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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 been working with all stakeholders to restore the many benefits of face-to-face instruction and engagement. The college has provided about half of its classes through in-person instruction during the Fall 2021 semester, and is aiming to provide more than two-thirds of all classes either fully or partially in-person during the Spring 2022 semester, which starts Jan. 24.

The well-being and safety of students, employees and visitors remain Hartnell’s highest priority. On Sept. 21, the Hartnell Governing Board adopted student and employee vaccination mandates. A detailed timeline for implementation of the student mandate was communicated with students via email on Oct. 22. These instructions included a Dec. 10 deadline for proof of full vaccination from students who begin enrolling for Spring 2022 before that date, with an opportunity to request medical and religious exemptions. That student deadline is now Dec. 14. For further information about the student and employee requirements, visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

The college has also reached agreement with most bargaining units on deadlines for employees to be fully vaccinated, with the same possible exemptions.  

Hartnell 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.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR HARTNELL (FAQs)

KEY THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINES (CDC)

About Vaccination

Based on California Department of Public Health guidance and local considerations, all residents 5 years 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 Conrol, see "Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines" in English and Spanish.

Student and Employee Vaccination Requirement

Ahead of the Spring 2022 semester, Hartnell is requiring 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 does not apply to high school Dual Enrollment or incarcerated students.

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.

Based on California Department of Public Health guidance and local considerations, all residents 5 years 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.

Vaccination Appointments

For the latest information about vaccination clinics in your area, visit the California Department of Public Health's My Turn page.

COVID-19 Case Notification by Employees and Students

Please see the FAQs for information on steps to take if you are infected with COVID-19 or suspect you may be infected. 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.

COVID-19 Screening with Titan App for Employees and Students

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.

COVID-19 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 daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice. 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 Dec. 2, 2021

Employees:  Most Hartnell employees have returned to in-person work on campuses for the Fall 2021 semester. 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 have limited student spaces to ensure safety, with required use of face coverings and social distancing. 

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 Requirement: Ahead of the Spring 2022 semester, Hartnell is requiring 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. 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: 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 dteresa@hartnell.edu.(831) 755-6837.

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