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We are committed to your learning and your continued success in your classes. They may look a bit different and you may not be sitting in your classes with your instructors, but they are all dedicated to helping you learn.
  • To keep you safe, all in-person lectures, labs, meetings and events are suspended until further notice. 
  • Online classes continue as scheduled
  • In-person lectures and labs are now being held in an online learning environment (Canvas)
  • Check your RCCD email for important updates

Many helpful links are provided along the left-hand side of this page for both students and faculty. We are also currently expanding all our support services for you to access remotely (check out the “Online Students Services" link.) Revisit this page frequently for updates and additional resources.

​Log into CANVAS and check your RCCD email often. We are a strong community of Mustangs. We support you and are happy to answer any questions you have. Together, we can do this!

Messages for Students

March 12, 2021 - Announcement of Face-to-Face Instruction in the Fall


Dear Students,

I am pleased to announce that Moreno Valley, Norco and Riverside City Colleges will be offering face-to-face instruction in almost all classrooms and meeting spaces starting on August 23 - the first day of the 2021 fall semester. Faculty and staff will be back on our campuses with as many students as we can safely accommodate. Many courses will also continue to be offered online and in hybrid modes so that we can serve everyone who wants to continue their education.

To the students who have remained steadfast in their studies during this pandemic, congratulations on navigating the online and hybrid learning environments. You have utilized new technology and student service tools to ensure the successful continuation of your studies. To those students who temporarily paused their studies, we hope you will speedily return. Remember a college education continues to be one of the best investments you can make in yourself. It opens doors to more and better employment opportunities; increases your capacity to learn and earn higher degrees and certifications so that you can advance in your career or profession; and, generally results in increased earning potential throughout your life and better living conditions for you and your family.

We are all in this together. More now than ever, the District is committed to its Culture of Care. We respect each other’s space, personal decisions and differences. We sincerely believe that an inclusive and safe learning atmosphere is essential in producing a positive post-COVID educational environment. As we transition to onsite learning, please be respectful of each other, and help us progress toward our collective and individual goals.

To check on the District’s progress in reopening, please monitor the COVID Pandemic Resources and Communications web page - https://RCCD.edu/return. You will find great resources there, and the latest plans, updates and information about the Safe Return to RCCD colleges.


Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Riverside Community College District​

February 17, 2021 - Students Enrolled in Spring 21


Dear Students,

The Spring Semester is here, and we are excited to engage with our students. The faculty, staff, and management of Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College have been preparing for this semester with a renewed emphasis on student safety, success and completion. While we recognize that online learning is challenging, we also understand that it is important to continue learning and progressing in your studies. We want you to earn your degrees and certificates without any delays. ​

Every effort is being made to be sure that you have the classes you need, whether online, hybrid or in some cases face-to-face in laboratories and essential workshops. Your professors are committed to providing courses that will give you the knowledge and skills you need to progress. Your community college is a smart way to do your undergraduate studies close to home and without going into unnecessary debt. You are following an excellent and proven pathway to graduation and the opportunities that come with it. Whether you go directly into a career, or continue your education at a university, your community college is a great place to start.

The student services you need are still available online and where possible face-to-face. You can still get help with financial aid, counseling and tutoring. The online Canvas interface allows direct communication with your professors and other students. Classes are currently being taught in all disciplines by qualified instructors who are committed to your success. This is the season to move ahead with your education and work toward your goals and dreams.

Most of the classes held during the Spring semester are online. We are following state and county guidelines that allow some labs and studio sessions to be taught in-person for essential sector programs. If your courses have any in-person sessions, your instructors will give you specific instructions on when and where to meet. There are signs with instructions posted all over our campuses to help guide those who do have labs and studio sessions to stay protected and safe.

Students must report symptoms, exposure or positive test results to the MVC, NC or RCC health services departments via phone or email, and then follow the instructions given before returning to classes or campus. The usual period of quarantine is 10 days from the onset of symptoms, exposure or a positive test.

The COVID pandemic is not over. However, there are reasons for optimism. We expect that following the social distance guidelines, wearing protective masks, washing hands frequently, staying home when sick and getting tested for COVID when symptoms are present, will limit the spread of the virus and help us progress toward normalcy. Our plans for a safe return to our campuses​ are progressing. COVID testing is available at our RCC campus every Tuesday in parking lot C. The promise of vaccines is also on the horizon for our students. We are encouraging everyone, as they become eligible, to get their vaccinations as soon as possible.

We have many students who will be graduating this spring. We applaud their perseverance and we are looking forward to celebrating commencement with them. This will be a new beginning for our graduating alumni, and our continuing students, as we emerge from the current pandemic to a bright future. Keep up the good work you are doing. I promise the rewards are worth your best efforts.


Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Riverside Community College District​

Decemb​er 8, 2020 - C​hancellor's Message Regarding Stay at Home Order


Dear Students,

We have reached a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic here in Southern California. On December 3, 2020, the Governor announced regional stay at home orders would take effect if/when the ICU availability dips below 15%. We have now passed that threshold and the stay at home order for our region started at 11:59 p.m. on December 6, 2020. This order will be in place for a minimum of 3 weeks, and will continue until our region's ICU availability meets or exceeds 15%.​

Our college employees are continuing to work remotely, and in some cases on campus for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. The state’s Higher Education guidelines and tier status guidelines remain the same during this stay at home order. Under the widespread (or purple tier) guidelines, indoor lectures and student gatherings are not permitted. The exception to this rule is labs and studio arts, which may continue operations while following the COVID-19 safety procedures outlined by the state and county centers for disease control.

