South Orange County Community College District continues to keep employee health and safety as its top priority, in adherence to the federal, state, and local guidelines specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All employees are expected to commit to staying safe and healthy when reporting to work every day.

The District has provided this information to help in your return to working on campus. If you have an issue not addressed in these materials, please send your questions to

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Pursuant to Cal/OSHA’s revisions to the Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) re-adopted on 4/21/22 and effective on 5/7/2022, Title 8, Division 1, Chapter 4 California Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 3205 et seq., ETS in place for COVID-19 (coronavirus disease, an infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the District’s COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and Return to Work Guidelines (RTWG), which is designed to control exposures and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace has been updated to incorporate the re-adopted ETS. The District’s updated CPP and RTWG shall be effective immediately.

The District is following federal and county health and safety guidelines as well as guidance from the state, including regulations pursuant to Senate Bill 1159 and Assembly Bill 685.


Every employee plays a key role in avoiding exposure and limiting infection! Click below for COVID-19 resources:

All employees who are returning to the work site are still required to adhere to:

Trase Reporting Daily or Key Fob

Signed Return to Work (RTW) Acknowledgement

AND complete the COVID-19 prevention videos:

Coronavirus Awareness (Required)

Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace (Required)

Coronavirus: Managing Stress and Anxiety (Recommended)

Coronavirus: Preparing Your Household (Recommended)

    Feeling Sick?

    If you start feeling sick at any point during your shift, contact your supervisor and Human Resources IMMEDIATELY. If you have questions about your exposure, have a recorded temperature of greater than 100.4 degrees, or have any of the symptoms listed above, you should contact your medical provider for an assessment and COVID-19 testing. In the event of a positive test result, do not report to work, notify your supervisor and the following at your respective work location:

    Cindy Barron

    ADA Compliance and Leave Administration Manager
    Third Floor, HS Building
    Saddleback College
    28000 Marguerite Parkway
    Mission Viejo, CA 92692

    Saddleback College Student Health Center

    SSC 177 (Outside Facing BGS)
    28000 Marguerite Parkway
    Mission Viejo, CA 92692

    Irvine Valley College Health and Wellness Center

    HWC (Between Lot 8 and the Baseball Field)
    5500 Irvine Center Drive
    Irvine CA, 92618

    Board Action Items

    Resolution - State of Emergency

    March 23, 2020

    List of Essential Function Positions

    March 23, 2020

    District COVID-19 Messages

    SOCCCD Health and Safety Update

    January 19, 2023

    December 3, 2021 (Message from HR) - Deadline Reminder for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

    October 19, 2021 (Message from HR) - Important Message from The VCHR

    September 30, 2021 (Message from HR) - Important Message RE: Board Action to Mandate Vaccine

    September 27, 2021 (Message from HR) - Message from the Vice Chancellor of HR

    September 7, 2021 (Message from HR) - Reminder | Employee Vaccination Incentive Program

    August 31, 2021 (Message from HR) - Important Message From the VCHR | Employee Vaccination Incentive Program

    August 11, 2021 (Message from HR) - SOCCCD COVID & Return to Work Guidelines

    June 15, 2021- Chancellor Burke's Message - Governor's COVID Update

    May 6, 2021 - SOCCCD Updated Mask Guidelines

    April 26, 2021 - New Employee Requirements from AB 685

    April 13, 2021 (Message from HR) - Important Message From the VCHR

    February 26, 2021 - SOCCCD Updates from Chancellor Burke

    January 27, 2021 (Message from HR) - SOCCCD Vaccination Information Update

    January 21, 2021 (Message from HR) - SOCCCD Updated COVID-19 Prevention & Return to Work Guidelines

    Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)


    OC Public Health Updates

    OC Health Officer's Orders and Recommendations

    January 4, 2020 - County Public Health Order


    Irvine Valley College Updates

    COVID-19 Messages

    February 22, 2022 - Employee Support Memo

    January 18, 2022 - Important Update on Dining and Campus Access Protocols


    Saddleback College Updates

    COVID-19 Messages


    District Guidelines on Mass Gatherings

    Please read the CDC guidance regarding mass gatherings and holiday celebrations.


    District Guidelines on Travel

    Please review the CDC's current guidelines regarding travel.

    • Employees should check with supervisors about approved or planned work-related travel.
    • Employees shall notify their supervisor if travelling out of state or internationally and then follow CDC and/or CDPH guidelines before returning to work.
    • With the ongoing rapid spread of this pandemic, we encourage employees to reassess currently planned personal travel on an ongoing basis, considering the risk level of COVID-19, which changes frequently.


    OC Public Health Information / Number of Cases

    To get current public health information and to see the number of cases in Orange County, please go to OC Heath Care Agency.



    Please follow the links below for helpful information about the COVID-19 outbreak:


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    OC Health Care Agency

        Questions and answers for our local community

    California Department of Public Health

        Questions and answers from a state-wide perspective.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

        Questions and answers from a national perspective.

    Orange County Department of Education

        Questions and answers regarding local school closures.



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    Public Health Agencies

    COUNTY: OC Health Care Agency

        OC Health Care Agency is in charge of tracking COVID-19 in Orange County and issuing warnings for local communities and schools.

    STATE: California Department of Public Health

        California Department of Public Health is responsible for public health in California and enforces laws In the California Health and Safety Codes. It provides daily updates on the cases in California and what the state is doing to protect the public.

    FEDERAL: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

        Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States and has information on virus symptoms and what to do if you're sick, tips on preventing spread, and updates on cases in the United States.



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    Outbreak Response for Colleges and Universities

    California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

        Emergency Planning for Instructional Interruptions (PDF)

    California Department of Public Health

        Higher Education Guidance on Novel Coronavirus

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

        Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

        Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Learning

    Orange County Department of Education

        Education News from Orange County and Beyond



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    Travel and Mass Gatherings

    California Department of Public Health

        Mass Gatherings Guidance

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

        Overall Travel Advice and Guidance on COVID-19

        Travel Alert Map on COVID-19

    U.S. Department of State

        List of All the Latest Travel Advisories



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    Resources and Supporting Material

    Union Memorandums of Understanding (MOU): COVID Vaccine Incentive

        Faculty Association (FA), CA Teachers Association (CTA), National Educators Association (NEA) MOU - August 11, 2021

        Classified School Employee Association (CSEA) - August 11, 2021

        Police Officers Association (POA) - August 11, 2021

    Comprehensive List of SOCCCD Resources

        SOCCCD Community Resources Guide

    How to Help Students and Neighbors (Food & Other Resources)

        Need Food?

        How Can I Help Others?

    OC Health Care Agency

        News Bulletins, Flyers and Infographics

    California Department of Public Health

        News Bulletins, Flyers and Infographics

        Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy

        Beyond the Blueprint Factsheet

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

        News Bulletins, Flyers and Infographics

    Orange County Department of Education

        News Bulletins, Flyers and Infographics

    California Department of Industrial Relations

        Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB)