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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health and safety of our college community is our highest priority. As this is an evolving situation, we want to keep our students, faculty, staff, and the larger CCRI community aware of the latest information on the coronavirus, and what the college is doing to prepare for the risk of a potential outbreak.


5/1/2020: President Hughes shared important college updates earlier today regarding commencement and our upcoming summer and fall semesters:


CCRI will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 29. Soon, our graduates will receive a special package in the mail in which we will share the details of what to expect. We have also advised our graduates to mark their calendar for next May when we invite both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 to celebrate together under one roof. Please visit our commencement website for more information. 

Summer courses

After reviewing the state reopening plans announced this week by the Governor and Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), the college has made the decision to deliver all of our summer courses online, and therefore both Summer Session I and II will be held remotely.

Fall 2020

Based on the information we have about COVID-19 today, our intent is to return this fall to in-person teaching and learning in some capacity while maintaining a strong offering of online courses. 

CCRI is working in close partnership with RIDOH to develop a strategic, measured health and safety plan to implement requirements for protective face coverings, strict social distancing, and increased cleaning protocols. 

Tele-work policy

As part of this ongoing effort to limit the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak and to mitigate potential community spread of the virus, CCRI has made the decision to move to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester.

The college's tele-work policy has also been extended through at least May 8. Employees should not report to work on any of our campuses. We will continue to evaluate the situation as we move forward. There are some exceptions to this directive, and individual employees will be notified by their managers if they are expected to report to the college.

Moving to remote working

Remote teaching

All face-to-face instruction is suspended and all classes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester will be held remotely online. Faculty have been trained to transition their class to the remote learning platform, Blackboard. Technical and other support will be available during the period that remote teaching is required.

We understand that transitioning to remote instruction is a significant adjustment for everyone in our community, and we are committed to supporting our students, faculty and staff through this process. 

Moving to remote teaching

Workforce Partnerships

During this time, changes have been made to several workforce programs. See below for more information:

  • Kids College
Available online
  • Customer Solutions and Technical Assistance
  • Data Literacy & Reporting
  • Data Visualization
  • Excel for Business (Intermediate and Advanced)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Process Technology
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Technical Writing
  • Virtual Tech for Business
  • English Language Studies
  • Bridge & RI-BEST
  • Adult Ed Professional Development
  • Driver Education
  • Cybersecurity for Tech Professionals
  • Social Determinants of Health Training
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Healthcare Data & Reporting
  • Driver Retraining
  • GED testing
  • CDL Testing
  • School Bus Driver Recertification
  • Motorcycle Rider Education
  • CNA State Testing

Visit the Workforce Partnerships section of our website for more information.

Next Steps

It is important to stay informed during this transition. We will continue to send out updates to our college community. All students, faculty, and staff should monitor their CCRI email and frequently check our website for important information regarding this transition to remote learning and working and other actions we are taking to ensure the continuity of college operations.

If students have specific questions or concerns, please contact Michael Cunningham, Dean of Students, by email at Faculty should contact their department chair or dean and staff should contact their supervisor or manager.

CCRI Travel Policy (Domestic and International)

CCRI has suspended all college-sponsored domestic* and international travel for the near future. This includes any international travel associated with the college as a CCRI employee or student, including travel funded by a government grant, foundation, company or other private entity.

Governor Gina Raimondo has urged a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone who has traveled outside of the United States. In addition, all CCRI faculty, staff and students who have traveled to any countries considered by the CDC as a Level 2 or 3 risk in the last 14 days and going forward must notify the college and should remain at home until 14 symptom-free days have passed from the date of your return to Rhode Island. A full list of the countries and regions considered travel risks by the CDC is available online.

If you are asked by RIDOH to self-quarantine or if you have traveled to one of the identified countries in the past 14 days, please notify CCRI at the contacts below:

  • Students
    Email Dean of Students Michael Cunningham at for guidance on classes. Please provide your name, CCRI ID, contact information, and details related to your self-quarantine.
  • Faculty and Staff
    Email Director of Human Resources Sybil Bailey at for guidance on work. Please provide your name, contact information, department or direct report, and details related to your self-quarantine.

If you are in self-quarantine, you should also inform RIDOH’s Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 401-222-2577, who will provide guidance and any necessary support services.

CCRI is in regular communication with the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) and looks to RIDOH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance to inform our decision-making.

The college has established an Incident Command Response (ICR) team consisting of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Public Safety, Administration, and Communications. The ICR works together throughout the day to assess information as it becomes available and to make decisions based on the most up to date information.

Being informed is important. Please monitor updates from RIDOH and the CDC. We will also continue to provide information to you as we learn more.

* Exceptions to the domestic college-sponsored travel suspension will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must be approved in advance in writing. Requests for exceptions to this temporary measure should be made to your respective vice president or associate vice president for review.