Monday, March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Community Resources, Class Information, and Support Services

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Here is a special message from our Interim President Kate Smith about the latest COVID-19 updates and valuable community resources to help you during these challenging times.

Dear Students,

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these uncertain and challenging times. We want to provide you with information not only about successfully continuing your education during these unprecedented events, but also tangible resources and programs where you can get help for you and your family.

Please note:
  • In-person and hybrid classes are temporarily postponed and will convert to online instruction on Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • If you are currently enrolled in any in-person/hybrid courses, your instructor(s) will be contacting you with further instructions.
  • Current online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • College student support services are available virtually; in-person services are no longer available until further notice.
  • Please continue to check your email regularly. Your instructors will provide you with information on how your classes will be conducted and how you will access your assignments/exams.
  • If you are experiencing concerns about your health and well-being, food or housing insecurity, financial stress, or anxiety -- you are not alone! We are available to help.

Support Services and Community Resources

Area of Need
Online Study Tools
See List of Providers in website link
Housing and Shelter
AZ Housing Coalition
Phoenix, AZ Shelter List
Wildfire (vast list of services)
Food Resources
Nutrition Assistance Program
AZ WIC Program
Produce on Wheels
Market on the Move
Financial Hardship
AZ Financial Hardship Assistance
The Salvation Army
Crain Family Foundation
Loss of Employment
AZ Department of Economic Security
Transportation Issues
Alex Free Circular Routes (Phx)
Scottsdale Trolley Routes
Tempe Orbit (Free Shuttle)
Child Care Support
First Things First
AZ Child Care Resource
Children’s Centers
YMCA Referral
Personal Care
Crisis Response Network
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Short-term Crisis Services
Stress and Anxiety
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Center for Disease Prevention and Control

Additional Resources include: AZ 211 - Get Connected. Get Answers and Find Help Phoenix.

We are adding more resources on a regular basis to assist you in meeting your individual needs. Please reference the Basic Needs Assistance website for more information during these difficult times. For students outside of Arizona, please contact our Counseling department for information on food resources.

The staff and faculty at Rio Salado College are diligently working to continue to provide high-quality learning experiences and support for you as you continue your academic journey. We are able to assist you virtually (e.g., online, phone, email, etc.) Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You can access the majority of our services, tools and connect with staff for additional support.

Please reference the COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information. If you need support and/or have questions, please email


Kate Smith
Interim President