Safer Return to Campus Instructions For Students

August 21, 2020

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.

Before Coming to Campus

It is important that students do not come to campus if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they believe they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19. Students who anticipate missing class due to COVID-19, should notify their instructor and wait for further information before coming to campus. Prior to coming to campus they are asked to self-screen for symptoms and review the following safety information.

Each day students plan to attend an in-person class, they should review this Covid-19 Self-Assessment Form before determining if they should come to campus.

What to Expect

While on campus, social distancing must be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Parking: 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.
  • Face Coverings are Required: Masks are required at all times while on the Fullerton College campus. Students will also have access to masks and hand sanitizer in their classrooms. Hand sanitizer will also be available at the entrances of buildings. Please review the California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
  • A Quiet Campus: Fullerton College remains mostly closed. Access to classrooms and access to restrooms in a classroom building will be provided. The Library, tutoring, and all other student support programs are offering their services remotely through the fall semester. Computer labs are also not open.
  • No Gatherings: Social distancing is required. The CDC website states that to practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Students are expected to minimize the amount of time by only being on campus during the time of their class period. The only exceptions are modified student support services such as free Wi-Fi in Parking Lot 4, Healthy Hornet Drive-Thru, and Library and Bookstore curbside services.
  • Food Services: Students are invited to sign up for free weekly meals at the Healthy Hornet Drive-Thru. Otherwise, food services, including vending machines, will not be offered during the fall semester.
  • Bring Your Own Water: Drinking fountains and hydration stations have been turned off to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Safety Measures in Place

  • Cleaning Services: Fullerton College’s essential workers in the Maintenance and Operations department have utilized 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.
  • Campus Safety: While the campus is predominantly closed to students and the public during COVID-19, campus safety officers are still available 24/7. On-campus emergencies should be reported to 714.992.7777.
  • Classroom Safety: Instructors will communicate directly with their students regarding social distancing and other safety measures for the classroom.

For Employees

The North Orange County Community College District has provided the COVID 19 Guidelines and Protocols Manual in order to establish guidelines and protocols for NOCCCD employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The manual outlines directions for permitting employees on campus, reporting positive COVID-19 cases, determining exposure to COVID-19, and general expectations for work in the North Orange County Community College District during this time. NOCCCD includes Fullerton College, Cypress College and North Orange Continuing Education.