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.
Watch Ohlone Return to Campus: Student Study Center video.
As 2020 began, we looked forward to a new year, new opportunities and of course the opening of our fabulous new buildings!
We hired Dr. Milton Lang, as our new Vice President of Student Services in January. We announced the search for the next Vice President of Academic Affairs/Deputy Superintendent in February. Additionally, we were in the middle of the hiring process for Ohlone’s next President/Superintendent. We could not have imagined then how our lives, the lives of our students and community would be altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Needless to say, the spring 2020 semester is one that we will not forget!
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.
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.
Ohlone requires that all employees, students and visitors wear a face covering or mask while on the premises. The wearing of face coverings is also required by the State of California. Attached is a picture of the face covering that Ohlone will be providing for you upon your first day back at work.
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!).
Mandatory Symptom Screening
All employees coming on campus must arrive during 8:00AM – 2:00 PM – Monday – Thursday and must enter through the Symptom Screening Station (SSS) located on the first floor of building 7. Essential employees who have been working on campus since the SIP will be required to undergo symptom screening anytime they are on campus. Symptom screening for Campus Police Services and Facilities will be held in their respective buildings.
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.