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.


  • Continue to practice safe habits such as: social distancing, wearing masks during prolonged, close contact and hand washing/sanitization.
  • Continue to report positive cases and direct close exposures with the Self-Report form, link here: Self Report Form
  • Vaccine records must be uploaded to your MyStatus page: MyStatus – RCC
  • If not yet vaccinated: You must provide negative COVID test weekly to participate in activities on campus. Upload results here if your test is from a test location other than RCC’s SHIELD testing site: MyStatus
  • For students who are fully vaccinated, testing is NOT required (mandatory).


April 29, 2022

Executive Order 2022-12

(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 105) Testing requirements have been extended. Testing and vaccination requirements are extended until May 28th.

Remember, if you are not up-to-date on your vaccinations you are required to test on a weekly basis. The recent change to mask optionality has not changed this.

March 30, 2022

The White House has released a “one-stop shop” website for all things COVID-19 related. There are county specific recommendations, tips on masks, vaccines and testing, along with travel guidance. For more information go to:

March 29, 2022

FDA Authorizes Second Booster Dose of Two COVID-19 Vaccines for Older and Immunocompromised Individuals. For details visit: FDA News: FDA Authorizes Second Booster

March 11, 2022 UPDATE

Health Profession students continue to have additional requirements in regards to COVID (and other vaccines). RCC continues to follow federal, state, and local rules in regards to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Students who wish to seek an exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine must complete a form for either Religious or Medical Exemption (forms below). Please complete the form, answer all questions, sign, and return to or return in person to SHIELD Testing Center during regular testing hours.


Form: Richland Request for Medical Exemption

February 25, 2022 UPDATE

The CDC has released new information with a county case tracker for those interested:

February 24, 2022 UPDATE

Please see below for updated COVID resources for Spring 2022 Semester:

COVID Guide: Important Info and Links Spring 2022 PDF

Return to Campus Flowchart for Fully Vaccinated- Updated Feb22 PDF

Return to Campus Flowchart- NOT Vaccinated -Updated Feb22PDF

February 10, 2022 Address From President Valdez

Hello Campus Community:

I am writing with an update regarding masks on campus. Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced that the statewide requirement to wear masks indoors will expire February 28, 2022, due to rapidly decreasing COVID-19 hospitalizations and high rates of vaccination.

Throughout the pandemic, Richland Community College has aligned its COVID-19 policies to state guidelines. As a result, we do anticipate adopting a “masks recommended” policy in the coming weeks. However, Richland’s mask and vaccination requirements will remain unchanged through at least February 27. Please continue to come to campus prepared to wear a mask and follow current requirements.

At this stage, we are awaiting more details from the Governor’s Office and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) about how this policy shift impacts the Governor’s Executive Order requiring not only masks, but vaccination or regular testing to enter campus facilities.

We have also received questions this week regarding the ongoing lawsuit and temporary restraining order that has caused many local school districts to adopt mask optional. This lawsuit applies to K-12 school districts only and does not impact colleges and universities.

Once again, we appreciate your flexibility and partnership as we navigate the twists and turns of the pandemic. Please continue to watch your email for updates regarding the college’s COVID-19 policies so you know what to expect on campus starting March 1.