COVID-19 Campus Guide for Students

AVC Do Your Part Logo Students,

The health and safety of the entire AVC community is our top priority, guiding each decision we make about campus operations. The information in this COVID-19 Campus Guide will answer many questions about personal and shared responsibilities. We all need to DO OUR PART in keeping each other safe and healthy.

We expect any student who visits campus for any reason to follow the guidelines below. All student services can be accessed remotely (there is a link below to those contacts), by appointment or walk-in.

We will continue to make additions to the guide and urge all of you to review this Guide in its entirety, then return to it as needed.
 

Communication Sent Thursday, March 10, 2022

Recently the Governor, California Public Health and L.A. County Public Health have dramatically changed the COVID response mask protocols. These changes impact all institutions across the state and county.

K-12 institutions, which includes the Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) and SOAR High School, will eliminate the masking mandates effective after Friday, March 11, 2022. This means masks will no longer be required indoors or outdoors, for events and activities, with few exceptions.

Based upon these changes in mask protocols and the rapidly declining positive testing and hospitalization rates, AVC will make the following adjustments effective Monday, March 14, 2022:

The masking mandate for both indoors and outdoors, will be lifted and masks will no longer be required. Masks will be optional but strongly recommended, particularly in congested indoor areas. This will be consistent with the AVUHSD and SOAR High School, and the lift of the masking mandate for our Child Development Center.

Click here for more information about LA County’s protocols.

As a reminder, AVC does not have a vaccine mandate, however vaccinations are strongly encouraged. Regular testing is available on campus daily from 9 am to 5 pm (fees may apply).

Please complete the required daily self-screening survey before coming to campus or upon arrival. Continue to social distance where possible, wash hands frequently, cough or sneeze away from people and into your elbow and if you do not feel well, please stay home and notify your instructor or supervisor.

As a community college, we have done an excellent job of navigating the past two years under circumstances that were ever changing and never before experienced: there was no playbook or policy manual available. Every agency, institution, government body, etc., approached this pandemic differently. I am very proud of all of you for your commitment to our community and students.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our campus community safe and healthy.

 

PERSONAL PROTOCOLS

Please report all positive COVID-19 cases for students to avc@pubseg.com.

The health and wellness protocols implemented are based on the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and California state guidance.

  • Students must not come to campus if they are sick.
  • Students are required to conduct a self-screening and self-temperature monitoring no later than when arriving at an AVC facility.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended, especially in congested indoor areas.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 it is important to note you may not become sick nor show symptoms. Symptoms vary with some people experiencing no or very mild symptoms while others experience very severe symptoms. These symptoms usually appear in 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever greater than 100.4 F, or feeling feverish
  • Chills or repeated shaking with chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste and/or smell

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, stay home. Contact avc@pubseg.com and your primary care provider to discuss next steps. COVID-19 Testing is available through the county and your healthcare provider. Additionally, testing is available on campus as sent out through weekly updates.

Please remember that student health issues are confidential.

All students who enter an AVC facility shall complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-screening survey prior to arriving at the AVC facility. The survey is located on the myAVC home tab. For more information: AVC Self-Screening Survey for COVID-19 Protocol.

Per CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions include: over 65 years of age, severe asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, serious heart conditions, chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis, severe obesity, liver disease, pregnancy, and immunocompromised – HIV, AIDS, chemo-therapy patients, transplant recipients, on immune-suppressing medications, etc. If you think you are considered high risk and need assistance, please contact your health care provider.

Face coverings are strongly recommended for all students:

  • It is strongly recommended for students to wear face coverings at work while indoors.
    • Face coverings are also recommended for unvaccinated persons outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • The purpose of face covering is to keep your respiratory droplets from spreading into other’s breathing zones. Face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Additional information about face coverings can be found at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
  • If accommodations are required, please contact HR at contacthr@avc.edu.

The best way to prevent infection is to practice good hygiene. The main routes for a virus to enter your body are through eyes, nose, and mouth. Students are encouraged to:

  • Wash your hands with soap often throughout the day for at least 20 seconds and/or use sanitizer often while on campus.
  • Avoid touching your face, whenever possible, especially with unclean hands. If you touch your face, wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • If handwashing facilities are not available, hand sanitizer with 60% or higher alcohol content is a good substitute. Make sure to continue to rub your hands on all surfaces, just as you would if washing, until the hand sanitizer has evaporated completely.
  • Avoid touching surfaces like door knobs and elevator buttons, whenever possible, with bare hands. Use a clean tissue, shirt sleeve, or your elbow.
  • If you cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Tissues must be thrown in the trash, followed by hand washing.

At this time social and physical distancing is not a requirement. There are several exceptions that may apply:

  • Additional protective measures may be implemented, including the use of physical distancing and barriers to prevent transmission of disease. These exceptions will be accessed as necessary.
  • During an outbreak (3 or more students in an exposed group), we are required to evaluate whether physical distancing or barriers are necessary to control the transmission of COVID-19.
  • Physical distancing and barriers must be used in a major outbreak (20 or more students in an exposed group) for all students, regardless of vaccination status.

LOCATION-BASED PROTOCOLS

Students are encouraged to maintain distancing in common areas, if feasible. Common areas include public corridors, lobbies, indoor seating areas, etc. It is important to be respectful of everyone’s space during this time. Please adhere to the following guidance:

  • Limit what surfaces you touch in common areas.
  • Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds. You may use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as an alternative if handwashing is not available.
  • Wash hands with soap before and after touching common area surfaces.
  • It is suggested that you disinfect common area phones or computers before and after use.

