COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures
As evolving COVID variants spread and we enter the respiratory diseases season, please review American River College's COVID-19 procedures to keep yourself and our community healthy.
Reporting Positive Cases
If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they should remain home (follow the CDPH isolation guidance) and use the Interactive Decision Chart for guidance. If they have been at a Los Rios campus or work site within 48 hours of testing positive, then they should report their positive test through the COVID Reporting Form (Appendix C).
Instructors and supervisors: when in doubt, please submit the COVID Reporting Form (Appendix C) on the student or staff member's behalf.
Interactive Decision Chart
This interactive form is for employees or students who have been exposed to COVID or received a positive COVID test result and need to know what to do next.
COVID Reporting Form
Submit the COVID Reporting Form (Appendix C) if you tested positive for COVID-19 and you were on campus within 48 hours of when symptoms began or your positive test collection date.
When a COVID Reporting Form (Appendix C) is submitted and there is an identified exposure on a campus or work site, exposure notices will be sent to the identified close contacts.
Self-Check for Symptoms and Stay Home When Sick
Self-check for any of the following symptoms each day: fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. To learn more about symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control.
Students may withdraw from a class up to the 'W' notation deadline advertised on the academic calendar page and receive a 'W' in the course. Students may petition for an Excused Withdrawal (EW) by submitting a Late Drop Petition Form through eServices along with verification of the illness.
How to access the Late Drop Petition Form:
- Log in to eServices.
- Click on the Other Resources tile.
- Click on eForms.
- Select Late Drop Petition Form.
Students may petition for a 'Leave of Absence' for medical reasons. A 'Leave of Absence' is different from withdrawing from classes, but will preserve catalog rights for students who are expected to be unable to attend for a longer period than one semester. To request a 'Leave of Absence', students must file a Student Petition form at their college:
- ARC Student Petition: contact Admissions and Records
- CRC Student Petition
- FLC Student Petition
- SCC Leave of Absence Application
Verification of the illness or medical need must be submitted with the petition. Completed documents should be emailed to the college Admissions and Records office.
Free antigen at-home tests are available to students and employees through a variety of resources. Individuals should test when they experience symptoms or learn of a COVID exposure. Testing helps identify positive cases and limits spreading COVID to others.
Locations and Hours
- American River College Health and Wellness Center, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
- Cosumnes River College Health and Wellness Center, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Folsom Lake College:
- Students: Folsom Lake College Welcome and Student Success Center, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
- Employees: Folsom Lake College Campus Operations, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
- Sacramento City College Health and Wellness Center, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Beginning September 25, 2023, every US household can order four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home by visiting covid.gov/tests.
At-home tests are available through healthcare providers and local pharmacies. Most healthcare providers will reimburse patients for tests purchased at pharmacies. Visit theCalifornia Department of Public Health Find a Testing Site website.
Before you throw out "expired" tests, check to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended.
CDPH recommends that all eligible persons receive the COVID vaccine as soon as possible. American River College will provide current COVID vaccine information and will host campus-based COVID vaccine clinics when the vaccine is available through state and/or county public health departments. Visit the CDPH COVID vaccines website for more information.
No, there is currently no vaccine requirement.
Consistent with guidance from local public health experts, we strongly recommend wearing masks and appropriate face coverings when indoors. We also strongly recommend that everyone eligible continue to stay up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccine and booster regimens.
Visit the Sacramento County vaccine website to learn about local vaccine availability. This website is updated frequently with information about eligibility and vaccine sites in your area, including how to access vaccines via healthcare providers.
You can also visit the State of California's MyTurn website if you do not live in Sacramento County or you want more information about eligibility.
Continuing international students who were enrolled in a course of study in the US at the college on or before March 9, 2020, and who left the US and are currently attending online classes to maintain their F-1 status from abroad will not be required to provide proof of vaccination to continue attending online classes.
International students attending in-person classes will need to provide proof of vaccination the same as any other student to remain compliant with our Code of Conduct. USCIS requires international students who entered the US on an initial I-20 to the college after March 9, 2020 to maintain at least one in-person class each semester to maintain the F-1 visa status.
All new initial or transfer students who wish to enroll in classes are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine that is on the World Health Organization's approved list. All non-English documents must be translated into English when submitted to the International Student Office or uploaded to the student's eServices account as vaccine verification.
On-Campus Vaccine Clinics
There are no upcoming vaccination clinics scheduled on campus at this time.
Masks are strongly recommended for all students, employees, and visitors in any indoor space, regardless of vaccination status. For outdoor activities, masks are always permissible and anyone who feels safer or more comfortable wearing a face-covering outdoors is encouraged to do so. American River College will provide face masks to individuals who want them at no cost.
We expect that employees and students will continue to wear masks in the following situations:
- Individuals who are symptomatic and on campus to pick up a free COVID test should continue to wear a mask.
- Individuals who were recently exposed to a positive COVID case are recommended to wear a mask for ten days.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID and who return to campus after day five (prior to ten days) should continue to wear a mask through day ten.
- Staff who return from isolation on or after day six are required to wear a face covering around others through day ten, per Cal/OSHA.
If you choose to wear a mask, then we strongly recommend wearing surgical masks or higher-level respirator N95 or KN95 masks instead of cloth masks or other face-coverings that provide less protection. Read the California Department of Public Health's latest guidance on masks and face coverings.
Scarfs, ski masks, balaclavas, bandanas, turtlenecks, collars, or single layers of fabric are not acceptable face coverings, as they do not provide adequate protection from the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, face shields should not be used in lieu of masks.
Ventilation and Sanitation
American River College is providing ventilation in classrooms and shared workspaces per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
COVID mitigation measures to prepare our facilities primarily involve building ventilation and air filtration systems, but Facilities Management (FM) would also do a full HVAC system functions test and inspection for each building prior to occupancy.
Before the pandemic, we already regularly performed these system checks throughout the year, typically coinciding with filter replacements (every four months). Now, we will perform additional checks before reopening facilities. These checks help ensure systems are performing the necessary CDC/ASHRAE recommended air exchanges and sufficient outside fresh air is being pulled into the buildings.
Before reopening a facility, we will also verify that we can remotely communicate with the building's HVAC controls through the District's Energy Management System (EMS).
Read Making Our Buildings Resilient During COVID-19 to learn more.
We use the CDC-recommended American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. Read Making Our Buildings Resilient During COVID-19 to learn more.
All buildings that are currently occupied have MERV-13 filters, the industry standard for COVID-19 mitigation. MERV-13 filters are recommended because they can trap smaller particles, including viruses, and are equivalent to N95 masks with regards to protection and air quality.
In the event a building's HVAC system cannot accommodate the MERV-13 filters, we are performing additional building "flushing" two hours prior and two hours after occupancy as recommended by CDC/ASHRAE for these situations. As more buildings open to accommodate more people coming to campus, we will perform HVAC system checks and filter changes prior to occupancy.
Hand and Respiratory Hygiene
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. When sneezing, use a tissue when possible or sneeze into your elbow.