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Containment, Response and Control Plan

Rev. 7/1/2021

Important NoteNOTE: All persons accessing College of the Canyons campuses and facilities must submit vaccination status and wear face masks inside college buildings per Board of Trustees resolution. These requirements supersede guidelines detailed below. More


Table of Contents


Introduction

The COVID-19 Containment, Response and Control Plan (Plan) reflects the input and work of the Santa Clarita Community College District (District), together with guidance from qualified legal, medical, and technical experts, to facilitate a safe environment for employees and students on College of the Canyons’ Valencia and Canyon Country campuses. This Plan meets or exceeds all current orders and guidance from local and national health authorities, including the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other agencies such as the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Plan is developed in conformity with CDPH’s Guidance: Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors, issued June 15, 2021, LADPH’s Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy guidance, issued June 15, 2021, and Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards, revised June 17, 2021. The District will also follow any other government protocols applicable to its services and facilities.

The Plan addresses (i) the full reopening of campus facilities in light of California’s lifting of pandemic restrictions; (ii) ongoing safety mandates; (iii) treatment of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals; and (iv) permissible campus activities. The District reserves the right to modify this Plan consistent with operational needs and in conformity with all applicable laws and regulations. Further changes to health and safety regulations, including implementation of heightened restrictions on activities, will depend on county/regional conditions including epidemiological trends (such as new COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates consistently being stable or decreasing over at least 14 days), availability of community testing resources, breadth of vaccine distribution, and adequate District preparedness and public health capacity to respond to case and outbreak investigations. All reopening plans will be made in accordance with directives from public health officials and other authorities.


Entry to District Campuses

Entry to Campus for Employees and Students

Entry to campus is no longer limited to essential activities. Employees, students, and visitors are welcome to enter campus for general purposes, including previously limited activities like study groups, socialization, and recreation. However, to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, all persons entering campus must continue to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and must follow posted face covering mandates as applicable. The District will post signs advising all entrants to campus that they must be symptom free to enter, and entrants certify they are symptom free by entering (see Health Screenings for a list of COVID-19 symptoms).

Signage

Signage is posted throughout District campuses notifying visitors, as well as reminding employees and students, of face covering mandates, hygiene and sanitation recommendations, and the requirement to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before entering. Persons entering campus must comply with all signs and directives.

Visitors to Campus

Visitors to campus are no longer limited. Due to the inability of young children to receive vaccinations, children under the age of 12, or such other age as the CDC may recommend, should be masked if over the age of two (2) years old and unvaccinated. (Related protocols for parents of children enrolled in the District’s Center for Early Childhood Education can be found here and all parents of enrolled CECE students must comply with those directives and protocols as they are substantially different from the District’s general protocols.) (Enrollees in the Summer Institute, as well as their guardians, may also be subject to heightened protocols.) Visitors arriving to campus with children must ensure that their children stay next to their guardians while inside buildings or in courtyards and must avoid touching any person or item that does not belong to them.

Visitors must self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering. Entry is prohibited if symptoms are present.

Deliveries to Campus

Deliveries to campus are no longer subject to specific COVID-19 protocols. However, those making deliveries and those receiving them must comply with all applicable COVID-19 guidelines still in effect, including the requirement to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering campus.

Travel

All individuals are encouraged to review CDC guidelines for travel. Both CDPH and LADPH recommend individuals adhere to CDC guidance on travel. The District will closely adhere to any and all travel restrictions imposed by government agencies when applicable. To the extent that quarantine is mandated by any governmental agency due to travel, the District will fully enforce all quarantine measures. Such time away from work, if applicable, will be unpaid unless the District authorizes such employees to work from home or the quarantine requirement arose from work for the District. Employees may use accrued sick or vacation leave (including, where permitted, California Supplemental Sick Leave or other forms of available leave) for any period of mandatory travel quarantine.

Compliance is Mandatory

Compliance with all aspects of this Plan is mandatory for all persons entering campus. Failure to comply in any material respect will result in immediate removal from campus, and where appropriate, expulsion or termination.

All persons entering campus shall immediately report any COVID-19 hazards observed while on campus (e.g., violations of these protocols) to the COVID-19 Compliance Officers or Campus Safety Director. No person making such a report will be subject to discipline or reprisal.

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Health Screenings

Symptoms of COVID-19

Persons with COVID-19 may experience a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees F or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing*
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
*Contact 9-1-1 if there are any emergency warning signs such as difficulty breathing, bluish lips or face, or confused or hard to wake.

