Blue waves behind the words Coast Colleges in dark blue

Weekly News Brief | June 25, 2021
From the Office of Chancellor John Weispfenning, Ph.D.

Chancellor Weispfenning at his desk typing

Yesterday, the Board of Trustees met and modified face covering requirements for the Coast District. Going forward, vaccinated individuals can be unmasked indoors and all individuals can be unmasked outdoors. There are exceptions where masking may still be required, but most vaccinated individuals will now have the option to go without face coverings.

The Board's action follows Cal/OSHA's decision to allow greater flexibility for vaccinated individuals based on vaccine effectiveness in preventing serious illness and viral spread. This reflects the science-based decision making that the Coast District committed to at the beginning of the pandemic.

At the same time, the Board and I recognize that some may not be in a position to go without face coverings. Your individual circumstances and evaluation of risks – either to you or to others – is perfectly valid in deciding to continue wearing a face covering.

No one should shame, threaten, or retaliate against a person for wearing a face covering. To do so in a professional or educational setting may result in disciplinary action per existing policy and agreements. But beyond career risks, our shared humanity should give us pause before targeting another individual for protecting their health and wellbeing – or that of a high-risk loved one.

This face covering policy change is another move towards normalcy, something to celebrate responsibly with full knowledge that others may not yet be in a position to enjoy this step.

Be well,


John Weispfenning, Ph.D.



Do I have to wear a mask on College campuses or at the District Office?

In alignment with California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA policies, those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a face covering.

Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear face coverings while on Coast District property (the only exceptions are when outside, when alone in a room, while eating and drinking at least six feet apart, or while wearing respiratory protection in accordance with local, state, or federal safety orders).

Face coverings continue to be a valid option for all to protect you and others from the transmission of disease. No one should be shamed, threatened, or retaliated against for choosing to wear a mask.

The District and Colleges will continue to communicate changes in face covering protocol while educating employees, students, and visitors about COVID-19 prevention expectations and policies.

Additional questions and answers can be found on the Coast District COVID-19 Information Website.


Report from the Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees gathered around a conference table in conversation

On Thursday, July 24, the Board of Trustees met in special session and modified requirements for face coverings on Coast District property as discussed in the Chancellor's letter above. The full resolution on the modified requirements is available here. Trustees expressed concern over the increased risk from the COVID-19 delta variant, which has infected greater numbers of college-aged people. Along with the modified face covering requirement, the Board strongly supported a communications campaign to encourage vaccination.

Additionally, the Board opened a hearing for members of the public to comment on the joint initial negotiation proposal between the Coast Community College Association - California Teachers Association/National Education Association (CCA-CTA/NEA) and the Coast District for a successor collective bargaining agreement commencing July 1, 2021.

The Board also reappointed Tim McGrath to a three-year term as Golden West College President and Marco Baeza to a three-year term as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources. Trustees took further actions to restore pay for educational administrators and executives whose pay was reduced during the financial uncertainty early in the COVID-19 outbreak.


Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride

The words LGBTQ+ Pride Month above the logos for Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College, accompanied by the Coast District's blue waves and heart, with a border of rainbow stripes.

The Coast District is proud to celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ leaders districtwide. Leadership is demonstrated in multiple ways by students, faculty, classified and confidential staff, and management.

Learning from Each Other

Tim Winer in a public safety uniform in front of a board with patches from various police departments in rainbow LGBTQ+ pride colors

Today's words of celebration are from Tim Winer, Public Safety Technical Officer at Orange Coast College.

What would you tell your past self about the journey you've been on to get to where you are today?

Have faith in those that love and care about you. Your mind can create some very dark impressions of how the world sees you and those impressions are wildly exaggerated. The future is bright and all that you have been through won't be in vain.

Who are your role models?

My father Burt most of all. He is the most caring, compassionate and giving person I have ever known. If I can be even a small percentage of what he is, I have lived a good life.

How have experiences within the Coast Community College District helped you express your true self?

The open and accepting atmosphere at Coast has allowed me, over the last 24 years, to go from closeted to being a complete and more productive human being. I cherish the friendships I have made here, being able to work with LGBTQ students and see them take a little of my experiences and learn from them. In addition, I have learned a lot from those same students.

Please follow the Coast District's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels to see new profiles throughout the month.

Want to add your voice to the celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month? Complete your profile here.


College News

Join Coastline College on Wednesday, June 30, for a free drive-in movie event. Coastline will be featuring the movie, Soul, at the Newport Beach Campus at 8:00 pm. Please RSVP by Monday, June 28.


Text is Drive in Movie Night, June 30th, Newport Beach Campus, Gates Open at 7pm, Movie begins at 8pm, RSVP by June 28th.


Schedule, Week of June 28

Chancellor's Schedule
In the District, Monday through Friday