Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking indoors once fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have release updated guidance for vaccinated people based on new research on the Delta variant. To reduce personal risk and protect our community, we strongly urge every member of our community to be fully vaccinated at the BC Student Health and Wellness Center or schedule an appointment at MyTurn.ca.gov.
The Kern Community College District has mandated a vaccine requirement across all three colleges. BC students and employees will be required to provide proof of first vaccination by September 7 and proof of full vaccination by November 1. If you do not plan to be vaccinated, visit the Student Information Desk for assistance to transfer into an online course. For more information, including religious and medical exemptions, please visit the KCCD Coronavirus Update website.
Bakersfield College has expanded our in-person fall class offerings. We have created flexible learning options and have implemented CDC recommended safety protocols. Your choice for a quality education is now more flexible than ever! Faculty and staff are standing by to welcome you back or help you continue on your educational journey with child care, financial assistance, counseling, mental health services, and academic support.
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As a follow up to Chancellor Christian’s e-newsletter From the Chancellor's Desk on July 30, 2021, I think it is pertinent to inform our Campus Community of the BC Journey and where we are headed as we enter Fall 2021. This Renegade Roundup also includes the health and safety protocols we will be following as we continue our important work to ensure student success.
The BC COVID Response Team has updated our COVID-19 protocols for the Fall semester to align with the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Cal-OSHA guidelines. We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our campus community and will provide updates as they become available.
Our BC COVID-19 protocols have protected our community well and we remind every member of our community to follow them.
To ensure community health and personal safety, the BC COVID 19 Response Team reminds individuals of the following common health practices:
In March 2020, we were in the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the guidelines of local and state public health officials, the Bakersfield College COVID-19 Response Team made the difficult decision to proactively limit access to our campuses before the state’s first “Stay At Home” order. Almost 18 months later, we look forward to fully reintegrating back to the Home of the Renegades.
On June 15, 2021, California reopened its economy after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions. This reopening involved the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) relaxing its masking and social distancing guidelines for all Californians, especially those who are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, bringing California into alignment with the May 2021 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.
Throughout this pandemic, Bakersfield College has kept our local and college community informed about our decision-making processes with consistent updates through each moment of the pandemic and communicating our evolving phases of reopening. Changing local health conditions and public health orders will continue to require flexibility on the parts of all members of our Campus Community. Our ultimate goal is to get our students and employees back to campus, while also protecting the health and safety of our college community.
Planning for returning to campus this Fall started in the Spring 2021 semester. We convened four workgroups to focus on identifying faculty, staff, and student concerns as we developed plans for returning to face-to-face instruction and campus activities. Here is a snapshot of the efforts from the workgroups.
Being that this is an ever-evolving situation, flexibility remains key to our planning efforts going forward. As conditions and external requirements change, we will work to add in-person classes as needed to meet student enrollment patterns.
We have had a phased-in approach to the return over the summer, with individual departments and divisions being able to determine how best to provide services with a combination of in-person and remote work. In our communication in late Spring 2021, we outlined a phasing-in process with various outlines so that our campus was ready to serve our students prior to the start of the Fall instruction. It is my understanding that all our areas are fully back to campus and ready to meet our student needs. Those requiring an accommodation may request it through the Human Resources Office.
We all have a role in the fight against COVID-19 and preventing its spread. It is expected that all students and employees will actively participate in this shared responsibility and do their part by committing to the public health guidelines and BC protocols.
In addition, all employees play a role by:
The KCCD Campus Pass App is available for Android and iOS devices, and it’s easy to use. There is also a web-based version on the BC COVID website when a smart phone is not available or if you choose not to download the app to your phone.
All students and employees will use the KCCD Campus Pass App before coming to campus and entering classrooms or offices. Using the app involves two steps.
Features of the app include a self-reporting form and push notification to remind you to complete the Daily Health Checker form before coming onto campus. As a reminder, the KCCD Campus Pass App is used as a tool to assist the BC COVID Response Team in the event of an exposure and does not track your location. Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, can complete a self-reporting form to inform the BC COVID Response Team of their test results. This may trigger a communication from the BC Response Team. Review the Campus Pass App webpage for more information
To ensure a safe return to campus, the following information is provided, but is subject to change per new developments.
|Classes||Mix of online, hybrid and in-person|
|Vaccination||All students and employees required to provide proof of first vaccination by September 7 and full vaccination by Nov. 1, 2021|
|Surveillance Testing||Required only for specified groups|
|Quarantine Period||Ten days, per county health guidelines|
|Social Distancing||No restrictions except for large gatherings, but be respectful of personal space|
|Face Coverings||Required indoors in all campus buildings|
|Sanitization||Per Cal-OSHA standards; PPE is available upon request|
|Access||Facilities open to public|
|Ventilation||All buildings on campus are equipped with bipolar ionization systems and additional portable air purifier units where deemed necessary|
|Self-Assessment||Required via the App prior to access to campus|
|Employee Return||Employees to return to designated worksites by August 2|
|Accommodation Requests||Submitted to HR and considered on a case-by-case basis|
It is a shared responsibility to ensure the safety of our community. While the Campus Pass App is a tool, it is only as good as the honest information received and consistent usage of the app.
You might be asking who is the “BC COVID Response Team”' for Fall 2021? The lead individuals are Dr. Nicky Damania, BC Dean of Students, and Professor Jennifer Johnson, BC Health Coordinator. As we enter into the Fall 2021, this team will be expanding. If you have recommendations or would like to be appointed to the team, email your interest to email@example.com while copying your dean or supervisor.
Here are a few examples for when you should connect with the BC COVID Response Team:
The BC COVID Response Team will be hosting two workshops for faculty and staff to attend during Flex Week, so please register and attend those sessions. Additionally, reference the following resources for additional guidance:
If you have any questions, concerns, or observations of protocol violations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 24 hours for a response.
Using the KCCD Campus Pass App is crucial to maintain the health and safety of our campus community. To date, our COVID-19 protocols have protected our community well and if we all continue to do our part, we can beat this-TOGETHER!