According to the CDC, “A potential exposure means having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of time of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.”
Because the CDC guidelines for potential transmission exposure to others was not met in this instance, the threat to students is low. However, Cypress College has notified all students in the courses, so that they are informed about the positive COVID-19 result. To be cautious, Cypress College has encouraged each student enrolled in the class to self-quarantine at home and practice physical distancing. In addition, Cypress College has made available its Health Center professionals to answer questions or provide additional guidance and support to these students.
The majority of fall 2020 courses are taught remotely. However, a limited number of face-to-face classes currently include on-campus sessions to facilitate completion of instructional requirements of the course and/or accreditation requirements of the program.
In advance of the semester, Cypress College launched its “We Above Me” Health and Safety Protocol campaign, which connected the college’s motto with the need for safety precautions both on and off campus.
All participants in on-campus coursework and study sessions must complete a health and wellness screening in the college’s mobile app prior to participating. Students are not permitted to participate in on-campus activities if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or if they believe they may have been exposed to someone with the virus. In addition, masks and social distancing are required at all times while on the Cypress College campus.