Rogue Community College (RCC) will be changing the mask requirements on campus following new guidance from the Oregon Public Health Authority issued on February 28, 2022. As a result of declining case rates, Oregon’s mandate requiring masks in indoor public places and schools will be lifted as of 11:59 p.m. on March 11.
To comply with state policy, masks will no longer be required on any RCC campus beginning on March 12. Specific mask mandates may remain in place for some healthcare programs when students and staff are working in off-campus healthcare settings.
RCC understands that students and employees may want to continue to voluntarily wear a mask while on campus. RCC will support student and employee rights to choose and will continue to provide masks free of charge to any student or employee on all campuses. Read more on our Facial Coverings FAQs page.
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RCC joins all community colleges in Oregon in encouraging employees and students to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 to protect themselves, the RCC learning environment, and our communities at large. Likewise, we join the majority of Oregon community colleges in not mandating vaccines for employees or students. As a learning institution, we will continue to share resources and information about the vaccine's availability and efficacy.
The Governor of Oregon announced on August 19th, 2021 that effective October 18th, 2021, all K-12 teachers, school staff and volunteers may not teach, work, learn, study, assist, observe, or volunteer at a school unless they are fully vaccinated or have provided documentation of a medical or religious exception. The requirement also extends to all RCC employees and students who work in a K-12 setting.
In addition, The Governor of Oregon announced on August 19th, 2021 that effective October 18th, 2021, all health care employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit an exceptions request. The requirement also extends to all RCC employees and students who participate in health care settings, however some health care settings may not allow for exceptions. Students and employees who work in clinical settings should check with the clinical coordinator or program supervisor for your program regarding site specific requirements.
Health care settings would include any place where health care, including physical or behavioral health care is delivered and includes, but is not limited to any health care facility or agency licensed under ORS chapter 441 or 443, such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, birthing centers, special inpatient care facilities, long-term acute care facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, inpatient hospice facilities, nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, residential facilities, residential behavioral health facilities, adult foster homes, group homes, pharmacies, hospice, vehicles or temporary sites where health care is delivered (for example, mobile clinics, ambulances), and outpatient facilities, such as dialysis centers, health care provider offices, behavioral health care offices, urgent care centers, counseling offices, offices that provide complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and osteopathic medicine, and other specialty centers.
The following RCC programs would be covered under these mandates:
- Early Childhood Education
- TRIO ETS (Educational Talent Search)
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Medical Assistant
- Dental Assistant
- Massage Therapy (In some settings)
Please understand that Rogue Community College is not establishing any rules related to COVID-19 vaccine requirements, these rules are issued by the Oregon Health Authority. For more information, students should contact their specific program. Employees who are covered by this state requirement will be contacted by RCC Human Resources.
Student and Employee Travel
Case Reporting and Contact Tracing
We understand that unknowns about the pandemic, specifically those regarding new variants of the virus are a major concern for many. RCC has experienced certain levels of success around COVID-19 and that is due in no small part to the steps that our students and employees have taken to ensure their individual well-being and the well-being of the RCC community as a whole.
As we continue to return to campus, vigilance will continue to be key. Each of us has a personal responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of ourselves and those around us. RCC Risk Management will continue to be responsible for all COVID-19 case reporting. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Risk Management by emailing Wendy Jones and Sean Taggart.
Isolation and Quarantine Periods
The CDC and OHA have recently adjusted the Isolation and Quarantine period guidelines. Beginning March 12, 2022 there is no longer a requirement to quarantine if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Symptoms – COVID-19 symptoms can include shortness of breath, cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
What if I test positive for COVID-19 or was exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms?
- Stay at home and away from others for five days regardless of vaccination status.
- If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolved after five days, you can leave your home. If fever, cough or sneezing remain, you must not come back until these symptoms are improving.
- Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for an additional five days.
Signage and Sanitizing
In order to support the continued commitment to the safety of our entire RCC community, RCC will continue to:
- Provide hand sanitizing stations positioned at the entrance to most buildings;
- Post specific signage that is related to hand washing and remaining home if you are feeling ill; and
- Provide information on how to report a positive COVID-19 test or an exposure to COVID 19.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 precautions on RCC campuses, please reach out to the RCC Risk Management department by contacting Sean Taggart at [email protected] or Wendy Jones at [email protected].