Guidelines for a Safe Return to the Workplace

​​​​​Updated 1/19/2021


At Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), it is our priority to keep our employees safe and healthy to the extent possible, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we will abide by federal, state, and local government and agency guidelines as we strive to balance public health concerns with the needs of our district.

Open/Download Guidelines for a Safe Return to the Workplace

This return to work action plan details how we plan to reopen our district and still keep all of our employees safe to the extent possible. This plan, which incorporates guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and outlines the steps RSCCD is taking to address COVID-19.

All managers and supervisors are responsible for implementing and maintaining this program in their assigned work areas and for ensuring employees receive answers to questions about the program.

All employees are responsible for using safe work practices, following all directives, policies and procedures, and assisting in maintaining a safe work environment.

We understand that every employee's situation is different and encourage those with specific risks or concerns to reach out to their manager or HR to discuss alternative arrangements, should they be necessary.

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions may include:

      • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
      • People with HIV
      • Asthma (moderate-to-severe), Chronic lung disease
      • Diabetes
      • Serious heart conditions
      • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
      • Severe obesity
      • Being immunocompromised

Staff members who have been instructed to return to work onsite and have concerns about doing so due to a medical condition that places them in a higher risk group, those who are pregnant, or those who wish to seek ADA Reasonable Accommodations related to returning to the workplace should contact their supervisor who will contact Human Resources.

We ask that employees are patient and understanding of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic may require our return to work plans to change. Employees will be given as much notice as possible in the event of an unforeseen setback or office closure.

Employees should direct questions regarding the content of this action plan to their supervisor. Furthermore, while the strategies highlighted in this document can protect workers from COVID-19, it's important to follow CDC guidance at all times

Return to Work Timeline

The District will continue to monitor applicable state and local guidelines and determine next steps for reopening offices and classrooms.

We have created a tentative staged approach that aligns with the state's color-coded tier-based system for asking our employees to return to work.