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Return-to-Campus Plan: Nursing

Fall 2020

Campus arrival

  1. Parking will be only in designated spaces-lot 13 with an empty space in between, or in front of UCEN with a space in between.
  2. Per the CDC, carpooling is discouraged.
  3. Students will utilize a mask (cloth or surgical) while walking on campus to lab.
  4. As practical (given weather & security) exterior and interior doors will be propped open at least 15 minutes prior to the start of a session to promote airflow.
  5. Faculty will devise a schedule to minimize overlap between different sessions. This may be done by extending the length of an individual session.
  6. Students attending a separate course immediately following a course in session will be informed they are not permitted to enter the room until 10 minutes prior to the start time of the separate course. While waiting they are to also maintain physical distancing as required by the LA County Department of Public Health.

Changes in teaching area layout

  1. Chairs shall be removed from labs and in designated classrooms utilized for laboratory activities (ALLB 101, ALLB 102, ALLB 323, ALLB 324, ALLB 320, ALLB 321, ALLB 326, BONH 303, BONH 304, UCEN 320, UCEN 322) to ensure a minimum separation distance required by the LA County Department of Public Health. Chairs will be available in skills labs for high-touch partnered activities (e.g. Vital Signs practice).
  2. Computer room for nursing students (ALLB 319) will not be utilized for instruction due to social distancing and line of sight limitations. It may be used for student equipment (skills bag) storage during instructional periods.

Health screening

  1. Students will complete the daily student on-line health self-assessment before coming to campus. When arriving on campus the student will show a picture of the submission to a faculty member.
  2. In person health assessments will be conducted in compliance with LA County Department of Public Health requirements.
  3. Screening will take place outside of buildings in use. Screeners will utilize a bedside table for placement of equipment. Bedside table will be disinfected before and after use.
  4. Non-contact temperature scans (<100.4 ºF or as required by the LA County Department of Public Health) will be utilized.
  5. Screeners will be trained in the use of a thermal scanner.
  6. Students who show signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or whose Health Log suggests possible exposure, will be directed to leave campus immediately and return home, and to follow LA County Department of Health guidelines for reporting possible exposure and requesting COVID-19 testing. They will not be permitted to return to campus until they have met LA County Public Health guidelines for return from quarantine/self-isolation. Students who cannot immediately leave campus will be directed to wait in the amphitheater, or under Bonelli Hall in inclement weather, until they have arranged transportation. An appropriate indoor space will be identified if needed for student safety and comfort.

Entrance/exit to and from classroom/laboratory area

  1. When possible, one entrance and exit will be utilized. When not available, social distancing will be observed.
  2. Students and faculty will wear a mask (cloth or surgical) at all times. A face shield will also be utilized at all times. Each student will be provided a face shield to use throughout the semester. Students will be instructed how to use, clean, and store the face shield. Surgical masks will be provided daily to any student who does not have a cloth mask. It will be the student’s responsibility to maintain their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  3. COC clinical uniform with student RN identification badge will be worn at all times. Students will have access to bathrooms to change from clinical uniform to street clothes after lab activity as desired.
  4. Belongings will be limited to required equipment.

Upon lab entry

  1. Hands must be washed or disinfected properly immediately upon entry and before exit, as well as hourly and after doffing gloves post procedure.
  2. Only one person will be permitted at the sink at a time; physical distancing being maintained as required by the LA County Department of Public Health.
  3. Only paper towels will be used to dry hands. After use, the paper towels will be placed in the trash receptacle completely.
  4. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  5. Nitrile or latex-free (clean) gloves will be utilized when equipment will be touched. Sterile gloves will be utilized for practiced sterile procedures per curriculum requirements.

Disinfection requirements

  1. The District shall ensure that all essential infrastructure classrooms and workspaces are disinfected daily using the safest and most effective disinfectant necessary as recommended by federal, state, and/or local health officials. Common areas and frequently touched objects such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, phones, keyboards, elevator switches and buttons, touch screens, printers/copiers, grab bars, handrails and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day and will be informed by the schedule of essential infrastructure programs at the Valencia campus.
  2. During skills practice, it will be the faculty and students’ responsibility to disinfect shared equipment using an alcohol-based disinfectant.
  3. Equipment will be assigned to one student until completion of the assignment or the end of the session.
  4. If possible, one-way screens will be used during skills assessment or evaluations when close observation is required, and physical distancing cannot be achieved as required by the required by the LA County Department of Public Health.
  5. Skills lab is limited to 2 people / bed with physical distancing being enforced for other occupants of the skills lab as required by the required by the LA County Department of Public Health.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing (aka social distancing) is required while on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Basic physical distancing includes:

  1. Maintain at least 6’ distance from others or the distance required by the LA County Department of Public Health.
  2. Follow all directional signs at room entrances & exits, hallways, etc.
  3. Close contact means interacting with others less than 6’ away for 15 minutes or more, or otherwise requiring physical contact.

Working in the vicinity of others in close contact and NOT requiring physical contact

  1. Mask (cloth or surgical) and face shield will be utilized at all times.
  2. No touching of the face.

Working in the vicinity of others in close contact and requiring physical contact

  1. Mask (cloth or surgical) and face shield will be utilized at all times.
  2. No touching of the face.
  3. Use of nitrile or non-latex gloves is required. Proper training on donning and doffing of gloves is required.
  4. Facing directly in front of others is prohibited unless required by the task.
  5. Hands must be washed or disinfected properly and gloves changed immediately after work with others is suspended or completed.
  6. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


  1. Students will be required to bring their own water bottles.
  2. Refilling of personal bottles on campus will not be permitted.
  3. Breaks will be at the discretion of the instructor.
  4. Students will be limited to one person at a time in restrooms.
  5. Students will be instructed to maintain physical distancing required by the LA County Department of Public Health at all times.
  6. No food is allowed in skills labs.

Teaching restrictions

  1. All lecture type activities will be conducted remotely. This does not apply to any program with hands-on demonstrations.
  2. Instructors are encouraged to utilize existing program virtual reality trainers (virtual simulation) to support instruction.

General disinfecting

(Note: The following are accurate as of 27 May 2020.)

How to clean and disinfect per CDC guidelines


  1. Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  2. Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  3. Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  4. Practice routine cleaning of surfaces touched frequently.
    1. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
    2. Surfaces and objects such as keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  5. High touch surfaces include:
    1. Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Soft or porous surfaces

For soft or porous surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes

  1. Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
  2. Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.


  1. Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant.
  2. Vacuum as usual.


For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls.

  1. Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting.
    1. If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.

Issues of noncompliance

  1. Any noncompliant student will be removed from the instructional environment immediately. Once compliance is assured, the student may return to the instructional space.