VACCINATION MANDATE AND TESTING #HiveImmunity
On August 24, 2021, the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees voted to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees, and for students enrolled in on-campus classes with allowances for religious or medical exemptions as defined by law. Those who are not vaccinated will be provided free weekly COVID-19 tests.
All employees and students accessing district and college facilities (including in-person classes, student support services, or any other indoor on-campus activity) will need to provide evidence of full vaccination status by November 1. Consistent with applicable law, exemptions will be granted for eligible documented medical conditions as well as religious beliefs. The district will continue to require that everyone wear face coverings indoor regardless of vaccination status following recommendations from the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The policy requires that all employees, as well as students who access in-person classes or programs, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1. Instituting the November deadline allows time for unvaccinated employees and students to complete a two-dose vaccine regimen. The mandate recommends immediate implementation with the Pfizer-BioNTech (which has been fully FDA approved), Moderna, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccines.Submit your vaccination record or request an exemption here
To be considered fully vaccinated by November 1, the final vaccine dose must be received no later than October 17. Weekly testing will be required of students, taking on-campus courses, and employees who have not been fully vaccinated starting November 1. Free testing will be provided through the fall semester.
The North Orange County Community College District provided this student FAQ with information available as of September 2, 2021. As this policy is implemented details will be added and shared with students. (FAQ PDF)
The North Orange County Community College District provided this employee FAQ with information available as of September 15, 2021. As this policy is implemented details will be added and shared with students. (FAQ PDF)
More Vaccine Information
- NOCCCD Press Release
- Letter to students from Interim President Gilbert J. Contreras.
- Letter from Chancellor Cheryl Marshall to employees
- Sept. 2 update to students from Interim President Gilbert J. Contreras
- Sept. 15 update from Interim Chancellor Fred Williams to employees
MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
Masks are required indoors at Fullerton College, and social distancing is recommended wherever possible. Due to the fact that Orange County is currently identified as an area with high transmission rates, all Fullerton College students and employees — whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.
Fullerton College remains responsive to the evolving COVID-19 trends. If the need arises, these recommendations may change.
REPORTING AN ABSENCE
It is important that students do not come to campus if they are feeling ill for any reason or if they believe they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Students who anticipate missing class due to COVID-19, should notify their instructor and wait for further information before coming to campus. Prior to coming to campus all students and employees are asked to self-screen for symptoms. Before attending classes onsite, students must follow this check-in procedure.
- COVID-19 Symptoms
- How to Protect Yourself and Others
- What to do if you think that you may have COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to prevent infection is to get vaccinated and avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Get vaccinated
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
COVID-19 SAFETY ENHANCEMENTS (Ventilation and Custodial)
Air filtration systems have been upgraded throughout campus, in addition to the installation of touch-free entries to buildings and bathrooms with automated doors, and plexiglass guards to create social distancing. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the campus.
Fullerton College’s essential workers in the Maintenance and Operations department utilize best practices regarding cleaning and disinfecting working and learning spaces which align with CDC guidelines. Specifically, custodial staff utilize Disinfectants: ACE 256 it is a Quaternary Ammonium Compound as well as a Multi-surface Viricide/Sanitizer (Envirox) these two are the chemicals that are used on all touch surfaces and restrooms. Custodial staff also use a bowl cleaner called Kick and Crew mild acid RTU (Ready to use) as well as a RTU Comet disinfectant in the locker rooms of the 1700 and 1200 buildings specifically for the shower stalls. The college currently has an adequate supply of all listed chemicals and all dispensers are filled with disinfectants and sanitizers.
Fullerton College has dedicated staff to confidentially conduct contact tracing if an exposure occurs on the college campus. In the event anyone is directly impacted by an exposure or a potential exposure on campus, they will receive guidance from the college before and apart from the public announcements.
Fullerton College releases information about on-campus COVID exposures on a weekly basis if an exposure occurred in the week prior. That information is emailed to the campus community and shared on the COVID-19 Updates website.
NOCCCD COVID-19 Guidelines
Fullerton College is part of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). The district provides a cautious approach to safely transiting back to open campuses in phases. The district’s plans to return to campus and other sites follow local and state health recommendations and well as the NOCCCD COVID-19 Guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on the District’s Safe Reopening Guidelines, please click here.
Fullerton College began monitoring and releasing information on COVID-19 on January 31, 2020. An archive of all campus-wide communications related to COVID-19 may be found on the COVID-19 Updates website.