Odessa College Fall 2021


Effective July 28, 2021 - Good morning, Wranglers! COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community; and just this week, the CDC issued new guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Odessa College prioritizes your education and your health. Get a STRONG and SMART start to Fall 2021 by following these RECOMMENDED CDC guidelines: 
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your social distance
  • Wash your hands
  • Sanitize your work and learning spaces

 For more information regarding the Fall 2021 STRONG and SMART start to 2021, please visit https://www.odessa.edu/announcements/Fall2021.html.  


Effective July 23, 2021 – Odessa College will return to normal this Fall. All pandemic protocols have been lifted except in those areas that require additional support and time to scale back up to standard, pre-pandemic operations. With positive COVID-19 cases on the rise in the region, access to campus learning and support services are subject to change. Please continue to take precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and if you are sick stay home.
Our Academic Success Coaches are prepared to work with students to build fall schedules. Face to face, hybrid and online classes are available. Meet with your Academic Success Coach in person and on campus or login to our Virtual Advising Center today.
Students who present with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in known close contact with a person who has been lab confirmed within the past 10 days to have COVID-19 must notify the Vice President of Student Services via email kmckay@odessa.edu or phone 432-335-6683 immediately.

Employees who present with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in known close contact with a person who has been lab confirmed within the past 10 days to have COVID-19 must notify Human Resources immediately.
Employees, students, or campus visitors who present with the new or worsening signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (below) may not be allowed to return to campus until:
  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and,
  •  The individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; OR
  • Presentation of lab-confirmed negative COVID-19 test (antigen test not accepted) or note from medical professional clearing individual for return.
Please continue taking recommended precautions to protect yourself and others while on campus: avoid close contact with others; cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you are not feeling well, or you would like to schedule a test for COVID-19, please contact our OC CARES partner Medical Center Health System at 432-640-2100 or mchoncall@echd.org. COVID-19 tests are available at discounted rates: $15 for students and $25 for employees. Free testing is available for those who qualify.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 99.2 degrees Fahrenheit
Odessa College continues to follow the CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread and unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus. The college’s screening and sanitization protocols significantly reduce exposure to the virus in learning and student support spaces. Campus and community resources are available to students impacted by COVID-19 including a food pantry, a licensed professional counselor and mental health resources, as well as emergency aid.