Return to Campus Timeline

Austin Community College's Return to Campus Plan is rooted in safety for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. ACC will gradually transition back to on-campus and in-person classes and activities in four phases. The college continues to monitor the pandemic. The timeline will evolve as circumstances demand and will follow local and state health recommendations, as well as the guidelines set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Note: There is much we don't understand about the COVID-19 pandemic. At any time, our plan may change.  

Planning Process

Several working groups are developing strategies on how best to safely return to work and the classroom. ACC also established the "Return to Campus" Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators, to develop recommended policies and protocols that guide the college's safe return to campus. 

Key Considerations 

ACC is committed to providing a quality education for students in a safe learning, teaching, and working environment for all. Plans for expanding operations and increasing the presence of faculty, staff, and students will be guided by the following criteria: 

  • The intentional effort by all faculty, staff & students to exercise personal and community responsibility in creating a culture that sustains a healthy and safe on-campus environment.
  • State and local government guidelines.
  • Public health status and recommendations from federal, state & local health authorities.
  • Guidelines set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
  • Resource availability such as personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Ability to sanitize/deep-clean spaces and equipment.
  • Testing and effective contact tracing methods.
  • Physical distancing strategies.
  • Alignment with our mission and student success priorities.
  • Financial feasibility.

PHASE 1: Spring & Summer 1 (March 23 - July 5)

ACC is all online with students, faculty, and staff learning, teaching, and working remotely. 

  • Campuses and centers closed to students and the public.
  • ACC employees work remotely and require vice president or dean approval to access campuses and centers.
  • Classes and support services transition to online and remain online.
  • Temporary campus hours of operation go into effect.
  • All on-campus activities and ACC travel suspended.
  • All campuses and centers require new health & safety protocols
  • Pass/No Pass grading options offered to students for spring and summer semesters.
  • Summer and fall course schedules updated to reflect that a majority of classes will remain online. 

PHASE 2: Summer Session 2 (July 6 - August 23)

Beginning July 6, in the second summer session, ACC will begin to phase-in a small number of in-person classes. A limited number of courses that can't be taught online such as technical hands-on programs (welding, automotive, nursing, etc.) will slowly return to campus with small class sizes and new protocols in place. All other courses will remain online and the majority of employees will be asked to continue to work remotely.

Note: Students, your current online classes will remain online. If classes are listed as online in the course schedule for summer or fall, they will remain online for the duration of the semester.

  • New on-campus health & safety protocols go into effect and are required for all accessing ACC facilities.
  • Campuses and centers reopen to students attending in-person classes and essential faculty and staff. 
  • ACC employees who can work remotely will continue to work remotely. Supervisors will notify employees who should return to campus.
  • A small number of in-person classes begin with new protocols for the classroom.
  • All other classes will remain online. Classes listed as online in the course schedule will remain online throughout the semester.
  • All student services remain accessible online.
  • Pass/No Pass grading options offered to students for summer semesters.
  • All ACC travel remains suspended.
  • No on-campus events at this time. Live performances will be virtual.

PHASE 3: Fall Semester (August 24 - December 13)

If the pandemic permits, ACC will slowly scale-up in-person classes and support services, remaining focused on courses that require some component of face-to-face instruction such as technical hands-on programs (welding, automotive, nursing, etc.). In-person classes will require new protocols. All other courses will remain online and the majority of employees will be asked to continue to work remotely.

Note: Students, classes listed as online in the course schedule for fall will remain online for the duration of the semester.

  • On-campus health & safety protocols will continue to be required.
  • Campuses and centers will open to students with in-person classes or appointments. 
  • Employees who can work remotely are asked to continue working remotely. Supervisors will contact employees who are needed on campus.
  • In addition to upper-level in-person classes offered in summer, entry-level classes that require face-to-face instruction, such as Applied Technology and Health Sciences, will slowly return to campus.
  • Classroom protocols required for all in-person classes.
  • All other classes will remain online. Classes listed as online in the course schedule will remain online throughout the semester.
  • No live performances at this time. Virtual only.
  • ACC travel remains suspended unless approved by a vice president or dean.

PHASE 4: Spring 2021 (January 4 - May 16)

  • On-campus health & safety protocols will continue to be required.
  • The specific details regarding the expansion of in-person instruction, in-person student services, and on-campus work and activities are yet to be determined for this period of time.