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Academics at River Parishes Community College

River Parishes Community College, Academic Affairs, includes all technical and transfer credit programs, library services, and college-wide institutional effectiveness. Academic Affairs supports the mission of RPCC through providing leadership, quality service, and instruction that leads to technical certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees for transfer or the workforce.

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Updates related to COVID-19

July 26, 2021

Following Governor John Bel Edwards’ press conference Friday, July 23, please note the new COVID-19 Guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health:

  • All people – vaccinated and unvaccinated – should wear face masks while indoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • All businesses should review their operations to accommodate employees in a way that reduces unnecessary contact to avoid the spread of COVID in the workplace.
  • All people should take a COVID test immediately after a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19.
  • If positive, they should isolate immediately.
  • If negative, they should retest again between five and seven-days post-exposure.
  • If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point they should test and immediately isolate pending the results.

In his press conference, Governor Edwards advised executive branch agencies in the Governor’s cabinet will mandate masks indoors of state buildings when distancing is not possible, for employees and visitors. Considering this information, please be prepared to mask while working at RPCC beginning tomorrow, July 27, 2021, in instances where six feet of social distancing is not possible, as we do anticipate further mandates to be placed in effect.

If you as an employee become exposed to COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, please contact Human Resources immediately for guidance. All students who are exposed or test positive should reach out to Ms. Monica Morrison immediately for guidance.

We as a college will have appropriate masks available for use at all campuses and we continue to commit to our faculty, staff, and students to carry forth our mission while complying with the mandates of our Government and the recommendations of the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health.

Jim Carlson, Ed.D.
Interim Chancellor
River Parishes Community College

Effective August 1, 2020 (and until further notice)

We intend is to serve the needs of our students, customers, and stakeholders while placing top priority on the health and safety of both students, guests, and employees. FOR ALL ACTIVITIES conducted on our campuses, we will be working within the CDC and state guidelines for limiting and controlling exposure to others with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing, and COVID-19 symptom monitoring, as well as aggressive sanitation practices.  

Campus Availability

  • Campus hours will return to regular schedule including evening hours, effective August 1, 2020.
  • Services to our students and customers will be provided to accommodate their needs – this may be a combination of in-person and on-line methods.


  • As appropriate, faculty and staff will be able, with their supervisor’s permission, to work from home.
  • Confirm schedule with supervisor in advance (24-hour notice required).


  • Student are encouraged to email or call for assistance with Enrollment, Advising, and Business Office matters.
  • Student Services and the Business Office will be open to assist students on-line and in-person

Contact information


  • Non-students such as family members or friends will be discouraged from entering the buildings so that social distancing can be accommodated. Clients and other customers will be encouraged to visit the campus only if necessary.
  • Students on campus with Enrollment and Advising needs will remain in designated spaces for social distancing purposes with entry limited.
  • For students’ convenience and to practice safe distancing, all payments can be made online through student LOLA accounts. Go to the student tab and click “Payment/Payment Plan ” (debit, credit cards and electronic checks only)  Those needing to make cash/check payments may do so at the cashier window.

Protective Guidance

  • Individuals are expected to follow CDC guidance including social distancing and hand washing.
    • Social distancing should occur in all public/common areas (i.e. library, hallways, restrooms). Please wait to enter if someone is already in the area and using the
    • Hand sanitizers are available throughout the
  • Protective masks are always to be worn in all public/common areas.
    • You may remove the mask while working alone in your designated workspace.
    • All individuals entering campuses are encouraged to use their own mask but will be provided a mask to retain for future use/re-entry if no personal mask is
    • Masks do not have to worn outdoors unless social distancing cannot be accomplished.
    • Masks do not have to be worn in labs that require face-shields (such as welding).
  • Common areas and vending machines remain closed so plan
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will occur throughout the day and after classes conclude at end of the day

Check-In Procedures (Gonzales, Plaquemine, Reserve, St. Charles)

