Version: April 22, 2022

Purpose

This page presents the current COVID-19 protocols of Cuesta College, including the major prevention and mitigation strategies used to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community. This page will be continuously updated as guidance and recommendations change. Date of revision will be noted above.

Special gratitude is extended to the COVID-19 Planning Team, the campus Space Planning Work Group, and the Classroom Return Task Force.

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Campus Access COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

Do you have a fever (over 100.4 F) without fever reducing medications or feeling feverish (chills, sweating)?
Do you have a new cough (for those with allergies/asthma, a change in cough from baseline)?
Are you experiencing difficulty breathing?
Do you have a sore throat?
Are you experiencing muscle aches or body aches?
Do you have vomiting or diarrhea?
Are you experiencing a new loss of taste or smell?
Do you have a new onset of severe headache, especially with fever?
Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19 within the last two weeks?
Are you currently under orders to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?

If you answer yes to any of the above, do not return to campus.

Employees should contact Human Resources at hr@cuesta.edu or (805) 546-3129.

Students should contact their primary care provider or Student Health Center at studenthealthcenter@cuesta.edu or (805) 546-3171.

Daily Health Check

In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following NEW symptoms?

  • Fever (over 100.4 F) without fever reducing medications or feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
  • New cough (for those with allergies/asthma, a change in cough from baseline)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose

Has a public health official advised you to get tested for COVID-19?

Has a public health official advised you to isolate or quarantine?

If you answer yes to any of the above, do not return to campus.

Employees should contact Human Resources at hr@cuesta.edu or (805) 546-3129.

Students should contact their primary care provider or Student Health Center at studenthealthcenter@cuesta.edu or (805) 546-3171.

What To Do If You Are Sick

Stay home except to get medical care

  • Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
  • Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
     

Separate yourself from other people

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a mask.

Tell your close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. By letting your close contacts know they may have been exposed to COVID-19, you are helping to protect everyone.

Monitor your symptoms

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, or other symptoms.
  • Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.

When To Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Isolation and Quarantine – When to stay home

Table 1: Positive test for COVID-19 (Isolation)

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

This requirement applies to all students and employees regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms.

Anyone with a positive test for COVID-19 must stay home for at least 5 days.

Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

If you did NOT have symptoms or symptoms are resolving and you have a negative test* on day 5 or later, you may return after day 5.

If you are unable or choose not to test, and symptoms are resolving or no longer present, you can return after day 10.

If you have a fever, isolation must continue and you may not return until the fever resolves.

If symptoms other than fever are not resolving, you may not return until the symptoms are resolving or until after day 10 from the positive test.

Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or on campus. 

*Antigen test preferred

Table 2: Exposure to someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

These requirements apply to students and employees who are:

  • Unvaccinated, including those infected with COVID in the last 90 days, or
  • Vaccinated and booster-eligible (see Table 4), but have not yet received their booster dose

Anyone with close contact with a person who has COVID-19 must stay home for at least 5 days.

Exposed persons must test on day 5.

Quarantine can end and you can return to campus after day 5 if symptoms are not present and a test* on day 5 or later is negative.

Quarantine can end and you can return to campus after day 10 if you choose not to test and do not have symptoms.

Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or on campus. 

If an exposed person tests positive for COVID-19, they must follow the isolation requirements in Table 1.

If an exposed person develops symptoms, they may not come to campus until they have a negative test*.

All persons are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.

If a person cannot be tested as required, quarantine must continue for at least 10 days.

*Antigen test preferred

Table 3: Exposure to someone with COVID-19 (No Quarantine Required)

These requirements apply to students and employees who are:

  • Boosted
  • Vaccinated, but not yet booster-eligible (see Table 4)

Individuals do not need to quarantine if they:

  • Test* on day 5 with a negative result
  • Wear face coverings around others for 10 days after exposure, especially in indoor settings

If a person tests positive, they must follow isolation recommendations in Table 1.

If a person develops symptoms, they may not come to campus while waiting for test results.

