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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.

GeneralFall 2020Face CoveringsInformation for StudentsFaculty and StaffSafetyAdditional 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 jmesser@ccac.edu
Safety & Security questionsahenderson@ccac.edu


General

The college anticipates that, due to the continued threat of CV19, there will 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 2020–2021. 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.

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.

Traveling increases your chances of getting AND spreading the coronavirus. The Allegheny County Health Department recommends people follow these precautions while traveling and after returning, especially if visiting areas with increasing cases.

On July 15, Allegheny County Health Department askes that people who recently have had high-risk travel and do not have symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. This is a change from past travel guidance regarding testing and made because of the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the county. Check states deemed Coronavirus hotspots HERE.

If you cannot quarantine and must leave the house, seek testing but know that a negative test doesn’t  guarantee that you don’t have COVID-19.

Low-risk travel includes:

  • Travel to states with low COVID-19 cases and low positivity rates
  • Driving with members of your household
  • Visiting secluded places and keeping 6 feet of distance, including day trips
  • Camping or staying at private accommodations with members of your household
  • Not frequenting bars, restaurants or shops
  • Commuting to neighboring states in your personal vehicle

High-risk travel includes:

  • Travel to states with high COVID-19 cases and high positivity rates
  • Using airplanes, buses or trains
  • Visiting crowded places where maintaining 6 feet of distance is difficult, including day trips
  • Staying at hotels, motels or resorts or with non-household members
  • Frequenting bars, restaurants or shops
  • Travel that involves large in-person meetings or social gatherings

If you do travel, protect yourself and others throughout the trip:

  • Avoid crowded locations and close contact. Keep at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Please wear a face covering, even if it’s not required
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after being in public or touching frequently touched surfaces and before and after touching your face, eating, smoking
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Consider picking up food at drive-thrus, curbside restaurant service, or stores

When your return from your trip:

  • For high-risk travel, stay home and quarantine for 14 days. If you cannot quarantine, seek testing and stay home until you receive your test results.
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms and check for symptoms among travel companions
  • Stay home and quarantine for 14 days if worried about exposure to COVID-19 during travel
  • Get tested if feeling symptoms of COVID-19. Testing locations can be found at: https://bit.ly/ACTestingSiteMap

Questions about COVID-19? Visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus or call the
Health Department’s coronavirus hotline at 1-888-856-2774.

CCAC has additional funds to provide students with emergency financial assistance as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Before eligibility can be determined, you will need to first follow the steps below:

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 school year online at www.fafsa.gov or through the myStudentAid mobile app. (Current students must also have the 2019-20 FAFSA completed)
  • List CCAC to receive your FAFSA information. Our school code is 003231-00.
  • Submit any additional documents that are requested. If you are selected for verification or need any additional documentation, requirements will be listed on your To Do list in the Financial Aid Self Service student portal.

Financial Aid representatives are available to assist by email and Appointment Central Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center here. For questions regarding financial aid, please email Financial Aid.

Students who test positive must immediately report this to their Dean of Students:

  • Allegheny Campus/Homewood Brushton Center: 412.237.2520
  • Boyce Campus: 724.325.6650
  • North Campus/West Hills Center: 412.369.3655
  • South Campus/Braddock Hills Center and Washington County: 412.469.6201

Students should also complete a COVID-19 Incident Report Form (Maxient).

Employees who test positive must immediately report this to Human Resources at 412.237.3001.

Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

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 2020

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.

All CCAC students, employees, visitors and others within the college community are required to wear a face covering that meets the CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC facilities. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. An asymptomatic individual can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Reusable masks may be worn for one day and then must be washed prior to subsequent use. Disposable masks will be provided by CCAC, if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the collegiate environment. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

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.  

The number of floors, sizes of spaces and requirements for staffing to clean those spaces is different campus to campus and building to building. Common areas at campuses and centers are configured differently. Cleaning frequency will also need to be based upon classroom, laboratory and office staff scheduling at each location, which varies.