Individuals who experience COVID-19 symptoms, receive a positive COVID-19 test, receive a doctor’s diagnosis of likely or presumed COVID-19, or unvaccinated persons who have been in “close contact” with a person who has received a positive COVID-19 test, must notify the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officers (see Campus Resources for details) and must follow the protocols set forth in COVID-19 Exposure Protocols. “Close contact” is defined as someone who (1) was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more (e.g., three exposures of five minutes each) over a 24-hour period, or (2) had unprotected contact with an ill individual’s bodily fluids (e.g., being coughed on), starting from two days before symptom onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the ill individual is isolated. Fully vaccinated persons (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine) who were in close contact with a COVID-19 case are not required to self-quarantine but must still self-isolate if symptoms of COVID-19 develop. Symptomatic persons should contact their healthcare provider immediately and should not report to campus. Should symptoms present while on campus, such persons should leave campus immediately and contact the appropriate COVID-19 Compliance Officer; if immediate departure is not possible, such persons should contact the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer for guidance and wait in designated containment areas until departure from campus can be arranged.

Symptom and Temperature Self-Monitoring

The District requires all persons entering District campuses to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever. By entering campus, individuals certify they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. If a person is experiencing symptoms, they are not permitted to enter campus. Signs will be posted at all entrances to campus advising of this requirement.

In addition to, or in place of, self-monitoring, the District may in its sole discretion require in-person contactless temperature screenings at various points of entry on campus. Persons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied entry to campus consistent with public health ordinances and guidelines, and as permitted under state and federal anti-discrimination laws. To the extent any health information is collected, it will be kept in strict confidence and only designated individuals will have access to it.

Employees who are excluded from campus should contact the Employee COVID-19 Compliance Officer or Human Resources to discuss options for the use of available leave and other benefit entitlements. Students should contact the Student COVID-19 Compliance Officer or the Student Health and Wellness Center to discuss available community resources.

Vaccination Status

In accordance with Cal/OSHA and CDPH directives, the District requires that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or certify their vaccine status if not fully vaccinated. Staff can submit proof of vaccination to Human Resources using the designated C19@canyons.edu email. Persons who refuse to provide their vaccination status will be treated as unvaccinated for purposes of enforcing safety regulations, including face covering requirements for unvaccinated individuals. The following are acceptable forms of proof of full vaccination status: a photographic identification and either a vaccination card (which includes the name of the individual vaccinated, type of COVID-19 vaccine provided and date last dose was administered) OR a photo of the individual’s vaccination card as a separate document OR a photo of the individual’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR documentation of full vaccination against COVID-19 certified from a healthcare provider (which includes name of individual vaccinated and confirms they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19) OR a digital copy of a vaccination record obtained through CDPH.

Students who are taking advantage of permissions granted to vaccinated individuals may be required to show proof of vaccination upon request, and discrepancies between a student’s vaccination status and their adherence to rules for unvaccinated individuals is cause for academic discipline up to and including expulsion.

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Face Coverings

Please see important update.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can be spread through the air when an infectious person talks, sneezes, coughs, or exhales. COVID-19 may also be transmitted when a person touches a contaminated object and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Additionally, not everyone who is infected develops symptoms, but they may remain infectious. As such, public health officials advise that face coverings are an effective tool for limiting the spread of COVID-19. LADPH continues to require face coverings in certain situations as set out below.

Face Covering Requirements on Campus

All persons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must adhere to the following requirements on face coverings while on campus: Indoors in classroom and laboratory settings, face coverings required; Indoors (except where signage indicates), no face coverings needed**; Outdoors, no face coverings needed.

All persons who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against COVID-19 must adhere to the following restrictions on face coverings: Indoors in all settings. (Exceptions: when eating, or drinking; or alone in private office with the door closed), face coverings required; Outdoor, no face coverings needed. Recommended when in large crowds.

To ensure that face coverings are worn consistently and correctly, when necessary, employees who are not fully vaccinated are discouraged from eating or drinking except during their breaks when they are able to safely remove their face coverings from others. Employees and students may, but are not required to unless mandated by the activity, wear respirators or eye protection.

** Please note that as of June 29, 2021, LADPH is recommending, but not requiring, that all persons continue to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Availability of Cloth Face Coverings and N95 Masks

The District will provide, at no cost, a sufficient number of reusable cloth face coverings to all employees and students who must report to campus and who are required by these protocols to wear a face covering, or, upon request. Employees and students also have the option to use their own compliant face covering if preferred.

The District will have a supply of N95 masks (i.e., respirators) available for employees who are not fully vaccinated. Employees who are not fully vaccinated may, but are not required, to wear an N95 mask in lieu of a traditional face covering. Employees who are not fully vaccinated may request an N95 mask from the District at no cost to the employee. Employees may find instructions on how to wear a N95 mask and how to perform seal checks here.

