Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Fullerton College is closely monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Fullerton College will use this website to communicate developing changes to our college community related to COVID-19. Students and employees are encouraged to check back regularly as progress is made to retool most services and instruction into virtual formats.
The North Orange County Community College District has provided an updated COVID 19 Guidelines and Protocols Manual in order to establish guidelines and protocols for NOCCCD employees, students, and on-Campus visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines directions for permitting people on-site at District and Campus facilities, reporting positive COVID-19 cases, determining exposure to COVID-19, and general expectations for continuing to provide higher education at NOCCCD during this time.
The majority of fall 2020 and spring 2021 courses will be taught online. However, there are some face-to-face courses and new safety measures are in place for those classes. Students enrolled in those classes have received instructions from the college and their instructor. Classroom safety plans for face-to-face courses were proposed by faculty and carefully reviewed and analyzed by the respective deans, vice president of instruction and college president in accordance with state requirements and Orange County Health Care Agency guidelines. This link provides more details regarding safer return to campus instructions for students.
Fullerton College remains mostly closed. The Library, tutoring, and all other student support programs are offering their services remotely through the fall semester. Computer labs are also not open. The only exceptions are modified student support services such as free Wi-Fi in Parking Lot 4, Healthy Hornet Drive-Thru, and Library, Laptop Loans and Bookstore curbside services.
*Updated December 4, 2020
During the reporting period of January 8-14, one essential onsite employee tested positive for COVID-19 and two other essential onsite employees are in quarantine after having been directly exposed to the virus off-campus. The college conducted detailed contact...
In the last reporting period, Fullerton College has learned that a student taking in-person classes and three onsite essential employees tested positive for COVID-19 between December 8 and December 16. The college conducted detailed contact tracing for each case in...
Due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases and current pandemic conditions throughout the region and state, Fullerton College will opt out of competition for the upcoming California Community College Association (CCCAA) Spring I season. Men’s basketball, women’s...
Three new unrelated COVID-19 exposures occurred on campus during the last reporting period between November 20 and December 3. This last reporting period was longer than normal due to the Thanksgiving holiday break. Three students attending on-campus classes recently...
The North Orange County Community College District has provided an updated COVID 19 Guidelines and Protocols Manual in order to establish guidelines and protocols for NOCCCD employees, students, and on-Campus visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines...
This week, Fullerton College experienced a small series of unrelated COVID-19 exposures on campus. Specifically, four students, who are taking on-campus classes, recently tested positive for COVID-19. Each of these cases is unrelated. The college conducted detailed...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States and has information including virus facts that cover symptoms and what to do if you’re sick, tips on preventing spread, answers to commonly asked questions and updates on cases in the United States.
The State of California’s COVID-19 website provides many resources such as health care, unemployment, rent protection and many other services to help Californians during this difficult time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Frequently Asked Questions
The California Community College Chancellor’s Office maintains an FAQ site for students that covers many topics related to financial aid, Federal Work Study, low-cost computers and broadband access, withdrawals, support for undocumented students and more. Please also see the FAQs below that address Fullerton College specifically.
Q: I have a class that will meet in-person. What safety precautions are in place and what do I need to know before coming to campus?
A: The majority of fall 2020 and spring 2021 courses will be taught online. However, there are some face-to-face courses during the fall semester and new safety measures are in place for those classes. Students enrolled in those classes have directly received this information from the college and have received instructions from their instructor. Classroom safety plans for face-to-face courses were proposed by faculty and carefully reviewed and analyzed by the respective deans, vice president of instruction and college president in accordance with state requirements and Orange County Health Care Agency guidelines. This link provides more details regarding safer return to campus instructions for students.
Q: How can I access student support services?
A: All services have transition remotely. Please visit the Remote Student Services website for more information.
Q: Where can I find information on Canvas and how to take online/remote classes?
A: There are many resources to help students learn the college’s online learning management system called Canvas and to transition to remote learning. The mission of the Distance Education Department is to support the success of Fullerton College students who use educational technology and that is more important than ever before. All students are encouraged and welcome to take a Canvas course “Becoming an Effective Remote Learner.” This is not the students’ instructional courses. This is to help students get ready for the transition of their classes to web-based formats.