If an exposed person is unable to be tested on day 5, they must wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance for 14 days following the close contact.

*Antigen test preferred

In addition to the information in the Tables above, when an order to isolate or quarantine is issued by a local or state health official, the person shall not return to campus until the period of isolation or quarantine is completed or the order is lifted even if the order exceeds the specified requirements in the tables above.

Table 4: California COVID-19 Vaccines Booster Recommendations

Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech

            1st and 2nd doses

            Booster 6 months after 2nd dose

Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States may be used for the booster dose, but either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech are preferred.

 

Johnson and Johnson (J&J) / Janssen

            1st dose

            Booster 2 months after 1st dose

Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States may be used for the booster dose, but either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech are preferred.

Close Contact

Anyone who was within 6 feet of a known case for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, even if everyone wore masks.

*An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 2 days before they have any symptoms or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days before the positive test date.

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step that people can take to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.  In some settings, mask use may be a factor in determining close contact, or in determining recommendations for follow-up after an exposure.

COVID-19 is very contagious. If you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not fully vaccinated, you must self-quarantine to prevent spreading the disease to your family, friends, and community. This means you must stay home and separate yourself from others until your quarantine order ends.

 Campus 11. Do not leave home to go to work, school, or public areas. 

While in quarantine, you must not leave your home, even if you feel well. Do not let delivery persons or visitors inside your home.

 Campus 22.  You may leave home to get essential medical care.

  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Drive yourself alone, if possible. If you cannot drive yourself:
    • Keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and others (e.g., sit in the back seat), and
    • Leave the windows down, and
    • Wear a mask or cloth face covering.

Campus 33. Stay away from household members.

If you live with other persons:

  • Try to limit your contact with them and wear a face covering if you do. Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Use a separate bathroom if available.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items like dishes, towels, and bedding.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Disinfect surfaces you touch frequently.

Campus 44. Do not answer the door for deliveries, if possible.

If someone delivers something at your home, ask them to leave the delivery at your door, if possible. Pick them up after the person has left. If you need to answer the door:

  • Keep as much distance between you and the other person as possible, and
  • Wear a mask or cloth face covering.

Campus 55. Help is available.

  • There are a variety of local assistance services and programs to help with food assistance and delivery, health insurance coverage, disability insurance, and much more.
  • Unemployment may be available for people who cannot work because they, or a family member, need to isolate or quarantine. Visit the California EDD website for information.

COVID-19 Test

  • A COVID-19 test means a test for SARS-CoV-2 that is: cleared, approved, or authorized, including in an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to detect current infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (e.g., a viral test); and

  • Administered in accordance with the authorized instructions; and

  • Not both self-administered and self-read unless observed by Cuesta College or an authorized telehealth proctor.

Examples of tests that satisfy this requirement include:

  • PCR and antigen tests available at Cuesta College
  • Tests administered by SLO County Public Health
  • Tests administered by health care providers (point of care tests)
  • Tests with specimens that are processed by a laboratory (including proctored or observed home specimens)
  • Proctored over-the-counter antigen tests (observed by telehealth proctor)

Positive results from a home test, including those that are not observed by a telehealth proctor, are considered positive and should be reported to SLO County Public Health via this link.

Criteria for COVID-19 Protocols

Cuesta College planning adjusts continually to maintain alignment with federal, state, and local guidance. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention | CDC COVID-19

California Order  |  State Public Health Officer Order of June 11, 2021

  1. Adopt a COVID-19 Prevention Program
    1. On limiting spread
    2. How to screen for symptoms
    3. To stay home if sick
  2. Implement
    1. A site-specific plan
      1. San Luis Obispo Campus
      2. North County Campus
      3. South County Center
    1. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
    2. Physical Distancing Guidelines

San Luis Obispo County

  • Sentinel surveillance testing of participants in the high-risk activity groups identified as athletics, drama, woodwind, voice, brass, and any combination thereof

San Luis Obispo County Community College District

NC Campus Center at dusk

Campus-wide Measures

Cuesta College will engage a breadth of mitigation measures to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 while providing for modified teaching, learning, working, and access to academic resources on campus. These mitigation measures are grounded by daily symptom monitoring by students and employees and supported by robust contact tracing of campus community members who test positive for COVID-19. Physical aids and visual communications to assist with identifying what spaces on campus require, recommend, or welcome face coverings, staying away from campus when ill, and encouragement of vaccine as primary means of protecting one’s health and the health of others. 

