COVID-19


Health & Safety

The health and safety of the college community remains our highest priority, and we are expanding precautionary infection prevention measures by implementing cleaning and sanitation practices recommended by the CDC.

  • Masks or face coverings are required on all campuses and centers.
  • The college is installing plexiglass partitions in all of its student service areas.
  • Sanitation cleaning will occur after each transaction.
  • Classrooms and common areas are being measured and arranged to follow social distancing recommendations.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the campuses and centers

For questions contact Shane Van Bibber, CHST, Director of Risk Management | vanbibbers@cochise.edu | 520-515-5455

Please visit the Fall 2020 webpage for details about the classroom experience for students and more about what preventive measures are in place to help reduce the COVID-19 spread. 

CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

The grant is pertaining to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Included within the relief package, Emergency Financial Aid Grants are being made available to college and university students across the nation.

Eligible Cochise College students will receive between $400 and $1,200 an amount of money based on the number of credits enrolled that can be used to help compensate for the economic impact the coronavirus may have had on a student.

To be eligible, the grant applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Complete the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Request (Online Form) found on the website, affirming the funds shall be used for the intended purposes of food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care.
  • Be enrolled at Cochise College between March 1 and March 31, 2020.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can continue to apply for the 2019-2020 FAFSA through June 30 or the 2021 FAFSA. The school code is 001072.

Cochise College Students who meet eligibility will be notified and will receive the funds as an electronic bank transfer if they are already signed up for that, or a check will be mailed to their homes. Funds shall be distributed, generally, within 14 college business days of receipt of a completed application by an eligible student.

We look forward to receiving your applications and being able to help our students continue to persevere during these challenging times to achieve their educational goals. 

If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at smithtinesha@cochise.edu. Please include your student identification or C number.   

Important Links:
CARES Act Report (PDF)

CARES Act Report II (PDF)

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Request (online form)

Coronavirus Video Course

Links to Resources

Arizona Governors’s Office COVID-19 Resources

Cochise County COVID-19 Resources

Events

Together, our commitment and actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 can help keep our community safe and healthier for everyone. 

  • CANCELED event: Pit Fire Pottery Festival
  • CANCELED event: Rodeo at Fort Huachuca
  • CANCELED event: All Center for Lifelong Learning classes and events through Spring 2020.
  • CANCELED: All CLL Brown Bag Lectures through the end of April.  This brings the Spring Brown Bag Lecture Series to an end.
  • CANCELED event: Reading Tree
  • CANCELED event: Creative Writing Celebration
  • SUSPENDED: Baseball games beginning March 14 through Friday, April 3
  • POSTPONED: Cochise College Foundation Scholarship Breakfast
  • POSTPONED: Cochise College & High Desert Pod Chili Challenge
  • CANCELED: Cochise College Baseball Reunion and Benefit
  • CANCELED: Math & Science Experience 2020
  • SUSPENDED: Cochise College Food Pantry Douglas Campus
  • CLOSED: Cochise College Libraries – online resources available
  • CANCELED: CCT 2020 Fit Cochise 5K Walk Run
  • POSTPONED: Cochise College Expo
  • POSTPONED: Empty Bowls
  • CANCELED: Commencement and other end of the year celebrations – Red and White Banquets, Student Recognition Ceremonies, Nurse Pinning Ceremony, and the GED Recognition Ceremony
  • CANCELED: Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert at the Benson Center

Messages from the president

Cochise College Students,

I hope this email finds you safe and healthy! I know it has been a trying and difficult semester for all of you, but I hope, despite the challenges, you have been successful in your studies. As many of you may know, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-36 (attached) which states effective May 16, 2020 at 12:00am, “Arizona shall institute a “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” policy that promotes physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness and allows businesses to gradually and safely open in compliance with federal guidelines as the state continues to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19″. Cochise College will comply with that Order and begin a gradual and safe reopening of the college beginning Monday, May 18, 2020.

