This webpage is used to provide the Richland Community College community with up-to-date information and resources regarding the College’s response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Please continue to check back for updates.

HSHS COVID-19 Information (pdf)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information and FAQs (pdf)

Memorial Health System COVID-19 Community Information (pdf)

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information (pdf) 

Updated May 29, 2020

Summer Courses begin online June 1; Campus remains closed until Phase 4 of Restore Illinois

Richland Community College summer courses are set to begin online June 1, allowing students to stay on track with their educational goals in a safe environment.

Richland offers a low tuition, financial aid and scholarship options and easily transferable credits, giving students the tools they need to complete their education. Dr. Isaac Zuniga, Vice President of Student Success at Richland Community College shared that “students who progress more quickly through the curriculum, even during challenging times, are considerably more likely to complete their degrees than
those who do not.”

Although the central Illinois region will be moving to Phase 3 this week, the Richland Community College campus and programs will remain closed until Phase 4 as outlined in the Restore Illinois Plan. Richland leadership is developing a phased approach to reopen campus with a focus on the safety of the campus community.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our greatest priority,” stated Dr. Cristobal “Cris” Valdez, President of Richland Community College. “We remain committed to providing our students a high-quality education while following social distancing and public health guidelines.”

In accordance to Governor Pritzker executive orders, the Illinois Community College Board and accrediting agencies, Richland will make it a priority to safely return students and faculty to campus
to complete their spring 2020 lab requirements.

“As restrictions are lifted, we will begin to reach out to students unable to complete spring semester due to lab requirements,” Dr. Denise Crews, Vice President of Academic Services said. “Our first priority is to put processes in place to keep everyone safe. To do this, the new normal will require us to shift our daily habits in the learning environment while continuing to provide learning experiences that are at the heart of Richland Community College.”

Richland employees will continue working remotely as the college remains in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan and phase back onto campus as restrictions allow.

Richland students facing food insecurity will have options throughout the summer months. Free meals will continue to be served Monday-Thursday, between the hours of 11am – 1pm. Meals can be picked
up curbside at main entrance of campus by the flag poles. The Richland Pantry will remain open for Richland students on Wednesdays only from 11am – 4pm. To access the food pantry all students must enter through the food pantry entrance located in Parking Lot C.

Updated May 5, 2020

Virtual Graduation Planned for Students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Richland Community College will be moving its May commencement to a virtual format in order to celebrate its graduating students.

“In these uncertain times, as COVID-19 continues to affect our lives in unprecedented ways, we want to keep our students health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making. It is with a heavy heart that I announce that we will suspend our in-person graduation ceremony scheduled for May 15,” said Dr. Isaac Zuniga, Vice President of Student Success. He added, “Even though our in-person celebration will not occur, I am happy to announce that we will hold a virtual graduation ceremony in lieu of our traditional event.”

Richland’s virtual graduation will occur on Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm, the original planned date for the ceremony. It will be streamed on Richland’s Facebook and YouTube page. “We want to celebrate the accomplishments of our students in a way that they deserve. During the virtual graduation, there will be remarks from Richland President, Dr. Cris Valdez, and Vice President of Academic Services, Dr. Denise Crews; as well as officially recognizing our graduating students.”

Graduating students who confirmed their participation in the ceremony should be on the lookout in their Richland email for additional information about the event.

Click here for the Richland’s Facebook Page

 

Updated April 25, 2020

Annual Plant Sale and Saturday Market Canceled

Due to the ongoing restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and based on current recommendations from local and state public health and governmental officials, Richland Community College will not host its Annual Plant Sale or Saturday Market this season.

“At the forefront of the decision-making is the health and safety of vendors, customers, and our community at-large. We were looking forward to building upon the very successful 2019 Saturday Market season and Plant Sale; unfortunately we will have to wait until next year to do so. We will continue to investigate new ways to improve upon the Saturday Market and Plant Sale to ensure that the 2021 season is the most successful of all,” says Deanna Koenigs, Saturday Market Director and Small Farm Coordinator.

Vendors with pre-paid fees for the Saturday Market can email Koenigs, dkoenigs@richland.edu, to provide a mailing address for reimbursement checks.

