Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Reviewed & Updated: 9/21/2021

Welcome to Austin Community College District's Coronavirus informational website. This site provides updates and resources for students and employees to ensure the continued health, safety, and well-being of the ACC community. Here, you will find information about classes, health services, and more.

Recent Updates

 

New Start Date! On-Campus COVID-19 Testing

ACC will offer free COVID-19 testing beginning the week of September 20 at Round Rock, Highland, Riverside, and Eastview campuses. The testing, provided by Curative, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The service is free to ACC students and employees. Additional hours and campuses are possible. Updates will be posted here. To find other testing locations near you, click this link.

Students: Contact Your Professor for Class Updates

Beginning  Monday, September 13, fall courses that were temporarily moved online for the start of the semester will return to their previously scheduled on-campus status. Students who are enrolled in one of these courses can expect their class to resume on-campus beginning next week. Students should check with their professor(s) before class to get information about the current status of their course and any additional instructions.

All Scheduled In-Person Learning to Resume 9/13

ACC will resume its original fall schedule as planned on Monday, September 13. In-person classes that moved to virtual environments for the first three weeks of the semester will return to on-campus learning at that time. Students can expect to hear from their instructors about any changes to their class schedule. 

Contact tracing measures

Austin Community College continues COVID-19 contact tracing for on-campus COVID-19 incidents. Based on self-reporting, the college will contact students and employees to obtain more information and provide further instructions. ACC relies upon contact tracing for on-campus COVID-19 incidents to determine exposures and identify quarantine requirements. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please submit the college's COVID-19 self-report form

How to Submit ACC's COVID-19 Self-Report Form

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days; are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19; or been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days; stay home, contact your primary care provider, and complete ACC’s COVID-19 self-report form. Upon receipt of the self-reporting form, the college will contact you to share further instructions about the best next steps for you. Click here to access the form

Students: Contact Your Professor for Class Updates

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Central Texas, many ACC classes that were scheduled to meet on-campus for the fall 2021 semester will begin the semester online, meeting virtually for the first three weeks (from August 23 through September 12). Students who are enrolled in one of these courses can expect their class to resume on-campus after the first three weeks. Students should check with their professor(s) before class to get information about the current status of their course and any additional instructions.

Board Seeks Legal Clarity on Safety Policies

On Tuesday, August 17, ACC’s Board of Trustees unanimously authorized the college’s administration and legal counsel to seek clarification in the courts of the board’s authority to adopt safety measures in response to the surging COVID-19 pandemic. A community college board has independent legal authority under state law to adopt policies, rules, and regulations to protect the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. It’s unclear in the law whether the governor’s recent executive orders affect the board’s authority. The issue is not being litigated in any current legal proceedings. Therefore, ACC's Board is seeking clarity. The college's legal counsel and administration will now pursue legal proceedings to obtain a ruling about the lines of authority for a Texas community college. The college will continue to follow the rules and policies set forth by our elected officials — our Board of Trustees. Read more.

Face Masks Required Effective August 20

On Friday, August 13, 2021, the ACC Board of Trustees unanimously approved a face mask mandate at ACC. Effective August 20, 2021, anyone who is 2 years of age or older will be required to wear a face mask in all ACC buildings

Virtual Learning for First 3 Weeks of Fall

ACC will scale back the number of students and employees on campus when the fall semester begins. Many courses will be held online for the first three weeks of the semester from August 23 through September 12. Courses that require in-person instruction, including labs, will still be held on-campus. Those that can be moved to online formats will do so for this period.  

Health Screening Required Starting August 16

Starting Monday, August 16, 2021, ACC’s health app will be required for all students, employees, and visitors. Download the app here. If you’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive, the app will provide you information about steps you can take to report your illness.