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Fall 2021 Instruction Plan

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Arizona Western College
Fall 2021 Instruction Plan / COVID Response 
April 8, 2021, Revised July 21, 2021, Revised August 13, 2021 

Two Interests 
The college maintains these two guiding interests in making decisions about the Fall 2021 semester: 

  1. Keeping students, faculty, staff and our communities safe 
  2. Helping students achieve their academic goals 

Complying with the Governor’s Executive Order and CDC Guidelines 
The college will follow all state laws including State of Arizona Executive Order 2021-51 and will also closely follow the developing CDC considerations regarding stopping the spread of COVID-19. The Governor’s Executive Order makes it illegal for a public university or community college to:  

  • Require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine 
  • show proof of COVID-19 vaccination 
  • make COVID-19 testing a mandatory requirement of attendance or program participation 
  • or require students to mask based on their vaccination status 

Masking, Vaccines, Distancing, Self-Reporting and Capacity 

  • We will require masks in all close, indoor public settings, regardless of vaccine status, for all students, faculty, staff and visitors anywhere social distancing of 6’ is not an option.   
  • We will maintain spacing guidelines on the floor and plexiglass barriers as a suggested general deterrent to spreading germs.  
  • We will continue to use all recommended prevention strategies to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission (e.g., get vaccinated, wear masks in public settings indoors, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you, avoid crowds, wash hands regularly). 
  • We will continue to ask both students, and faculty/staff who become symptomatic to stay home and get tested following CDC recommendations and quarantine per CDC guidelines.  We ask students and faculty/staff who test positive to stay home and isolate per CDC guidelines.  In both cases we ask that you fill out the COVID self-report form (student form or faculty/staff form) so others can monitor their symptoms and we can appropriately clean the space. 
  • We will also continue to ask symptomatic people to quarantine, and anybody who tests positive will be asked to isolate 
  • We will no longer have capacity limitations for any classroom, event, meeting or facility rental usage, but masking indoors in close quarters is required.   

Maintaining a Mix of In-Person & Remote Services for Students from Campus 
Our employees will be offering a mix of in-person and remote services, from their offices or place of work, as per student need.  

Start dates 
Classes for Fall Semester will begin as planned on Monday, August 16, 2021. 12-week session will start Monday, September 13; 8-week session will start Monday, October 11.  

Modalities / Class types 
Classes will be offered in five formats this Fall to help students return to instructional modes that best fit their lifestyle. Not all modes will be offered at all times. Please review the course comments on the schedule carefully for this information.  

Classes will be offered in five modalities (not all modes will be offered at all times): 

Fall 2021 Instruction Modes


Students meet for class in person, learning in classrooms or lab space.


Students will meet with faculty and classmates via Zoom at scheduled times each week. Students are not required to meet in person with faculty or classmates. Students will complete other classwork online via our Learning Management System, Canvas.


Students meet via Zoom at scheduled times each week. Students are required to meet in person to complete some activities throughout the semester, such as a lab or field exercise. Students will complete other classwork online via our Learning Management System, Canvas.


Students will complete coursework 100% online throughout each week of the semester via our Learning Management System, Canvas. Students are not required to meet in person or via Zoom with faculty or classmates.


Students will meet with faculty and classmates a minimum 50% of the time in person at scheduled times each week, and the remaining class time is online via our Learning Management System, Canvas.

Have questions? Contact us at (928) 344-7550.

Students Living on Yuma Campus in Residence Halls 
Residence Life will be at full occupancy, for the Fall 2021 semester. All students living on campus will be strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Guests and visitation will not be permitted. Isolation accommodations will be made available for Residence Life students who become ill.  

Student Spaces – The college will work to safely open district-wide student spaces, including the Diversity Lounge, Game Room, LGBTQ Resource Room, Student Military & Veterans Center, and Arnold’s Lounge (San Luis). The AWC Fitness Center will prioritize student access. 

Student Support Services & Food Services - Student Support Services including TutoringAcademic LibraryAcademic AdvisingFinancial Aid will continue to serve students both in person and remotely. The Campus Eatery and Starbucks will both be open with increased outdoor seating and no capacity restrictions.  

Technology -We have nearly 800 laptops outfitted and ready to loan out at NO CHARGE to students who are registered for Fall Classes. Students will be held responsible for loss or damage to laptops but there is no up-front financial responsibility. We also have web cameras to loan. We also have increased outdoor WiFi at the 3C parking lot, the Parker Learning Center, and the San Luis Learning Center. Classrooms will be fully outfitted with consistent technology to include modern projectors and cameras.

Placement Testing has been Replaced with Course Placement using Multiple Measures - Students are now able to self-place into English and Math courses, and our faculty have created simple tables for students to follow, either on their own or with the help of their Academic Advisor, to determine which level class will be best for them.

Performances for Performing Arts – There will be no restrictions on performing or fine arts courses and events.

Athletics – We are planning for regular athletic competition with no capacity restrictions. We’ll continue to align our practices with CDC and NJCAA guidelines. All student-athletes will be strongly urged to be vaccinated.

International – we will continue to welcome international students to our campus and follow all of the program’s standard health and safety measures. 

Healthy Behaviors and Personal Responsibility 
The college will maintain increased emphasis on educating the college community on healthy behaviors and personal responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19, including: 

  • Maintaining physical distancing between people where appropriate 
  • Staying home when you feel sick, or have been exposed to COVID-19 
  • The use of masks in close quarters in public settings 
  • Completing your vaccine series 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting schedules in AWC facilities 
  • Sneeze guards at public-facing desks