Upon their initial return to campus employees and students should come prepared with their own personal face covering, if required to wear a face covering by these protocols. If needed, employees should arrange to pick up an additional supply of reusable face coverings from either the Valencia campus warehouse (regular business hours from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Quad 1 at Canyon Country campus, or from their supervisor, and should keep and maintain the supply for future use. District-issued face coverings should not be lost or damaged as supplies are limited. While the District will have a limited supply of disposable face coverings available, availability of disposable face coverings will be limited and employees, students, and visitors shall not abuse this privilege. Visitors without face coverings may be denied entry to campus if the District cannot supply a face covering.

Proper Use and Maintenance

Employees and students must use face coverings whenever mandated by these protocols. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth and may not be shared with others. When not in use, face coverings should not be laid on any surface that may contaminate either the covering or the surface. Individuals should wash hands or use hand sanitizers before and after removing the covering and should not touch their face when adjusting throughout the day. Employees and students are responsible for maintaining District-issued face coverings in proper condition, including washing face coverings daily (for cloth face coverings) or otherwise wearing a fresh face covering each day. Disposable face coverings must be disposed of in an appropriate waste receptacle.

Exemptions

Individuals required to wear a face covering by these protocols, but who are unable to do so due to a medical condition, should consult with their healthcare provider about requesting accommodations. The individual may then make a request for accommodations to the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer. The District will grant exemptions to the mandatory use of face coverings on campus only to the extent consistent with public health guidelines. Individuals whose medical condition permits them to wear a face shield with draping will be required to do so.

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Physical Distancing

California has eliminated physical distancing requirements. Visitors, staff, and students are no longer required to distance from others, whether indoors or outdoors, and regardless of vaccination status. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are still encouraged to physically distance from others when possible to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Where feasible, the District will leave physical partitions, including Plexiglas, in place to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.

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Disinfection, Cleaning and Hygiene

The District complies with orders from the LADPH, CDC, Cal/OSHA [https://www.dir.ca.gov/OSHSB/COVID-19-Prevention-Emergency.html] and OSHA relating to disinfection, cleaning, and hygiene on District campuses. The District has instituted the following procedures to evaluate, identify, and remediate COVID-19 hazards on an ongoing basis. As a part of these efforts, the District and individual members of the campus community are each obligated to separately perform certain cleaning and disinfection functions, detailed here: 

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • The District will regularly clean frequently touched objects and surfaces. This includes doorknobs, elevator buttons, equipment, tools, handrails, handles, controls, phones, headsets, bathroom surfaces, and steering wheels. The District requires that personal workstations be cleaned by the applicable user and will provide appropriate cleaning products for use. The Facilities Department will handle cleaning of communal spaces, and will do so at least daily.
  • Appropriate deep cleaning and disinfection will occur in accordance with Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards whenever a person confirmed or presumed positive for COVID-19 has occupied a space.
  • HVAC systems have been checked to allow optimal air flow throughout the buildings on campus and air filters have been replaced. Where feasible, windows and doors will be kept open for maximum air flow.
  • When sharing of materials or objects is necessary, persons using the materials or objects should take personal responsibility to clean them between use according to appropriate sanitizing protocols and using EPA-approved disinfectants.
  • Individuals must immediately dispose of garbage, food wrappers, beverages, etc., in trash bins after use.

Hygiene

  • Avoid touching face, eyes, and mouth with hands.
  • Sharing of materials or objects (e.g., staplers, pens, coffee mugs, etc.) is discouraged.
  • Shared food items and beverages are discouraged unless in individually packaged materials or if prepared in a manner that avoids cross-contamination.
  • The District will provide hand sanitizing products for employees.
  • The District has posted throughout the campuses signs and other communications to promote good hygiene and respiratory etiquette and remind employees, students, and visitors of expectations.
  • Employees will be permitted frequent breaks to wash their hands.
  • Individuals should cough into a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue in a trash receptacle. If no tissues are available, individuals should cough into their elbow. Individuals should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer (≥60% alcohol) after coughing.

The District strongly recommends all persons receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Relevant information from LADPH can be found here; the statewide vaccine portal can be found here.

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COVID-19 Exposure Protocols

Employees or students who experience COVID-19 symptoms, receive a positive COVID-19 test, receive a doctor’s diagnosis of likely or presumed COVID-19, or have been in close contact (as defined in Health Screenings) with a person who has received a positive COVID-19 test, must immediately notify the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officers. Such persons should contact their healthcare provider immediately for further guidance and should not report to campus. Quarantined and isolated individuals should expect to be contacted by LADPH as well. Persons who have taken a COVID-19 test due to suspected symptoms or after contact with an ill individual and are awaiting notification of the results may not report to campus unless otherwise instructed by a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.**

** Vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine and test for COVID-19 after a close contact with an infected individual if they meet the following criteria: (1) are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine) and (2) have remained asymptomatic since last contact with the infected person. Vaccinated individuals who have only received one dose of vaccine should consult their healthcare provider to determine whether they are fully vaccinated after a single dose based on the vaccine manufacturer’s instructions. Fully vaccinated individuals must continue to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the exposure. The District strongly encourages all individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While every situation needs to be analyzed on an individual basis, the common scenarios outlined below describe employee, student, and District expectations.