Beginning Monday, college hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Students are encouraged to make appointments and college services can be provided via email, phone, ZOOM, or face-to-face. Appointments can be made at:

Admissions & Registration: reg@cochise.edu 520-515-5336/520-417-4005

Advising: Advising@cochise.edu 520-515-5483/520-417-4038
Financial Aid: finadid@cochise.edu 520-515-5417/520-417-4045

Business Office: svbo@cochise.edu 520-515-5416/520-417-4076
Bookstore: campusstore@cochise.edu 520-515-5419
Testing testing@cochise.edu 520-515-5447/520-439-6825

Fort Huachuca Center fthuachuca@cochise.edu

Walk-in hours for students without an appointment are as follows:

Sierra Vista Campus: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday
Douglas Campus: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday

Downtown Center: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Benson Center: 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Willcox Center: 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The college plans to increase walk-in hours as student demand increases and following best practices in health and safety.

Students needing to complete Spring 2020 courses are encouraged to communicate with their instructors for specific course guidance and classroom/lab availability.

Students should strive to maintain proper social distancing and avoid loitering or congregating in public areas, hallways, or work areas. If you are sick or think you may have been exposed, please stay home, do not come on campus.

Facilities and Maintenance has worked diligently to clean and sanitize the campuses/centers prior to reopening. Custodial services have adjusted work hours to accommodate deep cleaning when the college is closed and to provide staffing during work hours. High touch door handles and restrooms will be cleaned twice daily.  As “we are all in this together”, we ask each of you to be diligent in practicing good hygiene and assisting in keeping others safe.

I know that this has been a difficult and uncertain time for each of you. The college stands ready to assist you in your educational pursuits, now, and in the future. Now is the time to plan for your future! Please set an appointment so we can assist you.

Together we will get through this!

J.D.

J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.

College President

Dear Cochise College Students,
As many of you may already know, the Governor extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Order through May 15, 2020. Based on that order (attached), Cochise College will remain closed to the public. The college will continue to provide you educational and support services via multiple remote modalities. Your efforts in adapting to, and meeting, your course expectations during these uncertain and difficult times is recognized and appreciated. I am extremely proud of your resilience and grit!
Students should continue in their coursework as outlined by their instructors. Although no face-to-face instruction or services can be provided at this time, we have established many remote services for you to utilize. Contact information for college departments can be found on the Student COVID-19 page of the MyCochise portal. Please continue to check your college email for information and instructions. Students with concerns should contact their instructors and/or the dean of students at deanofstudents@cochise.edu.
I know this is not how we envisioned the end of the academic year. The pandemic has caused significant disruption to your lives and the lives of your families, friends, and the entire Cochise College community. Together, we have done the best we could within the guidelines provided and I am confident that we will finish the academic year with that same dedication, commitment, and energy. Please continue to work hard on your courses. Do the best you can and together we will get through this!
Once again, we appreciate your patience and flexibility during this difficult time.
Thank you,
J.D.
J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.
College President

Dear Cochise College Students,

 

Governor Doug Ducey has issued a Stay at Home executive order (attached) effective Tuesday, March 31 at 5:00pm. Cochise College will close all campuses and centers no later than 5:00pm, March 31, 2020. Courses offered in a distance format will continue without disruption. All face to face interactions/instructions will be suspended. Students will not be able to visit college campuses or centers after this time, until further notice. Please check your college email for information and instructions from your instructor(s).

Students with concerns should contact their instructors and/or the dean of students at deanofstudents@cochise.edu.

 

College departments and student services will still be available via email, phone or video chats. Contact information for those departments can be found on the Student COVID-19 page of the MyCochise portal.

 

Once again we appreciate your patience and flexibility during this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,

J.D. Rottweiler

Dear Cochise College Community,

First, let me start with a thank you to each of you!

To our students, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work our way through these uncertain times. Please know that your academic success has been at the center of all our actions. We are trying to provide you the best opportunities to complete your Spring 2020 classes within CDC and best practice guidelines. Please know that we are trying to accommodate, to the best of our abilities, your course completion. We have resources available to help you, not only in your courses, but in your academic decision making. Please continue to communicate with your instructors, counseling and advising, financial aid, and the registration office with questions/concerns you may have regarding your current and/or future academic planning.