  • Single point of entry and exit (do not use side doors).
  • COVID-19 CDC Guidelines will be posted in common areas and at entrances. The guidelines will explain that no one should enter any RPCC building or exterior training area if you:
    • are currently experiencing or have experienced in the last 14 days any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches and pains, sneezing loss of smell and/or taste, persistent headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, sore throat,
    • have been asked by a health official to self-quarantine and have not been released,
    • have been in close contact with anyone who has exhibited any symptoms noted above withing the last 14 days,
    • have tested positive for COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
    • traveled to a restricted area under a level 2, 3, or 4 Advisory by the CDC.
  • Prior to entrance, every individual must receive a thermal scan temperature check and will be allowed entrance if temperature is less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Disinfect hands and distribute face masks (see requirements above).
  • After check-in, each person will receive a wrist band for that day; the wristband must be worn at all times while on campus as no one without a wristband will be allowed entry into any building or exterior training area.
  • Students and staff are required to stay home when sick and will be required to leave if they become sick while on campus. Notify your instructor or supervisor immediately by email and contact your health care provider.


Actions to take if you experience Exposure to a COVID Positive Person
or Test Positive for COVID

  • Students:
  • Faculty/Staff:
    • Notify your supervisor for direction on teaching/working from home.
    • Notify Human Resources for additional direction related to time entry/leave processing (too ill to work versus self-quarantine).
    • See Return to Campus Self-Certification

Possible Changes for upcoming Fall semester , July 10, 2020 – 3 p.m.

We’d like to share with you some decisions that have been made about the fall academic calendar and some anticipated changes to course offerings. We are still working out many of the details for the fall, but in order to help you plan, we wanted to get this information out to you as quickly as possible. More information about the fall semester will follow in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned.

The Academic Calendar:

The Fall Semester Academic Calendar will remain unchanged. Classes will begin on August 19, 2020 and end on December 4, 2020 (with final exams taking place the week of December 7-10, 2020).

Course Offerings:

  • Unfortunately, as much as we want things to be back to normal at RPCC, the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 means we must act now to ensure everyone is safe when the fall semester begins.
  • In the coming weeks we will be making updates to the fall course offerings to allow for proper social distancing. These updates may result in room changes to some courses and/or moving in-person courses online or to a hybrid model. As a result, you may see some changes to your schedule as we make these updates.
  • Changes to the days and times of classes will not be made. For example, if you registered for a Tuesday/Thursday (T/R) class that meets from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., we will not reassign you to a class that meets on a different day or time.
  • Please note that online courses may have nominal Online Proctoring Fees associated with them if you must take a proctored exam; however, the Online Registration Fee previously in place at RPCC will not be charged.

Safety Protocols on Campus:

We will also be sending out information soon about what you can expect when you come to campus in August (safety protocols, masks, etc.). Please know that our number one priority will be the safety of the RPCC community (students, faculty, and staff). Please continue to monitor your email for more information.

We know these changes will bring about other questions. We will provide answers to all those questions in the coming weeks, but for planning purposes, we wanted to give you this information now.

Please remember that the pandemic is not over yet, and in fact, is now impacting college students at a higher rate than before. Please be vigilant and wear face coverings, and please practice physical distancing and hand washing. We want our fall semester to be as normal as possible, but we all play a role in making that happen. Following CDC and state guidelines now will help us avoid spikes in cases that could negatively affect how we operate this fall.

We continue to look forward to a successful semester, and we stand #RiverMadeReady.

Two on-campus departments set limited reopening, May 25, 2020 – 9 a.m.

Student Services and the Business Office are now open with limited staffing on all campuses. Please call us with any questions.

Reserve Main Line: 985-536-4418
Westside Main Line: 225-687-5500
Gonzales Main Line: 225-743-8500

CARES Act Information, May 1, 2020 – 4 p.m.

The following information regarding the CARES Act has been released for all RPCC Students:

As a result of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. In efforts to stimulate the economy and to assist college students during this time, emergency financial aid grants have been allocated for students who meet strict eligibility guidelines as established by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). At this time, River Parishes Community College has not received the funds but we are expecting to receive them in the coming weeks.

Rest assured, we are working as quickly as possible to determine which students will receive funds based on the eligibility requirements as established by the USDOE. Currently, there is nothing for you to do. If you are eligible to receive funds, we will communicate directly with you through email. If you do not receive a follow-up email, it means you did not meet the USDOE’s eligibility requirements.

Please be sure to check your email daily for further communications regarding your eligibility for the CARES Act emergency financial aid grant.

Please stay safe, and we look forward to continuing to be your higher education institution of choice.

Dr. Dale Doty, Chancellor
River Parishes Community College

Chancellor’s Message, May 1, 2020 – 12:30 p.m.

