Last updated on August 4, 2021.
Effective March 17, Los Rios announced we were growing our fall 2021 on-campus offerings ahead of the April 5 fall schedule publish date. The principal factor in our ability to offer more on-ground classes is whether or not social distancing requirements are in place in our region when classes begin this fall. If so, then bringing more classes back on-campus would dramatically reduce access to our colleges for thousands of students in our region. If and when social distancing requirements are eased, opportunities to bring more classes and services back on-ground are significantly greater.
LRCFT has already negotiated an agreement that ensures we will not require any full-time faculty member other than those in the original 37 Allied Health and "Impossible-to-Convert" programs to teach in person. Those in disciplines with expanding in-person offerings will need to make the determination to opt in to in-person classes based on the expectation that not all faculty, staff, or students will be vaccinated and that we will require, with limited ability to enforce, mask-wearing as long as required by county or state health guidelines. We also recognize that these evolving decisions will have an impact on other units, and we will continue to work closely with our labor partners to ensure that all of our employees have options to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe.
We will also be bringing at least a portion of most student services back on-campus this fall, should public health conditions allow. Implementation of these critical services for students will vary college-by-college based on student demand and unique staffing dynamics.
Impossible-to-convert/complete programs are entire programs or portions of programs that have not been able to be offered online during the pandemic for a variety of reasons including the need to use specialized equipment only available in our facilities, not being able to meet core SLOs in the online modality, and program accreditation requirements that require on-ground instruction.
The following programs will proceed on-ground regardless of the status of social distancing requirements.
- CNA (FLC)
- EMT (CRC/FLC)
- Firefighter Academy (CRC)
- Funeral Services (ARC)
- Imaging (FLC)
- Medical Assisting (CRC)
- Medical Lab Technology (FLC)
- OTA (SCC)
- Nursing (ARC/SCC)
- Paramedic (ARC)
- PTA (SCC)
- Public Safety (ARC)
- Respiratory Care (ARC)
- Adaptive PE (ARC, CRC)
- Aeronautics (SCC)
- Automotive (ARC, CRC)
- Automotive Collision (ARC)
- Aviation (SCC)
- Biotechnology (ARC)
- Dental Hygiene (SCC)
- Dental Assisting (SCC)
- Diesel (ARC)
- Electrician Trainee (ARC)
- Commercial Music (ARC, SCC)
- Construction (CRC)
- Cosmetology (SCC)
- Culinary Arts (ARC/CRC)
- Health Care Interpreting (ARC)
- Horticulture (ARC, CRC)
- Mechanical Electrical Technology (SCC)
- Veterinary Technology (CRC)
- Viticulture (FLC)
- Welding (ARC, CRC)
- Sonography (CRC)
Some courses in the following programs will proceed on-ground regardless of the status of social distancing requirements.
- Manufacturing Industrial Technology
- Healthcare Interpreter
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Radio, Television, Video, Film
- Mechanized Agriculture
Difficult-to-convert courses are possible to teach online, but there is broad agreement among discipline faculty that the online modality is suboptimal for meeting all SLOs and providing students needed hands-on and/or in-person learning experiences. Full-time faculty in these additional programs can opt to, but will not be required to, teach in person.
If social distancing is required in the weeks leading up to the start of the fall term, these courses will all be reverted to online classes.
- Animal Science
- Anthropology Lab
- Astronomy Lab
- Biology Lab
- Biological Psychology Lab
- Chemistry Lab
- Community Health Worker
- Design Tech
- ECE Practicum
- Electronic Technology
- Engineering Lab
- Equine Science
- Geography Lab
- Geology Lab
- Mechanical Electrical Technology Lab
- Nutrition 331
- Physics Lab
We will add additional programs as we receive finalized lists from colleges.
Additional On-Ground Math and English Classes
In support of our districtwide focus on equity and completion, we will be scheduling a substantial number of new math/statistics/quantitative reasoning and English (ENGWR only) courses as in-person (these are additional classes above what is already planned for the schedule). These classes will proceed on-ground regardless of the status of social distancing requirements, again with significant safety planning. Class caps for these sections will be lowered as they are scheduled, but raised if social distancing is no longer required prior to the start of classes.
Student Services Reopening Fall 2021
Some student services will be open for in-person services during the fall 2021 semester, which begins August 21, 2021. Visit your college to see availability for each service.
The fall 2021 schedule includes a mixture of online and in-person classes with significantly more in-person classes than we offered in spring 2021. The principal factor in our ability to offer more on-ground classes is whether or not social distancing requirements are in place in our region when classes begin. As social distancing and other public health safety requirements are eased, we will continue to bring more classes and services back in person.
In-person offerings will include:
- Allied Health Programs – Classes in Allied Health programs that were on-ground in fall 2020/spring 2021 will again be scheduled on-ground.
- "Impossible-to-Convert/Complete" Programs – A total of 27 programs that we have been entirely or mostly unable to offer at all in the past year. These programs will proceed on-ground regardless of the status of social distancing requirements, with significant safety planning to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are safe.
- "Difficult-to-Convert" Programs/Courses – Classes in "Difficult-to-Convert" areas such as hard science labs, ESL, the arts, and affinity cohort programs like Umoja, Puente, and TRIO. If social distancing is required in the weeks leading up to the start of the fall term, then these courses will all be reverted to online classes.
