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Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented transition of classes and services to the online environment. Though there are still questions about how long we will operate predominantly online, we are adding more classes and services on campus now.

Cosumnes River College requires that employees are fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Additionally, all students who access district and college facilities must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.

Masks are strongly recommended but not required in all district facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Los Rios strongly supports any student or employee's choice to continue wearing a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All employees must meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Vaccination Requirement

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing

Learn about on-campus COVID-19 testing for employees.

COVID-19 Testing

Request PPE Supplies

Request PPE Supplies

The state of California has provided CRC with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to distribute as needed on campus. CRC faculty and staff may request PPE supplies from Campus Operations. Deliveries are made to on-campus locations.

Request PPE Supplies

Instruction Services Reopening Hours

View the reopening hours for Instruction Services including Career and Academic Communities.

Student Services Spring In-Person Hours

All services continue to assist students remotely/online in addition to the limited in-person hours listed here. Please consider using online options when possible. Information about online services and online appointments can be found on individual Support Services web pages.

Student Service In-Person Appointments Hours Location

Admissions and Records

Appointments required for in-person general services. Limited same-day appointments will be available. Schedule your appointment

Residency Reclassification: email CRC-Residency@
crc.losrios.edu
.

International Students: email CRC-InternationalStudents
@crc.losrios.edu
. Appointments will be conducted via Zoom.

Official transcripts must be ordered online.

In-person by appointment:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Friday:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone appointment times may vary.

College Center, First Floor (see campus map)

Bookstore

No appointment is necessary for in-person services.
Bookstore Building (see campus map)

Business Services

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Fri: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

College Center, First Floor (see campus map)

CalWORKs

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Tuesday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Friday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

College Center, CC 254 (see campus map)

Career Center

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Wednesday or Thursday (varies by week):
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Friday:
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

College Center, CC252, Second Floor
Inside the Transfer, Internship and Career Center (TICC)
(see campus map)

Child Development Center

No appointment is necessary for in-person services.

In-person:
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Child Development Center Building (see campus map)
Counseling

Appointments required for in-person and online services.

Schedule your in-person appointment

Schedule your online appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

College Center, First Floor (see campus map)

DSPS

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person by appointment:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Friday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Business and Social Science, BS 104 (see campus map)

EOPS/CARE

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Tuesday and Wednesday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Friday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

College Center, CC 254 (see campus map)

ESL Tutoring

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Tuesday and Thursday:
10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Thursday:
10:30 am to 3:00 pm
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Friday:
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Sunday:
4:00 to 8:00 pm

Learning Resource Center, LRC 217 (see campus map)

Family Resource Center (The Nest)

No appointment is necessary for in-person services.

In-person:
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Online/phone:
Same hours.

Child Development Center Building (see campus map)

Financial Aid

Appointments required for in-person services. Limited same-day appointments will be available. 

Schedule your in-person appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online/phone:
Monday to Thursday:
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Friday: Closed

Phone and virtual appointment times may vary.

College Center, First Floor (see campus map)

Foreign Language Lab

Appointments required for in-person services.

Schedule your in-person appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Learning Resource Center, LRC 217 (see campus map)

Hawk Cares and Basic Needs

No appointment is necessary for in-person services.
In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
1:00 to 4:30 pm
Friday: Closed

Library

Appointments required for in-person services.
Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
The Library provides online services through virtual and phone appointments, email (library@crc.losrios.edu), and 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat.

Library Building, between 2nd and 3rd floors

Math Center

Appointments required to visit the Math Center in person. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sun: 5:30 to 9:30 pm

Learning Resource Center, LRC 205 (see campus map)

MI CASA

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Monday and Wednesday:
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Online:
Monday and Wednesday:
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

College Center, CC 254 (see campus map)

Reading & Writing Center

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday:
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday:
5:30 to 9:30 pm

Learning Resource Center, LRC 203 (see campus map)
Student Access Card

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

New or damaged card replacement:
In-person:

Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Lost or stolen cards:
In-person:

Tuesday and Wednesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
College Center, First Floor (see campus map)
Student Health and Wellness Services

Appointments required for in-person services. See Student Health and Wellness Services to schedule your appointment.

Masks are required in the Student Health and Wellness Center. If you don't have a mask, we will provide you with one.

In-Person:
Tuesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Walk-ins please call (916) 691-7584.

Telehealth:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
9:30 am to 2:00 pm and 3:30 to 4:00 pm

Hours subject to change without notice.

