Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
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.
Fullerton College will offer a limited amount of in-person classes and many online options this summer semester. Students who are taking in-person or online classes have access to many resources. Details are provided on the Student Resources website.
Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Californian 12 and up is now eligible for vaccination. Learn more on the state’s COVID-19 website.
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.
Masks are required at Fullerton College.
*Updated June 8, 2021
Fullerton College has learned of four new cases of COVID-19 on-campus in the last weekly reporting cycle. On Sept. 19, a student learned of their positive results. The student developed symptoms on Sept. 14 and was last on campus on Sept. 9. On Sept. 22, a student...
Dear Fullerton College Community, Last week at the President’s Advisory Council meeting as well as the President’s Open Forum, we shared important details about Fullerton College COVID-19 Gradual Return Planning. I would like to share these details more widely through...
Fullerton College has learned of five new cases of COVID-19 on-campus in the last weekly reporting cycle. Students: On Sept. 14, a student learned of their positive results. The student developed symptoms on Sept. 11 and was last on campus on Sept. 8. On Sept. 20,...
Fullerton College has learned of two new cases of COVID-19 on-campus in the last weekly reporting cycle. On Sept. 13, a student-athlete learned of their positive results. The student developed symptoms on Sept. 11 and was last on campus on Sept. 13. The student was on...
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North Orange County Community College District Interim Chancellor Fred Williams emailed a memo to Fullerton College employees on September 15 that shared information about a vaccination mandate. These instructions were provided with the memo Vaccination Record Upload...
Get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and free. Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Californian 12 and up is now eligible for vaccination. Learn more on the state’s COVID-19 website. Sign up at myturn.ca.gov. The Fullerton College Student Health Services website maintains a list of local resources.
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.
Employee Check-in Procedure
Employees, who work onsite, must have manager approval to be on campus for work and must submit a Location Check-in Form for each visit. This allows the Campus Safety and Facilities teams to sanitize the appropriate areas of the campus, as well as assist in contact tracing should a case of COVID-19 be reported. To utilize the Location Check-in Form, employees must have a Fullerton College FCNet email address and password.
Managers will receive confirmation emails and notifications in Teams. They will only need to take action if the onsite work is denied.
If you do not remember your password, you may use the Self-Service Password Reset (SSPR) feature by visiting this service is provided by Microsoft. To use the SSPR feature, enter your Fullerton College employee email address as your User ID and follow the prompts. If you experience difficulty using this form, or you do not remember your Fullerton College email address, please reach out to the Academic Computing Technologies Help Desk, their contact information is available at fcnet.fullcoll.edu.
To access the check-in form, please click on the button below:Employee Location Check-In
Student Check-in Procedure
Fullerton College introduced new COVID-19 procedures for students taking in-person classes this spring semester. Students are required to take a health self-assessment, available on the Fullerton College Mobile app, and have their temperature taken before starting their class. This will be required each day they attend a class.
HEALTH SCREENING PROCESS
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE APP
Each day students plan to attend an in-person class, they must complete a health self-assessment available on the college’s app or take a self-assessment in-person. See this PDF for the assessment questions.
STEP 2: COMPLETE THE FORM
- The Student Check-in form is available on the homepage of the app.
- The form may only be submitted once a day on the app.
- If you need to resubmit your answers, please proceed to a temperature check-in area. The self-assessment may be taken again in-person with a Fullerton College staff member.
STEP 3: HAVE YOUR TEMPERATURE TAKEN
- A general check-in area is located north of the Library at Stinger’s Cafe. See this PDF map for details.
- Students taking classes in Physical Education and in the 700 or 900 buildings may proceed directly to their classes to have their temperatures taken there.
- Students will be provided with a wristband showing they went through the check-in process. (Some classes such as welding will not need wristbands due to safety requirements. Off-site golf classes will also not require wristbands.)
STEP 4: HEAD TO CLASS
- Show your wristband to your instructor and enjoy your class!
Frequently Asked Questions
*Updated February 26, 2021
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 spring and summer 2021 courses will be taught online. However, there are some face-to-face courses during the spring 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 Student Services Resources 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: Spring 2 sports can begin competition on April 10. Strict safety measures, stemming from California Community College Athletic Association and the Orange County Health Agency guidelines, are in place for student-athletes, including daily temperature and symptom checks, regular COVID-19 testing, a mask protocol, social distancing and more. Coaches, administrators, and students completed training on COVID-19 safety practices. Students are 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 participated in contactless, socially distanced athletic conditioning activities. Teams did not scrimmage or conduct drills that required students to share equipment. Read the Fullerton College Athletic Training Resocialization Protocol.
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 spring and summer 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 spring?
A: No. Parking permits are not required during the spring 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 February 19, 2021, 15 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.
Q: What state and county vaccine resources do you recommend?
A: COVID-19 vaccinations are in high demand. But you can find out when it’s your turn to get one. Sign up at myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 and schedule your appointment, or get notified when appointments are available in your area. Orange County residents may also visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com.
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:
COVID-19 vaccinations are in high demand. But you can find out when it’s your turn to get one. Sign up at myturn.ca.gov or call (833) 422-4255 and schedule your appointment, or get notified when appointments are available in your area. Orange County residents may also visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com.
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.