As faculty, students and staff return physically to their classrooms and offices we are developing a block cleaning plan to accommodate proper cleaning of all spaces and attention to each specific location’s needs. Block cleaning will take place three times a day. During this time, classes will not be in session. Custodial  staff will enter the classrooms/labs with a spray wand to disinfect the area. The required solution dwell time will be followed to allow for effective disinfecting. Classes will resume at the next scheduled time.

Restrooms, public spaces and offices will be cleaned between classroom block cleaning. High contact surfaces will be cleaned more frequently.

To supplement cleaning, sanitizing spray bottles and wipes will be available in classrooms, labs and offices that may be used at your option. In addition, hand sanitizers are located throughout the campuses/centers and in classrooms/labs.

CCAC custodial staff has been trained in COVID cleaning protocol. We are doing our
very best to prevent the spread of illness.

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.

Students who test positive must immediately report this to their Dean of Students:

  • Allegheny Campus/Homewood Brushton Center: 412.237.2520
  • Boyce Campus: 724.325.6650
  • North Campus/West Hills Center: 412.369.3655
  • South Campus/Braddock Hills Center and Washington County: 412.469.6201

Students should also complete a COVID-19 Incident Report Form (Maxient). Contact tracing will be  conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow guidance provided by the ACHD.

The spread of COVID-19 in Allegheny County has created a higher demand for testing. The Allegheny County Health Department has modified their recommendations for testing to reflect new priorities. In order for those with symptoms, people who are close contacts of known cases and frontline workers to be tested ACHD is asking that many residents quarantine for 14 days instead of seeking testing. The Health Department has developed this guide for prioritizing testing.

CCAC students and 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. False negatives remain a problem with COVID-19 testing. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic. Unfortunately, the tests are not 100% accurate, and we don’t yet know when during an infection is the best time to have someone tested. You may have been tested too early or too late during the infection for the virus to show up on a test.

Isolation vs Quarantine: The CDC states that isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease and they define the terms as follow:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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.Immunocompromisedd 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.

Anyone who has been contacted by the Health Department and identified as a close contact of a known case of COVID-19 should get tested, even if they do not have symptoms. A close contact is someone that you have been within six (6) feet of for 15 minutes or more, even if masked, during that time period.

Sites allowing asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 in Allegheny County include Rite Aid and Med Express locations and federally qualified health centers. Visit the Rite Aid website to schedule a testing appointment at their locations.MedExpresss asks people to call their nearest center for information. You can use the Testing Site Locations map to identify where the closest locations are for your address.

The Health Department is working with other testing sites to expand access to testing for asymptomatic individuals. 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.

Employees who test positive must immediately report this to Human Resources at 412.237.3001. Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

The spread of COVID-19 in Allegheny County has created a higher demand for testing. The Allegheny County Health Department has modified their recommendations for testing to reflect new priorities. In order for those with symptoms, people who are close contacts of known cases and frontline workers to be tested ACHD is asking that many residents quarantine for 14 days instead of seeking testing. The Health Department has developed this guide for prioritizing testing.

CCAC students and 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. False negatives remain a problem with COVID-19 testing. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic. Unfortunately, the tests are not 100% accurate, and we don’t yet know when during an infection is the best time to have someone tested. You may have been tested too early or too late during the infection for the virus to show up on a test.

Isolation vs Quarantine: The CDC states that isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease and they define the terms as follow:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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.Immunocompromisedd 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.

Anyone who has been contacted by the Health Department and identified as a close contact of a known case of COVID-19 should get tested, even if they do not have symptoms. A close contact is someone that you have been within six (6) feet of for 15 minutes or more, even if masked, during that time period.

Sites allowing asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 in Allegheny County include Rite Aid and MedExpress locations and federally qualified health centers. Visit the Rite Aid website to schedule a testing appointment at their locations.MedExpresss asks people to call their nearest center for information. You can use the Testing Site Locations map to identify where the closest locations are for your address.

The Health Department is working with other testing sites to expand access to testing for asymptomatic individuals. 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.

