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January 14, 2022
Most In-Person Classes, Services Moved to Online Until January 31

You should have received an email Monday (read here) announcing that, in response to skyrocketing case numbers throughout our region, we have decided to temporarily move most in-person classes, labs, and services online from the start of the semester until Monday, January 31 for all Los Rios colleges (American River, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake, and Sacramento City). Impossible to Convert Career Education programs that were held in-person during the last year will continue to be held in-person. Other classes such as traditional lecture classes, science labs, arts, and ESL classes will move online for this two-week period. Look for a communication from your instructor in your email or Canvas account for the status of your class and reach out to your instructor with any class-related questions.

Our Reopening webpage has been updated with specific information about which programs and services will remain in person, and will continue to be updated in the days and weeks ahead with any changes to this information.
How to wear your mask properly
Mask Guidance

Consistent with evolving recommendations from the public health community, we strongly recommend that all students and employees who are on-campus use surgical masks or higher-level respirator N95 or KN95 masks as opposed to cloth masks or any other face-covering providing less protection (read the California Department of Public Health’s latest guidance on masks and face coverings). Each college’s operations department already has an inventory of surgical masks available for those who need them and we are in the process of securing more.

American River College has masks available for those students who are on campus and would like to request one. Masks can be picked up at the Ranch House or the tent located near the Ranch House during these hours:
  • Until January 31 - Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Starting January 31 - Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

This Sacramento Bee story has information on the different types of masks.
Textbook Orders

This is an update on online orders from the bookstore. You will have the option to pick up your orders at any of the Los Rios Bookstore locations during business hours or have them shipped to your home (no PO boxes allowed); please check the bookstore website for current hours. You will receive an “order placed” confirmation and a “ready for pick up” confirmation for each item, if you chose in-store pick up. For shipped orders, merchandise may be shipped separately. You will receive confirmation emails with the tracking info included for each shipment.

Last week we reported that free shipping is available - that is not correct. We apologize for the error. Please visit the bookstore’s shipping and delivery webpage for full information on your options.

As a reminder, Monday, January 24 is the deadline to return textbooks or class materials to the bookstore and receive a refund (as long as the product is in its original condition). For more information, see the return policy webpage.
IN celebration of Martin Luther King Junior day
MLK Day Holiday is January 17

Reminder: American River College will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday; no classes will be held and all remote college offices will be closed. View Academic Calendar.
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Parking Reminder

Los Rios will not be selling semester or daily parking permits for Spring 2022. This means you will not be ticketed for a lack of a permit during this semester. However, be sure to follow all other parking rules, such as only parking in handicapped spots if you have the appropriately issued placard and no parking in fire or loading zones, as violations of these could result in a ticket.
Scholarship Season is Open

Scholarship season opens today, Friday, January 14, and runs through Friday, March 4. The Los Rios Colleges Foundation awards nearly $500,000 in scholarships to students each year.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:

For more information on the process, go to the Apply for Foundation Scholarships webpage.
Help, I’m on the Waitlist!

The waitlist status of a class changes throughout the enrollment period, so you should regularly monitor your waitlist status. After the semester starts on Saturday, January 15, a permission number is required to be added to a class from the waitlist. If your professor gives you a permission number to add the class, follow these Use Permission Number/Enroll from Waitlist instructions.

Permission numbers are only given to you directly from your professor. If you have questions about whether you will be receiving a permission number, contact your professor to ask how they will be managing their waitlist this semester.

Not sure you will be added from the waitlist, but still need another class this semester to stay on track? Check the list of open classes to see if there is another section of the class you are waitlisted in or if there is another class you want to take.
Check Out the Science Success Center

Calling all science students - you are invited to take advantage of ARC’s Science Success Center as a resource this spring! The center’s 6-week program is designed to help you build good study habits and find the right time management tools to succeed in your class. Center staff will work with you one-on-one at the time of your choosing. If you can find 30 minutes once a week to meet with us, we will help you. Learn more at the Science Success Center’s website.
Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – including right here in the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations. This month, take the time to educate yourself about human trafficking and to learn to spot the signs of trafficking. Learn more about human trafficking.
CRC Ceramics Exhibit
Opens February 11

Cosumnes River College presents “Real ID: Eight Ceramic Artists Take on Identity,” art exhibit from February 11 through March 29. Real-ID is an exhibition of sculpture by a diverse selection of ceramic artists whose works address the themes of identity and connectivity to the fertile earth.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at CRC in the Art Gallery. This exhibit is curated by CRC Art Professor Linda Fitz Gibbon and is part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) project, "Fertile Ground." More information.
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