This is the most current list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the Hartnell Community College District (HCCD) for use by all District employees and students. The FAQ applies to all and is current as of April 28, 2022. To suggest an additional question, email sfaust@hartnell.edu.

HCCD is under the jurisdiction of the Monterey County Health Department (MCHD) regarding Health Orders and safety requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

All employees and students who have approved medical or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement are subject to regular testing for COVID-19 -- employees twice a week and students once a week. 

A provider called CovidClinic offers free PCR testing for COVID-19 to Hartnell employees, students and the public Monday-Friday on Hartnell’s Main Campus and twice-weekly at the Alisal Campus and education centers in Castroville, Soledad and King City. Individuals can be tested regardless of whether they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

The Main Campus testing clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in the walkway between the Student Center (building C) and Merrill Hall (building N), near the Welcome Kiosk.

COVID testing will be offered by CovidClinic every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alisal Campus and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the King City Education Center and from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Soledad Education Center

There is no charge, and no appointment is needed. However, individuals can pre-register and learn more about CovidClinic on this Hartnell-specific webpage

Virus Geeks will continue to operate its public COVID-19 testing site in Parking Lot 4 on the Main Campus every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Testing is free only with insurance. Hartnell encourages students and employees to use the CovidClinic locations.

Information about other testing sites in Monterey County is available here.

 

Watch this Hartnell VIDEO on YouTube for an overview of steps students and employees at Hartnell College should take in case of close contact with someone who has COVID-19, experiencing COVID symptoms, and/or testing positive for COVID.

Reporting exposure or symptoms via the Titan app will trigger an email to the covidnotification@hartnell.edu email. Otherwise, you should send an email to that address notifying the college of your situation.

Below is an "at-a-glance" summary of the quarantine, isolation and testing guidelines to follow under specific circumstances, which also will be communicated to you in reply to your COVID notification email:

If you have had CLOSE CONTACT with someone with COVID-19, BUT YOU HAVE NOT TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID AND YOU ARE VACCINE-BOOSTERED (OR NOT YET BOOSTER ELIGIBLE) AND YOU ARE SYMPTOM FREE, you are free to come to campus. Also:

Make plans to be tested:

  1. If vaccinated with a booster shot: Test at 5 days
  2. If vaccinated but waiting to be eligible for a booster (waiting period is 6-8 mos. after 2nd dose 2 mos. after Johnson & Johnson): Test at 5 days

 

If the above is true, BUT YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS: 

 

  1. Notify your manager or instructor(s) and inform them that you are following the isolation/quarantine measures.

 

  1. Follow the isolation/quarantine steps!
    Note: An N95 mask may be acquired from the Welcome Kiosk located in the roundabout at the Main Campus entrance from Central Avenue.

 

If you have had CLOSE CONTACT with someone with COVID-19, BUT YOU HAVE NOT TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID AND YOU ARE NOT VACCINE-BOOSTERED (IF ELIGIBLE), do not come to campus! Stay home, except to get medical care or testing. Also:

  • Immediately send email to covidnotification@hartnell.edu.
  • Notify your instructor or your manager immediately.
  • If experiencing symptoms, get tested immediately; and,
  • If not experiencing symptoms, complete a COVID-19 test 3-5 days from the date of exposure.  
  • PCR testing is available daily in Lot #4 (West Alisal Street) on Main Campus from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

OR

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE for COVID-19:

With symptoms:

  • Immediately send email to covidnotification@hartnell.edu.
  • Immediately notify your instructor or your manager.
  • Monitor your symptoms and contact your doctor if they worsen. 
  • Self-isolate for 5 days from the date your symptoms began or longer if necessary, until your symptoms have improved.
  • Follow the isolation/quarantine measures.
  • People you live with should self-quarantine for 10 days without testing; or for 5 days, if tested on day 5 or later with results that are negative.

 Without symptoms:

Isolation/Quarantine Measures:

  • Stay at home, except to get medical care or testing.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home if possible.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others.
  • Avoid sharing rooms/spaces with others or if not possible, open windows to outdoor air (if safe to do so) to improve ventilation or use air filters and exhaust fans.
  • Avoid using the same bathroom as others; if not possible, clean and disinfect after use.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean or disinfect "high-touch" surfaces.
  • Stay away from others -- even if they have been previously infected in the past 3 months or are fully vaccinated.

 

A provider called CovidClinic offers free PCR testing for COVID-19 to Hartnell employees, students and the public Monday-Friday on Hartnell’s Main Campus and twice-weekly at the Alisal Campus and education centers in Castroville, Soledad and King City. Individuals can be tested regardless of whether they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.

The Main Campus testing clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located in the walkway between the Student Center (building C) and Merrill Hall (building N), near the Welcome Kiosk.

COVID testing will be offered every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alisal Campus and from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Castroville Education Center, and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the King City Education Center and from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the Soledad Education Center

There is no charge, and no appointment is needed. However, individuals can pre-register and learn more about CovidClinic on this Hartnell-specific webpage

Virus Geeks will continue to operate its public COVID-19 testing site in Parking Lot 4 on the Main Campus every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, students and employees are encouraged to use the CovidClinic sites because they are free.

 

Information about other testing sites in Monterey County is available here.

 

The Hartnell Community College District Governing Board voted on Sept. 21 to require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees and students, with medical and religious exemptions. This does not apply to incarcerated students or Dual Enrollment students taking classes in District high schools (CCAP). The following details apply to students:

  • In order to register as a Hartnell student, students must provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption in advance from the vaccination requirement. Fully vaccinated means two (2) doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 
  • Students whose exemption requests are approved will be required to provide proof of weekly testing and negative results in order to continue taking classes. 
  • Free testing is available every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Parking Lot 4 on Hartnell's Main Campus, off of Alisal Street. Additional information on testing requirements and locations will be provided. Other Monterey County testing locations are available here.
  • Students whose exemption requests are denied will be required to show proof of full vaccination or be deregistered from their classes.

