Updates for Fall 2021 Students
CMC COVID-19 Protocols – July 28, 2021 Update
This is a living document that will continue to be updated as CDC provided guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation and management.
Changes to Emergency Temporary Standards
This document is our written COVID-19 prevention program.
CDC 7/27/21 Update Face Covering Recommendation
The following recommendations apply to non-healthcare settings.
Fully vaccinated people can:
- Participate in many of the activities that they did before the pandemic; for some of these activities, they may choose to wear a mask.
- Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel and from self-quarantine after travel.
- Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
- Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
- Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
- Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible
- Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others.
To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:
- Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission,
- Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Get tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
- Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
People who are immunocompromised should be counseled about the potential for reduced immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines and to follow current prevention measures (including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others they don’t live with, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces) regardless of their vaccination status to protect themselves against COVID-19 until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
As guidance is updated from the State, CDC, Local Health Officials, and the Community College Chancellors Office, we will continue to modify and learn the best practices and protocols for managing this pandemic.
Remember that we have not done this before. We need to work together more than we ever have before. We will learn together, practice together, and succeed together for the best learning environment for our student’s success and the health and safety of all of us.
CMCCD will comply with Cal/OSHA most current guidance.
Masks continue to be required for unvaccinated individuals.
As of 7/27/21 masks/face coverings are recommended in public indoor settings if in an area of substantial or high transmission.
As noted, CDC and the California Department of Public Health is recommending everyone wear masks while indoors. Beginning on August 5 we will again require indoor masking as a practice on our campus. All students, faculty, staff and visitors will need to wear masks while indoors unless you are in an isolated work area (e.g., a private office), or actively eating or drinking.
For additional information, individuals should refer to CDC Recommendations for Safer Activities (see CDPH Masking Guidance Frequently Asked Questions for more information).
The Cal/OSHA definition of a mask or face covering is a tightly-woven fabric or nonwoven material with no visible holes or openings that covers the nose and mouth.
Signage is being updated to reflect that masks are required.
Fully vaccinated employees without symptoms do not need to be tested or quarantined after close contacts with COVID-19 cases unless they have symptoms.
No face covering requirements outdoors (except during outbreaks), regardless of vaccination status, though workers must be trained on CDPH recommendations for outdoor use of face coverings.
In the case of a future outbreak, the district will notify all employees and will require the wearing of face coverings indoors and outdoors when six-feet physical distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status.
CMC will provide unvaccinated employees with N95 masks for when working indoors or in a vehicle with others, upon request.
Employees may provide their own face mask provided the mask meets the Cal/OSHA definition of a mask or face covering which is a tightly-woven fabric or nonwoven material with no visible holes or openings that covers the nose and mouth.
No physical distancing or barrier requirements regardless of employee vaccination status with the following exceptions:
- Employers must evaluate whether it is necessary to implement physical distancing and barriers during an outbreak (3 or more cases in an exposed group of employees)
- Employers must implement physical distancing and barriers during a major outbreak (20 or more cases in an exposed group of employees)
- Employers must evaluate ventilation systems to maximize outdoor air and increase filtrations efficiency, and evaluate the use of additional air cleaning systems
Face coverings are required for all employees and students when engaged in indoor work, or learning activities, at CMC facilities.
Students may use the library for access to the internet, research, and to study. Common areas where students may congregate such as the Student Activity Center, the Veterans Resource Center will reopen with the start of the Fall term and will require masking.
Employees who have questions on face-covering or working accommodations should contact Chief Human Resources Officer Bonnie Bilger and unvaccinated students who indicate that they may be exempt from masking requirements should be directed to Dean Jennifer O’Donnell.
We all need to continue to be vigilant in doing our best to protect each other from COVID-19. We do need to make sure that we stay home when we do not feel well. It goes without saying that the use of hand sanitizer and proper handwashing must continue to be done.
We should also consider the possibility that we may need to shift again to fully remote if an outbreak or conditions warrent. We will also need to continue to plan that there will be students and employees who may need to self-isolate. Vaccinated employees and students are not required to quarantine or isolate after a possible COVID exposure. Unvaccinated students and employee need to continue to follow CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine after and exposure or positive test. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
Employees and Students
The CMC process for screening employees and students and responding to those with COVID-19 symptoms is as follows.
