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

Updated: Friday, March 20 at 10:35 AM


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



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

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


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


COVID-19 MESSAGE FOR DUAL CREDIT STUDENTS AT CISCO COLLEGE


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.

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


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.



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.