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Estrella Mountain Community College is committed to safely serving its students virtually and in person. 

When the pandemic hit, EMCC took immediate steps to ensure the safety of its students and staff, closing its campus for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and pivoting to a remote working and learning environment. 

The college made all student support services available online, allowing students to connect virtually with advisers and counselors. It also provided loaner laptop computers to students who needed them. 

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the college began offering a limited number of in-person classes last fall and is increasing them incrementally and responsibly. 

The facilities staff disinfects classrooms daily, high-traffic areas twice a day, and restrooms every four hours. While on campus, everyone must wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing measures. Although temperature checks are not mandatory to enter a college building, free-standing temperature check monitoring stations have been made available throughout campus.

“Our facilities and maintenance teams have been working diligently to make our campus a safe place to learn,” said Dr. Heather Weber, vice president of academic affairs. 

“We understand how difficult and scary this time has been for our students, and we are doing everything we can to keep them on their various paths to success.”

As students’ food insecurity has increased because of COVID-19, EMCC has made its student food pantry available by appointment and has teamed up with St. Mary’s Food Bank to host several mobile food drives for students, employees and community members in need. EMCC has also partnered with Embry Women’s Health to serve as a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.

“Student engagement has always been a source of pride for EMCC,” said Dr. Rey Rivera, EMCC president. “I’m so proud of the EMCC family for coming together and continuing to produce the quality events our students have come to expect.”