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Will students be required to receive the vaccine in order to return to campus?

At this time, CCRI is not mandating students receive the vaccine prior to coming to campus. The college is working in close partnership with the Governor’s Office, the RI Department of Health and the Council on Postsecondary Education on a higher education vaccine strategy, which includes holding on-campus vaccine clinics for our students, faculty and staff, as well as promoting the priority vaccine appointments available to our community at the state’s mass vaccinations sites. 

We strongly encourage all those who are eligible to be vaccinated as we know that vaccination against COVID-19 is an important step in ensuring the safety of our CCRI community as we prepare to reopen our campuses to faculty, staff, and students beginning this summer. Broad immunization is critical to help stop the current pandemic and to protect our college community, as well as being the fastest path to returning to a much more normal existence at CCRI.

Should vaccines be mandated, we would make accommodations according to health officials' guidance.

How is the college improving airflow in classrooms? 

Our Physical Plant team regularly monitors our building air quality and replaces HVAC filters in compliance with OSHA requirements. CCRI has contracted with an engineering firm to review the HVAC systems and develop recommendations on ways to improve air flow and ventilation given the complexity of the existing buildings. For summer sessions, CCRI has purchased 80 portable, commercial air-scrubbers for the classrooms that will be in use.

Will faculty/staff be required to participate in on-campus COVID testing?

CCRI faculty and staff may opt out of the on-campus surveillance testing, however we encourage everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, to participate. The CDC strongly recommends that people who have been fully vaccinated shoul continue to be tested regularly.

I am fully vaccinated. Do I still need to wear a mask at CCRI?

We have carefully considered the new guidance from the CDC and State of Rhode Island and its impact on our college community. At this time, CCRI will continue to require faculty, staff, and students to wear a mask/face covering while indoors regardless of vaccination status. This decision was made with the intent to keep our college community's health and safety as our top priority.

We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for vaccination to receive their immunization. Vaccination against COVID-19 is an important step in ensuring the safety of our CCRI community as we prepare to reopen our campuses to faculty, staff, and students beginning this summer. The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination include prevention of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus.

Broad immunization is critical to help stop the current pandemic and to protect our college community, as well as being the fastest path to returning to a much more normal existence at CCRI. Getting the vaccine is easy. You can receive a vaccine at a state-run clinic, your local pharmacy or grocery store, local hospital, or a local clinic in your community. Many sites don’t even require an appointment. To find a vaccine site near you, use the Vaccine Locator Map, visit vaccinateri.org, or Google "Find a vaccine clinic near me."

What are the latest social distancing guidelines for classrooms?

The Rhode Island Department of Health has informed the college it can operate under the three-feet social distancing guidelines previously applied to the K-12 space. CCRI still requires everyone to wear masks while in the building, including inside classrooms. The college has placed pedestrian traffic flow signs throughout all four campuses, including in the hallways, staircases and entrances/exits to minimize contact with other individuals.

What are the protocols for cleaning/disinfecting between classes?

For all classes, students and faculty will be required to wipe down their spaces (desks, chairs, computers, etc.) at the start and conclusion of every class. Hand-sanitizing wipes will be available in each classroom for this purpose. We ask faculty to remind students of this responsibility at the start and end of classes. In addition, CCRI will use disinfectant mist machines that increase the number of surfaces cleaned, and ensure hardto-clean surfaces are disinfected, in classrooms daily.
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Will classrooms be outfitted with Plexiglas barriers?

There is no plan to install Plexiglas in classrooms. The college requires all employees and students to wear a mask/face covering over both their nose and mouth at all times when on campus, except at a workstation/private office that is in an enclosed space where no other people are present. The college is following CDC guidelines for educational settings including mitigation strategies for classrooms such as enhanced cleaning protocols and mandatory mask wearing. The use of masks to prevent spread of respiratory droplets by the wearer is one of the most important mitigation strategies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Will I still need to sign in when I come to campus next week?

No. We are not requiring employees or students to physically sign in when they come to campus. Employees and students should display their CCRI ID (or a driver's license, state ID, or passport) when arriving on campus. If you need a CCRI ID, please contact the CCRI Campus Store via email.

How do we handle the situation of a student arriving to class or for an appointment without a mask?

As of now, all employees and students are required to wear a mask on campus, including in classrooms and during appointments with any student service. Employees and students are expected to provide their own mask/face covering, however, the college will provide a mask/face covering at entry if a person comes to campus without one. A face shield without a face mask is not an acceptable face covering.

Faculty and staff are expected to model appropriate behavior by wearing a mask and complying with all other college policies. Faculty should orally review classroom requirements at the beginning of the semester and spend a few minutes on these requirements for the first several class periods.

For classrooms, faculty and student service offices, it may be helpful to post a sign at the entrance of the room to remind students of the requirements before entering. The college has signs available to download and print. Also, when confirming an appointment via email, remind the student of the mask policy.

If you encounter a student who is not wearing a mask, or is wearing a mask incorrectly, it is best to ask the student to comply with the college’s expectations. If they indicate they do not have a mask with them, please kindly ask the student to return to the campus entrance to receive a mask from Campus Police.

If the student continues to be non-compliant, please email the Dean of Students.

If the student has complied, but needed a reminder, the instructor or staff member should consider emailing the student a reminder about the requirement for future classes. The email should be framed to explain the past action in a way that might help mitigate it in the future.

What is the elevator capacity? 

Capacity limits on elevators have been lifted as the use of an elevator does not constitute "close contact" as it relates to the potential spread of COVID-19 due to the limited amount of time an individual is in an elevator. According to the CDC, close contact is defined as "someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period."

We strongly encourage all employees and students who are able to use the stairs to do so and give elevator priority to those with physical limitations. In addition, all employees and students are required to wear a mask while on campus, including when using an elevator, and should use hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting an elevator.