All campus-based services and classes may be moved to remote delivery if increased spread of disease results in heightened restrictions at the state or county level or such time that Cuesta College is unable to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

Symptoms Monitoring

  • Self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms prior to return to campus is required of all employees and students using the health survey in Cleared4
  • Self-serve, non-contact temperature screening available on campus to support symptoms monitoring
  • Focus Student Health Center services on physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19

Public Health Interventions

  • Robust contact tracing will be conducted by trained college personnel in cooperation with San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health
  • Direction to individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 will be provided by San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health and Cuesta College Human Resources

Sentinel Testing of High-Risk Populations

In accordance with CDC and CADPH guidance, San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health has identified the following populations and activities as high-risk:

  • Athletic teams
  • Drama
  • Vocalists
  • Woodwind and brass instruments
  • Any groups including one or more of the above 

Sentinel testing, at a rate of 50% of each identified population per week, is required for in-person activity for all individuals not fully vaccinated. Students, staff, faculty, coaches, and volunteers engaged in or supporting the high-risk activities of drama, voice, woodwinds, or brass will be required to test once every two weeks. Students, staff, faculty, coaches, and volunteers engaged in or supporting athletics are required to test weekly in accordance with NCAA guidance adopted by CCCAA. Cuesta College athletics and performing arts will maintain testing schedules, communicate testing requirements, document results, and communicate weekly with San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health via the Superintendent/President.

Self-care and Prevention

  • Meetings may be held using Zoom, telephone, and other remote technologies
  • Maintain education and outreach to students and employees on handwashing, symptom monitoring, face coverings, and physical health resources
  • Facilitate ease of access to mental health resources for students at Student Health Services and employees via the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Hand sanitizer made available at building entrances and other key locations
  • Employees who receive a report of a student with positive COVID-19, email the information to instruction@cuesta.edu.

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Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are encouraged indoors on campus
  • Indoor masking requirements are posted in each campus area
  • Face coverings are required in Student Health Centers and District vehicles
  • Disposable face coverings are made available
  • CDC face covering guidance

Sanitation and Prevention Protocols

  • Custodial professionals will sanitize frequently used restrooms, common areas, and high touch surfaces according to local, state, and federal guidance

  • Employees will be provided sanitizing wipes to support frequent disinfection of personal workspace throughout the day

  • Windows and doors will be open to maximize air-exchange rate and HVAC flow increased to prevent airborne droplets from stagnating where possible

  • Drinking fountains and hydration stations will be cleaned and sanitized regularly

COVID-19 Reporting

Student Reports

Email instruction@cuesta.edu with:

  • Name of Student
  • Date of Report
  • Banner ID
  • Any other information provided by the Student

The Student Health Center and/or COVID-19 Tracking Work Group will follow up directly with the student.

Employee Reports

Email hr@cuesta.edu with:

  • Name of Employee
  • Date of Report
  • Any other information provided by the Employee

Human Resources will follow up directly with the employee.

NOTE: Do not share information with others regarding reports by students and employees.

Classrooms

Cuesta College requires students and employees to wear face coverings indoors including classrooms.

Entry and Exit

  • Students and employees handwash before and after each class
  • Students will wait outside until the faculty member props open the classroom door
  • Students enter the classroom properly wearing face coverings over the mouth and nose
  • Students and faculty use sanitizing wipes to sanitize their workspace as desired throughout the class
  • Students exit through propped open door

Self-care and Prevention

  • Face coverings are required indoors of students, campus visitors, and employees
  • Frequent hand sanitizing to supplement handwashing encouraged throughout the class
  • Students sit in same seat each class meeting
  • Students exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to contact their health provider or the Student Health Center and are expected to stay home
  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 may not be on campus until cleared by their health care provider or SLO County Department of Public Health
  • Employees who receive a report of a student with positive COVID-19, email the information to instruction@cuesta.edu.

