Return to Campus Plan

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Last Updated: 5/6/21

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 2021 COVID Response
With safety as our top priority, we are implementing a slow and careful return to campuses for Fall 2021. For Fall 2021, up to 75% of instruction will be face-to-face (F2F). Students will be notified of the instructional method for the course at the time of registration.

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

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Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan Highlights

  • Up to 75% of instruction will be face-to-face. Students will be notified of the modality for the course at the time of registration.

  • Student support services at each of the Alamo Colleges will be offered both on-site and remotely during Fall 2021.

  • Face coverings will be worn by everyone on campus and district facilities and social distancing protocols will be followed. View the mask procedure.

  • All personal protective equipment (PPE) needed on-site will be provided.

  • Necessary technology needs to continue to learn and work remotely will be met.

  • Health screening and temperature checks will be required for all persons on campus in Fall 2021.

  • Onsite Events (ACD & 3rd Party Events) will be limited starting 10/1/2021 and must be approved by Incident Command.

  • Employees may travel if attending in the capacity of an official of a national Higher Education Organization, or if required for accreditation or student success. All travel will require President/Vice Chancellor approval and available funds. Travel for students will remain canceled.
  • On-site meetings and training will be allowed as long as employees follow all safety protocols, such as wearing masks and social distancing. Onsite meetings must not exceed 90 minutes indoors and cannot exceed more than 75% room occupancy.

  • All third-party requests to use facilities, including training centers, must be approved by the college president and Incident Command.

  • Free on-site weekly COVID-19 screenings will be available to interested employees and students.

  • As on-site operations resume, College Risk Management may reassign working spaces for individuals on-site to ensure social distancing and required occupancy levels are followed.

  • An incident report process and incident response plan will be in place, together with a close contact identification process and disinfecting plan to deal with any persons on-site who are or become ill with COVID-19. Upon notification of exposure to COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test result, complete the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form immediately and do not access campus.

  • Occupancy is limited by plan level and ability to maintain social distancing.
View the Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan View the Return to Campus Levels Chart
Return to Learning Documents:
View Fall 2021 Return to Learning Guide (PDF)

 

Summer 2021 Return to Campus Plan Highlights

  • Up to 50% of instruction will be face-to-face (F2F). Students will be notified of the modality for the course at the time of registration. In-person, face-to-face contact between staff and students during this period is limited.
  • Essential DPS, IT, Facilities, Risk Management and other support personnel will continue to work on-site.

  • Student support services at each of the Alamo Colleges will be offered both on-site and remotely during Summer 2021.

  • Face coverings will be worn by everyone on campus or district facilities and social distancing protocols will be followed. View the mask procedure.

  • All personal protective equipment needed on-site will be provided, provided a source is available.

  • Necessary technology needs to continue to learn and work remotely will be met.

  • Health screening and temperature checks will be required for everyone on campus in Summer 2021.

  • Only drive-through events for Summer 2021 or other events approved by Incident Command will be held.
  • All travel is cancelled for Summer 2021.

  • Select colleges will support Metro Health COVID-19 testing on campus; all other third-party requests to use facilities, including training centers, must be approved by the college president and Incident Command.

  • As on-site operations resume, College Risk Management may reassign workspaces for individuals on-site to ensure social distancing and required occupancy levels are followed.

  • An incident report process and incident response plan will be in place, together with a close contact identification process and disinfecting plan to deal with any persons on-site who are or become ill with COVID-19. Upon notification of exposure to COVID-19 or a positive COVID-19 test result, complete the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form immediately and do not access campus.

  • Occupancy is limited by plan level and ability to maintain social distancing.
View the Summer 2021 Return to Campus Plan View the Return to Campus Levels Chart
Return to Learning Documents:
View Summer 2021 Return to Learning Guide (PDF)

Students First Planning Process

Our Pledge

The Alamo Colleges District has developed this to guide a successful limited return from remote learning.

Our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, while also continuing to support student success, performance excellence and employee engagement. This guide reflects the policies, procedures, COVID-19 Recovery Task Force recommendations and ACD COVID-19 Incident Command decisions to support our successful return from remote learning.

We continue to align our plans with local and state declarations and follow the health and safety guidelines of the City of San Antonio’s Metro Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Shared Responsibility:

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires responsible action by every member of the ACD family to follow the protocols outlined in this guide. All students, employees and visitors are expected to promote and abide by current policies, such as C.2.1.9 “Use of Face Coverings/Social Distancing at College District Sites”, as well as the protocols and guidelines outlined in this guide.