Prior to arriving at work or school each day, every employee or student should take the responsibility to conduct a self-check and determine if they are showing any COVID19 symptoms. Faculty are encouraged to include this link in their syllabi where you will find information on COVID-19 symptoms and a self-check tool. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Non-contact temperatures may also be taken at the discretion of the instructor, supervisor or laboratory instructor.
It is the shared responsibility of all of us to keep each other safe. Employees and students who have symptoms should not attend in person or if they become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other individuals and sent home. Employees and students who develop symptoms outside of work should notify their supervisor or instructor and stay home.
It is suggested that all instructors of on ground courses require students to maintain a fixed seating arrangement for the duration of the academic term. This is to ensure social distancing requirements, but also provides a means of contact tracing of students near any student that may test positive for COVID-19.
It is suggested that to eliminate multiple students coming in contact with door handles, the instructors will be directed to unlock and open the door and to utilize a floor wedge to keep the door open until the start of the class.
At the conclusion of each class session, the instructor will utilize the floor wedge to keep the exit area open until all students depart to minimize contact with the door handle.
Instructors are also asked to end class on time. Our goal is to allow our custodial staff some time to clean each classroom between sections. Each classroom will also have cleaning supplies if there is an area that students or staff feel need additional attention. If there is shared equipment within the class, please use the supplies to sanitize the shared equipment between users.
Classrooms with a known COVID-19 exposure will be quarantined until cleaning protocols outline below can be completed. In-person courses that utilize a quarantined space will be assigned an alternative space or requested to instruct remotely until a classroom can be deep cleaned.
If a COVID breakout occurs, in-person course sections must move to remote instruction for a minimum of 14 days from the confirmation of the case.
Faculty must accommodate the needs of students who need to self-isolate. Faculty should establish and relate communication criteria required of students to initiate COVID-related accommodations. This should be included in the syllabus, if possible.
HVAC economizers have been adjusted to increase the outside air volume, and doors and windows may be left open at the discretion of the faculty and staff. The air filtration system has been upgraded to provide the characteristics of a MERV 13 rating.
Due to high heat, some of these changes may need to be adjusted to maintain a comfortable learning environment.
Travel and Fieldtrips
At this time, CMC will only support needed work or class related travel for employees and students who have been fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread SARS-CoV-2 and can now travel at low risk to themselves within the United States.
CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers, including those who are vaccinated. All travelers are required to wear a mask on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
COVID-19 Exposure, Reporting by students and employees and District Communication
If a student, faculty, or staff member experiences symptoms of COVID-19 they are to stay at home, seek medical attention and contact their primary care provider, or make an appointment to be tested and immediately communicate with their instructor or supervisor. Unvaccinated, sick faculty, staff, or students should not return to any of the College facilities, or end isolation until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation. When you can be around others (end home isolation) depends on different factors for different situations.
Please find CDC’s recommendations for your situation below.
The district will also ask employees or students with confirmed COVID diagnosis and have been on campus to identify where they were and who they may have been in close contact with.
If the District is aware of individuals that have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, that individual will be instructed to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
The District will communicate directly with identified close contacts of confirmed cases and provide a general communication to the College.
It is important to remember that anyone who is not vaccinated and who has close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness.
Unvaccinated, employees or students may have been exposed if they are a “close contact” of someone who is/was infected, which is defined as being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time.
What counts as close contact?
You are unvaccinated and:
You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
You shared eating or drinking utensils
They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Unvaccinated, potentially exposed employees and students should self-isolate and follow CDC recommended steps.
Unvaccinated, potentially exposed employees and students should self-isolate and follow CDC recommended steps.
Unvaccinated, potentially exposed employees and students who do not have symptoms should remain at home or in a comparable setting and practice social distancing for 10 days. Employees with questions regarding leave should check with Human Resources. Students with questions regarding assignments should check with their instructor.
CDC Options to reduce quarantine for unvaccinated individuals
Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.
