Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Reviewed & Updated: 8/5/2020

Austin Community College continues to monitor recent developments of coronavirus (COVID-19) and respond as needed to ensure the health and safety of our community. The latest updates, announcements, and frequently asked questions will be posted here as decisions are made.

COVID 19: ACC's Promise

"We are applying lessons learned this spring to become more effective and better prepared. The transition back will be gradual. It will be a team effort that requires our continued flexibility, ingenuity, and commitment to student success." — Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC President/CEO

Updates & Announcements

HEALTH SCREENING APP
ACC's new health screening app is now available. The app allows you to self-screen for COVID-19 before coming to campus. Get the app here

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS
All who come to ACC campuses and centers are required to follow new health and safety protocols to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and better ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. Requirements include wearing your ACC ID badge, facial coverings/masks, social distancing, and health screenings. Please view the complete list of health and safety protocols before coming to campus.

TRAINING VIDEO
ACC's Health & Safety Protocols Training video is available here. It is recommended that you view the video before coming to campus.

CAMPUS HOURS OF OPERATION
ACC campuses remain closed to the public. Non-essential faculty and staff are encouraged to stay home and work remotely through the summer. Campuses and centers are open only to students attending in-person classes and essential faculty and staff. See the latest campus hours of operation for additional information.

RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN
All teaching, learning, and working that can be done remotely will continue in a virtual environment. ACC will slowly scale-up hybrid learning options to courses that require some face-to-face instruction. The focus will be in health sciences and applied technologies. ACC's most up-to-date Return to Campus plan and timeline are available here

FALL SEMESTER
Most classes will remain online and most employees will continue to work remotely, but ACC will slowly expand in-person opportunities for Health Sciences and Applied Technologies courses. The college will gradually scale-up hybrid learning options for other programs that require some face-to-face components as the situation allows. Visit the Return to Campus Timeline for more information.

VIRTUAL STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
A full menu of student support services is provided online. See Student Resources for more information. Students who submit the Student Technology Access Form and indicate they need help accessing their online learning environment are eligible to check out an ACC iPad. See Tech Distribution.

DRIVE-UP WIFI
In response to COVID-19-related campus closures, Austin Community College now 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.

CARES ACT STUDENT AID
Applications for CARES Act Student Aid for students enrolled in fall courses will open Friday, August 21. Funded by the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, ACC's CARES Act Student Aid is available to eligible students to help pay expenses related to COVID-19. To apply, click here.

Help Prevent Illness

You can help prevent the spread of illness and reduce the impact on our community by taking common precautions:

  • Practice social distancing by avoiding crowded areas and keeping 6 feet of distance from others. Groups of no more than 10 people.
  • Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wear a facial covering/mask in public.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if exhibiting respiratory symptoms such as a cough, difficulty breathing, or fever until you are fever-free for 72 hours (3 days) without the aid of medication. Contact your healthcare provider and notify your instructor or supervisor.

Visit How to Protect Yourself for more tips from the CDC.