Health and Safety for All
Since Hartnell College's rapid shift to online instruction at the start of the COVID-19
pandemic in March 2020, the Hartnell Community College District has joined with all
stakeholders to restore the many benefits of face-to-face instruction and engagement.
The well-being and safety of students, employees and visitors remain Hartnell’s highest priority and Hartnell continues to closely monitor the public health situation involving COVID-19. For information about the District's COVID-19 protocols for students and employees, visit the Frequently Asked Questions.
Mask Wearing Strongly Recommended
Effective March 21, 2022, Hartnell lifted its requirement that everyone wear a mask indoors at all campus locations. That change was in alignment with orders by the Monterey County Health Department, following the direction of the California Department of Public Health. However, also in line with county and state guidelines, Hartnell continues to strongly recommend masks be worn by all persons in indoor public settings (classrooms, Student Center, library, etc.). Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g. N95s, KN95s) with good fit are highly recommended.
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Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)
Based on California Department of Public Health guidance and local considerations, all residents 6 months of age and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals age 5 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for those 18 years and older.
For detailed information on vaccines from the federal Centers for Disease Control, see "Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines" in English and Spanish.
Student and Employee Vaccination Requirement
For the summer and fall 2022 semesters, Hartnell required that all students and employees provide proof that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of whether they work or attend classes primarily online. This did not apply to high school Dual Enrollment (CCAP) or incarcerated students.
Effective December 14, 2022, Hartnell has lifted its requirement that students and employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Visit the Hartnell VACCINATION webpage for detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions regarding the proof-of-vaccination requirement, including consideration of requests for medical or religious exemptions. Anyone deemed exempt will be required to undergo regular testing for COVID-19.
Vaccination Clinics and Test to Treat Program Sites
For the latest information about vaccination clinics and Test to Treat Program sites convenient to you, visit the California Department of Public Health's My Turn and Test to Treat Program pages.
COVID-19 Exposure/Infection Notification by Employees and Students
Hartnell has established an email address -- email@example.com -- for notification by employees and students who have experienced possible exposure, developed COVID-19 symptoms, or tested positive within three (3) 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.
Also, please see the FAQs for information on steps to take if you are infected with COVID-19 or suspect you may be infected.
Individuals experiencing any COVID-like symptoms should immediately get tested and remain off campus. PCR and rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 is available at various testing sites in Monterey County. Information about other testing sites located in Monterey County is available here.
Status Report -- Updated March 25, 2022
Employees: Most Hartnell employees have returned to in-person work on campuses for the Spring 2022 semester. Employees who have questions about their return to working on campus should contact their supervisor.
Hartnell employees and students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to use the Titan self-screening app before they come onto campus. Click HERE for information on how to enroll in the Titan app and begin using it. Clear shielding has been installed in open public reception areas and around adjacent work stations throughout Hartnell facilities where staff, students and other visitors come into contact. Offices and classrooms are being regularly sanitized. Building filtration systems meet or exceed OSHA standards.
Hartnell continues to closely monitor the public health situation involving COVID-19. Masks are strongly recommended but not required in shared indoor spaces and outdoors when in close contact with others. Employees who feel sick should not come to work and instead should contact their supervisor. Personal protective equipment such as N95 masks and gloves are available to employees and students upon request at the Welcome Kiosk (near the parking structure) on Main Campus or at the front offices of the Alisal Campus and education centers in Castroville, Soledad and King City.
Student instruction: Hartnell has presented approximately two-thirds of all course sections in a face-to-face format during the Spring 2022 semester, including some that have a combination of online and on-campus activity.
Student services: Students can receive-walk-in services for enrollment, registration, financial aid,
payment and obtaining a CatCard ID. Online help is also available for many services, including Financial
Aid and Admissions, via the Virtual Help Desk. Counseling appointment information for Academic/Transfer/Program Counselors, as well as for DSP&S, EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS, Equity Programs, Early Support Program, High School Equivalency Program, High School Equivalency Program (HEP), Nursing & Health Sciences; Athletics; Transfer & Career Center, TRiO, Umoja Community and Veterans is available on the Counseling Appointments webpage: www.hartnell.edu/students/programs/counseling/counseling-appointments.html.
Campus safety: Although mask use is no longer required, Hartnell continues to strongly recommend masks be worn by all persons in indoor public settings (classrooms, Student Center, library, etc.). Surgical mask or higher-level respirators (e.g. N95s, KN95s) with good fit are highly recommended.
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 requirement: Effective December 14, 2022, Hartnell is no longer requiring students and employees to provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19, regardless of whether they work or attend classes primarily online. Visit the Hartnell VACCINATION webpage for detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions regarding the proof-of-vaccination requirement, including consideration of requests for medical or religious exemptions. Anyone deemed exempt will be required to undergo regular testing for COVID-19.
Athletics and athletic facilities: Hartnell Athletics has maintained near-normal activity since Spring 2022. 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 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.(831) 755-6837.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Hartnell (FAQs)