Updated August 7, 2020
See this video about what to expect this Fall when you step on campus:
ACC has made many changes to protect the health and safety of all students and employees for Fall 2020 due to the pandemic. You can see full details in the video above.
In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The following are every day actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in the trash can. Wash your hands afterwards.
- If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- 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 with at least 60% alcohol.
- Practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home if you are ill.
ACC’s maintenance staff is following protocols for flu season cleaning. We have significantly stepped up wiping down handles, rails, desktops, keyboards – commonly-used surface areas.
You should stay home and stay away from others as much as possible. You should next contact your primary care physician or other healthcare provider to seek medical help. You should inform your instructors of your absence.
For classes that meet on campus, faculty members are being encouraged to excuse a student’s absence and work with the student to help them catch-up on missed coursework. For classes that meet online, or partially online, the student may be able to continue coursework, depending on the severity of his or her illness. If a student is unable to finish his or her work by the end of the semester, a discussion with the student and the Dean about issuing an Incomplete as a grade may be appropriate.
Here’s what the CDC says:
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Yes, and masks will be required for everyone at ACC for Fall semester.
While people who are sick or know that they have COVID-19 should isolate at home, COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected. That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.
How to Wear your Face Covering Correctly
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
Use the Face Covering to Protect Others
- Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms (it's now estimated that 35% of those infected don't show symptoms, but can still infect others.)
- Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
- Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
- Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
Key Times to Wash Hands
You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you should also clean hands:
- After you have been in a public place and touched an item or surface that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts, or electronic cashier registers/screens, etc.
- Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because that’s how germs enter our bodies.
Follow Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way
Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.