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CCAC COVID-19: FAQ

CCAC is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of the college and wider communities. We understand the ever-changing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has raised many questions. We have attempted to answer the most commonly asked questions on this page. Because the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, new information and updates will be added as they become available.

Allegheny County COVID-19 HOTLINE: 888-856-2774
The Allegheny County Health Department ACHD) has partnered with United Way 2-1-1 to offer a 24/7 hotline to address questions and concerns about COVID-19. Language services are available.

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Additional Health Information

If you have questions that are not answered below, please contact us via email:

Academic questions - acdemicaffairs@ccac.edu
Employee questionshumanresources@ccac.edu
Facilities questions ccvazquez@ccac.edu
Safety & Security questionsahenderson@ccac.edu


General

The college anticipates that, due to the continued threat of CV19, there will continue to be extra precautionary measures taken in the form of a comprehensive safety plan for face-to-face (F2F) instruction that aligns with Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expectations and standards. This includes ensuring safe and accessible support services and activities throughout the academic year 2021–2022. As such, the college is now offering limited F2F instruction and service activities on campus. Locally the college is also working closely with the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education.

Updated COVID-19 information is distributed to students, via the CCAC portal and their student email address, detailing health and safety protocol and procedures including the steps students will need to take prior to arriving on-site at any CCAC location. College personnel will greet students at CCAC entrances to address any questions and/or concerns students may have regarding CV19 safety protocol. Please check the COVID-19 Student Resource Page (requires login) for more information.

Employee information is available on the COVID-19 Employee Resource Page (requires login) and distributed to their employee email address.

CCAC works in close coordination with the Allegheny County Health Department and will continue deferring to the public health agency regarding disclosure of positive test results and related information. Public health officials will advise CCAC if additional disclosure measures are necessary. CCAC will work with the county on contact tracing and notifying anyone who may have been in close contact with a positive case.

CCAC’s plans for responding to the COVID–19 pandemic prioritize the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are committed to the families and public we serve and believe that it is important to monitor and control the spread of COVID–19 on and off campus. To that end, we have developed the dashboard, which tracks the number of confirmed COVID–19 cases that have been reported to CCAC. This is in addition to developing regulations, protocols and guidelines that are aligned and consistent with the ordinances from local, state, and federal regulators.

The best source of information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department websites.

Unvaccinated individuals returning from travel outside of Pennsylvania or to areas within Pennsylvania that are experiencing a spike or surge in cases of COVID-19 may be subject to a period of self-quarantine and/or required to provide proof of a negative viral test for COVID-19 prior to returning to on campus work assignments, classes or other on campus activities. Quarantine and/or testing requirements will follow CDC and state and local health department recommendations as then in effect.

Individuals returning from travel outside of the United States, including individuals who are fully vaccinated, will not be permitted to return to on campus work assignments, classes or other on campus activities until they have completed applicable testing and/or self-quarantine periods recommended by the CDC and state and local health department guidelines, as then in effect. Additional information concerning current CDC guidelines regarding domestic and international travel are located on the CDC website at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Students or employees who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing: https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/ . Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

In addition, students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this to their Dean of Students through the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

Employees who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this to Human Resources, 412.237.3001. 

If there is a resurgence of COVID-19 identified in the region or across the college campuses/centers, face-to-face course work will shift immediately to remote instruction.

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Fall 2021

The college has taken steps in preparing a schedule that takes into account the scenario of the virus resurfacing. Many program courses require face-to-face instruction, as well as some students’ desire face-to-face instruction. Establishing and communicating a face-to-face schedule, now with the understanding of the possibilities of moving to remote methods, minimizes the uncertainty for current and prospective students who are looking to make decisions for the upcoming fall semester. Therefore, a limited number of face-to-face classes are scheduled to be offered to try to accommodate these requests.

The College has, to the fullest extent possible, marked off spaces in common areas, lobbies, classrooms and other frequently used locations on the college campuses and centers where individuals should stand or wait in order to maintain six feet of distance. Desks, study carrels, lounge/eating areas, computer stations, open lab equipment and other study and learning spaces have also been moved, taped off or marked for non-use in order to maintain appropriate social distancing. Modification or removal of social distancing signs, tape and markings, as well as the alteration or movement of seating or working areas is prohibited. It is the responsibility of students to follow the provided guidance and signage to mitigate spread of the virus.