Operations and Public Safety, OPS 126 (see campus map)
Transfer Center

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

College Center, CC252
Second floor

Inside the Transfer, Internship and Career Center (TICC)
(see campus map)

Tutoring Center

Appointments required to visit the Tutoring Center in person. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday:
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday:
10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 pm

Learning Resource Center, LRC 216 (see campus map)

Veterans Resource Center

Online services only at this time. No in-person services available.

CRC-VRC@crc.losrios.edu

Online:
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Zoom Drop-in Sessions:
Every Tuesday:
8:00 to 10:00 am
Join on Zoom

Library Building, L-112, First Floor (see campus map)

WEAVE Confidential Advocate

Email WEAVE@losrios.edu or call (916) 568-3011 to make an appointment.

In-person:
Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Main Campus, College Center, CC 261 G (see campus map)

Welcome Center

No appointment is necessary for in-person services.

In-person:
Monday and Tuesday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Online:
Monday to Thursday:
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

College Center, First Floor (see campus map)

Work Experience and Internships (WEXP)

Appointments required for in-person services. Schedule your appointment

In-person:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday:
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

Online:
Monday to Friday:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

College Center, CC252, Second Floor
Inside the Transfer, Internship and Career Center (TICC)
(see campus map)

FAQ: Classes and Services

What classes will be offered in person during spring 2022?

Cosumnes River College is offering a variety of in-person classes during the spring semester. Classes and labs that were originally scheduled to be in person have resumed in-person operations after some were temporarily moved to online for the start of the semester.

What student services will be offered in person during spring 2022?

We are offering many student services at least partially in-person. Implementation of these critical services for students will vary college-by-college based on student demand and unique staffing dynamics.

Are child development centers open?

Yes, the child development centers at American River College, Cosumnes River College, and Sacramento City College are open in spring 2022. Hours of operation might be limited; please check with the centers directly for more information.

FAQ: Health and Safety

What should an employee do if a student informs them they have tested positive for COVID or been directly exposed to someone who has?

It is very important to report this information immediately to your supervisor/manager.

If the student comes to a classroom or student service area and informs you that they have tested positive for COVID, then escort them outside to talk to them to avoid exposure (more than 15-minute contact at less than six feet).

Get their contact information and ask them to go home and await further instructions. Contact your manager or supervisor to inform them of the situation. Your supervisor or manager will walk you through the COVID reporting process, which includes providing specific information about the exposure, identifying potential exposure to others who were around the student, and other relevant information.

After the COVID team of college nurses and Dr. Iser reviews the report, they will provide guidance on the next steps.

Find procedures, forms, and training for each location:

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or am exposed to someone who has?

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then do not come to campus. Refer to the following guidelines:

  1. Stay home and isolate for at least five days (see the California Department of Public Health's Stay Home Guidance) and adhere to the following recommendations:
    • Stay home except to get medical care.
    • Do not have any visitors.
    • Wear a face-covering around others.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Disinfect any surfaces you touch frequently.
    • Use a separate bathroom or disinfect a shared bathroom after each use.
    • Stay at least six feet away from other people, especially those in high-risk groups more likely to get sick (such as people who are over age 65 or severely overweight, or have a weak immune system or a chronic disease like cancer, diabetes, or heart/lung disease).
    • If you must be in a shared space, open windows when possible.
  2. Isolation can end after day 5 and you can return to campus on day 6 if both of the following are true:
    • Symptoms are not present or are resolving
    • A PCR test* collected on day 5 or later is negative
  3. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of ten days. At Los Rios, we strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask indoors.

* Testing can be done on campus through Biocept. If a PCR test is completed outside of Biocept, then provide a copy of the results. Rapid tests and home tests are not acceptable. Employees with a vaccination requirement exemption must test with Biocept.

If you have a fever, then continue to isolate until the fever resolves. If you have symptoms other than fever that are not resolving, then continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10. You may then return to campus on day 11.

Absence Reporting for Employees

Notify your manager/supervisor. If you are directed by your supervisor/manager to quarantine or isolate, then you will be provided notification and directions for absence reporting.

Please keep your manager/supervisor updated.

Reporting

Find procedures, forms, and training for each location:

What should an employee do if a student comes to campus and is neither vaccinated nor exempted from the vaccination requirement?

All students need to have a cleared status to attend an in-person class or access any in-person services. If a student is cleared, then that means that they are in compliance with our vaccination requirement, either by having submitted proof of vaccination or by having an approved exemption (and associated accommodation) on record.

If a student who is not cleared attempts to come to an in-person class or access any in-person services, then faculty or staff should address the issue with the student by restating the policy as they would with any other classroom student conduct issue and ask the student to leave immediately. Once the student leaves, the faculty and staff should contact their college's student conduct officer to report the situation, so that appropriate disciplinary actions can be taken immediately.

