled testing, visit the COVID-19 testing page.
- NY State COVID-19 Testing Information
- Rockland County
- Orange County
- Bergen County
- Westchester County
- Dutchess County
- Putnam County
In response to this evolving public health situation, the College has put together an Emergency Planning and Response Team, headed by William Murphy, Executive Director of Operations & Chief Law Enforcement Officer, to ensure the safety of the College community. This task force will be responsible for maintaining the safety of the College and communicating information to the community. The team continues to maintain close contact with the Rockland County Department of Health, New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State University of New York System Administration.
CDC Information About the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
In the United States, the CDC is responding to this serious and developing public health issue and is working with the World Health Organization and state and local public health partners to respond to this situation.
Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Seven different coronaviruses, that scientists know of, can infect people and make them sick. Generally human coronaviruses cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide; however, there are cases that can become more severe.
A novel (new) coronavirus is causing the outbreak first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Health authorities have reported that patients have experienced fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and pneumonia.
The CDC has outlined the following preventative tips to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. See the CDC website for the latest guidelines on how to protect yourself and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Stay home when you are sick and don’t go to class or work.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
- Avoid shaking hands.
Stay up to date on CDC travel health notices: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.
- Rockland County Health Department: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Rockland County Executive: Press Releases
- SUNY: Health Alert
- SUNY: News & Resources
- New York State Health Department: 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus
- NYS Health Department: Latest News
- CDC: Coronavirus
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus and 2019 outbreak
- CDC: Hand washing flyer
The College suggests the students, faculty, and staff planning to travel locally or internationally, whether for academic or personal reasons, first monitor the official government travel advisories from the CDC travel information webpage and the US State Department travel advisory webpage.
The College encourages you to consider the necessity of travel against the potential risk of exposure to the disease, becoming quarantined, or cancellations to arrival and return travel.
If you do plan to travel, please be cautious. Things are changing every day when it comes to this virus, especially in regards to travel restrictions both to enter the US and to enter other countries. Domestic flights are also being cancelled.
If you decide to travel and encounter any restrictions when traveling, you should consider the possibility that you may not be able to come back into the Country or you may be subject to a quarantine.
Coronavirus is not specific to any culture, nationality, race or ethnicity.
As indicated in the CDC anti-stigma guidelines, people “who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.”
The New York State Division of Human Rights has released information regarding discrimination relating to COVID-19. Visit the Division’s coronavirus discrimination page which describes your rights pursuant to the New York State Human Rights Law.
Rockland Community College is committed to ensuring that all members of our community are treated with respect and dignity and that no one in our community is bullied or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease.
If any student believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs by email at [email protected] or phone 845-574-4206.
If any faculty, administrator or staff member believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Chief Diversity Officer by email at [email protected] or phone 845-574-4758.