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Overview Information

(Información general en español)

The Hartnell Community College District continues with online instruction during the Spring 2021 semester. A majority of classes will be delivered online during the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters, but with a gradual return to in-person instruction. Except for a limited number of specified employees, all staff and faculty are working remotely at this time. Campus safety and security patrols continue 24/7. 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.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow recommended precautions to minimize the risk of contagious infection, including use of face coverings when out in public and adherence to physical distancing.

Hartnell 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.


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 April 16, 2021

Student instruction: With the limited exception of certain health care courses, all instruction remains online during the Spring 2021 semester. Classes will continue to be primarily online during the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters, with a gradual return to in-person learning. Face-to-face classes have restricted enrollment, with required use of face coverings and physical distancing.

Student services:  A supervised in-person study area is available from 12-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Main Campus Gymnasium. Online reservations are available here. Participants receive a health screening and must wear a mask. Parking is available in the Hartnell Parking Structure.

Employees: Only a limited number of employees are working on Hartnell campuses, although a gradual return of more employees to campus is anticipated in coming months. Those who are not working on campus but have been approved by their supervisor to come on campus for a specific purpose are asked to check in with Campus Safety at (831) 755-6888 upon arrival and departure. 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. 

Campus safety: Use of face coverings and compliance with physical distancing is required on all Hartnell campuses. Offices and other facilities are being cleaned and sanitized after use, and personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and face shields is available to employees upon request to (831) 755-6888. Filtration of ventilated air into college buildings, which already meets recommended standards, is in the process of being further upgraded. The college closely follows guidelines from the Monterey County Health Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Through required check-ins allow for contact tracing in the event of infection.

Vaccination: Hartnell strongly encourages employees and students receive the COVID-19 vaccine for their own safety and the health of others. We are working with the Monterey County Health Department to arrange drive-through vaccination clinics at our Alisal Campus in May and June. Details will be shared as soon as they are available.

Testing: Hartnell is working with an outside vendor to provide weekly COVID-19 testing for Hartnell student-athletes participating in practices and competition. We intend to be the site of a future public testing clinic, with details to be shared as soon as they are available.

Athletics and athletic facilities: Hartnell Athletics is maintaining team practices and competition on a limited basis within county health and CDC restrictions and as directed by the California Community Colleges Athletics Association. Fans are not allowed at any intercollegiate events at this time. 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


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