News & Updates
5/22/2020: CARES Act / HEERF Fund
Recently, The Refrigeration School was awarded $893,157 in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) funding.
The HEERF program provides federal aid to institutions of higher education to disburse over the next year to help students cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, including food, housing, utilities, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare, and moving/transportation expenses.
The Campus President Is Here to Answer Any Questions You Have
Do you have questions about COVID-19 and what measures the campuses have taken to keep RSI students safe? Don't hesitate to reach out to Campus President David Eaker:
05/13/20: RSI Is Taking New Safety Measures on the Campus
To uphold CDC guidelines and maximize social distancing, we have developed a diligent plan to keep students, faculty and staff safe.
The following changes and safety measures are required for everyone while on campus:
Facemasks are required for all persons on campus
Daily temperature checks are required before entering the campus
Per CDC guidelines, those with a fever over 100 or above will not be permitted on premise
The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we will continue to take the necessary precautions to provide a safe and sanitized learning environment. Safety measures we will uphold include:
Disinfecting all classrooms, common areas
Encouraging anyone who does not feel well to stay home
Providing sanitary supplies around the campus for frequent handwashing and equipment disinfection
Posting signs to not enter the campus if you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including a fever or cough
We will continue to monitor for local and statewide recommendations and directives, and keep you informed of any critical updates as they become available. We are pleased to welcome our students back to the campus and remain committed to your continued education.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructor. You can also contact the director of training or student services.
David Heiman, Senior Director of Training, HVAC. 602-275-7133. [email protected]
Alex Declair, Director of Training, Welding. 602-275-7133. [email protected]
Lisa Corprew, Dean of Academic and Student Success. 602-396-8586. [email protected]
David Eaker, Campus President. 602-319-7697. [email protected]
3/23/20: RSI Is Taking Precautions to Keep Students Safe
We understand the concern our students and parents are facing over COVID-19. We are closely watching State and National health agencies to ensure that we are taking every precaution with students faculty and staff on our campus.
In addition to our regular cleaning routine, we are disinfecting all classrooms and common areas of the campus regularly. Additionally, we are disinfecting all high touch surfaces multiple times throughout the day.
We have also taken steps to maximize social distancing at the campus, keeping everyone six feet or more apart per CDC guidelines, and incorporating remote learning into our programs all in a effort to allow students to complete the program while maintaining a healthy environment.
COVID-19 - March 13, 2020
At RSI, the safety of all our students, faculty and staff is always a top priority. With ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well state officials. As we monitor the situation, we want you to be aware of the action plan we have in place and urge all to follow prevention measures as outlined below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your campus president.
RSI has set up an emergency preparedness plan in the event of any impact or disruption to campus operations. As part of this, we have implemented cleaning procedures with the use of stronger disinfectant products on high-touch surfaces, making hand sanitizers readily available, and educating campus teams on best practices recommended by the CDC. There are currently no plans to cancel classes and we will not do so unless directed by the Department of Public Health. If needed, we have established protocols to ensure quick and decisive action. At RSIwe plan to actively work with state and federal health authorities, including the Center for Disease Control, to identify impacted individuals and follow public health guidelines to best protect our students, faculty and staff at all campuses.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e. experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Although the United States has implemented public health measures to limit the spread of the virus, it is likely that some person-to-person transmission will continue to occur. Students, faculty and staff who experience symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, coughing or shortness of breath) should contact their healthcare provider immediately, do not come to campus and notify your campus president.
As appropriate, all students and employees should implement good hygiene and follow these simple steps:
- Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of the illness
- Seek care if you have recently traveled within an affected region and are experiencing symptoms
- Always practice good hygiene: Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water; cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils
- Encourage workers & students to stay home if they are sick
- Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes
- Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible
While we will remain in close contact with campus leaders to ensure that there is a broad understanding of the complexities of this dynamic situation, we encourage you to visit the following websites for up-to-date information.