While the District possesses the authority to require that employees who report to work at District worksites or facilities be tested for COVID-19, the District will not require employees to submit to a COVID-19 test, or produce a negative COVID-19 test result, to transition back to in-person work and services from remote work, except where consistent with current CDC guidance, the requirements of a duly authorized CCC governing body, or as required by federal, state and local regulation or local health department order.
Where the District requires employees to be tested, employees will be notified by the employee’s supervisor, component Vice President, Kate Jolley, or by Human Resources, and testing will be provided by the District at no cost to District employees during their working hours. The District will also inform District employees why testing is required, and the possible consequences of a positive COVID-19 test, which may include, but is not limited to, a requirement that employees not report to a District site during the high-risk exposure period and satisfy the minimum criteria to return to work.
If COVID-19 testing is required by the District, employees will receive only COVID-19 tests for SARS-CoV-2 that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or have an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA to diagnose current infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Tests provided by the District will be administered in accordance with the FDA approval or the FDA Emergency Use Authorization as applicable. Testing will be conducted at the District’s discretion either through the Sonoma County Health Department, an outside test vendor or by District Student Health Services.
Where the District requires testing, the District has adopted policies and procedures (see Injury Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Policy 6.8.2 and 6.8.2P) that ensure the confidentiality of employees and comply with the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”). Specifically, the District will keep confidential all personal identifying information of COVID-19 cases or persons with COVID-19 symptoms unless expressly authorized by the employee to disclose such information or as other permitted or required under the law.
Please contact Student Health Services if you have questions about District COVID-19 testing, or call (707) 527-4445.