Returning to Campus
Since our rapid shift to online instruction at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
in March 2020, the Hartnell Community College District has been working with all stakeholders
to restore the many benefits of face-to-face instruction and engagement. The college
will provide about half of its classes through in-person instruction during the Fall
2021 semester, with a goal of restoring on-campus activity as fully as possible by
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 indoors in all indoor campus locations and outdoors when in close contact with others.
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
the return to in-person instruction and campus life. For detailed information from
the federal Centers for Disease Conrol, see "Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines."
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 12 year of age and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals age 12 and older, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines is authorized for those 18 years and older.
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.
Hartnell employees are REQUIRED to use a COVID-19 self-screening app called Titan HST BEFORE coming on to any of its campuses. Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to use the Titan app before they come onto campus. Click HERE for information on how to enroll in the Titan app and begin using it. If your answers indicate you are not at risk of the COVID infection, the screen will flash green. On the other hand, if your responses indicate there is a risk, the screen will be red, and you will be asked to contact your supervisor or instructor for guidance.
The Titan service is quite robust, with features for college-wide notification and alerts for a wide variety of emergencies, but Hartnell is adopting it now in support of our ongoing return to in-person instruction and student services despite the lingering health threat from COVID-19.
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 4:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday 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.
Status Report -- Updated Aug. 30, 2021
Employees: Most Hartnell employees have returned to in-person work on campuses for the Fall 2021 semester, which started Aug. 30. Employees who have questions about their return to working on campus should contact their supervisor. Though the college is steadily resuming campus operations, accommodation may be possible based on specific individual circumstances.
Hartnell employees are REQUIRED to use a COVID-19 self-screening app called Titan HST BEFORE coming on to any of its campuses. Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to use the Titan 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. Face coverings are 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.
Student instruction: Hartnell is presenting approximately half of all course sections in a face-to-face
setting during the Fall 2021 semester, 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: The Student Services Center (Building B on Main Campus) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday for Fall 2021 registration and admissions information. Reservations for in-person student appointments for counseling, financial aid, DSPS, Mi CASA, Salinas Valley Promise, Umoja and EOPS/CARE/CalWORKS are available here. Students arriving for service must complete a health screening and wear a mask. Parking is available in the Hartnell Parking Structure.
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 forAcademic/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. The Office of Student Affairs is open for extended hours Aug. 30-Sept. 10 — 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. The office is in B-123 on Main Campus. Phone: (831) 755-6822.
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.
Athletics and athletic facilities: Student-athletes are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 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 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.(831) 755-6837.