Dear Cuesta Community,

We have formally launched a COVID-19 Planning Team and continue to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus. We are attending multiple webinars, conference calls, and meetings each day on COVID-19 with public health experts. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County or at Cuesta College.

The COVID-19 Planning Team includes Student Health Services, Campus Police, Student Services, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Administrative Services, Public Information, Facilities, Custodial Services, and the Office of the President. This group is responsible for working collaboratively in leading the planning for Cuesta College in accordance with the guidance from CDC, CDPH, CCCCO, and the authority of the San Luis Obispo County Health Department. We are also working with ACCJC, program accreditors, Allan Hancock College, Cal Poly, Santa Barbara City College, and the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education in our commitment to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students across all possible scenarios and planning for social distancing.

The well-being and safety of our campus community is our primary concern. We are committed to providing timely, accurate, and comprehensive information. As this situation continues to change rapidly, a new webpage is being developed and will be updated regularly to provide ease of access for our college community to the most recent information.  Additionally, emails will be sent from to aid in identifying the most recent communication.

The COVID-19 Planning Team is working directly with our campus constituencies to develop plans and navigate details that impact teaching and learning, student support services, and events, and to decrease feelings of anxiety that our community is experiencing.

At this time, campus operations have not been changed. All classes, events, and hours of operation should be maintained. While planning is underway to address multiple possible scenarios of disease in San Luis Obispo County, no change has been enacted.

What should I do?

  • If a student presents with fever and cough or fever and difficulty breathing; refer them to Student Health Services immediately.
    • SLO building 3100, room 3150, phone (805) 546-3171
    • NCC building 1000, room 1013,  phone (805) 591-6200 x4207
  • If I have a health condition that places me at higher risk for respiratory illness; contact Human Resources at (805) 546-3129 or
  • If my conference, workshop, or other college business travel is cancelled; contact Fiscal Services at (805) 546-3960
  • If a student says they are at elevated risk of respiratory disease and needs to stay home; work directly with the student to assist as possible, compassion and flexibility are important in this rapidly changing situation.
  • If I am sick; stay home, for at least 24 hours following fever.

Prevention is key to minimizing the spread of viruses including COVID-19. The CDC recommends the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Thank you for your continued effort to keep Cuesta healthy!