COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is impacting the globe in ways we haven’t seen in recent memory. We understand that you have concerns and questions and we want to help create clear lines of communication. The well-being of our students, staff and campus communities is our top priority and we hope the below will help answer many of the questions you have. We’re constantly monitoring recommendations from the CDC and local governments, so please check back frequently.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Mask Mandate at RSI?
As you may know, we have regularly followed CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines with regard to providing maximum protection for our employees, students and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to our locations being among areas with substantial or high transmissions, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading any variant to others, we are mandating that masks be worn on-site at RSI. Therefore, effective Wednesday, August 4, 2021, we ask everyone to wear a mask while on site at RSI.
We encourage you to get vaccinated, however, as we have stated previously, we understand the decision to vaccinate is a personal decision; there will be individuals who desire to get vaccinated while other individuals may choose to delay and others may choose not to get vaccinated due to other unique circumstances.
FYI, per CDC – data tracker by county view:
We’d like to thank you all for your cooperation and patience this past year as we followed CDC and local guidelines to help ensure a safe and healthy space for all.
No student will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or asked any questions that may elicit a response that discloses a disability or other medical information.
We continue to encourage EVERYONE to practice physical distancing, handwashing, and hand sanitization.
We will continue to follow CDC guidelines, and therefore this policy is subject to changes based on evolving CDC guidance.
RSI may decide to take a more conservative approach than CDC guidelines.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out:
I have questions about how RSI is handling the outbreak. Who at the campus can I contact?
Don't hesitate to reach out to Campus President David Eaker:
How is RSI handling new CDC guidelines?
In accordance with the latest CDC guidelines, effective on June 21, 2021, we are lifting the mask mandate at RSI for all vaccinated individuals. If you have been vaccinated, you can be on the campus and attend class with no mask and do not have to practice social distancing. If you have not been vaccinated, please continue wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Fully vaccinated individuals who wish to continue wearing a mask may do so. We expect all students to respect the decisions of others and provide common courtesies as they would expect to receive themselves.
We’d like to thank you all for helping us adjust to these uncertain times and following all of the CDC guidelines to make sure RSI stays safe for all students, faculty and staff. We look forward to returning to normalcy in the year ahead.
I’m a veteran. How do the school’s decisions surrounding COVID-19 affect my VA benefits?
We have set up a special veteran hotline to answer questions regarding VA benefits during this time. Please call 855-323-8130.
- What is the status of COVID-19 in my state?
What precautions is RSI taking to ensure the safety of students?
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.
What action has RSI taken to lower the risk of COVID-19 community spread?
RSI works to maintain a clean and safe environment. To help prevent community spread, we have implemented cleaning procedures with the use of stronger disinfectant products on high-touch surfaces, made hand sanitizers readily available, and continue to educate campus teams on best practices recommended by the CDC.
Will graduation ceremonies still happen?
Graduation Ceremonies will happen virtually until further notice.
What is COVID-19
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. (CDC, NCOV Factsheet)
How does COVID-19 Spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person - between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. (CDC, Coronoavirus 2019 FAQ)
How to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases
Although the immediate risk of COVID-19 is believed to be low at this time, CCHHS recommends that everyone take actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses including the flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Get a seasonal flu shot
- Wash hands frequently
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
As of March 6, 2020, the CDC states that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of Breath/difficulty breathing
What if I develop flu-like symptoms?
Flu symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms consistent with the flu or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19:
- Students: Stay home and avoid attending classes or other public venues. Notify your faculty about your absence (just as you normally would do for a common cold or flu) and request what options there are for you to complete course work and/or turn in assignments remotely.
- Faculty and Staff: Stay home and avoid campus or other public venues. Please contact your immediate supervisor to make appropriate arrangements that may include, but are not limited to, working from home and/or identifying a substitute to cover classroom needs, etc.