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 that requires all Bakersfield College students, employees, and visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have requested a medical or religious exemption. 

All individuals are required to follow safety guidelines and protocols to ensure all members of the community are safe. Understand that the guidelines and protocols are for the safety of everyone in the community, thus disregarding the guidelines and protocols that violate the college's protocols may be cause for disciplinary actions.

COVID-19 Protocols

The BC COVID Response Team has updated our COVID-19 protocols 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 update these protocols when necessary.

For contact tracing purposes, and in preparation should circumstances change, please continue to complete the Daily Health Checker and Self-Reporting forms prior to coming to campus using the KCCD Campus Pass App. Most importantly, do not come to campus if you are sick. 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.

Self-Reporting for COVID-19 Symptoms

Once individuals have received their COVID results, whether positive or negative, select the yellow design button titled, “Self-Reporting: COVID Test Self-Reporting” form within the KCCD Campus Pass App to upload a picture of the test results with the individual's name and date of the test clearly visible. Alternatively, if the individual has already taken a COVID test at a place of work or internship site, they may upload those results to the app, but the test results must be submitted in a timely manner. At-home COVID tests are NOT accepted.

  1. From the main screen in the KCCD Campus Pass App, select the Self-Reporting COVID Test Reporting form.
  2. Select answers from the prompts and submit.
  3. All submissions will initiate a response from the BC COVID Response Team, who will work with you to clear your pass or determine the next steps.

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, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, 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 until test results confirm negative. Notify your immediate supervisor or Instructor and the BC COVID-19 response team at covid19@bakersfieldcollege.edu 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.

COVID-19 Response Team

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. The BC COVID Response Team for Spring 2022 is led by Dr. Nicky Damania, BC Dean of Students, and Dr. Charles Collom, BC Director of Student Health and Wellness Center. Other members of the COVID Response Team include:

  • Tyler Thoms, Program Manager for COVID and Campus Health Initiatives
  • Mike Medeiros, Athletics Trainer-Program Director
  • Aaron Barber, Marketing and Public Relations
  • Marcos Rodriguez, Executive Director, Facilities and Operations
  • Christopher Glaser, Executive Secretary, College Safety
  • Richard McCrow, Dean of Instruction
  • Kathleen Rush, Department Chair
  • Trudi Blanco, BC Human Resources 
  • Joseph Grubbs, KCCD Risk Management Officer
  • Shehrazad Barraj, BCSGA Student Officer

If you have any questions, concerns, or observations of protocol violations, email covid19@bakersfieldcollege.edu. Please allow 1-2 business days for a response.