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 Oct. 20, 2021. To suggest an additional question, email

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

Hartnell began returning to in-person instruction during the Summer 2021 term and has continued this during Fall 2021, with the goal of steadily restoring on-campus instruction and student life to the greatest extent possible within the limits of safety restrictions and in partnership with employee bargaining units. Online and hybrid course options will continue to be offered.

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. This progress is expected to continue during the Spring 2022 semester, starting on Jan. 24, when more than two-thirds of all classes will be taught face-to-face or in a hybrid format.

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. 

Hartnell will ask students to provide proof of full vaccination no later than Dec. 10, in preparation for the Spring 2022 semester. Priority student registration for Spring 2022 classes begins on Nov. 1, and registration for most continuing students opens Nov. 3-9, depending on current credits completed.

Students who enroll for Spring 2022 before Dec. 10 will still need to submit proof of full vaccination by Dec. 10 in order to remain enrolled for Spring. Guidance on how to provide that proof will be shared shortly via email and social media reminders. Students who have not provided proof of vaccination by Dec. 10 will be disenrolled from their Spring 2022 classes. They will have to re-enroll once they provide that proof.

New and continuing students who seek to enroll in Spring 2022 classes after Dec. 10 will need to provide proof of full vaccination by the date when they enroll.


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

Other than approxed 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. 

Guidance on how to provide that proof will be shared shortly via email and social media reminders. 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.

Detailed information on how to request these exemptions will also be shared with students shortly.

All Hartnell employees have been asked to return to on-campus work as needed to serve students during the Fall 2021 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 the Delta or other 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 and social distancing are also important tools 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 small 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.

At this time, the FDA has recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and age 50-64 with underlying conditions or in high-risk employment, including education. 


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 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sun. in Parking Lot 4, off of Alisal Street in front of Building J (next to the tennis courts). No appointment is necessary. 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 covoer 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.

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.


Individuals' known exposure to COVID-19 should be identified through their daily use of the Titan HST self-screening app.

If someone "fails" the app (red screen), or otherwise has a serious concern about their possible COVID-19 infection, they are advised to notify an instructor or their immediate supervisor, who in turn is asked to contact Hartnell Human Resources. These individuals will also be contacted by the Director of Emergency Services with instructions on next steps, which typically will include a request that they be tested for COVID-19, or if they already have a confirmed infection, they may be asked to self-quarantine for 7-10 days, depending on their symptoms.

Hartnell has also 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 the college to respond and ensure that all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of others. 


Students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are asked to self-quarantine for 7-10 days based on their symptoms. At the conclusion of that period, they may return to class or work after receiving a written release from their doctor or medical provider.

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.

An instructor may ask the student to wear their mask and can call for assistance from campus security (831-755-6888) in the event the student refuses to do so.

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.

Everyone on campus is REQUIRED to wear a mask indoors and also outdoors when in close contact or crowded situations.

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 or who fail to pass the Titan self-screening questionnaire should not come to work and instead should contact their supervisor.

Eating in class is prohibited. Drinking water for hydration or medical reasons is allowed, but no food and drink are allowed under any circumstances in computer labs. Students or faculty can briefly lower masks or facial coverings to drink water, but masks or facial coverings must be returned immediately to cover the nose and mouth when done.

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.

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 will be treated the same way as any other classroom disruption.

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.