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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the colleges open?

Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College are holding the vast majority of courses online through spring 2021. In general, student support, academic support, and administrative services are being provided at a distance, except for limited functions that cannot be performed remotely.

My program was allowed to meet in person this Fall 2020 term, will that change?

The limited exceptions currently permitted for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are being allowed to continue under the current stay-at-home orders. At this time, all new requests for on-site courses and activities are on hold. For approved activities, departments are asked to limit the number of people on site and limit the time any individual stays on site to the extent possible.

Has the virus spread from an infected person to others on site?

While students and employees have reported cases, we have received zero reports of the virus spreading from an infected person to any other person at our campuses or District sites. The Coast District is keeping the number of people at our sites low, requiring that masks be worn on site, and taking steps to maintain distance between those on site.

What is the process for reporting a suspected case of the virus?

All students, faculty, classified and confidential staff, and management are encouraged to be aware and direct about their own health. If you have new and unexplained fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, other breathing difficulties, fatigue, stomach illness, or other feelings of being unwell, you should notify your dean (faculty) or supervisor (staff/management). Students may choose to notify a trusted individual who will notify the Health Center and President's Office. For employees, the initial point of contact (dean or supervisor) is responsible for notifying HR. Your point of contact and HR will reach out to you as needed for follow up. If you are feeling unwell, do not come to campus or visit a District site for any reason. Report to your dean or supervisor by phone or email.

Will I be notified of a potential exposure?

Yes. With any suspected or positive case, contacts will be traced and close contacts will be notified. Per the California Department of Public Health: "A close contact is someone who spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19 infection during their infectious period, which includes, at a minimum, the 48 hours before the individual developed symptoms." HR, risk management, and public safety work with departments and may take additional precautionary steps to mitigate any potential exposures while waiting on testing results. Facilities will work with experts to identify and deep clean affected work areas and shared spaces.

How long is the quarantine period after a potential exposure?

The Coast District is continuing to apply the 14-day self-isolation standard for any documented or suspected exposure to COVID-19 (and any out-of-state travel). Fourteen days of isolation remains the clearest and safest standard to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Coast District will evaluate this and other precautions as new information is available.

Will I be provided the name of the person who was confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19?

No. State and federal privacy laws strictly limit the Coast District's ability to share personal health information. Accordingly, the Coast District is not allowed to disclose an employee's health status to colleagues. Any notification will be made in a way that protects the individual's privacy to the extent possible.

Who can I contact for additional information?

The HR department at your site is the best point of contact for information on reporting, notifications, and leave for employees. The Student Health Centers manage student cases--and are also available to address general questions about the virus and individual health.

Please start with these contacts for HR-specific questions:

Coastline College:
Renate Akins
Director, Human Resources

Golden West College:
Danielle Heinbuch
Director, Human Resources

Orange Coast College:
Rebecca Morgan
Director, Human Resources

District Office:
Crystal Crane
Executive Director, Human Resources

Or contact your Student Health Center:

Updated December 14, 2020

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