Good Morning and Happy Friday, Everyone,
Whew! What a week it’s been! I hope this note finds you and your family doing well.
As you are aware, we are under both a Governor’s Stay at Home Order and a Tri-County Health Stay at Home Order, which encompasses Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. While the Governor’s order is in effect until April 11, the Tri-County Health order goes to April 17 and so ACC will follow the April 17 date since all of our campuses are located in Arapahoe or Douglas County. I certainly will let you know if either of these orders changes, and what that might mean for ACC.
Update: Tri-County Health Department, along with the Health Departments for Jefferson and Boulder Counties, have rescinded their orders in favor of the Governor’s statewide order to be more consistent across the state. ACC is comply with this and keep positive thoughts that the end date for Stay at Home will be April 11th instead of April 17th.
As of today, ACC’s plans include the following:
- All ACC employees are working remotely from home. Our buildings remain locked, and only a very few Essential Personnel employees are allowed on campus to handle mail, process payroll and other necessary fiscal tasks that cannot be done remotely, and check on the physical status of our buildings (water leaks, power outages, unsecure doors, etc.).
- All ACC courses, including academic transfer and CTE, will be delivered remotely or online beginning Monday, March 30th.
- All ACC services for students and employees will continue to be delivered remotely.
Some of you have asked if we will have another all-college virtual meeting, and the answer is yes. We will be sure to avoid using the same time on WebEx as other large state entities – this is what contributed to many of the issues we experienced during the all-instruction town hall meeting last Tuesday. The VPs and I recognize that with students back with us and the start of all our courses next week through remote delivery, faculty and students will need a little time to get settled. Therefore, it makes sense for us to wait until the week of April 6 to have an all-college virtual meeting. Also, I’m sure by then we will know much more about the progress of COVID-19.
I want to give you all a big honkin’ THANK YOU, again for remaining flexible during this unprecedented pandemic. It’s important for all of us to do our part to curtail the growth and spread of the virus. I understand first hand that the changing nature of the situation is very challenging. I have every confidence in you, the terrific employees of ACC, that you all will continue to rise to the occasion to provide our students with the best education, programs, and services to help them be successful. And I know we will take care of each other in the process.
Hey ACC – You got this!
Peace and be well,
P.S. If you have a moment today, please consider sending a quick note of joy to Rebecca Woulfe, Lisa Matye-Edwards, Belinda Aaron, Carol Patterson, Angela Johnson, and/or Jeff Nesheim. These folks truly have been working around the clock for the past couple weeks to ensure a smooth continuation of our semester under unthinkable circumstances. And they have expertly handled everything I’ve thrown their way – and it’s been a whole lot of stuff! Thanks!