Bakersfield College

Cheerleaders dance with masks on in front of the Campus Center.

COVID-19 Information

Based on the changing local, state, and federal guidelines, Bakersfield College will no longer require employees and students to wear masks while indoors regardless of vaccination status. The College will follow the current guidelines and apply a “strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccination status, continue to mask while in indoor public settings and businesses” per the California Department of Public Health. Individuals will still be able to obtain masks at all of our locations as they have been a proven way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

We urge anyone who is not yet vaccinated, or up-to-date with their boosters, to receive their free vaccination as soon as you are eligible. The BC Student Health and Wellness Center is still administering COVID19 vaccinations, boosters, and COVID tests from 9:00AM to 3:00PM, Mondays to Thursdays, in the new Administrative Services Building on the Panorama campus. Proof of vaccination records will still be accepted via the KCCD Campus Pass App, however, there will no longer be any COVID-related restrictions placed on class registration.

COVID Protocol: Individuals who are not feeling well should stay home and contact their health care provider and notify their instructor(s). Masks are still strongly encouraged on campus and vaccination remains the most reliable preventative measure. Protocols are subject to change. Contact the BC COVID Response Team at or 661-395-4773 if you test positive or have questions regarding the BC COVID protocols.

In general, the following grid provides advice on what you can expect when students contact the BC COVID Response Team. In all circumstances, do not return unless your symptoms have resolved, and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication.  We continue to employ the following COVID-19 mitigation strategies:

  • Masks are strongly recommended, not required indoors - Face masks will continue to be available to all staff and students.
  • Stay home when sick and get tested – If you are experiencing COVID Symptoms – get tested.
  • Hand Hygiene – Hand sanitizer will continue to be available; frequent hand washing is recommended.
  • Cleaning – College will continue to follow CDPH guidance on cleaning/sanitizing.
  • Ventilation – High-grade filters and HEPA filters will remain a standard in our district.