Employees and Contractors

CCAC employees, contractors, vendors and other service providers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times while indoors in any non-private (single occupant) room or work location and while in areas in which the individual will or is likely to be in proximity to other individuals (common areas, lobbies, hallways, elevators, vehicles). Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations.

In order to facilitate clear communication of lecture content and instruction to all students, CCAC faculty members will have the option to use a mask or a clear face shield when providing instruction in a classroom or laboratory.

Students and Visitors

All CCAC students and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC buildings and facilities, including in laboratories, classrooms and other learning spaces. Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations. Students and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when meeting in person with advisors, counselors, supportive services personnel, registration and other College staff members.

Students or visitors who do not want to wear a mask in order to meet with an advisor, counselor or other College representative may schedule a virtual appointment.

Students in clinical assignments will be required to comply with the rules and procedures in effect at the site of the clinical placement.

Any student that needs to remove his or her facemask during a classroom or laboratory period for a personal reason, such as to take medication or drink water, will be required to leave the classroom or laboratory before removing his or her mask.

Students in laboratories will be required to utilize and follow all sterile techniques as communicated by their instructor.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives. Employees who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

All CCAC students, employees, contractors, visitors and guests are required to review the CCAC Self-Screening Questionnaire prior to entering CCAC buildings and facilities. 

Coming to a CCAC campus or center sick or with symptoms puts the entire campus community at an unnecessary risk for spreading the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID–19. By working together, we can maintain a healthy environment for all.

If there is a resurgence of COVID-19, course work will shift immediately to remote instruction.

Yes!  CCAC offers a variety of instruction options to address the varied needs of our students.  

ONLINE COURSES: Totally online - Students participate independently with assignments scheduled (usually every week). The student decides when to log on and do the coursework based on the course deadlines.

REMOTE LEARNING VIA ZOOM: Students participate in scheduled “live” online sessions with instruction meeting at designated times, just like a regular course, but via live streaming.

HYBRID: These classes present some of the instruction face-to-face and some online. The face-to-face part meets at designated times on campus with online components completed as described above under “Online.” Hybrid courses may also combine remote Zoom instruction (at scheduled times) with online components.

IN-PERSON (Face-to-Face): Students attend class on campus at designated times for scheduled lectures or labs with the instructor.

Visit the CCAC Spring 2021 Classes page on the CCAC website to see delivery options for the classes you need.

Students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing at https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/.  Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department.  Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

In addition, students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this to their Dean of Students through the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

CCAC students exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, or whose health screening indicates potential symptoms of or exposure to COVID19, are not permitted to come to campus and will be sent home if on campus. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones such as a sore throat, should get tested. Please stay home and limit your contact with others while you wait for your test results. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic.

Positive cases must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days and, if they continue to have symptoms, for additional time until there is at least one symptom-free day before being released. Immunocompromised individuals with COVID-19 should remain in isolation for 20 days.

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have had a negative test, you should continue to isolate for at least 10 days until after you first start to experience symptoms or one day after your symptoms are resolved, whichever is longer. It is important to check with your doctor to see if further testing is appropriate.

Exposure to a positive case must quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure to an infected person or a 7 day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.

Close Contact -The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals identified as being a close contact of a COVID-19 case be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at least 2-3 days after the exposure, regardless of the presence of symptoms. CCAC also expects you to complete a COVID Reporting Form.

Fully vaccinated individuals with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following exposure however testing is recommended.

If you think you might need a test and are having trouble accessing one, please call the Allegheny County COVID-19 Hotline at 888-856-2774.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.

However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Employees who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing  https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/.  Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department.  Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

CCAC employees exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, or whose health screening indicates potential symptoms of or exposure to COVID19, are not permitted to come to campus and will be sent home if on campus. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones such as a sore throat, should get tested. Please stay home and limit your contact with others while you wait for your test results. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic.

Positive cases must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days and, if they continue to have symptoms, for additional time until there is at least one symptom-free day before being released. Immunocompromised individuals with COVID-19 should remain in isolation for 20 days.

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have had a negative test, you should continue to isolate for at least 10 days until after you first start to experience symptoms or one day after your symptoms are resolved, whichever is longer. It is important to check with your doctor to see if further testing is appropriate.

