AC NEWS


COVID-19 Updates

last updated 7/2/20

Amarillo College has implemented a 3-phase Action Plan in response to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus).

 

Return to Campus


Beginning Monday, July 6, the majority of Amarillo College employees will begin returning to work on-campus.

To view the Return to Campus Guidance for employees, supervisors, and faculty, go to www.actx.edu/hr/covid19

'Return to Campus' Resources for Employees

 

Throughout each of these phases it is our steadfast intention that Amarillo College will remain in operation and that we will cling to our values!

We will continue to be informed by local, state, and national governmental and public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control.

 

As of July 6, we will begin re-entering Phase II.

Beginning Monday, July 6, most Amarillo College employees will begin returning to work on campus as we move into a 'controlled on-campus experience'. The Summer II term (which also begins July 6) will continue to offer primarily tech-supported learning with a few face-to-face experiences in select courses. Virtual services will continue to be offered for students with limited on-campus options for student support services. Face-masks will be required on campus. 

 

Summer Courses

Classes will continue to be delivered remotely in a tech-support learning environment throughout the summer terms. An exception will be the delivery of some labs in technical and healthcare programs, conducted on the East and West campuses, respectively, that Gov. Greg Abbott has deemed essential. 

Tech-supported learning entails a wide range of online and network technologies for learning and working remotely and ensuring your success through any necessary alternate means of communication. Instructions will vary depending on the classes being taken. Faculty will provide students with specific instructions on how to proceed. For more information, assistance, and a list of tools for working, learning, and teaching remotely, go to www.actx.edu/remote

 

Fall Courses

Currently, Amarillo College intends to resume in-person classes this fall – while continuing to offer students flexibility through an abundance of remote-learning opportunities. In addition to the traditional on-campus/in-person delivery format, many of these classes will also be simulcast, and students who register for these courses may choose to attend class sessions in the classroom, remotely, or both. Some classes may be split to accommodate appropriate physical distancing, others may be relocated to larger spaces. Additionally, AC will continue to offer many  completely online classes, as well as a number of hybrid courses that feature a combination of remote and in-person access.  

Fall I classes begin August 24 and registration is ongoing. Consult with your advisor to determine the availability of options for a particular class. Students who have already  been cleared for registration ("greenlit") by their advisor can also make changes to their schedule online using the Student Planning Module  

 

 

 

Phase II (re-emerging)

What does Phase II mean? 

 

  • Amarillo College will remain OPEN.
  • Many different types of classes will be offered, including: tech-supported, fully-online, hybrid, traditional in-person/in-class, and simulcast. 
  • We ask that you wash hands frequently & follow guidelines set by the CDC. 
  • Increased disinfection and sanitization across campus.
  • Face-masks are required on campus.
  • Many services will continue to be offered virtually.
  • On-campus services will be limited to those listed below.

 

Phase II Resources:

 

Remote services & resources available online or by phone in Phase II:

While on-campus services are limited at this time, AC staff is ready to answer any questions you may have about the admission application and the enrollment process.


Call AskAC at (806) 371-5000 or speak with an enrollment expert via video chat.
 

Click the link below to enter a video chat room with a member of our team. If we are assisting another student, you may be placed in a waiting room until we are available to serve you. No appointment necessary!

Monday-Thursday • 8am-3pm
Friday • 8am-noon

Video Chat

Access a list of remote-work resources and get assistance with technical issues of almost any kind on the Remote Services web page.

To ask any question (regarding admission, enrollment process, technical issues, etc.) or to submit a payment, students can contact AskAC by calling (806) 371-5000, by email, or by chatting online*. 

AskAC is available by phone and online:
Monday-Thursday • 8am-6pm
Friday • 8am-noon

•Note that wait times tend to be longer when contacting via online chat than by phone. 

 

If you have questions about the admission application or the enrollment process, you can also speak with an enrollment expert via video chat

Click the link above to enter a video chat room with a member of our team. If we are assisting another student, you may be placed in a waiting room until we are available to serve you. No appointment necessary!

Monday-Thursday • 8am-3pm
Friday • 8am-noon

The AC Bookstore offers online ordering of textbooks (including a textbook list generator), apparel, electronics, games, supplies, and graduation items. 

The Bookstore is currently offering free shipping and 10% off all summer textbook orders with the code: SUMMERATHOME

Regarding exchanges and refunds, please call (806) 371-5304. 

