CASA GRANDE — Central Arizona College closed campuses to the public Monday evening.
“Central Arizona College has been closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). To protect the continued health and safety of faculty, staff, students and community, the college campuses will remain closed with a majority of services moved to online, telephone or virtual interactions until further notice,” CAC President Jackie Elliott stated in an email to the community. “The college is eager to return to normal business as soon as the risk to those around us has been reduced to the levels that can be accommodated by the nation’s health care system. By taking these steps now, our goal is to resume our regular schedules for the fall semester.”
Starting Wednesday all classes were to take place online for the remainder of the semester, she said. Students who have programs that require lab equipment will receive instructions from their teachers before the campus closes on Wednesday.
The college provided information on its website for students who may need to borrow laptops or other technology in order to attend classes online.
The residence halls will remain open for those who need them. Arrangements will be made to maintain social distancing. Food will also be available to these students. Students who want to move out should schedule a time and date with Residential Life staff.
Students who are employed by the college will be contacted by their supervisors. Students with financial aid can contact the college’s financial aid staff if they have questions.
The college is also providing online access to its bookstore, library and Learning Center.
All academic and student events are canceled for the rest of the semester, except for those that can be held online. The college is looking at ways to hold student award ceremonies and graduation online.
Elliott asked students, faculty and staff to continue to check their email, the college’s social media accounts and its website for more updates on the situation.
“It is Central Arizona College’s goal to continue to provide learning opportunities while keeping our students, faculty and staff safe during this time,” Elliott said. “We continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and have implemented processes that will protect the continued health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and the community.”