Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Last Updated: March 9, 2021
The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are of utmost importance to the San Bernardino Community College District. To that effect, we are providing regular updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) via e-mail as well as on this web page.
The Latest COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Available to Education Employees and Individuals Ages 65+
As of March 1st, San Bernardino County Public Health is making COVID-19 vaccinations available to those individuals in Phase 1B, Tier 1, which includes education employees.
All qualified individuals must either live or work in San Bernardino County in order to receive the vaccination in SB County.
County-Hosted Vaccination Sites
Please pay special attention to which Phases/Tiers are available at any given County-hosted vaccination site, as not all County-hosted sites are open to Phase 1B Tier 1 individuals.
For a list of County-hosted sites, and to register, click here.
NOTE: For your First-Dose appointment at the County site, do NOT click on the "Second Dose Appointments" page to register. You want to access only the "Appointments" page on the SB County website. The sites listed on the Second Dose Appointments page is for Second-Dose appointments only. If you get vaccinated at a County site, you WILL need to return to the Second Dose Appointments page to schedule your Second-Dose appointment. To schedule your Second-Dose appointment at a County-hosted site, click here.
Also note that many pharmacies, including Costco, Vons/Albertsons, and "mom-and-pop" independent pharmacies (in Chino and Upland) are also vaccinating education employees at this time. For a list of participating pharmacies and to register, click here.
Loma Linda University Health is vaccinating education employees as well, who live or work in San Bernardino County. Click here to access the LLUH registration portal.
Note that if you are a current LLUH patient, you can register for a vaccination regardless of your county of residence, as long as you meet the distribution tier guidelines currently in effect.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
Make sure to bring the following documents to your appointment:
- ID Card (Driver's License)
- Vaccination Card (for your Second-Dose Appointment)
- Recent pay stub showing employment at SBCCD
- Insurance Card (for charge-back of any applicable administration costs. Out-of-pocket cost should be zero.)
Vaccinations for Students
Unfortunately, students remain ineligible for COVID-19 vaccinations per the guidance from SB County. We will let you know once students are eligible.
SB County Remains in Purple Tier of the State's Reopening Blueprint
On January 25th, Governor Newsom lifted the Regional Stay-at-Home Orders throughout the State. All Counties return to the previous Purple-Red-Orange-Yellow tiered system which was in place immediately before the Regional order was enacted.
San Bernardino County returns to the Purple Tier (most restrictive).
Per the SB County press release, the following will be implemented immediately:
- In-person gatherings are now permitted for up to members of 3 households.
- Restaurants may now provide outdoor dining. (Any indoor dining remains prohibited until the County reaches the Red tier.)
- Hair and nail salons, barbershops, and other personal services may now reopen with limited capacity.
- Grocery stores may expand capacity to 50%, from 35%.
- Other retailers may increase capacity to 25%, from 20%.
- Hotels and other short-term rental lodging can service non-essential patrons, with restrictions.
- Museums and zoos can resume outside operations.
SBCCD campuses and District sites will remain closed to the public, with most instruction and academic services occurring online/virtually.
For more information on services now available and what remains closed, please see the County's January 25th press release here.
CDC Requiring All Inbound International Travelers to Get COVID-19 Tested
As of January 26, the CDC will require all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flights departs, and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information and FAQs, please visit the CDC website.
Local COVID-19 Updates
State's Face Covering Mandate is Still in Effect
On November 16, the California Department of Public Health issued updated guidance on the use of face coverings. With few exceptions, Californians must wear face coverings when they are outside the home.
For the full guidance, please visit the CDPH website.
Face Covering Guidance for SBCCD
At this time, employees are strongly encouraged to continue working from home unless critical tasks require your presence on site. Please make sure you have your supervisor's approval before coming on site.
If you are an essential employee and currently working on site, please wear a face covering, in keeping with the Governor's public health order.
Any students or visitors who are on campus (for essential purposes only) must also wear a face covering.
Face masks are still available for SBCCD employees reporting to work on site. Employees should inquire with their managers. District Office essential employees can inquire with Michael Nguyen to obtain a face mask.
Please keep in mind that wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing and frequent hand-washing. STAYING AT HOME is still the single best way of protecting the health of yourself and others.
COVID-19 Testing Sites
Please visit the SB County's website here for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 locations, dates, and eligibility criteria, as well as to make an appointment for COVID-19 testing.
San Bernardino County encourages all residents get tested for COVID-19, regardless of whether they have ever been symptomatic.
Appointments are strongly recommended. Some testing sites accept walk-ins, but appointment clients will be given priority status. San Bernardino County residents can make an appointment on the County's COVID-19 website. Residents that cannot access the form online can call the County COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 and staff can assist in completing the request form.
Walk-up County-hosted testing sites will be asking clients to conduct their own nasal swabs. To watch a tutorial on YouTube, click here.
All clients must wear face coverings upon arrival.
SB County's COVID-19 Response
For more information on the County's COVID-19 response and the latest SB County press releases, please visit CountyWire.
Recommendations for Students, Faculty & Staff on Campus
During this time, a limited number of students, faculty and staff members are on campus or District sites. For everyone's health and safety, please adhere to the following guidelines:
Face Covering - please wear it to help keep one another safe.
Social Distancing - please keep at least 6 feet away from others.
Hand-washing - wash your hands often, with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time.