Hartnell asked students who had already enrolled for the Spring 2022 semester to provide proof of vaccination no later than Jan. 17 (extended from earlier date). Students who had not provided proof of vaccination or requested exemption by Jan. 17 were subject to disenrollment from their Spring 2022 classes.

Going forward, students who want to take Hartnell courses and intend to request a medical or religious exemption must meet the following SUBMISSION DEADLINES for the term they want to register for. Medical and religious exemptions must be approved BEFORE students can register for courses:

  • Spring 2022 (8-week classes starting March 21, 2022): Submit request by March 10, 2022.
  • Summer 2022: If possible, submit request by May 1, 2022. The last date to submit for Summer is June 5, 2022.
  • Fall 2022: If possible, submit requests by July 4, 2022. The last date to submit for Fall is Aug. 12, 2022.

For a medical exemption, you must upload a completed request form (see link below), signed by a licensed medical provider (MD, DO, PA, NP) who certifies that you have a medical condition that contraindicates you from receiving a COVID-19 vaccination and specifying that contraindication.

For a religious exemption, you must upload a completed request form (see link below). You will be asked to state your "sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance" that is the basis for your request. You also will be asked to briefly explain how your "religious belief, practice or observance" conflicts with the COVID-19 mandate. Personal opposition to the vaccine mandate alone will not be sufficient.

 

While students and employees are strongly encouraged to receive a booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, that has not yet been required for them to be considered fully vaccinated.

Also, failure to obtain a booster when eligible will prevent a student or employee from coming to campus following close contact with someone who has COVID-19, even if they have not tested positive. 

Yes, all students and employees are required to provide proof of vaccination in order to provide as safe an environment as  possible for people on Hartnell campuses.

Other than approved religious or medical exemptions, the only exclusions are for Dual Enrollment and incarcerated students, who may be subject to vaccination requirements within their school or institution. 

Hartnell College continues to implement its requirement that all students and employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ahead of the Spring 2022 semester, which started Jan. 24. Hartnell has contracted with an outside company called Med+Proctor to provide a webpage where individuals can upload their proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request for medical or religious exemption, subject to review.You can watch this video tutorial for a step-by-step guide to uploading vaccine proof or an exemption request. Also, here is a visual guide to providing your documents to Med+Proctor. If you lost your vaccine card and to obtain a digital record of your prior vaccination, visit here. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about vaccine registration are available here. For further assistance with obtaining proof of vaccination, call 1-833-422-4255.

The Hartnell Community College District will consider requests for exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement only for medical reasons or based on a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice.

Information on those exemptions and how to request them is available at hartnell.edu/vax.

All Hartnell employees have been asked to return to on-campus work ahead of the Spring 2022 semester. Accommodations will be considered based on individual circumstances.

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.

Public health officials at the federal, state and local levels agree the vaccines work extremely well, including against COVID-19 variants, to prevent infection or death. Once fully vaccinated, the vaccines also can significantly reduce severe illness and hospitalization for those who might get a post-vaccination infection, also known as a "breakthrough" infection.

The medical science has been clear that getting vaccinated is the best protection against infection and death caused by COVID-19. Masking is also an important tool to help stop the community spread of this pandemic, but the vaccines prevent infections and the ability of the virus to mutate.

You are considered to be fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after getting your J&J vaccine (single dose) or after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. It is possible to get infected while the vaccine is taking effect, so it is important that you continue to protect yourself against COVID-19 for the full two weeks.

Once you are fully vaccinated, there is still a risk you could get infected.This is considered a "post-vaccination infection," more commonly called by the news media a breakthrough infection. The good news is that vaccinated people who do get infected often don't get as sick as unvaccinated people. Their symptoms, if any, don't last as long, and they usually don't require hospitalization.

Up-to-date information about walk-in and by-appointment vaccination is available here. Hartnell has held vaccination clinics on its campuses and will announce and when future clinics are scheduled.

Information about all testing sites in Monterey County is available here. One of those sites is on the Hartnell Main Campus, where testing is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in Parking Lot 4, off of West Alisal Street in front of Building J (next to the tennis courts). Please register in advance at my.virusgeeks.com/testreg?org=hartnell. No appointment is necessary, and Hartnell students and employees are given priority from 9-10 a.m. This is a free, self-administered (PCR) nasal swab test, no insurance required.

You can tell your students, until further notice:

  • Everybody must wear masks indoors in all Hartnell faciliites.
  • Masks or facial coverings must be properly worn to cover the nose and mouth.
  • Students are asked to complete the Titan HST self-screening questionnaire each day before coming onto campus. If they fail the screening, they should contact an instructor.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet is strongly encouraged, though not required.

You can remind your students:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home.
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should home quarantine, contact your doctor or healthcare provider and get tested.
  • Go online to the MCHD website for detailed information about COVID-19.
  • Regularly check your student email account and the HC Info course on Canvas for important updates regarding  COVID-19 testing and/or vaccination.

 

Depending on the circumstances, including the rate of vaccination among individuals in the class, an instructor may be asked to temporarily switch an in-person class to online instruction.

Also, individuals in the class may be advised to receive a COVID-19 test to ensure that they are not infected.

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. Room air cleaners have also been placed as needed.

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 or emailing to mriggillo@hartnell.edu.