Face Coverings on Campus
Wearing a face covering on campus is mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff.
Consistently wearing a face covering has been proven to be one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of COVID-19 (along with physical distancing and hand washing).
How to Wear a Face Covering
- Wearing a face covering properly is a simple and extremely effective protective behavior that also shows you respect the health and well-being of all members of our community.
- Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public.
- Don’t wear the covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
- Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
- Avoid touching the exterior of the face covering, wash your hands if you do.
- Make sure the face covering covers your nose and mouth and fits securely under your chin. Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
- Change or launder face coverings when they become soiled, wet, or after one day of use.
- Disposable face coverings must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after use.
- Don’t be complacent with other protective measures like physical distancing.
Acceptable Types of Face Coverings
Safe face coverings, and ones that are permitted at Paradise Valley Community College, are defined as those that secure via ear loops, or with ties, and have a close fit to the face, nose, and under the chin. Cloth masks are also acceptable for use.
Face coverings with valves or plastic face shields used alone do not provide protection to the user or to the community, nor do loosely fitting bandanas, gaiters, or scarves.
Face coverings must be worn in all locations at both Paradise Valley Community College and Black Mountain campuses. Coverings are to be worn both indoors and out, with the following exceptions only:
In a private office when working alone.
When eating while practicing physical distancing.
For Building & Grounds workers only: when working on campus grounds away from buildings and all other people.
Mutual Responsibility: “Remind and Remove”
If you see someone not wearing a face covering, please remind them that face coverings are mandatory.
The College’s capacity to monitor and enforce this policy is limited. We hope never to have to use it, but the College has instituted a reporting and disciplinary process for COVID-19 policy violations. In the vast majority of cases, reminders of the rules and assistance with compliance will suffice. Referrals for more egregious violations will be addressed through the College’s disciplinary mechanisms that can include administrative or board hearings. Students violating COVID-19 policies risk removal or barring from campus.
Keeping You Safe on Campus
PVCC’s guiding principle during this pandemic is protecting the safety, health, and well-being of our students, employees and visitors. This is a community effort, with everyone doing their part to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus and its illness, COVID-19. PVCC is following guidance from the CDC and from local and state health officials, implementing a number of measures so that we all can do our part to help keep each other safe.
- Students, employees, and visitors are expected to wear a face covering in all buildings and classrooms at all times and outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained. #MaskUpAZ
A face covering will be required while on campus. If you have forgotten yours, we can provide you with one.
- Students, employees, and visitors should maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others. Classrooms and other spaces have been set up to allow for physical distancing so furniture arrangements should not be changed at any time.
- PVCC has added signage around campus regarding traffic flow through building entrances/exits, stairways, elevator usage, and similar common use areas. Please follow these directions.
- Our facilities staff have increased
cleaning and sanitation schedules in addition to several other changes designed to help stop the spread.
The Puma Den Cafe, including catering operations, will be closed during the Fall semester. Vending machines will be filled at the following locations only: inside KSC Building, inside Q Building, outside of G Building (SW side), Black Mountain Orion Building
Water fountains will be out of order to protect against the spread of the virus so be prepared by carrying your own water. Bottled water will be available from vending machines.
Report to your supervisor or instructor as soon as possible if you’ve become sick or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
If you cannot reach them, please email the response team at:
We are confident in our cleaning procedures but letting us know if you’ve been on campus while sick will allow us to apply extra steps to those spaces which have been exposed.