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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last Updated: July 17, 2020

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are of utmost importance to the San Bernardino Community College District.  To that effect, we are providing regular updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) via e-mail as well as on this web page.  

COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Plan

Local COVID-19 Updates 

New Statewide and County Closures

In light of the sustained increase in COVID-19 cases both at the local and state levels, Governor Newsom ordered the following businesses to close in ALL counties effective July 13:

  • Restaurants (dine-in service)
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs (unless sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals are offered)

Furthermore, Counties that have remained on the state's County Monitoring List for 3 or more consecutive days will be required to shut down the following businesses/activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services (e.g. nail salons, body waxing, tattoo parlors)
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

As of July 14, San Bernardino County is on the County Monitoring List, so these restrictions are effective in the County.

To see if your county is on the Monitoring List, click here.

For more information on the July 13th State order, click here.

State's Face Covering Mandate is Still in Effect

On June 18, Governor Newsom issued an order requiring all Californians to wear face coverings in most public settings.  The use of face coverings is mandatory when going to stores and restaurants, seeking medical care, or waiting for or riding on public transportation or in a ride-sharing vehicle.  For the entire list of situations requiring face-covering use, please refer to the CA Department of Public Health press release here.

Face Covering Guidance for SBCCD

At this time, employees are strongly encouraged to continue working from home unless critical tasks require your presence on site.  Please make sure you have your supervisor's approval before coming on site.

Per the San Bernardino County Readiness and Reopening Plan which was submitted to Sacramento for enhanced Stage 2 consideration, the use of face coverings is mandatory for all persons (employees, students and visitors) on campus or District sites.

If you are an essential employee and currently working on site, please wear a face covering. 

Face masks are still available for essential SBCCD employees reporting to work on site.  Employees should inquire with their managers.  District Office essential employees can inquire with Michael Nguyen to obtain a face mask.

Please keep in mind that wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing and frequent hand-washing.  STAYING AT HOME is still the single best way of protecting the health of yourself and others.  

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Please visit the SB County's website here for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 locations, dates, and eligibility criteria, as well as to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing.

San Bernardino County strongly recommends that all residents get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have ever been symptomatic.  The County-hosted testing sites will accommodate both symptomatic and asymptomatic clients.  Please note that some non-County hosted testing sites may still only test those who are symptomatic.

Appointments are required for testing at all sites.  Those who show up without an appointment will be turned away.  San Bernardino County residents who have had COVID-19 symptoms over the last 2 weeks can make an appointment on the County's COVID-19 website when the appointment window for each event opens.  SB County appointment windows generally open 2 to 3 business days prior to event day.  Residents that cannot access the form online can call the County COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 and staff can assist in completing the request form.  

Walk-up County-hosted testing sites will be asking clients to conduct their own nasal swabs.  To watch a tutorial on YouTube, click here.

All clients must wear face coverings upon arrival.

SB County's COVID-19 Response

For more information on the County's COVID-19 response and the latest SB County press releases, please visit CountyWire

Recommendations for Students, Faculty & Staff on Campus

During this time, a limited number of students, faculty and staff members are on campus or District sites.  For everyone's health and safety, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Face Covering - please wear it to help keep one another safe.
  • Social Distancing - please keep at least 6 feet away from others.

  • Hand-washing - wash your hands often, with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time.

  • Stay Home if You Are Sick - this is especially important to control the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.  You should also remain at home if someone in your household has been infected with COVID-19, or if you have recently returned from international travel (see Travel Updates below).

    Campus Updates

    Summer and fall 2020 courses will be administered virtually, with the exception of a handful of courses.  Please check your campus emails for the most up-to-date information.  

    Campus facilities remain closed (except where indicated below) and students and visitors should remain off campus except to conduct essential business.

    Available Campus Services 

    Many facilities are closed for the summer; some are open with limited hours.  Updates regarding facilities that re-open for the summer will be posted here.  Please also monitor your email for the latest guidance.

    Crafton Hills College

    Library - open to students only, Monday & Tuesday 10 am - 7 pm for computer access only (limited availability - social distancing will be in place).  Not publicly accessible.

    Food Pantry - open to students only with student ID, Monday & Tuesday 10 am - 12pm.  NEW LOCATION: Student Life Office (CCR-150)

    Child Development Center - closed until August 10, 2020

    Bookstore - open Monday & Tuesday 9 am - 3 pm

    Careteria/Food Services - closed until further notice

    Recreational facilities/gyms/pool - closed until further notice


    Staffing Guidance

    Faculty and staff members should continue to work remotely.  Essential employees will continue working as they currently are, while maintaining social distancing per the Governor's order.

    Department leaders will inform staff members where and how they should report to work.  Those who are unsure if they should report to campus or the district office should reach out to their managers directly.

    Travel Updates - General

    Please note that as of March 27, the CDC is placing all international travel under the Level 3 Travel Advisory.  ALL non-essential international travel should be avoided.

    If you are returning from international travel, the CDC recommends you self-quarantine (stay at home) for 14 days and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, even if you are not symptomatic upon return to the United States.  

    For a list of current CDC travel advisories, please visit this page: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

    The CDC also recommends that travelers defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.  For more information, please visit this link: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship

    Work-related Travel

    All employees are restricted from non-essential travel unless otherwise approved by SBCCD Interim Chancellor Jose F. Torres.  Please refer to the March 12th email sent to employees from Kelly Goodrich on behalf of Larry Strong, SBCCD Director of Fiscal Services for instructions on travel reimbursement for itineraries booked before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Campus Events

    The spring Commencement exercises for CHC and SBVC were held virtually.

    Per the guidance issued by San Bernardino County's acting public health officer on March 17, all public events on campus of any size are cancelled until further notice.  SBCCD will continue to monitor developments and follow the recommendations made by the State Chancellor's Office, the CDC and local and state health agencies.

    Preventative Measures

    Here are a few simple but effective steps you can take to prevent becoming ill and control the spread of viruses:

    • If you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, you are advised to stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and contact your healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze.  If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.  Discard the tissue and wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
    • Wear a face covering when interacting with others in a public setting - especially in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
    • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting, due to the severe global shortage of supplies.  Wearing cloth face masks is strongly recommended during this time when going out in public.  However, the best way to prevent the spread of germs is to stay home if you are sick.

    Emergency Notifications and E-mail Updates

    Please note that SBCCD is using the Regroup emergency notification system to inform students, faculty and staff of campus closures, schedule changes and general COVID-19 updates.  You are strongly encouraged to log on to WebAdvisor and check that your emergency contact information is current.  For more information and to log in, please visit this link: SBCCD Emergency Preparedness

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please visit this page for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the coronavirus: Coronavirus FAQs