FRC orders tests, masks for returning students

Feather River College students are slowly returning to town as the new semester is set to begin Jan. 18.

College president Kevin Trutna said that students are scheduled to be returning in groups — such as athletic teams, ag students, and the nursing program — so that they can be tested in waves. “Yesterday all athletes who were tested were negative,” Trutna said during an interview Jan. 6. However one employee, who was displaying symptoms tested positive. The college reported nine positive test results earlier this week.

Trutna said the college uses antigen tests for students and staff, and if an individual tests positive, then they are sent to Plumas District Hospital for a PCR test. Individuals are also sent to the hospital for testing if they are displaying symptoms.

The college obtained a number of antigen tests from Plumas County Public Health, and, based on new mask guidance, ordered 2,000 N95 masks for students and staff.

While some schools are moving to distance learning, Trutna said the faculty is adamant that the college at least begins the semester with face-to-face learning. He said instructors can explain their procedures to students and then, if a transition needs to be made to distance learning, the students will know what to do.