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 SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
Click here to view the update on safety protocol.
OHLONE RTC TRAVEL POLICY - RETURNING TO WORK ON CAMPUS AFTER TRAVEL (DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL)
This is a temporary policy effective immediately and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021 unless conditions and requirements change. Please check our website frequently for updates. View the policy here.
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.
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.
$200 CASH PRIZE FOR VACCINATION FOR STUDENTS
Students could enter the drawing for $200 by participating in the #VaxUpOhlone campaigns. Check out the details here.
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.
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
My name is Rob Moore and I’m the COVID-19 project manager brought on board to consolidate and coordinate the activities that are required to bring our beautiful campus back to life.
We understand that most employees have been off campus for over a year now—that’s a long time! We have had to adapt to working from home, managing childcare and at-home schooling, and trying to maintain our own self-care all the while. It’s been a difficult time to say the least.
Now, we are being asked to get ready to come back to the workplace and it is an unsettling proposition for many of us. Some can’t wait to get back but for others, it is trying to unravel all the changes we made and not easy to do. That’s why we want to provide you information so that you can see the efforts being made to keep you safe and to help you see how our campus is ready for your return.
A lot of hard work has already been invested to ensure that the buildings we will occupy have been thoroughly examined and are safe and ready to occupy. Workplaces have been evaluated and have been set up to provide for social distancing and sanitization, with additional Plexiglas barriers installed to maximize worker safety. We are now working on providing the same level of detailed attention to our classrooms, as we look to bring a select group of permitted labs back on campus.
These activities take the active involvement and cooperation of many different groups. I want to specifically call out and thank our unsung heroes—the essential employees who have remained on campus to keep it clean, safe, and to ensure that we implement all state and county COVID-19 protocols. Without our facilities and custodial staff, our campus safety and police, and our IT services, and other key teams, we could not be as far along as we are. Thanks to them and thanks to you for serving the College.
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
Everyone 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.
*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.
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!).
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.