Safety Guidelines to Follow On Campus
Updated June 25, 2021 - Before coming to the Mt. SAC campus, students and employees should familiarize themselves with these general safety guidelines. The college is following public health guidelines to protect the community, including increased cleaning, distributed safety supplies, upgraded air circulation and filtration, and more. Details about safety processes and procedures can be viewed under Employee Resources and Health Alert messages. Topics on this page cover things our community should do on campus, and include:
- COVID-19 Vaccines
- Face Coverings Requirement
- Students: Temperature Checks and Evaluating for Sickness
- Employees: Procedures Before Coming to Campus (Updated)
- Employees: Mandatory Employee Training
- Reporting COVID-19 Cases, Concerns
- Healthy Practices
(Updated July 19, 2021) - The vaccination for employees against COVID-19 is no longer required. However, Mt. SAC joins public health experts across the world in strongly encouraging them. Anyone interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine can learn more at the state My Turn site at https://myturn.ca.gov/.
Vaccinations are a proactive measure that will help protect members of the community from getting and spreading COVID-19. Vaccines are free. Appointments are available through the state’s My Turn website, Kaiser Permanente medical offices, CVS pharmacies and Walgreens pharmacies. Please visit VaccinateLaCounty.com and click on “How to Make an Appointment” for more information. Student Health Services put together this informative video below, where you can learn more about the risk COVID-19 brings and the safety of vaccines.
Face Coverings Requirement
(Updated July 19, 2021) - Mt. SAC has updated it face coverings requirement, following public health guidance.
EVERYONE: The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order on Friday, July 16, 2021, with an effective date of July 17, 2021. Following this health order, Mt. SAC will again require masks for anyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This includes any classes, labs, and meetings held inside. There are few exceptions, such as a situation where a mask can impede workplace safety. One of the best ways to curb COVID-19 is to wear masks and get vaccinated. Public health officials reiterated vaccines are now widely available at most local pharmacies. They are safe, effective and free.
- 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 from their professors, who each have classroom safety kits.
Student Temperature Checks and Evaluating for Sickness
(Updated June 24, 2021)
Before coming to campus, students should check for COVID-19 symptoms. Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms (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), should fill out a Health Check online at www.mtsac.edu/covidscreen. Students with no symptoms of illness do not have to submit a daily health check. If you have traveled outside the country, you should self-quarantine for 14 days.
Employee Procedures Before Coming to Campus (Updated)
(Edited June 24, 2021)
Employees must receive authorization from their manager to come to the physical campus through June. Beginning July 1, Mt. SAC offices will reopen and authorization to come to campus will no longer be required. Building 6 is currently updating it HVAC system, so the library, POD and other Building 6 offices will not reopen until Tuesday, July 6.
Before coming to campus, employees should perform a health check to verify they are not experiencing symptoms of sickness. Employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms (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), should fill out an Employee Health Check Form (www.mtsac.edu/employeescreen), which can also be accessed from the Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health. Employees with no symptoms of illness do not have to submit a daily health check.
In addition, employees who work on campus should do the following:
- Review the Return to Work Guide, edited in June.
- Review the Employee Resources page for other procedures and guidelines.
- Complete online coronavirus safety training through POD Connect. This training was assigned to employees by their managers and can also be found in POD Connect by searching for “coronavirus.” Topics include: Coronavirus Awareness, Coronavirus: Reopening Your Organization, Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace, Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Making & Using Cloth Face Coverings
Employees: Mandatory Training
(Edited August 18, 2020) 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 Institution; 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
(Edited July 16, 2020)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (909) 274-4414 immediately.
(Edited June 19, 2020) 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 foot 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 and if there is a chance you will be within 6 feet of
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.
The college is following public health guidelines to protect the community, including increased cleaning, distributed safety supplies, building circulation plans, upgraded air circulation and filtration, and more. Details about employee safety processes and procedures can be viewed under Employee Resources and Health Alert messages.