Exposure to a positive case must quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure to an infected person or a 7 day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.

Close Contact -The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals identified as being a close contact of a COVID-19 case be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at least 2-3 days after the exposure, regardless of the presence of symptoms. CCAC also expects you to complete a COVID Reporting Form.

Fully vaccinated individuals with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following exposure however testing is recommended.

If you think you might need a test and are having trouble accessing one, please call the Allegheny County COVID-19 Hotline at 888-856-2774.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.

However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

 

CCAC Athletics will offer the following non-contact sports for fall 2021:  bowling, golf and cross-country track.  All other athletics are suspended through the fall semester

Requests for outside events or large college events should be submitted to the Mitigation Committee.  Include in your request:

  • Date, time and location
  • CAC contact person
  • Number attending
  • COVID mitigation procedures

Although the College has developed a return to campus health and safety plan in accordance with state and federal guidelines, the College cannot guarantee that these mitigation efforts will eliminate all risks of contracting COVID-19 for those attending classes at College campuses and facilities. Students who have concerns about contracting COVID-19 are therefore encouraged to contact their health care provider to discuss the risks of attending classes at or visiting CCAC’s campuses and facilities and make a decision, prior to enrolling, that best meets the needs of themselves and their families. Students who are pregnant, have underlying health conditions or who are otherwise considered to be in a high risk category relative to potential exposure to COVID-19 are further encouraged to consider enrolling in one of the many course options available through online or remote delivery.

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Face Coverings

Employees and Contractors

CCAC employees, contractors, vendors and other service providers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times while indoors in any non-private (single occupant) room or work location and while in areas in which the individual will or is likely to be in proximity to other individuals (common areas, lobbies, hallways, elevators, vehicles). Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations.

In order to facilitate clear communication of lecture content and instruction to all students, CCAC faculty members will have the option to use a mask or a clear face shield when providing instruction in a classroom or laboratory.

Students and Visitors

All CCAC students and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC buildings and facilities, including in laboratories, classrooms and other learning spaces. Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations. Students and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when meeting in person with advisors, counselors, supportive services personnel, registration and other College staff members.

Students or visitors who do not want to wear a mask in order to meet with an advisor, counselor or other College representative may schedule a virtual appointment.

Students in clinical assignments will be required to comply with the rules and procedures in effect at the site of the clinical placement.

Any student that needs to remove his or her facemask during a classroom or laboratory period for a personal reason, such as to take medication or drink water, will be required to leave the classroom or laboratory before removing his or her mask.

Students in laboratories will be required to utilize and follow all sterile techniques as communicated by their instructor.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives. Employees who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

A supply of approved disposable masks will be available on a first come/first served basis in the Security Office at each College facility. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be located at designated entries, in each classroom/laboratory and other specified areas.

Goggles/face shields are not required as part of general activity on campus for students, however some departments may expect students to wear face shields as appropriate.

No, the face covering requirement is the same.

Guidelines for cleaning and reusing cloth face coverings are located on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Follow established CDC directions/guidelines for cleaning and reusing face coverings.

At this time, there is not a requirement to cover your eyes. However, an individual can wear eye coverings if they desire.

Students who cannot wear a face covering due to a disability are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives before arriving on campus.

Employees and Contractors

CCAC employees, contractors, vendors and other service providers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times while indoors in any non-private (single occupant) room or work location and while in areas in which the individual will or is likely to be in proximity to other individuals (common areas, lobbies, hallways, elevators, vehicles). Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations.

In order to facilitate clear communication of lecture content and instruction to all students, CCAC faculty members will have the option to use a mask or a clear face shield when providing instruction in a classroom or laboratory.

Students and Visitors

All CCAC students and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC buildings and facilities, including in laboratories, classrooms and other learning spaces. Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations. Students and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when meeting in person with advisors, counselors, supportive services personnel, registration and other College staff members.

Students or visitors who do not want to wear a mask in order to meet with an advisor, counselor or other College representative may schedule a virtual appointment.

Students in clinical assignments will be required to comply with the rules and procedures in effect at the site of the clinical placement.

Any student that needs to remove his or her facemask during a classroom or laboratory period for a personal reason, such as to take medication or drink water, will be required to leave the classroom or laboratory before removing his or her mask.