To our faculty and staff, thank you for “rallying to the cause” and “rising to the occasion” in helping our students succeed. I know there has been an extra burden placed on each of you. Your dedication, commitment, and effort has been recognized and is appreciated. We are trying to make decisions that will allow the college to continue in its important work while providing you reasonable work accommodations. More information will be forthcoming.

Classes to resume on Monday, March 23rd. By now most students should have received communications from their instructors informing them of the course format changes and actions moving forward. Please check your college email for these updates. If you have not received a communication, please reach out to your instructor(s). Spring 2020 classes will conclude, as previously planned, on May 11, 2020.

Commencement 2020 and end of year celebrations. During this challenging time, we are faced with many unknowns including when the COVID-19 threat will end. Unfortunately, we are canceling this year’s commencement ceremony scheduled for May 15, 2020, based on the updates and recommendations from the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

We know this decision is disappointing for many of our graduates and their families. We understand that our students work incredibly hard to reach this milestone. Rest assured, the canceling of Commencement will not delay the receipt of diplomas and certificates.

Similarly, we are canceling other end of the year celebrations including: the Red and White Banquets, Student Recognition Ceremonies, Nurse Pinning Ceremony, and the GED Recognition Ceremony to name a few. These decisions were not made lightly, but with the best interests of our campus community. The health and well being of our campus community is our highest priority.

We will continue to discuss and look for opportunities to hold special recognition ceremonies for these students in the near future, should it be deemed safe and feasible.

Cochise College will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and work with public health officials to keep you informed and to maintain a safe and healthy campus. We encourage everyone to visit cochise.edu/wellness for updates about campus information on public health, student services, and any corresponding college updates. If you have not done so, please sign up for CCAlerts to receive emergency notifications from the college.

Campus protocols continue as follows:

Stay at home when you are sick, most especially if you think you may have an infectious disease.

If you need to miss a class or series of classes due to illness, you are responsible for emailing your course instructor(s) with a copy to the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@cochise.edu as soon as possible (ideally in advance of the classes).

You are responsible for completing any work that you miss, including assignments, quizzes, tests, and exams.

You are responsible for communicating with your instructor(s) via the Cochise College email.

Students who are working off-campus doing internships, clinical rotations, or other forms of experiential learning should closely adhere to the absence policies of the organizations in which they are embedded and/or college department(s).

Finally, we share your pain for the losses and massive disruption you have had to endure over the last several weeks and the weeks to come. We know this wasn’t how your year was supposed to end. You were supposed to be looking forward and moving forward in excitement as your dreams become reality. We have always known that our students are resilient and have every confidence that this latest trial will show the world not only your resilience, but also your perseverance.

Sincerely,

J.D. Rottweiler

J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.
College President

Dear Cochise College Community,

This evening Governor Ducey announced all Arizona k-12 public schools will close from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. I wanted to reach out and continue to assure you that we are still monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Cochise College will remain open and resume all classes on Monday, March 23, including online classes. Beginning tomorrow, March 16, faculty will be working to modify face to face courses to allow for social distancing to the extent possible. Faculty will be in communication as these modifications become available.

All campus support operations will continue as usual to the extent possible.

  • Student housing and dining services on the Douglas Campus will resume regular hours for those students remaining on the Douglas Campus.
  • Events and gatherings on campus/centers will be canceled or rescheduled and updates will follow directly from the event organizers.
  • Based on CDC recommendations the college is implementing social distancing methods.  The college will be minimizing face-to-face contact when classes resume.

Please continue to check your college email for the latest updates, information about your classes and guidance from your instructors.

Resources for ongoing information include: cochise.edu/wellness, CCAlerts, 800-276-1290, CHSS, Arizona Department of Health Services, or the CDC.

Sincerely,

J.D. Rottweiler

J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.

College President

Dear Cochise College Community:

On behalf of the Cochise College Governing Board and Administration, I am reaching out to assure you that your health and safety remain our highest priority.

