Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Reviewed & Updated: 6/11/2021

Austin Community College District closely monitors the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in our region. The college’s Coronavirus website 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

 

ACC Responds to COVID-19

ACC fully reopens in fall 2021

In fall 2021, ACC will significantly increase the number of face-to-face classes on campus. All ACC campuses will reopen in some capacity — some for class, some for support services, some for business operations, and others will offer a mix of all three. The college will offer a blended and balanced schedule of in-person and online course options including hybrid classes so that students may find the courses they need in the learning environment that works best for them. ACC's full suite of student support services also will be available both on-campus and online. Please see the Chancellor's Message: Plans to Fully Reopen this Fall for additional information.

Employee leave time for COVID vaccination

ACC employees are eligible for up to two hours of Administrative Leave in order to get their COVID vaccination. This temporary allowance allows for two hours of leave per shot. Employees must make arrangements with their supervisor prior to the vaccination and should record the time as Administrative Leave on their timesheet with "COVID-19 Vaccine" recorded in the comment box. Any additional time beyond the two hours will need to be recorded as personal/sick leave. Employees who previously used personal/sick leave for their COVID-19 vaccine will have an opportunity to reclassify their leave to Administrative Leave. Read more.

Face Mask Updates at ACC

On Tuesday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that changes the mandate for face coverings in Texas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In compliance with this order, ACC can no longer require anyone to wear a facial covering while visiting our campuses, centers, or facilities. The change takes effect beginning Thursday, May 20, 2021. The option to wear a mask will be voluntary. The college also is examining all of its COVID-19 health and safety protocols to see what, if any other changes, may be necessary.

New Date Added to On-Campus Vaccinations

ACC will host a third COVID-19 vaccination clinic rotation on Friday, June 4. These clinics are open to current students, ACC employees, and their families and friends (those 18 and older). The vaccinations are held at ACC Highland Campus, Building 2000. Appointments are required. You may sign up by sending an email to covidvaccine@austincc.edu from your ACC email address. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccination web page for more details. 

Summer & fall planning

ACC continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Texas including local case and vaccination rates to help guide college planning for summer and fall. Beginning summer 2021, the college expects to provide more in-person and hybrid learning opportunities as well as more student support services on campus. The continued return to campus remains gradual and thoughtful. Those who come to campus, whether vaccinated or not, are required to follow ACC’s health and safety protocols. Face masks and social distancing as well as health screenings and temperature checks at the door remain a standard at all campuses and facilities.

 

On-Campus TSI testing now available by appointment

ACC has reopened on-campus testing for in-person college assessment testing. This testing is now available by appointment. Testing is limited at this time to the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) — a state-required assessment test to determine college-readiness in reading, writing, and math. Appointments are limited to Fridays at the ACC Highland Campus. To request an appointment, complete the “TSI Test Request” form. The college’s Testing Center will email you within 48 business hours (Monday through Friday), to set up your test date and time. Remote testing also remains available. For more information click here.

Mental health support for employees

ACC continues to offer employees a variety of support services including mental health services through Deer Oaks EAP. Free webinars are available now that share advice and tips for ongoing pandemic support. The first webinar on how to cope with anxiety during difficult times is available here. To view all webinars, click here. A complete pandemic support fact sheet also is available here

Highland ACCelerator open by appointment

The ACC Highland ACCelerator is now open by appointment to provide students with on-campus study space and access to technology. All students must 1) have a current ACC student photo ID card, 2) be enrolled for the current semester 3) have appropriate facial covering, 4) secure a study pod appointment confirmation, and 5) pass the health screening BEFORE entering the campus. To make a reservation click here

Apply now for CRRSA Act Student Aid

Applications are now open for the second round of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act Student Aid. CRRSA is a new federal financial support for students impacted financially by COVID-19. The funds can provide tuition support and more for currently enrolled eligible ACC students. To apply, visit austincc.edu/crrrsa. For help navigating a financial emergency, contact sef@austincc.edu.

Virtual student support services

A full menu of student support services remains available to all students virtually. See Student Resources for more information. Students who indicate a need for a computing device through the Student Technology Services website are eligible to check out an ACC iPad. See Tech Distribution. In addition, the college provides free, secure drive-up WiFi to students and employees at all campus locations. WiFi may be accessed from the parking lots seven days a week, 7 am to 11 pm. In addition, ACC Libraries remain available for virtual support and services.