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COVID-19 Information for Parents

CCA’s top priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We are responding to the rapidly unfolding COVID–19 pandemic with guidance from local, state, and federal agencies. As global citizens and good neighbors, it is our responsibility to join the efforts to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

CCA’s resilient and resourceful faculty are committed to providing meaningful and authentic educational experiences and learning outcomes to our students in spite of the situation. Although this is not the semester any of us planned for or wanted, we will do all in our power to ensure our graduating students complete their degrees in the most meaningful way possible under extraordinary circumstances, and our continuing students stay on track as they make progress toward their degrees.

The following information may be of particular interest to parents and families. Please monitor the COVID–19 main information page for the latest updates. You may also want to join the CCA Parents and Family Facebook group.


  • In-person instruction has been suspended starting March 12 to enable faculty to develop curriculum that can be delivered remotely.
  • Beginning March 30, following CCA’s spring break, classes will take place using remote forms of instruction, such as telephonic, online, and web-based delivery through the end of the spring semester.
  • Beginning Monday, March 16, CCA shops and studios will be closed until further notice. Students may come to pick up work and belongings during regular hours March 16–18. If they are unable to pick up their work, it will be stored during the campus closure. They may contact CCA Public Safety for access to items in lockers and studios during this time.
  • Regarding class attendance, we ask faculty to recalibrate their attendance policies for the remainder of the semester, taking into account flexibility for COVID-19 concerns and possible reduced access during online instruction, while still maintaining course integrity. Unexcused absences are still unexcused; however, we request that faculty be understanding about what constitutes an unexcused absence.


CCA residence halls will remain open through the end of the semester. We understand that many students will not want to stay on campus, and we encourage students and their families to decide where they feel the safest. Housing will continue to be available for those students who need it. Students should email if they have questions or concerns about housing.


Please see the Travel page for information.


CCA leadership has been meeting multiple times daily throughout this crisis, discussing options and making decisions with the ever-present goal of protecting the health and safety of all. Many of those decisions are difficult and some tear at our hearts, but all become clearer as we consider the well-being of our community above all else. 

With this in mind, we have decided to cancel our spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies. While we had held out hope we would be able to move forward with our original plans, we recognize that will not be possible given the ongoing trajectory of this pandemic and public health officials’ recommendations against public gatherings. Having made this decision, the Commencement Planning Committee is now shifting its focus and energies toward designing an alternative celebration; one that honors our students’ accomplishments and time together at CCA, even as we must remain apart. A message went out earlier today to our 2020 graduates and their families, which you may read here