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COVID-19 Update March 18

Email communication sent to all ACC employees from ACC President Diana M. Doyle, PhD on March 18, 2020

Good Afternoon, Everyone,

To quote many folk singers, “The times they are a-changing!”  As we continue to navigate this unprecedented global COVID-19 existence, flexibility and tenacity continue to be key for moving forward with our goals of providing our students with the highest quality of education and our commitment to the wellbeing of our employees and students.

Thank you, all, for the dedication and resourcefulness you have shown these past couple of weeks.  I am aware that faculty and staff have been diligent in their plans for keeping our spring semester viable for all.

Thankfully, as of today, ACC has no presumptive positive cases on any of our campuses.  That being said, I understand that many of you have elected to work remotely from home to do your part helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at ACC.  In order to take further steps to ensure the wellbeing of our employees and students, the following will be in effect for the remainder of this week (March 19-21) and through next week (March 22-29):

  • Thursday, March 19: 
    • All employees not designated as “critical to operations” will work from home March 19 through March 29.  Please be sure to have your remote work plans in place with your supervisor.  There will be a couple of exceptions to this, and those individuals will be contacted by their supervisor.  
    • All “critical to operations” employees (except faculty who are still on spring break this week), will work until noon.  After noon they too will work from home as the college will be closed to continue the deep cleaning through Friday, March 20.  
    • Beginning this day, all ACC buildings exterior doors will remain locked and access given only to employees.  This will continue through March 29.  For the Main building and Annex on the Littleton campus, this will be the main North door facing parking lot A.  An ACC Police Officer will be stationed at the door to let in employees.
  • Friday, March 20:
    •  All ACC campuses will be closed to continue and complete deep cleaning.
  • Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22:
    • All ACC campuses will be closed.
  • Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27:
    • All non-faculty employees not designated as “critical to operations” will work from home.
    • Faculty whose classes that have been converted to online format may work from home unless otherwise directed by the VPI or their Dean.  Faculty new to teaching online who are in need of assistance and training should come to the Littleton campus for onsite training.  More information on these dates/times will be sent to faculty in a separate communique from Instruction.
    • CTE faculty whose programs are not as conducive to online instruction should come to their respected campus to work with their Program Director, fellow faculty and/or Dean to finalize plans for ensuring that these students are able to complete their course competencies.  More information on this will be sent to faculty in a separate communique from Instruction.
    • The college will remain closed to the public and exterior doors will be locked.  Only employees will be permitted entrance.  
    • On Tuesday, March 24, VPI Rebecca Woulfe and I will conduct an all-instruction virtual WebEx meeting at 9:00am.  More information and instructions for call-in will be forthcoming.

While these are our plans for the remainder of this week and through next week, please remember that circumstances change daily or even more frequently.  I will do my best to keep everyone informed of any changes in a timely manner, primarily through email.  Supervisors, once you receive these email updates, please be sure to follow up with employees who do not have home email access.  

The CCCS presidents and executive staff, and ACC key personnel and I continue to talk daily to review current status and discuss plans for moving forward in light of new information and/or directives from the Governor and appropriate health organizations.  As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold next week, I will communicate college plans for after March 29.  At minimum all classes that are able will be taught through remote delivery, and CTE programs will have plans in place for teaching program competencies, so that our students may continue with their studies.

In the meantime, please know how grateful I am for all your diligent work and commitment to fellow employees and students.  You truly are rock stars!  Oh yeah, and please go wash your hands!

Diana M. Doyle, Ph.D.
5900 S. Santa Fe Dr. / PO Box 9002 / Littleton, CO 80160
303.797.5701 (phone) / 303.797.5200 (fax)
diana [dot] doyle [at] arapahoe [dot] edu