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Return to Campus Plan

Return to Campus Plan - Phase II

Updated September 2020

As per Interim Chancellor Gonzalez’ updated return to workplace plan, October 5th had been identified as the start of the next phase in transitioning some employees back to fully in-person services and operations. Keeping health and safety as a core guiding principle, we have established the following for return to campus plans. 

  1. One-time visit to either the Union Hills Campus or Black Mountain Campus to pick up supplies or work materials, complete the Employee On-campus request form.
    • One-time campus visits will be limited to: Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm, & Friday 8am - 12pm
  2. We want to maintain a limited number of employees on campus to support in-person services while we also maintain our enhanced cleaning protocols and social distancing guidelines.
    • If you or your supervisor determine that you work a regular or modified schedule on campus, have a conversation with your immediate supervisor about this. They will discuss the plan with their Vice President to determine if it is feasible.
    • If you are currently working on campus you will continue with your current schedule for the rest of this semester.

Overall, please work with your Director, Dean and/or Vice President for specific questions related to individual return-to-campus plans for your department. We will have limited in-person services and limited in-person delivery of instruction the remainder of the fall semester. Consequently, we will not have the majority of our employees returning to either Union Hills or Black Mountain this fall. Should you have a need to be on campus in a modified or regular schedule, the following information will be useful:

Essential Return to Campus Guidelines
  • Each day, prior to coming to campus, all employees must complete a daily Self-Assessment checklist. This is to help you monitor your health or symptoms, not for reporting to PVCC.   If you are feeling sick, stay home!
  • 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. As established by the Maricopa Board of County Supervisors, the Maricopa County Regulations on Face Coverings stipulates that face coverings are required on all MCCCD properties.

It is up to all of us to remind people of this if we see them without a mask and to inform them that if they have forgotten theirs, we can provide one.

  • NEW* Clear masks (not face shields) may be worn to facilitate communications for the deaf/hard of hearing.
  • If you are working in a private office, you do not need to wear a face covering. If you are working in an open cubicle, the expectation is that you will wear a face covering and maintain social distancing guidelines.
  • If you plan to be working on campus and are unable to wear a face mask due to a medical condition, please contact PVCC HR at:


  • Students, employees, and visitors should maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others. Classrooms, thoroughfares, and other spaces have been set up to allow for physical distancing so furniture arrangements should not be changed at any time.
  • Signage has been added around campus regarding traffic flow through building entrances/exits, stairways, elevators, and similar common use areas. Please follow these directions.
  • Water fountains will be out of order to protect against the spread of the virus so be prepared by bringing your own water.  Bottled water will be available from vending machines.
  • The Puma Den Cafe, including catering operations, will be closed the remainder of the Fall semester. Vending machines will be filled at the following locations only: inside KSC, inside Q, & outside G. (SW side), and outside Black Mountain - Orion Hall.
Temperature Check Stations

Free-standing temperature check monitoring stations are available for employees and students to check their own temperatures hands-free as needed throughout the day in the KSC, E, Q, M West, LS, and Orion (Black Mountain) Buildings. These monitoring stations issue a warning for temperatures above the recommended threshold of 100.4° F, and will issue a warning if the individual is not wearing a face covering.  

Campus Cleaning
  • Our facilities staff have increased cleaning and sanitation schedules in addition to several other changes designed to help stop the spread. 
  • The PVCC Facilities department will supply masks, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes for employees working on campus. If you need supplies for your area, please submit a Facilities Helpdesk Request and arrangements will be made for the safe delivery of supplies to your area.

CDC Advisory Warning about certain hand sanitizers

Covid-19 Reporting & Self-quarantine Requirements

If you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive COVID-19 or exhibited the symptoms yourself

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms

There are two scenarios that determine when you may return:

  1. You tested positive for, or think you have (based on symptoms) COVID-19, you can return:
    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

This means that you could return in as little as ten days, but all three criteria must be met.

  1. You tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms:
    • You may return after 10 days if either of the following is true:
      • You have no symptoms
      • Your symptoms are improving and you have not had a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine such as aspirin, ibuprofen, tylenol)

Has a Student/Visitor reported a COVID-19 incident to you?

  • Have them follow the instructions on the student COVID-19 guide
  • If possible, ask: Where have they been on campus, and who have they been in contact with?
  • Email report to the COVID-19 Liaison ( )
  • It is important to maintain confidentiality. Only communicate this information with the COVID-19 liaison
COVID-19 Metrics

This dashboard is used to determine the level of community spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County to assist Maricopa County Community Colleges in the decision-making process for Return to On-Campus Learning, Work and Community Activities. The safety and well-being of our students, employees and overall community is the driving factor in the tempered and deliberate steps taken during this pandemic. 

This dashboard provides statistics for a rolling two-week period for four defined benchmarks.​ Due to potential lags in reporting/data compilation, the data provided may not be for the most recent two previous weeks; therefore the dates are provided.​​ The goal is to have all metrics in the minimal column.


COVID 19 Metrics

Updated: 10/7/20

​Benchmarks -
Two Week Span


(<10/per 100,000)


(5-100/ 100,000)




32-WK 9/6 & ​​​

44-WK 9/13








​Percent Positive Cases

3.8-WK 9/6&

4.1-WK 9/13








Hospital Visits for COVID like Illness

2.0-WK 9/6 &

1.9-WK 9/13








​Infection Rate

.96-WK 9/14​ &
.91-WK 9/21​


For the latest metrics, click here