Virtual appointments with advisors can be scheduled online or by calling (806) 371-5440. Additionally, if you are pre-planned and cleared for registration, you can enroll in courses online using the Student Planning Module. Registration for summer and fall classes begins April 6.

Free and confidential online mental health counseling via secure video call is available by appointment only. You can also access free/confidential self help resources at www.actx.edu/counseling/tao 
Call (806) 371-5900 to schedule an appointment or go to www.actx.edu/counseling/counseling-during-covid-19 for more info.

Live chat with a librarian on the Library website or on the Library Blackboard tab. Additionally, databases are fully online as well as millions of e-books on vast range of subjects. We also offer LibGuides—guides that have been created for certain classes and for citation help. 

Live chat available: 
Monday-Thursday • 8:00am-2:00am
Friday • 8:00am-midnight
Saturday • 8:00am-midnight
Sunday • 8:00am-2:00am

*Bonus: Check out this LibGuide for our students & staff who have children and are now homeschooling.

Student Life will be reaching out to engage you through the Weekly Dig e-newsletter, so prioritize monitoring your AC email and see what great innovative ways they come up with to engage you moving forward.

Students have access to free online tutoring from AC's professional and peer tutors through the Academic Success Centers. Virtual tutoring sessions are available by appointment only (except for Math, which will offer virtual walk-ins) and can be scheduled online

Students may come in-person to the Smart Start center to pick up HESI Packets, use the laptops to be connected to instructors remotely for tutoring and TSI Review, and participate in the MAP session prior to the TSI.

The Smart Start Center now offers the following services (onine) via remote-access: 

  • Ramp Up (content preview) sessions to help students prepare before classes start are available by appointment and on-demand.
    • Monday-Thursday • 8:30am-8:30pm
    • Friday • 8:30am-12:00pm
  • TSI Quick Review available by appointment and on demand. 
    • Monday-Thursday • 8:30am-8:30pm
    • Friday • 8:30am-12:00pm
  • MAPs (Mandatory Pre-Assesment Sessions) pre-TSI info sessions available by appointment only.
    • Monday-Friday • 10:00am / 12:00pm / 2:00pm
  • HESI workshops to review the math, reading comprehension, and vocabulary skills covered in the HESI assessment.
    • View available sessions here

 

Contact the Smart Start office to schedule an appointment. Call (806) 340-7756, email Melissa Hightower, or connect via Zoom any time Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. 

The Testing Center is currently scheduling future appointments for current & prospective students taking the TSI exam –and– taking tests assigned by their instructors.
Call (806) 371-5445 or send them an email for more information. 

Virtual Testing Appointments: 
Monday • 8am-7pm
Tuesday-Friday • 8am-5pm

The DisAbility Services office can accept disability documentation and facilitate class accommodations for students via email during this time. Call (806) 345-5639 or email Sherri O'Daniel

Specifics about our wealth of Social Services, community agencies, and information about greatly discounted and even free internet opportunities, has been compiled here

For more info on Social Services (particularly housing needs), Food Pantry, Mobile Food Truck, etc., send the ARC an email or call (806) 371-5446 or (806) 371-5439.

The Financial Aid office will remain open to provide financial aid support for students. Students can access forms and financial information at www.actx.edu/fin

Contact them remotely by email or by calling (806) 371-5313. You can also fax documents to (806) 371-5371. 

For technology and software help, please refer to the Remote Services page for Students. Or go to www.actx.edu/its/support for further support.

The Career & Employment Center can still help connect students to available jobs in the community as well as assist students with resume development, interview skill building, and MyPlan career assessments. Call them at (806) 371-5147 or send them an email

AC police will remain on campus(es) 24 hours per day, but in-person contact will be limited. Please contact ACPD by phone (below) or by email

Non-Emergency: (806) 371-5163
Emergency: (806) 371-5911

To contact the East Campus Housing office regarding rent payments and new COVID-19 guidance, contact Nora Moore at (806) 371-4247. 

Access a list of remote-work resources and get assistance with technical issues of almost any kind on the Remote Services web page.

The DisAbility Services office can provide consultation and guidance to faculty on implementing student accommodations via email during this time. Call (806) 345-5639 or email Sherri O'Daniel

The Library can TEACH Blackboard Collaborate sessions for faculty and/or create video tutorials through VidGrid that have questions embedded in the video. The Library can also create a "LibGuide" website for a class or even for a specific assignment. The Library also offers online citation guides for both MLA and APA. Additionally, databases are fully online as well as millions of e-books on vast range of subjects. All these resources are available through the Library website and the Library Blackboard Tab.

