Return Information for Student
The District has completed its phased in approach for return to campus. Instructional, student, and operational services are available to support students. This page will provide you with the most up-to-date information as you transition back to in-person courses and services.Vaccine InformationGet a Covid-19 Test
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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.
Booster vaccinations are recommended, click here for more information.Have questions about verifying your vaccination status? Check out our FAQ.
To register for 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. If you have already submitted your proof of vaccination and have been approved for in-person classes and services, you do not need to resubmit your proof of vaccination.
Have more questions about verifying your vaccination status? Check out our FAQ.
Complete the vaccination documentation process by following instructions below:
STEP 1: Log into Websmart and select the Student Services tab
STEP 2: Click on the “COVID-19 Vaccination” link at the top of the page and select one of the options below:
STEP 3: Select one of the following:
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.
“Request a Medical Exemption”
Only active licensed Medical Providers (Medical Doctor – M.D. or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – D.O.) can provide exemption documentation.
“Request a Religious Exemption”
- Upload fully completed forms and any supporting documents. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
- Approved medical and religious exemption individuals will be required to perform weekly COVID-19 testing and wear face coverings while indoors in campus buildings.
“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.
Student Support for Vaccination Verification:
If you find technical issues while uploading your vaccination information:
- Switch to the Chrome Browser as it works best with the Websmart platform
- Click here for other troubleshooting measures
If you need help with converting Pages documents to Microsoft Word documents on Mac:
- Please check How to convert Pages documents to Microsoft Word documents on Mac
- 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:
Building 21, Room 104
Mon - Thu: 9am - 6pm
College of San Mateo
Edgardo Molina Carlos
Building 1, room 139
Mon - Thu: 9am - 6pm
Building 4, Room 146
Mon - Thu: 9am - 6pm
Have questions about verifying your vaccination status? Find out more.
Online Courses & Services
If you have not provided proof of a complete vaccination series, do not plan on getting vaccinated and do not plan to apply for a medical/religious exemption, you will only be allowed to register for virtual classes and access virtual services at this time. To enroll in virtual courses and receive virtual student support, use our Virtual Campus.
Contact college Admissions and Records for questions about registration:
The Board of Trustees has recently modified the District’s face masking requirement, utilizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Community Level coding system..
The updated masking requirements, as outlined below, are effective until further notice, and apply to all students, employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
CDC COVID Community Level
SMCCCD Face Masking Requirement
Additional CDC Guidance
Face mask is recommended, but not required
Face mask is required while indoors in any District facility
Face mask is required while indoors in any District facility
*At levels where masking is required, the exemption of not wearing a mask while actively eating or drinking still applies.
To track the San Mateo County’s COVID Community Level, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
**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. Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit are recommended.
- Free surgical masks available throughout occupied campus facilities if you misplaced yours.
- N95 masks are available at the Bookstore, Library, Learning Center, Admissions & Records, Health Services, Counseling, and Public Safety.
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:
- Please refer to the Isolation/Exposure/Quarantine Decision Tree for further self-assessment of recommended guidance.
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.
- No quarantine required. Individuals must monitor symptoms for 14 days and take a COVID test 3-5 days following the exposure. If individual tests positive for COVID-19, isolate for 5-10 days from positive results.
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
Individuals 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.
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.
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.
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
All campus activities and events are resumed through normal operations.
• All employees and students approved to access campus facilities may engage in in-person
• 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.