The campus re-opening has been carefully planned with your health and safety in mind. With that in mind, we have implemented a 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.
Before entering campus, all individuals must complete the COVID symptom checker, temperature check and screening process (SWAY App) no more than 2 hours before entering campus. For all campus locations, be sure to allow extra time to get to class as the COVID screening process can take up to 6 minutes to complete when first using the SWAY App. For individuals that are unable to download the SWAY app, we have an alternate paper screening option available at the check-in area for each campus location.
Screening process to keep people at home who are not feeling well
Face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided as necessary
Follow all installed signage regarding safety protocols
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 COVID@collegeofthedesert.edu.
You may also wish to view more COVID-related topics and other helpful resources by visiting the sites on our left navigation menu.
Allow extra time to get to your class/office.
Palm Desert - whether you are driving a vehicle, riding a bike, walking, etc., you must enter campus from the Fred Waring entrance to be screened.
Indio Campus - enter the building from the breezeway.
Temporary Palm Springs Campus - enter the campus from the main gate; this is the only entry point.
You will need to show proof of completing the SWAY Medical symptom checker App, and demonstrate you are wearing a mask. Masks will be provided if you forget yours.
For all campus locations, be sure to allow extra time to get to your classroom or office as the COVID screening process can take up to 6 minutes to complete when first using the SWAY App. Downloading the App ahead of time can help shorten wait times.
If you pass the symptom checker, you will be given a wristband and allowed to enter campus and report to your classroom, lab or office.
If you do not pass the symptom checker, you may be denied access to campus for the day. It is very important if you are not feeling well to notify your supervisor and stay home.
Your supervisor will email email@example.com to inform them of your absence.
A COVID-19 Reporting Team Member will:
All criteria must be met before the employee will be allowed to return to campus.
Do not come to campus if you feel ill. Report your illness using the online form.
Get vaccinated. This is not currently mandated by COD, but vaccination is the most effective COVID prevention/mitigation tool available to protect you, your classmates and those around you. View Riverside County Vaccination sites. The College is also an approved vaccination site.
Wear a mask indoors in public places to minimize your exposure.
Get tested. Refer to the College’s COVID-Prevention Plan for more information.
Masks must be worn indoors at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided upon entering campus.
Maintain social distancing.
No eating or drinking inside the classroom.
Wash or sanitize hands frequently.
Report all COVID-19 illness/exposure/contact/positive test results to your supervisor immediately. A member of the COVID-19 Reporting Team will follow-up with you over the phone with any potential next steps.
Anyone exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine according to CDC and Riverside County guidelines. For questions regarding quarantine requirements and leave, contact Human Resources at 760-773-2529.
Non-compliant individuals will be reminded of and asked to follow all safety protocols. If they refuse and non-compliance continues, Public Safety will be notified and the individual will be removed from campus.
If you feel unsafe at any time during an interaction with a non-compliant individual, contact Public Safety immediately at 760-341-2111. If it is an emergency situation, call 911 from a campus phone (where possible).
College of the Desert is required to report all COVID19 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 COVID19 Reporting Team member to reach out and conduct a contact tracing interview and ensure that safety protocols are in place.
Please email email@example.com with the following information:
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 27, 2021