CCAC Athletics is suspended through the fall semester. Spring sports will be offered pending no prohibiting resurgence of COVID 19. Spring sports will be permitted to begin practices on campus in mid- fall semester, assuming guidance and circumstances allow, however a final decision regarding Spring athletics has not yet been made. Athletic coaches will continue to communicate with their athletes and they will implement remote workouts until a return is possible. Upon return, the NJCAA Region XX Athletics Covid-19 Policies and Best Practices will be implemented to monitor and protect our athletes. The Athletic Department continues to participate in discussions at the regional and conference level to help shape plans for our Athletic teams and Student Athletes.

No outside events or large college events will be held in-person within the college until further notice.

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

All CCAC students, employees, visitors and others within the college community are required to wear a face covering that meets the CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC facilities. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. A face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Reusable masks may be worn for one day and then must be washed prior to subsequent use. Disposable masks will be provided by CCAC, if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the collegiate environment. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

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.

All CCAC employees, contractors, vendors and other service providers will be required to wear a face covering that meets CDC guidelines at all times while 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). If you are in a private room or work location and another person enters the room, a face covering is required. Those using the elevators are required to wear a disposable face mask or cloth face covering regardless of traveling alone or with others.

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

Face masks/cloth face coverings must be worn by all students on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, hallways, elevators, etc.). Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID–19 to others even if you do not feel sick. A face
covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Reusable masks may be worn for one day and then must be washed prior to subsequent use. Disposable masks will be provided by CCAC, if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the collegiate environment. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

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 must immediately report this to their Dean of Students:

  • Allegheny Campus/Homewood Brushton Center: 412.237.2520
  • Boyce Campus: 724.325.6650
  • North Campus/West Hills Center: 412.369.3655
  • South Campus/Braddock Hills Center and Washington County: 412.469.6201

Students should also complete a COVID-19 Incident Report Form (Maxient). Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow guidance provided by the ACHD.

CCAC students and 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. False negatives remain a problem with COVID-19 testing. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic. Unfortunately, the tests are not 100% accurate, and we don’t yet know when during an infection is the best time to have someone tested. You may have been tested too early or too late during the infection for the virus to show up on a test.

Isolation vs Quarantine: The CDC states that isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease and they define the terms as follow:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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.Immunocompromisedd 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.

Anyone who has been contacted by the Health Department and identified as a close contact of a known case of COVID-19 should get tested, even if they do not have symptoms. A close contact is someone that you have been within six (6) feet of for 15 minutes or more, even if masked, during that time period.

Sites allowing asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 in Allegheny County include Rite Aid and MedExpress locations and federally qualified health centers. Visit the Rite Aid website to schedule a testing appointment at their locations.MedExpresss asks people to call their nearest center for information. You can use the Testing Site Locations map to identify where the closest locations are for your address.

The Health Department is working with other testing sites to expand access to testing for asymptomatic individuals. 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.

Students who test positive must immediately report this to their Dean of Students:

  • Allegheny Campus/Homewood Brushton Center: 412.237.2520
  • Boyce Campus: 724.325.6650
  • North Campus/West Hills Center: 412.369.3655
  • South Campus/Braddock Hills Center and Washington County: 412.469.6201

Students should also complete a COVID-19 Incident Report Form (Maxient).

Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

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.

Discussions are being held between CCAC and partnering school districts to determine the best method of instruction for College in the High School and Dual Enrollment students. Information will be shared when a  final agreement is made.

Virtual advising is is available Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 7:00pm and Fridays 8:00am to 4:30pm. Links to Virtual Advising and other resources appear on the College’s home page. Registration procedure information is located on the CCAC website.

CCAC will have additional funds to provide students with emergency financial assistance as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Before eligibility can be determined, you will need to first follow the steps below:

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 school year online at www.fafsa.gov or through the myStudentAid mobile app. (Current students must also have the 2019-20 FAFSA completed)
  • List CCAC to receive your FAFSA information. Our school code is 003231-00.
  • Submit any additional documents that are requested. If you are selected for verification or need any additional documentation, requirements will be listed on your To Do list in the FA Self Service student portal.

