College of the Siskiyous

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Current Operational Status: Yellow

At this stage, the College is fully transitioning to more normal operations. The Campus is open with appropriate environmental health and safety protocols enforced. Most personnel / students are permitted on campus but are asked to self-monitor before arrival with mobile app or attestation form. No large gatherings permitted or congregating in common areas permitted. Employees are encouraged to resume work on campus (transition). The community is expected to comply with environmental health and safety protocols when on campus, or will be refused service and/or asked to leave campus grounds.

COVID-19 Response - Reopen Siskiyous Plan

College of the Siskiyous is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees, students, visitors, and helping protect the communities we serve. The COVID-19 Response Reopen Siskiyous Plan developed by College of the Siskiyous aligns with and adheres to the industry guidance developed by the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA, which was published August 7, 2020. Once this guidance was distributed to all California Community College's to help institutions of higher education (IHE) and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction, the College carefully reviewed these guidelines.

This guidance is interim. Considering the historic and unprecedented times faced in this global pandemic, the College is prepared to review, revise, and amend this plan as new science, data, policy, or other developments either requires, or is determined by college leadership to heighten the health and safety of our students, employees, visitors, and the communities we serve. While these plans are based on the best currently available public health data, international best practices, and practical managing operations realities, as new data and practices emerge, the plan will be updated. This plan will be a living document.

The Siskiyou Joint Community College District, and College of the Siskiyous, does not intend this plan to be exhaustive. The COVID-19 Response Reopen Siskiyous Plan is also not a substitute for any existing safety and health-related regulatory requirements, such as those of Cal/OSHA. Additionally, the District and College encourage those in search of additional information to refer to the following sources:

Finally, as this COVID-19 Response Reopen Siskiyous Plan is implemented, the College will continue to assess and monitor all local health and safety information. The College will remain vigilant in maintaining the health and safety of students, employees, visitors, and the communities we serve as our top priority. Toward those ends, the College will work diligently to mitigate any risks involving equity and access issues that might arise in resuming in person instruction or employees resuming work on site.

Reopen Siskiyous Plan (PDF)

Appendix A - Department / Area Plans (PDF)

Appendix B - Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Appendix C - Phases of Operations (PDF)

Appendix D - Criteria for Moving Phase to Phase (PDF)

COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education (PDF)

We Are Here For You!

College of the Siskiyous is ready for the fall semester beginning August 24. Regardless of the mode of delivery of instruction for your classes, our faculty and staff are committed to providing an engaging and supportive experience so you can succeed at College of the Siskiyous. We continue to work on protocols to safely resume face to face instruction on campus. We plan to have all student support services available on campus and online as well. Students who do not have internet access or a computer should contact Basecamp HQ as soon as possible.

Our first priority remains to ensure the health and well-being of our community, while also making sure that our students are able to complete their courses and advance their progress toward graduation, while preparing contingencies to ensure the safe operations of the College during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Alerts

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Urgent information, should the situation worsen or if there is a known risk to the college, will be provided through the college’s texting service, COS Connect. Visit this page to setup Emergency Alerts and receive updates about campus closures, general campus information, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus COVID-19

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. More from the CDC.

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

  • Person-to-person spread: The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects: It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. More from the CDC.

To date, COS is aware of two (2) students, faculty, staff or independent contractors on either the Weed or Yreka Campuses who have received a confirmed COVID-19 test at any point during the pandemic. For the most updated information regarding confirmed cases, refer to the Siskiyou County Public Health website.

Not directly. Though preventing influenza via a flu shot may keep your immune system healthy enough to combat other pathogens such as COVID-19.

Facilities personnel continue increased cleaning and sanitation of surfaces including desks, tables, doors and doorknobs, faucets, fountains, and workstations. The College has developed strict guidance for individuals to follow depending on what stage the College is currently operating. Elements of how these plans impact employees are being negotiated between the District and our two Unions.

Siskiyou County Public Health requests that people who are ill self-isolate until symptoms fully resolve and to call their healthcare provider for further guidance.

Yes. Until further noted, all who enter a building on campus are required to wear a face covering. For the most up to date information regarding the use of face coverings, refer to the Centers for Diseases (CDC) website.

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes
  • Handwashing is the single most effective means to prevent the spread of disease. Washing up to the wrists, between the fingers, and under the nails for 20 seconds or more with soap and warm water is highly effective at destroying pathogens. In the absence of soap and water, an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used and the hands should be rubbed together vigorously until completely dry. Hands should be washed often especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.

College of the Siskiyous encourages individuals who plan to travel domestically or internationally to research their destinations and consult with the CDC or US State Department (for international destinations) before you go. The CDC strongly recommends not traveling to locations with CDC or State Department Level 3 alerts or higher.

To ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community, all students, faculty, and staff returning from international travel will be subject to CDC and local public health travel re-entry guidelines in place at the time of their return. Because the situation changes daily, travel that was unrestricted on departure may be restricted upon attempted return.

Resources

Please use these resources if you are feeling sick or have any questions about Coronavirus COVID-19, its possible effects, and how to get help if needed for testing or more information.

COVID-19 Fact Sheet (PDF)
Symptoms of Coronavirus (PDF)

Links and resources from CDC and other organizations.

Student Health Insurance Providers: https://www.keenandirect.com/collegestudents

Medicaid program: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/606

Medi-Cal program: https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals

Karuk Tribal Clinic (Free and sliding scale, open to non-members): https://www.karuk.us/index.php/departments/health-program/165-category-clinic-locations

Some local walk-in clinics:

Our Recommendations

If you're sick, stay home!

Siskiyou County Public Health has asked that students, faculty, and staff and the public in general who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms-such as mild to severe fever, cough, and shortness of breath-to self-isolate until their symptoms go away and/or call their health care providers to get guidance.

Staying Healthy

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Make sure to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. See a hand washing tutorial.
  • Refrain from touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Until further noted, all who enter a building on campus are required to wear a face covering. For the most up to date information regarding the use of face coverings, refer to the Centers for Diseases (CDC) website.
  • Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
  • If a medical professional or Health Department has directed you to stay home due to the COVID-19 virus, call Student Services (to document students with the virus).

Travel Guidance

In recognition of the rapidly evolving events concerning COVID-19, the CDC is directing the public to avoid all non-essential travel to countries that are designated with a CDC Warning-Level 3 Travel Notice. Additionally, be aware that travel to other countries may result in quarantine upon attempted return home. Quarantine may last 14 days. View the CDC's country destination and warning level listing.

Health Clinic

The Health Clinic is here to provide you with information, services and referrals for your health needs. Services are free to all current COS students.

Location

Ponderosa Hall
Room P-110
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094

Hours

Wednesdays: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Open during the fall and spring semesters, when classes are in session.
Closed during holiday breaks and the summer session.

Contact

Phone: (530) 938-5502