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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last Updated: November 23, 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 

State's Face Covering Mandate is Still in Effect

On November 16, the California Department of Public Health issued updated guidance on the use of face coverings.  With few exceptions, Californians must wear face coverings when they are outside the home.  

For the full guidance, please visit the CDPH website.

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.

If you are an essential employee and currently working on site, please wear a face covering, in keeping with the Governor's public health order.

Any students or visitors who are on campus (for essential purposes only) must also wear a face covering.  

Face masks are still available for 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 encourages all residents get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have ever been symptomatic.  

Appointments are strongly recommended.  Some testing sites accept walk-ins, but appointment clients will be given priority status.  San Bernardino County residents can make an appointment on the County's COVID-19 website.  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

    **All student services will be closed on Thursday 11/26 and Friday 11/27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.**

    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 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 

    Crafton Hills College

    Bookstore

    • Open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm for in-person visits.
    • Curbside pickup available in Lot C, Wednesday - Friday, 9am - 3pm.
    • To place an online order, visit the CHC Bookstore website.

    Food Pantry

    • Open to students only with Student ID.
    • Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm.
    • Self-serve available 12pm - 4:30pm (limited stock)
    • Note: NEW Location - Student Life Office (CCR-150)

    Aquatics Center

    • Open for lap swim Monday-Thursday 9:30am - 1:30pm and Friday 10am - 1:30pm.
    • For more information, visit the Aquatics website.

    San Bernardino Valley College

    Valley 360 Resource Center - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 am to 3 pm 

    • Location: West side of Library, facing AutoZone
    • Students must provide proof of current enrollment. (Show student ID card or provide number)
    • Students must wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
    • Limit one visit per week.
    • For more information, please visit the Valley 360 website.


    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.

    Personal (Leisure) Travel Guidance

    Domestic Travel

    Hawaii

    As of October 15, travelers may present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel, to waive the 14-day quarantine requirement.

    However, please note that a partial interisland travel quarantine requirement is still in place until November 30. This 14-day quarantine applies to anyone traveling to and between the islands of Kauai, Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. The interisland quarantine does not include interisland travelers arriving on Oahu, and it also does not apply to a layover in Honolulu en route to another island.

    For more information on Hawaii's COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, please visit the State of Hawaii's COVID-19 website

    International Travel

    Please note that as of November 2020, the vast majority of international destinations remain under the CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice.  Non-essential travel to Level 3 countries should be avoided.

    For a list of current CDC travel advisories, please visit the CDC Travel Health Notices website.

    Higher-Risk Activities

    The CDC recommends that you take the following steps for 14 days after you arrive home from travel, if you participated in one or more "higher risk" activities:

    • Stay home as much as possible
    • Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
    • Consider getting tested for COVID-19

    The following are examples of higher-risk activities:

    • Being in an area that is experiencing high levels of COVID-19, including destinations with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice
    • Going to a large social gathering (e.g. wedding, funeral, party)
    • Attending a mass gathering (e.g. sporting event, concert, parade)
    • Being in crowds (e.g. restaurants, bars, airports, bus and train stations, movie theaters)
    • Traveling on a cruise ship or river boat

    Work-related Travel

    Please refer to the following excerpt from the District's Return to the Workplace Plan (see link at the top of this page):

    Until the State rescinds the Stay-at-Home order and large gatherings are allowed to resume per local/County orders, employees and students should not expect to attend conferences or meetings within the State. (This includes events within driving distance.) Most reputable event organizers will be following State and County guidance before scheduling a conference or other major event.

    When considering out-of-state or international travel, the following questions should be considered:

    1. Is the event allowed by the local jurisdiction, based upon anticipated number of attendees? (Answer should be yes)

    2. Is the event organizer following all local and state COVID-19 guidance? (Answer should be yes)

    3. Is there a CDC advisory warning travelers against non-essential travel domestically/internationally? (Answer should be no)

    4. Is there a CDC advisory warning travelers not to travel to the city/state where the event is to be held? (Answer should be no)

    5. Is there a state/local requirement for travelers to self-quarantine for XX days upon arrival? (Answer should be no)

    6. Is there a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the local area during the time leading up to the event? (Answer should be no)

    If one can answer all of the preceding questions with the indicated answers, it is most likely safe to travel to the event. Keep in mind that other conditions, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings, may apply during travel (particularly air travel) and upon arrival at your destination.

    To check on the latest CDC guidance for travel, please visit the CDC web page (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices).

    The final decision on whether or not work-related travel is permissible lies with the Chancellor. Travel approval may depend on various factors such as mode of travel, destination, and duration of trip.

    Where possible, employees and students should book with airline carriers, rental car companies, and hotels with flexible cancellation policies. Please note that that a travel credit (for future use of the funds) is not the same as a refund.


    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, 2020, 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 exhibit symptoms indicative of COVID-19, it is highly recommended that you get tested for COVID-19.  For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms, please visit the CDC website.  If you are an SBCCD employee and test positive for COVID-19, please inform SBCCD Human Resources and await further instruction from an HR staff member.
    • 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