COVID-19 Safety FAQ

If we know one thing, it is that the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation. As we move forward together into the new academic year, the DVC community is encouraged to operate with flexibility, patience, kindness, and comradery. Please be respectful of your classmates’ and colleagues’ concerns about virus transmission. We are in this together.

To date, DVC has been very fortunate to not have had any reported COVID-19 cases that have been transmitted via on-campus contact. When, and if, a case is reported, the college will work with the district office and county health officials to notify and quarantine all individuals who might have been exposed.

By continuing to follow the guidelines (see below), we will continue to minimize the risk of infection for our students and employees. As the pandemic evolves and the district office enacts revised or additional guidelines, this page will be updated. Notification of updates will be sent to the college community.

Note: All COVID-19 guidelines, requirements and protocols are to be uniform across all CCCCD locations in alignment with policies enacted by the district governing board and district leadership, in order to keep our campuses safe and so students are not confused as they navigate different CCCCD campuses. No additional requirements should be enacted by CCCCD campuses, departments or service areas, except where necessary by discipline requirements.


Daily on-campus reporting requirement  |  Vaccines  |  Masks  |  Social Distancing and Reduced Capacity  |  Athletics
Facilities and Cleaning  |  Incidents of COVID-19 Symptoms and Infection  |  More COVID-19 Resources

IMPORTANT:

All students are required to wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth while in class. If a student forgets to bring or wear a mask, they can get a paper mask in labs, classrooms, division deans’ offices and the Student Services Center. If a student does not comply with mask requirements, they may be subject to the college’s code of conduct. Students are required to complete a self-assessment prior to coming to campus each day. Please review the checklist. Students and employees are not permitted to enter the campus and must notify their instructor or supervisor if:  they test positive for COVID-19, they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They must leave the area if they develop symptoms while on campus or, they have been in close contact (for 15 minutes within 6 feet) with or otherwise exposed to a known or suspected case of COVID-19. 

Daily on-campus reporting requirement 

In order to support contact tracing and in accordance with state law (SB 1159), employees are required to submit record of all on-campus attendance, via the yellow InSite tile titled ‘COVID-19’. 

  • At each site you visit on any given day, regardless of how much, or how little time you spent at the site. 
  • Once for every day you are on a district site.

Vaccines

Are vaccinations required to be on campus?

In order to register for spring 2022 classes, students must provide their vaccination information (or receive an approved exemption) by November 1, 2021. Students who are attending only online classes for the 2021-2022 school year, and who will not be visiting campus at all, may choose not to upload their vaccine information.

All students, regardless of vaccination status, may continue taking in-person classes during the fall semester. No student will be removed or dropped from a class in fall 2021 for not being vaccinated. Students who do not become vaccinated or receive an approved exemption by November 1 will not be able to register for in-person classes for spring 2022.

All employees, regardless of primary work location, are subject to the vaccine requirement.

Instructions for how to submit proof of vaccination will be provided by October 1.

To protect the health and safety of students, employees, and members of the community, the Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and for all students taking in-person classes or who need to come to our campuses (CCC, DVC - Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, LMC - Pittsburgh and Brentwood) for any reason (to access tutoring, student services, the library, etc.). 

Learn more about vaccine requirements, incentives and exemptions for students, employees, visitors, and vendors.

What are the vaccination rates in Contra Costa County?

Vaccination rates in our county are quite high. More information is available on the county’s data dashboard.


Masks

What are current mask requirements?

Masks are required indoors regardless of a person’s vaccination status. This does not apply to people in the following circumstances:  

  • When alone in a room  
  • When actively eating or drinking  
  • When swimming or showering  
  • When receiving care or other service that requires removal of the face covering  
  • When exempt from wearing face coverings under the State Face Covering Guidance or other applicable California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. 

If a student is requesting a medical exemption from wearing a face covering, students should contact Disabled Student Services/Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSS/DSPS) prior to coming on campus to request an accommodation. 

If an employee is requesting a medical exemption from wearing a face covering, they should contact their supervisor prior to coming on campus to request an accommodation. 

How will mask requirements be enforced for students/employees?

If a student forgets to bring or wear a mask, they will be able to get a temporary mask in classrooms, division deans’ offices and the Student Services Center. If a student repeatedly fails to comply or refuses to comply with mask requirements, they will be subject to the college’s code of conduct.

Review employee guidance for managing student mask compliance.

If an employee forgets to bring or wear a mask, they will be able to get an N-95 mask in the dean’s office. If an employee repeatedly fails to comply or refuses to comply with mask requirements, they will be directed to leave the work site and their supervisor will notify human resources immediately.

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. Per district guidelines, as of August 2, all college offices will be open for in-person services.


Athletics

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 required for vaccinated and unvaccinated 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?

Students and employees are asked to do a self-assessment prior to going to campus each day. Please review the checklist and 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 COVID-19 symptoms and are to leave the area if they develop symptoms while on campus, or 
  3. they have been in close contact with or otherwise exposed to a known or suspected case of COVID-19 and should not come to campus until they have been cleared to do so by a medical professional following current guidance from the CDC.

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?

If you have been in close contact (for 15 minutes within 6 feet) or test positive for COVID-19, 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 self-quarantine?

  • Fully vaccinated individuals should quarantine only if symptomatic or with a positive test. (Fully vaccinated means last dose of any of the three vaccines received at least two weeks prior.) 
  • Unvaccinated individuals should quarantine after a confirmed close contact with COVID-19 positive (Close contact means 15 minutes within six feet.)

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.