COVID-19 Safety FAQ

Vaccinations |  Masks  |  Social Distancing & Reduced Capacity  |  Athletics | Facilities and Cleaning  |  Incidents of COVID-19 Symptoms and Infection  |  More COVID-19 Resources


At their November 9 meeting, the Contra Costa Community College Governing Board voted to suspend the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students and employees beginning January 2, 2023. 

Beginning on January 2, 2023: 

  • Any student can access any campus facility regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Students with approved medical or religious exemptions no longer need to test on a weekly basis in order to come to campus.

Effective Immediately: Students registering for spring 2023 classes are not required to submit proof of vaccination or apply for an exception in order to enroll in in-person classes.  

DVC is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students. Public health remains a top priority. We continue to strongly recommend that everyone be fully vaccinated (including booster shots), as one of the best ways to prevent severe illness. We also fully support voluntary mask-wearing and have plenty of free masks, self-test kits, and hand sanitizers on campus.  

Students and employees are not permitted to enter the campus and must notify their instructor or supervisor if: 

  1. They test positive for COVID-19.
  2. They are experiencing any self-reported COVID-19 symptoms. They must leave the area if they develop symptoms while on campus.


We continue to strongly recommend that everyone be fully vaccinated (including booster shots), as one of the best ways to prevent severe illness. 


What are current mask requirements?

Masks are encouraged, but not required, indoors.

Will masks be available on campus for students/employees?

Yes, students can find paper masks in classrooms, division deans’ offices and the Student Services Center.

Per CalOSHA requirements, N-95 masks will be available for employees in the deans’ offices.

Social distancing and reduced capacity

Can I limit number of students/employees in my areas?

Per the current county’s guidance, social distancing and reduced capacity is no longer required in public settings and cannot be insisted upon.

Can I, as a classified professional/manager, request that students/employees contact me remotely versus coming into my office?

You can request it, but not require it. 


Are there any specific requirements or protocols for athletics?

  • DVC student-athletes have been asked to provide proof of vaccination. 
  • Unvaccinated athletes and athletics employees are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.   
  • Masks are encouraged for student-athletes when training/meeting indoors. 
  • All officials must show proof of vaccination or get tested weekly just like student-athletes. 
  • Fans in stands will be allowed. 

Facilities and Cleaning

Are there enhanced cleaning protocols on our campuses?

Yes, there are enhanced cleaning protocols in place. We will continue to follow those established protocols (electrostatic spraying, disinfecting high touch areas and quick response to any/all reported infected areas). There will not be any cleaning between classes throughout the day. All cleaning will be done once per evening, after classes and campuses have closed.

Will extra cleaning supplies (sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer) be made available to service areas and departments?

Hand sanitizer will continue to be available in all rooms. Wipes are available as supplies allow in division offices. Disposable masks will continue to be available in all areas as well – classrooms and division offices.

What efforts have been made to ensure that ventilation systems are functioning properly?

There is a current district-wide project to assess and repair ventilation and filtration systems to meet the CDC/OSHA HVAC recommendations. This work is active and on-going. Our expectation is that the areas initially identified as priority – those that will be occupied during fall semester – will be mostly completed prior to the start of the semester.

Incidents of COVID-19 symptoms or infection

What should students/employees do if they are not feeling well or know that they have been exposed to COVID-19?

Please contact your instructor(s)/supervisor if you need to miss work or class. Employees, students and vendors are not permitted to enter the campus if:

  1. they have tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. they are experiencing any self-reported COVID-19 symptoms, and are to leave the area if they develop symptoms while on campus.

What do I do if I begin to feel sick on-campus?

If you begin to feel sick while on-campus, leave campus immediately and seek medical attention. All students/employees are asked to report to their instructor(s)/supervisor if they are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

What happens if I have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19?

Please follow CDC guidance on what to do if exposed. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow CDC guidance, and contact your instructor(s)/supervisor so that contact tracing may begin immediately. 

Will confidentiality be maintained if I report to test positive for COVID-19?

Yes, confidentiality will be maintained per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state laws.

How long do I have to quarantine or isolate?

If a student or employee tests positive or is exposed to COVID-19, they should refer to CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation. 

What will happen if I do not comply with college policies?

Individuals who do not comply with college policies will be subject to disciplinary policies.

Will we be notified if there are cases of COVID-19 on campus?

Any students or employees who are identified through contact tracing to have been exposed to a COVID-19 infection will be notified.