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Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented transition of classes and services to the online environment. Though there are still questions about how long we will operate predominantly online, we are planning for our eventual return to campus now.

In response to skyrocketing case numbers in our region, we temporarily moved most in-person classes, labs, and services online until Monday, January 31. Though most of our employees and students are vaccinated, the sheer volume of cases is leading to concerns about serious breakthrough cases, rising hospitalization rates in our region, and the operational impacts of large-scale staff and student absences.

On Monday, January 31, our Difficult-to-Convert classes (see list in FAQ below) will return to in-person instruction due to expanded testing capacity and leveling case numbers in Sacramento County. Other in-person lecture classes will stay online through the Presidents’ Day weekend (resuming in person on February 22). If you are enrolled in an in-person class, please watch your email and Canvas closely for information from your instructor on when your class will be returning to campus. Most student services will remain online until February 22.

For the spring 2022 semester, Cosumnes River College requires evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination (or an approved exemption) for all students who access district and college facilities.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students who take in-person classes or access in-person services must meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Vaccination Requirement

COVID-19 Testing

Learn about on-campus COVID-19 testing for students.

COVID-19 Testing

FAQ: Classes and Services

What classes will be offered in person during spring 2022?

In response to skyrocketing case numbers in our region, Cosumnes River College is temporarily moving most in-person classes and labs online from the start of the semester until Monday, January 31.

The following Allied Health and Impossible-to-Convert programs will continue with in-person instruction:

In-person offerings include:

  • Allied Health Programs:
    • CNA
    • EMT
    • Firefighter Academy
    • Funeral Services
    • Imaging
    • Medical Assisting
    • Medical Lab Technology
    • OTA
    • Nursing
    • Paramedic
    • PTA
    • Public Safety
    • Respiratory Care
    • Sonography
  • Impossible-to-Convert Programs:
    • Adaptive PE
    • Aeronautics
    • Apprenticeship
    • Automotive
    • Automotive Collision
    • Aviation
    • Biotechnology
    • Commercial Music
    • Construction
    • Cosmetology
    • Culinary Arts
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Dental Assisting
    • Diesel
    • Electrician Trainee
    • Fashion
    • Health Care Interpreting
    • Horticulture
    • Mechanical Electrical Technology
    • Veterinary Technology
    • Viticulture
    • Welding
    • Work Experience

On Monday, January 31 our Difficult-to-Convert classes will return to in-person instruction due to expanded testing capacity and leveling case numbers in Sacramento County. These classes will include offerings in these disciplines:

    • Anthropology
    • Art
    • Astronomy
    • Biology, Biology - Field Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Chemical Technology
    • Dance
    • Design Technology
    • Electronics Technology
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Electronic Technology
    • Energy
    • Engineering
    • English Education 
    • Fashion
    • Fitness
    • Geography
    • Geology
    • Interpreting Prep
    • Kinesiology
    • Mechanical Electrical Technology
    • Music, Music - Specializations in Music
    • Personal Activity
    • Pharmacy Technology
    • Photography
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Radio, Television and Film Production
    • Speech & Language Pathology
    • Sports
    • Theatre, Theatre Arts Production, Theatre Arts Film

See specific spring 2022 Difficult-to-Convert courses within each discipline.

Other in-person lecture classes will stay online through the Presidents’ Day weekend (resuming in-person on February 22). If you are enrolled in an in-person class, please watch your email and Canvas closely for information from your instructor on when your class will be returning to campus.

What student services will be offered in person during spring 2022?

In response to skyrocketing case numbers in our region, Los Rios is temporarily moving most in-person services online from the start of the semester until February 22.

During this time, student services staff will be available in person at each campus to direct students to online services:

  • Welcome and Support Center at ARC
  • Welcome Center at CRC
  • Welcome Center at FLC
  • Student Services Building at SCC

For the remainder of spring 2022, we will offer many student services at least partially in-person. Implementation of these critical services for students will vary college-by-college based on student demand and unique staffing dynamics.

Are child development centers open?

Yes, the child development centers at American River College, Cosumnes River College, and Sacramento City College will be open in spring 2022. Hours of operation might be limited; please check with the centers directly for more information.

What is the status of college sports in spring 2022?

College athletic competition is continuing, following all county, California Community College Athletic Association, and Big 8 Conference safety protocols. Spectators are not currently allowed for indoor events. Outdoor events will allow spectators who have proof of vaccination or negative test within 48 hours.

Can students use a campus computer to apply for and enroll in classes?

Campus computer labs are not yet open for student use. Call (916) 286-3777 for application and enrollment help.

Will forms and processes continue to be offered online even after in-person activities resume on campus?