After day 10 without testing
7 days after exposure if a test is conducted at least 5 days from the date of exposure and the test is negative
After stopping quarantine, you should
Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure
If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed.
Community testing and vaccination is free and located at:
Joshua Tree – Community Center at Sportsman’s Park
6171 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree
We have about 100 COVID-19 at-home test kits available in Academic Affairs. These test kits do not expire and are prepaid for mailing. If you would like to take home a test kit for yourself or a member of your household, please stop by the Administrative Offices in 100 Quad to pick one up. There is a pre-paid envelope in the box for mail-in.
Free vaccinations are available to eligible employees, students, and community members by appointment at the
Joshua Tree – Community Center at Sportsman’s Park
6171 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree.
For eligibility and appointments, use this link: https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/.
For additional information about vaccinations, residents of San Bernardino County may call (909) 387-3911 or email: coronavirus@DPH.sbcounty.gov.
Returning to Class or Work after Having COVID
- Positive COVID-19 cases with COVID-19 symptoms shall not return to work until:
- At least 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 or higher has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication; and
- COVID-19 symptoms have improved; and
- At least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.
- COVID-19 cases who tested positive but never developed COVID-19 symptoms shall not return to work until a minimum of 10 days have passed since the date of specimen collection of their first positive COVID-19 test.
CDC Guidance for fully Vaccinated People
For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19
- 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
- 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen).
Per CDC, in non-healthcare settings, such as CMC, fully vaccinated employees may refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
Vaccinated employees must continue to follow all other COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
Clean and Disinfect
Areas that have been documented as being exposed to a person confirmed to have had COVID 19 will be cleaned and sanitized per CDC guidelines. Custodial staff, using appropriate PPE will disinfect commonly used hard surfaces. HVAC systems will bring in maximum outside air to flush the building/spaces. Once disinfecting has been completed, custodial staff will complete a deep cleaning of the spaces.
A Shared Responsibility
Building custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect campus buildings more frequently to reduce the spread of pathogens via frequently touched surfaces. However, it is impossible for custodial staff alone to perform these functions with the frequency and extent needed to combat the novel coronavirus. Every member of the CMC community has a joint responsibility for sanitation in their own work area and when using shared resources (i.e. meeting rooms, commonly touched surfaces, etc.)
So, it’s a collective effort. But, who is responsible for what?
What surfaces are not Cleaned/Sanitized/Disinfected by Custodians?
Personal workstations – surface, drawers, shelves, cabinets, etc.
Electronics – keyboards, mice, screens, copiers, phones, etc.
Equipment – Lab equipment, etc.
Books, papers, files, art, etc.
These areas should cleaned regularly by the users and between users if they are shared resources with the cleaning supplies that are provided. Please wipe down shared items before and after use.
Training and Employee Benefits
CMC offers online COVID-19 training, and regular communication with updates from the CDC, Chancellors Office, Governor’s Office, and County Office of Health, to ensure that all employees are informed of COVID-19 transmission, symptoms, quarantine requirements, physical distancing, mask policies, and the importance of staying home when sick.
COVID-19 training and prevention documents are available to all employees, students, independent contractors, vendors, etc. who may come on the campus.
California SB95 was enacted March 29, 2021, obligating community colleges to provide paid COVID-19 sick leave to their employees, retroactive to January 1, 2021, and effective until September 30, 2021. SB95 provides up to 80 hours for all the same reasons as the CARES act, and adds sick leave for anyone unable to work (including telework) to attend a vaccine appointment, or experiencing symptoms related to a vaccine. These hours are in addition to the employee’s regular sick leave bank.
The District already covered sick leave due to COVID-19 which was taken in January. Any employees that claimed sick leave on February or March timesheets that might qualify should be re-examined. To report any leave that might meet the qualifications, or if you have any questions about your leave bank utilization, please contact Shirley Art, Payroll Services Specialist. If you experience hardship due to COVID-19, please contact Bonnie Bilger, Chief Human Resources Officer.
Students need to have an appointment to utilize the Library resources such as: the internet, research, and study rooms. When in the Library the guidelines for social distancing and masking wearing are required.
