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COVID Questions Answered

The following FAQs are a resource for quick information. If you have a question not addressed here, please call the COVID Hotline at 805-922-6966 ext. 3887. If you need to report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, please call the COVID Response Team at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3318 or send an email to



The college’s vaccine and testing mandate was lifted on May 31, 2022. Today, unvaccinated employees and students are no longer be required to test on a weekly basis. Additionally, COVID-19 health check-in tents at both campus locations are no longer operational and the daily stickers to access campus instruction and services are no longer required. The college recommends employees and students conduct a self-assessment before coming to campus to ensure they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  

No. The online Vaccination and Testing Check service is no longer in use.

No. However, the college strongly encourages you to do a self assessment prior to entering campus. If you are feeling ill, please do not come onto campus.

No. However, the college strongly encourages masks be worn indoors.

Services are being offered mostly in person. Give us a call or send an email to find out what is open and when. You can access our contact information via our Department Contact list

The Santa Maria campus offers testing for students and employees.

Please see the info below for specific hours and the types of testing we offer. Please note: testing results can take between 24-72 hours to be returned.

Aptitude Clinical (Saliva PCR/NAAT) - Santa Maria campus building W

To register, please visit

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (same-day result cut-off time is 1 p.m.)
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Color (Nasal PCR) - Lompoc Valley Center building 2 (room 103)

To register, please visit

  • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

There have been changes to federal programs for testing uninsured individuals. If you have not previously provided medical insurance information to Aptitude (Saliva PCR/NAAT), beginning May 31, 2022, you will be asked to provide insurance information or attest that you are uninsured. Aptitude will not bill employees or students for amounts not covered by insurance. Uninsured individuals will continue to have access to testing.

Off-Campus Testing Locations:

Aptitude Clinical in Buellton (Registration with H number is required)
River View Park, 151 Sycamore Dr., Eastside Parking Lot

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Testing is also available at various off-campus locations at no cost. Please visit the sites below for more information.

No, COVID-19 booster shots are not required but strongly encouraged for those who are eligible to ensure significant protection from COVID-19 variants.

No. The daily health screening stations are no longer operational.

If you are having any signs of COVID-19 and/or diagnosed with COVID-19. do not come to campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Students and employees should report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis to the COVID Response Team at or call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3318. Students should also contact their faculty members and let them know you are sick. 

Individuals exposed to COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine unless symptoms develop. For detailed exposure protocols, please review the updated campus exposure flowchart.

Students are responsible for contacting their instructors to find out what accommodations are available to make-up for missed classes. In some cases, accommodations may not be available. 

If you are identified as a close contact in an exposure situation, you will be contacted by a member of the college's COVID-19 Response Team and provided guidance on quarantine/isolation.

The college has taken many steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff on campus. These include:

  • All faculty, staff, and students must be symptom free (no fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) when they come to campus.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged in all District buildings for faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the general public.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is provided to all District employees as needed.
  • All Hancock buildings received upgrades to ventilation and air purifier systems.

Yes. Hancock employees are entitled to up to 80 hours of 2022 COVID-19 related paid sick leave from January 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022. View supplemental paid sick leave information here.