Supporting Protocols

  • Classrooms are supplied with face coverings, hand sanitizer, and sanitation wipes
  • Daily attendance recording
  • Desks or tables are oriented one direction to avoid cluster configuration
  • Limit the sharing of equipment, use gloves, sanitize hands before and after equipment use, and sanitize equipment between uses
  • Office hours held virtually using remote technologies or outdoors
  • No indoor classroom activities that elevate heart or respiratory rates except where authorized as essential pedagogy
  • Remote options will be provided for students unable to attend and to ensure those with symptoms can still access educational programs
  • Syllabi for courses with campus attendance should include reference or link to this page
  • Faculty are encouraged to develop contingency plans for student absences due to illness, symptoms, and/or quarantine, faculty absence, and the potential for moving the entire course online for multiple weeks in case of an exposure or quarantine
  • Faculty may temporarily move the class to remote instruction to reduce spread of disease when:
    • potential exposure or multiple tertiary exposures is/are reported
    • a positive case is identified
    • a number of students are staying home due to illness
    • faculty illness
  • Faculty communicate temporary moves to remote instruction to the Chair and Dean

Library, Study, and Common Areas

Cuesta College encourages use of outdoor spaces for collaborative and independent study. Virtual rooms for group study are available via Zoom.

Symptom Monitoring

  • Self-serve, no contact temperature kiosks are located at the library entrance and near instructional spaces to aid with self-monitoring
  • Students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their health provider or the Student Health Center and are expected to leave campus

Sanitation and Protocols

  • Frequent handwashing is encouraged including handwashing before and after visiting the library or study spaces
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entry of the library and study spaces
  • Custodial professionals will sanitize daily
  • Sanitizing wipes are provided for employee and student use to maintain workspaces throughout the day
  • Face coverings are required for all students, campus visitors, and employees

Cuesta Women's Soccer

Athletics

Cuesta College intercollegiate competition teams resume training in accordance with guidance adopted by CCCAA

*Student athletes actively participating in athletic practice including ATHL activity courses are exempt from wearing masks. Student athletes are encouraged to wear masks indoors for team meetings, watching film, advising sessions, meeting with the coach(es), and in KINA activity classes including lifting in the weight room. 

Student athletes are exempt from wearing masks while participating in intercollegiate competition.

Student athletes and coaches are required to wear a mask when traveling in a District vehicle.

Student athletes and coaches must adhere to the mask policy and COVID-19 protocols in place at the home institution when traveling for competition.

Entry and Exit

  • Students and employees handwash before and after each practice
  • Students will wait outside until the faculty member props open the facility door
  • Students and faculty use sanitizing wipes to sanitize their space and equipment as desired throughout the practice
  • Students exit through propped open door

Self-care and Prevention

  • Face coverings are required indoors of students, campus visitors, and employees
  • Frequent hand sanitizing to supplement handwashing is encouraged
  • Students exhibiting symptoms, caring for someone positive, or exposed to COVID-19 must not come to campus
  • Detailed athletic protocols are detailed in the Cuesta College Sports Medicine COVID-19 Policies and Procedures and guidance adopted by CCCAA

Supporting Protocols

  • Sentinel testing weekly for all individuals not fully vaccinated and those vaccinated and eligible for booster, but not boosted
  • Daily attendance recording
  • Coaches are encouraged to develop contingency plans for student absences due to illness, symptoms, and/or quarantine, coach absence, and the potential for canceling practice for multiple weeks in case of an exposure or quarantine

Arts

The Cuesta Performing Arts Center, Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, and Student Art Gallery are open. Face coverings are encouraged for students, campus visitors, and employees. Performers, support personnel, and audience members must be Cleared4 Cuesta College.

Harold J. Miossi CPAC