In response to COVID-19 closures, we moved nearly all of our documents and processes online. We will continue to offer these services and processes online for the convenience of our students.

Are there in-person events and workshops?

Most events and workshops will continue to be offered virtually, but as health conditions ease, we will bring some events and opportunities back on campus. Check your college website and social media channels for the most up-to-date information.

Is the library open for studying, checking out books, or meeting with a librarian?

Librarians are available for online appointments with students. Visit the library website to chat or make an appointment. Students can request books and pick them up via a safe and socially-distanced method.

FAQ: Health and Safety

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or am exposed to someone who has?

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then do not come to campus. Refer to the following guidelines:

  1. Stay home and isolate for at least five days (see the California Department of Public Health's Stay Home Guidance) and adhere to the following recommendations:
    • Stay home except to get medical care.
    • Do not have any visitors.
    • Wear a face-covering around others.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Disinfect any surfaces you touch frequently.
    • Use a separate bathroom or disinfect a shared bathroom after each use.
    • Stay at least six feet away from other people, especially those in high-risk groups more likely to get sick (such as people who are over age 65 or severely overweight, or have a weak immune system or a chronic disease like cancer, diabetes, or heart/lung disease).
    • If you must be in a shared space, open windows when possible.
  2. Isolation can end after day 5 and you can return to campus on day 6 if both of the following are true:
    • Symptoms are not present or are resolving
    • A PCR test* collected on day 5 or later is negative
  3. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of ten days. At Los Rios, masks are required to be worn indoors.

* Testing can be done on campus through Biocept. If a PCR test is completed outside of Biocept, then provide a copy of the results. Rapid tests and home tests are not acceptable. Students with a vaccination requirement exemption and all student-athletes must test with Biocept.

If you have a fever, then continue to isolate until the fever resolves. If you have symptoms other than fever that are not resolving, then continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10. You may then return to campus on day 11.

Please keep your professors/coaches updated.

FAQ: Masks

Are masks required on Los Rios campuses?

Masks are required for all students, employees, and visitors in any indoor space at Cosumnes River College, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required for outdoor activities; however, masks are always permissible and anyone who feels safer or more comfortable wearing a face-covering outdoors is encouraged to do so.

Throughout the pandemic, we have consistently relied on recommendations from public health experts regarding the best approaches to keep our students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe. In July 2021, Sacramento County and Yolo County announced recommendations that all residents, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks at all times indoors.

If you have a medical condition, mental health condition, communication disability, or other disability that precludes you from wearing a face mask and you seek an exemption from the Los Rios COVID-19 face mask requirements, please download the Student COVID-19 Face Mask Medical Exemption Request Form and consult with your physician, mental health counselor, therapist, or medical professional. The form can be printed and filled out by hand or filled out digitally. Signed and completed exemption requests should be emailed to the appropriate college:

Questions can be sent to each college using these same email addresses.

Will the college provide masks to students?

A limited supply of masks will be provided in each classroom and at student support counters/locations for students who need masks.

What type of mask should I wear?

We strongly recommend wearing surgical masks or higher-level respirator N95 or KN95 masks instead of cloth masks or other face-coverings that provide less protection. Read the California Department of Public Health's latest guidance on masks and face coverings.

Scarfs, ski masks, balaclavas, bandanas, turtlenecks, collars, or single layers of fabric are not acceptable face coverings, as they do not provide adequate protection from the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, face shields cannot be used in lieu of masks unless a part of a specific accommodation for an approved mask exemption.

FAQ: Vaccine Requirements

Are students required to be vaccinated?

For the spring 2022 semester, students who take in-person classes or access on-campus services must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file.

Consistent with all applicable laws, Los Rios grants limited exemptions for eligible documented medical conditions as well as narrowly defined and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

Los Rios continues to offer online classes for students who choose not to be vaccinated.

By what date do I need to be fully vaccinated?

To enroll in in-person classes for the spring 2022 semester, all students must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file. Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption on file for the spring 2022 semester are not allowed to come to campus for in-person classes or student support services.

As of December 1, 2021, all Los Rios employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file.

How do I request a medical or religious exemption?

Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

Do I have to get vaccinated if I am taking only online classes?

Any Los Rios student who expects to come on campus for any reason will need to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file. This includes all on-campus classes and on-campus services.

People who will never be on campus, including students who are only enrolled in online classes, are not currently subject to the requirement.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and we recommend everyone get vaccinated. Learn about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can a student who has not met the vaccine requirement register for spring 2022 classes?

Students who have not met the vaccine requirement will be permitted to register for online classes only. A student's ability to enroll in in-person classes will be restored upon demonstrating the student has met the vaccination requirement.

