Spring 2020 classes have resumed online.
Please visit dcccd.edu/coronavirus for additional information and to learn how to prepare for online classes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the DCCCD Community


 

Dallas County Community College District continues to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on our community. We are in daily contact with Dallas County Health and Human Services to monitor any local transmission of the disease and are following guidance from them as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Please rest assured that any information that has an impact on district operations will be shared rapidly. It is important to avoid undue panic or concern and rely on factual information about the disease’s spread from knowledgeable state and national health organizations such as the Texas Department of State Health Services and the CDC.

Prevention

There are personal steps that can be taken to avoid transmission or acquiring the disease. In addition to being spread through contact with infected surfaces, COVID-19 is believed to be transmitted through the air when a carrier coughs or sneezes, much like flu and other respiratory diseases are spread. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

The CDC has outlined the steps we can all take to minimize being infected with COVID-19. They include, first and foremost, avoiding personal contact with people who are sick or may have recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 has been reported. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, is also very important. Every effort should be made to wash your hands before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

To mitigate the spread of the virus, effective immediately through the end of the Spring semester, all district-sponsored and campus events with greater than 250 people will be postponed or rescheduled for a later date.

Please note that this action with regard to gatherings does not apply to classes. We are taking this action in accordance with event guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and continuing dialogue with our state and local health authorities.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate this situation and keep our students, employees and communities informed as developments occur, particularly as they relate to operations during the Spring semester.

Self-Quarantine and Self-Reporting

If you believe you have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or you believe you may be infected with COVID-19, please view our self-quarantine guidelines and complete our self-reporting form (login required) so that health professionals can adequately track this information and coordinate internal support. The information will be kept secure and confidential.


 

Travel Guidelines

DCCCD is restricting official travel to all countries for which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Warning related to COVID-19.

At this time, these countries include: China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. DCCCD strongly discourages personal travel to these areas as well.

Any DCCCD employee who has traveled to any of these countries since Jan. 1, 2020, or has plans to visit any of these countries, should report their travel to their supervisor or HR representative.

DCCCD will continue to evaluate official student and employee travel outside of Level 2 or Level 3 countries as this situation develops.

Complete the self-reporting form (login required) so that health professionals can adequately track this information and coordinate internal support. The information will be kept secure and confidential.

For F-1 International Students

While many students may have travel plans for spring break, we strongly discourage visa-holding students from international travel during this time. 

If you are an F-1 international student planning international travel, you are required to contact the International Student Services Office at your home campus to receive authorization for travel by close of the day Friday, March 13. 

The information you provide will allow us to provide guidance on your reentry to your campus. While traveling, if you expect or experience delays because of travel restrictions, you are advised to contact your international student advisor immediately.


Communications

DCCCD officials are in daily contact with Dallas County Health and Human Services to monitor any local transmission of the disease and are following guidance from the county and state, as well as the CDC. While campuses may be impacted differently, this site is the official source for information, and any information that has an impact on district operations will be shared rapidly here.

The following communications have been shared with the DCCCD community to date:

Additional messages have been shared with specific audiences.

Dual Credit Information

Dual credit, Early College High School and P-TECH college courses offered at high schools or colleges of DCCCD will not be able to be offered in-person if the DCCCD college(s) or the high school/independent school district is closed due to a public health emergency related to COVID-19. If the colleges close and the high school/school district remains open, the DCCCD college faculty would not be expected to hold in-person college credit courses but would need to offer online or remote instruction. High school employees and students should follow the guidance of their high school and school district regarding high school classes.