Live chat with a librarian on the Library website or through the Library Blackboard tab. 

Live chat available: 
Monday-Thursday • 8:00am-2:00am
Friday • 8:00am-midnight
Saturday • 8:00am-midnight
Sunday • 8:00am-2:00am

*Bonus: Check out this LibGuide for our staff & students who have children and are now homeschooling.

For technology and software help, refer to the Remote Services page for Faculty or Staff. Or go to www.actx.edu/its/support for further support.

The Human Resources, Payroll, and Training departments will be available via phone or email to assist employees, faculty, & supervisors with questions about recruiting, benefits, payroll, and other employment-related issues. Call 806-371-5254 or email acbenefits@actx.edu, achumanresources@actx.edu, acrecruit@actx.edu, acpayroll@actx.edu, or training@actx.edu.

The Testing Center is currently only available to prospective AC students taking the TSI exam –and– current AC students taking tests assigned by their instructors. Faculty can email tests to testingservices@actx.edu or call (806) 371-5445 for more information. 

For assistance related to teaching and learning or managing your tech-assisted classroom environment, send CTL an email or visit www.actx.edu/ctl for resources.

 

In-person services & resources available on campus in Phase II:

NOTE: Please do not come on campus if you:

  • Have fever or flu like symptoms
  • Believe you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the last 14 days

MASKS will be required for anyone accessing campus facilities. Masks can be provided to those who do not have access to one.

 

For anyone lacking adequate technology, The Underground will be open and observing normal hours of operation in the basement of the Ware Student Commons. We will follow elevated safety protocols to protect you while on campus. 

Ware Student Commons • Basement

Monday-Thursday • 8:30am-5pm
Friday • 8:30am-noon
Saturday • closed
Sunday • closed

The library—including technology lab and classrooms—is open to students, though they must adhere to social distancing standards. Available technology includes: computers, scanners, printers, copier, and software on the lab computers. Books are available for check out. Librarians are available for technology and research help with as much distancing as possible.

Lynn Library • Ware Student Commons • 4th Floor

Monday & Wednesday • 8:30am-noon

In-person tutoring is currently limited and available by appointment only. However, online tutoring options are available. If you do not have access to technology that would enable you to engage with a tutor virtually via video conference, there will be a limited number of in-person tutoring options available as well. If you require an in-person appointment, please contact the Academic Success Center that applies to you by phone. Find the contact number for the Academic Success Center that applies to you at www.actx.edu/successcenters/scheduling. You can also get general tutoring info by calling (806) 371-5458.

In-person appointments are available on Fridays from 8:30am-noon or by appointment only. 

Specifics about our wealth of Social Services, community agencies, and information about greatly discounted and even free internet opportunities, has been compiled here
 

Food Pantry –

Pre-bagged food can be picked up by AC students and staff. Hours for food bag distribution are:

Ware Student Commons • 1st Floor

Monday-Thursday • 8:30am-5pm
Friday • 8:30am-noon
Saturday • closed
Sunday • closed

 

High Plains Food Bank Mobile Food Truck – 

HPFB will continue to distribute food on Tuesday mornings, however food will now be pre-bagged and ready for speedy drive-through pick-up by students. 

STEM Research Center (Greenhouse) parking lot

Tuesdays • 11:30am • First come, first served

 

To contact the Hereford Campus ARC, call (806) 379-2700. To contact the Moore County Campus ARC, call (806) 934-7220.

Free and confidential mental health counseling available by appointment only. If you do not have access at home to a computer or cell phone with video conferencing capabilities, private on-campus technology can be used to meet with a personal counselor. 
Call (806) 371-5900 to schedule an appointment or go to www.actx.edu/counseling/counseling-during-covid-19 for more info.

Ware Student Commons • The Underground (basement)

Monday-Thursday • 9am-4pm
Friday • 9am-noon

Virtual online by appointment preferred. Virtual appointments with advisors can be scheduled online or by calling (806) 371-5440. Limited in-person advising also available in the Advising Center by appointment (walk-ins available on Fridays). If you need to come on campus for advising, a designated space will be provided for you to meet with your advisor via webcam. 

Additionally, if you are pre-planned and cleared for registration, you can enroll in courses online using the Student Planning Module. Registration for summer and fall classes begins April 6. Summer II begins July 6. Fall I begins August 24. 