Greenleaf Library Appointments – firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-366-5201 ext. 5293.
The Greenleaf Library Support – email@example.com or 760-366-5201 ext. 5293.
Student services has remote capabilities to serve students in all areas and departments, so that you do not have to come to campus for registration, admission, records, and counseling services. However, if there is an educational need to be on campus, please respect the following guidelines:
- A mask must be worn at all times. We encourage students to bring their own masks. If you do not have one on hand, they will be available for you in the foyer to put on before entering the Student Services space.
- While in the building, please use the 6 ft. social distancing markers that will be located on the floor to minimize crowding. Capacity will be monitored and regulated as needed.
- We ask that you call or email Admissions and Records before you come in, to see if it is something we can assist you with remotely to save you a trip to the campus.
- Email: Admissionsfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 760-366-5201 ext. 4232
Admissions & Records: 760-366-5201 ext. 4232 or email@example.com
Military-Connected Students: 760-366-5201 ext. 4368 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Services: please contact email@example.com or 760-366-5201 ext. 5803.
Financial Aid will be by appointment only. Contact Brittney Blakeley, Financial Aid Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org 760-366-5201 ext. 4235.
For students in need of disability-related accommodations, please contact email@example.com or 760-366-5201, ext 5861, to assist you with your individualized accommodations and academic needs.
EOPS/CARE please contact Delores Teague, Program Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-366-5201 ext. 4247.
CalWORKs please contact Sandra Rocha, email@example.com, 760-366-5201 ext. 5809.
Cashier’s office will be serving students via phone and can be reached at 760-366-5201 ex. 5312.
Canvas support for students
Canvas support for students will also be provided by the Distance Education Office. Please contact Lisa Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-366-5201 ext. 5401.
FREE online tutoring
FREE online tutoring through the Tutoring Center is available. Simply enroll in “ASC-100-50 Supervised Tutoring” through your CMC Portal. Click here for instructions. It is a free, non-credit course, and you can enroll at any time during the semester. After enrolling, you’ll see it on your Canvas dashboard. Please contact Admissions & Records at email@example.com if you have any issues getting into the course.
For any other class-related, support-related, or general COVID-19 questions or concerns, please direct those questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Success Center
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center computer lab will be open to students.
Students must check in at the front counter.
- A mask must be worn at all times. We encourage students to bring their own masks. If you do not have one on hand, they will be available for you in the foyer to put on before entering the Student Success Center space.
- While in the computer lab, please only use computers that are marked for use. This will ensure 6ft. social distancing.
- Contact Information: Matthew Barboza, Associate Dean of CTE and Noncredit
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 760-366-5201 ext 5247
- We are not requiring parking passes for students for the 2020-21 academic year.
- All payments for CMC related charges are online (click to pay online).
- Please contact our office prior to coming on campus, as it is likely we can assist you remotely:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 760-366-3791 ext 5312
The Office of Instruction
The Office of Instruction
The Office of Instruction has remote capabilities to serve students for most of your needs so that you do not have to come to campus for grade appeals, grievances, pre-requisite challenges etc. However, if there is a compelling need to be on campus, please respect the following guidelines:
- A mask must be worn at all times. We encourage students to bring their own masks. If you do not have one on hand, they will be available for you at the entrance to the Office of Instruction.
- We ask that you call or email before coming in to see if we can assist you remotely. Any matters discussing your student record should originate on your CMC email address.
- Email: email@example.com.
- Phone: 760-366-3791 ext 4244
The following services for students will continue in a fully remote environment:
- Mental Health Counseling – As many of us are experiencing uncertain and trying times, we have made a commitment to continue mental health services throughout the academic year. To make an appointment with a Mental Health Counselor, please visit Telehealth for Copper Mountain College Students (thevirtualcaregroup.com) to access your free medical and mental health services.
- Tutoring/Learning Resource Center – Tutoring support will continue to be available in the summer through Canvas. Information on how to access tutoring services can be found here: https://www.cmccd.edu/current-students/tutoring/. If you have additional questions, please contact: Heidi Gibbons – firstname.lastname@example.org; 760-366-5201 ext 0513.