Financial Aid representatives are available to assist by email and Appointment Central Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center here. For questions regarding financial aid, please email Financial Aid.

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 resume limited operating hours at all locations beginning August 2nd.

Week of August 2nd: Mon -Thurs 9-2, Closed Fri
Week of August 9th: Mon- Wed 9-2, Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1, Sat 10-1
Week of August 16th: Mon - Thurs 9-6, Fri 9-1, Sat 10-1
Week of August 22nd: Mon – Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1
Week of August 31st: Mon - Thurs 9-6, Fri 9-1
Week of September 6th: Tues - Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1
Remainder of the semester: Mon – Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1

 

Information regarding computer and/or internet access at home is available on the student portal under COVID-19 Student Resources (requires login).

Funds for technology needs may be available through the CARES Act and COVID19 Emergency Funds. Information on these two programs is located on the Financial Aid webpage.

Students should speak with a member of the Financial Aid staff in order to meet their needs.

Campus Phone and Fax Email
Allegheny Campus & Homewood Brushton Center Phone: 412.237.2589
Fax: 412.237.3171
financialaid@ccac.edu
Boyce Campus Phone: 724.325.6602
Fax: 412.237.3173
North Campus & West Hills Center Phone: 412.369.3656
Fax: 412.237.3175
South Campus, Braddock Hills Center & Washing County Phone: 412.469.6241
Fax: 412.237.3177

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 Fall 2020 Classes page 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 Assistance accessing remote course document on the COVID-19 Student Resources 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 may 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 follows 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 or self-isolate by a health care professional or governmental authority as a result of a potential exposure to COVID–19;
  3. 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; and
  4. The student is needed to provide care for a family member with a COVID–19 related illness.

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 resume limited operating hours at all locations beginning August 2nd.

Week of August 2nd: Mon -Thurs 9-2, Closed Fri
Week of August 9th: Mon- Wed 9-2, Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1, Sat 10-1
Week of August 16th: Mon - Thurs 9-6, Fri 9-1, Sat 10-1
Week of August 22nd: Mon – Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1
Week of August 31st: Mon - Thurs 9-6, Fri 9-1
Week of September 6th: Tues - Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1
Remainder of the semester: Mon – Thurs 9-4, Fri 9-1

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 college is providing employees who are in “high risk” categories with the option to request one of the following alternative work arrangements as an additional precaution to minimize their potential exposure to CV19:

  1. Alternative Work Arrangement: High risk employees may request to continue or be approved for a remote work arrangement, under and pursuant to the college’sAlternative Work Arrangement Regulation.  Requests may be approved if the employee is able to demonstrate the ability to effectively work from a remote location and comply with other requirements and conditions set forth in the college’s Temporary Remote Work Policy. Employees approved to work remotely may still be required to report to college buildings and facilities, as needed, in order to (i) perform work or tasks that cannot be performed remotely (ii) attend or participate in meetings or trainings that cannot be facilitated remotely (iii) deliver or receive mail, faxes or other documents or correspondence necessary to perform their job duties and (iv) deliver college-issued technology equipment to the ITS department for necessary maintenance, service, exchange or return.
  2. Alternative Work Schedule: Employees that cannot work remotely may request an alternative work schedule and/or work location that will maximize their distance from and interaction with other employees, students and visitors. Adjustments in work schedule and/or work location will be approved at the discretion of the college, depending upon availability of physical space and equipment needed to facilitate the adjustment, and whether the employee’s work can effectively be performed during alternative work hours and/or from an alternative location.
  3. Leave of Absence: Employees that cannot work remotely or pursuant to an alternative work schedule or location may request a special unpaid leave of absence as provided under their applicable collective bargaining agreement Article XXV(A(8)) of the full-time Faculty CBA; Section 17.10 of the SEIU CB) or, in the case of non-bargaining unit employees, as provided under Section 5.10.9 of the CCAC Employee Manual. Notice periods for requesting unpaid leave, as may be required under an applicable CBA, may be waived at the discretion of the College, so long as the employee has provided as much prior notice of the need for leave as reasonably possible under the circumstances. Employees who request and are approved for an unpaid leave of absence may substitute available paid leave, including paid leave available under the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, for a corresponding period of approved special unpaid leave.

