Find answers to frequently asked questions about Austin Community College’s response to COVID-19, including collegewide information and specific topics for students, faculty, and staff.
Return to Campus
Supervisors determine their employees’ work schedules. Employees will be advised of any changes. Employees should contact their supervisor for guidance.
Staff disinfect classrooms as soon as classes are over. Restrooms and surfaces that are commonly touched also are regularly disinfected throughout the day. Soap is available in every restroom and sanitizing solution is available in or near every classroom. In order to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, students and staff are reminded to disinfect their personal electronics on a regular basis.
ACC’s internal procedures meet and/or exceed the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard for educational facilities. To date, there have been no documented cases of room to room transmission of small particles through HVAC systems in the United States.
Current research indicates that the small particles travel no more than 5 to 6 feet into the ductwork. In addition, the reduced occupancy that we have implemented, along with adjustments to our ventilation systems optimize fresh air and exhaust.
ACC implemented changes to its telework policy in fall 2021 to manage remote work when it is in the best interest of ACC, meets the needs of ACC’s business operations, enhances staff productivity, and supports student success. View the policy here.
Supervisors and the VP/EVP will determine whether a position is eligible for telework. ACC employees should contact their supervisor to make a request to continue to work remotely and for guidance on flexible work arrangements and telework options. The job duties must be appropriate for such assignments to achieve productivity levels and expectations. The decision to authorize these options is within ACC management’s discretion based on the nature of the work performed and other business considerations. A Telework Agreement must be completed and signed by the employee and the employee’s supervisor. It must have the department vice chancellor’s or higher approval prior to the employee initiating a telework arrangement.
Beginning Monday, March 21, 2022, face masks are optional.
• Employees who are working remotely may continue to work remotely when approved, as long as they are able to perform the essential functions of their job.
• If essential and core work functions must be performed on campus and the employee is not able to return to work due to a COVID-19 related reason (contact or exposure) or illness, the employee will not be able to continue to work remotely. The employee should use their accrued leave (sick, vacation, or personal) for their absence.
• When an employee is not able to return to work for any reason related to COVID-19, the employee should use their accrued leave (sick, vacation or personal) for their absence.
• In any situation, an employee who is out sick for 3 or more days must submit a physician’s note to return to work to [email protected] prior to returning from leave.
There are other leave programs that are available to employees:
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): www.austincc.edu/admrule/6.09.001Guideline.pdf
The Sick Leave Pool: www.austincc.edu/admrule/6.09.010Guideline-Procedure.pdf
For additional questions about leave and benefits, please email [email protected]