Your safety matters. Austin Community College District’s health and safety protocols follow guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of Health Services, and local health departments.
The college supports the use of face masks on campus and encourages social distancing to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and better ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, especially those who are most at-risk.
View Austin Community College District's COVID-19 Return to Campus Health & Safety Protocols.
· 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.
Definition of Exposure: You have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of the individual for a total of 15 minutes or more, over a 24-hour period.
· Upon receipt of the self-reporting form, the individual will receive further instructions from the college’s contact tracing team.
· As always, call 911 for emergency situations.
· The college initiates contact tracing for on-campus COVID-19 incidents to determine exposures.
· Under no circumstances should you disclose the identity of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19; this is a violation of their confidentiality.
· When an individual shares with you that they are positive for COVID-19, urge them to go home or stay home, seek medical care if needed, follow their healthcare provider’s instructions, and complete ACC’s self-reporting form.
· If an individual is unable or unwilling to complete the self-reporting form, contact Dr. Michael Garcia, ACC’s executive director of Regulatory Affairs, at email@example.com.
Employee Leave and Additional Resources
· Employees who are working remotely can continue to work remotely when approved, as long as they are able to perform the essential functions of their job.
· If essential and core work functions must be performed on campus and the employee is not able to return to work due to a COVID-19 related reason (contact or exposure) or illness, the employee will not be able to continue to work remotely. The employee should use their accrued leave (sick, vacation, or personal) for their absence.
· When an employee is not able to return to work for any reason related to COVID-19, the employee should use their accrued leave (sick, vacation, or personal) for their absence.
· In any situation, an employee who is out sick for 3 or more days must submit a physician’s note to return to work to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to returning from leave.
ACC follows cleaning and disinfecting guidance from the CDC and WHO and supplemented with Ecolab expertise for commercial facilities and office buildings. All disinfectants used at ACC are approved by the EPA for use against the Novel Coronavirus. Specific cleaning and disinfecting protocols at ACC include, but are not limited to, the following:
On-Campus testing locations and schedules for spring 2022 are available here.