Return to Campus Plan

The health and wellness of students, faculty, and staff of Alamo Colleges District is our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution, Palo Alto College and all of the Alamo Colleges have made changes to the way we provide instruction and operate in light of the evolving concerns related to the coronavirus.

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


Plan Highlights for Fall 2020

  • Face coverings will be worn while on the campus grounds and social and physical distancing protocols will be followed.

  • Health screening and temperature checks will be required to come on to campus beginning in July.

  • Classes and operations will remain in remote status except for designated PTE and select Arts and Sciences courses, up to 10% of capacity.

  • Beginning Monday, Aug. 24 with the start of the Fall semester, students will be permitted to visit campus if they are enrolled in an in-person course or if they made an appointment with student services. More information about on-campus student services will be available soon.
  • No on-campus events will be held.

  • All meetings/training will be virtual.

  • All travel is canceled.

  • Operations will return to 100% remote teaching, learning, and working on Nov. 26, 2020 and remain at that level after Thanksgiving through the end of the Fall 2020 term.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are classes going to be held on campus?

Most classes will be conducted remotely during the fall 2020 semester. Up to 10% of courses that require hands-on learning will be offered through face-to-face or hybrid models of instruction. 

Can I come to the College any time?

No. Beginning Monday, Aug. 24 with the start of the Fall semester, students will be permitted to visit campus only if they are enrolled in an in-person course or if they made an appointment with student services.

If you or someone in your household is sick, please stay home.

What is the process for coming to campus?

Health screenings, including temperature checks, are required before entering any building on campus.

All health screenings are conducted in the Ozuna Library and Learning Center lobby, with operating hours of 8-10 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Please arrive to campus early to allow time for your required health screening.

If you or someone in your household is sick, please stay home.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. Masks are required, as defined by San Antonio Metro Health:

All people over the age of 5 years old should wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth. Coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. Residents must continue social distancing while outside their home.

Please note that face coverings are a complementary strategy to other mitigation efforts. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick.

Will there be dining services on campus?

No. The cafeteria and café will be closed throughout the Fall 2020 semester, and vending machines will be disabled.

How can I contact the College?
Palo Alto College hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Palo Alto College Welcome Center
Phone: 210-486-3100
Also open on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., plus every Saturday in August.

Or, sign in to the Virtual Welcome Center (powered by Zoom) to speak to one of our Enrollment Coaches during the following hours: 

Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–noon and 2–7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–noon and 2–5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Visit the Virtual Welcome Center


Palo Alto College IT Helpdesk
Phone: 210-486-3777 (select option 1)

Alamo Colleges District Student Hotline
Local 21ALAMO (210-212-5266)
Toll Free 1-844-20ALAMO (1-844-202-5266)

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Join us for one of our Return to Campus info sessions!

If you are registered for Fall, join one of our Return to Campus Information Sessions to learn about our slow and careful plan to resume on-campus operations. We will provide an overview of the plan and the requirements for coming to campus, including face coverings and health screenings. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Wednesday, August 19
4–5 p.m.
Register

Friday, August 21
2–3 p.m.
Register

Tuesday, August 25
3–4 p.m.
Register

Wednesday, August 26
9–10 a.m.
Register

 


For complete information about the Alamo Colleges’ Return to Campus plan, please visit alamo.edu/coronavirus.

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