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.

Students must immediately report this to their Dean of Students:

  • Allegheny Campus/Homewood Brushton Center: 412.237.2520
  • Boyce Campus: 724.325.6650
  • North Campus/West Hills Center: 412.369.3655
  • South Campus/Braddock Hills Center and Washington County: 412.469.6201

Students should also complete a COVID-19 Incident Report Form (Maxient).

Employees must contact Human Resources 412.237.3001.

CCAC students and 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. False negatives remain a problem with COVID-19 testing. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic. Unfortunately, the tests are not 100% accurate, and we don’t yet know when during an infection is the best time to have someone tested. You may have been tested too early or too late during the infection for the virus to show up on a test.

Isolation vs Quarantine: The CDC states that isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease and they define the terms as follow:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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.Immunocompromisedd 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.

Anyone who has been contacted by the Health Department and identified as a close contact of a known case of COVID-19 should get tested, even if they do not have symptoms. A close contact is someone that you have been within six (6) feet of for 15 minutes or more, even if masked, during that time period.

Sites allowing asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 in Allegheny County include Rite Aid and MedExpress locations and federally qualified health centers. Visit the Rite Aid website to schedule a testing appointment at their locations.MedExpresss asks people to call their nearest center for information. You can use the Testing Site Locations map to identify where the closest locations are for your address.

The Health Department is working with other testing sites to expand access to testing for asymptomatic individuals. 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.

Students must immediately report this to their Dean of Students:

  • Allegheny Campus/Homewood Brushton Center: 412.237.2520
  • Boyce Campus: 724.325.6650
  • North Campus/West Hills Center: 412.369.3655
  • South Campus/Braddock Hills Center and Washington County: 412.469.6201

Students should also complete a COVID-19 Incident Report Form (Maxient).

Employees must contact Human Resources 412.237.3001.

CCAC students and 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. False negatives remain a problem with COVID-19 testing. A negative test does not mean you don’t have the virus, especially if you are symptomatic. Unfortunately, the tests are not 100% accurate, and we don’t yet know when during an infection is the best time to have someone tested. You may have been tested too early or too late during the infection for the virus to show up on a test.

Isolation vs Quarantine: The CDC states that isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease and they define the terms as follow:

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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.Immunocompromisedd 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.

Anyone who has been contacted by the Health Department and identified as a close contact of a known case of COVID-19 should get tested, even if they do not have symptoms. A close contact is someone that you have been within six (6) feet of for 15 minutes or more, even if masked, during that time period.

Sites allowing asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 in Allegheny County include Rite Aid and Med Express locations and federally qualified health centers. Visit the Rite Aid website to schedule a testing appointment at their locations.MedExpresss asks people to call their nearest center for information. You can use the Testing Site Locations map to identify where the closest locations are for your address.

The Health Department is working with other testing sites to expand access to testing for asymptomatic individuals. 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.

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.

Traveling increases your chances of getting AND spreading the coronavirus. The Allegheny County Health Department recommends people follow these precautions while traveling and after returning, especially if visiting areas with increasing cases.

On July 15, Allegheny County Health Department askes that people who recently have had high-risk travel and do not have symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home and quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. This is a change from past travel guidance regarding testing and made because of the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the county. Check states deemed Coronavirus hotspots HERE.

If you cannot quarantine and must leave the house, seek testing but know that a negative test doesn’t  guarantee that you don’t have COVID-19.