What if I am not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption on file?

Los Rios students who are not vaccinated or who do not have an approved exemption on file are not allowed to come to any district or college facility in person and are subject to discipline – up to and including possible suspension – if they come to a district or college facility.

Can I get tested instead of getting the vaccine?

No. The Los Rios colleges and our Board of Trustees believe vaccination is the fastest and best way to keep our community safe and end the pandemic. We will continue to offer online classes for students who can't or choose not to get vaccinated or receive an approved exemption.

How do I submit a vaccine requirement exemption request?

Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

Are booster shots required?

We strongly encourage all students and employees who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot immediately. Boosters are proven to dramatically reduce the chances of contracting the Omicron variant or becoming seriously ill if you do contract COVID-19.

In the next several weeks, we expect to announce a booster requirement for all eligible students and employees who are on campus as an extension of our existing vaccination requirement (eligibility is based on which COVID-19 vaccine you received and the date of your final dose – learn more at the CDC website).

Though we do not currently know when a booster requirement might go into effect, we encourage those who are eligible to get a booster shot immediately.

Existing approved medical and religious exemptions will apply to the updated vaccination requirement and do not need to be resubmitted.

Will there be an extension for students to get vaccinated?

No, there are no extensions to the vaccine requirement.

Does the vaccination requirement apply to on-campus volunteers?

Yes, the district's vaccination requirement applies to volunteers. Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination to the administrator responsible for the program or area and receive approval/clearance from Human Resources before engaging in any in-person volunteer activities at Los Rios campuses or facilities.

As is the case for students and employees, beginning in spring 2022, volunteers must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file to be on campus. Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

Volunteers who wish to apply for a medical or religious exemption should provide a complete exemption request form to the program administrator. Visit the Exemption Request page to find medical and religious exemption forms.

Are Advanced Education (high school) students subject to the vaccine requirement?

Yes, the vaccination requirement is the same for Advanced Education students and regularly admitted students. Advanced Education students enrolled in an in-person class must report vaccination status. Advanced Education students enrolled only in online classes are not required to report vaccination status.

If a vaccinated student becomes so ill due to COVID-19 that it impacts their ability to successfully complete their classes and they want to withdraw, what are the options? What does a student need to submit to Admissions & Records for medical leave?

Excused Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from a class up to the 'W' notation deadline advertised on the academic calendar page and receive a 'W' in the course. Students may petition for an Excused Withdrawal (EW) by submitting a Late Drop Petition Form through eServices along with verification of the illness. However, please note that an EW will not be given to a student who chose not to be vaccinated if that is the sole basis for requesting the EW.

How to access the Late Drop Petition Form:

  1. Log onto eServices
  2. Click on the Other Resources tile
  3. Click on eForms
  4. Select Late Drop Petition Form

Medical Leave

Students may petition for a 'Leave of Absence' for medical reasons. A 'Leave of Absence' is different from withdrawing from classes, but will preserve catalog rights for students who are expected to be unable to attend for a longer period than one semester. To request a 'Leave of Absence', students must file a Student Petition form at their college:

Verification of the illness or medical need must be submitted with the petition. Completed documents should be emailed to the college Admissions and Records office.

Will students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline have the option to receive an incomplete ('I') in their in-person classes?

No, students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline will be referred to a disciplinary process. They will not receive an incomplete ('I') grade in the in-person classes.

Will students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline have the option to switch to online sections of their classes?

No, students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline will be referred to a disciplinary process. They will not be automatically transferred to an online offering of the course(s). However, students may enroll in online courses that are still open for enrollment.

What is the financial aid impact on students who choose not to get vaccinated and are withdrawn from their classes?

Students' eligibility for financial aid is dependent on the number of course-applicable units they are enrolled in. Students who withdraw from a course or are withdrawn from the course may receive less financial aid or be required to repay some or all of the aid they already received.

Additionally, students must meet future eligibility requirements to continue to receive financial aid. Withdrawing from courses may impact a student's ability to receive financial aid based on Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Students should consult with their campus' financial aid office to discuss withdrawal from courses and the impact on financial aid eligibility.

How have students been informed of the consequences of choosing not to be vaccinated?

We have sent regular weekly communication to all students since the COVID-19 mandate was implemented, along with phone calls and text messages to students enrolled in in-person classes.

How will a student be impacted by an administrative drop resulting from disciplinary action due to not complying with the vaccine requirement?

Students will be dropped effective the date of the disciplinary determination and will receive the same notation ('W' or 'F') as if the student had initiated the drop on that date.

Administrative drops are considered attempts for repeat purposes; students administratively dropped from a course they are attempting for the third time may be unable to attempt the course again.