We understand that you may be experiencing uncertainty given the rapidly evolving information on COVID-19 with travel restrictions and canceled or postponed public events.

The college has decided to extend spring break for one week for students only. All classes will resume on Monday, March 23. This includes the start of second eight-week courses. Cochise College will be making efforts to better safeguard our students through social distancing. The college will work to minimize face-to-face contact, where possible, when classes resume. Class formats may be modified to accommodate this need. Please continue to check your college email for updates from the college, and/or your instructor. If you have not done so, please sign up for CCAlerts to receive emergency notifications from the college.

During this time a modified absence protocol and practices for class absences have been put into effect to align with the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to limit the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Academic departments and instructors will be asked to accommodate students who need to be out of classes due to illness.

Our modified campus absence protocol will be as follows:

  • Stay at home when you are sick, most especially if you think you may have an infectious disease.
  • If you need to miss a class or series of classes due to illness, you are responsible for emailing your course instructor(s) with a copy to the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@cochise.edu as soon as possible (ideally in advance of the classes).
  • You are responsible for completing any work that you miss, including assignments, quizzes, tests, and exams.
  • You are responsible for communicating with your instructor(s) via the Cochise College email.
  • Students who are working off-campus doing internships, clinical rotations, or other forms of experiential learning should closely adhere to the absence policies of the organizations in which they are embedded and/or college department(s).

If you adhere to this protocol, you will not be penalized according to the attendance policy for the course. Our instructors will be asked to provide reasonable accommodations for students who cannot come to class due to illness to help all students finish their classes without disruption.

We will continue to provide a safe and clean campus for our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. Even more so today, we are expanding precautionary infection prevention measures by implementing cleaning and sanitation practices recommended by the CDC.

Cochise College will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and work with public health officials to keep you informed and to maintain a safe and healthy campus. We encourage everyone to visit cochise.edu/wellness for updates about campus information on public health, student services, and any corresponding implications for on-campus activities, events, and classes –including any travel implications and restrictions.

Other resources for infection prevention guidance and information are CHSS, Arizona Department of Health Services, or the CDC.

Sincerely,

J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.
President
Cochise College

Cochise College and the Cochise County Health & Social Services (CCHS) are carefully monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Health protocols prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and reinforced by state health officials to ensure a continued healthy campus community. More information about the flu and the novel coronavirus can be found on the CDC’s website.

Public health officials have also issued various travel notices found on the CDC’s website.

Best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Other resources for infection prevention guidance and information are CHSS   or Arizona Department of Health Services.

For questions contact Shane Van Bibber, CHST, Director of Risk Management | vanbibbers@cochise.edu | 520-515-5455

Communicable Disease Outbreak Cochise College EMP 032020 (PDF)

County Health Information

Visit the Cochise County Health and Social Services (website) for county health and safety information.

Community Resources

This information has been shared with us from our community members during the COVID-19 crisis. If you have other community resource information you would like to share please email marketing@cochise.edu.

Douglas School District:

DHS, Stevenson, Sarah Marley and Faras Elementary are providing meals for any Douglas students 18-younger from 9am-12pm at their locations. They are also handing out packets with extended learning resources for kids to do at home.

Sierra Vista School District:

Beginning Monday, March 23rd until March 27th Buena High School, Carmichael Elementary, and Town & Country Elementary will provide 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals for all children 0-18 years old on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00am until 10:00am.

We ask parents and guardians to drive-through to pick up meals for your children at the appropriate school (see below). If you must walk-up, we ask that you not bring your children and maintain appropriate social distancing suggestions of 6 feet.

Buena High School will serve Buena High School and Pueblo Del Sol families.

Carmichael Elementary will serve Carmichael and Bella Vista Elementary families.

Town & Country Elementary will serve Town & Country, Village Meadows, and Huachuca Mountain Families.

Joyce Clark Middle School families may go to whichever school is closest to their home.

The pick up location for Buena High School will be in the back of the school where parent drop-off is located.