Frequently Asked Questions
Are the colleges open?
Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College are holding the vast majority of courses online. In general, student support, academic support, and administrative services are being provided at a distance, except for limited functions that cannot be performed remotely. The colleges remain closed to the public, with only authorized individuals on site.
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. Additionally, the Coast District has zero reports of loss of life or lasting disability from COVID-19 among our employees and students. A portion of that may be good fortune, yet efforts to keep the number of people at our sites low, requirement that masks be worn on site, and distance keeping between those on site are likely the major reasons we have avoided further spread and harm.
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.
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:
Executive Director, Human Resources
Or contact your Student Health Center:
Updated September 22, 2020