Updated April 23, 2020

LIBRARY MATERIALS UPDATE

We are getting questions from you about returning library materials, both those borrowed from the Richland library and from other libraries. Please rest assured that the library is not charging fines for overdue materials. There is no pressure to return those items you need to complete the semester. You will NOT be prevented from receiving your transcript or registering for summer or fall classes if you have outstanding materials.

For those of you that are finished with your materials and just want to return them, you can do so beginning today (Thursday) between the hours of 11am – 1pm, Monday through Friday. There will be a box at the front entrance of campus near the flagpoles for your returns. Please contact Campus Police at (217) 875-7211, Ext. 6555 if these hours do not work for you.

Students may return items in the parking lot of the CLINTON Education Center on Wednesday, May 6 from 1-4pm and on Thursday, May 7, from 9am – 12pm.

Updated March 27, 2020

Richland Students:

If you haven’t touched base with your Success Coach in the last two weeks, please do it this week to let us know you are okay! You can get coach contact info by visiting www.richland.edu/studentsuccess. If you don’t know who your Success Coach is, email records@richland.edu or call 217.875.7211, Ext. 6267.

Updated March 23, 2020

Hello! As we officially start our remote learning adventure, Richland’s Online Learning staff would like to provide some helpful information and reminders.

STUDENTS:

Student Online Help Desk – For questions/tech support the best way for students to get help is to either: Click on the Help link in Canvas and “Report a Problem” OR Email the Help Desk at ochelp@richland.edu. We will respond days, evenings, and weekends. Limited phone support (217-875-7211, Ext. 6376) is also available Monday-Friday from 8am – 4:30pm.

Canvas Student Resource Course – If students have general questions about Canvas and how to work and submit assignments in Canvas, the Resource Course has links to tutorials, videos, and guides – https://richland.instructure.com/courses/1862076

Reset Student Passwords – If students don’t have or know their Richland login information (for myRichland, Canvas, Thrive, and student email) they can get this by “activating” their account. Students can do this by going to myRichland and clicking on the “Activate Account (Student)” link on the left side of the page. This process can also be used to reset a student’s password.

Student E-mail – Online Learning can help students with questions about their student E-mail, as well as helping to get their E-mail on their phone or forward it to another account. For more information for students on how to do this see the following page – https://bit.ly/2RkwFnw

Microsoft Office – Richland students can download and install Microsoft Office 365 software on their personal computer (PC or Mac, not Chromebook), tablet, or phone at no cost. Students can go here to access this – https://jics.richland.edu/MicrosoftStudentAdvantage/

FACULTY:

Faculty Online Learning Support – For any Canvas or remote learning assistance, faculty can contact Kona (kona@richland.edu) or Liz (ejackson@richland.edu) directly via email. If additional assistance is needed, they will also be available over phone and live conferencing (Zoom). We will respond days, evenings, and weekends.

Canvas Faculty Training/Resource Course – In this course, Faculty can access resources, guides, and videos related to using Canvas and working in the online environment – https://richland.instructure.com/courses/1911107

 

Updated March 20, 2020

In compliance with the Illinois Governor’s Stay at Home or Place of Residence announcement today, we will be temporarily closing our campus to the public through May 30. Only essential employees who have been granted permission will be allowed on campus during that time.

Students will begin their online instruction method as planned on March 23. Students, please log into Canvas and check your Inbox and your Courses for information from your Instructors. The Online Learning team, your student success coaches, and your instructors are committed to your success. We are working hard to make sure you have every opportunity for a smooth transition into this new virtual learning environment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Online Learning – You can reach them by emailing ochelp@richland.edu (days, evenings, and weekends) or by calling the Online Learning Help Desk at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6376 (Monday-Friday, 8am – 4:30pm).

At this time, we will not be providing face-to-face instruction and more details will be provided at a later time. ​

Richland students can still pick up hot meals from 11am – 1pm on weekdays. When picking up meals students are asked to please drive up to the main entrance of campus at the flag poles and someone will direct you to curbside pickup. All meals will be delivered by a curbside method in to-go boxes.

Student Success Services are available through remote access, and will remain accessible through online services, text, phone, email, and video conferencing. If students have questions for their coaches, please reach out to them via email or call (217) 875-7211, Ext. 6267. Coaches are currently scheduling virtual and phone appointments to assist with registration and other enrollment-related questions.

