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COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Fully vaccinated people are well-protected from serious illness due to known COVID-19 variants including Delta variants, and vaccinating as many people as possible, as soon as possible, continues to be our best defense against severe COVID-19 infection, and the harm it can do to our region. Vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available to everyone 12 and older.

The Board of Trustees has adopted a policy (BP 2.90)   that requires COVID-19 vaccines for all students attending classes, programs, utilizing services or participating in any activity on any campus.

  • Exceptions may be granted for verified medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs.

If you have not yet been vaccinated and can medically do so, visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ to schedule an appointment.  Additional information on vaccines can be accessed here.

 

Have questions about verifying your vaccination status? Check out our FAQ.  


When to Verify Your Vaccination Status

For the Spring 2022 semester, Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College are requiring all students to be vaccinated in order to take in-person courses and receive in-person services (Admissions and Records, Counseling, Library, Tutoring, etc.).

  • To take in-person classes and receive in-person services, you must provide proof of vaccination or qualify for an exemption
  • If you do not provide proof of vaccination or if you are not approved for an exemption, you may only take online courses and receive virtual and remote support services

Have questions about verifying your vaccination status? Check out our FAQ.  

Complete the vaccination documentation process by following instructions below:

Log into Websmart and select the Student Services tab

Click on the “COVID-19 Vaccination” link at the top of the page and select one of the options below:

Select “Fully vaccinated”

Enter requested vaccine information AND upload a digital copy (jpeg, tiff, or pdf) of vaccination card or California digital vaccination record. International students should provide documentation that is translated into English.

Full vaccination is defined as 2 weeks (14 days) post completing a COVID-19 vaccination series (2 doses for Pfizer and Moderna OR single dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen). You may submit documentation once dose(s) have been completed and prior to the 14-day elapse time. International students qualify as vaccinated if they have obtained any World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Select “Request a Medical Exemption”

If you are seeking a Medical Exemption, complete the form below prior to attesting in Websmart:

Medical Exemption Form: English   Mandarin   Spanish   Tagalog  

Only active licensed Medical Providers (Medical Doctor – M.D. or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – D.O.) can provide exemption documentation.

Upload fully completed form and any supporting healthcare medical provider documents. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Approved medical exemption individuals will be required to perform weekly COVID-19 testing and wear face coverings while indoors in campus buildings.

Select “Request a Religious Exemption”

If you are seeking a Religious Exemption, complete the form below prior to attesting in Websmart:

Religious Exemption Form: English  

Upload fully completed form and any supporting documents. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Approved religious beliefs exemption individuals will be required to perform weekly COVID-19 testing and wear face coverings while indoors in campus buildings.

Select “Will not be Vaccinated/Decline to State/Not yet fully Vaccinated”

If you choose not to be vaccinated, decline to state, or are not yet fully vaccinated**, you will be restricted to only register for online courses and receive virtual and remote support services. You may not access any campus building or engage in any in person activities associated with the San Mateo County Community College District.

 

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If the above actions do not resolve the issue, contact the help desk for email, chat, or phone support

 

Contact COVID-19 Program Specialists for questions related to COVID-19 vaccination verification:

Cañada College

Juan Cornejo
Building 1, Room 213
650-381-3574
cornejoj@smccd.edu

Juan Cornejo

Contact me:
Mon - Thu: 10am - 6pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
 

College of San Mateo

Gil Chavez
Building 1, room 139
650-378-7289
chavezg@smccd.edu

Gil Chavez

Contact me:
Mon - Thu: 10am - 6pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
 

Skyline College

Sharon Anzora
Portable 3E
650-738-7517
anzoras@smccd.edu

Sharon Anzora

Contact me:
Mon & Wed: 10am - 6pm
Tue & Thu: 12pm - 7pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm

Contact college admissions and records for questions about registration:


Face Coverings are Required

The District will follow and maintain alignment with the masking requirements outlined and required by San Mateo County Public Health, not adopt new or different District standard for masks.  

San Mateo County Health Orders   require wearing a well-fitting mask indoors in public settings. Indoor settings, whether public or private, are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, especially when individuals are with others they do not live with.

All employees, students and visitors entering any District facility are required to wear a face covering** in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status through Fall semester. Signage to this effect has been posted in all buildings throughout the District.(Face coverings are not required only when actively eating or drinking in designated areas.)

**Face covering   means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or single layer of fabric.

    • Face covering available throughout campus facilities if you misplaced yours.
    • KN95 masks available for free at the college Bookstore.

Experiencing Symptoms, Test Positive, or Exposed?

