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COVID-19 Response Center at YC

Updated regularly with the College's approach to the health and safety of all students, employees, and visitors

Brief COVID-19 Updates

Updated June 3, 2020

For the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the college community, Yavapai College has announced that all classes and services will only be offered online for rest of the spring semester (May 10, 2020). Classes and services will remain online through the summer semester.

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May 20 Update

While most of us are primarily telecommuting through July,

  • Some departments remain on campus (eg. Police, Facilities, Food Service, Residence Life, etc.)
  • Some employees occasionally come to campus with their supervisor’s and VP’s approval to conduct work on specialized equipment (eg. Payroll), to pick up mail, or perform other work cannot otherwise be performed at home

Beginning Monday May 25th and EFFECTIVE THROUGH THE SUMMER TERM:

  • While we know some employees are ready to return to their office at YC, the ELT has determined that the vast majority of employees will continue to telecommute at this time
  • Employees, students, and visitors will continue to be required maintain good social distancing (stay 6 feet apart), and to stay home if ill or if awaiting COVID19 test results
  • Employees, students, and visitors who have been approved to be on campus will be required to wear a mask when in a YC Building.  This is in alignment with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, and is intended to limit the spread of COVID19
    • People are not required to wear a mask when outside while on YC premises; however, they must always maintain good social distancing.
    • Employees are not required to wear a mask if working alone in their private office, but must wear a mask in any shared or common space.

We are in a unique situation:

The current best available information indicates that I cannot effectively protect myself from COVID19 by wearing a mask, but I can protect others if I wear a mask.  A model out of Berkeley indicates we will reduce the possibility of transmission by 90% if we all wear a mask, so that is what we plan to do this Summer. 

Thank you in advance for working with your employees and students to garner their buy-in and ensure their compliance with these Summer work rules.

Decisions for Fall semester regarding telecommuting, PPE or Social Distancing have not been determined at this time, but will be revisited in July.


Academic Instruction

  • All in-person classes will be online for the summer semester. Registration is open and classes begin June 1.
  • Students who have problems accessing computers, or internet services, should contact the answer center at (928) 776-2149.
  • All OLLI and Community Education classes have been moved online. Please click here to visit different lifelong learning areas for class offerings.
  • The Family Enrichment Center will follow academic programming for the summer semester and will remain closed for the summer semester.
  • All summer semester courses will be online. Summer registration opens April 6, 2020 and classes begin on June 1, 2020.

Student Services & Campus Operations

  • All College student services are operating remotely via video conferencing, phone and email.
  • All College facilities are closed to students and the public.

Work from Home

  • All College faculty and staff are prohibited from entering College facilities until further notice unless they have approval from their Vice President.
  • Employees must telecommute. Please work with your supervisor on a telecommuting work plan.
  • Essential college services will function as normal. These services include the Yavapai College Police and facilities personnel.


  • All College events are cancelled until further notice and public events scheduled at YC locations are cancelled. Future events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


  • Students and employees who have traveled to a country designated as a level 3 by the CDC are asked to stay home for 14 days from their time of exposure as per CDC guidelines.
    • Students staying home should contact their instructors.
    • Employees staying home should contact their supervisor and HR business partner.
  • At this time, all college sponsored travel outside of Arizona is suspended until further notice.

If You Are Sick

  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or are sick in any capacity, stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Students should contact their instructors if they are sick. Employees who are sick should contact their supervisors and their HR business partner.

More Information

  • Please communicate calmly and thoroughly through these difficult times. We encourage people to refer to the information on the CDC Website
  • Please direct all employee concerns to Human Resources (928) 776-2217
  • Please direct all student concerns to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at (928) 776-2128 .

While these resources may be categorized by students and employees, we hope you view and explore any of the resources that interest you.

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