Vaccination and Mask

SAFE TOGETHER

If fully vaccinated, Masks are optional.

People who have not been fully vaccinated for 14 days are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with MDH and CDC.

As of May 24, 2021:
  • Riverland is aligned with state guidelines and has lifted the mask mandate for those who have been vaccinated. If you have been not fully vaccinated for 14 days, we still encourage you to wear a face covering. We want everyone to feel safe. Employees and students who still feel more comfortable wearing face coverings are welcome to do so.
  • Some Academic programs may require personal protective equipment (PPE) if required by that industry/program or if very close contact is imminent. Expectations will be communicated by your instructor(s).
  • The tenants who rent space in our campus buidings may determine their own face covering protocols. Please contact them for details.

Vaccination and Mask FAQ

Q:  Do I need to wear a mask in Riverland Community College Building?

A:  Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, and to stay 6 feet from others.  Individuals who are vaccinated do not need to wear a mask, but may wish to wear one, and are welcome to do so.  

Q:  How do we know if everyone who isn’t wearing a mask is vaccinated? 

A:  We don’t know, but according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated.  We strongly encourage all members of the campus community/system office to help keep everyone safe and healthy by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask if they are not vaccinated or simply choose to do so, staying home if they are sick or not feeling well, washing their hands often, and practicing good hand, cough, and sneeze hygiene.

Q:  Why isn’t Riverland Community College requiring all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated?

A:  Riverland Community College is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. Currently the State of Minnesota is not requiring vaccinations. We are, however, strongly encouraging our employees and students to get vaccinated. In addition, a number of our colleges and universities have been working with MDH to offer vaccination clinics to their faculty, staff, students, and campus communities, and are developing strategies to offer additional clinics prior to fall term.

Q:  Why isn’t Riverland Community College requiring masks on its campuses?

A:  Governor Walz’ Executive Order 21-23 states that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask, and all people who have not been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with MDH and CDC recommendations until they are fully vaccinated.  These guidelines are also supported by the CDC and the MDH.  As noted above, according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated.

Q:  I’m not comfortable knowing people who likely aren’t vaccinated aren’t wearing a mask.  What are my options?

A:  Anyone who wishes to do so can wear a mask for self-protection.  In addition, we strongly encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated or simply choose to do so, stay home if they are sick or not feeling well, wash their hands, and practice good hand, cough, and sneeze hygiene.  Again, according to the CDC and MDH, you are safe if you are vaccinated. We strongly encourage all members of the campus community/system office to help keep everyone safe and healthy by getting vaccinated.

Q:  Are there social distancing requirements on campus?

A:  No.  The governor’s most recent executive order removed directed social distancing measures for higher education.

 

Q:  Where can I find more information?

A:  There are several resources:

The information on this webpage is subject to change without notice. 

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