Stay Home if You Are Sick - this is especially important to control the spread of COVID-19 and other infections. You should also remain at home if someone in your household has been infected with COVID-19, or if you have recently returned from international travel (see Travel Updates below).
Spring 2021 courses will be administered virtually, with the exception of a handful of courses. Please check your campus website and emails for the most up-to-date information.
Campus facilities remain closed (except where indicated below) and students and visitors should remain off campus except to conduct essential business.
Available Campus Services
Crafton Hills College
- Open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm for in-person visits.
- Curbside pickup available in Lot C, Wednesday - Friday, 9am - 3pm.
- To place an online order, visit the CHC Bookstore website.
- Open to students only with Student ID.
- Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm.
- Self-serve available 12pm - 4:30pm (limited stock)
- Note: NEW Location - Student Life Office (CCR-150)
- Open for lap swim Monday-Thursday 9:30am - 1:30pm and Friday 10am - 1:30pm.
- For more information, visit the Aquatics website.
San Bernardino Valley College
Valley 360 Resource Center - Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 am to 3 pm
- Location: West side of Library, facing AutoZone
- Students must provide proof of current enrollment. (Show student ID card or provide number)
- Students must wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
- Limit one visit per week.
- For more information, please visit the Valley 360 website.
Faculty and staff members should continue to work remotely. Essential employees will continue working as they currently are, while maintaining social distancing per the Governor's order.
Department leaders will inform staff members where and how they should report to work. Those who are unsure if they should report to campus or the district office should reach out to their managers directly.
Personal (Leisure) Travel Guidance
Travelers may present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel, to waive the 10-day quarantine requirement.
The State of Hawai'i will only accept test results from trusted testing and travel partners.
For more information on Hawaii's COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements, as well as a list of accepted test providers, please visit the State of Hawaii's COVID-19 website.
Please note that as of January 2021, the vast majority of international destinations remain under either the CDC Level 2, 3, or 4 Travel Health Notice. Non-essential travel to Levels 2-4 countries should be avoided.
For a list of current CDC travel advisories, please visit the CDC Travel Health Notices website.
After You Travel
The CDC recommends that you take the following steps after you arrive home from travel:
- Get tested 3-5 days after travel and
- Reduce non-essential activities for 7 days after travel (even with a negative test result); 10 days if you do not get tested.
Recognize that you and your travel companions, including children, may pose a risk to your family, friends and community after you travel, even if you feel well and do not have symptoms.
Please refer to the following excerpt from the District's Return to the Workplace Plan (see link at the top of this page):
Until the State rescinds the Stay-at-Home order and large gatherings are allowed to resume per local/County orders, employees and students should not expect to attend conferences or meetings within the State. (This includes events within driving distance.) Most reputable event organizers will be following State and County guidance before scheduling a conference or other major event.
When considering out-of-state or international travel, the following questions should be considered:
1. Is the event allowed by the local jurisdiction, based upon anticipated number of attendees? (Answer should be yes)
2. Is the event organizer following all local and state COVID-19 guidance? (Answer should be yes)
3. Is there a CDC advisory warning travelers against non-essential travel domestically/internationally? (Answer should be no)
4. Is there a CDC advisory warning travelers not to travel to the city/state where the event is to be held? (Answer should be no)
5. Is there a state/local requirement for travelers to self-quarantine for XX days upon arrival? (Answer should be no)
6. Is there a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the local area during the time leading up to the event? (Answer should be no)
If one can answer all of the preceding questions with the indicated answers, it is most likely safe to travel to the event. Keep in mind that other conditions, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings, may apply during travel (particularly air travel) and upon arrival at your destination.
To check on the latest CDC guidance for travel, please visit the CDC web page (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices).
The final decision on whether or not work-related travel is permissible lies with the Chancellor. Travel approval may depend on various factors such as mode of travel, destination, and duration of trip.
Where possible, employees and students should book with airline carriers, rental car companies, and hotels with flexible cancellation policies. Please note that that a travel credit (for future use of the funds) is not the same as a refund.
The spring Commencement exercises for CHC and SBVC were held virtually.
Per the guidance issued by San Bernardino County's acting public health officer on March 17, 2020, all public events on campus of any size are cancelled until further notice. SBCCD will continue to monitor developments and follow the recommendations made by the State Chancellor's Office, the CDC and local and state health agencies.
Here are a few simple but effective steps you can take to prevent becoming ill and control the spread of viruses:
- If you exhibit symptoms indicative of COVID-19, it is highly recommended that you get tested for COVID-19. For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms, please visit the CDC website. If you are an SBCCD employee and test positive for COVID-19, please inform SBCCD Human Resources and await further instruction from an HR staff member.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze. If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your elbow. Discard the tissue and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Wear a face covering when interacting with others in a public setting - especially in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting, due to the severe global shortage of supplies. Wearing cloth face masks is strongly recommended during this time when going out in public. However, the best way to prevent the spread of germs is to stay home if you are sick.
Emergency Notifications and E-mail Updates
Please note that SBCCD is using the Regroup emergency notification system to inform students, faculty and staff of campus closures, schedule changes and general COVID-19 updates. You are strongly encouraged to log on to WebAdvisor and check that your emergency contact information is current. For more information and to log in, please visit this link: SBCCD Emergency Preparedness
Frequently Asked Questions
Please visit this page for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the coronavirus: Coronavirus FAQs