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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

>> For students: October 20, 2021, message from Chancellor Weispfenning and December 5, 2021, information on Cleared4

Frequently Asked Questions

Are in-person classes and services back?

For Spring 2022, Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College are holding about two/thirds of classes in person. All offices are currently open virtually and available for in-person support three days per week.

Links to campus schedules: The District Office is available for in-person support Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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. All those with medical or religious/strongly held belief exemptions will be required to participate in weekly testing. The mandate for faculty, staff, managers, and trustees requires proof of vaccination or an exemption request be uploaded by December 1, 2021, or prior to coming on campus for any new hires. Students are asked to upload their proof of vaccination or exemption status through the health and safety platform Cleared4 by January 24, 2022. Directions for uploading the documents were sent to students on December 5, 2021. Booster shots are encouraged for all those eligible.

When and where can I get vaccinated?

Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College are offering vaccines provided through Orange County on their campuses. Please visit the Coast District's Take Your Shot webpage to learn more.

What are the requirements for testing if I am unvaccinated?

All employees and students will be required to test weekly for Covid-19 unless they have submitted proof of vaccination. Employee testing will begin the week of January 3, 2022. Student testing will begin the first day of the Spring semester, January 31, 2022. Testing sites will be available at each of the campuses. Details on setting up testing appointments including the location and times of the sites will be sent prior to the holiday break. PCR test results from pharmacies and other medical labs will be accepted. Results from home test kits cannot be accepted.

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

If you have been exposed to a known case and are unvaccinated, you should get tested for the virus through your health care provider or county testing sites. 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, regardless of vaccination status, 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, supervisor, or faculty member 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 – 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 where needed.

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.

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. An addendum to address the spread of variants was approved and distributed in September.

Where can COVID-19 testing and case numbers in the Coast District be found?

Dashboards are available for Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College covering a ten-week period. In the last ten weeks extending back to September 20, 2021, Human Resources has received report of one positive District Office employee case.

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:
Virginia Smith

Golden West College:
Alyssa Brown

Orange Coast College:
Rebecca Morgan

District Office:
Crystal McCutcheon

Or contact your Student Health Center:

Updated December 6, 2021

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