Scenario 1


Confirmed Positive or Presumed Positive Case

Individual tests positive for COVID-19 (i.e., confirmed positive), has symptoms* of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis (i.e., presumed positive), or has been diagnosed as having or likely having COVID-19 by a healthcare professional.

*See list of COVID-19 symptoms.

Next Steps
  • Individual must self-isolate** and not report to campus;
  • Individual must contact their healthcare provider for medical guidance and information about free testing;
  • Individual must, as soon as practicable, notify the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer;
  • The COVID-19 Compliance Officer will contact Individual to conduct a detailed, confidential interview to allow for proper tracing and notifications (see Campus Exposure and Contact Tracing); and
  • Individual must contact their supervisor (employee) or faculty (student) and advise of absence from campus. Individual need not disclose a COVID-19 status to faculty or supervisors, provided that Individual has discussed the circumstances of the absence with the COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

** “Self-isolation” and “self-quarantine” are different public health concepts with different resulting physical distancing requirements.
Isolation separates sick people from others and ends when the sick person is no longer contagious.
Quarantine separates those who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick and ends when the exposed individual is no longer likely to develop symptoms.


Scenario 1 Calendar

 
When Can Individual Return to Campus?

The applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer will provide Individual with return to campus information. Generally, an individual with a confirmed or presumed positive case of COVID-19 may return to campus only after:

  • Ten (10) days have passed since (1) the beginning of any symptoms, or (2) since first positive test if no symptoms developed; AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of any fever-reducing medicines (e.g., aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen); AND
  • Improved respiratory symptoms.
  • OR: obtain doctors’ certification that symptoms presented are not attributable to COVID-19 and Individual is not infectious.


Scenario 2


Close Contact Within 48 Hours of Confirmed Positive or Presumed Case

Individual, who is unvaccinated, sees Jimmy at a family gathering. Jimmy goes to get tested in the days after the gathering and the test comes back positive for COVID-19 (i.e., confirmed positive) or Jimmy develops COVID-19 symptoms the day after the gathering (e.g., presumed positive). Because Individual is unvaccinated and was in close contact with Jimmy within 48 hours of when Jimmy developed symptoms or got tested, Individual is now a close contact and must self-quarantine. (NOTE: If Individual’s close contact with Jimmy was more than 48 hours before Jimmy developed symptoms or tested positive, Individual does not need to self-quarantine.)

Next Steps
  • Individual must self-quarantine and not report to campus, must self-monitor for symptoms, and must contact their healthcare provider for medical guidance and information about free testing;
  • Individual must as soon as practicable notify the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer;
  • Individual must self-quarantine for 10 days from the most recent date of exposure to the confirmed or presumed positive case of COVID-19;
  • The applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer will contact Individual to conduct a detailed, confidential interview to allow for proper contact tracing and notifications (see Campus Exposure and Contact Tracing); and
  • Individual must contact their supervisor (employee) or faculty (student) and advise of absence from campus. Individual need not disclose COVID-19 status to faculty/supervisor, provided Individual has discussed circumstances surrounding absence with the COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
 
Scenario 2 Calendar

 

When Can Individual Return to Campus?
  • The applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer will provide return to campus information.
  • If symptoms develop or Individual tests positive, Individual should follow the above guidance for confirmed positive cases (see Scenario 1).
  • If no symptoms develop and there is no positive test, Individual may return to campus after the 10-day self-quarantine ends.
  • Receiving a negative COVID-19 test result does NOT reduce the quarantine period.

** “Self-isolation” and “self-quarantine” are different public health concepts with different resulting physical distancing requirements.
Isolation separates sick people from others and ends when the sick person is no longer contagious.
Quarantine separates those who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick and ends when the exposed individual is no longer likely to develop symptoms.


Scenario 3


Third Degree Contact of Someone with COVID-19 (With No Symptoms)

Individual has close contact with Jane. Jane previously had close contact with Mary. It is later learned that Mary had a confirmed or presumed positive case of COVID-19 when she saw Jane. Jane is directed to self-quarantine; however, Jane is not experiencing any symptoms and has not tested positive for COVID-19. Individual is only considered a contact of a close contact (i.e., third degree contact) and does not need to self-isolate or self-quarantine.