Barrier recommendations have been removed.

Occupancy limit recommendations have been removed.

Facilities Services will provide cleaning and disinfection services for the campus, focusing on public areas such as public restrooms. Students shall assist in keeping workspaces clean and disinfected. Disinfection supplies should be supplied by Facilities Services in order to ensure products meet EPA criteria for COVID-19 disinfection.

As recommended by the CDC, if a student tests positive for COVID-19 and has been on campus within the past 24 hours, Facilities Services will be contacted by HR to clean and disinfect the  areas. Entire buildings will not be shut down unless warranted. If you have any questions, concerns or comments related to campus cleanliness please contact HR at contacthr@avc.edu.

Spaces or areas of specific use; such as, classrooms, offices, public areas, the library, labs, common facilities, etc., are open.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROTOCOLS

View the AVC Continuity of Instruction Plan for students and faculty in face-to-face courses who may be impacted by COVID infections.

There are multiple instructional delivery methods and modalities:

  • In Person Face-to-Face (F2F) - These are 100% face-to-face courses.
  • Online Distance Ed (DEd) - These are traditional online courses that typically list as "Online" on the schedule and are also known as Asynchronous Distance Education, where you work alone. There are no live meetings and you work entirely online and independently.
  • In Person Blended (BLE) - These classes will include in-person and online instruction. When not in the classroom, students will also learn and participate online.
  • Hybrid (HYB) - These classes have an in-person orientation and may also have in-person tests. All instruction will be held online.

Live on campus following all protocols.

Blended service maintaining protocols and staffing accordingly.

The Lancaster and Palmdale Bookstores are open for service. Performing Arts Theater is open. This is subject to change.

Student Support Services are currently being reviewed more information to come soon.

  • All health services, including mental health, must be available to students. An information and referral resources point of contact must be available in the remote environment. Student Services has developed this referral resources link and keeps it updated and published frequently to all students.
  • Academic and Career planning services are available, personally by appointment and remotely.
  • Financial Aid services are available, personally by appointment and remotely.
  • Bookstore is open.
  • Marauder Market through Hearts and Hands is providing bi-weekly fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Housing services and assistance is available through the Student Life office.
  • Books Help is available to students.
  • Free AVTA bus passes are available through the Campus Connect pass program to eligible students.
  • Parking passes are available through the Cashier's Office.

Chrome books and laptops are available to students on loan through ITS, approximately 700 platforms are in use or available. ITS is pursuing the possibility of securing remote "hot spots" for students. Assistance will continue to be offered, as available.

RESOURCES

Having basic needs met and being safe and secure has been shown to have a direct impact on the mental-emotional-physical health, wellness, academic performance, professional development, and success of students. AVC works with community partners to increase accessibility to food, housing, hygiene needs, financial resources, mental health and other basic needs for our students. Please visit www.avc.edu/basicneeds for more detail. Students can contact the Dean of Students can contact the Dean of Student Life and Services office at studentlife@avc.edu for on and off campus resources to help students be successful. 

CVC.edu

  • California Virtual College is an additional online academic resource. As a student of AVC, Antelope Valley College is your home college, but if you are unable to take the course you need in a preferred format due to COVID-19, this could serve as a secondary option.

Emergency Food Assistance

We understand that these times are very challenging for all of us. We are all having to change how we do things and how we are going to take care of ourselves and our families. We want to make sure you are aware of additional support services you might need for food. Please check these out and apply for CalFresh if you have not done so already.

Additional resources are being added daily to help out our community. Check our AVC website for additional local food banks.

The Hope Center

Read "Beyond The Food Pantry" from The Hope Center.

NLSLA Emergency Protocols

In the face of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, NLSLA is enacting emergency protocols to provide additional safety precautions for our staff, clients and community members. Like many of you, this has required us to make some very difficult decisions. Our goal is to continue providing critical legal services while practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

» If someone is in need of legal help, please ask them to call our hotline:

  • General Help Line: 1 (800) 433-6251
  • Health Help Line: 1 (800) 896-3202

 

Information Technology Services

  • Chromebooks and Windows desktop computers, as well as Hot Spots are available for loan to students. Contact help@avc.edu or 661-722-6605 for information

Student Services

The Learning Center

  • Learning Center Tutoring services are available across all disciplines online through our canvas course.
  • We offer drop-in tutoring, appointments, workshops & more!
  • To access our services, enroll now through Canvas by clicking here. For more information, contact us at learningcenter@avc.edu.

The LA County Hot Spot Locator is an interactive map that shows WiFi locations throughout LA County.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

If you are feeling alone and/or anxious during this time, county residents can call Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Helpline at (800) 854-7771 for mental health support, resources and referrals.

Free Mindfulness Exercises, Meditations & Courses

Browse the collection of free mindfulness trainings, meditation scripts and mindfulness worksheets from www.mindfulnessexercises.com.

Additional Resources:

Telehealth and Nurse Advice Line Guides

Valuable information for both clients with and without Primary Care Providers.

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

During and after a disaster, it is natural to experience different and strong emotions. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.

Click here to explore resources to help cope and take care of yourself and each other during an emergency.

Health & Wellness Resources

For Online Health and Wellness Resources please visit Wellness Central.

Be prepared for online learning with these resources.

Last updated: August 16, 2022