Return Information for Public

The District has completed its phased in approach for return to campus. Operational services are available to support community. This page will provide you with the most up-to-date information as you transition back to in-person services.

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Return to Campus information

Per Board Policy 2.90  , the District will continue to allow the public & visitors access to its facilities (campuses). Interactions with members of the public may require an appointment, depending on the length of the interaction (and depending on campus/office).

The public & visitors to campuses, the District office or other District facilities are not subject to vaccination verification but must comply with safety guidelines and other policies in place by the District.  

Public & visitors are required to self-assess for signs and symptoms of COVID 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. 

The Board of Trustees 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 

LOW  

Face mask is recommended, but not required 

 

MEDIUM  

Face mask is required while indoors in any District facility 

HIGH  

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.

Public and visitors experiencing symptoms of illness (i.e. fever, aches, chills, coughs, etc.) should stay home and attend to their health and wellbeing and to mitigate spread to others.

If you were on campus in the previous 48 hours after testing positive or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Stay home and do not come to campus
  • Refer to the Decision Tree   for further self-assessment of recommended guidance.

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
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.