Students in laboratories will be required to utilize and follow all sterile techniques as communicated by their instructor.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives. Employees who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

For details regarding cloth face coverings, including how to create, wear and care for home-made face coverings, visit the CDC website.

Putting on the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask
  • Ensure the face covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin
  • Situate the face covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable)
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.

Taking off the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine or trash can
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

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Students

All CCAC students and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC buildings and facilities, including in laboratories, classrooms and other learning spaces. Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations. Students and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when meeting in person with advisors, counselors, supportive services personnel, registration and other College staff members.

Students or visitors who do not want to wear a mask in order to meet with an advisor, counselor or other College representative may schedule a virtual appointment.

Students in clinical assignments will be required to comply with the rules and procedures in effect at the site of the clinical placement.

Any student that needs to remove his or her facemask during a classroom or laboratory period for a personal reason, such as to take medication or drink water, will be required to leave the classroom or laboratory before removing his or her mask.

Students in laboratories will be required to utilize and follow all sterile techniques as communicated by their instructor.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives. Employees who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing  https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/.  Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department.  Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

In addition, students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this through the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

CCAC students exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, or whose health screening indicates potential symptoms of or exposure to COVID19, are not permitted to come to campus and will be sent home if on campus. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones such as a sore throat, should get tested. Please stay home and limit your contact with others while you wait for your test results. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic.

Positive cases must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days and, if they continue to have symptoms, for additional time until there is at least one symptom-free day before being released. Immunocompromised individuals with COVID-19 should remain in isolation for 20 days.

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have had a negative test, you should continue to isolate for at least 10 days until after you first start to experience symptoms or one day after your symptoms are resolved, whichever is longer. It is important to check with your doctor to see if further testing is appropriate.

Exposure to a positive case must quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure to an infected person or a 7 day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.

Close Contact -The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals identified as being a close contact of a COVID-19 case be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at least 2-3 days after the exposure, regardless of the presence of symptoms. CCAC also expects you to complete a COVID Reporting Form.

If you think you might need a test and are having trouble accessing one, please call the Allegheny County COVID-19 Hotline at 888-856-2774.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.

However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing. https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/  Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD. 

In addition, students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this to their Dean of Students through the COVID-19 Incident Report Form

If the student is exposed in a healthcare setting, they should do the following to be permitted to return to clinical or on-site instruction:

**Any student who develops fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-196 should immediately self-isolate and contact their Dean of Student Development for further guidance.

Academic Advisory are available by virtual drop in service Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and second Saturday of the month 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Additional Saturday hours are available through September 11 – click here for those dates and times.  Limited in-person appointments are now available at Allegheny, Boyce, North, South and West Hills Center.  For available appointments, please call 412.237.2700.  If you just have a quick question, please email Academic Advising.

Registration procedure information is located on the CCAC website.

Students can use any form of textbook. To see if your required textbook is available digitally, search the Get your Textbook section on the CCAC Bookstores webpage.

The bookstores will have limited operating hours at all locations. Click here to view current Bookstore hours on campus.

Information regarding computer and/or internet access at home is available on the student portal under COVID-19 Student Resources (requires login).  Under the Documents section, look for "Off Campus Computer and Internet Resources".

Students should reach out to the Information Center to connect to resources in order to meet their needs.

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Contact CCAC to connect with us about your educational future or the next step on your path!


Students should review the CCAC Recommended Technology found on the CCAC Bookstore website.

If you must take public transportation, wear a mask before entering a bus, train, or light rail system (T), and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon leaving, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

CCAC Counselors are available. To contact a Counselor email counselingservices@ccac.edu. A Crisis Text Line is available by texting HOME to 741741 or message on Facebook Messenger. A resource guide (requires login) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is located in the Student COVID-19 Resources on the CCAC portal.

Yes!  CCAC offers a variety of instruction options to address the varied needs of our students.  

ONLINE COURSES: Totally online - Students participate independently with assignments scheduled (usually every week). The student decides when to log on and do the coursework based on the course deadlines.

REMOTE LEARNING VIA ZOOM: Students participate in scheduled “live” online sessions with instruction meeting at designated times, just like a regular course, but via live streaming.

