Due to the recent spread of COVID-19 in Central Texas, Austin Community College (ACC) announces temporary changes to scale back the number of individuals on all campuses and increase safety protocols.
“While the Omicron variant is less severe, it is spreading quickly and impacting friends and family. We are eager to get back on campus but the health and safety of our students, staff, and community remain our priority,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC Chancellor. “If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our Riverbat community is strong, resilient, and capable of overcoming any challenge that comes our way.”
The college continues to work closely with local and state health and public safety agencies, as well as local government, schools, and universities to track the evolving situation.
RETURN TO ON-CAMPUS PLANS
The college will scale back the number of people on campus when the spring semester begins. All on-campus courses that can be moved online will be for the first two weeks of the semester. Courses that require in-person instruction, including labs, will be held on campus as scheduled. Dual Credit and Early College High School sections will remain in-person. Student support services will remain available in both virtual and in-person formats.
Enrollment remains open. Spring classes begin Tuesday, January 18. For information, visit austincc.edu/spring. Staff are available to provide 1-on-1 support through the process from application to enrollment.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Campuses will remain open to faculty, staff, and students with additional protocols. Beginning Monday, January 10, ACC will reinstitute health screenings at the door. Anyone coming to campus will be required to fill out the health screening app and go through a health screening at the entrance to the campus. The ACC Board of Trustees mandated face mask requirement remains in place for anyone on campus for over the age of two.
ACC does not require students, employees, or visitors on campus to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but does encourage everyone to be vaccinated if they’re eligible. COVID-19 vaccination clinics will resume on campuses starting January 18. All appointments at ACC vaccination clinics are walk-up and available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise noted. To view the schedule and/or make an appointment, visit austincc.edu/vaccinations.
ACC continues to closely monitor the regional COVID-19 impacts, including the Omicron variant surge across the district. Updates and more details are posted on the college’s COVID-19 informational website at austincc.edu/coronavirus.