Rock Valley College releases updates to main campus following storm damage

Rock Valley College announces campus notices following storm damage
Rock Valley College announces campus notices following storm damage(Courtesy: Rock Valley College)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 5:06 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - After storms damage and leave debris at the Forest City school, Rock Valley College announces changes for students and staff to its Main Campus in anticipation of the upcoming semester.

You can find information how to volunteer to assist with storm cleanup here.

Information from RVC officials states:

  • The Mulford Road campus will be closed through August 21 to all visitors.
  • Classes for fall semester begin Saturday, August 15. Although the majority of fall classes were already online for the fall semester due to COVID, any courses that had a face-to-face component as part of a hybrid offering (labs, etc.), and were to meet on main campus, have been moved all online for the first week of instruction (through August 21). They will then resume as intended.
  • All student services will remain accessible by email, phone or chat to support students during the campus closure period.
  • Other RVC locations (Stenstrom Center, RVC Downtown, Aviation) will operate as normal. If any hybrid classes were to meet there starting 8/15 those classes will still meet face-to-face as scheduled.
  • The walking/bike path remains closed during the campus closure period (through 8/21). This is for everyone’s safety as crews continue to clear dangerous debris from the grounds.
  • Once campus reopens, visitors should be aware that Parking Lot 10 is closed to allow the City of Rockford to utilize it for a debris staging area as they clear damage from surrounding neighborhoods near the college. Those normally seeking to park in Lot 10 are being redirected to Lots 3 and 4 (see attached campus map).

The college is looking for volunteers from the community who would be willing to come out on Friday, August 14, from noon to 4 p.m., or Saturday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

Important instructions for volunteers: 

  • Enter campus via the Mulford Road entrance at 3301 N Mulford Road.
  • Pull into the first parking lot (Lot 1, first right when you enter off Mulford Road). 
  • Look for a white Rock Valley College Police Emergency Response trailer and check-in at the trailer. 
  • Sign waiver and receive safety training and be issued a vest to wear. 
  • Wear closed toe shoes or preferably boots. 
  • Bring heavy duty gloves (RVC will have gloves for those who do not have any). 
  • Bring eye protection (RVC will have eye protection for those who do not have any).  

On Saturday, a box lunch, water, and snacks will be available to all who volunteer to work. Any volunteers who are unable to work the entire day are still welcome and can leave after checking out with the area supervisor. 

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