HYBRID: These classes present some of the instruction face-to-face and some online. The face-to-face part meets at designated times on campus with online components completed as described above under “Online.” Hybrid courses may also combine remote Zoom instruction (at scheduled times) with online components.

IN-PERSON (Face-to-Face): Students attend class on campus at designated times for scheduled lectures or labs with the instructor.

Visit the CCAC Course Catalog on the CCAC website to see delivery options for the classes you need.

Please speak with your instructor if you have a question/concern regarding the delivery of instruction. They will advise you how to best address your question/concern.

There are a variety of support resources available to you. Click on the Blackboard for Online Learning page on the portal.

On the CCAC Blackboard site, there is also a course called “Start Here: Getting Started in Blackboard”, which will show you how to use Blackboard for your classes.

Please speak with an advisor to help you select classes that align with your preferred delivery of instruction. A limited number of face-to-face classes will be offered. Students are encouraged to register early to secure a seat in a face-to-face class. We are also offering courses via Zoom - which allows the schedule and live interaction of a face-to-face course, but is delivered online. You can also email the CCAC Navigators for assistance.

During the suspension of on-campus instruction due to COVID-19, The Office of Supportive Services will be available remotely. All are welcome to take advantage of Virtual Chat Monday through Friday at 2pm to meet online.

Online resources can be found at the CCAC Library web page.

All students are required to meet the attendance requirements established for each course in which they are enrolled, whether the course is delivered in an online, remote or on-campus instructional modality, or through a combination of remote and live instruction. However, in the event that a student is unable to meet the attendance requirements for a course due to a COVID-19 related reason after the published add/drop and/or withdrawal dates for the course in question, the student will be permitted to elect one of the following options:

  1. The student may elect to develop a plan for completion of the course requirements, in collaboration with and subject to the approval of the student’s instructor and the Department Head. If approved by the student’s instructor and Department Head, the student will be issued an “I” (incomplete) grade in accordance with College policy so that the student may finish the course objectives at a later time without having to repay for the course; or
  2. In the alternative, the student may elect to withdraw from the course for medical reasons, in accordance with the College’s medical withdrawal policy as set forth in the CCAC Student Handbook. Medical withdrawals received before the end of the drop period will result in a drop of courses (no entry on the student's transcript). Medical withdrawals received after the drop deadline until the last day of classes will result in course entries with a "W" grade(s). Adjustment of tuition and fees follow the stated dates in the academic calendar.

For purposes of the foregoing, a “COVID-19 related reason” refers to any one or more of the following circumstances which causes the student to be unable to meet the attendance requirements of a particular course(s):

  1. The student has tested positive for and is undergoing treatment for COVID-19;
  2. The student has been advised or directed to self-quarantine by a health care professional or governmental authority as a result of a potential exposure to COVID-19;
  3. The student is seeking or awaiting the results of a diagnostic test for, or a medical diagnosis of, COVID–19;
  4. The student is needed to provide care for their minor child who is unable to attend school due to a COVID-19 related closure or illness;
  5. The student is needed to provide care for a family member with a COVID-19 related illness; or
  6. The student is obtaining immunization related to COVID–19 or recovering from any injury, disability, illness, or condition related to such immunization.

Students who cannot wear a face covering due to a disability are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives prior to arriving on campus.

The COVID-19 Student Resources section of the portal lists resources for financial, food and housing assistance.

Payment options are available on the CCAC web page under the Admissions section.

The bookstores will have limited operating hours at all locations. Click here to view current Bookstore hours on campus.

At the beginning of the pandemic, we reinvented many of our processes. Every aspect of the College has improved over time, including the arrival of a new centralized phone system. Call management is now more effectively handled and more improvements are forthcoming.

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Faculty/Staff

The Alternative Work Arrangement policy that was in effect for the 2020-2021 academic/fiscal year has been removed.  Going forward, employees that want to request reasonable accommodations due to COVID concerns must do so through Human Resources.  Employees can find additional information on this process on the HR portal page or by contacting Human Resources.

In addition, Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Lytle can also assist with most any kind of problem that affects your personal well-being and your ability to perform your job.

CCAC works in close coordination with the Allegheny County Health Department and will continue deferring to the public health agency regarding disclosure of positive test results and related information. Public health officials will advise CCAC if additional disclosure measures are necessary. CCAC will work with the county on contact tracing and notifying anyone who may have been in close contact with a positive case.