Deans and faculty will communicate with students in Canvas and via email with instructions regarding current courses. Classes will continue online and in labs and studios following the safety protocols and standards outlined in RCCD's COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Students, faculty and staff who are allowed on campus will continue to use the COVID-19 Symptom Checker before entering any college buildings or facilities. People who are sick or who have symptoms of the Corona Virus are to stay at home and seek proper medical attention. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not allowed on campus until cleared by human resources and risk management. Masks are required at all times while on campus and in District or college facilities, and frequent hand washing, sanitizing of workspaces, and social distancing will continue.

​​We have resources available to help us get through this pandemic. Our COVID-19 web page provides links to many of these resources, and contacts for more direct information. The Corona Virus has not changed our commitment to student success and equity. We care about our students, faculty and staff.

All of us have been affected by COVID-19 and many have suffered and continue to suffer because of this virus. I encourage everyone to be thoughtful, careful and kind as we finish this year and look forward to the next.​


Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.
Riverside Community College District​

Decemb​er 4, 2020 - COVID 19 Procedures


Dear Students,

While the majority of faculty, staff and students are still working and studying remotely, there are some who need access to our campuses and facilities. This is an update to RCCD’s safety guidelines that should be followed by anyone going on campus or accessing RCCD’s facilities with links to additional COVID-19 resources.​

Guidelines for In-Person Courses/Working onsite: To maintain the health and safety of the community, it is essential that everyone follow the protocols outlined below:

Before arriving on campus all faculty, staff and students are required to complete the online Symptoms Checker or the RAVE Guardian App health assessment tool.

  • ​​Students are require to show the Rave Guardian or online Symptom checker screen on their phone upon entry into classroom/lab, etc.

  • ​​Staff, faculty and administrators need to pass the Symptoms Checker prior to arriving to a District location. Confirmation is required by showing the screen on the Rave Guardian App or by notifying your supervisor or dean (text, call, email).​
  • ​​Note: Faculty, staff ​members or students failing the health assessment should notify their supervisors/dean/instructor and refrain from accessing District/college facilities.

    While on campus a facemask must be worn, make sure to wash and disinfect hands frequently, remain behind protective barriers when possible, and maintain social distance of six feet or more. Please, continue to follow health procedures for a safe work environment.

    If you begin to feel ill, please leave campus immediately. I​f a COVID-19 exposure is confirmed or symptoms present themselves, please follow these reporting procedures:

    COVID Reporting Procedures for Employees

    REPORT: Employees must report any positive diagnosis of COVID-19, exposure, or symptoms* to Human Resources and Risk Management ( diana.torres@rccd.edu and monica.esqueda@rccd.edu ) OR by emailing covidreporting@rccd.edu,. Please provide the following:

    • Name
    • Contact Number
    • Department
    • Supervisor
    • College and Building
    • Last date Onsite
    • How and when the Exposure Occurred
    • Symptoms
    • *Symptoms can be reported via the RCCD Online symptom checker or the RAVE Guardian App assessment tool.

      ​NOTIFICATION PROCESS: Risk Management/HRER will notify the employee’s supervisor of the employee’s active and clearance status.

      Note: Risk Management/HRER will not disclose medical/diagnosis information; and​

      • Based on the situation and employee’s position, employee may continue working remotely during medical assessment/self-quarantine; and
      • If a faculty member is exposed and unable to teach, the instructor will need to work with their area dean and/or college administration to facilitate the continuation of class(es); and Risk Management will notify County of Riverside Public Health of the employee’s positive case status as well as any identified close contacts, if applicable; and Risk Management/HRER will notify the college’s Facilities director in order to request a deep cleaning of the exposure area, if the employee was onsite; and In case of a verified exposure, Risk Management/HRER will notify individuals who are considered close contacts and provide instructions for quarantine and how to be tested.

      • CLEARANCE/RETURN TO WORK: In cases of non-industrial (non-work related personal injury and/or illness) HRER will provide return-to-work clearance for non-industrial cases. Clearance is contingent upon one or more of the following:

        • Employee providing a doctor’s note
        • Employee providing a negative test result
        • Employee completing the CDC recommended quarantine

        HRER will notify the employee’s supervisor of their clearance. In cases of industrial cases (work-related injury and/or illness) Risk Management will provide return-to-work clearance for industrial cases. Clearance is contingent upon one or more of the following:
        • Employee providing a doctor’s note
        • Employee providing a negative test result
        • Employee completing the CDC recommended quarantine

        ​Risk Management will notify their employee’s supervisor of clearance.

        Leave Provisions for Employees An individual who is and has been employed with RCCD for 30 days, is eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) emergency sick leave. FFCRA provides for 2 weeks (80 hours or proration thereof if part-time) of sick leave, not deducted from your own accrued bank, for self-quarantine/COVID diagnosis. If you are an employee, please contact your Human Resources Liaison for specific FFCRA information.

        RCCD Contact information for Employees: Employees must report any positive diagnosis of COVID-19, exposure, or symptoms to Human Resources diana.torres@rccd.edu and Risk Management monica.esqueda@rccd.edu OR covidreporting@rccd.edu

        RCCD Contact information for Students: Students must report any positive diagnosis of COVID-19, exposure, or symptoms to their college Student Health office. Norco Campus- Cathleen.Chou@norcocollege.edu, Moreno Valley/Ben Clark Campus- Chris.Bass@mvc.edu Riverside City Campus- Renee.Martin-Thornton@rcc.edu

        Free Testing resources:

        More information regarding COVID-19:

        ​Per the CDC the symptoms of Coronavirus are: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Diana Torres Director, Human Resources and Employee Relations diana.torres@rccd.edu Monica Esqueda, CSRM, ARM-P Manager, District Safety and Emergency Preparedness monica.esqueda@rccd.edu.​​