Bakersfield College committee receives draft guidelines for re-opening

Bakersfield College
Posted at 1:27 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:55:40-04

A Bakersfield College committee was presented with possible guidelines the school could use a protocols for re-opening the campus once Governor Gavin Newsom lifts the state's stay-at-home order.

The school does not have a time-frame for re-opening the campus, but are drafting protocols for when the governor lifts the order.

The draft presentation emphasized the need to use "caution and common sense" during the incremental opening of the campus, focusing on the health and safety of students and staff.

“We want people to realize that this is not a time to resume business as usual. We cannot have everyone just start coming back to campus."

Among the guidelines suggested in the draft presentation:

  • Hand washing stations would be provided for rooms without sinks.
  • Classrooms and labs would be sanitized 2-3 times per day, including door handles, work surfaces, chairs, and floors.
  • Faculty and students would be required to sanitize specialized instructional equipment.
  • Students would be discouraged from congregating in halls and common areas and social distancing practices (6 feet) will be maintained both inside and outside of classrooms.
  • Buildings would remain locked and closed when not in use.
  • Automatic sinks would be adjusted to allow for longer hand washing, and additional hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed.Face coverings would be required to be worn at all times.

In addition, students' temperatures would be taken prior to entering classrooms. Anyone exhibiting a temperature of more than 100.4 would not be allowed to enter.

The guidelines shared in the draft presentation targeted spring and summer courses but acknowledged that the guidelines would need to change for the fall semester.