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Coronavirus FAQs

What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How does COVID-19 spread?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is “spread mainly from person to person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.”

Visit the CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet for more information.

What steps has CCRI taken to prevent a potential COVID-19 outbreak?

As part of this ongoing effort to limit the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak and to mitigate potential community spread of the virus, CCRI has made the decision to move to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester.

Also, from now through Friday, April 3, the majority of our workforce is working remotely. Employees should not report to work on any of our campuses. We will continue to evaluate the situation as we move forward in the coming days. There are some exceptions to this directive, and individual employees will be notified by their managers if they are expected to report to the college.

Classroom Instruction Moving Online
Beginning Monday, March 23, CCRI will move classes to an online learning model for the remainder of the semester. All face-to-face instruction is suspended. 

Various college-based student support resources that our students need to be successful in their coursework will be available during this time, including our libraries, Student Success Centers, and Advising and Counseling, among others.

We understand that transitioning to remote instruction is a significant adjustment for everyone in our community, and we are committed to supporting our students, faculty and staff through this process. Over the past few weeks, college leadership has been planning for a range of scenarios, including this one, and as a result, the process of adapting courses and in-person instruction for remote learning has already begun.

During this time, certain student programs are suspended until further notice, including:

  • Workforce partnership programs
  • Student employment
  • Work-study programs

Likewise, the college is assessing the status of the following student programs and will updated information when it becomes available:

  • Labs
  • Studio availability
  • Music and theater productions
  • Internships
  • Fieldwork
  • Clinicals

For more information, read the message from President Meghan Hughes.

What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?

As a reminder, everyone can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and public health professionals recommend the following:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water; if that is not possible, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough
  • Avoid close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • If you feel sick and need healthcare, please call your healthcare provider to explain your symptoms and travel history prior to going to a healthcare facility.

For more guidance on how to protect yourself from a viral infection, please visit the CDC's Prevention and Treatment website.

What do I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the RI Dept. of Health, anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. People should NOT go directly to a healthcare facility without calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency). For general questions about COVID-19 or for assistance in finding a healthcare provider, please call the COVID-19 Information Line for the RI Dept. of Health at 401-222-8022 (Mon–Fri, 8:30 am–4:30 pm). After hours, please call 211.

If you have not traveled to an area of the world with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 within 14 days of feeling sick, you should follow the same steps that you would take if you thought you had the flu. These include staying home from work or school, unless you feel that you need medical attention.

Visit the CDC website for more information on treatment.

What resources are available on campus for those struggling with anxiety or concern?

The Advising and Counseling Center offers a full range of services for enrolled students. These services include: academic advising, career, educational and personal counseling services.

Email: [email protected]
Text: 401-308-3537

Visit the Advising section of our website for more information.

How does COVID-19 impact CCRI’s healthcare students?

CCRI is closely monitoring information from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and our healthcare partners for updates and guidance related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and CCRI student clinical placements.

The college is working on options for clinicals at this time. Information will be updated when it becomes available.

Has CCRI suspended travel for students or employees?

CCRI has suspended all college-sponsored domestic and international travel for the near future. This includes any travel associated with the college as a CCRI employee or student, including travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company or other private entity.

Governor Gina Raimondo has urged a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone who traveled outside of the United States. In addition, all CCRI faculty, staff and students who have traveled to any countries considered by the CDC as a Level 2 or 3 risk in the last 14 days and going forward must notify the college and should remain at home until 14 symptom-free days have passed from the date of your return to Rhode Island. A full list of the countries and regions considered travel risks by the CDC is available online.

If you are asked by RIDOH to self-quarantine or if you have traveled to one of the identified countries in the past 14 days, please notify CCRI at the contacts below:


Email Dean of Students Michael Cunningham at [email protected] for guidance on classes. Please provide your name, CCRI ID, contact information, and details related to your self-quarantine.

Faculty and Staff

Email Director of Human Resources Sybil Bailey at [email protected] for guidance on work. Please provide your name, contact information, department or direct report, and details related to your self-quarantine.

If you are in self-quarantine, you should also inform RIDOH’s Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 401-222-2577, which will provide guidance and any necessary support services.

Will testing cancellations impact my application/acceptance to CCRI?

CCRI is currently working on remote testing options, for ACCUPLACER, CLEP, and the HESI entrance exam. We will update this website as soon as remote options have been established.

Where can I get help setting up Blackboard for teaching remotely?

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We have created and uploaded Blackboard templates for all courses. To access your Blackboard templates, go to the CCRI homepage and in the top, right-hand corner of the page, click on the "Login" icon and from the drop-down menu, select "Blackboard".

Next, please visit our dedicated Moving to Remote Teaching website to assist you with transitioning to remote learning.

Here you will find:

  • A Quick Start for Blackboard: information on logging in, navigating the site, uploading a course template, adding content, holding a live class remotely, creating assignments and tests, and much more
  • Access to training webinars: 90-minute sessions facilitated by support staff and experienced peers which will demonstrate the use of Blackboard
  • A place to ask questions: a portal through which you can request to connect with support staff for help with your specific questions; and
  • Request equipment that you may need in order to move to remote teaching.

For those of you who already have the capacity, including training and technology, to deliver courses remotely, your department chair and dean will work with you to determine any necessary engagement.

For those who are not currently positioned to deliver courses remotely due to a lack of resources, training, or both, please let us know and our team can design a training plan for you.

Will you offer in-person training for Blackboard for faculty?

Currently, staff are working remotely and are not available to meet on campus to meet one-on-one, in-person with faculty.

We are available to work via phone or video conferencing with anyone. Please put in a request for assistance here and we will contact you to make arrangements. We encourage you to visit the Moving to Remote Training section of the website for assistance for transitioning to remote teaching.

Will RIPTA bus service to the Knight Campus be affected?

Due to the closure of the Knight Campus, RIPTA buses will not serve the campus for the foreseeable future. Affected routes include 21, 29, 62, and 66. For more details, see RIPTA's website.