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District Guidelines: Face Coverings

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Appendix C: Updated January 14, 2022

The West Valley-Mission Community College District requires all individuals, while at District owned, operated, or controlled facilities, to comply with all applicable public health orders. This includes the use of face coverings when required by the California Department of Public Health, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Cal/OSHA regulations, or the District’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

Face coverings are not intended to be a replacement for other illness prevention measures including staying home when sick, frequent hand washing, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when possible.

On August 2, 2021, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued a health order requiring all persons, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face covering while indoors with some exceptions. The California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA have also issued guidance or regulations regarding face coverings. Employees are required to adhere to all applicable requirements and should review and be familiar with this information prior to arriving at work.

“Face Covering” means either a surgical mask, a respirator including KF94, KN95 or N95 masks, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least three layers. A face covering has no holes or openings and must cover the mouth and nose. N95, KN95, and KF94 masks are encouraged. A close-fitting cloth mask may also be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, or collar.

For additional information, see Get the most out of masking.

  1. All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering while on campus and inside a building, except in the following situations:
    • While working in a closed room or office alone
    • When actively performing an activity that cannot be done while wearing a face covering (e.g., actively eating or drinking, swimming, or showering in a fitness facility)
    • When specifically exempted from the use of face coverings under the guidance of the California Department of Public Health.
  2. Individuals may also be exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability. However, exempted individuals must wear an effective non-restrictive alternative such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom if their condition or disability permits it.
  3. Face coverings may be worn on campus, both indoors or outdoors and regardless of vaccination status, without fear of retaliation.
  4. Individuals are expected to come to campus with their own face covering.
  5. Face coverings shall not display any offensive words, slogans, or pictures.
  6. National supply shortages notwithstanding, the District will make surgical masks and N-95 respirators available to all employees, and at no cost to the employee.
  7. Employees involved in high contact/high risk positions (custodial staff, health services, public safety, etc.) will be provided with additional personal protective equipment as may be required.
  8. Employees choosing to wear a district provided N-95 respirator must complete the mandatory six-minute N-95 training video available in the district’s Safe Colleges Training Portal before doing so.

Supervisors and Managers should ensure that district provided face coverings are made available to all employees.

Last Updated 3/25/22