If the student still refuses to comply, then faculty and staff can use the below phone numbers to contact a manager on duty to help address the situation.

How should faculty handle student absences from in-person classes?

Faculty should follow existing absence/attendance policies outlined in syllabi for any student who does not come to class as a result of not being cleared for in-person classes or services. The absences are unexcused and should be treated as any other absence by faculty. Students should be dropped by faculty for non-attendance if they violate the attendance policy outlined in the class syllabus.

Must students be vaccinated or cleared via an exemption to attend fully online classes?

No, the vaccination requirement only applies to students coming to campus. Students enrolled in fully online classes do not need to be cleared and should not be dropped from fully online classes if they are not cleared.

Students who want to take in-person classes must provide evidence of full vaccination status. All students must be cleared to access in-person services, such as tutoring, computer labs, and so on.

How can faculty know which students in their in-person classes are in compliance with the vaccination requirement?

Each class roster will show which students are cleared. If a student's status does not show cleared on the roster, then that student is not cleared to attend in-person classes or access in-person services. Student services staff can also look up an individual student's status for in-person services.

After October 1, 2021, all students need a cleared status to be in any on-ground class or access any in-person services. If a student is cleared, then they are in compliance with our vaccination requirement – either by having submitted proof of vaccination or by having an approved exemption (and associated accommodation) on record.

If a student who is not cleared attempts to come to an in-person class or access any in-person services, then faculty or staff should address the issue with the student by restating the policy as they would with any other classroom or campus student conduct issue and ask the student to leave immediately. After the student leaves, faculty and staff should contact their dean or supervisor to report the situation, so that appropriate disciplinary actions can be taken immediately.

If the student still refuses to comply, then faculty and staff can use the below phone numbers to contact a manager on duty to help address the situation.

What is the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program?

Cal/OSHA regulations require that employers implement a site-specific, written COVID-19 prevention program to address COVID-19 health hazards, correct unsafe or unhealthy conditions, and provide face coverings. The program includes:

  • Identifying and evaluating employee exposures to COVID-19 health hazards
  • Implementing effective policies and procedures to correct unsafe and unhealthy conditions (such as safe physical distancing, modifying the workplace, and staggering work schedules)
  • Providing and ensuring workers wear face coverings to prevent exposure in the workplace
  • Provide effective training and instruction to employees on how COVID-19 is spread, infection prevention techniques, and information regarding COVID-19-related benefits that affected employees may be entitled to under applicable federal, state, or local laws
  • Read the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards – What Employers Need to Know

FAQ: Masks and PPE

Are masks required on Los Rios campuses?

Masks are strongly recommended for all students, employees, and visitors in any indoor space at Cosumnes River College, regardless of vaccination status. For outdoor activities, masks are always permissible and anyone who feels safer or more comfortable wearing a face-covering outdoors is encouraged to do so.

We expect that employees and students will continue to wear masks in the following situations:

  • Individuals who are symptomatic and on campus to take a COVID test should continue to wear a mask.
  • Individuals who were recently exposed to a positive COVID case should continue to wear a mask for 10 days, even if they have been cleared to return early (prior to 10 days after exposure) based either on vaccine/booster status or by testing negative at day 5 or later.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID and who have returned early (prior to 10 days) based on receiving a negative COVID test on or after day 5 should continue to wear a mask through day 10.

How do employees request personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Masks and other PPE are available via the Operations Department. At Cosumnes River College, request PPE supplies online.

What type of mask should I wear?

If you choose to wear a mask, then we strongly recommend wearing surgical masks or higher-level respirator N95 or KN95 masks instead of cloth masks or other face-coverings that provide less protection. Read the California Department of Public Health's latest guidance on masks and face coverings.

Scarfs, ski masks, balaclavas, bandanas, turtlenecks, collars, or single layers of fabric are not acceptable face coverings, as they do not provide adequate protection from the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, face shields should not be used in lieu of masks.

FAQ: Vaccine Requirements

Are vaccinations required for faculty and staff?

All Los Rios employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file.

Consistent with all applicable laws, Los Rios will grant limited exemptions for eligible documented medical conditions as well as narrowly defined and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

By what date do I need to be fully vaccinated?

To take in-person classes, all students must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file before classes begin.

Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption on file and who are enrolled in in-person classes will be dropped from those in-person classes before the start of the term. In addition, students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption on file are not allowed to come to campus for in-person classes or student support services.

All Los Rios employees must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file.

Do temporary classified and student workers who work 100% online need to meet the vaccine requirement to stay employed?

As with all other employees, temporary classified and student employees who work exclusively online must meet the vaccine requirement (meaning they are either vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file) to be in compliance with the vaccine requirement and maintain their employment.