- Additional On-Ground Math and English Classes – A substantial number of new math/statistics/quantitative reasoning and English (ENGWR only) courses (these are additional classes above what is already planned for the schedule) in support of our districtwide focus on equity and completion. These classes will proceed on-ground regardless of the status of social distancing requirements, again with significant safety planning. Class caps for these sections will be lowered as they are scheduled, but raised if social distancing is no longer required prior to the start of classes.
Additional programs are also being considered based on recommendations that come through Department Chairs, Academic Senate, Deans, and Vice Presidents of Instruction, and all will be discussed at Chancellor's Cabinet before a decision is finalized about their scheduling.
LRCFT has already negotiated an agreement that ensures we will not require any full-time faculty member other than those in the original 37 Allied Health and "Impossible-to-Convert" programs to teach on-ground. Those in disciplines with expanding on-ground offerings will need to make the determination to opt into on-ground classes based on the expectation that not all faculty, staff, or students will be vaccinated and that we will require, with limited ability to enforce, mask-wearing as long as required by county or state health guidelines. We also recognize that these evolving decisions will have an impact on other units, and we will continue to work closely with our labor partners to ensure that all of our employees have options to keep themselves and their families healthy and safe.
July 20, 2021 Update
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 mid-July, Sacramento County and Yolo County announced new "strong" recommendations that all residents, vaccinated and unvaccinated, again wear masks at all times indoors to combat the growing number of cases and hospitalizations due to the new, highly contagious Delta variant.
As such, and given the new guidance, effective immediately we are reinstating a mask requirement for all students, faculty, and staff in any indoor space in Los Rios 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 mask outdoors is encouraged to do so.
The changing guidance on masks will have no impact on our plans to offer more in-person classes and services this fall, as there are still no indications that there will be any state or county social distancing requirements in place.
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:
- American River College: ARCemail@example.com
- Cosumnes River College: CRCfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Folsom Lake College: FLCemail@example.com
- Sacramento City College: SCC-maskmandate@SCC.losrios.edu
Questions can be sent to each college using these same email addresses.
Following direction from the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, all students and employees must wear masks in any indoor space on any Los Rios campus. Any student or employee who does not comply with this requirement is subject to disciplinary action.
If a student refuses to wear their mask, then the employee should address the issue with the student by restating the policy as they would with any other classroom or campus student conduct issue. If the student still refuses to comply, then the employee can use the below phone numbers to contact a manager on duty to help address the situation.
What should an employee do if a student informs them they have tested positive for COVID or been directly exposed to someone who has?
It is very important to report this information immediately to your supervisor/manager.
If the student comes to a classroom or student service area and informs you that they have tested positive for COVID, then escort them outside to talk to them to avoid exposure (more than 15-minute contact at less than six feet).
Get their contact information and ask them to go home and await further instructions. Contact your manager or supervisor to inform them of the situation. Your supervisor or manager will walk you through the COVID reporting process, which includes providing specific information about the exposure, identifying potential exposure to others who were around the student, and other relevant information.
After the COVID team of college nurses and Dr. Iser reviews the report, they will provide guidance on the next steps.
Find procedures, forms, and training for each location:
Yes, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are available at each college through the Operations Department.
- At American River College, contact Operations at (916) 484-8300 or visit Maintenance Connection.
- At Cosumnes River College, contact your supervisor, dean, or division office, and they will work with Operations to provide masks.
- At Folsom Lake College, contact Operations at (916) 608-6585 or FLCfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- At Sacramento City College, request SCC PPE supplies online.
In most cases, a person with an approved medical mask exemption is allowed on campus with required additional protective measures to ensure the health and safety of our campus communities. In the event that you have a medical condition, mental health condition, communication disability, or other disability that precludes you from wearing a face mask, we will work with you on appropriate accommodations.
Employees who are interested in pursuing an accommodation related to the COVID-19 face mask requirements should contact their college or district office ADA officer.
As of October 1, 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all Los Rios employees. All Los Rios employees must be fully vaccinated by December 1, 2021, or have an approved exemption on file.
Consistent with all applicable law, limited exemptions will be granted 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.
Do I need to use sick time or vacation time if I have a vaccination appointment scheduled during work hours?
All Los Rios employees are eligible for supplemental leave to get their COVID-19 vaccination without using regular sick leave or vacation time.
To take advantage of this statewide benefit (which is set to expire at the end of September):
- Notify your supervisor.
- Report your absence in Employee Self-Service as sick leave with the notation Emergency Sick Leave in the comments.
- Fill out the COVID Leave Form and submit it to Employee Benefits at DO-Benefits@losrios.edu.
If you have already taken sick leave in 2021 to get your vaccine and have not submitted your form for reimbursement, you may still do so.
For fall 2021, many student services are offering in-person services at least partially. Implementation of these critical services for students will vary college-by-college based on student demand and unique staffing dynamics.
As always, all discussions about which programs and services to resume on campus are being made through the lens of existing policies, CBAs, and MOUs with our labor partners and based on feedback from students and stakeholder groups.
With so many questions, we understand the challenges in planning for the spring 2022 semester and beyond. That said, we also know that so many of our students are anxious and eager to return fully to campus in a safe and healthy way.
We are planning for a full return to campuses in spring 2022, with the recognition that our "new normal" may look different than what we have all been used to. All decision-making will continue to be driven by the most current public health information as well as existing policies, CBAs, and MOUs with our labor partners. Much will change between now and the time that decisions for spring 2022 will need to be finalized, and we will continue to work closely with stakeholder groups on all of those discussions and keep everyone informed along the way.