Again, we stress that all our Richland employees and students, please continue to put your safety and health first as we continue to navigate through a challenging time as a country. Your Richland family is here to support you and help in whatever way possible. Continue to check the website for helpful information and resources. We will continue to send alerts when up-to-date information is available.

Updated March 19, 2020

Richland students:

We are ready for online and virtual instruction to begin Monday, March 23, 2020, and continue to the end of the spring semester. Students, please log into Canvas and check your Inbox and your Courses for information from your Instructors. The Online Learning team, your student success coaches, and your instructors are committed to your success. We are working hard to make sure you have every opportunity for a smooth transition into this new virtual learning environment.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Online Learning – You can reach them by emailing ochelp@richland.edu (days, evenings, and weekends) or by calling the Online Learning Help Desk at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6376 (Monday-Friday, 8am – 4:30pm).

At this time, we will not be providing face-to-face instruction and more details will be provided at a later time.​

Food options for our students experiencing food insecurity

Richland students who are experiencing food insecurity due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation have some options they can take advantage of thanks to the Richland Foundation, the Culinary Arts Institute, and the Good Samaritan Inn.

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, students can stop by campus to take advantage of a free hot meal between the hours of 11am – 1pm on weekdays. The meals are prepared in advance and not from the regular menu, so items will be limited each day. When picking up meals students are asked to please drive up to the main entrance of campus at the flag poles and someone will direct them to curbside pickup. All meals will be delivered by a curbside method in to-go boxes.

Julie Melton, Executive Director of the Richland Community College Foundation, also noted that Richland students can access the Richland Pantry on Wednesdays only from 11am – 4pm. To access the food pantry all students must enter through the food pantry entrance located in Parking Lot C for food pickup. The Pantry is an extension of the Good Samaritan Inn.

Anyone interested in donating to the pantry, can drop off items during pantry hours or visit The Good Samaritan Inn. Donations can be made online at www.richland.edu/foundation/give.

Richland’s Campus Bookstore will be facilitating your process to make your online learning experience more dynamic. The bookstore is offering options to supplement and support your needs:

  • FREE Online Shipping Offer: Visit the campus store website www.bkstr.com/richlandccstore/home  for Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.
  • Access to eBooks AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE: Visit the campus store website www.bkstr.com/richlandccstore/home to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
  • Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website.

 

Updated March 17, 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created an unprecedented situation which has forced us and all Illinois public and private colleges and universities to shift to alternative methods of teaching and working.  As we finalize this plan we ask and encourage you to continue to visit this web page for new updates and resources and to check your Richland email as well.

  • For the safety of all on campus, during this time, anyone coming on campus will need to use Parking Lot B, at the main entrance of campus by the flag poles. You must sign in and out upon arrival and departure. All other entrances to the building are locked.
  • The Campus Bookstore is currently closed to in-person business but is still completing online orders. CLICK HERE to visit the online store.
  • Employees on campus can purchase food through the Café’ by calling and picking up the item during the following limited hours: 11am to 1pm.

Updated March 15, 2020

To the Richland Community College community:

Due to the effects of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Richland Community College is taking the following measures to help protect our students, faculty and staff, and to do our part to reduce risk of spreading the infection. All updates will be posted here.

  1. Spring Break will be extended an additional week, through Saturday, March 21. The faculty, staff and administration will use this period of time to move as much class content as possible to Canvas, Richland’s online learning platform.
  2. We will move to online instruction via Canvas for all classes beginning Monday, March 23. This is for the time being, and we will continue to evaluate when we can return to face-to-face instruction. Some formats, such as labs and clinicals, may need to be handled on a case-by-case basis. IMPORTANT: Students, please ensure you have access to Canvas, which can be reached from the MyRichland web page using your student email address and password. Call the Help Desk at 217.875.7211, Ext. 6367, if you need assistance with that.
  3. On-campus college events will be cancelled during this time, unless otherwise noted. Communication will be ongoing with the appropriate audiences.
  4. The campus itself, as well as The Café, will remain open.
  5. The Decatur Public Schools Early Learning Center will mirror District operations and are closed at through March 30.
  6. Support staff and the IT Help Desk (217.875.7211, Ext. 6376, http://www.richland.edu/online/resources) will be available to assist students.
  7. Follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, which include avoiding crowded situations, remaining six feet away from others when possible, regular hand-washing with soap and water, use of hand sanitizer, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, etc.
  8. Students can access the Richland Pantry on Wednesdays from 11:00am-4:00pm. To access the food pantry all students must enter through the food pantry entrance located in Parking Lot C for food pickup.

