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ACC Update: March 7, 2023
ACC is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Our campus goal is to limit the disruption to instruction and our classroom learning environment. We continue to monitor and receive guidance from the CDC, CDPHE, CCCS, and local public health officials. At this time, we will continue to operate under regular, approved in-person classes and services. We will keep you apprised of any changes that may occur.
If you have a concern or question, please reach out to our ACC Health Response Team.
COVID-19 can affect anyone, and the virus symptoms range from mild to very severe. Certain settings and activities can make you more likely to get infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC recommends that you understand your risk.
ACC will remain mask optional. We are a welcoming environment and support students and staff who choose to wear a mask knowing that they may be protecting themselves, friends, and/or family members who may be at risk if they come in contact with COVID-19. The CDC recommends wearing a mask for 10 days if you are exposed to COVID-19. If you are exhibiting symptoms such as runny nose or coughing due to a cold or allergies, it is a courtesy to students and staff to wear a mask.
Vaccination is strongly encouraged but it is not required. Find a vaccination location near you.
All students, faculty, and staff are responsible for monitoring their health before coming to campus. Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing any COVID-19-related symptoms that are not the result of a medical / chronic cause that has previously been diagnosed, you must stay home and not come to campus. All students and employees are required to report a COVID-19 Positive Test. This is a State Public Health Order required of all schools. (updated August 12, 2022)
Free testing is available through Adams County Health Department, Arapahoe County Health Department, Douglas County Health Department.
Faculty and instructors will work with students on classwork and assignments. Paid leave is still available to employees for COVID-19.
On August 4, President Biden declared mpox a public health emergency. By most accounts, mpox is passed through prolonged, direct, skin-to-skin contact. You can help to reduce the likelihood of transmission by following many of the same practices used to stay safe as you have done for COVID-19. This includes:
- Staying home when you are sick or experiencing any symptoms;
- Washing hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after using the bathroom and before eating;
- Avoiding touching your face; and
- Continuing to practice alternatives to handshaking or hugging when greeting others.
Should you be exposed to or experience symptoms of mpox, students use the reporting form, employees contact Human Resources for assistance in managing any necessary leave or alternative class and work arrangements. CDPHE has an up-to-date list of locations / health care providers that are able to test for MPV for those who are uninsured or not connected to a health care provider.
Vaccination is extremely limited for MPV. To see if you qualify, apply at the CDPHE website.
You can learn more about mpox on the CDC and CPDHE websites.
Faculty and instructors will work with students on classwork and assignments. Employees must use sick leave for mpox (MPV).
Campus Plan and Protocols
The CDC recommends institutions of higher education use a layered strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 / MPV. Key prevention strategies include:
- Promoting vaccination
- Consistent and correct use of masks (ACC is mask optional)
- Physical distancing when possible
- Frequent use of hand washing / hand sanitizer and coughing / sneezing into your sleeve or tissue
- Isolation and quarantine practices
- Testing for COVID-19 / MPV
- Maintaining healthy environments (cleaning and ventilation) and healthy operations (communications and policies)
If you are not feeling well, do not come to campus.
CCCS presidents and executive staff, and ACC key personnel continue to talk regularly to review current status and discuss plans in light of new information and/or directives from the Governor and appropriate health organizations.
Mask Requirements - Mask Optional
The CDC reports that the use of masks, even for fully vaccinated people (fully vaccinated is up to date) helps slow the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Masks are designed to contain respiratory droplets and particles. They also provide some protection from particles expelled by others. In consideration of CDC recommendations, we strongly believe that masking is a strategy in our layered approach to preserve the integrity of in-person instructional delivery and services for our students.
ACC provides disposable masks to students, employees and visitors on all campuses. ACC is now mask optional. You should continue to carry a mask with you should you be requested to wear a mask in certain settings. If you are experiencing symptoms such as runny nose or coughing, as a courtesy to students and staff, wear a mask. If you need a mask while on campus, one will be provided to you at our Welcome Desks.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ACC Health Response Team.
Disability Mask Accommodations
Masks are optional in all indoor spaces at all ACC campuses. You should continue to carry a mask with you as you may be requested to wear a mask in certain situations.
Any student wishing to request a disability-related accommodation in connection with the ACC Mask Policy should contact Brian Grewe in Disability Access Services by phone at 303.797.5610 or by email brian [dot] grewe [at] arapahoe [dot] edu.
If a student has a personal health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask / facial covering in alignment with public health orders and no other form of personal protective covering or equipment is suitable based on their disability or health condition, the student will need to contact Disability Access Services (DAS) to discuss the process of providing medical documentation or discussing the inability to wear a mask.
The student will be asked to provide DAS with documentation written by a licensed professional about their disability that:
- Verifies that the individual meets the ADA definition of disability (i.e., has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities),
- Explains the reasons why a mask exemption is needed,
- Shows the relationship between the individual's disability and the need for the requested mask accommodation.
The documentation will be reviewed by the DAS Director and the Dean of Students. If this accommodation is granted, then DAS will then provide the student with a full-face shield that must be worn while on any of the ACC Campuses. Wearing the face shield is not optional. The student will also receive a mask exemption card. Students may be asked if they have received permission to not wear a mask before entering a college mask-required location.
Mask-related accommodations available to students taking ACC Concurrent Enrollment classes on a high school campus may be subject to different guidelines as a result of differences in health, safety, and education requirements for high schools.
Other Examples of reasonable accommodations for students with a mask accommodation
Remote / Virtual Options
- Allow the student to take courses that are offered online.
- Offer Student Services appointments by telephone or video call for a student. This includes Advising, DAS, Financial Aid, ACC tutoring, and a number of other services and supports.
- Inform the student of online tutoring such as TutorMe.
2-1-1 Colorado is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people across the State of Colorado to vital resources in their local community. 2-1-1 serves as one central location where people can access over 7,500 health and human service resources. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org.
2-1-1 provides navigation services to resources such as:
- Housing, including shelters and transitional services
- Rent and utility assistance
- Applying for SNAP benefits by phone
- Food / meals
- Clothing / personal / household needs
- Mental health and substance use disorders
- Medical clinics
- Dental clinic
- Other government/economic services
2-1-1 will work in conjunction with The Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public (CO HELP), a toll-free hotline for the latest public health information. If Coloradans are looking for general information about COVID-19, such as the number of cases in Colorado, the list of symptoms, or how you can protect yourself, they can call CO HELP by dialing 303.389.1687 or 1-877.462.2911.
2-1-1 Resource Navigators are available to help by phone, Monday through Friday from 8am - 5pm and have access to a language translation service to accommodate over 170 languages. Coloradans can also reach 2-1-1 toll-free by dialing 866-760-6489.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs - Emergency Rental Assistance
If you or your tenants have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you may be eligible for rental assistance from the state.
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At ACC, we take the health of our community seriously. This is especially relevant in times of fear and anxiety around a new illness. ACC will not tolerate stigmatization, discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups.
If you feel that you or others have been the target of discrimination or harassment, please report it to the ACC via Refer a Concern.