Next Steps
  • Individual must self-monitor for symptoms, follow safety and health guidelines, and report to the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer at the onset of any symptoms.
When Can Individual Return to Campus?
  • Individual may continue activities on campus.


Scenario 4


While Already Under Quarantine Individual Has Additional Close Contact with Someone Who Has COVID-19

Individual, who is unvaccinated, lives with Alex. Alex has a confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19 and begins self-isolation. Individual must begin self-quarantine. A few days after Alex gets sick, a different family member in the household, Cody, also gets sick and receives a diagnosis of confirmed or presumed COVID-19 and begins self-isolation. Alex and Cody recover and leave self-isolation ten days after they each developed symptoms. As of the time Alex and Cody leave self-isolation, Individual does not have any symptoms and does not test positive.

Next Steps
  • Individual must start self-quarantine for 10 days from the first exposure (e.g., Alex) and must restart self-quarantine for any later exposure to a confirmed or presumed positive case of COVID-19 (e.g., Cody);
  • Individual must self-monitor for symptoms, and must contact their healthcare provider for medical guidance and information about free testing;
  • Individual must as soon as practicable notify the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer;
  • Individual must contact their supervisor (employee) or faculty (student) and advise of absence from campus. Individual need not disclose COVID-19 status to faculty/supervisor, provided Individual has discussed circumstances surrounding absence with the COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
 
Scenario 4 Calendar

 

When Can Individual Return to Campus?
  • The applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer will provide return to campus information.
  • Individual will need to restart quarantine period from the last day Individual had close contact within anyone in the household who has COVID-19 (i.e., Cody), even if Individual does not develop symptoms.
  • If symptoms develop or Individual tests positive, Individual should follow the above guidance for confirmed positive cases (see Scenario 1).
  • If no symptoms develop and there is no positive test, Individual may return to campus after the 10-day self-quarantine period ends, which period was restarted based on the new family member (i.e., Cody) testing positive or developing symptoms.
  • Receiving a negative COVID-19 test result does NOT reduce the self-quarantine period.


Scenario 5


Fully Vaccinated Individual with Close Contact

Individual is a student with the District and attends in-person classes as a part of her studies due to degree requirements. Individual received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine three weeks ago. Individual is partnered with Allison for a laboratory class that involves paired activities that usually last more than 30 minutes and require the paired students to work in close physical proximity. Allison reports to the District that she received a positive COVID-19 test result on Tuesday, and that she had attended her laboratory class on Monday since she wasn’t experiencing any symptoms at the time and did not realize she had been exposed. The District interviews Allison and learns that Individual was a close contact of Allison during her infectious period due to their pairing in the laboratory class and close proximity during the assignment on Monday. The District also learns that Individual is fully vaccinated.

Next Steps
  • Individual is fully vaccinated and therefore does not have to self-quarantine despite being in close contact with Allison;
  • Individual would not need to contact a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to report the close contact;
  • Individual must self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from her last exposure; and
  • If symptoms develop, Individual must immediately self-isolate and follow the instruction in Scenario 1.
When Can Individual Return to Campus?
  • Individual is not subject to quarantine and may continue in-person activities so long as no COVID-19 symptoms develop.


Scenario 6


Fully Vaccinated Individual with Symptoms

Individual is a student with the District and attends in-person classes now that in-person instruction has resumed. Individual is lab partners with Sarah and sat next to her in class on Wednesday. Thursday morning, Sarah tells Individual that she tested positive for COVID-19 that morning, and the District also called Individual to inform him that he is a close contact of an ill individual (though Sarah’s identity was not revealed). Individual is allowed to continue attending class as usual because he is fully vaccinated, but must monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. On Sunday morning, Individual wakes up and realizes he has lost his sense of taste and is feverish.

Next Steps
  • Even though Individual is vaccinated, he must immediately self-isolate due to his symptoms, not report to campus, and follow the instructions for positive cases in Scenario 1, including contacting the COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
When Can Individual Return to Campus?
  • If it is determined that Individual has COVID-19, Individual must self-isolate per the requirements in Scenario 1.
  • If it is determined that the symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19, Individual may return:

(i) at least 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of any fever-reducing medicines (e.g., aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen); AND
(ii) Individual has improved symptoms.

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Campus Exposure and Contact Tracing

Consistent with the guidance from public health officials, the District has developed contact tracing protocols to track possible infection spread and notify impacted campus community members and local public health authorities as required. Persons responsible for the management and oversight of the contact tracing protocols will be fully trained. 