Q: How is COVID-19 impacting athletics?
A: Fullerton College resumed outdoor athletic conditioning on October 19 for student-athletes from several intercollegiate teams. Strict safety measures, stemming from California Community College Athletic Association and the Orange County Health Agency guidelines, are in place, including daily temperature and symptom checks, a mask protocol, social distancing and more. Prior to returning the week of October 19, coaches, administrators, and students completed training on COVID-19 safety practices. Students were required to complete a more advanced health screening with their personal physicians to meet medical eligibility. Health screenings included COVID specific screening questions. Social distancing is achieved by dividing the teams into “pods” of 10 student-athletes each. These pods will participate in contactless, socially distanced athletic conditioning activities together for the duration of the semester. Teams will not scrimmage or conduct drills that require students to share equipment. Read the Fullerton College Athletic Training Resocialization Protocol starting on page 40 of this PDF.
Q: Is this transition to remote learning going to diminish the value of my degree?
A: No. There will be no distinction made on transcripts that indicate the delivery method of coursework.
Q: How long will this change last?
A: Fullerton College is offering most classes online during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. The campus remains closed to the public.
Q: The transition to online learning is difficult, and I am not sure I want to continue this semester. What are my options?
A: We understand that many students are facing challenges during this time and for reasons beyond their control. The faculty, staff, and administration at Fullerton College are here to support you. Here are tips to follow if you need help.
Q: Do I need a parking pass if have an in-person class during the fall?
A: No. Parking permits are not required during the fall semester. Students may park in the Parking Structure on the corner of Lemon Street and Fullerton College Drive and in Parking Lot 7 at the corner of Berkeley and Chapman avenues. Students may also park in Parking Lot 4, which is west of Sherbeck Field, to access free Wi-Fi from their vehicles.
Q: Are there any changes to Financial Aid that I need to know about?
A: Students will continue to have access to financial aid resources, including those from student loans. The Federal government is actively at work at emergency legislation that will change some Financial Aid regulations temporarily, due to COVID-19. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information.
Q: What resources are available to undocumented students?
A: The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has compiled a website with many resources that support undocumented students. Read more. The Grads To Be Program at Fullerton College is also providing remote services to students while the campus is closed.
Q: I don’t have my own computer. Can I borrow one from the college?
A: Yes. Fullerton College purchased 1,700 laptops to help students complete their remote learning while social distancing requirements continue through the spring semester. Laptops will be distributed to students on a first-come basis. Students may request a laptop by filling out a brief form which they can access at the following link: Request Technology Support
Q: I don’t have a reliable internet connection. Can you help me access Wi-Fi?
A: The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has compiled information on several companies are providing reduced cost or free internet access to ensure students have access to reliable internet service. The Fullerton College Library has also updated its website with a list of many resources. Read more. Free hot spots are also available through the laptop loan program.
Q: Have any Fullerton College students tested positive for COVID-19?
A: As of December 4, 2021, 10 students taking face-to-face classes have tested positive for COVID-19. Regular updates are provided via email and in the Updates section of this website. Sign up for announcements COVID-19 announcements here. For complete NOCCCD COVID-19 employee and student numbers please visit the district’s COVID-19 resources page.
Fullerton College releases information on COVID-19 cases, only if the student attended face-to-face classes. Each time there is an exposure or potential exposure, the college conducts detailed contact tracing in accordance with published CDC guidelines and determined that one class be advised to self-quarantine. Anyone directly impacted by an exposure or a potential exposure on campus, will receive guidance from the college before and apart from the public announcements.
Q: What is the risk level at Fullerton College?
A: According to the Orange County Health Agency there is now epidemiological evidence of community transmission in Orange County, indicating that COVID-19 is spreading in the community, which is why we have taken drastic measures to create social distancing for our students and employees.
Q: Where can I find official, accurate information about the impact of COVID-19 on Fullerton College?
A: Fullerton College is sending regular updates via email and updating this website. The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office website “Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is an authoritative and frequently updated source.
