COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 Updates

Masking Update

The Coast District will move from requiring masking indoors to strongly recommending masking indoors beginning Friday, August 26. Please be respectful and considerate of individuals who continue masking, as this may be a personal health precaution and/or caretaker situation. Vaccine boosters are strongly encouraged for those eligible.


COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate with Testing Protocol

The COVID-19 vaccination mandate with testing protocol stays in effect through May 31, 2022. Coast Community College District shifted its policy to Click here to read more...

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Masks Required Indoors

As of August 19, 2021, the Coast Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees has announced a face covering mandate while indoors across all college campuses.

The hope is that with this abundance of caution, additional time is granted for the community to get vaccinated and slow the spread of COVID-19 variants. For information about getting vaccinated, visit Health Services.

Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and stay healthy.

Because of the quickly evolving nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, this page has been created to serve as a resource guide for Golden West College students, faculty and staff.

The Coast Community College District should be your first stop for Coronavirus information for Golden West College, Orange Coast College and Coastline College where you can read more about:

  • The latest updates on the college and districts response to the Coronavirus pandemic
  • Messages from the Chancellor and other key leaders
  • View related guidance from human resources with general information around what to do if you or a colleague have symptoms. You'll also find guidance regarding what to do if you or a colleague need time off.
  • Submit a question, comment or concern to be answered by an expert

The Golden West College Student Health Center has information specific to our campus, featuring:

  • Contact information for the health center if you have questions
  • Handwashing tutorial video from the CDC

Student Services Online Resources provides links to student services and how you may access Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Counseling, CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS, Career Center, Transfer Center, Library, International Student Program (ISP), Title IX, Homeless Resources, Graduation, Certify Veteran Benefits, and Campus Life.

Golden West College Covid-19 Dashboard

The following graph and table detail weekly new positive cases of COVID-19 among Golden West College students and employees. *


April 21, 2021

CCCD to suspend all COVID mandates on June 1

The Coast Community College District has shifted its policy to “strongly recommend” each of the COVID-19 mask, testing and vaccine policies — effective June 1. The Board of Trustees passed CCCD Chancellor John Weispfenning’s resolution on Wednesday afternoon, after a 5-1 majority voted in favor of the motion.

The three COVID-19 mitigation strategies were bunched into one motion and will take effect after the 2022 spring semester. “Masks are now understood to protect primarily those who wear them,” Weispfenning said. “Further, as conflicting requirements for masks are promulgated, mask wearing is less uniform, and enforcement of masking becomes more difficult. Moving the district from a mask mandate to strongly recommending individuals wear masks indoors would allow the district transition smoothly to the endemic stage of the COVID-19 virus.”

The Board also presented data to support the motion, including the fact that only about 10% of CCCD students have not taken action to comply with the mandates. In addition to a high compliance rate, the district saw the end of the CARES Act funding as one reason to end mandatory testing for non-vaccinated individuals.

The CCCD has not received funding for COVID tests since March 23 and has been picking up the $90 weekly test kit for 84 individuals across the district who have not provided insurance for their weekly testing. Just one month ago, the number of individuals receiving testing from the district without insurance was 592. They were paying as high as $53,280 a week for testing in March.

Lastly, the Board scheduled the end of a district-wide vaccine mandate. “I appreciate the response of many of our employees who are now 90% vaccinated. Many have received one or more booster shots,” Weispfenning said. “And given the difficulty of maintaining an ongoing testing protocol, continued enforcement of a vaccination mandate would have diminishing returns and rising costs.”

Weispfenning also predicted that if the district did not adjust its vaccine policy, approximately 30% of CCCD students would attend a different set of community colleges, and 10% of District employees would be terminated. The Chancellor believes that the district is better prepared for another spike in COVID cases, and is confident that the district can adjust swiftly, if need be.

“I believe we’d be able to roll out a reimplementation of a mask mandate almost overnight,” Weispfenning said. “Given the compliance we had early in the semester, I think we would be fairly effective with that.”

December 6, 2021

Cleared4 Platform for the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate with Testing Protocol

Cleared4 Instructions and Facts [PDF]

Dear Student:

As previously communicated, the COVID-19 vaccination mandate with testing protocol goes into effect on January 31, 2022. Coast Community College District has selected a health and safety platform Cleared4.

How to Access Cleared4?

If you registered for a Spring 2022 class, during the week of December 6, 2021, you will receive an email to your college email coming from Please do not delete this email.

The email will contain a private link that is your personal, secure link to the Cleared4 system. The link never changes so you can save it to your phone home page and launch it like an app, or bookmark it to your computer. For detailed, step by step information on what to do once you received this email, please see the attached instructions.

What To Do By January 24, 2022?

Using the personal link in the email from

  • upload your vaccination documentation


  • submit a request for exemption from vaccination

What Will Happen After January 24, 2022?

If you submitted a request for exemption from vaccination or did not upload your vaccination documentation, using the personal link in the email from, you will be able to:

  • schedule COVID-19 testing
  • upload test results if testing was done outside the District provided testing

Testing will be provided at all District college campuses (Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College) starting on January 31, 2022, on an appointment basis. Vaccination is also provided at each College.

It is important that before January 24, 2022 you upload your vaccination documentation or ask for an exemption from vaccination following the steps described in the attached document. All students enrolled in Spring 2022 classes will need to be either vaccinated or follow a weekly testing protocol and have a negative COVID-19 test result from the last seven days in Cleared4 in order to be able to come on campus for classes or to receive in person services.

In January, we will email instructions to the students who did not upload vaccination documentation on how to schedule COVID-19 testing at one of the District locations through the Cleared4 platform.

If you have questions, please visit

 to submit your questions or you can email your College at

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August 24, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The Coast Community College District (CCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for students, faculty, staff, managers, and trustees on August 24, 2021. Those with medical or religious exemptions will be required to participate in a to-be-developed testing program. With this Board action, the Coast District has begun implementing the mandate and is developing the testing protocols.

The mandate for faculty, staff, managers, and trustees is to be implemented as soon as possible. The mandate will be implemented in phases throughout the fall semester for students. Ability to attend in-person fall semester classes will not be impacted.

More information can be found on the CCCD's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information page.