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Public & Visitors Vaccination Policy

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.  Unvaccinated individuals must wear a face covering when entering district buildings (should county directives be rescinded).

Self-Assessment of COVID Symptoms Upon Entering SMCCCD Buildings

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. 

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 visitors, employees, and students 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.) Surgical masks are located at various locations throughout all buildings.  

**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.

Experiencing Symptoms or Test Positive?

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:

The COVID-19 Health Officer will conducting tracing following San Mateo County Health protocols and The Isolation / Exposure / Quarantine Decision Tree     will be used to determine appropriate directives.

See the SMCCCD Program Prevention Plan regarding Investigating, Responding, Reporting, and Record Keeping COVID-19 Cases.

Sanitization & 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

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.