CCAC’s plans for responding to the COVID–19 pandemic prioritize the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are committed to the families and public we serve and believe that it is important to monitor and control the spread of COVID–19 on and off campus. To that end, we have developed the dashboard, which tracks the number of confirmed COVID–19 cases that have been reported to CCAC. This is in addition to developing regulations, protocols and guidelines that are aligned and consistent with the ordinances from local, state, and federal regulators.

Employees/students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing  https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/.  Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department.  Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

In addition, employees/students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this through the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

CCAC employees/students exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, or whose health screening indicates potential symptoms of or exposure to COVID19, are not permitted to come to campus and will be sent home if on campus. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones such as a sore throat, should get tested. Please stay home and limit your contact with others while you wait for your test results. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic.

Positive cases must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days and, if they continue to have symptoms, for additional time until there is at least one symptom-free day before being released. Immunocompromised individuals with COVID-19 should remain in isolation for 20 days.

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have had a negative test, you should continue to isolate for at least 10 days until after you first start to experience symptoms or one day after your symptoms are resolved, whichever is longer. It is important to check with your doctor to see if further testing is appropriate.

Exposure to a positive case must quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure to an infected person or a 7 day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.

Close Contact -The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals identified as being a close contact of a COVID-19 case be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at least 2-3 days after the exposure, regardless of the presence of symptoms. CCAC also expects you to complete a COVID Reporting Form.

 Fully vaccinated individuals with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine following exposure however testing is recommended.

If you think you might need a test and are having trouble accessing one, please call the Allegheny County COVID-19 Hotline at 888-856-2774.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.

 However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Employees/students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing  https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/.  Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department.  Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

In addition, employees/students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this through the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

CCAC employees/students exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19, or whose health screening indicates potential symptoms of or exposure to COVID19, are not permitted to come to campus and will be sent home if on campus. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones such as a sore throat, should get tested. Please stay home and limit your contact with others while you wait for your test results. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic.

Positive cases must remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days and, if they continue to have symptoms, for additional time until there is at least one symptom-free day before being released. Immunocompromised individuals with COVID-19 should remain in isolation for 20 days.

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have had a negative test, you should continue to isolate for at least 10 days until after you first start to experience symptoms or one day after your symptoms are resolved, whichever is longer. It is important to check with your doctor to see if further testing is appropriate.

Exposure to a positive case must quarantine for 10 days after your last exposure to an infected person or a 7 day quarantine with a negative test on or after day 5 of quarantine.

Close Contact -The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals identified as being a close contact of a COVID-19 case be tested for SARS-CoV-2 at least 2-3 days after the exposure, regardless of the presence of symptoms. CCAC also expects you to complete a COVID Reporting Form.

If you think you might need a test and are having trouble accessing one, please call the Allegheny County COVID-19 Hotline at 888-856-2774.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Fully vaccinated* people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low.

However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

If the student is exposed in a healthcare setting, they should do the following to be permitted to return to clinical or on-site instruction:

**Any student who develops fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-196 should immediately self-isolate and contact their Dean of Student Development for further guidance.

Unvaccinated individuals returning from travel outside of Pennsylvania or to areas within Pennsylvania that are experiencing a spike or surge in cases of COVID-19 may be subject to a period of self-quarantine and/or required to provide proof of a negative viral test for COVID-19 prior to returning to on campus work assignments, classes or other on campus activities. Quarantine and/or testing requirements will follow CDC and state and local health department recommendations as then in effect.

Individuals returning from travel outside of the United States, including individuals who are fully vaccinated, will not be permitted to return to on campus work assignments, classes or other on campus activities until they have completed applicable testing and/or self-quarantine periods recommended by the CDC and state and local health department guidelines, as then in effect. Additional information concerning current CDC guidelines regarding domestic and international travel are located on the CDC website at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Students or employees who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must complete the online form for the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for contact tracing:  https://eapps.alleghenycounty.us/covidRep/. Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

In addition, students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this to their Dean of Students through the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.

Employees who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 must immediately report this to Human Resources, 412.237.3001.  After hours reporting hotline 412.237.3010 (M-F 5:00pm-10:00pm).

Employees should contact Lytle EAP Partners 800.327.7272 for support and additional resources.

