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.


Does ACC require COVID-19 vaccinations?

The college strongly encourages but does not require vaccinations.

Do employees get time off for vaccinations?

ACC employees are eligible for up to two hours of Administrative Leave per shot in order to get their first and second COVID vaccination as well as their booster. Employees must make arrangements with their supervisors and record it as Administrative Leave.

What if I already got my shot and did not get time off?

Employees who previously used personal/sick leave for their COVID-19 vaccine will have an opportunity to reclassify their leave to Administrative Leave.

Will the college host more vaccination clinics?

The college periodically hosts vaccination clinics at campuses districtwide. For the latest information, visit

Do I have to report to my supervisor or instructor whether or not I have been vaccinated?

No. That is health information and the college does not require that an employee or student report having received a vaccine.

Return to Campus

Supervisors determine their employees’ work schedules. Employees will be advised of any changes. Employees should contact their supervisor for guidance.

Do I need an ACC ID to enter facilities?

Yes. All employees and students are required to wear and properly display their ACC ID badge/card while on ACC premises or buildings at all times per ACC’s COVID-19 protocols. Visitors must obtain a daily Visitor Badge during screening.

How do I know if facilities are safe?

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.

What is the telework policy, and who can telework?

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.

Are there online and in-person class options?

ACC continues to offer online, in-person, and hybrid course options so that students may find the courses they need in the learning environment that works best for them. There is a balanced blend of all options.

Are student services available online?

Student support services are available both in-person and online. Find student support services at

Are health and safety plans in effect?

The college’s safety plans remain in effect with updates that are currently underway to reflect reductions in community virus load, uptake of vaccinations, CDC guidelines, and new executive orders.

Is COVID-19 testing available on campus?

Check for the latest information about COVID-19 testing on campus.

What if I can't return to work due to a medical condition?

If an employee has a medical condition that prevents the employee from returning to work, the employee should notify their supervisor and review the information and application related to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or FMLA. The employee should submit the application and required paperwork to HR Benefits. Contact HR Benefits for more information.


Does ACC require social distancing?

The college strongly encourages everyone to respect others’ personal space and practice social distancing of at least 3 feet.

Does ACC require face coverings?

Beginning Monday, March 21, 2022, face masks are optional.


Can I telework due to child care challenges?

Supervisors are responsible for the employee’s work and work schedule. The employees should discuss their situation with their immediate supervisor.

If I am ADA-approved for telework, may I have ADA accommodation in my office?

Telework is simply an alternative work location. ADA accommodations will only be made to the location where the employee is assigned to work.

Where can employees access disinfecting or cleaning supplies?

The college follows CDC guidelines for best disinfecting and cleaning processes for COVID-19. This includes daily cleaning and disinfection. Those who wish to have more frequent cleaning or disinfecting may pick up supplies on campus. Please contact the Campus Manager’s Office to get supplies as needed.

What leave options are available to employees?

• 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):
The Sick Leave Pool:
For additional questions about leave and benefits, please email [email protected]


Are tutoring, library, advising, and other student services available?

Yes. Student support services are available both virtually and in-person. Visit the support services webpage to see the full list of resources and find dates/times of availability.

What if I need to consult a health care provider, but don't have insurance or funds?

A list of lower-cost health care resources, listed by county, is available on the Support Center Community Resources page, under Insurance and Medical.

What if I don't have access to a computer or laptop?

If you don’t have a personal computer, laptop, or tablet, complete the Student Technology Access Form. Please keep in mind resources are limited, but we will do our best to support your success.

Where can I find online resources for students?

A full list of academic, financial, and personal online resources are available at Remote Student Support.


Where do I find online teaching resources?

ACC has provided a Teaching Online Continuity Guide that includes how to get expert help, upcoming training, web conferencing options, resources, and frequently asked questions related to transitioning courses to an online format. Teaching Online: Continuity Guide >

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