Version: October 19, 2021

Purpose

This page presents an outline for phased reopening of Cuesta College and documents the major prevention and mitigation strategies used to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community. This plan 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.

Cuesta SLO overhead

Criteria for Phased Reopening

Cuesta College planning adjusts continually to maintain alignment with federal, state, and local guidance. The phased return of students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators is contingent on achieving the following metrics.

Federal Phase Two

  1. Downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses AND COVID-like syndromic cases within a 14-day period
  2. Downward trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period OR downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period
  3. Treat all patients without crisis care AND have a robust testing program in place for all at risk healthcare workers

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
    2. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
    3. Physical Distancing Guidelines

San Luis Obispo County

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

NC Campus Center at dusk

Campus-wide Measures to Prepare for Reopening

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 promote requirement of face coverings in all indoor spaces on campus, 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 COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire
  • Daily COVID-19 symptom monitoring of employees and students working and attending classes on campus through a daily 3 Step Check and self-serve, non-contact temperature screening
  • 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 experts 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 will 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 required indoors on campus.

  • Face coverings are to be worn indoors by students, campus visitors, and employees 

  • Disposable face coverings are made available

Exceptions to face coverings requirement:

  • Face coverings may be removed while actively eating or drinking
  • Face coverings are not required outdoors
  • Face coverings are not required when working alone indoors

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

Food

  • Individually boxed or bagged meals are allowed
  • No serving from shared dishes or shared utensils permitted except by Cuesta College food services

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 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 caring for someone positive, or exposed to COVID-19, 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 masks, 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 reopening plan
  • 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 NCAA guidance adopted by CCCAA

*Student athletes actively participating in athletic practice including ATHL activity courses are exempt from wearing masks. Student athletes are required 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 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 NCAA guidance adopted by CCCAA

Supporting Protocols

  • Sentinel testing weekly for all individuals not fully vaccinated
  • 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 required for students, campus visitors, and employees.

Harold J. Miossi CPAC

Return to Campus 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?
  • Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official in the last two weeks?

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 3 Step Check

Daily 3 Step Check

  1. 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
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  2. Have you been within 6 feet of a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes, or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva, in the past 14 days?
  3. Has a public health official advised you to get tested for COVID-19?

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.

When Can I Return to Campus?

Guidance for quarantine is based on vaccination, positive COVID-19 test, and exposure. Follow the guidance presented below that best fits your situation.

A Close Contact is any of the following people who were exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 while they were infectious*.

    • 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.
    • Anyone who had unprotected contact with an infected individual’s body fluids and/or secretions. For example, someone with COVID-19 coughed or sneezed on you or you shared utensils or dishes.

*A person with COVID-19 is contagious 2 days before their first symptoms appear until they are no longer required to self-isolate. A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is contagious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after their test.

  • I have been fully vaccinated:

Fully Vaccinated persons† with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. They should get tested 4-7 days after exposure. There may be some exceptions related to immune compromise. If immune compromise is a concern, the case should be discussed with the Public Health Department at (805) 781-5500.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine following travel.

  • I had a positive COVID-19 test within 3 months prior to the close contact exposure:

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

Once 90 days have passed from the positive test, an individual must quarantine following close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 UNLESS the exposed individual is fully vaccinated†.

  • I have not been vaccinated:

If you live in San Luis Obispo County, are not fully vaccinated†, and have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you are required to quarantine yourself immediately, follow the instructions below, and remain in quarantine until your quarantine order ends.

Note: Quarantine is different from isolation.  Isolation is for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is for individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19. 

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 Return 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 Return 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 Return 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 Return 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 Return 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.

Quarantine can end after day 10 (or up to 14 days if higher risk††) from the date of last exposure; OR

Quarantine can end after day 7 if the close contact remains asymptomatic and tests negative on day 5 or later.

  • I think, or I know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms:

You can return to campus after:

    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your health care provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days), and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home.

  • I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms:

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return to campus after:

    • 10 days have passed since testing positive

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for "I think, or I know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms."

COVID-19 is very contagious. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate to prevent spreading the disease to your family, friends, and community. This means you must stay home and separate yourself from others until your isolation order ends.


†Fully Vaccinated Definition: Two weeks or more have passed since the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks or more have passed since a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) or other COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

††Higher risk individuals should quarantine for 14 days. This includes the elderly, immunocompromised, people with certain chronic medical conditions, or people who work or live in any congregate setting (e.g., residential care facility for the elderly or those with disabilities, any facility that cares for people who are severely immunocompromised, school, college dorm, or correctional facility).