Return to Campus Plan

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Last Updated: 7/13/20

RETURN TO CAMPUSES

The health and wellness of students and staff of Alamo Colleges District is our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution, the Alamo Colleges District has made changes to the way we provide instruction and operate in light of the growing concerns related to the coronavirus.

Fall 2020 COVID Response
Summer 2020 COVID Response

With safety as our top priority, we are implementing a slow and careful return to campuses for Fall 2020.

Classes are currently being taught remotely throughout Summer 2020. All physical facilities are closed to the public at this time and employees are working remotely.  

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Most classes will be held remotely with exceptions for CTE courses and some arts and sciences courses that may require face-to-face learning.

Please see the Return to Campus Plan Highlights below for more information and monitor the college websites in the coming week for college-specific information.

 

Return to Campus Plan Highlights

  • Student and employee safety are our top priority.

  • Face coverings will be worn by all on-campus and social distancing protocols will be followed.

  • Temperature checks will be required for all on campus in the Summer and Fall 2020.

  • No on-campus events will be held in Fall 2020.

  • All meetings/training will be virtual in Fall 2020.

  • Select colleges will support Metro Health COVID-19 testing on campus.

  • All other 3rd party requests to use facilities, including training centers must be approved by the College President.
  • Fall 2020 classes/work will be remote (except for designated CTE and select Arts and Sciences courses, up to 10% of capacity).
  • All travel is canceled for Fall 2020.
  • Student Services at each college will maintain a one-stop, one-office, student support location (by appointment only) for essential on-site student success services in Fall 2020

  • Operations will return to Level 5 “Stay Home, Work Safe” activities on 11/26/2020 and remain at that level after Thanksgiving through the end of the Fall 2020 term.

  • A process and plan will be in place to respond to any persons on-site who are or become ill with COVID-19.
View the Return to Campus Plan View the Return to Campus Levels Chart

 

Face Covering and Face Mask Procedure

Mask Procedure

The CDC recommends the use of cloth face coverings (“masks”) in public and at institutions of higher education, in particular, to slow the spread of the virus and help persons who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

View the Use of Face Coverings/Social Distancing at College District Sites Procedure

Health Check Information

Health Check

  • Everyone will be screened and have their temperature taken upon entry.

  • Everyone is asked to please perform a self-assessment before leaving to visit ACD facilities. 

    If you are have experienced any of the following symptoms or situations, please remain at home and contact your supervisor if you are expected on campus:

    • New or worsening cough       
    • New or worsening shortness of breath   
    • Chills  
    • Repeated shaking with chills 
    • Muscle pain        
    • Headache            
    • Sore throat         
    • Loss of taste or smell      
    • Diarrhea             
    • Known contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    • Traveled outside of the U.S. in the last 14 days

Communication & Resources

Community Resources

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish.

City of San Antonio COVID-19 Fact Sheet
(English) (Spanish)

City of San Antonio Reduce Your Risk
(English) (Spanish)

City of San Antonio COVID-19 Poster
(English) (Spanish)

Texas Department of State Health Services information on COVID-19
(English) (Spanish)

CDC information on COVID-19 in the United States
(English) (Spanish

CDC information on COVID-19 in Children (English)

Communication to Alamo Colleges Family

Employee updates are located on the Employee Resources page.

General Information

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, cases have been identified in multiple other countries including the US.

COVID-19 causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are many viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. Many are among people all of the time and cause mild to moderate illnesses, such as the common cold.

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern and the situation continues to evolve. The CDC is closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

What are the symptoms?
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe illness

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

What can I do?

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay home if you are caring for a family member with symptoms of flu or respiratory illness.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What is the Alamo Colleges District doing about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The Alamo Colleges District is continuously monitoring and following recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and PreventionMetropolitan Health District and other official sources.

We are in regular communication with the city’s Metropolitan Health District who, in turn, receives regular updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any local response to COVID-19 will be coordinated through Metro Health, the public health authority designated for our community.

  • Providing timely updates to campuses via email communication and the Alamo Colleges District website.
  • Continuously monitoring and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Metropolitan Health District and other official sources.
  • Adapting emergency response plans in preparation.
  • Forming a cross-district taskforce of health professionals, communicators and other key stakeholders who are in regular communication as the situation evolves.
  • Moving meetings online, when possible.
  • Suspending large event gatherings until further notice.
  • Limiting business travel outside of San Antonio until further notice.
  • Limiting out-of-area visitors until further notice.

If someone self-reports an exposure to COVID-19, please advise them to remain at their current location and contact the Alamo Colleges Police Department at 210-485-0099 (non-emergency).

For questions, please contact the Alamo Colleges via email at coronavirus@alamo.edu

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and report any updates to the ACD community.