The Feather River College campus will reopen Monday, Aug. 2 absent any further directives from Plumas County or Dixie Fire officials.
The campus remains under an evacuation warning, as does Quincy, but it is not under a mandatory evacuation order. FRC leaders met with Emergency Operation Center officials and the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office in making the decision. “They stressed that there are no modifications to evacuation warnings or mandatory evacuations at this point and there are also no changes to highway closures,” President Kevin Trutna said in a memo to his staff that he shared with Plumas News. “Pending new fire information, they felt that FRC should resume operations of serving students face-to-face as much as possible.”
However the college is asking students to try to limit physical access to campus and take advantage of virtual services as much as possible. “Our goal is to provide the full slate of support services as students enroll and plan for fall instruction,” Trutna said. “FRC is encouraging virtual visits and services, while asking student to call ahead for office hours if they need to visit campus offices.”
Students are scheduled to move into the dorms beginning Aug. 5 (football), Aug. 9 (volleyball, soccer) and Aug. 20 (remainder of students). The Housing Department will communicate for specific move-in date and requirements for COVID testing protocol. Housing orientation sessions will include evacuation plans and other safety information.
The Summer Bridge Program is still scheduled to begin Aug. 9.
FEMA is using the Eagles Perch for storing food supplies to feed the firefighters. Trutna thanked Sean Conry for his leadership in working with the county jail inmates in preparing food for firefighters who work so hard on our behalf and safety.
FRC will follow the CDC and CDPH guidelines for face coverings updated due to the Delta variant. Individuals who are not vaccinated will wear face coverings indoors at FRC. Face coverings are recommended for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. guidance for face coverings (ca.gov)
“We realize that the Dixie wildfire is an evolving situation,” Trutna said. “If circumstances change, FRC will notify the campus and students as soon as possible using the following methods (listed in priority order): ReGroup notification, FRC App, website, campus email.”