Updated March 12, 2020
We are not closing campus at this time, but here’s what you need to know
Central Arizona College has been closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have provided several updates during the last several weeks regarding the situation, including actions taken by the college.
Please remember that most people who get COVID-19 have very mild or no symptoms and most recover on their own. Those at higher risk are older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
Central Arizona College has no confirmed cases, but Pinal County has five confirmed cases (all from the same family) of COVID-19. However, our concern is and always will be the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
Spring break begins next week. We feel it is necessary to prepare in the event we need to take additional steps to mitigate and slow the potential spread of the virus and to help protect the College community following spring break.
Students, take your books and computer with you when you leave for spring break
We will continue to assess whether we should temporarily move away from in-person delivery of classes and will provide an updated status no later than Thursday, March 19. This information will be sent via email and posted on the website and Facebook page.
A limited number of laptops are available for check out from the Learning Centers for students without access to technology.
Residence halls and all services will remain open.
Faculty should start planning alternative delivery methods
Faculty members who teach a face-to-face class should start planning how to continue instruction through alternate methods if the College decides to move away from in-person delivery of classes.
This may be through use of Blackboard, Zoom, email or other means of communication. Academic leadership will be communicating with you to discuss available options.
Faculty and Staff
Until otherwise notified, faculty and staff should continue to report to work as usual after spring break.
Students, faculty and staff with underlying health conditions that put you at greater risk
We recognize that some members of campus may be at a higher risk of infection and may need special accommodations because they are immunocompromised. Individuals who have underlying health conditions that place them at heightened risk and wish to discuss possible accommodations should proceed as follows:
- Students, please contact Accessibility Services.
- Faculty, please work with your chair or dean.
- Staff, please work with your immediate supervisor.
United States imposes additional travel restrictions from Europe
As many of you may know, President Trump announced last night that the United States is restricting travel from Europe. While there is still uncertainty about how this will be implemented, there is a possibility that any U.S. citizens who travel to Europe after Friday will be placed in a 14-day quarantine when they return.
Due to the continued spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the College is issuing a travel directive that applies to all faculty, staff and students.
Individuals who are arriving on campus or returning from any country designated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Level 2 or higher due to COVID-19 contagion risk, must:
- Immediately contact Dean Tramaine Rausaw.
- Comply with any and all precautionary protocols established by the College and/or the Pinal County Health Department prior to and upon returning to campus, which may include a 14-day quarantine.
- Immediately contact the Pinal County Health Department to report the presentation of any COVID-19 symptoms.
Failure to comply with this campus-arrival directive increases the risk to campus and the surrounding community. As a result, any willful disregard or violation of this directive may be subject to sanction.
Spring Break Trips
Due to the additional travel restrictions, the College has cancelled all College sponsored spring break trips.
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.
24/7 COVID-19 Hotline:
Updates will be posted each week on the College’s website.
A special forum was held at the San Tan Campus on Thursday, March 12. Following are the links to the video from this informative event:
Info Session on Coronavirus Part 1
Info Session on Coronavirus Part 2