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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 will be available for in-person support two days per week starting August 2, 2021. This in-person presence will ramp up throughout the fall with the intention of five-day-per-week on-site services by October. Chancellor Weispfenning addresses the plan here.

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 upon request.

Do I have to wear a mask on College campuses or at the District office?

As of now, the Coast District requires all onsite personnel, students, and guests to wear masks except under these circumstances:
  • When alone in a room.
  • While eating and drinking at the workplace, provided employees are at least six feet apart (ideally outside).
  • While wearing respiratory protection in accordance with CCR Title 8 section 5144 or other safety orders.
  • When allowances are given in specific state industry guidelines (e.g. athletics).
While the CDC has modified their guidance related to masks, Cal/OSHA still requires all employees to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Wearing masks protects you and others from the transmission of disease. The District and Colleges will continue to communicate changes in face covering protocol while educating employees, students, and visitors about expectations and policies.

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. Free and convenient testing is available through the Orange County Health Care Agency and your medical provider. If you have been vaccinated are exposed to the disease but remain asymptomatic, testing is not necessary.

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.

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.

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.

When and how can I get vaccinated?

If you have not yet been vaccinated please log in to Orange County's vaccine management system Othena to create a profile. At this point all orange county 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.

Starting on June 8, Orange Coast College will be offering vaccines through the county on their campus. The clinic will be open Tuesdays from 9am to 2:30. Please register through Othena. Additionally, Golden West and Coastline Colleges are in process of opening similar clinics on their campuses in the coming weeks.

  • 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.
  • Will I know who has been vaccinated in my workplace?

    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. Employees will not be required to report their vaccination status to return to work. We will use regional and state data to determine an estimated vaccination rate at Coast Colleges.

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:
Renate Akins

Golden West College:
Brandi Williams

Orange Coast College:
Rebecca Morgan

District Office:
Crystal Crane

Or contact your Student Health Center:

Updated June 4, 2021

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