COVID-19 Updates, Closures, Education, & Health Resources

Updated: July 22 at 9:00 AM


Employee Self-Attestation for COVID-19


Guiding Principles - Cisco College COVID-19 Operational Plan

Guiding Principles for Students

Cisco College COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy


Fall 2020 - We're getting Ready to Go!

Are you Ready?

Classes & Registration

We're offering in-person, hybrid, and online classes so that students can pick the options that best fit their needs. Labs and CTE classes will provide hands-on instruction following social distancing guidelines.

Counselors on both campuses are meeting with students by appointment - so reach out! Email the appropriate counselor or contact our Welcome Center at questions@cisco.edu for assistance.

New students should email our Welcome Center staff for assistance in completing the Steps to Enroll or Transfer and to be directed to the appropriate counselor.

TSI Testing

Online and face-to-face TSI testing by appointment are available. Students should email testing@cisco.edu to begin the registration process and schedule appointments. Walk-in testing is not available at this time.

Financial Aid

It's not too late to apply for aid for Fall 2020! Even if you don't start until the 2nd 8 week semester in October, you can still apply. Email a financial aid advisor with questions or for an appointment.


Cisco College CARES Act Emergency Funding Notice

Cisco College Students,

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Donald Trump, is available and Cisco College can now provide aid and relief to students that can document need.

The purpose of this emergency grant funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is to assist students in financial difficulty due to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Only students who have filed, or who are eligible to file a FAFSA can apply for these emergency grant funds. The criteria to participate in programs under 484 of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended include the following:

  1. U.S. Citizenship
  2. A valid Social Security Number
  3. Registration with the Selective Service (if student is male)
  4. A high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting

Funds awarded to students are intended to help cover costs incurred due to the disruption of campus services caused by the pandemic, (i.e. food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care) The maximum award a student may qualify for at Cisco College will be $1,000.

Students must currently be or must have been enrolled in classes on or before March 13, 2020 and must be in good standing academically having no documented student disciplinary issues as defined by policy in the online student handbook. Students enrolled only in online courses before March 13th, dual credit students, and international students are not eligible to receive these emergency funds.

Award Process

  • Students must submit an application and supporting documentation for review by the Emergency Fund Committee. Link to Application
  • A staff member or designee will present the application and supporting documents to the Emergency Fund Committee for review and an award decision.
  • The Emergency Fund Committee consisting of representatives from Business Services, Financial Aid, Development, Faculty, and Student Services will review the applications. If needed, representatives from other departments will assist in reviewing applications for approval.
  • The review committee will review applications and provide a decision regarding awards from the Covid-19 Emergency Fund.
  • The applicant will be notified regarding the decision of the committee and the next step(s) in the process if approved

Required Documentation

Applicants must provide documentation indicating the student’s request for funds are for rent, utilities, food, transportation, child care or educational expenses related to Covid-19. Documentation may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Bank Statements
  • Copies of utility bills
  • Rent statement(s)
  • Proof of direct / indirect educational expenses (books, educational technology, child care, living expenses etc.) These fund awards are not intended to pay tuition and fees.

Denial

The Covid-19 Emergency Scholarship Fund Committee reserves the right to deny awards to any student. The committee’s decision is final.

Please click to find the application for the Cisco College Covid-19 Emergency Relief funds. (CARES Act)

CARES Act Acknowledgment


Cisco College Official Communication to Students

March 19, 2020

Dear Cisco College Students,

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Due to the potential spread of COVID-19, Cisco College has moved all face-to-face classes online in CANVAS for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester. Courses that are already online should be completed as scheduled including any courses registered for during the second 8-week session.

Final exams will continue as scheduled. Although a graduation ceremony will not be held, those who registered to march at the ceremony are exempt from final exams.

OFFICES OPEN TO FACULTY/STAFF ONLY
Note: To mitigate the potential of COVID 19 community spread, both campuses will only be open to faculty and staff. Students needing assistant should call:

CISCO CAMPUSABILENE CAMPUS
Main Number: 254-442-5000Main Number: 325-794-4400
Business Office: 254-442-5051Business Office: 325-794-4404
Financial Aid: 254-442-5153Financial Aid: 325-794-4417
Admissions: 254-442-5134Admissions: 325-794-4403


Letter from the President

March 18, 2020

Dear Cisco College Students,

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Due to the potential spread of COVID-19, Cisco College is moving all face-to-face classes online for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester. Courses that are already online should be completed as scheduled including any courses registered for during the second 8-week session.

Again, face-to-face classes will no longer be conducted through the Spring 2020 semester. All classes will be available in Canvas (click here) beginning Monday, March 23rd. The college’s faculty and instructors will be posting course content information and other guidance for you in Canvas.

