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Mask-Optional Policy Effective Monday, 3/21/2022

Dear Colleagues,

As we prepare for the start of spring break, I write to announce that RCC is transitioning to a mask-optional policy, effective Monday, 3/21/2022. Masks will no longer be required inside RCC buildings; however, all community members are welcome to wear masks if they so choose.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, RCC has followed the COVID-19 health and safety guidance issued by the CDC, MA Department of Public Health, and Boston Public Health Commission. These three trusted public health organizations are now offering the same guidance on masks in indoor settings (in areas with low COVID-19 community levels): people may choose to mask at any time. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms. If you are immunocompromised, learn more about how to protect yourself.

Note that the COVID-19 vaccination policy for all 15 MA community colleges, including RCC, remains in effect. Accordingly, only students who have provided proof of their COVID-19 vaccination can attend in-person classes and access in-person services. Additionally, the College’s quarantine guidance, last updated in January 2022, has not changed.

The City of Boston’s B Together policy is no longer in effect. Accordingly, the B Together policy will not be enforced with external entities who host events at the Reggie Lewis Center, Media Arts Center, or in the campus parking lots.

We will continue to follow the guidance issued by public health organizations and make changes to the mask-optional policy if needed. Know that the following COVID-19 health and safety resources remain available to all RCC faculty, staff, and students:

  • RCC purchased N95s masks for all employees and students. You can pick up a mask from the Public Safety Department (Room 3-109).
  • RCC secured At-Home COVID-19 test kits for all RCC community members. The HR Office has two test kits for each employee. You can stop by the HR suite (Building 2, 3rd floor, Suite 313) on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm or Thursdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to pick up your kits.

As stated previously, we remain committed to ensuring that RCC is a healthy and safe environment. 

If you have questions or require additional information, please email COVID-19@rcc.mass.edu.

Thank you for your continued commitment to RCC.

Sincerely,

Jackie Jenkins-Scott
Interim President, Roxbury Community College