VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: To preserve the health and safety of all students, employees, and the public, everyone on campus must wear a mask and show proof of COVID 19 Vaccination as of 11/01/2021.
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Bakersfield College

COVID-19 Protocols

The BC COVID Response Team continuously updates the BC COVID-19 protocols 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 providing 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.

Student Health and Safety Safety/Requirements

BC offers a variety of course options (e.g, in-person, online, and hybrid) to best serve students’ needs. As we continue to provide in-person activities, we are prioritizing the health and safety of the entire campus community. For those attending in-person classes please note that the Kern Community College District has implemented a vaccine requirement. BC students are required to provide proof of full vaccination before the first day of instruction.

Additionally, masks must be worn indoors, and health check-ins will be required each day using the KCCD Campus Pass app. Students should download the app. For more information, review the BC COVID-19 Protocols.

If students do not confirm their vaccination status or receive an approved exemption before the first day of instruction, they will receive a RED Campus Pass on their KCCD Campus Pass App. Individuals with a RED Campus Pass will not be allowed to access any KCCD campus property, including in-person instruction and student services.

All students are required to follow safety guidelines and protocols to ensure all members of the community are safe. Understand that the guidelines are for the safety of everyone in the community, thus disregarding the guidelines violates the student code of conduct and may be cause for removal and referral to the Dean of Students for disciplinary actions. The following guidelines are required for all students to adhere to when partaking in activities on the physical campus.

COVID-19 Protocols

The BC COVID Response Team has updated our COVID-19 protocols for the semester to align with the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Cal-OSHA guidelines. All individuals are asked to follow public health guidelines and Bakersfield College protocols to help protect themselves and others. We are committed to maintaining the health and safety of our campus community and will provide updates as they become available.

  1. Stay home if you do not feel well and contact your medical provider if you develop symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, a new loss of taste or smell. Notify your professor if you are unable to attend the class and ensure you get the materials missed from class.
  2. All students and employees will complete the Health Checker via the KCCD Campus Pass app before coming to campus.
  3. Individuals will scan the QR Codes as they move around campus and as they enter classrooms and offices
  4. Masks are required to be worn by students, employees, and visitors indoors on our campus properties until further notice. The mask must cover your mouth and nose. Do not remove the mask until off-campus or in your car.  Face coverings will be available upon request.
  5. Social/physical distancing requirements have been removed with the exception of large gatherings.

Common Health Practices

To ensure community health and personal safety, the BC COVID 19 Response Team reminds individuals of the following common health practices:

  • Stay home if you do not feel well and contact your medical provider if you develop symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, a new loss of taste or smell.
  • If a member of your household is testing or tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay home for 10 days from the test date and self-quarantine. Notify your immediate supervisor or Instructor and the BC COVID-19 response team for the next steps.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Monitor your daily health: Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, notify your primary care provider.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Practice social distancing when appropriate.

Student Conduct Statement

Bakersfield College seeks an environment that promotes academic achievement and integrity, which is protective of free inquiry and serves the educational mission of the College. Similarly, the College seeks a community that is free from violence, threats, intimidation, and sexual misconduct; that is respectful of the rights, opportunities, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and guests of the College, and that does not threaten the physical or mental health or safety of members of the College community.

It is illegal to submit fraudulent or counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards (see FBI Guidance). It is also illegal to claim an exemption or accommodation on false, misleading, or dishonest grounds. Any student found to have submitted fraudulent or counterfeit records, or false, misleading, or dishonest information about their vaccination status, medical need for an exemption or their sincerely held religious beliefs will be referred to the Dean of Student Life. Consequences may include, but are not limited, to expulsion from the College.

Students are expected at all times to act in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Conduct, which is set forth by the KCCD Board Policy 4F7. The Student Code of Conduct remains in place for all students whether engaging in co-curricular activities or in a course that is offered in-person, online, or remotely. Students shall respect constituted authority, including conformance to federal and state laws, board policy, college protocols, and applicable provisions of civil law. All forms of misconduct may result in one or more of the following consequences: removal from class, referral to the Dean of Instruction, and/or disciplinary actions by the Dean of Students. A student’s failure to act in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Conduct shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not limited to the removal, suspension, or expulsion.

The Renegade Shared Responsibility

The Bakersfield College Renegade Community has a role in the fight against COVID-19 and preventing its spread. It is expected that all students, employees, and guests will actively participate in this shared responsibility and do their part by committing to the public health guidelines and BC protocols.

Before Arrival at the Campus

  • Do a self-check for COVID symptoms and check your own temperature if you feel warm.
  • Complete the Daily Health Checker and get your Camps Pass via the KCCD Campus Pass App
    • If you do not identify any COVID-related symptoms, you will receive a Green Campus Pass. A Green Campus Pass allows you to engage in in-person campus activities (attend classes in person, office visits, utilize labs, etc.).
    • If you identify any COVID-related symptoms, you will receive a Red Campus Pass. Students should notify their instructor(s) if they are unable to come to campus. Employees should notify their supervisor if unable to come to work. Red passes may trigger a call from the BC COVID Response Team. The Team works with this person to clear them for return to campus or determine the next steps.

Upon Arrival to a BC Campus Property

  • Masks are required to be worn by students, employees, and visitors indoors on our campus properties until further notice. Do not remove the mask until off-campus or in your car. Face coverings are provided upon request
  • Do not congregate in halls or common spaces before or after classes or events
  • Refrain from touching mask and/or face
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

While in the Classroom or Other Campus Spaces

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Scan the QR Codes as you move around campus and as you enter classrooms and offices
  • If using specialized equipment including classroom technology, must wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after use
  • Upon request, participate in the cleaning of the classroom environment at the end of the class

After Completion of Class or Event

  • Avoid staying in indoor spaces around campus more than needed
  • Wash hands after exiting the space