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Returning to Campus

The Hartnell Community College District is moving steadily toward a return to in-person learning and student life. Since our rapid shift to online instruction at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Hartnell has been working with all stakeholders to restore the many benefits of face-to-face instruction and engagement.

During the Summer 2021 term that started June 7, Hartnell will offer as much as 25% of courses on campus, while continuing to offer both online classes and some hybrid in-person/online classes. This Summer  2021 Resource Guide provides detailed guidance for in-person students and employees. Hartnell has established a goal of offering up to 75% of all classes in-person during the Fall 2021 semester, which starts Aug. 30, with a goal of restoring on-campus activity as fully as possible by Spring 2022. 

The well-being and safety of students, employees and visitors remain Hartnell’s highest priority. The college continues to closely monitor the public health situation involving COVID-19. There have been zero known cases of infection at any Hartnell location, and every possible measure is being taken to ensure that continues. We remind everyone to follow recommended precautions to minimize the risk of contagious infection, including use of face coverings in public places and adhere to social distancing. 

Hartnell also urges its employees and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Widespread vaccination will increase the safety of all as we continue a phased return to in-person instruction and campus life. 

The college will continue to provide the latest information available about instruction and operations to both our college community and the greater community. The health and safety of our students, employees and visitors remains our first priority.


Based on California Department of Public Health guidance and local considerations, all residents 16 year of age and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only one authorized for individuals age 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 years and older.

Vaccination Appointments

For the latest information about vaccination clinics, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Information page on the Monterey County Health Department website.
More information about the vaccines and vaccine safety is available here in English and Spanish.

COVID-19 Case Notification by Employees and Students

Hartnell has established an email address -- covidnotification@hartnell. edu -- for notification by employees and students who have developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive within seven (7) days of having visited one of our campus locations. This will allow us to respond and ensure that all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of others.

Status Report - Updated June 4, 2021

Student instruction: Hartnell is offering up to 25% of its classes through in-person learning during the Summer 2021 semester, with the goal of providing as much as 75% of all course sections in a face-to-face setting during Fall 2021, including some that will have a combination of online and on-campus activity. Face-to-face classes will have limited student spaces to ensure safety, with required use of face coverings and social distancing.

Student services: Reservations for in-person student appointments for admissions, financial aid, DSPS and EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS are available here. Students arriving for appointments receive a health screening and must wear a mask. Parking is available in the Hartnell Parking Structure. 

Employees:  Plexiglass shielding is being installed in open public reception areas and around adjacent work stations throughout Hartnell facilities where staff, students and other visitors come into contact. An online app will be provided soon for COVID-19 self-screening before coming onto campus.

Campus safety: Face coverings indoors and in more crowded outdoor settings and compliance with social distancing are required on all Hartnell campuses. Offices and other facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized, and personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and face shields is available to employees upon request at (831) 755-6888. Filtration of ventilated air into college buildings meets or exceeds OSHA standards. The college closely follows guidelines from the Monterey County Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Vaccination: Hartnell does not require but STRONGLY ENCOURAGES employees and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for their own safety and the health of others. The college held two vaccination clinics on its Main Campus in April and will continue to support vaccination efforts.

Testing: Virus Geeks, a third-party service provider, is conducting free drive-through COVID-19 testing on Hartnell's Main Campus in Lot #4, by Building J and the tennis courts. The testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday until further notice. Each day, the hour between 9 and 10 a.m. is designated for testing of Hartnell students and employees, who can arrive in their vehicles or on foot. Hartnell community members can also be tested throughout the day, but there may be more of a wait. Test recipients will be notified of test results within 24-72 hours after being tested. Individuals can be tested regardless of whether they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

Athletics and athletic facilities: Hartnell Athletics is planning for normal or near-normal activity in Fall 2021. The Hartnell track and tennis courts are open for daytime, weekday use. Requests by organized groups to use Hartnell athletic facilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For information, contact the Department of Athletics at (831) 755-6837 or email to


Summer 2021 On-Campus Resource Guide

Hartnell Communications

Frequently Asked Questions for Hartnell

Links to Coronavirus Information