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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Frequently Asked Questions

When are in-person classes and services coming back?

For now, Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College are holding the vast majority of classes online, with about a third intended to return to in-person instruction starting in fall 2021. Course schedules are presumed to return to primarily in-person, for those programs where that was previously the case, by the winter/spring term. All offices are currently open virtually and available for in-person support two days per week.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Trustees have mandated the use of face coverings by all individuals while on campus or at District facilities, regardless of vaccination status, subject to the following: face coverings may be removed in rooms where only a single individual is present, face coverings may be removed when individuals are eating or drinking and appropriate spacing is maintained, and face coverings may be removed outdoors if efforts are taken to avoid close contact with others. Face covering alternatives are allowable in limited cases.

Is vaccination required?

The Board unanimously adopted a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students, faculty, staff, managers, and trustees on August 24, 2021. Those with medical or religious exemptions will be required to participate in a to-be-developed testing program. With this Board action, the Coast District has begun implementing the mandate and is developing the testing protocols. The mandate for faculty, staff, managers, and trustees is to be implemented as soon as possible. The mandate will be implemented in phases throughout the fall semester for students. Ability to attend in-person fall semester classes will not be impacted. This page will be updated as protocols are developed.

When and how can I get vaccinated?

Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College are offering vaccines provided through Orange County on their campuses. If you have not yet been vaccinated please log in to the county's vaccine management system Othena to create a profile. At this point all residents 12 years old and over and those working in the county are eligible to receive a vaccine. There are also several vaccine distribution channels available through local pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and independent health care providers.

  • Do I need to wait on Othena, the scheduling system for Orange County?

    No. There are several vaccine distribution channels available at this time: through the state, county or city where you live, local pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and independent health care providers. Please explore all your options. Take the first appointment that works for you.
  • Now that there are multiple options, which vaccine should I choose?

    Health experts continue to say that the difference between vaccines is less important than the difference between being protected versus unprotected. Additionally, as of August 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older. This covers the vast majority of the Coast District's workforce and student population.
  • How do I prove my vaccination status?

    The Coast District provides a voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Status Self-Certification Form. If you do not have access to the vaccine information card you were given at the time of your COVID-19 vaccination, the CDPH has created a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal where you can get a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record.
  • Will I know who has been vaccinated in my workplace?

    No. While having a vaccinated population is integral to opening up our campuses and allowing us to gather in groups, vaccination records are part of a person's confidential medical records.

Does Coast District have a COVID-19 prevention plan?

Yes, the COVID-19 Prevention Plan was developed in coordination with the Coast District Consultation Council and approved by the Chancellor on June 2, 2021. The plan is available here and updated as needed to remain in compliance with District, local, state, and federal guidance.

What are Coast District employees expected to do when returning?

Take advantage of COVID-19 support tools available (Navigator link). Complete COVID-19 prevention training assigned to you and attestations related to self-screening for Covid-19 symptoms and training completion – both available in Cornerstone. Complete an attestation regarding your vaccination status (MyCoast link). Please note that any medical information submitted will not be shared outside of HR. Submit your current on-site schedule (MyCoast link). The District is required to collect this information for contact tracing purposes. Any time your schedule changes or if you plan to come on-site outside of your regular schedule, submit a new form.

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 – regardless of vaccination status. If you have new and unexplained fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, other breathing difficulties, fatigue, stomach illness, loss of smell or taste, or other feelings of being unwell, you should notify your dean (faculty) or supervisor (staff/management). Students may choose to notify the Health Center or inform 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.

Is testing still necessary and available?

If you have not been vaccinated and are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to a known case, you should get tested for the virus. Additionally, protocols are being developed for the regular testing of unvaccinated employees and students. For those vaccinated, testing is only necessary for those experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19. Free and convenient testing is available through the Orange County Health Care Agency and your medical provider.

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 – in consultation with the Orange County Health Care Agency – work with departments and may take additional precautionary steps to mitigate any potential exposures while waiting on testing results. Maintenance and Operations will identify and deep clean affected work areas and shared spaces.

How long is the quarantine period after a potential exposure?

Coast Colleges follows California Department of Public Health guidelines for isolation and quarantine protocol. Vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus but are asymptomatic are not required to isolate and can remain in the workplace. Individuals who test positive but are asymptomatic may return to work or school 10 days after the date of the first positive test.

Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and who are symptomatic may return to work when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever (without use of fever-reducing medications), AND
  • Other symptoms have improved.

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.

Do I need to quarantine if I travel outside the state?

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to test or quarantine before or after travel. If an employee opts not to get vaccinated they will need to quarantine following travel according to the current CDPH Travel Advisory.

What is the District doing to ensure compliance with state guidelines on building ventilation?

The District has contracted with the building management consultant, Envise. A district wide mechanical engineering assessment, including verification of ventilation rates of our occupied buildings, is underway. The results of the assessment and any corrective measures will be validated by an independent Certified Industrial Hygienist to ensure our compliance with CDC's Ventilation standards for COVID-19 prevention.

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:
Crystal McCutcheon

Golden West College:
Brandi Williams

Orange Coast College:
Rebecca Morgan

District Office:
Crystal Crane

Or contact your Student Health Center:

Updated August 24, 2021

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