College of the Desert has carefully planned with your health and safety in mind and has implemented the following set of safety protocols.
Additionally, the College recognizes the pandemic is a fluid situation. It is your responsibility to check this site frequently to ensure you are following all current requirements.
Individuals must stay home if they do not feel well or have tested positive for COVID-19. Notify your supervisor immediately, if you will not be on campus and fill out the Online COVID-19 Reporting form, if feeling at least one COVID-19 related symptom.
All employees, students, and volunteers, are required to provide certification of COVID-19 vaccination on or before January 31, 2022. Employees, students, and volunteers, may claim an exemption to the approved vaccine requirement in accordance with District procedures. Employees, students, and volunteers who do not provide certification of vaccination, obtain an authorized exemption, or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and provide proof of negative test results will be denied access to on-site campus/programs. All students, faculty and staff must complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Verification/Exemption Form (Affidavit).
Before entering campus, all employees must complete the COVID symptom checker process (SWAY App) no more than 2 hours before entering campus. Although all campus entrances are open, ALL employees entering campus MUST complete the SWAY App before coming to campus. To access the SWAY app paper form click here. To access the SWAY app paper form in Spanish click here.
The screening process is intended to keep people at home who are not feeling well.
To ensure your safety, and the safety of others, you must follow these protocols. If you do not, you will be asked to leave campus.
If you still have specific questions, please email us at email@example.com.
You may also wish to view more COVID-related topics and other helpful resources by visiting the sites on our left navigation menu.
If you do not pass the SWAY app, due to symptoms, you are required to complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form and inform your supervisor.
If you failed the SWAY app due to an exposure, come to work, wear a well fitted mask and submit a COVID-19 Reporting Form.
A COVID-19 Reporting Team Member will:
All criteria must be met before the employee will be allowed to return to campus/end mask requirement.
Do not come to campus if you feel ill or have tested positive for COVID-19. Report your illness using the online form.
Wearing a mask indoors is strongly recommended in public places to minimize your exposure.
Get tested, if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to an individual that is positive for COVID (3-5 days after last day of exposure).
Masks are strongly recommended to be worn indoors.
Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
Stay home and report all COVIDlike symptoms or positive test results to your supervisor
Fill out the COVID Self-Reporting Form
A COVID Reporting Team Member will:
Contact you within one business day for more information and to follow-up on symptoms.
Request information to help the Team identify any potential exposures for contact tracing purposes.
Notify your supervisor that you will not be allowed on campus until cleared by a COVID-19 Reporting Team member with a tentative return date.
Call you the day of your tentative return date or the first business day after to conduct a follow-up evaluation. If cleared, you may be allowed to return the next day.
All criteria must be met before you will be allowed to return to campus.
If you are already on campus and begin to exhibit symptoms, you may be asked to leave campus. Individuals who need to wait for a ride can do so at the Public Safety Office until they can get picked up by someone. It is important to keep in mind that if someone is experiencing shortness of breath 911 should be called immediately.
If you are exposed but do not have any symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:
College of the Desert is required to report all COVID-19 related incidents to Riverside County. We appreciate your support in helping us meet regulations and forward any reports for both online and hybrid students to the COVID Reporting Team.
If a student tells you that they are sick or tested positive to COVID19, your responsibility is to report it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This will allow a COVID Reporting Team member to reach out and conduct a contact tracing interview and ensure that safety protocols are in place.
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As students navigate the COVID19 pandemic, we want to support our students’ overall well-being. The Student Health and Wellness Center offers support for students in crisis. They include services such as mental health appointments, community resources and student workshops.
For more concerning student cases, please complete an Incident of Concern form to report a student’s well-being or behavioral issues to COD Assessment and Care Team.
Updated August 25, 2022