Note: Cisco College remains closed to students but, open for faculty and staff. Essential services will continue as long as possible to ensure you receive the support necessary. I assure you that we will do our very best to ensure your needs are addressed in the best way possible. It is our hope that you are safe and ready to complete your Spring 2020 semester online.

Residence halls on the Cisco Campus will be closed for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Arrangements are currently underway for students residing on the Cisco Campus to retrieve their personal belongings and check out of residence halls.

For additional updates and resources concerning the COVID-19 situation, you may access the college’s COVID-19 website on this page.

Students scheduled to graduate in May will be receiving an update soon concerning any postponement or cancelation of the May 2nd, graduation ceremony. I wish you all the very best and the utmost success.

Sincerely,

Dr. Thad J. Anglin

Residence Hall Closure Checkout Information

In order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Cisco College is moving all face-to-face classes online for the duration of the spring 2020 semester. Residence halls on the Cisco Campus will be closed for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. More Information


COVID-19 MESSAGE FOR DUAL CREDIT STUDENTS AT CISCO COLLEGE

  • Education Resources

    Education Resources

    Texas Association of Community Colleges - Texas Success Center - Remote Learning

    FCC agreement - stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

    AT&T Response & Resources - offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families

    Verizon COVID-19 response - no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.

    Charter Communications Broadband & Wifi Resources

    Comcast Internet Essentials

    Comcast COVID-19 response - offers free WiFi for 2 months to low-income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time

    Sprint COVID-19 response - follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

    T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

    Adobe Creative Cloud - Free temporary at-home access for students who log into Creative Cloud on campus

    EveryoneOn - Search for low-cost internet service and computers by zip code

  • Public Resources

    Public Resources

    Abilene Food Pantry List

    Local Resource List


    Centers for Disease Control Resources

    COVID-19 Index

    Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education

    COVID-19 in Europe

    Travel Notices & Types

    Texas Health and Human Services Resources

    COVID-19 Information

    Types of Travel Notices

    Warning Level 3 - Warning Level 3 (Red): Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination. The outbreak is of high risk to travelers and no precautions are available to protect against the identified increased risk.

    Alert Level 2 - Alert Level 2 (Yellow): Practice enhanced precautions for this destination. The Travel Health Notice describes additional precautions added, or defines a specific at-risk population.

    Watch Level 1 - Watch Level 1 (Green): Practice usual precautions for this destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice and/or on the destination page. This includes being up-to-date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance.

  • CARES Act

    CARES Act

    • $2 Trillion CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020
    • $350 billion for a Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans of up to $10 million to any business with fewer than 500 employees.
    • These loans are forgivable. Loans can be forgiven up to the amount of the loan equal to the sum of expenses for payroll, and existing interest payments on mortgages, rent payments, leases, and utility service agreements.
    • $2 Trillion CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020
    • $350 billion for a Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans of up to $10 million to any business with fewer than 500 employees.

    You do not have to visit any government institution to apply for the program. All you have to do is apply at any lending institution that is approved to participate in SBA lending or is approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury. This could be the bank you normally use, or a nearby bank. There are thousands of banks that already participate in the SBA’s lending programs, including numerous community banks. You can call your bank or find SBA-approved lenders in your area through SBA’s online Lender Match tool.

    Find more information on the Paycheck Protection Program here.

    For a chart outlining eligibility and terms for loans via the Paycheck Protection Program here.

    • These loans are forgivable. Loans can be forgiven up to the amount of the loan equal to the sum of expenses for payroll, and existing interest payments on mortgages, rent payments, leases, and utility service agreements.

    NEW REFUNDABLE PAYROLL TAX CREDITS: Small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. DETAILS

    GOVERNOR ABBOTT SUSPENDS INSURANCE CLAIM-HANDLING DEADLINES: The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has issued a bulletin to help consumers and the insurance industry during the COVID-19 outbreak and expects all insurers to work with policyholders experiencing financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. DETAILS

  • Food for Thought Food Pantry

    Food for Thought Food Pantry

    Cisco College's food pantry, Food for Thought, partners with the community to keep students in school. It fills the gap when emergencies occur by providing students with food and toiletry items.

    Due to COVID-19, the Cisco College's food pantry has seen an influx in need. Please consider making a monetary donation or non-perishable supply donation.

    To make a donation, please contact:

    Martha Montgomery Director of Development Martha.Montgomery@cisco.edu 254-442-5114

Travel Reporting Form

Students, faculty and staff who travel outside of the United States, or in areas of the United States impacted by COVID-19 are required to register with Cisco College before leaving or immediately upon return of a trip, using this travel form.