Monday • 7:30am-6pm
Tuesday–Thursday • 7:30am-5pm
Friday • 7:30am-noon

To ask any question (regarding admission, enrollment process, technical issues, etc.) or to submit a payment, students can visit the AskAC counter (on the Washington Street Campus) in-person or contact them by calling (806) 371-5000, by email, or by chatting online*.

Monday-Thursday • 8am-6pm
Friday • 8am-5pm

•Note that wait times tend to be longer when contacting via online chat than by phone. 

 

If you have questions about the admission application or the enrollment process, you can also speak with an enrollment expert via video chat

Click the link above to enter a video chat room with a member of our team. If we are assisting another student, you may be placed in a waiting room until we are available to serve you. No appointment necessary!

Monday-Thursday • 8am-3pm
Friday • 8am-noon

Testing Services is currently open for testing on a limited basis and by appointment only. All testing candidates will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their time in the Testing Center, with no exceptions. Each station is sanitized after every test. Remote testing options are still available for TSI exams.

 

Monday–Thursday • 8am–5pm
Friday • 8am–noon

Other campuses

The Hereford Campus will be open for access to computer labs and printing. All other inquiries will be handled remotely (via phone, email, or other digital interface). 

Hereford Campus • 1115 W. 15th Street • Hereford, TX

Monday-Friday • 8am-5pm

The Moore County Campus will be open for access to computer labs and printing, along with limited in-person inquiries regarding advising, financial aid, payment, registration, scheduling, and planning. 

Moore County Campus • 1220 E. First Street • Dumas, TX

Monday-Friday • 8am-4pm

AC police will remain on campus(es) 24 hours per day, but in-person contact will be limited. Please contact ACPD by phone:

Non-Emergency: (806) 371-5163
Emergency: (806) 371-5911

The mailroom will remain open for mail pickup on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. However, outgoing mail can be dropped off in the outgoing mail slot at any time. Mail will be transported to the post office on a daily basis. 

College Union Building • 1st Floor

Tuesday / Thursday • 1pm-5pm

For assistance related to teaching and learning or managing your tech-assisted classroom environment, send CTL an email or visit www.actx.edu/ctl for resources. They will also offer limited in-person services if necessary.

Ware Student Commons • Rm 205

Monday-Friday • 8am-5pm

   

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID 19 Prevent Illness

 


 

Action Plan Timeline

Amarillo College has implemented a 3-phase Action Plan in response to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus).


The 3 phases are:

Phase I: Preparing for and preventing the spread of the COVID-19
Phase II
: Reacting when the virus is officially diagnosed in our community
Phase III: Reacting if an AC student, faculty or staff member is diagnosed

 

Throughout each of these phases it is our steadfast intention that Amarillo College will remain in operation and that we will cling to our values!

We will continue to be informed by local, state, and national governmental and public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control.

 


 

July 6 — Employees Begin Returning to Campus / Summer II Begins

Beginning Monday, July 6, most Amarillo College employees will begin returning to work on-campus as we move into a 'controlled on-campus experience'. The Summer II term (which also begins July 6) will continue to offer primarily tech-supported learning with a few face-to-face experiences in select courses. Virtual services will continue to be offered for students with limited on-campus options for student support services. Face-masks will be required on campus. 

 

June 23 — Board of Regents Passes Face-Mask Policy

On June 23, The Amarillo College Board of Regents unanimously approved a mandatory face-mask policy.

 

June 1 — Supervisor Rounding Meetings on Return-to-Campus Protocols

AC's Human Resources department begun a series of meetings with departmental supervisors to assess needs and discuss health & safety policies & procedures in preparation for the eventual return of employees to work on campus. 

 

May 29 — Live Streamed Town Hall

View the live May 29 update/Q&A to faculty & staff from AC president, Russell Lowery-Hart — regarding campus sustainability in response to COVID-19, return to work plans, and more. 

 

May 25 — Summer Hours

Despite many other changes from the norm, AC will begin observing summer hours as usual. Beginning Monday, May 25, most employees will work Monday-Thursday from 7:30am-5pm, Friday from 7:30pm-noon. The Ware Student Commons and most on-campus services available to students will be available Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-5pm, Friday from 8:30am-noon. 