FOR ALL ACTIVITIES conducted on our campuses, we will be working within the CDC and state guidelines for limiting and controlling exposure to others with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing, and COVID-19 symptom monitoring, as well as aggressive sanitation practices.

Additional points being shared:

  1. Our campuses are still closed and we are generally continuing to work from home.
  2. We will be doing a limited amount of hands-on training with technical programs during May.  We are completing the lab work for essential programs, PTEC, Instrumentation and Welding at West side, Reserve and Gonzales.  There will be very few credit students doing this, around 60.  We will also conduct hands-on training for Workforce programs that are deemed essential and on campus equipment is required.  We will be working within the CDC and state guidelines for sanitation and distancing in all of these activities.
  3. Summer session will be online only for most of our classes.  We will do necessary hands-on training where there is no other option in credit and workforce programs.  These activities will be done to limit the number of students, faculty and staff on campus as much as possible.
  4. The Assessment Center will resume Accuplacer testing on a limited, “as needed” basis specifically for nursing program candidates and DOW apprentice candidates.
  5. We will be providing services to our business partners as they need, Assessments, rentals, etc.  But, these services will be provided within the safety guidelines we have established that apply to all of our campuses.
  6. We have been doing deep cleaning at all of our facilities and we are currently working with Serve Pro to sanitize ALL spaces to eliminate pathogens that may have wandered in.  We have procured equipment and materials needed to continue these cleaning activities to the standards set in our guidelines to keep the facilities clean as we go forward.
  7. We will reopen the campus when we are given that clearance by the governor and will be operating under suggested safety guidelines.  All 12 LCTCS colleges will move together and work in the same manner whenever reasonable.  I do expect that we will continue work from home options past June 1 but I do not know what that will mean or how the flexibility will work.  We are a state agency and the state rules will direct our actions.
  8. Safety of our employees, students and community will guide our behavior as we eventually return to campus to provide the learning and training services needed in the communities that we serve.
  9. Do not hesitate to ask questions, make suggestions or express concerns.  You are RPCC.

Dr. Dale Doty, Chancellor
River Parishes Community College


Campus Update, March 23, 2020 – 6:30 p.m.

RPCC students regarding completion of classes:

RPCC’s focus on learning has not changed. We will do everything possible to provide every student with the learning experiences required to complete their classes. There is a possibility classes will have to be extended past the end of the semester to complete course learning outcomes, but we will do what it takes. If it becomes necessary to issue incomplete grades for students who cannot complete necessary on-campus classroom components, I have the authority to direct actions to help students and faculty work through these concerns.

Our jobs as instructors are to help students become completers. Course learning outcomes should be our primary focus moving forward, not time in class or lab. Instructors will assess each student individually and determine what is remaining for the student to meet learning outcomes and pass required assessments.

Outcomes are the current focus, taking priority over seat time and instruction time.

The processes for doing this are different than normal, but we’ve determined this is the best way to help as many of our students become completers as possible.

We thank our students for being patient as we have had to make changes in this fluid time, and we hope they will continue to do so.

Dr. Dale Doty, Chancellor
River Parishes Community College

Graduation announcement, March 23, 2020 – 4:30 p.m.

RPCC Community:

We are officially postponing the Spring 2020 Graduation Ceremony, due to the COVID-19 virus. We hope to reschedule as soon as possible, and we will let you know as soon as we have any updates.

Campus Update, March 20, 2020 – 5 p.m.

Effective Monday, March 23, through Sunday, March 29: All RPCC campuses will be closed. College staff will be working remotely and can be contacted through email. Students and faculty will be on Spring Break.

RPCC Students:

Moving forward, the Office of Student Services at all locations will be working remotely. No one will be at the physical locations. Our staff and advisers will be available, via email, to help you with all of needs. Helping students is our top priority. While we won’t compromise that priority, we must modify our operations to ensure the safety and health of our staff.

If you know the staff member you need to contact, our staff directory is available online and each staff member’s email is listed. If you call their office phone, a message will provide the email address for you to use as well. If you are unsure who to contact, you can email us at and your email will be routed to the correct staff member.

Our email system will be our primary communication until we resume normal operations.

We are committed to serving students and we will not let these operation modifications hinder our ability to meet the needs of our student body.