SMCCCD, through the COVID-19 Health Officer, will conduct tracing procedures for seeking information regarding COVID-19 cases and close contacts, COVID-19 test results, onset of COVID-19 symptoms, and identifying and recording COVID-19 cases. Personal identifying information of COVID-19 cases or persons with COVID-19 symptoms, and any medical records required by this section, shall be kept confidential unless disclosure is required or permitted by law.

If you have tested positive or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Stay home and do not come to campus
  • Report to instructor or appropriate college staff

If you think you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive:

  • Report to your supervisor or appropriate college staff

The COVID-19 Health Officer (CHO) will perform a preliminary investigation to assess conditions of the potential exposure and the Isolation / Exposure / Quarantine Decision Tree     will be used to determine appropriate directives.

 

The following will apply based on the variables of the suspected campus exposure:

  • Perform contact tracing following Center for Disease Control (CDC) and San Mateo County Public Health (SMCPH) guidelines, and HIPPA regulations for maintaining confidentiality during process
  • Contact San Mateo County Public Health to report any COVID-19 cases and obtain consultation as appropriate as required by law and regulation
  • Notify COVID-19 positive individuals with SMCPH directives for isolation
  • Notify individuals who have been determined to have close contact risk exposure** with SMCPH directives for quarantine or symptom monitoring

**Close contact risk exposure: means being within six feet of a COVID-19 case for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or greater in any 24-hour period within or overlapping with the “high-risk exposure period” regardless of the use of face coverings.

  • Isolation and quarantine directed individuals will be required to provide self-attestation to COVID-19 Health Officer (CHO) prior to official clearance and return to campus grounds. The following must be assessed:
    • Acknowledgement of directive for isolation (COVID+ test) or quarantine (symptomatic or confirmed exposure)
    • Completion of isolation or quarantine (beginning and ending date) consistent with CDC recommendations
    • Confirmation of no symptoms; or improved symptoms, and no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

A follow up negative COVID test is NOT required for 10 day isolation release.

  • The CHO shall notify appropriate instructor, college staff, and division dean when the student is cleared to return to campus grounds

A reminder to help keep our college community healthy and safe:

  • Monitor daily for signs of illness.  Stay home if sick and report to appropriate instructor or college staff
  • Report any household or community COVID-19 positive exposures
  • Wear a required face covering at all times while indoors. The face covering should have at least 2 layers, completely cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face
  • Sanitize hands and works spaces frequently to reduce the spread of germs

Self-Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms Upon Entering SMCCCD Buildings

Employees are required to self-assess for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering any district building.

Signs are posted at each building entrance to prompt individuals for self-assessment of the following symptoms:  fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, abdominal pain/diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell. 

If an individual self-assesses any symptom(s), they cannot enter the building and must leave campus grounds immediately. Follow reporting procedures as outlined by the SMCCCD COVID Written Prevention Plan for further guidance. 

COVID Symptoms Self-Assessment Sign  


Indoor Building Safety

All San Mateo County Community College District buildings are Cal/OSHA compliant and clean. The District Facilities Team continues to assess and address any safety issues (indoors and outdoors) on campuses and the District office. The District facilities are clean and meet Cal/OSHA requirements. Appropriate ventilation/filtration and sanitation protocols are in place (or alternatives have been identified) for buildings to ensure compliant operating conditions. Click here to view a briefing on the buildings’ air handling systems.


Sanitization and Hygiene

The following Sanitization and Hygiene strategies are identified to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The CDC has determined that COVID-19 is predominantly transmitted via aerosolized droplets from person to person. However, effective cleaning and disinfecting may contribute to the slowing of COVID-19 virus transmission.

Facilities Custodians clean and disinfect at least once daily:

  • high use community spaces: in-use classrooms, break rooms, work rooms, conference rooms, etc.
  • high touch points: handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, etc.
  • restrooms

All campus community members are expected to participate in:

  • effective hand hygiene by washing and sanitizing hands frequently
  • sanitizing the furniture, fixtures, and equipment they touch and use

Campus Activities & Events

All campus activities and events are resumed through normal operations. 

• All employees and students approved to access campus facilities may engage in in-person campus activities.
• The public and visitors may also engage in in-person campus activities if they comply with district safety guidelines and other policies. Vaccination verification will not be requested.

A record including date of event, timeframe, name of participants, phone, email is recommended should follow up COVID-19 tracing be necessary.

 

Do you still have questions that weren't answered on this webpage? Then read the most Frequently Asked Questions for the Spring 2022 Semester   for more information.