Office and Classroom Reopening Tiers

Office and Classroom Reopening Tiers

 Purple Tier

  • Only essential personnel will be allowed/required to be on campus following strict capacity rules, and continue to come in, as needed.
  • Indoor lectures and/or student gatherings are not permitted, however, labs, computer centers, studio arts and CTE classes that support essential workforce (i.e. Auto Tech, Welding, Police Academy, Fire Tech, Nursing, etc.) may continue to be open in a face-to-face format, following guidelines, and until further notice.   
  • All other classes will continue to be offered in a remote-live format.
  • Outdoor (sports) conditioning classes are allowed.
  • Health and Wellness Centers, at both SAC and SCC, will be open, by appointment only, for services that cannot be offered remotely. 

Red Tier

  • Offices are open to key essential personnel with strict social distancing protocols in place.  Other employees who are able to do so should continue to work remotely.
  • Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Labs, computer centers, studio arts and CTE classes that support essential workforce (i.e. Auto Tech, Welding, Police Academy, Fire Tech, Nursing, etc.) may continue to be open in a face-to-face format
  • Gym/Fitness Center and dance studio may open, but be limited to 10% capacity and must follow state guidelines for gyms and fitness centers.

​Orange Tier

  • Offices are open with strict social distancing protocols in place.  Employees who are able to do so should continue to work remotely.
  • Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less
  • Labs, computer centers, studio arts and CTE classes that support essential workforce (i.e. Auto Tech, Welding, Police Academy, Fire Tech, Nursing, etc.) may continue to be open in a face-to-face format
  • Gym/Fitness Center and dance studio may open, but be limited to 25% capacity and must follow state guidelines for gyms and fitness centers

Yellow Tier

  • Offices are open with strict social distancing protocols in place.  Employees who are able to do so should continue to work remotely.
  • Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50%
  • Labs, computer centers, studio arts and CTE classes that support essential workforce (i.e. Auto Tech, Welding, Police Academy, Fire Tech, Nursing, etc.) may continue to be open in a face-to-face format
  • Conduct student activities virtually when possible
  • Gym/Fitness Center and dance studio may open, but be limited to 50% capacity and must follow state guidelines for gyms and fitness centers.

 It's important to note that these stages are subject to change based on state and local guidance. In addition, if cases of COVID-19 spike again in our state or in our local area, we will follow state and local guidance.

Staged Staffing

RSCCD will stage a return of staff over time in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate social distancing. RSCCD will assess expanded staffing based on mission-critical operations, ability to control and manage specific work environments, and necessity to access on-site resources. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated through your respective manager, dean, vice president or vice chancellor. The need to reduce the number of people on campus (density) to meet social distancing requirements will continue for some time. Support units that can continue to effectively work remotely will likely continue to do so until the Governor's restrictions are eased for larger gatherings.

Expanded staffing will be tightly controlled and coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of faculty and staff, as well as the communities we serve. No unit or department should increase staffing levels beyond current needs to support critical on-site operations without approval from your respective dean, vice president or vice chancellor. Once decisions to expand on-site staffing in certain areas have been made, staff should follow the policies and protocols detailed in this guide for returning to work on campus.

As staffing on-site increases and operations expand, officials will closely monitor and assess the potential spread of the virus, as well as existing local, state, and federal guidelines for mitigations. If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions and reduced staffing may need to be implemented again.

Staffing Options

When making the determination to have staff return to work on-site, there are several options departments should consider to maintain required social distancing measures and reduce population density within buildings and work spaces.

Remote Work

Those who can work remotely to fulfill some or all of their work responsibilities may continue to do so to reduce the number of individuals on campus and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. These arrangements, which should be approved by the immediate supervisor, can be done in a full or partial day/week schedule as appropriate.

Alternating Days

In order to limit the number of individuals and interactions among those on campus, departments should schedule partial staffing on alternating days. Such schedules will help enable social distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces.

Staggered Reporting/Departing/Break Times

The beginning and end of the workday typically brings many people together at common entry/exit points of buildings. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 30 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas to meet social distancing requirements.  Staggering break times will also help eliminate group gatherings.