Q: What if I am sick?
A: Anyone who is sick, especially those who are experiencing symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, should stay home and consult with their personal physician. Students should notify their instructor if they need to miss class. Anyone concerned that they may be experiencing symptoms are recommended to follow the steps of the CDC Coronavirus Self Checker.
Q: What if I am tested for COVID-19, receive a positive result or I am directed to self-quarantine by my health care provider?
A: If you are a student, please call the Student Health Center at 714-992-7093 as soon as possible. Employees should contact their immediate management supervisor.
Q: What should students do if they miss class due to illness or worry about coming to campus?
A: There is no single campus policy on either absence or late assignments. These are the purview of each individual faculty. If you are unsure, please email your faculty.
*Updated December 4, 2020
Students are encouraged to visit the Student Resources page for an exhaustive summary of all services available to them. This site has been updated to reflect changes related to COVID-19. To help students navigate online instruction and all of the support available to them, a Student Resource Guide also features information and quick access to resources along with a directory of phone numbers, websites, and emails to keep handy.
Helpful student support services information is also provided on this Online Student Support website. The Student Services Division created this website immediately after the college transitioned online to help students.
There are many resources to help students learn the college’s online learning management system called Canvas and to transition to remote learning. The mission of the Distance Education Department is to support the success of Fullerton College students who use educational technology and that is more important than ever before. All students are encouraged and welcome to take a Canvas course “Becoming an Effective Remote Learner.” This is not the students’ instructional courses. This is to help students get ready for the transition of their classes to web-based formats.
Just like always, Fullerton College librarians are here to help with research! We may just have to do it a little bit differently than before. In consideration of the safety of our campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now extending our research support services to remote, internet-based solutions. Visit the Library website to learn more about remote support.
Classes are in session, if a student misses class due to illness or worry, they should contact their faculty member to discuss next steps. There is no single campus policy on either absence or late assignments. These are the purview of each individual faculty.
The majority of fall 2020 courses will be taught online. However, there are some face-to-face courses during the fall semester and new safety measures are in place for those classes. Students enrolled in those classes have directly received this information from the college and have received instructions from their instructor. Classroom safety plans for face-to-face courses were proposed by faculty and carefully reviewed and analyzed by the respective deans, vice president of instruction and college president in accordance with state requirements and Orange County Health Care Agency guidelines. This link provides more details regarding safer return to campus instructions for students.
Remote Teaching for Faculty
More than 800 Fullerton College faculty are trained to teach remotely. Our Distance Education Office offers a variety of ways to support remote teaching and learning.
Students can visit the Student Section on the Distance Education website to become more familiar with the campus learning management system.
Please visit the Distance Education Website for detailed information to aid faculty in preparing to transition classes online if needed.
Maintenance and Operations
The Maintenance and Operations department has been utilizing best practices regarding cleaning and disinfecting working and learning spaces on our campus for some time. It is the standard operating procedures of custodial staff to follow CDC and EPA guidelines, when they disinfect all bathrooms, all classrooms and highly trafficked areas on a nightly basis at the college. These standards are important for the general and ongoing health of the college community.
Additional disinfectant items such as wipes and free standing hand sanitizers for staff and students will be placed around the campus as soon as supplies are available.
Specifically, custodial staff utilize Disinfectants: ACE 256 it is a Quaternary Ammonium Compound as well as a Multi surface Viricide/Sanitizer (Envirox) these two are the chemicals that are used on all touch surfaces and restrooms. Custodial staff also use a bowl cleaner called Kick and Crew mild acid RTU (Ready to use) as well as a RTU Comet disinfectant in the locker rooms of the 1700 and 1200 buildings specifically for the shower stalls. The college currently has and adequate supply of all listed chemicals and all dispensers are filled with disinfectants and sanitizers.
Because the situation related to COVID-19/Coronavirus is fluid, Fullerton College recommends checking the following authoritative sources for credible, updated information:
The college is continuing to monitor the situation, including following the daily updates from the state Chancellor’s Office, the Orange County Health Care Agency, and other authoritative sources.