COVID-19 Coronavirus

Reviewed & Updated: March 23, 2020

President's Message to Students and Employees Regarding Covid-19

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Previous Communications

Reviewed & Updated: March 18, 2020

 

Coronavirus Communications

Alvin Community College continues to monitor recent developments of coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are currently no cases connected to ACC, we recognize the situation is escalating as anticipated. The college is evaluating the best steps to ensure the health and safety of our community with as little disruption as possible to the lives of students and employees. The latest updates and announcements will be posted here as decisions are made.

Updates & Announcements

At this time, ACC will reopen March 30. Physical Plant and Campus Police employees are expected to return as scheduled on March 23 to prepare the campus. Faculty are to continue to finalize preparations to transition to working, teaching, and learning online. On March 30 all campus services will resume normal business hours on Monday, March 30. Staff will limit service to no more than 10 students at one time.

  • Instruction is expected to resume March 30 in online formats through the spring semester.
  • All college events are canceled until April 3.
  • All ACC travel is canceled until further notice.
  • ACC Study Abroad programs are canceled through the summer.

 

Self-Report Illness/Travel

Travel — ACC is discouraging all international travel at this time. Official ACC travel is suspended until further notice. Students, faculty, or staff traveling to affected areas (Level 2 or 3 as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are required to report their visit to the college (see form below) and must self-quarantine for 14 days after they return.

Illness — Any ACC student or employee with symptoms or exposure to the COVID-19 virus should inform their professor(s) or supervisor and complete the college’s self-report form.

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.
  • Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth with 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 24 hours 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.

Reviewed & Updated: March 16, 2020

 

 

College Closure

The ACC campus will remain closed from March 16-22, 2020 in response to the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus. All classes (including Continuing Education) have been canceled during this time.

The Lab School will also be closed during this time.

ACC's summer 2020 Study Abroad to Ireland has been canceled and will be rescheduled in 2021.

On March 23rd, all instruction (including Dual Enrollment) will begin online delivery where possible until it is determined that face-to-face instruction can be resumed. 

All ACC locations, except Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) units and some Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) courses, will be impacted by the transition to online learning. TDCJ faculty will be contacted by the Dean of Professional, Technical, and Human Performance with further instructions during the week of March 16th regarding alternative instructional strategies.

Plans for credit and non-credit (CEWD) current and upcoming courses, external learning experience courses (clinical, internships, co-ops, and practicums), and specialized on-campus labs will be determined during the week of March 16th.  Further communication regarding these courses will be published in website announcements.

ACC staff members will continue to monitor developments of the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak and will provide updates to students and the community on our website and social media channels.

 

Preventive Measures

Alvin Community College (ACC) continues to monitor the evolving local and global health concerns involving COVID-19. Officials with the Brazoria County Health Department and ACC are participating in calls with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay informed on the ongoing outbreak. ACC has proactively developed a plan to prevent its potential spread among students and employees that includes regular communication updates, posting hand washing and protective hygiene signage, use of hand sanitizer stations, ongoing cleaning of facilities, and other actions to help prevent viruses from spreading.

  

Travel Restriction

To ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, the College has placed a restriction on college travel to all countries identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention with a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Warning related to COVID-19. Currently, this includes China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

ACC also discourages personal travel to these countries at this time. Students and employees are asked to examine personal travel plans, consider travel revisions, and take all precautions where necessary.

Anyone considering international travel at this time must be continuously aware of rapidly changing events and review the latest travel warnings:

Self-Report International Travel

Any ACC student or employee who has traveled to a CDC Level 2 or 3 country within the last 60 days, or anyone who plans future travel anywhere internationally, is required to self-report their travel to ACC through the completion and submission of the International Travel Registration Form

 

Self-Isolation

If an ACC employee or student has traveled to a country which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or 3 Travel Warning related to COVID-19, it is necessary to observe a 14-day self-isolation (from others) restriction prior to returning to the College. This decision is based upon CDC recommendations for travelers who are returning to the United States from China. During the quarantine, access to the ACC main campus and any off-site location is prohibited. More information on self-quarantine guidelines can be found here.

 

Future Travel

The College may need to make additional modifications to college-related travel if circumstances warrant.

 

Reporting Symptoms

If you are a student who is experiencing symptoms or has concerns about possible exposure, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Remain at home.
  2. Contact your healthcare provider.
  3. Complete the Self-Reporting Form and an ACC staff member will contact you within 24 hours to obtain further information and provide assistance. 

If you are an ACC employee who is experiencing symptoms or has concerns about possible exposure, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Remain at home.
  2. Contact your healthcare provider.
  3. Immediately contact and report your concerns to your direct supervisor. Do not complete the Self-Reporting Form.

 

Check the CDC Website for Updates and Guidelines

The CDC has issued prevention and treatment methods to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Details can be found at their website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html)

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

If you suspect there is a case of the coronavirus, call 979-864-2168 or after hours, 800-511-1632.

 

FAQ

No cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Alvin Community College.

ACC staff members are coordinating closely with local and state health and public safety agencies, as well as local government, schools, and universities to actively monitor the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and communicate facts, preventive measures, and possible impacts.

Yes. The ACC campus is currently closed through March 29. There will be no classes during this time. Classroom instruction is set to begin entirely online on March 30. All campus services are set to begin on the same date. The campus, however, will institute a 10-person minimum rule for the facilities that are open on campus. Some of the buildings on campus will remain closed on March 30 to concentrate cleaning to certain facilities.

Yes. Some ACC employees are currently receiving online training to conduct their courses online when classroom instruction begins on March 30.

Yes. All college events are canceled until further notice including but not limited to: baseball and softball seasons, choir and band concerts, Student Activities events and more.

Per directives from the Texas Governor, ACC has canceled all non-essential, college-related travel until further notice. At this time, the college is not restricting or banning personal travel. Students, faculty, and staff traveling to affected areas (Level 2 or 3 as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are required to report their visit to the college (see Self-Report Illness/Travel form) and self-quarantine for 14 days after they return.

Students, faculty, and staff traveling to affected areas (Level 2 or 3 as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are required to report their visit to the college (see Self-Report Illness/Travel above) and self-quarantine for 14 days after they return. Those who have been potentially exposed should be in immediate contact with local healthcare officials to receive appropriate guidance. Any ACC student or employee with symptoms or exposure to the COVID-19 virus also should inform their professor(s) or supervisor and complete the college’s self-report form.

Any student, faculty or staff member who is sick with fever should follow their standard healthcare measures by contacting their healthcare provider and notifying their professor(s) or supervisor. Those who display symptoms that could be COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider, notify their professor(s) or supervisor, and complete ACC’s self-report form (see Self-Report Illness/Travel above).

 

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.

Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Cover your mouth with 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 24 hours without the aid of medication. Contact your healthcare provider and notify your instructor or supervisor.

For the latest information about coronavirus, visit the dedicated CDC webpage.