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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. Due to the omicron variant, courses that are able to be taught live online will go virtual begining January 31, returning in person on February 14. 

Please see the following pages for college services:

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? Which vaccines are accepted?

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. If vaccinated elsewhere, the Coast District accepts legible images of vaccination documentation for all vaccines accepted by the World Health Organization.

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 are available at each of the campuses. On-campus testing is designated for those registered with Cleared4 under established protocols for faculty, staff, and students.

What are my options for testing without coming to campus?

COVID-19 PCR Diagnostic tests from pharmacies and other medical labs will be accepted if the name and birth date of the person along with the test date are included. Results from home test kits cannot be accepted. Antibody or antigen tests cannot be accepted.

What options are available for testing if exposed or experiencing symptoms?

At this point the on campus testing is for employees and students who have requested an exemption to vaccination. It is not intended for diagnostic testing. If you are symptomatic or have been exposed to a confirmed, positive case, please contact your health care provider or local pharmacy. Other testing resources in the area are free drive through testing at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesawalk in testing at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, and at home test kits through County OC Health Care Agency.

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 are exposed and symptomotic regardless of vaccination status, you should also be tested. Please should notify your dean (faculty) or supervisor (staff/management) by email or phone. 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?

According to the current California Department of Public Health Travel advisory all travelers returning to California from other states or countries should test 3-5 days upon arrival regardless of vaccination status. Those that test positive or develop symptoms will be asked to isolate based on public health recommendations.

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 November 15, 2021, Human Resources has received reports of 13 positive District Office employee cases.

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 January 7, 2022

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