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

COVID-19 Prevention Program & Return to Work Guidelines

The District’s COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) & Return to Work Guidelines (RTWG), which is designed to control exposures and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, has been revised to reflect updates to California Code of Regulations (8 CCR Section 3205. COVID-19 Prevention), and California Department of Public Health guidelines in place for COVID-19 exposure prevention. The District's latest updated version of the CPP & RTWG, dated 01/31/24, are now effective.

The District is following federal and county health and safety guidelines as well as guidance from the state.



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January 31, 2024: The Return to Work Guidelines are updated regularly to stay current with board policy. Here are the latest updates:

  1. Definitions  Revised pursuant to the latest CDPH guidance.
  2. Prevention Protocols, Section C.1 & C.2 – Deleted Campus Clinic references for testing services.
  3. Daily Wellness Check Before Reporting to Work – Removed section in its entirety.
  4. Symptoms of COVID-19 – Updated links to CDC website and print resource. Removed reference to old print resource.
  5. CDPH Isolation Guidelines – Revised to reflect the latest CDPH language.
  6. Return to Work Criteria – Deleted section in its entirety.

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

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Support for Employees (Community Resources Guide)


Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Disclosure Request


Frequently Asked Questions for Employees


2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

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

District COVID-19 Messages

SOCCCD Health and Safety Update

April 5, 2023

SOCCCD Health and Safety Update

January 19, 2023

OC Public Health Updates

OC Health Officer's Orders and Recommendations (Revised March 24, 2023)

County Public Health Order (Revised January 4, 2022)


District Guidelines on Mass Gatherings

Please read the CDC information regarding mass gatherings.


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

To get current public health information, please visit the OC Heath Care Agency.



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


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Frequently Asked Questions

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 - March 2020 (PDF)

California Department of Public Health

    Higher Education Guidance on Novel Coronavirus - March 20 (PDF)

Orange County Department of Education

    Education News from Orange County and Beyond



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California Department of Public Health

    Travel Guidance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Overall Travel Advice and Guidance on COVID-19

    Travel Advisories

U.S. Department of State

    List of All the Latest Travel Advisories



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Resources and Supporting Material

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)