Low-risk travel includes:

  • Travel to states with low COVID-19 cases and low positivity rates
  • Driving with members of your household
  • Visiting secluded places and keeping 6 feet of distance, including day trips
  • Camping or staying at private accommodations with members of your household
  • Not frequenting bars, restaurants or shops
  • Commuting to neighboring states in your personal vehicle

High-risk travel includes:

  • Travel to states with high COVID-19 cases and high positivity rates
  • Using airplanes, buses or trains
  • Visiting crowded places where maintaining 6 feet of distance is difficult, including day trips
  • Staying at hotels, motels or resorts or with non-household members
  • Frequenting bars, restaurants or shops
  • Travel that involves large in-person meetings or social gatherings

If you do travel, protect yourself and others throughout the trip:

  • Avoid crowded locations and close contact. Keep at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Please wear a face covering, even if it’s not required
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after being in public or touching frequently touched surfaces and before and after touching your face, eating, smoking
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Consider picking up food at drive-thrus, curbside restaurant service, or stores

When your return from your trip:

  • For high-risk travel, stay home and quarantine for 14 days. If you cannot quarantine, seek testing and stay home until you receive your test results.
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms and check for symptoms among travel companions
  • Stay home and quarantine for 14 days if worried about exposure to COVID-19 during travel
  • Get tested if feeling symptoms of COVID-19. Testing locations can be found at: https://bit.ly/ACTestingSiteMap

Questions about COVID-19? Visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus or call the
Health Department’s coronavirus hotline at 1-888-856-2774.

Students who test positive must immediately report this to their Dean of Students:

Allegheny Campus/Homewood Brushton Center, 412.237.2520
Boyce Campus, 724.325.6650; North Campus/West Hills Center, 412.369.3655
South Campus/Braddock Hills Center and Washington County, 412.469.6201

Students should also complete a COVID-19 Student Incident Report Form Maxient).

Employees who test positive must immediately report this to Human Resources, 412.237.3001.

Contact tracing will be conducted by the Allegheny County Health Department. Individuals should follow the guidance provided by the ACHD.

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.

All CCAC students, employees, visitors and others within the college community are required to wear a face covering that meets the CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC facilities. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. A face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Reusable masks may be worn for one day and then must be washed prior to subsequent use. Disposable masks will be provided by CCAC, if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the collegiate environment. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

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.

CCAC will phase in a return of employees in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate social distancing and to ensure the availability of face coverings (required), gloves, gowns and face shields (as appropriate). Phased staffing will be determined by department and function and will be aligned with the safety guidelines
provided herein, the needs of the College, and the needs of our students in accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Education (DOE).

CCAC will assess staffing based on mission-critical operations, ability to control and manage specific work environments, and necessity to access on-site resources. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated through your respective Dean, Vice President, Regional President, or the Provost Office.

In accordance with the recently signed MOU, course sections are assigned with specific modes of instruction identified. If the pandemic causes instruction to shift to fully remote, the adjunct must provide the needed technology and be willing to continue instructing the section in a remote environment.

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.

The number of floors, sizes of spaces and requirements for staffing to clean those spaces is different campus to campus and building to building. Common areas at campuses and centers are configured differently. Cleaning frequency will also need to be based upon classroom, laboratory and office staff scheduling at each location, which varies.

As faculty, students and staff return physically to their classrooms and offices we are developing a block cleaning plan to accommodate proper cleaning of all spaces and attention to each specific location’s needs. Block cleaning will take place three times a day. During this time, classes will not be in session. Custodial staff will enter the classrooms/labs with a spray wand to disinfect the area. The required solution dwell time will be followed to allow for effective disinfecting. Classes will resume at the next scheduled time.

Restrooms, public spaces and offices will be cleaned between classroom block cleaning. High contact surfaces will be cleaned more frequently.

To supplement cleaning, sanitizing spray bottles and wipes will be available in classrooms, labs and offices that may be used at your option. In addition, hand sanitizers are located throughout the campuses/centers and in classrooms/labs.

CCAC custodial staff has been trained in COVID cleaning protocol. We are doing our very best to prevent the spread of illness.

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.

Water fountains will remain open and sanitized frequently. Staff and students are still encouraged to bring their own drinks from home or use vending machines.

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.

All CCAC students, employees, visitors and others within the college community are required to wear a face covering that meets the CDC guidelines at all times when inside CCAC facilities. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. A face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Reusable masks may be worn for one day and then must be washed prior to subsequent use. Disposable masks will be provided by CCAC, if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the collegiate environment. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

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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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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