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.
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.