Welcome Spring 2021

Updates for Spring 2021 Students

The State informed us today that San Bernardino County will enter the less-restrictive Red Tier of the State Blueprint for a Safer Economy effective Sunday, March 14.

The Red Tier signals that the spread of COVID-19 is still substantial within our county, however the number of cases is declining. As of today, our daily adjusted rate was 5.2 per 100,000.

The following are restrictions relaxed under the Red Tier:
• Gyms will be allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
• Retailers and malls can operate at 50% capacity
• Hair and nail salons can continue to operate indoors with modifications
• Restaurants can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
• Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
• Museums, zoos, and aquariums can reopen indoors at 25% capacity
• Libraries can open at 50% capacity
• Outdoor live events can resume at 20% capacity (effective April 1)
• Amusement parks can reopen at 15% capacity and small group restrictions (effective April 1)
• Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction following re-opening guidance. Local school officials will decide whether and when that will occur.


Masks/Handwashing/Sanitation/General Information

CMCCD will comply with Cal/OSHA physical distancing requirements and the provision of face coverings and other PPE based on the protocol below:

All students and employees are expected to wear a mask during all interactions and/or possible engagement with colleagues, students, or community members. 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 has been posted to remind people that masks are required on campus.
Face coverings are required for employees and students when engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work or school activities off-site, when:

  • Interacting in-person with anyone or working in a shared workspace.
  • Or when working or learning in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time.
  • The rule of thumb is that if you can see another person, employees and students should be masked.

We are also still encouraging remote interactions rather than in-person interactions where possible. Students may use the library for access to the internet, research, and to study while meeting social distancing and masking expectations. Common areas where students may congregate such as the Student Activity Center, the Veterans Resource Center will continue to remain closed.

Employees who have questions on face-covering or working accommodations should contact Chief Human Resources Officer Bonnie Bilger and 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 will continue rotating staff schedules to minimize contact where operationally feasible. 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 be done.

We should also consider the possibility that we may need to shift again to fully remote if needed. We will also need to continue to plan that there will be students and employees who may need to self-isolate. Where feasible, instructional faculty who may be teaching on-ground courses should front-load course content and activities that are better suited for in-person learning.

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.

You will find information on COVID-19 symptoms and a recommended self-check tool here:

Non-contact temperatures may also be taken at the discretion of the 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.

Classroom Protocols

It is suggested that all instructors will 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.

In-person course sections that have a confirmed COVID-19 case must move to remote instruction for a minimum of 14 days from the confirmation of the case.

Curricular content or instructional methods that does not promote social distancing should be modified if to reduce the chance of spread.

Faculty must accommodate the needs of students who 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. 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

Non-essential travel is not allowed by faculty, staff, or students.

COVID-19 Exposure

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. 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 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.

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 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

Potentially exposed employees and students should self-isolate and follow CDC recommended steps.

Potentially exposed employees who do not have symptoms should remain at home or in a comparable setting and practice social distancing for 14 days. Employees with questions regarding leave should check with Human Resources. Students with questions regarding assignments should check with their instructor.

Community Testing is free and located at:
Twentynine Palms Community Center
74325 Joe Davis Dr.
Twentynine Palms, CA
Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Returning to Class or Work after Having COVID
  •  Positive COVID-19 cases with COVID-19 symptoms shall not return to work until:
  1. At least 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 or higher has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication; and
  2. COVID-19 symptoms have improved; and
  3. 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.
Clean and Disinfect

Areas that have been documented as being exposed to a person confirmed to have had COVID 19 will be quarantined for at least 24 hours per CDC guidelines. If possible, a longer quarantine period of up to 72 hours or longer will be used before the disinfecting process begins. Signs will be placed on all entrance doors, and all perimeter spaces will be locked. After the quarantine period is completed, 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.

Flexibility and Adaptability

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.

Greenleaf Library

Greenleaf Library – by appointment only 

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 or 760-366-5201 ext. 5293.

The Greenleaf Library or 760-366-5201 ext. 5293.

Student Services

Student Services – by appointment only 

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.
Student Success Center

Student Success Center – by appointment only

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
Cashier's Office

Cashier’s Office – by appointment only

  • We are not requiring parking passes for students for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • All payments for CMC related charges are online.
  • Please contact our office prior to coming on campus, as it is likely we can assist you remotely:
The Office of Instruction

The Office of Instruction – by appointment only

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.

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 ( 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: If you have additional questions, please contact: Heidi Gibbons –; 760-366-5201 ext 0513.

Additional Contact Information for Support Services:

We thank you for your flexibility, resolve, and resiliency, as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times. We love our CMC student community, and will continue to serve your academic needs to the best of our ability. Please stay healthy and safe, and we will continue to keep you updated as new developments arise.