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COVID-19 Student Procedures

July 22, 2020

Protecting the health and safety of our students and employees is our biggest priority at Yavapai College. Our instructors and staff care deeply about your wellbeing and the fulfillment of your academic goals. To ensure that we are providing all necessary assistance, YC requires active students to do the following:

  • Conduct a daily wellness self-check before coming to campus. We are recommending the use of the #CampusClear (link to our CampusClear page) app to assist with this task. On-campus students may be required to show the results of their daily wellness self-check to their instructor.
  • YC will require temperature checks for on-campus students that are at higher risk of being exposed or exposing others to the disease primarily due to lack of face covers or social distancing or the nature of their job/discipline. This includes, but is not limited to, students in First Responder, ECE, FEC, PE, OLLI, and Performing Arts programs as well as students who live in the YC Residence Halls.
  • Self-report if you have tested positive for COVID-19 via the Student Reporting Form under the COVID-19 panel in the myYC portal. Also, you must notify your instructor(s), so they can assist you as appropriate and isolate per the CDC guidelines.
  • Self-report if a member of your household (i.e., someone that lives with you) has tested positive for COVID-19 via the Student Reporting Form under the COVID-19 panel in the myYC portal. Also, you must notify your instructor(s), so they can assist you as appropriate, quarantine per the CDC guidelines.
  • Self-report if you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 via the Student Reporting Form under the COVID-19 panel in the myYC portal. Also, you must notify your instructor(s), so they can assist you as appropriate, and quarantine per the CDC guidelines.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
  • You have been contacted by the local health department to quarantine and/or are awaiting PCR test results
  • On-campus students must also contact their instructor(s) if they are exhibiting ANY COVID symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea). Students are required to stay home and quarantine per the CDC guidelines if they have any COVID symptoms. If you are a remote student, please contact your instructor if you will be unable to continue your normal activities.

Our support team will follow-up with impacted students as appropriate to provide them any necessary assistance as well as ask questions to aid in contact tracing efforts.


Returning to Campus

Students that have self-reported a COVID-19 positive test and have completed the isolate per the CDC guidelines may consult their Student Development case manager at COVIDHelp@yc.edu for permission to return to campus.

Students that have self-reported close contact with a COVID-19 positive person and have completed the CDC quarantine guidelines may consult their Student Development case manager at COVIDHelp@yc.edu for permission to return to campus.


When you can be around others after you had or likely had COVID-19? (CDC 7/26/20)

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

If you had severe illness from COVID-19 (you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test

If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for "I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms."

I had COVID-19 or I tested positive for COVID-19 and I have a weakened immune system

If you have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication, you might need to stay home and isolate longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19. If your healthcare provider recommends testing, you can be with others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.