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The District is monitoring both the COVID-19 pandemic and the monkeypox outbreak in San Diego County. Below is information on both.

COVID-19 requirements 

For employees

Due to the emergence of the COVID-19 variants BA.4 and BA.5 and increased positive case rates in San Diego County, indoor masking and face-coverings will be mandatory for all employees as of July 18, 2022, and will remain in place until September 19, 2022, at which time the District will evaluate the current state of the pandemic.

Outdoor face-coverings are not required but are strongly recommended. Face-coverings are not required in closed offices, and unvaccinated employees should continue to mask in accordance with their accommodation.

If an employee presents symptoms of COVID-19, they are required to depart from campus immediately. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay home for at least 5 days after the start of the symptoms or after the date of the first positive test if no symptoms are present. Employees can return to work after day 5 of isolation if symptoms are improving and a negative COVID-19 test is submitted to HR.  If you are unable to test or continue to test positive after day 5, you may return to work after day 10 as long as you are fever-free for 24 hours.

For students

Beginning Fall 2022, students are no longer required to be vaccinated. The District strongly encourages everyone to fully vaccinate for their own protection and the protection of others. Those who are not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while in a classroom or student-support area (i.e. counseling, financial aid, etc.). Masks in other areas and outdoors are not required but are strongly encouraged where social distancing is not possible.

If a student has been exposed to COVID-19, they should complete the following instructions:

  1. If the student is not presenting symptoms of COVID-19, they do not need to quarantine.
  2. The student should get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of the last exposure. Testing materials can be found on Cuyamaca’s campus at the Cuyamaca Health and Wellness Center, Campus and Parking Safety, and the Administration building. Grossmont College offers at-home tests at the Campus Health Center, District Human Resources, the Office of the President, and Campus and Parking Safety. Additional testing sites can be found around the county.
  3. If a student has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days and monitor their symptoms.
  4. If the student tests positive and develops symptoms, isolation should occur. Please contact the Grossmont College Health and Wellness Center at (619) 644-7192 or health@gcccd.edu or the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center at (619)660-4200 or cuyamaca.wellness@gcccd.edu for further information and instructions.

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SB 114)

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave is available under some scenarios in cases occurring January 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022.

2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provides for two separate banks of leave, each up to 40 hours.

To receive this paid leave for time missed, employees must complete an official COVID-19 intake call with HR, and meet the eligibility criteria outlined by SB 114. Please reach out to Michael Walker in HR if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Employee vaccination documentation

All employees of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. 

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but have not provided documentation, you must submit:

  • A form stating you are fully vaccinated
  • The date of your most recent vaccination dose
  • A copy of your vaccination record card, State of California SMART Health Card showing your vaccination record, email confirmation of vaccination, or other documentation showing you have been fully vaccinated
  • Authorization for the District to use information about your vaccination status for employment-related reasons.

Directions on how to upload vaccination into Workday are available here.

Vaccine exemptions and accommodations 

Some students and employees submitted religious or medical COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests. Human Resources and Health and Safety specialists reviewed the requests.  

The District then looked at approved exemptions to determine if unvaccinated individuals could be safely accommodated on campus. Many details were reviewed and considered before making final accommodation decisions. Factors considered included locations and functions of a position and amounts of direct contact with others. We are constantly monitoring the public health situation. 

Out of the District’s 2,417 active District employees, just 88 submitted exemption requests. All exemptions were granted. About two thirds (2/3) of accommodations were ether approved or the situations resolved themselves (i.e. the employee got vaccinated). One third (1/3) of accommodations were denied.  

Some exempted students were accommodated by continuing on-campus studies, depending on the discipline, while others were accommodated through online classes. Some exempted employees were accommodated depending on the details and requirements of their job, and others were accommodated by using leave time. All accommodated individuals must wear a mask and test while on campus. 

Monkeypox Information

The federal, state and county governments have declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency. Although the total number of monkeypox infections in San Diego County is relatively low (239 confirmed and probable cases as of August 23 2022), it’s important that you are aware of the symptoms, treatment and prevention of the virus.

While the CDC and the California Department of Public Health have not issued guidance suggesting changes in the way we conduct business in the workplace, we want to share information and resources from the County of San Diego to help you learn more about the spread of monkeypox.

Overview of monkeypox

Monkeypox is a virus that spreads between people primarily through:

  • Direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids;
  • Respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or contaminated clothing, bedding, or towels (i.e., via fomites);
  • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.

Symptoms include fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches and a rash on the face and or body parts.

If you think you have the monkeypox rash and want to get tested, or have any other health concerns, please contact your healthcare provider.

As we start the fall semester, the District will continue to share information about this virus as it becomes available.   Your safety and well-being remains a top priority.

Steps to take for more information on monkeypox

  • Visit the County of San Diego’s monkeypox website, which has answers to many common questions as well as the latest data on reported cases.
  • Sign up for text updates from the County on monkeypox. Text “COSD MONKEYPOX” to 468-311. (phone users: tap to create the message

Campus links

More information is available on the Cuyamaca and Grossmont college campus’ Safe Return to Campus webpages. Cuyamaca | Grossmont

For information on accessing online services, visit Grossmont Student Support and Cuyamaca Student Support.

 

Covid-19 cases on campus

 The District provides weekly updates on COVID-19 cases. Updates include the total number of student and employee cases, and the testing positivity rate.    

 

Support services available

The Employee Assistance Program is available to provide information and referrals on a variety of personal needs, including:

  • Referrals to adult/elder and child/parenting support services, in addition to non-medical support with chronic conditions
  • Referrals for household services, shopping, entertainment, health and wellness and other personal services (dog walkers, tailors, translators)

To reach the service provider, OptumHealth, call 1-888-625-4809 or visit www.liveandworkwell.com. For more information, visit this District Human Resources Benefits Intranet page.

Employee training materials related to COVID-19 are available on the District’s Human Resources COVID-19 Resources Intranet page. Information covers the COVID-19 Daily checklist, Cal/OSHA requirements, and personal well-being. Among the helpful resources are a presentation (Webinar and PDF slides) on maintaining peace of mind during challenging times.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the San Diego Access & Crisis Line 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at 888-724-7240. Online chat services are also available Monday through Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.

 

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