OHLONE RTC TRAVEL POLICY - RETURNING TO CAMPUS AFTER TRAVEL (DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL) - UPDATED DEC 22, 2021
This is a temporary policy effective immediately and will remain in effect until revoked by Ohlone College. Please check our website frequently for updates. View the policy here.
CHANGES IN CHECK-IN PROCEDURES FOR FULLY VACCINATED EMPLOYEES
As a benefit of being fully vaccinated, the Campus Safety Team (CST) is happy to announce that we are loosening the strict the check-in processes currently in place for employees. Read more...
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE WORKPLACE - UPDATED NOV 1, 2021
As a fully-vaccinated college, our evaluation of guiding recommendations and regulations from the CDC, State Public Health Department, and Alameda County Public Health Department provides us an opportunity to revise our current distancing requirements. See more details here.
OHLONE COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES VACCINATION MANDATE
Per BP 3507 students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless approved as exempt due to verified medical or religious reasons. Those who do not receive a COVID-19 vaccination may be subject to other safety measures. The vaccine requirement is effective on each campus on September 30, 2021. Read more...
PROOF OF VACCINATION
The District is required to have a method by which to identify vaccinated versus unvaccinated employees. The information will be kept confidential. Learn more about the options to submit proof of vaccination here.
SAFETY PROTOCOL CHANGES - UPDATED SEP 10, 2021
Click here to view the update on safety protocol.
SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR EMPLOYEES
Check out Our Safety Efforts to find out what we have done to provide a safe environment for Return to Campus.
COVID-19 PREVENTION PROGRAM (CPP)
Ohlone has adopted a COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) according to Assembly Bill 685. Click on the button below to find out more.
VACCINATION FOR OHLONE COLLEGE STUDENTS BY WASHINGTON HOSPITAL
Washington Hospital is ready to vaccinate Ohlone Students. Click here to make an appointment.
Download FREE #VaxUpOhlone Zoom backgrounds here.
IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL STUDENT SERVICES
Student Services department offices are now open. In-person services, on both campuses, are offered Monday through Friday. Virtual services are offered Monday through Thursday. Virtual drop-in appointments are also available on Friday.
STUDENT STUDY CENTER
The College offers a safe study space for students at both campuses. The Student Study Center at Fremont opens Monday through Saturday, and at Newark Monday through Friday.
Visit our Student Services webpage for details of opening hours.
For employees, see the updated check-in procedures here.
The Contact Tracing Team is responsible for finding exposures and providing guidance to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Fill out this confidential input form if you would like to report a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.
MESSAGE FROM COVID-19 PROJECT MANAGER, ROBERT MOORE
October 18, 2021: Congratulations! Look how far we have come! For much of the last 18 months, we have been talking about our Return to Campus efforts. And now we have returned. All of our employee groups are back on campus, providing in-person services. We have over 1500 students enrolled in Fall semester classes on campus. We are now a fully-vaccinated college that further adds to the level of safety that we have already put into place. Well done, all, for it takes the support and cooperation of all involved to achieve the success we have had in our Return to Campus efforts.
As we move forward towards Spring semester 2022, let me share some of what you can expect:
- On-campus and in-person events for staff and students will continue to grow in number.
- Furniture will be set up to increase space for student study and lounges.
- Bids are being solicited to develop and manage on-campus food services.
- In-person classes ramping up in Spring: 55% - 60% of all classes may be in person.
- A new symptom screening platform will be rolled out shortly for our in-person students.
Since we are no longer returning to campus, but have returned, we feel it’s appropriate to rename our Return to Campus (RTC) groups. Going forward, we will be the COVID Safety Team (CST), to reflect that while we have returned to campus, there is still a lot of attention needed to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
So, thanks for all of your patience and support of our safety efforts. Without you help, we would not be where we are today: Open for business and ready for more.
Ohlone Community College District - Return to Campus Plan
The goal of Ohlone’s Return to Campus/Work Plan is to ensure that all stakeholders are informed of the College’s efforts and activities towards reopening the District’s campuses in a safe and controlled manner. Implementation of the four phases of the plan rely heavily on current institutional and public health guidelines and is designed to keep our community safe, ensure our student’s ongoing success and align with the College’s mission.
We need your input
- Please provide suggestions regarding Ohlone's return to work/campus.
Here are some components/safeguards that will make up our new environment. You have identified most of these as important to make you feel comfortable returning.
Mandatory Health Screening
All students and visitors coming on campus to access any of our buildings must be properly screened through a Health Screening Station. Please refer to the Health Screening page for the most current hours of operation.
For employees, see the updated check-in procedures here.
*Symptom screening for Campus Police Services and Facilities will be held in their respective buildings.
On-site COVID-19 Response Team
We now have an on-site Covid19 response team located on the 1st floor of building 7. We will soon be adding a Contact Tracer/Case Investigator to the team and he/she will be located here as well. Currently, housed here are:
(1) Rob Moore, COVID-19 Project Manager; (2) Allison Lucarelli, COVID-19 On-ground Project Manager; (3) Shairon Zingsheim, VP of HR; (4) Tavis Cano, Lead Test Manager/Contact Tracer/Case Investigator.
Sneeze guards and/or dividers
We started the work to install plastic sneeze guards and space dividers where needed and requested. Some employees will be relocated to private offices where practical. Please reach out to your supervisor to discuss your particular workspace and offer suggestions. Attached are some examples of where sneeze guards have been installed.
Alameda County currently requires that all individuals wear a mask when indoors. This is also the Ohlone College policy. While mask wearing is not mandatory outdoors, we strongly recommend wearing one when in the presence of others.
Employee Personal Safety Kit
Upon completion of required training you will receive an employee safety kit. The kit will contain: two face-coverings, disinfecting wipes; gloves, hand sanitizer, instructions on the use of cloth face coverings and other resources. The items will be placed into an insulated bag (for keeping your lunch cool!).
Any employee coming on campus must participate in mandatory safety training and acknowledgement of all COVID-19 Policies and Procedures and in particular Policy #7 Social Distancing and Individual Responsibility.
While on campus, employees will be asked to stay within their designated work areas/ buildings as much as possible. Exceptions will be to retrieve mail in building 16. Of course, you are able to take walks outside and around the campus. However, like you, your colleagues are doing their best to minimize contact with others, therefore casual visiting will must be minimized.
Most buildings will be considered “employee-only” and accessed by appointment only. Buildings where student services and instruction are provided will be open for limited days and hours, and slowly increase as time goes by.
All communal areas will be closed or set-up for physical distancing only where possible. Examples are: breakrooms, meeting rooms, waiting areas.
Signs will be placed strategically around the campus and inside buildings that will serve as reminders for adhering to Ohlone’s procedures for social distancing. All employees, students and visitors will be required to follow the directions. Attached are some samples signage you can expect to see on campus.
Nightly cleaning and sanitization
High-touch surfaces and high-traffic areas will be cleaned and sanitized nightly.
Hand Sanitizer stations
Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the college.
You will be able to provide us with constant feedback or share concerns via a confidential on-line form.