The college has to the fullest extent possible, marked off areas in common spaces, lobbies, classrooms and other frequently utilized areas where individuals should stand or wait in order to maintain six feet of distance. Desks, study carrels, lounge/eating areas, computer stations, open lab equipment and other study and learning spaces have also been moved, taped off or marked for non-use in order to maintain appropriate
social distancing. Signage is posted at the entrances to all CCAC locations as well as throughout the college’s facilities detailing social distancing and health and safety requirements, and traffic flow  information. Modification or removal of social distancing signs, tape and markings, as well as the alteration or movement of seating or working areas is prohibited. Security staff will be monitoring the buildings. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the campus community safe by monitoring social distancing.

Employees and Contractors

CCAC employees, contractors, vendors and other service providers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times while indoors in any non-private (single occupant) room or work location and while in areas in which the individual will or is likely to be in proximity to other individuals (common areas, lobbies, hallways, elevators, vehicles). Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations.

In order to facilitate clear communication of lecture content and instruction to all students, CCAC faculty members will have the option to use a mask or a clear face shield when providing instruction in a classroom or laboratory.

Students and Visitors

All CCAC students and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC buildings and facilities, including in laboratories, classrooms and other learning spaces. Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations. Students and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when meeting in person with advisors, counselors, supportive services personnel, registration and other College staff members.

Students or visitors who do not want to wear a mask in order to meet with an advisor, counselor or other College representative may schedule a virtual appointment.

Students in clinical assignments will be required to comply with the rules and procedures in effect at the site of the clinical placement.

Any student that needs to remove his or her facemask during a classroom or laboratory period for a personal reason, such as to take medication or drink water, will be required to leave the classroom or laboratory before removing his or her mask.

Students in laboratories will be required to utilize and follow all sterile techniques as communicated by their instructor.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives. Employees who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Enrollment Management related offices are staffed either in person or (at minimum) virtually in order to cover all campuses/centers.  If an in-person staff member is not available to assist students, there will be a virtual option available at that site during regular hours.

The college will immediately prioritize and mobilize staff to expedite the cleaning and sanitization of the infected space.

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Safety

Signage is posted at the entrances to all CCAC locations as well as throughout the college’s facilities detailing social distancing, health and safety requirements, and traffic flow information.

All CCAC students, employees, contractors, visitors and guests are required to review the CCAC Self-Screening Questionnaire prior to entering CCAC buildings and facilities.

Coming to a CCAC campus or facility sick or with symptoms puts the entire campus community at an unnecessary risk for spreading the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID–19. By working together, we can maintain a healthy environment for all.

The number of students in a classroom varies upon the size of the classroom. Occupancy has been determined by the size of the classroom and how many students and an instructor the room can accommodate while maintaining 6-foot of social distancing.

Enhanced custodial services began at the start of the pandemic and is continuing throughout the academic year.

The college will immediately prioritize and mobilize staff to expedite the cleaning and sanitization of the infected space.

HVAC systems are fully operational across the college facilities and a filter change schedule has been established.

Please submit a fix-it request for your campus or notify the regional president.

Please submit a fix-it request for your campus or contact the regional president.

The disinfectant products meet EPA's (List N) criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The number of students in a lab varies upon the size of the lab. Occupancy has been determined by the size of the lab and how many students and an instructor the room can accommodate while maintaining 6-foot social distancing.

Yes. Safety guidance and how to correctly wear face coverings is covered in the Human Resources mandatory COVID-19 training.

Employees and Contractors

CCAC employees, contractors, vendors and other service providers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times while indoors in any non-private (single occupant) room or work location and while in areas in which the individual will or is likely to be in proximity to other individuals (common areas, lobbies, hallways, elevators, vehicles). Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations.

In order to facilitate clear communication of lecture content and instruction to all students, CCAC faculty members will have the option to use a mask or a clear face shield when providing instruction in a classroom or laboratory.

Students and Visitors

All CCAC students and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC buildings and facilities, including in laboratories, classrooms and other learning spaces. Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations. Students and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when meeting in person with advisors, counselors, supportive services personnel, registration and other College staff members.

Students or visitors who do not want to wear a mask in order to meet with an advisor, counselor or other College representative may schedule a virtual appointment.

