Riverland Reopens Buildings for First Time Since March

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Categories: Riverland News Area Media Stories Media Release

As more businesses are allowed to reopen, Riverland Community College has also reopened our buildings at the Austin Campus’ East and West Buildings and our Albert Lea Campus as of July 6, 2020. The Owatonna Campus will open July 20, 2020. The service hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless you have classes or appointments that state otherwise.

Monday’s opening marked the first time the Riverland campuses have been open to the public since closing in mid-march for the safety of students and employees and protect all from the COVID-19 virus.

“As the restrictions have loosened to allow more face-to-face interactions, Riverland will have some staff in every department to assist potential and current students,” said Dr. Adenuga Atewologun, president. “Several protocols have been put into place to protect visitors and employees in accordance with current state and national safety guidelines.”

Visitors will notice some changes and requirements if you do come to campus.  Many of these things are being implemented to protect the health of our employees as well as you, our customers.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Our lobbies are open during our regular weekday hours. It is advised to call ahead for an appointment for faster and safer service.
  • Please consider continuing to use phone, email, and online options if that can fit your service needs.
  • Only certain doors to the building will be open and you will be screened for symptoms upon entry.
    • Albert Lea Campus
    • Austin Campus, East Building
    • Austin Campus, West Building
    • Owatonna Campus
  • You will fill out a brief questionnaire at the entrance or complete online questionnaire before coming to campus to save time.
  • If you are sick, or if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come to campus.
  • If you do come to one of our offices, please consider the following:
    • Limit the number of people you bring with you to campus.
    • Practice social distancing.  We will have markings on the floor for guidance.
    • Masks are not required, but they are encouraged.
    • Hand washing hygiene is encouraged when visiting.
    • If you are scheduled to meet with someone, let the entry staff know so they can provide further direction to you.  Social distancing will be maintained throughout your visit.
    • The Library will be open to potential and current students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Computer labs are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Please visit www.riverland.edu/healthupdate for the most updated information prior to visiting.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 507-433-0600.  We want to make sure you have every opportunity to continue your education to achieve your career goals, but we also want to be sure we’re keeping you healthy! Stay safe. Keep Learning.