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COVID-19 Health & Safety

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Given that students attending on-campus classes must be fully vaccinated, will the college require proof of vaccination in the current or coming quarter?

All students must have their vaccination information on file before enrolling in current or coming-quarter classes. If a student has submitted a petition for a medical or religious exemption, that must also be approved before the start of classes.

Will I be required to check a student’s vaccination status as the instructor in a classroom?

Faculty will not be asked to verify a student’s vaccination status. 

Classroom & Campus Expectations

Will faculty be required to remove students from class if they fail to wear masks?

Classrooms will be provided with extra masks for students who forget theirs. Students will be given numerous reminders that masks are mandatory electronically and through on-campus and classroom signage. Students who refuse to wear masks should be asked to leave, and/or the Dean should be contacted to address the disruptive classroom situation. We will follow our standard process for handling disruptive students, including filing a Maxient report, contacting the Dean, etc. 

What personal protective equipment is available on campus? 

All classrooms will be equipped with masks and hand sanitizers. Faculty teaching on campus can submit orders for additional PPE using the PPE Request Form. For items such as air purifiers, contact your dean.  

Will regular or random COVID-19 testing of students, faculty, and staff?

No, the college will not be conducting COVID-19 testing. However, the college will have a supply of rapid test kits (antigen tests) on hand for emergency testing for those exposed to COVID.

If I am scheduled to teach entirely face-to-face or hybrid and decide I don’t want to teach on campus, will I lose my assignment? 

No, please get in touch with your dean to discuss options in this situation.  

Will community members be allowed on campus this quarter?

Yes, we are progressively opening the campus (rentals, etc.) to allow members of the public on campus. 

Will food services return to campus? 

Our two food services vendors will provide Campus service. All indoor spaces, such as the dining hall, will require masking.  

Will offices be cleaned and ready for our use?

Classrooms are cleaned regularly, and offices will have trash cans emptied, etc. We have plenty of supplies in our admin conference room, and each division office will be supplied with masks and hand sanitizer for faculty and classroom use.  

What if a student tests positive for COVID-19? 

Please have students complete the Reporting a Positive COVID Case on Campus form.

What do I do if a student tells me they are symptomatic or have had contact with someone who has/had COVID-19? 

Refer the student to the student health center, where they can pick up a free COVID test. If positive, they can report they're positive to the COVID team using the Positive On-Campus COVID Case Reporting Form

What should I do if a student in an in-person class reports that they are COVID-19 positive? 

Please send the student the Positive On-Campus COVID Case Reporting Form

As a reminder, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 and it is determined that the student was in your class within the exposure timeframes, which include 48 hours before symptom onset and 48 hours before a positive COVID-19 test, you will be notified of exposure in general WITHOUT receiving any personal health identifiers.

What do I do if my student does not follow COVID-19 Health and Safety Behavioral Expectations?

  1. More than anything, having a conversation with the student before referring them to the Dean of Student’s office is the most important. Did they forget their PPE, or are they deliberately refusing to abide by the COVID Health and Safety Behavioral Expectations they agreed to?
  2. If the student forgets their mask, advise the student to find the nearest PPE stations on campus. The school map contains locators to help students find a mask and hand sanitizer.
  3. Refer the student to the health center or Admissions and records if they aren't familiar with the campus so they can get the PPE needed.
  4. If the student still does not comply or refuses to wear a mask, provide a verbal warning with specific directions asking them to comply with the behavioral expectations, including wearing a mask.
  5. If you cannot negotiate or converse with the student and the student is deliberately exhibiting defiance or willful disobedience, please submit a Maxient report.

Will I be notified if a student in my class has tested positive for COVID-19?

  1. Yes! You will receive an email from Health Services via Smartsheet. You will be asked to send an email to your class (all info will be included in the email you receive). 
  2. If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and it is determined that the student was in your class within the exposure timeframes, which include 48 hours before symptom onset and 48 hours before a positive COVID-19 test, you will be notified of exposure in general WITHOUT receiving any personal health identifiers.
  3. If faculty, staff, and students follow proper social distancing and safety protocols, the risk is minimal; quarantine/isolation protocols may not be advised, especially if close contacts have already been vaccinated.

Student Services

How can students access services?

All services will continue to operate online. However, we will also offer all student services face to face.

What are the in-person hours for student services?

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Health Services and Psychological Services will have limited in-person hours on Fridays too.

Where do students go to talk to a person for general questions?

All student services will be available. Visit the 8000 building (same building as Admissions/Records and Financial Aid). See map

Will counselors be available on campus?

Counseling services will be available. Please go here for hours.

Will the library be open? Where can students study?

Yes, the library will be open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. See the library website for details.

Do I need to pay for parking?

No. Ticketing will not be enforced as long as you are parked legally.

Is EOPS open?

EOPS will be open in-person Mondays - Thursdays, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Complete services will also continue to be offered virtually. Visit the EOPS website for contact info.

Foothill Mobile App

Did you know? You can use the Foothill App to report a positive COVID test to the COVID team.

Use the Foothill College mobile app. Download from MyPortal.Go to MyPortal > Apps > All Users > Mobile App > Download Foothill College App
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