Disciplinary action against an employee who does not meet the vaccine requirement (in the case of temporary classified and student employees, disciplinary action means that employment is immediately terminated) only begins when that employee arrives on campus or at any district facility in person.

How do I fill out my absence report if I have a vaccination/booster appointment scheduled during work hours, if I have to miss work due to symptoms, or if I test positive for COVID (or a member of my family tests positive)?

All Los Rios employees have been provided supplemental COVID-19 leave effective January 1 through September 30, 2022. For eligible employees, up to 40 hours of COVID leave is available for absences related to getting a COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot, or missing work due to symptoms.

An additional 40 hours of COVID leave is available for employees who test positive for COVID and are unable to work, or for employees whose family members test positive for COVID (and this prevents the employee from working). Documentation may be required.

To take advantage of this Los Rios benefit:

  1. Notify your supervisor.
  2. Report your absence in Employee Self-Service as sick leave with the notation COVID in the comments.
  3. Fill out the COVID Emergency Leave Form and submit it to Employee Benefits at DO-Benefits@losrios.edu.

If Emergency Sick Leave is Exhausted

If you have exhausted Emergency Sick Leave, then use this table to determine what type of leave to use for your absence.
Reason for Leave Type of Leave to Use
Advised to quarantine by doctor/District: Asymptomatic Quarantine (documentation required)
Advised to quarantine by doctor/District: Symptomatic Illness
Vaccine/Booster Appointment (self) Illness
Symptoms or reaction to vaccine/booster (self) Illness
Caring for family member advised to quarantine Personal Necessity
Caring for family member with COVID symptoms Personal Necessity
Child's school or daycare closed due to COVID Personal Necessity
Caring for family member who had reaction to vaccine/booster Personal Necessity

How do I request a medical or religious exemption?

Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

What if I am not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption on file?

Employees who have not provided proof of their vaccination status and do not have an approved exemption are subject to discipline, up to and including termination (consistent with the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Operational Protocol). We will follow all existing negotiated employee discipline policies and procedures fairly and swiftly.

Can I get tested instead of getting the vaccine?

No. The Los Rios colleges and our Board of Trustees believe vaccination is the fastest and best way to keep our community safe and end the pandemic. We will continue to offer online classes for students who can't or choose not to get vaccinated or receive an approved exemption.

How do I submit a vaccine requirement exemption request?

Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

If I have an approved exemption, does the requirement still impact me?

Yes, this requirement impacts everyone. Having an approved exemption on file does not mean you just continue with your job as if the requirement didn’t exist. For the small number of employees who have an approved exemption, we will work with you through the ADA process to determine if a reasonable accommodation is available.

Are Los Rios employees eligible for booster shots?

Booster shots are available for everyone 12 and older. Get a booster shot as soon as you're eligible:

  • If you got a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, then get a booster shot after five months.
  • If you got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, then get a booster shot after two months.

Your booster shot can be a different vaccine brand than you got in your original series. A Pfizer or Moderna booster is strongly advised for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those aged 12 to 17 can only get a Pfizer booster. To book your booster shot or find a walk-in clinic, visit the State of California’s MyTurn website.

Are booster shots required?

We strongly encourage all students and employees who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot immediately. Boosters are proven to dramatically reduce the chances of contracting the Omicron variant or becoming seriously ill if you do contract COVID-19. To book your booster shot or find a walk-in clinic, visit the State of California’s MyTurn website.

Does the vaccination requirement apply to on-campus volunteers?

Yes, the district's vaccination requirement applies to volunteers. Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination to the administrator responsible for the program or area and receive approval/clearance from Human Resources before engaging in any in-person volunteer activities at Los Rios campuses or facilities.

As is the case for students and employees, volunteers must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file to be on campus. Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

Volunteers who wish to apply for a medical or religious exemption should provide a complete exemption request form to the program administrator. Visit the Exemption Request page to find medical and religious exemption forms.

Have Los Rios unions/collective bargaining units been involved in this discussion?

Yes, Los Rios has completed negotiations with all of our collective bargaining units on the impacts of the vaccination requirement on employee groups. We will continue to work closely with all of our labor partners throughout the implementation and follow our negotiated contracts.

Can I continue my health coverage through COBRA if I lose my job for not meeting the vaccine requirement?

If you resign or are terminated from your current position, then you will be offered COBRA – which allows you to continue your health coverage – and you will be responsible for the full cost of premiums and a small administrative fee.

Can I choose to retire rather than get the vaccine?

If you qualify to retire, then you may follow our normal retirement procedures.

