Return to Campus Plan

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Last Updated: 9/24/21

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.

 

Posted Health and Safety Requirements

The Alamo Colleges District requires employees, students and visitors to comply with the following measures to protect public health and safety, in accordance with our public health and safety procedure. View procedure C.2.19 »

Weekly COVID-19 Screening (PCR Testing) – Locations, Hours & Info

Effective Sept. 1, 2021, all employees, students and vendor personnel who are scheduled to regularly work or attend classes at an Alamo Colleges District site that provides onsite COVID-19 screening are required to complete a COVID-19 Screening (PCR test) each week. This screening effort provides early identification and quarantine of infections. 

  • In order to avoid false positives, individuals who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days should not test. These individuals should report the reason for not completing a COVID-19 Screening Test to their campus Risk Coordinator.

  • All weekly COVID-19 screening (PCR testing) will be conducted onsite by Community Labs at each of the colleges, DSO and St. Philip's College - Southwest Campus. Screening (PCR testing) takes place during scheduled hours, or as arranged by campus administration for High School Programs students.
 
Information and Instructions
  • The screening is a painless, self-administered nose swab that only takes about a minute.

  • COVID-19 screening (PCR test) will be conducted on a walk-in basis during operating hours outlined below. No appointments are necessary, but pre-registration is recommended.

  • Your result will be available in 24 hours. You will receive an email and text notifying you when you can see your result.

Pre-Registration Instructions

  • Pre-register at alamo.edu/covid-screening.
    • Select "Site Type: School"
    • Select "Site Assigned", type "ACD" and select your home college.
    • Proceed with pre-registration and verification steps.

  • After pre-registering, you will receive a QR code via email and text. Please bring the QR code with you each time you come for a screening.

  • You only need to pre-register once. Save the QR code you receive and use the same one each time you get screened. 

  • Your QR code can be used at any Alamo Colleges District COVID-19 screening (PCR test) site.

View Video about the Process Pre-register for COVID-19 Screening (PCR Test)

 

COVID-19 Screening Hours of Operation & Locations

District Support Office
Boardroom Lobby
Monday: 8 a.m-noon
Tuesday: 8 a.m-noon
Thursday: 1:30-5 p.m.

Northeast Lakeview College
Performing Arts (NPAC)
Monday: 8 a.m.-noon
Tuesday: 3-7 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-noon

 

Northwest Vista College
Mountain Laurel Hall - Room 101B
Monday: 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 1:30 -7 p.m
Thursday: 8 a.m.-noon
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Palo Alto College
Student Center - Room 130
Monday: 8 a.m.-noon
Tuesday: 3-7 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-noon
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

St. Philip's College
Watson Fine Arts
Monday: 1:30-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-noon
Thursday: 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Southwest Campus - Building 1
Monday: 1:30-5:30p.m.
Tuesday: 3-7 p.m.
Thursday: 1:30-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m

San Antonio College
Moody Learning Center Lobby
Monday: 1:20-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-noon
Thursday: 1:30-7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Download the COVID-19 Screening Handout (PDF)

On-site health screening and temperature check
  • Health screenings, including temperature checks, are required upon arrival to any Alamo Colleges District location.

  • Once passing the screening, you will be supplied a wristband to wear and indicate you are approved to be on-site.
Self-Assessment

Everyone is asked to perform a self-assessment before visiting ACD facilities.

If you are have experienced any of the following symptoms or situations, please remain at home and contact your instructor or 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
COVID-19 Reporting Process
  • 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.
  • We will work with you to complete the incident report process, including the identification of close contacts and a disinfecting plan.

 

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan Highlights

For the Fall 2021 semester, our colleges and offices will continue to be open and the fall semester will begin on Monday, Aug. 23, as planned. However, there will be some changes in effect for the first two weeks of the semester while we continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 Delta variant surge, along with city, county, state, and CDC recommendations. 

  • Most courses took place remotely for the first two weeks of the semester (Aug. 23-Sept. 6). College operations continued at Level 2 staffing. Essential student support including college advising, Advocacy and Welcome Centers, as well as instructional support services including libraries and tutoring services.

  • We transitioned to Level 1 operations across the ACD on Tuesday, Sept. 7, with classes returning to on-site instruction and most staff working on-site in rotating schedules to reduce the number of people working together to minimize risk.

  • Effective Monday, Aug. 16, all employees, students, and vendors' employees who are scheduled to work regularly on site will be required to be screened for COVID-19 on a weekly basis. Screenings (via PCR Test) will be available several days each week at each of our colleges and DSO locations. Go to alamo.edu/COVID-screening to pre-register.

  • We are launching the Alamo Colleges District’s (ACD) Pledge to reflect our commitment to keeping our community safe and healthy. We encourage everyone to take the pledge today to keep our ACD family safe and healthy.

  • Student support services at each of the Alamo Colleges will be offered both on-site and remotely during Fall 2021.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged but not required for everyone on campus or district facilities and social distancing protocols will be followed. View the mask procedure.

  • 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 levels outlined in the Return to Campus Levels Chart.

  • Internal meetings will be conducted remotely when possible.

  • Campus activities and events (ACD and third-party events) must be approved by Incident Command

  • RAVE, the emergency communication tool used in weather events and other emergencies, will continue to be used to communicate important changes via email and text message.

Fall 2021 Plan and Guide

Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan

Fall 2021 Return to Learning Student Guide

 

The #AlamoTogether Pledge

Protect Ourselves and Our Alamo Colleges Family
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  • Wear face coverings when indoors

  • Practice physical distancing

  • Wash our hands frequently and use hand sanitizer

  • Participate in onsite weekly COVID-19 screenings

  • Get vaccinated to protect ourselves and others

  • Stay home if we’re feeling sick

 

Vaccine Information

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At the Alamo Colleges District, all students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

Get dates, times, locations, and information about the Student COVID-19 Vaccine Recognition Program.

 

Learn More

 

On-site and Remote Student Support

In order to provide greater access to support services and resources, the Alamo Colleges will offer both on-site and remote support through Fall 2021. For hours of operation, visit your college's webpage by clicking the link below.

Northeast Lakeview CollegeNorthwest Vista College Palo Alto College San Antonio CollegeSt. Philip's College

 

Students First Planning Process

Our Commitment

The Alamo Colleges District has developed this to guide a successful 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 (Procedure) Use of Face Coverings/Social Distancing at College District Sites, as well as the protocols and guidelines outlined in this guide.

Academic Experience

Mask Procedure
Fall 2021 Semester Plan:

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

  • Status of On-Site Instruction:

    • Most courses will take place remotely for the first two weeks of the semester (Aug. 23-Sept. 6). College operations will continue at Level 2 staffing. 

      Essential student support including college advising, Advocacy and Welcome Centers, as well as instructional support services including libraries and tutoring services.

 

View the Return to Campus Plan Levels Chart (PDF)

Face Covering and Face Mask Procedure

Health Check

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks are an additional step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. Students, employees and visitors at all Alamo Colleges District locations are strongly encouraged, but not required, to wear masks on campus and upon entry to any campus building and as recommended in public settings. 

View the Use of Face Coverings/Social Distancing at College District Sites Procedure

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 encourages students, staff and faculty to wear a face covering and mask while on campus to help protect others. This guidance is intended for those who choose to wear a mask.

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.

 

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)

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.