Tonight, (Sunday, 3/29/2020), we received a directive from the Executive Branch that holding in person instruction, even as we had planned with social distancing and CDC cleaning standards, should be delayed for at least two weeks. This is a change in their guidance from earlier this week,
About 90% of instruction and student services have been moved online, thanks to a lot of creativity and hard work by faculty and staff. These classes/services will continue on 3/30/2020 as planned. However, given the change in guidance, face-to-face classes/services have been suspended,
Faculty will reach out to students as soon as possible to communicate directly regarding specific classes if course plans have changed for the week.
Employees should continue telework duties as usual.
We are working to stay informed with the latest information and prepared for COVID-19. We are hoping you as students can take the proper precautions to help the entire Riverland community stay safe and physically well.
First, view this short message from Jan Malcolm, Minnesota Commissioner of Health:
The cleanliness of our campuses is a key element in keeping our students, faculty, and staff healthy. The facilities and maintenance teams at all the campuses are adhering to updated guidance from the CDC to ensure comfortable and save campuses within which to learn.
Remember, to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it’s important that all of us take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:
Living through pandemic such as COVID-19 can be extremely stressful. Dealing with the threat of COVID-19 is upsetting because it is outside the range of a normal day to day experience. You may feel anxiety, or fear for yourself and your loved ones becoming exposed to the virus. At the same time, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the constant, rapidly changing, and often conflicting information provided by the media regarding the growing danger of COVID-19. While it is critical during this time to take care of your physical health, you also need to pay attention to your emotional health. Print this PDF and review it to help you recognize the stress and provider resources to assist you. Being informed by reputable sources can help you realize that there are so many people working to protect you. Consult with your counselors or advisor for other resources.
It remains extremely important that we don’t assume students, employees and community members with backgrounds from the affected countries (or any country) are carrying the COVID-19 Virus.
While we want you to help prevent the spread of the all flu and cold symptoms, we also want you to maintain your day-to-day normal routine. Eat healthy, exercise, stay hydrated. Do things that bring joy and laughter and try to get enough sleep. Once courses are back on track, continue to study your course content and work toward a healthy path through the rest of the semester.If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, The Minnesota Department of Health recommends:
Spectrum is offering Free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days in homes with K-12 and/or college students that don’t have an existing Spectrum service level up to 100 Mbps.
Emotional Support Help Line
United Healthcare is offering an EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HELP LINE FOR ALL STUDENTS through one of their subsidiary companies called Optum. Their toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary and the service is free of charge and open to any student, not just international students. Students would have access to specially trained mental health specialists to support them if they feel they are experiencing anxiety or stress related to the recent developments around COVID-19.