Retirement is defined in the collective bargaining agreements. The process for retirement for Managers and Confidential employees is defined in Board Policy 9411: Resignation/Retirement.

What will happen to my CalPERS/CalSTRS pension if I quit in lieu of meeting the vaccine requirement?

If you delay taking out your pension, then you will no longer earn service credit and your salary will not increase – but your age factor will – increasing your pension amount.

If you get another job covered by CalPERS/CalSTRS, then you will continue to earn PERS/STRS service credit and enhance your retirement.

If I enter the discipline process because I will not satisfy the vaccine requirement, then can I choose to retire during any part of this process?

Instructional faculty retirement dates are held to the end of the semester, so as to not disrupt the class and students. This will continue to be our practice.

Classified professionals and non-instructional faculty may resign or retire during a disciplinary process, as our current discipline processes outlined in contracts/board policy will be followed.

FAQ: Facilities, Sanitation, and Campus Access

Can employees use their offices while in-person classes and services are temporarily moved online?

Yes, but offices can't be used for student interactions.

As a reminder, employees should not come to campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms.

What is the process to "ready" a building? What types of inspection, testing, and replacement of equipment will occur?

COVID mitigation measures to prepare our facilities primarily involve building ventilation and air filtration systems, but Facilities Management (FM) would also do a full HVAC system functions test and inspection for each building prior to occupancy.

Before the pandemic, we already regularly performed these system checks throughout the year, typically coinciding with filter replacements (every four months). Now, we will perform additional checks before reopening facilities. These checks help ensure systems are performing the necessary CDC/ASHRAE recommended air exchanges and sufficient outside fresh air is being pulled into the buildings.

Before reopening a facility, we will also verify that we can remotely communicate with the building's HVAC controls through the District's Energy Management System (EMS).

Read Making Our Buildings Resilient During COVID-19 to learn more.

Will all buildings have air filtration equivalent to N95 masks?

All buildings that are currently occupied have MERV-13 filters, the industry standard for COVID-19 mitigation. MERV-13 filters are recommended because they can trap smaller particles, including viruses, and are equivalent to N95 masks with regards to protection and air quality.

In the event a building's HVAC system cannot accommodate the MERV-13 filters, we are performing additional building "flushing" two hours prior and two hours after occupancy as recommended by CDC/ASHRAE for these situations. As more buildings open to accommodate more people coming to campus, we will perform HVAC system checks and filter changes prior to occupancy.

FAQ: Decision-Making

Is official college/district travel allowed?

Students and staff who are vaccinated or cleared through the exemption process are allowed to travel for official college/district business. Existing supervisory and budgetary approval protocols must still be followed.

Who is making decisions around reopening?

We are in an era of only complicated and hard decisions, often exasperated by the fact that we frequently have a little information to frame our decision-making. We are committed to working closely with all stakeholders and constituencies to solicit feedback on important decisions and communicate clearly about what is being decided and when.

To that end, we are leveraging the Chancellor's Cabinet – which is designed explicitly to include voices of all constituent leaders from across our four colleges and the district (see Regulation R-3411: Participatory Governance) – as a steering committee for this decision-making process. Importantly, our labor partners are at the table as well, and we will continue to work with them directly on any items that are negotiable.

Though many of the decisions regarding reopening specific parts of our instructional, student services, or administrative operations will ultimately be made by the chancellor under the direction of our elected Board of Trustees, we must and will make those decisions based on the counsel of public health experts and feedback from students, faculty, and staff.

If we can’t offer everything on campus, then how will we decide which classes or services to prioritize?

As we look at expanding on-campus instructional offerings, the first priority is to resume impossible to convert classes and programs (such as classes and programs that have been in complete hibernation since the move to remote operations) and students who may have been able to complete some classes, but have not been able to complete all the necessary coursework to make progress towards completing their program. Getting these students back engaged and moving towards their degree or certificate is the top priority.

The next priority is programs and classes that have been particularly difficult to convert to online, classes where critical aspects of the curriculum have had to be altered or skipped, and specific math and English classes critical to students' academic success. Additional programs are also being considered based on recommendations that come through Department Chairs, Academic Senate, Deans, and Vice Presidents of Instruction, and all will be discussed at the Chancellor's Cabinet meeting before a decision is finalized about their scheduling.

With student services, based on feedback from students and other stakeholders we are prioritizing services that we have either been unable to effectively offer online or services where in-person delivery has the potential to have the greatest impact on student success. As public health conditions continue to improve, more programs will be considered and ultimately brought back to campuses.

CRC Reopening Update

Watch the CRC Reopening Update hosted by President Bush and CRC Administration on May 11, 2021.

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