Students receiving a 'W' should be aware that this may impact their financial aid and may be required to repay some of their financial aid depending on the date they are dropped from their in-person class.

Students who receive financial aid and/or are part of special programs/cohorts – such as but not limited to veterans, athletes, and international students – are responsible for inquiring with the specific programs the consequences of being dropped from classes.

What is the course repeat policy and how does it apply to the courses dropped due to being unvaccinated?

Students may not repeat a course beyond three times.

Notation received as a result of an administrative drop via the discipline process will count as an attempt for repeatability purposes and will negatively impact a student's academic progress. An Excused Withdrawal 'EW' obtained through the petition process will not count as an attempt for repeatability purposes.

Administrative drops are considered attempts for repeat purposes; students administratively dropped from a course they are attempting for the third time may be unable to attempt the course again.

Are vaccinations required for international F-1 students?

Continuing international students who were enrolled in a course of study in the US at the college on or before March 9, 2020, and who left the US and are currently attending online classes to maintain their F-1 status from abroad will not be required to provide proof of vaccination to continue attending online classes.

International students attending in-person classes will need to provide proof of vaccination the same as any other student to remain compliant with our Code of Conduct. USCIS requires international students who entered the US on an initial I-20 to the college after March 9, 2020 to maintain at least one in-person class each semester to maintain the F-1 visa status.

All new initial or transfer students who wish to enroll in the spring 2022 term or after will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine that is on the World Health Organization's approved list. All non-English documents must be translated into English when submitted to the International Student Office or uploaded to the student's eServices account as vaccine verification.

Translators with knowledge of educational records and terminology should be used. Resources include the American Translators Association, the Northern California Translators Association, and the Southern California Area Translators and Interpreters Association.

FAQ: Facilities and Sanitation

What is the process to "ready" a building? What types of inspection, testing, and replacement of equipment will occur?

COVID mitigation measures to prepare our facilities primarily involve building ventilation and air filtration systems, but Facilities Management (FM) would also do a full HVAC system functions test and inspection for each building prior to occupancy.

Before the pandemic, we already regularly performed these system checks throughout the year, typically coinciding with filter replacements (every four months). Now, we will perform additional checks before reopening facilities. These checks help ensure systems are performing the necessary CDC/ASHRAE recommended air exchanges and sufficient outside fresh air is being pulled into the buildings.

Before reopening a facility, we will also verify that we can remotely communicate with the building's HVAC controls through the District's Energy Management System (EMS).

Read Making Our Buildings Resilient During COVID-19 to learn more.

Will all buildings have air filtration equivalent to N95 masks?

All buildings that are currently occupied have MERV-13 filters, the industry standard for COVID-19 mitigation. MERV-13 filters are recommended because they can trap smaller particles, including viruses, and are equivalent to N95 masks with regards to protection and air quality.

In the event a building's HVAC system cannot accommodate the MERV-13 filters, we are performing additional building "flushing" two hours prior and two hours after occupancy as recommended by CDC/ASHRAE for these situations. As more buildings open to accommodate more people coming to campus, we will perform HVAC system checks and filter changes prior to occupancy.

Positive COVID Cases at Los Rios

The following information reflects confirmed reported COVID-19 cases among students and employees who have been on campus for classes or work. It does not include cases of those who have not been on campus nor does it include cases of employees or students who test positive through at-home or community testing.

Employee Cases

Month ARC Cases CRC Cases FLC Cases SCC Cases
Aug. 2021 2 1 1 1
Sept. 2021 2 1 0
3
Oct. 2021 8 4 0 2
Nov. 2021 1 0 0 4
Dec. 2021 7 0 5 1

Student Cases

Month ARC Cases CRC Cases FLC Cases SCC Cases
Aug. 2021 11 4 17 15
Sept. 2021 9 7 8 4
Oct. 2021 8 5 4 3
Nov. 2021 4 4 3 7
Dec. 2021 12 5 12 2

March 1 Reopening Planning Report

Based on engagement with key stakeholders – including the board of trustees and labor and senate partners as appropriate – the Los Rios Reopening Planning Team submitted a refined report titled, A Framework for Reopening In-Person Instruction, Student Services, and Administrative Services. The report outlines a detailed and specific framework and plan for reopening to the chancellor and college presidents.

The Los Rios Reopening Planning Team also released an initial Reopening Planning Report in January 2021 after gathering feedback at Flex Week Reopening Plan Listening Sessions, through this website, and in other campus- and district-wide discussions.

As public health information evolves and vaccination rates increase, our planning parameters can and will change.

Input and Feedback Form

Provide input and feedback on the reopening report or the reopening planning process in general. All submissions will be publicly visible.