Student Pledge:

To support our value of “respect for all,” all Alamo Colleges students should make a pledge to each other to do their part to keep their fellow students, employees and community members safe.


As Alamo Colleges students, we pledge to:

Protect Ourselves
  • Stay safe
  • Monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 and report to a health care professional if I experience fever, new shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new chills or muscle aches, new cough, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell
  • Wash my hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
Protect Our Alamo Colleges Family
  • Wear a face covering on campus and around others
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing
  • Read and follow on-campus instructional signs and directions
  • Stay home if I feel ill or after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Keep my belongings, personal spaces and shared common spaces clean
  • Follow all public health requests and guidance to preserve the wellness of the community

Academic Experience

Mask Procedure
Summer 2021 Semester Plan:

We will remain at Level 5 through the end of the Spring semester.

  • Status of On-Site Instruction:

    Up to 50% of instruction will be face-to-face (F2F). Students will be notified of modality for the course at the time of registration. In-person, face-to-face contact between staff and students during this period is limited.

    We will phase up to 25% capacity on May 31, and phase up to 50% on July 7.

 

Fall 2021 Semester Plan::

We will phase up to Level 1 at the start of the Fall semester.

  • Status of On-Site Instruction:

    Up to 75% of instruction will be face-to-face (F2F). Students will be notified of modality for the course at the time of registration. We will phase up to 75% capacity starting on Aug. 16.

 

View the Return to Campus Plan Levels Chart (PDF)

View Spring 2021 Return to Learning Guide (PDF)

Face Covering and Face Mask Procedure / Health Check Information

Health Check

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

  • 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

How to Apply and Remove Your Mask
HOW TO APPLY AND REMOVE YOUR MASK
Face coverings and masks are meant to help prevent harmful air particles from entering the mouth and nose. Incorrect use of face coverings increases the risk of community spread.  The Alamo Colleges District requires all students, staff and faculty to wear a face covering and mask while on campus to ensure the safest possible environment.

How to Apply Masks

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Wash your hands before wearing your mask.

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Secure the strings around your ears.

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Fix the mask to fit the shape of your nose.

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Stretch the mask over your chin.

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Do not touch the mask while using it.

How to Remove Masks

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Wash your hands before removing your mask.

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Do not touch the mask while using it.

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Remove the mask from behind by holding the strings with your hands.

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Put the mask in the trash without touching the front.

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Wash your hands after removing your mask.

Vaccination Sites

Person receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine

St. Philip’s College, the 123-year-old Pride of the East Side, has been selected as the newest site for University Health to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to the East Side community and the community at large.

The operation will be fully staffed by University Health and the location will closely mirror how the Wonderland Mall of the Americas location is currently being operated.

Get Info & Schedule an Appointment

 

COVID-19 Screening Available at All Alamo Colleges

As we implement our return to campus plans and more individuals are working and learning on our colleges, we want to implement safety and mitigation practices to keep our faculty, staff and students as safe as possible. COVID-19 screenings provides early alerts of infections, and weekly screening allows us to monitor the infection rate for each of our colleges and take necessary measures if the rates fluctuate.

Alamo Colleges is partnering with Community Labs to offer free asymptomatic COVID-19 screenings for employees at each of the colleges and the DSO.

Here’s what else you need to know :

  • Screenings are for individuals without symptoms. If you have any symptoms that could be COVID-19, please do not go to be tested.

  • The screening is a painless, self-administered nose swab that only takes about a minute.

  • You’re encouraged to make an appointment to save you time, but walk-ins are accepted at all locations during operating hours.

  • You will need to set up an account on the same website if you choose to schedule an appointment.

  • You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment, which you are encouraged to bring with you, along with an ID.

  • When you arrive for your appointment, you also need to provide your date of birth and/or the phone number you used at sign up to check in at the location.
  • You can log in to your account anytime to view your appointment, reschedule or cancel and to see your test results.

  • Once you schedule an appointment, you are locked in for that appointment time every week and encouraged to test weekly.

  • Your result will be available in 24 hours.

  • You should receive an email notifying you when you can see your result.

  • See your result by logging in to your account.
See Hours And Schedule An Appointment View Video About The Process

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)

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).

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