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.

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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:

      “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.

“Request a Medical Exemption”

If you are seeking a Medical Exemption, complete the following form 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.

“Request a Religious Exemption”

If you are seeking a Religious Exemption, complete the following form prior to attesting in Websmart: Religious Exemption Form: English   Mandarin   Spanish   Tagalog  

Notes:

      • 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:

 

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

Cañada College

Kate Yamahiro
Building 21, Room 104
650-381-3574
yamahirok@smccd.edu

Juan Cornejo

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


 

College of San Mateo

Edgardo Molina Carlos
Building 1, room 257
650-378-7289
molinacarlose@smccd.edu

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


 

Skyline College

Rubielyn Bactad-Ruiza
Building 4, Room 146
650-738-7517
bactadruizar@smccd.edu

Sharon Anzora

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


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:

Cañada College Admissions

College of San Mateo Admissions

Skyline College Admissions

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.

    • 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.

If you are experiencing symptoms, tested positive, or had an exposure, please following these guidelines

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

COVID-19 Symptomatic Process Chart

If you test positive for COVID-19:

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

COVID-19 Exposure Process Chart

 

 

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.
  • 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. 

COVID Symptoms Self-Assessment Sign  

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.
  • 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 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.