 

May 22 — Remote Delivery of Courses Continues

Due to continuing uncertainties associated with the pandemic and AC's safety-first approach, virtual delivery of tech-supported classes will continue into the summer—excluding some labs in technical and healthcare programs on the East and West campuses which will be hosted in-person. Increasing the number of on-campus classes in the second summer term will be considered if conditions permit. 

 

May 15 — Live Streamed Town Hall

View the live May 15 update/Q&A to students, faculty, & staff from AC president, Russell Lowery-Hart — regarding plans to begin the process of returning to campus, virtual graduation ceremony, and more.

 

May 1 — Live Streamed Town Hall

View the live May 1 update/Q&A to students, faculty, & staff from AC president, Russell Lowery-Hart — regarding state & local guidelines, graduation, summer/fall registration, professional development opportunities, and more.

 

April 29 — Continuing Education Suspension

Due to uncertainties related to COVID-19, all in-person Kids' College camps & classes and Community Enrichment classes will be suspended until further notice. This suspension will last at least through the summer.

 

April 17 — Live Stream

View the live April 17 update/Q&A to students, faculty, & staff from AC president, Russell Lowery-Hart — regarding graduation, summer/fall registration, public health projections, technology resources, mental health, and more.

 

April 15 — Announcement Regarding Employee Access to Campus

Beginning April 17, faculty and staff who are working from home will be allowed momentary access to offices and campus facilities on Fridays from 9am to noon, contingent on supervisor approval and prior notification of ACPD. 

 

April 6 — Communicated Current Plans for Summer Courses

With registration now open for summer and fall classes, please be aware that at this time, learning and working remotely continues to be necessary. Therefore, classes will continue to be delivered remotely in a tech-support learning environment for the first Summer term (May 26 - July 2).

Additionally, please note that registration is not currently available for most lab-based Health Sciences and Industry classes due to the hands-on nature of the required course work. On May 1, we will reassess opening registration for these courses—based on state & federal guidance regarding the safety of resuming in-person classes.   

 

March 31 — Entered Phase III

Beginning March 31, Amarillo College officially entered Phase III of our COVID-19 Action Plan. In compliance with the city of Amarillo's Red Level shelter-in-place order, we further constricted in-person services with the enaction of Phase III. The College, which is considered essential by the city, intends to remain open throughout this crisis—but with the bare minimum of on-campus staff members reporting physically to work. While this does not change students' remote learning plan and students are unlikely to notice a drastic change in in-person services offered, this transition is critical in elevating the health and safety of AC students & employees.

 

March 30 — Live Stream

View the live March 30 update/Q&A to faculty & staff from AC president, Russell Lowery-Hart — regarding Phase III.

 

March 20 — Address to Students

View the live March 20 update to students from AC president, Russell Lowery-Hart — regarding Phase II.

 

March 18 — Entered Phase II

This decision was based on President Trump’s request that gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people, and because AC’s minimum class size is 12. To conduct in-person classes became untenable. Additionally, cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Amarillo. Therefore, in keeping with our Phase II guidelines, Amarillo College paused classes for one week in order to make a successful migration to a remote delivery system—which moved the first class day of the 2nd 8-weeks of the spring semester to March 30. The spring semester will now end on May 22. 

Tech-supported learning entails a wide range of online and network technologies for learning and working remotely and ensuring your success through any necessary alternate means of communication. Instructions will vary depending on the classes being taken. Faculty will provide students with specific instructions on how to proceed. 

 

March 13 — Live Stream

View the live March 13 update/Q&A to faculty & staff from AC president, Russell Lowery-Hart — regarding Phase II. 

 

March 12 — Communicated 3-Phase Action Plan & Existing Phase I Status

Phase I included continued emphasis on personal hygiene and increased institution-wide sanitization of communal areas. As this time, we also began aggressively preparing for the eventuality that tech-supported learning would become necessary. Additionally, all College travel outside our service area was canceled through the remainder of the spring semester. 

 

Travel Disclosure

The escalation to Phase II in our Action Plan compelled us to alter our travel-tracking guidelines. It is now mandatory that all members of our faculty and staff disclose information about any travel outside the United States. Please promptly complete this simple form by clicking the button below. This is a vital strategy to help ensure the safety of our students, our personnel, and our community.

Travel Disclosure Form

 

Media Inquiries & Communications

All communications related to this situation should be coordinated through the Amarillo College Communications & Marketing Department. 

Please contact: Joe Wyatt or Sadie Newsome.

 

 


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