Notification and Investigation Process

Persons with a confirmed or presumed positive case of COVID-19 must notify the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer immediately (see COVID-19 Exposure Protocols) so that the District can ensure proper cleaning, disinfection, and contact tracing. Such persons should leave campus immediately or wait in a designated containment area until transportation can be arranged. The District’s COVID-19 Compliance Officer will contact the individual to conduct a detailed, confidential interview to identify the timing of onset of symptoms, all persons with whom the affected individual has had “close contact” (as defined), and all areas used by the affected individual(s). The applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer will advise all exposed individuals to receive COVID-19 testing if necessary and will provide instructions as to when such persons will be permitted to return to campus, except that asymptomatic fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine or test as explained in the above section. The District will determine whether additional notification is needed to inform the wider campus community about the exposure and precautions being taken. The District will generally not advise the wider campus community of an isolated instance of a COVID-19 diagnosis (unless such persons are close contacts) unless such is deemed necessary for community health and safety.

The District will within one (1) business day promptly notify campus community members with close contact to the confirmed or presumed positive case of COVID-19 of potential exposure via email or telephone call using their last known contact information. Employees and students must provide the most up-to-date contact information to ensure prompt communication. Contact information should be updated through MyCanyons. The broader campus community will be made aware of the general location of the positive case. The District will advise impacted campus community members of their obligations for self-isolation (i.e., separation of sick individuals from others) or self-quarantine (i.e., separation and restriction of movement of persons who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick). The District will make all efforts to keep the identity and testing status of such persons confidential. While persons may be able to ascertain the identity of affected individuals by virtue of their absence from campus or other information learned during the interview process, the District will not disclose a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to other campus community members or to the public.

Testing for Outbreaks and Major Outbreaks

In the event of an “outbreak,” defined as three (3) or more epidemiologically-linked positive COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period within the same “group” (group includes social organizations, worksites, classes, sports teams, etc.) and that originated from individuals who do not have close contact outside of on campus activities, or a “major outbreak,” defined as twenty (20) or more COVID-19 cases in an exposed group within a 30-day period, the District will comply with all testing requirements. Generally, in the event of an outbreak, all unvaccinated employees physically present in the exposed workplace will be tested immediately, again one week later, and each week thereafter until the outbreak has subsided. Impacted students should also test. In the event of a major outbreak, employee testing will be performed twice a week until the risk is abated, unless more frequent testing is required by LADPH. For employees, all testing will be performed during paid time and at no cost. In the event of a major outbreak, respirators will be provided to exposed employees for voluntary use and physical distancing will be required in certain situations. Contact a COVID-19 Officer for further details.

Identification, Disinfection and Remediation

The District will clean and disinfect the impacted areas and, if necessary, the rest of the facility in accordance with LADPH and Cal/OSHA cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

The District will continue to monitor and investigate ways to reduce exposure, including, as applicable, moving tasks outside if possible, improving air filtration and air supply (through the use of Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 13 or higher efficiency filters), and other applicable engineering or administrative controls. The District will conduct periodic inspections of all workplaces and classrooms and will identify unhealthy conditions, work practices, or work procedures, and will keep confidential notes and records regarding all work-related COVID-19 exposures and cases to identify and address any potential areas of risk. The District will notify and work in conjunction with government authorities as required by law.

When required, the District will notify LADPH of cases established by a positive test result and follow all directives. The District will determine whether to cease in-person instruction consistent with LADPH directives.

Available Resources

The District will work with employees to identify available community services and resources, as well as leave of absence and paid leave entitlements, including, where appropriate, the availability of workers’ compensation or California Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Benefits, or state disability insurance. Employees who are unable to work solely due to quarantining after a work-related exposure will be eligible to maintain earnings, seniority, and all other employee rights and benefits to the maximum extent provided by law.

The District will work with students to identify available community services and resources, and will provide options for remote online education, including asynchronous delivery to accommodate ill or quarantined students, as well as those with technology or travel constraints.

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Vaccinations

Based on guidance from public health officials, the District believes that vaccinations are a critical tool for reducing risk of infection among employees, visitors, and students. Public health officials have indicated that the vaccine is safe and highly effective, so effective in fact that fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine after a close contact with an infected person and may go without face coverings in most settings. Vaccines are now widely available to all individuals age 12 and older. The District reserves the right to mandate receipt of the vaccine in its sole discretion. Should the District require vaccination, it will assess all requests for accommodation in accordance with applicable law.

All persons entering the District’s campuses must be prepared to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, whether fully vaccinated or not. Employees have been directed to provide proof of vaccination using the designated HR email, C19@canyons.edu, or to self-attest to status if unvaccinated.

The District encourages those persons with questions or concerns about the vaccine to visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information about efficacy and safety. Further information about vaccine availability and to sign up for an appointment can be located here.