Students in clinical assignments will be required to comply with the rules and procedures in effect at the site of the clinical placement.

Any student that needs to remove his or her facemask during a classroom or laboratory period for a personal reason, such as to take medication or drink water, will be required to leave the classroom or laboratory before removing his or her mask.

Students in laboratories will be required to utilize and follow all sterile techniques as communicated by their instructor.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives. Employees who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

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Vaccine

According to the CDC, vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from COVID-19 disease. The College therefore strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff and partners to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States prior to returning to on campus classes, work or activities. The College has and will continue to provide opportunities for all members of the College community to obtain the vaccine, at no cost, through both on-campus clinics and off-campus providers through the 2021-22 academic year. In addition, participation in certain athletic and extracurricular activities where masking and physical distancing are not possible may be made contingent upon each participant providing proof of vaccination.

People who had COVID-19 have at least three months of protection from reinfection, so if you have recently recovered from COVID-19, you can likely wait to get it. Frontline workers who have not had COVID-19 in the past 3 months may be given priority for the vaccine. However, eventually even those who had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine.

Yes. We are still learning much about the vaccines, including more about the protection they provide under real-life conditions. For now, it is important for everyone to continue to wear masks, stay at least 6 feet from others and frequently wash their hands.

Employees and Contractors

CCAC employees, contractors, vendors and other service providers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times while indoors in any non-private (single occupant) room or work location and while in areas in which the individual will or is likely to be in proximity to other individuals (common areas, lobbies, hallways, elevators, vehicles). Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations.

In order to facilitate clear communication of lecture content and instruction to all students, CCAC faculty members will have the option to use a mask or a clear face shield when providing instruction in a classroom or laboratory.

Students and Visitors

All CCAC students and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC buildings and facilities, including in laboratories, classrooms and other learning spaces. Masks may be removed in designated foodservice and eating areas, in accordance with posted guidelines and physical distancing requirements. Masks will not be required in outdoor locations. Students and visitors will also be required to wear a mask when meeting in person with advisors, counselors, supportive services personnel, registration and other College staff members.

Students or visitors who do not want to wear a mask in order to meet with an advisor, counselor or other College representative may schedule a virtual appointment.

Students in clinical assignments will be required to comply with the rules and procedures in effect at the site of the clinical placement.

Any student that needs to remove his or her facemask during a classroom or laboratory period for a personal reason, such as to take medication or drink water, will be required to leave the classroom or laboratory before removing his or her mask.

Students in laboratories will be required to utilize and follow all sterile techniques as communicated by their instructor.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

Students who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Office of Supportive Services to request an accommodation and evaluate potential alternatives. Employees who cannot wear a mask due to a disability or other medical condition are required to contact the College’s Human Resources to discuss potential accommodations.

Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others.  This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

Although the risk that fully vaccinated* people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.

Fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to quarantine, be restricted from work, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

Those currently sick should not get vaccine until they are at least past their isolation period because we want to protect those giving the vaccine and others at the vaccination center. Because there is usually at least three months of protection after infection, you can wait to get the vaccine, but you don’t need to wait the three months.

If you are currently sick, please get tested for COVID-19 and stay at home until you get your results.

For most vaccines, we ask those with fever or significant illness wait to get the vaccine until you are feeling better and fever has been gone for at least 24 hours. Waiting allows us to see if any side affects you experience are from the vaccine or from the illness.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Allegheny County Health Department website COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

The CDC recommends that if you are fully vaccinated, take the following steps to protect others when you travel:

  • During Travel
  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).
  • Follow all state and local recommendations and requirements, including mask wearing and social distancing.
  • After Travel
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

Individuals returning from travel outside of the United States, including individuals who are fully vaccinated, will not be permitted to return to on campus work assignments, classes or other on campus activities until they have completed applicable testing and/or self-quarantine periods recommended by the CDC and state and local health department guidelines, as then in effect. Additional information concerning current CDC guidelines regarding domestic and international travel are located on the CDC website at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

*Individuals will be considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after receiving the second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two (2) weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. The term “unvaccinated individuals” refers to any individual who does not meet the foregoing definition of “fully vaccinated.”

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Additional health information

Keep up with the latest on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health Targeted Mitigation Order FAQ, and the Allegheny County Health Department websites.

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