Chancellor’s Message, March 18, 2020 – 4 p.m.

A reminder for all students and the RPCC Community:

Classes are cancelled this week, with spring break starting this Friday, March 20, and continuing through March 29.

When classes resume on March 30, the majority of our classes will be offered online. The classes that can not be formatted online will be modified to comply with all regulations on gathering size and social distancing. Faculty will be contacting the students through their email and/or Canvas to make them aware of all course modifications, and faculty will be the primary point of communication for students throughout this transition.

RPCC will have all of our computer labs open for student use, with staff monitoring to ensure compliance with all regulations on gathering size and social distancing.

We expect faculty to telecommute and hold office hours via email and phone.

For future updates please continue to monitor RPCC’s social media, our website, and your campus email and Canvas accounts.

Dale A. Doty, Ph.D.
River Parishes Community College

Chancellor’s Update, March 13, 2020 – 6 p.m.

Dear River Parishes Community College Community,

Following Governor John Bel Edward’s Executive Order JBE 2020-27, we will be making the following changes:


  • Classes are canceled next week, 3/16-3/20.
  • Spring break will be moved from 4/3-4/12 to 3/20-3/29.
  • Classes will resume on 3/30.

Faculty & Staff:

  • On 3/16/2020, all RPCC campuses will be closed. Emergency leave will be granted to all employees.
  • On 3/17/2020, employees deemed to be essential to the operations and planning of the college are to report to work, and will be notified by their supervisor.  All other employees will continue to be on emergency leave.
  • On 3/18/2020, all faculty and staff are to report to work, and will continue to do so for the remainder of the week.

Faculty spring break will be moved from 4/3-4/12 to 3/20-3/29.

Chancellor’s Update, March 12, 2020 – 10 a.m.

Dear River Parishes Community College Community,

There are many questions related to the information sent on 3/10/2020 regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19. In an effort to clarify, please know:

  • The employee in self-isolation followed all steps recommended by the CDC as soon as they were aware of a potential issue. The actions were taken immediately.
  • Information was sent campus-wide the same day, as soon as it was confirmed credible. Information will continue to be shared as it is known and confirmed.
  • The employee has reported no symptoms and self-isolated by recommendation of a consulted physician. The quarantine period is nearing its end.
  • The employee works at the RPCC Reserve Campus
  • Information about the employee is protected under Federal HIPPA (patient privacy issues) law. We will share everything possible that is appropriate, helpful and lawful.

In a continued effort to do everything we can to avoid the spread of COVID-19, RPCC has implemented the following:

  • Hand sanitizing stations continue to be available in public areas.
  • Custodial staff have been directed to focus on disinfecting commonly touched surfaces (door knobs, bathroom fixtures, hand rails, etc.)

At this moment, there is no reason to believe anyone at RPCC is clinically affected. We continue to follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Louisiana Department of Health to help protect the health and well-being of our college community. While we understand you may have immediate concerns, we ask that you first protect yourself, exercise resolve, and remain calm while medical experts work to find a scientific medical solution to the virus.

Lastly, we ask that you not engage in rumors or the spread of misinformation as it relates to COVID-19. Please only rely on official communications from the CDC, Louisiana Health Department, or The Governor’s Office.

Chancellor’s Initial Message, March 11, 2020

To All Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As you may know, an employee at River Parishes Community College is being observed by healthcare officials and is being quarantined at home for possible Coronavirus or COVID-19. In following with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this employee will remain quarantined.

College operations including all classes will continue as scheduled. If you believe you or someone you know may have been exposed to COVID-19 please follow the guidelines below to protect yourself and prevent the spread of any illnesses. Additionally, we ask that you not engage in rumors or the spread of misinformation as it relates to COVID-19. Please only rely on official communications from the CDC, Louisiana Health Department, or The Governor’s Office.

We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and are following the guidance of the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health. Please know that your safety and well-being is our top priority.

  1. Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever1 and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. 
  2. Stay home except to get medical care. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  3. Stay at home until instructed to leave by your Healthcare Provider: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
  4. Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.

For more detailed information on how to prevent the spread of COID-19 please visit the CDC website here.


Dale A. Doty, Ph.D.
River Parishes Community College
925 W. Edenborne Parkway (corner I-10 and Hwy. 44)
P. O. Box 2367
Gonzales, LA  70707