Information and Updated Resources from RRCC and Minnesota State
Please read all information below and check back regularly for updates.
** Also check your RRCC email for important updates and information **
As Rainy River Community College continues to receive updated information from the Minnesota State system office and other government and healthcare partners, we will continue to provide updates here. If you have questions about COVID-19 that are not addressed here, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be routed to the appropriate contact. Please be sure to refer to this site and other forms of official communication from Rainy River Community College and/or Minnesota State, www.minnstate.edu/coronavirus, to ensure information is accurate, verified and current.
Latest Updates as of August 16: Mask Requirement Returns
Mask Requirement: As of August 16 all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
In accordance with the guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota State System Office, Rainy River Community College (RRCC) is required to implement a mandatory mask requirement for all indoor activities if the county reaches a “Substantial” or “High” transmission rate of COVID 19. Unfortunately, Koochiching County, the county in which RRCC is located, has moved into the “High Transmission” range according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker map.
- Rainy River Community College is open and safely serving students, with instruction and services delivered both in person as well as online.
- Fall semester classes are returning to a primarily in-person format and fall athletics are being planned for as normal.
Where can I get a vaccine?
The Minnesota Covid-19 Vaccine Connector can help you find a vaccination site near you.
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In September 2021, the State of Minnesota implemented a COVID-19 vaccination or testing protocol for all faculty, staff, and student workers.
In addition, we are now implementing this policy for certain student groups, including:
- Students living in Rainy Hall
- Students participating in active-season athletics teams
Instructions for attestation and/or testing can be found here:
We are all responsible for the health and safety of our campus community. Do your part Vaccinate if you can, Mask, distance, and clean. We are all in this together.
Reminder, any student who has proof of vaccination is eligible for a $100 gift certificate in the RRCC Bookstore! This offer is only good between now and November 24.
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As of August 16 all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
In accordance with the guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Minnesota State System Office, Rainy River Community College (RRCC) is required to implement a mandatory mask requirement for all indoor activities if the county reaches a “Substantial” or “High” transmission rate of COVID 19. Unfortunately, today Koochiching County, the county in which RRCC resides, has moved into the “Substantial Transmission” range according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker map.
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The state of Minnesota has followed the guidance of public health experts and data to make informed decisions during the pandemic. These public health risk measures continue to ensure a data-driven response to COVID-19. More information on these measures including data lag information is available here.
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*RRCC COVID-19 safety protocols have always aligned with the Governor’s Executive orders, MDH and CDC recommendations, and Minnesota State system level guidance. As a result of the most recent Executive Order (attached), the MDH has declared that face covering requirements have been removed for higher education institutions in Minnesota. RRCC will align with that decision and that of the chancellor’s message below. Therefore, There is no longer a face covering mandate for RRCC until noted otherwise.
Get vaccinated. Vaccination is one of the best things you can do to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19. Visit COVID-19 Vaccine (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/vaccine/index.html).
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend that anyone who is not fully vaccinated continue to wear face coverings indoors in businesses, public settings, and when around people from other households, as well as outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. People who are not vaccinated, including children, are not required to wear face coverings indoors or outdoors by state executive order, but are at risk for getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Vaccinated or not vaccinated, MDH strongly recommends that everyone:
- Wash their hands often.
- Follow guidance on staying home (quarantine) if you were exposed to someone who has COVID19. People who are fully vaccinated may not need to quarantine in many situations. Visit Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/quarguide.pdf) for more details.
- Stay home if they are sick
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Guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health
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Do vaccinated faculty, staff, and students have to continue wearing a mask?
Yes. All faculty, staff, and students at all Minnesota State colleges, universities, and the system office are required to wear a mask, social distance, and continue hand washing protocols until further notice.
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Minnesota colleges and universities have worked hard to create an environment that will allow students, faculty, and staff to connect with each other safely. Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 for the campus community at the following link: COVID-19 and Higher Education Frequently Asked Questions
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The Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard, where you can view just the Rainy River Community College Covid stats, is now live at https://minnstate.edu/coronavirus/index.html
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Based on Minnesota Department of Health guidance:
- Self-isolate or quarantine immediately.
- Monitor your health, contact your healthcare provider as needed.
You should also:
- If you are a student:
- Contact campus healthcare services or the COVID-19 contact below for further assistance.
- Students living on campus should also contact your residence life assistant.
- Contact your faculty members to inform them that you will not be attending class.
- If you are an employee, contact your supervisor or human resources.
- If you are a visitor, contractor, or vendor, inform your campus contact.
- Contact the campus COVID-19 contact, email@example.com, for additional assistance (please do not send any health-related information to this e-mail address.
For further COVID-19 information visit https://www.rainyriver.edu/college-services/campus-health-safety/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.
It is recommended that you print or take a screenshot of this page to retain a record of this guidance.
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A message from Minnesota State Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra
Through creativity, a spirit of innovation, and
incredibly hard work, our faculty and staff migrated over 20,000 courses
to remote delivery for spring semester in a matter of weeks so that now more
than 95% of all our courses are being delivered with no in-person component.