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Training

Prior to the initial entry to campus, and in compliance with Cal/OSHA requirements, the District will provide access to online training to employees via Keenan Safe Colleges and to students via a notice from the District to ensure they understand the risks of COVID-19 and precautions against infection (including proper respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, use of face coverings, etc.). The District, via its COVID-19 website, will make available its procedures and guidelines related to the pandemic, as well as a copy of this Plan.

All persons responsible for implementation of any of the District’s COVID-19 safety protocols will receive additional mandatory training prior to commencement of their duties.

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Modified Safe Workspaces

The District, in consultation with advice from qualified experts, has modified office spaces, classrooms, and public spaces to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19. Where further adjustments are deemed necessary, District Administration must approve any physical relocation of employees’ workspaces; moving of furniture, large office equipment, or requesting technology resources which require installation support from the IT Department; or significant physical adjustments to workspaces (e.g., Plexiglas or other barriers).

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Availability of Facilities and Services

The District will be reopening all facilities as California has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions.

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Reasonable Accommodations

The District will engage in an interactive process and consider reasonable accommodations for employees and students who are categorized as being at higher risk of COVID-19 infection and complications. Vulnerable employees should discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider. The District will consider requests for accommodation consistent with applicable law and operational need. While the District will consider requests for accommodations based on an employee’s or student’s cohabitation with a high-risk individual, such decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis after consideration of all relevant factors. Contact the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer for details.

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Food and Beverage Services

On-campus food and beverage options can be reopened. Whenever eating and drinking on campus, all persons should adhere to proper sanitation and hygiene standards and should follow posted signage. 

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Links to Public Health Guidance and Resources

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Campus Resources

Employee COVID-19 Compliance Officer
Human Resources
Maria Calderon
(661) 362-5563
maria.calderon@canyons.edu

Student COVID-19 Compliance Officer
Student Health and Wellness Center
Mary Manuel
(661) 362-3259
mary.manuel@canyons.edu

Academic Accommodations Center (AAC)
(661) 362-3341
dsps@canyons.edu

Valencia Campus
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
(661) 259-7800

Canyon Country Campus
17200 Sierra Highway
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
(661) 362-3800

Campus Safety
(661) 362-3926 or (661) 510-3882
robert.sadeh@canyons.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Plan reflects the input and work of the Santa Clarita Community College District (“District”), together with guidance from qualified legal, medical, and technical experts, to facilitate the safe return of employees and students to College of the Canyons’ Valencia and Canyon Country campuses. The Plan is drawn in conformity with the protocols established by the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”), the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (“LADPH”), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), and other agencies such as the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“Cal/OSHA”), the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). The Plan is subject to further revision consistent with then-current public health guidance and based on operational needs.

  • All persons who have symptoms should contact their own healthcare provider, or, where necessary 9-1-1. Persons without a doctor or without health insurance should contact 2-1-1 for available community resources. If you do not have insurance, you may contact LADPH for the location of a free testing center here. After you have reached out to your healthcare provider or LADPH:

    • Employees should also contact the Employee COVID-19 Compliance Officer at 661-362-5563 for available leave information. You will be provided with additional instructions at that time.
    • Students should contact the Student COVID-19 Compliance Officer at 661-362-3259. The Student COVID-19 Compliance Officer will work with you to help identify available community resources.
  • The District has eliminated the requirement that all entrants to campus must complete the Online Health Screening Questionnaire. However, you must still monitor for symptoms daily before arrival to campus. In addition to self-monitoring, the District may, in its discretion, require in-person temperature screenings if it deems necessary to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.

  • Yes, until you receive further direction from the applicable COVID-19 Compliance Officer. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please reference the COVID-19 Exposure Protocols of the Plan. Generally, you will be prohibited from returning to campus until either you meet the isolation requirements established by public health officials, OR you receive and submit a doctors’ certification stating that, based on sound medical judgment, the symptoms you are experiencing are not attributable to COVID-19 and that you pose no risk of infection to others. Employees or students who experience chronic illnesses which typically present with similar symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., persons who suffer from frequent migraines or persons who regularly experience shortness of breath as a result of asthma) are encouraged to discuss with their healthcare provider differentiating such symptoms from COVID-19. The District will generally rely upon the certification of a healthcare provider, but the District reserves its right to seek a secondary medical opinion if deemed necessary to prevent against the potential spread of infection.

  • If you have received a confirmed positive diagnosis of COVID-19 or presumed positive case of COVID-19, please reference the COVID-19 Exposure Protocols contained on p. 7-12 of the Plan. Generally, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you will be prohibited from returning to campus until you meet the requirements for leaving isolation per public health officials. You may only leave quarantine after 10 days and if no symptoms developed. Fully vaccinated individuals with no symptoms, as defined in the COVID-19 Exposure Protocols portion of the Plan, are not required to quarantine after a close contact with an infected person, but must still self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after their last exposure.

