Updated November 30, 2020
Updated Information from CAC President, Dr. Jackie Elliott regarding CAC closures related to COVID-19.
The College Campuses will remain closed
For faculty and staff, please see the Return to Campus Plan and Guidelines below:
Due to the extended length of time, the College has been closed and the approaching end of the fall semester, the Return to Campus Plan is currently being revised.
CAC Return to Campus Guidelines for the District
For students, please see the Student Return to Campus Guide below:
Student Return to Campus Guide
Central Arizona College has been closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). To protect the continued health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and community, the College campuses will remain closed to the public, students (excluding those cleared for hands on experiences), faculty (excluding those providing hands on experiences), and employees.
Based upon recommendations from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and in coordination with the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, the decision has been made to continue with plans to return to practice and competitions starting January 4, 2021. It is our desire to ensure CAC’s student athletes have a robust and safe athletics season, in as much, Return to Play plans and safety protocols have been developed by the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and can be viewed on the CAC COVID-19 Resource Page.
Residence Halls and Dining
CAC’s residence halls will open on January 3, 2021 for athletes and students enrolled in programs requiring hands on experiences only. Dining services will be limited and provided only for those students living in the residence halls. For more information, contact Rosemary Ramirez at Rosemary.Ramirez@centralaz.edu.
Students should plan for the majority of the classes for spring 2021 to be taught in a virtual or online format; however, skills assessments, labs and other hands on experiences will be held on campus following social distancing and other safety guidelines. If circumstances improve, classes may migrate to a hybrid model allowing for some face to face.
Return to Campus
The College is eager to return to the new business model as soon as the risk to those around us has been reduced to the levels that can be accommodated by Arizona’s health care system. When the threat of infection and contagion have lessened, the College will enact CDC guidelines and protocols to ensure the health and safety of employees, students, and guests.
CAC’s Return to Campus Plan and Guidelines are currently being updated to reflect new guidance from the CDC. Please see the CAC COVID-19 Resource Page for the latest updates.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has prepared a “Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction” Guide outlining key benchmarks that should be met prior to resuming in-person instruction. The three benchmarks include the number of cases per 100,000, the number of COVID-19 or COVID-19 like illnesses, and the percent of positive test results. The benchmarks outline the minimum thresholds that need to be met to enable in-person instruction. The College is closely monitoring the ADHS dashboard relative to Pinal County’s benchmark data as well as which thresholds have or have not been met.
As of today, Pinal County has failed to meet all (3) benchmarks; additionally, the newly revised dashboard categorizes risk of transmission as substantial, moderate, or minimal and, depending upon the level of risk, recommends an instructional delivery model. Because Pinal County has moved from moderate to substantial in two of the categories, the recommended delivery model for Pinal County remains “hybrid.”
It is critical more than ever, that the CAC College community stay home and practiced the self-care guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Because this situation changes daily, please continue to monitor email, Facebook and the College’s website. All official College communication from the administration will be directed through the division of Public Relations. Decisions will be based solely on official reports from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Pinal County Health Department.
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We are all in this together, and we will all get through this together. CAC forward and onward.