Questions may be directed to the front desk at 217.875.7211 6267

ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR STUDENTS:

  • Student email will be an important method of communication. Please make sure you have access to your account.
  • Financial aid refunds will be distributed as originally scheduled.
  • If you feel ill or someone in your immediate household is ill, do not come to campus.

ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR FACULTY AND STAFF:

  • Employees will be informed regarding the nature of their attendance (physical vs. remote) with their supervisor.
  • If you have travel plans on college business in the near future, consult with the appropriate Vice President to determine if you should cancel those plans.
  • A separate communication will be sent to faculty regarding work hours and duties from Denise Crews, Vice President of Academic Services.
  • If you feel ill or someone in your immediate household is ill, stay home.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates on our website. We also will alert you of updates to that page via email, social media, Canvas and the Canvas app, and any other appropriate outlets.

We are taking these actions out of an abundance of caution, with the well being of our students and employees in mind. We have been in contact with state and federal sources, as well as educational partners in our area.

Questions?

Richland recommends that you utilize Canvas messaging or Richland email to contact faculty and staff. Email addresses for most employees can be found online at www.richland.edu/directory.

If you have additional questions related to course scheduling, billing, or financial aid changes due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, please contact Student Success at rcchelp@richland.edu, or call (217) 875-7211, Ext. 6267.

 

Resources:

Please visit the CDC website for current updates on Level 3 zones

Please visit the CDC website for current updates on Level 1 and 2 zones

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Steps to Prevent Illnesss

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Macon County Health Department, provide regular updates on their websites. Here are links to those agencies:  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Illinois Department of Public Health 

Macon County Health Department

CDC Travel Notices

Updated: March 12, 2020

Today, we made the decision to extend spring break for students only through Monday, March 23. We will utilize the week of March 16 to assess and develop plan to modify instructional delivery beginning March 23.  It is anticipated that we will move as many of our academic operations as possible, to an online format, in an attempt to create social distancing and reduce the density of people on campus. 

*The College is NOT CLOSING. All employees will continue to report to work. 

  • Following the student spring break, online instruction will begin March 23 and continue through April 3, at which time we will re-assess the situation.
  • During this time, we will be canceling and/or postponing on-campus functions. Please contact your event coordinator if you have any questions pertaining to this information.
  • Richland will remain a polling place and voting will take place on Tuesday, March 17.
  • The college’s response seeks to strike a balance between preparedness and caution and college-wide communication on this important matter is forthcoming.  In Academic Services, our most important responsibility is to provide continuity of instruction.  We want to be prepared to move instruction online where possible.  Our plan is guided by the goal of decreasing the overall concentration of students on campus without disrupting the work of teaching and learning.
  • The college is requiring employees and students who have recently traveled to level 2 and 3 countries and states self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, starting from the day of your departure to return home.  All employees will have their normal work time covered with pay.  Employees who have paid time off benefits will not be required to use these benefits.  Employees are required to provide documentation of their travel to their supervisor.
  • The college is requiring employees and students who have traveled outside of the college district, in the last two weeks, to contact Human Resources via phone call to determine the appropriate plan to return to work.
  • Effective Friday, March 13 all work travel for employees will discontinue until further notice unless approved by the appropriate Vice President.
  • As of now, all other absence and paid time off procedures have not changed.  Employees and supervisors should follow the applicable collective bargaining agreement and/or policy for absences as they normally would with the exception of the abovementioned requirement to self-quarantine due to travel.
  • The Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center will follow a separate protocol from the College, so please follow directions from Commander Tad Williams and his team concerning the MCLETC.

Richland Community College values the health and well-being of its faculty, staff and students. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as we proceed during this time period that students are away. We anticipate additional updates late Monday, March 16, or early Tuesday, March 17, as the situation continues to change. 

Each day brings new change. Students, faculty, and, staff, we will update you via Richland email on changes in how we respond to the situation or you can continue to check back here for more information.