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COVID-19 Information

FAQS For Operations & Academics

COVID-19 and College Operations

To promote health and safety on all campuses, we are providing enhanced cleaning (hospital grade supplies) with attention to commonly touched surfaces.

You can support these efforts by following our previously issued preventive hygiene guidance, including washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands and cleaning and disinfecting shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.

Aims is still requiring that face masks/coverings be worn inside all college buildings, for the duration of classes, during meetings, or whenever you are likely to come within 3 feet of another person.The masks/face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth.

Contact the Facilities department through the work request system for cleaning supplies, clear divider shields (requires supervisor approval), etc.

Screens can be cleaned with a soft dry cloth. Do not spray screens or use alcohol or solvent cleaners on screens.

Keyboards, Mice and other peripherals can be cleaned with a cloth with a cleaning solution on it. Do not spray keyboards directly with liquids.

Aims Community College follows specific guidelines issued by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Aims facilities and operations continues to stay current with information on ventilation and filtration to help reduce risks from the virus that causes COVID-19. In general, increasing ventilation and filtration is usually appropriate as we are doing this; however, due to the complexity and diversity of our building types, sizes, construction styles, HVAC system components, and other building features, the Facilities and Operations department follows guidelines for specific building and circumstances.

Aims facilities and operations uses Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 8 or higher where applicable, improving our filtration efficiency and exceeding higher education building standards.

The facilities and operations team monitors our systems daily through a building automation system and onsite system checks.

Filters are changed out quarterly, with some areas monthly, depending on the type of space.

Our buildings at Aims Community College continue to outperform the base standard of higher education facilities with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) standards that have been tested with proven results. The indoor space you work in has better air quality than outdoors.

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19: Classes and Academics

While many of our classes are returning to traditional in-person delivery, Aims offers a range of course delivery options.

Definition of Course Delivery:

Traditional

These courses feature in-person instruction where the faculty and the students are together in a classroom for 75% or more of the scheduled class time. Classes meet at regularly scheduled days and times throughout the semester.

Online

These courses are delivered entirely online.  Students are not expected to “attend” the course at specific times, but there will be a posted schedule of assignments and due dates, often weekly.  Students can expect regular interaction with faculty and classmates via email, discussion threads, chat, or other online formats.

Remote

Remote sections feature the regular time commitment and live interaction of Traditional courses without the use of shared physical space.  Using technologies like Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams, students and faculty interact in real-time and attendance may be taken.  Homework assignments, projects and tests are typically taken/submitted electronically as in an online course.

Blended Instruction

Blended courses combine the elements of any two of the Traditional, Online and Remote class types listed above.  They offer students and faculty an opportunity for greater flexibility with regard to time, location and instructional methods.  Blended courses include these combinations:

Blended Traditional and Online (Hybrid)

These courses feature in-person instruction where the faculty and the students are together in a classroom for less than 75% of the scheduled class time.  Students can expect some amount of in-person interaction with faculty and classmates at a regularly scheduled, consistent time.  More than 25% of the class (50% is common) is conducted Online, as described above.

Blended Traditional and Remote

These courses feature in-person instruction where the faculty and the students are together in a classroom for less than 75% of the scheduled class time. Students can expect to attend class at regularly scheduled days and times throughout the semester, but some sessions will be in person and other sessions will be Remote.  In some of these classes, students may be split into groups with half attending in person and the other half attending remotely on an alternating schedule.

Blended Remote and Online (this is Online, not Hybrid)

These courses feature a combination of real-time student and faculty interaction via a Remote platform for part of the class, and use of Online instruction for the remainder.  Students can expect a specific day/time commitment for the Remote class sessions, but the length and/or number of those sessions will be less than a fully Remote course. The Online method accounts for the rest of the coursework.

If you are unable to participate in class due to illness or the need to care for someone who is ill, you are responsible for emailing your course instructor(s) as soon as possible to let them know. You are responsible for completing any work that you might miss, including assignments, quizzes, tests and exams, and you should make arrangements with your instructor to determine when and how to complete such assignments. Instructors will provide reasonable accommodations for students who cannot complete coursework because of illness to help students finish their classes with as little disruption as possible.

All Early College Academy (ECA) students will follow District 6 protocols and schedule. ECA students are encouraged to monitor greelyschools.org for updates.

Contact Early College Academy Academic Advisor Mindy.Marshall@aims.edu for specific schedule information.

If you are a high school student taking Aims courses on an Aims Campuses please follow Aims protocols and contact your instructor for further information. If you are taking Aims courses at your home high school please contact your school counselor for further information.

Remote and face-to-face tutoring is available! To view a schedule, subject list, and learn how to access tutoring services please visit the Tutoring page.

Testing services are available but may be limited. For the most up-to-date information visit the Testing Center page.

For any other Aims-related concerns or questions, email covid19.acc@aims.edu