Latest College Updates and Events Status:
3/30/2020 5:24 p.m. Governor Doug Ducey has issued a Stay at Home executive order effective Tuesday, March 31, at 5:00 p.m. Cochise College will close all campuses and centers no later than 5:00 p.m, March 31, 2020. Courses offered in a distance format will continue without disruption. All current face to face interaction/instruction will be suspended. Please check your college email for more information.
3/18/2020 All classes will resume in an online format beginning the week of Monday, March 23, through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, to the greatest extent possible. Cochise College is intensifying its social distancing methods in an effort to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. The college is minimally staffing the registration, financial aid, advising & counseling and business offices at this time. Feel free to call or email these offices ahead of time as some transactions may not require you to come to the campus in person. A list of phone numbers and email addresses can be found on the student services directory page.
- 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
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 email@example.com 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.
J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.
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.
J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
J.D. Rottweiler, Ph.D.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.