This amazing achievement has given us tremendous flexibility as we consider our
approach for future semesters. There is still much we don't know about the
public health and safety challenges that fall semester will bring, but
this much is certain: every one of the 30 colleges and seven universities of
Minnesota State will be open to serve our students, providing an
extraordinary education and adapting and
adjusting our educational delivery as conditions warrant to protect the health
and safety of our students, our faculty, and our staff.
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Our apologies for this late notice.
Last evening we received a directive from the Executive Branch that holding in-person instruction, even as we had planned with social distancing and CDC cleaning standards, should be delayed for at least two weeks. This is a change in their guidance from earlier this week.
About 90% of instruction and student services throughout the Minnesota State system have been moved online, thanks to a lot of creativity and hard work by faculty and staff. These classes will continue as planned. However, given last night’s change in guidance, face-to-face classes have been suspended.
I ask that faculty reach out to students as soon as possible to communicate directly regarding specific classes and if course plans have changed for the week.
I sincerely apologize for the late timing of this message and the inconvenience it causes, and I thank everyone for your patience as we navigate through this ever-changing situation.
Thanks so much for all you are doing!
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STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Rural Development Launches COVID-19 Resource Webpage
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more.
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The Minnesota Department of Health has slightly evolved their guidance for people who live in the same household as someone who thinks they have COVID-19. Their new guidance is as follows (the highlighted areas is what is new):
If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, The Minnesota Department of Health recommends:
1.Stay at home for at least 7 days, and for 3 days with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms – whichever is longer. (Your fever should be gone for 3 days without using fever-reducing medicine).
2.Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.
3.If your household contacts were exposed to you while you had symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.
a. They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves. More guidance on this can be found here: MDH COVID-19 Basics
b.Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.
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Rainy River Students, Faculty, Staff and Partners,
As you all know with the event of the COVID -19 virus the college has had to make some adjustments to the way we do business. This includes the way we deliver classes, the way we advise, support, and recruit students and the way we go about our daily work. So many things have happened over the past week that I felt it was important to capture at least some of them here. Let me start by saying thank you to all members of the RRCC community for pulling together to effectively and efficiently make the changes necessary to keep everyone safe!
First and foremost, our primary concern continues to be the safety of our students, employees, and the public.
To that end please note the following:
- Classes will resume on Monday, March 30th. All RRCC courses will transition to a virtual or online format for the remainder of the spring semester. The decision was made to cancel two classes that were scheduled to begin on March 16 due to the required face to face component – Trained Medication Aide and Phlebotomy.
- Effective immediately all aspects of spring sports have been canceled and the athletic facilities will be closed until further notice
- Commencement - Minnesota State announced this week that in-person graduation ceremonies at all colleges will not be held.
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Minnesota State and our colleges and universities are closely monitoring the developing situation related to COVID-19 and are committed to taking steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our faculty, our staff, and our students.
All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to heed the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health, and in particular, staying home when sick, covering your cough, and practicing good hand hygiene.
Update from March 14, 2020
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their Novel Coronavirus Travel Information where most countries in Europe have now been designated along with China, Iran, and South Korea at Level 3 (Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel) and the rest of the world, including the United States, has now been designated at Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) as a Global Outbreak Notice.
All travelers that are returning from a Level 3 country must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. The full guidance from the CDC is located at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe
Travelers returning from other countries or from domestic travel need to monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel. Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care. The full guidance from the CDC is located at
If you are faculty or staff member that needs to self-quarantine or stay home to monitor your health after traveling, please notify Brad Krasaway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student that needs to needs to self-quarantine, stay home to monitor your health, or needs accommodations to self-quarantine, please notify Brad Krasaway, email@example.com.
If you have questions regarding exposure as a result of travel, Minnesota Department of Health asks you to call 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414 for guidance.
Update from March 13, 2020
Rainy River Community College and the Minnesota State colleges and universities are committed to protecting the health of all students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, all classes at Rainy River Community College have been suspended for the week of March 16-20. Classes are scheduled to resume on March 23.
Students and employees should check their campus email and this webpage for more information.
- March 12, 2020 Chancellor Letter to Students re: Spring Break Extension
- March 12, 2020 Chancellor Letter to Faculty and Staff re: Spring Break Extension
- March 11, 2020 Chancellor Memo to Leadership Council re: Academic Continuity Planning
- March 5, 2020 Frequently Asked Questions Sheet re: International Travel Suspension
What do I need to know about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this Fact Sheet on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
What should I do if I am sick and diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspect I am infected with the virus that causes COVID-19?
The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf
What can students, faculty and staff do to protect themselves and each other?
We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory
(coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene. Those who feel sick
are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a
fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of
fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough
suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if
they are sick and seek medical attention depending on the severity of
For specific questions or concerns at RRCC, contact Brad Krasaway at Bradley.Krasaway@rainyriver.edu.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
ACADEMIC CONTINUITY RESOURCES
To support Minnesota State faculty and staff with their academic continuity planning, the system office has alternate technologies available at no additional cost (D2L Brightspace, Kaltura MediaSpace, Zoom, Office 365).
For quick start guides, or to schedule drop-in sessions or one-on-one sessions, visit https://asanewsletter.org/events/..