These questions and answers cover topics of special interest as shared by Hartnell College employees and students and were last updated on April 16, 2021. To suggest an additional question, email

Hartnell plans to gradually but steadily restore in-person instruction during the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters, continuing into Spring 2022, to the greatest extent possible within the limits of safety restrictions and in partnership with employee bargaining units.

Hartnell places a high value on the student growth, learning and academic support that are uniquely possible in a face-to-face campus environment. The college will seek to restore services and activities to the level available before the pandemic as soon as possible, while protecting public health and safety. The plan is to make steady progress toward that during the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters and achieve a near-complete return to campus life by Spring 2022.

Students continue to utilize Crisis Counseling and Emotional Wellness Services by appointment, both via Zoom and on a limited in-person basis. Information about these student services is available on the Hartnell website.

Available student spaces in classes are being reduced to allow for social distancing. Instructors and students in in-person classes are required to wear face coverings and comply with social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available outside all classrooms, and classrooms and restrooms are cleaned and sanitized daily. Employees and students are encouraged to use the new Titan HST app to self-screen for possible COVID symptoms or exposure. 

All Hartnell buildings are ventilated with outside air that is returned to the outside. There is no recycling of inside air. Air filters in all buildings meet or exceed OSHA standards.

Hartnell does not plan to require individuals be vaccinated. However, vaccination is strongly recommended for everyone who is not prevented from doing so by a specific health condition or religious belief.

Any concern with employee non-compliance with the general requirement for use of face coverings should be communicated to an employee’s supervisor. Student refusal to wear a face covering would be treated the same way as any other classroom disruption.

Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Raúl Rodríguez has asked all Hartnell managers to prepare to return to on-campus work by Aug. 1. The return of other employees who aren’t already working on campuses will be determined based on their duties and in consultation with employee bargaining units.

Hartnell has obtained robust supplies of PPE such as masks, gloves, face shields and gowns. While students and employees may wear a suitable face covering of their choosing, these items can be requested by calling Campus Safety at (831) 755-6888.