COVID-19 Semester Information
Learn more about Mt. San Antonio College's plans for the Fall 2020 semester.
Fall 2020 Overview
To protect the campus community from the spread of COVID-19, Mt. San Antonio College's classes and services have transitioned online (details at Mt. SAC Online). In the Fall, any classes that can be held online will be online. Public Health officials are allowing in-person classes for programs that support the state's 16 critical infrastructure areas, such as nursing and EMT. While the great majority of Mt. SAC classes are being held online, there are a small fraction of in-person classes and hybrid classes.
Mt. SAC has transitioned classes and services online, and the college is fully open for learning and business. Services to support programs, employees and students are available online. To learn more about Mt. SAC Online, visit www.mtsac.edu/online.
A Return to Campus Task Force helped coordinate the safe return of in-person classes. These classes first needed to meet the criteria of training for the state's 16 critical infrastructure areas, then they were prioritized by the Instruction Division, and approved by the President's Cabinet. Beginning in July, four classes piloted the process to provide in-person classes. For the Fall semester, more than 200 classes will have an in-person component, whether fully in person or in a hybrid format. These classes required a number of safety measures, including:
- Rooms veted for appropriate air flow or the addition of air filters
- Individualized class safety plans
- Building adjustments to ensure physical distancing, such as 6-foot separation between seats, one-way walking systems, and the closure of gathering spaces
- A health check process for employees and students, including temperature scans
- A process for students and employees to report COVID-19 sickness or related absence
- Increased, specialized deep cleaning by custodial staff
- Safety equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizers, cleaners, and thermometers
- Training for employees, including specialized cleaning for coronavirus and general coronavirus safety
- Clear building signage to support safety measures
- Classroom safety kits, including masks, hand sanitizers and gloves.
Face Coverings Requirement
Following local public health agency guidelines, face coverings are required in public areas and if you might be within 6 feet of others while on campus. Face coverings should be clean, and cover your nose and mouth. Learn more about Los Angeles County face covering requirements.
- EMPLOYEES can pick up a face covering from Police & Campus Safety or request supplies for in-person classes through the Office of Risk Management's Online PPE Request Form.
- STUDENTS can pick up a face covering at Temperature Check Stations before entering a building. However, they are encouraged to wear a face covering before they leave their vehicle.
Student Temperature Checks and Evaluating for Sickness
Before coming to campus, students should fill out a Health Check online at www.mtsac.edu/covidscreen. They will need to confirm they (1) have not traveled outside the United States in the past 14 days, (2) have not had close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19, and (3) do not have any signs of a sickness, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, nausea, diarrhea, and so on. People with even mild symptoms, such as allergies, should stay home.
Before entering the building, students should check in at Temperature Check Stations located near the building entrance. Employees will confirm the Health Check was completed online and that students do not have a fever.
Employee Procedures Before Coming to Campus
Critical onsite employees who are coming to campus should communicate with their managers before coming to campus, and confirm they (1) have not traveled outside the United States in the past 14 days, (2) have not had close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19, and (3) do not have any signs of a sickness, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, nausea, diarrhea, and so on.
Managers should forward this health check confirmation to Michael Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org), Paul Miller (email@example.com), and Suzanne Vasquez (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the employee comes to campus.
Mandatory Training for Employees
Due to the serious threats related to COVID-19, Mt. SAC is requiring all employees that work on campus to take training related to the coronavirus. This training has been mandated by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Managers have been asked to assign four training videos to all employees: Coronavirus Awareness; Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace; Coronavirus: Reopening Your Organization; and Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Making and Using Cloth Face Coverings. These training videos only take 37 minutes to view. Employees can also find these training videos through POD Connect.
Reporting COVID-19 Cases and Concerns
STUDENTS REPORT TO STUDENT HEALTH CENTER - Students who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, are asked to contact the Student Health Center at (909) 274-4400 as soon as possible.
EMPLOYEES REPORT TO HUMAN RESOURCES - Employees who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, are asked to contact Human Resources by emailing email@example.com or calling (909) 274-4414 immediately.
Each individual should do what is best for them and their unique needs. High risk individuals (older adults and those with health conditions) require additional vigilance. In general, public health agencies say that the best preventative measures are staying home as much as possible, social distancing and simple good hygiene practices:
Practice social distancing. Stay home except for essential needs. If you must go out, keep a 6-feet distance from others and avoid crowds.
If you are sick, stay home. Anyone with even mild symptoms should stay away from campus. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, nausea, diarrhea, and so on.
- Wear face coverings in public areas and if there is a chance you will be within 6
feet of others.
Wash your hands often, especially before you eat, after using the restroom or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you cannot wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth in case your hands are not clean.
Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue handy and wash your hands. If you have these symptoms, stay away from campus.
Avoid sharing objects like tools, office equipment, cups, food and drinks.
Minimize contact, and avoid shaking hands and high-fiving.
Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, stay active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.
Details about Mt. SAC's Coronavirus response is available on its Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health.