  • The District will offer sick leave to eligible employees in accordance with local, state, and federal law. Employees have a set amount of paid leave available for COVID-19 purposes, which they may elect to use for qualifying reasons. If an employee is exposed at work, the District will ensure the employees’ earnings, benefits, and seniority are maintained during the quarantine period. Contact Human Resources for more details or see here.

  • Consistent with the Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards and CDC guidelines, the District will initiate limited contact tracing (i.e., within the campus community) for confirmed and presumed positive cases of COVID-19. Please reference the Campus Exposure and Contract Tracing portion of the Plan. In general, the District will interview the COVID-19 positive individual to determine which spaces and individuals they came in close contact with so that the District can notify those individuals and take appropriate remedial measures. “Close contact” is defined as someone who (1) was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more (e.g., three exposures of five minutes each) over a 24-hour period, or (2) had unprotected contact with an ill individual’s bodily fluids (e.g., being coughed on), starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, two days prior to positive test specimen collection) until the time the ill individual is isolated. Your identity and testing status will be maintained in strict confidence and will not be disclosed to your coworkers or other students. The District may continue its contact tracing efforts by interviewing relevant individuals about who they came in contact with and what spaces they recently used. Some of those individuals may be advised to stay home due to a higher risk of having been infected. Fully vaccinated individuals, as defined in the COVID-19 Exposure Protocols portion of the Plan, are not required to quarantine after a close contact with an infected person, but must still self-monitor for symptoms.

  • The District will make the determination as to whether an entire class will be asked to leave campus and self-quarantine based on the specific factual circumstances presented and consistent with public health guidance. At a minimum, those students and instructors within a class who come in close contact (defined above) with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 and who are not fully vaccinated will be directed to self-quarantine. As for others present at the time of instruction, the District will consider the nature and length of the contact and any environmental considerations (e.g., outdoor instruction, physical barriers present, etc.). In making such determinations, the District will consult medical professionals or, where appropriate, local public health officials.

  • No, but all individuals should check CDC travel guidelines when planning a trip and note any additional recommended precautions. Fully vaccinated individuals may be exempt from travel quarantine requirements depending on official public health guidance.

  • All persons who report to campus are encouraged to receive the annual influenza immunization unless contraindicated by personal medical conditions. You should check back on the District’s COVID-19 website for the availability of influenza vaccinations on campus during the flu season. You may also access influenza vaccines from your primary healthcare provider or local pharmacy once they become available.

  • Not at this time, but the District strongly encourages all persons to receive the vaccine and reserves the right to mandate the vaccine if a sufficient number of persons do not voluntarily receive the vaccine such that the District can safely resume full operations. Individuals will be subject to different requirements, like those for face coverings, based on vaccinated status as required by law. Should the District be forced to mandate vaccines, it will assess all requests for an exemption in accordance with applicable law. The District may update this policy and guidance.

  • Yes. All employees who will be on campus must provide proof of vaccination or certify their status as unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Individuals who refuse to provide their vaccination status will be treated as unvaccinated for purposes of health and safety regulations. The following are acceptable forms of proof of full vaccination status: a photographic identification and either a vaccination card (which includes the name of the individual vaccinated, type of COVID-19 vaccine provided and date last dose administered) OR a photo of the individual’s vaccination card as a separate document OR a photo of the individual’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR documentation of full vaccination against COVID-19 certified from a healthcare provider (which includes name of individual vaccinated and confirms they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19). Proof of staff vaccination status should be submitted to Human Resources as follows: C19@canyons.edu.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who remain asymptomatic after a close contact exposure to an infected person are not required to quarantine. However, even if fully vaccinated, individuals should monitor for symptoms in the 14 days after a close contact and enter isolation if symptoms develop.

  • If you believe you have observed a violation of the District’s safety protocols, please report it. The District will take appropriate steps to address any violations of its policies and procedures, including removing violators from campus. For alleged violations committed by employees, please contact the Employee COVID-19 Compliance Officer; for alleged violations committed by students, please contact the Student COVID-19 Compliance Officer or Campus Safety.

  • These are incredibly challenging times for all of us. It is normal to feel sad or isolated, and to experience more stress than you would normally. You can find strategies for coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks that required social distancing here. If you need to speak with someone about your mental health, contact your doctor or the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center 24/7 Helpline at (800) 854-7771, which is also available 24/7. If you are experiencing these feelings, or have thoughts about self-harm*, please call the national distress hotline at 1-800-985-5990, or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. The District also has a list of resources that you can go to for help. The District and the COC community are here for you, and we will all get through this together.

    *If you are in an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

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