2020 Fall Announcement

Fall 2020 Announcement

Updated: July 9, 2020

      View transcript of HACC's fall 2020 announcement (pdf)

Upon review of federal and state guidelines and the collegewide COVID-19 Task Force recommendations, HACC has developed a four-phased approach (pdf) to reopening our campuses. Our summer semester represents phase one.

For the fall semester, HACC will move to our phase three:

  • The College will remain open.
  • HACC’s campuses will remain closed until Dec. 31. Therefore, all exercise facilities and food services on our campuses are also closed.
  • All internal and external campus events, such as walks/runs or car shows, are canceled through Dec. 31.
  • Classes will be taught online through remote instruction and virtual learning. Classes that are currently scheduled for a specific day on a campus will be held during the scheduled time over Zoom. We are working to update the schedule to include that the class will be held remotely via Zoom.
  • Fall classes will begin on Aug. 24, 2020, as scheduled.
  • Student services will be provided remotely.
  • Only credit and Workforce Development programs with required hands-on/experiential components to meet learning outcomes will be permitted to hold on-campus classes. In these cases, class size may be limited, and personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must be followed. If a student has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, they will not be permitted to come on campus. Instead, we will ask them to work with their instructor to see if they should postpone course completion or work on an alternate assignment.
  • Only essential personnel or employees involved in the approved programs may return to campus. Training will be provided on COVID-19 protocol and screenings.
  • This is subject to change at the direction of the Cabinet or by state mandate.

What does this mean for HACC students?  What does this mean for HACC employees?


Select courses in the following programs have been approved to complete the required hands-on components on campus for the fall semester. The on-campus, hands-on courses approved for the fall 2020 semester were chosen based on the on-campus labs scheduled for programs that require students to demonstrate skills in a lab environment. These skills cannot be demonstrated via online labs or simulations. 

Details about the approved courses in each of the program areas listed below will be available by July 30.

  • Art
  • Automotive Technology
  • Automotive, GM ASEP Program
  • Baking
  • Biology
  • Cardiovascular Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Technology
  • Computer Networking Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Education
  • Electrical Occupations
  • Electronic Technology
  • Engineering
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Mechatronics (Industrial Automation, Industrial Maintenance Tech)
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Music Business
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Radiology Informatics
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technology
  • Theatre
  • Welding

Additionally, the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center (PSC) will continue to offer select public safety programs that were approved to be taught on the Harrisburg Campus and at some off-site locations for the summer and fall 2020 semesters.

For more information about PSC’s program schedule, please visit hacc.edu/1stResponders.

Please note that this information is tentative and subject to change.

        View the transcript of HACC cleaning and building protocols! (pdf)


  • Disinfecting procedures will be used, as per governor’s orders (pdf) and CDC recommendations to do our part in maintaining student, employee and building safety (where occupied). Deep clean and disinfecting protocols are used in the classrooms, offices and common areas used by on-campus programming and departments.
  • Social distancing is also required, maintaining at least six feet of distance between individuals. 
  • Screening protocols will be administered by HACC staff in the approved programs at the start of each day. If anyone shows symptoms flu or COVID-19 (fever, cough, rash, etc.), they will be asked to leave the campus.
  • Campus maps for entrances into and exits from parking lots have been developed and shared with students and employees for the buildings that are occupied.
  • Sections of buildings are open only to students and employees involved in the programs approved to have hands-on components completed on campus. Limited essential staff are also permitted. No visitors or public will be admitted.
  • All occupied classrooms and training areas have been redesigned to maintain the six-foot physical distance requirements.
  • Appropriate signage has been installed in building entryways, hallways, bathrooms and at PPE stations. Campus building systems are monitored for proper airflow.
  • Filters have been upgraded and changed to adhere to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) COVID-19 Resource Recommendations.


  • Masks are required for anyone on campus and must cover the mouth and nose.
  • Gloves are required for task-specific protocols (Examples: cleaning, involvement in hands-on components of specific programs, etc.). Please ask your instructor or supervisor if gloves are needed for specific activities and see this webpage for additional information.
  • CDC guidelines (pdf) should be followed regarding proper glove removal and disposal.

If anyone has symptoms of the flu or COVID-19 (fever, cough, rash, etc.) or shows signs of symptoms during the screening process, they are to:

  • Refrain from coming to campus or return home if already on campus
  • Contact their supervisor or instructor to make alternate arrangements
  • Check with their primary health care provider
  • Notify the College by emailing corona@hacc.edu  
  • Self-isolate to meet PA Department of Health and CDC Requirements

Here is HACC’s four-phased approach (pdf) to reopening our campuses. This is tentative and subject to change.