The Central Arizona College campuses will be closed to the public with essential services moved to online, telephone or virtual formats.
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 with a majority of services moved to online, telephone or virtual interactions until further notice.
Central Arizona College has no confirmed cases, but Pinal County has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19. However, our concern is, and always will be, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
The college is eager to return to normal business as soon as the risk to those around us has been reduced to the levels that can be accommodated by the nation’s health care system. By taking these steps now, our goal is to resume our regular schedules for the fall semester.
Beginning, Wednesday, March 25, all instruction will take place online for the remainder of the semester. Students in programs requiring lab components will receive instructions from faculty teaching those courses on or before Wednesday, March 25.
Students who may need access to technology should monitor the college website for information about hours and access to services such as borrowing laptops.
Unless otherwise directed, the following services will be suspended or moved to an online, telephone or virtual format:
Please check the CAC website for details.
All academic and student events scheduled through the end of the semester are canceled unless conducted in a fully virtual format. This includes club and organization (SGA, SAC, Phi Theta Kappa, etc.) meetings and events, as well as Student Academic Awards, nursing pinning and graduation. The college is exploring options for conducting the Student Awards Ceremonies and graduation in a virtual format.
Student employment and financial aid
In alignment with CDC recommendations, all campus meetings and events exceeding 10 people are canceled or postponed unless conducted in a fully virtual format.
Employees are strongly encouraged to continue working from home, and should work with their direct supervisor for modified work schedules and arrangements.
All travel, in-state and out-of-state, is suspended until further notice.
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 (cdc.gov), the Arizona Department of Health Services Cazdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-schools), and the Pinal County Health Department (pinalcountyaz.gov/publichealth/Pages/home.aspx).
Jackie Elliott, Ed.D.
Central Arizona College
Editor's note: The above is from a district-wide email sent by Jackie Elliott on March 23.