COVID-19 Information for Students

SUMMARY

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority. The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is resuming on-site and in-person activities at San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Miramar College and San Diego College of Continuing Education for the Fall 2021 semester.

We make these plans with a careful eye on current, comprehensive public health and mitigation strategies and recommendations from the CDC, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, OSHA and County of San Diego.

A safe return to campus

While most Fall 2021 courses are being held online, we are increasing our offerings of more in-person classes and in-person student services and activities as state and local health guidelines permit.  We remain committed in providing a high-quality learning experience for every student while keeping the health and safety of our community in mind.

While subject to change, we are currently planning for fall to include:

  • Proof of Vaccination for Classes on Campus: San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) will require all new and returning students to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination if attending any in-person class for the Fall 2021 semester.

  • Proof of Vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test for Student Services Appointments:  In-person services to students, prospective students, and the public reasonably expected to last 15 minutes or more will be conducted by appointment.  All student appointments require verification of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the prior seven (7) days.
  • Face Masks Still Required on Campus: All employees, students and campus visitors must continue to wear masks on campus. We are aware of the CDC's new guidelines for individuals who have been vaccinated, but we will continue to follow state and county guidelines currently in place.

  • Watch for Symptons: Ask that all students who have any of the warning signs for COVID-19, should not come to campus.

submitting your vaccination documentation online

If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine, you can upload your Vaccination Record Card by visiting the or clicking on the button below.  If you lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Card, you can request your card at the provider that gave you your COVID-19 vaccine, or submit an online request with the California Immunization Registry.

Deadline:

City, Mesa and Miramar students must submit vaccine documentation by Wednesday August 18th for classes that start the week of August 23rd.  For late-start, short-term classes, the deadline is the Thursday (end of day) prior to the start of class.

San Diego College of Continuing Education students must submit vaccine documentation by Thursday, September 9th.

Failure to provide proof of vaccination will result in being dropped from your in-person class.

Need to get vaccinated?

The CDC has created Vaccines.gov that provide the community with providers that have the COVID-19 vaccine ready for distribution.  Please click on the link below to see locations near you:

 

STUDENT COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS

  • Testing Requirements

    The following student populations are required to comply with weekly COVID-19 testing requirements:

  • Students must test weekly.  Tests must be submitted in order to attend classes on campus or in-person student services.  Tests must be within seven (7) days prior to class meetings.  

    Example:

    • Test Date - 08/26/2021           Cleared for Week of August 29th
    • Test Date - 09/10/2021           Cleared for Week of September 12th.
  • Testing on campus with Biocept is free for all students and employees.  Insurance is not required for free tests.  If you do not have insurance, please sign this affidavit and attach it to the health insurance upload form.

  • Cleared4 Platform
    Students will be invited to the Cleared4 platform if they are required to comply with weekly testing requirements.  Students will get an email from no-reply@cleared4.org.  If you did not receive the link you can also register and retrieve a link to your Cleared4 dashboard by clicking on your home-campus link below:

  If you lost your link, you can look it up here: https://www.c4wrk.com/K8pN9RUu2iv4t67F7

testing icon Submit Your Test Results

SDCCD has partnered with Biocept to provide free COVID-19 tests on campus for students. Students will receive an invite link if they are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.

If you lost your link, you can look it up here: https://www.c4wrk.com/K8pN9RUu2iv4t67F7

On Campus Testing Schedule

 

City College

Mesa College

Miramar College

Monday

 

7 AM – 3 PM

 

Tuesday

 

11 AM – 6 PM

7 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday

8 AM – 2 PM

 

12 PM – 7 PM

Thursday

9 AM – 5 PM

 

 

Friday

 

8 AM – 12 PM

 

testing locations Testing Locations

If you are unable to utilize testing on-campus, please click on the link below to find testing locations that provide free COVID-19 tests.  Test results must be loaded via Biocept.

testing locations
 
 

 

Have questions about covid-19?

If you have questions about COVID-19, or believe you may have contracted it, please contact Student Health Services at:

  City College Mesa College Miramar College
Health Services Office A-180
619-388-3450
Office I4-211
619-388-2774
Office K2-102
619-388-7881

Communication to Students

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about covid-19 impact on students

Updated: 08/31/2021

For information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) specifically, please visit https://www.sdccd.edu/coronavirus/. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also provides reliable up-to-date information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/

COVID-19 Vaccination requirements

Q: Do all students need to provide proof of vaccination?

A: Only students who are registered in an in-person class (On Campus or Partially Online) or wish to participate in-person (hyflex) will be required to provide proof of vaccination.  If you are enrolled in online classes, you are not required to provide proof of vaccination.  We are closely monitoring the situation and guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the San Diego County Public Health Office. 


Q: Which vaccines are accepted?

A: SDCCD is only accepting vaccines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC): https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html or the World Health Organization (WHO): 

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson / Janssen
  • AstraZeneca
  • Sinovac
  • Sinopharm
  • CanSino

Q: What are the requirements regarding vaccinations?

San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar Students:

A: In order to safeguard our community from COVID-19 and accommodate the need to increase vaccinations, students must have received the COVID-19 vaccination dose prior to August 18th (for classes beginning the week of August 23rd) or the Saturday prior to the start of class:

  • For 2-shot vaccines students must have received the first dose prior to August 18th (for classes beginning the week of August 23rd) or the Saturday prior to the start of class.
  • For 1-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson) students must have received the single dose prior to August 18th (for classes beginning the week of August 23rd) or the Saturday prior to the start of class.

San Diego College of Continuing Education Students:

A: In order to safeguard our community from COVID-19 and accommodate the need to increase vaccinations, students must have received the COVID-19 vaccination dose two business days prior to the start of class:

  • For 2-shot vaccines students must have received the first dose prior to the two business days prior to the start of class.
  • For 1-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson) students must have received the single dose prior to the two business days prior to the start of class.

IMPORTANT: Students who are not fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines will be required to comply with weekly COVID-19 testing requirements until they are fully vaccinated.

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.


Q: Where can I provide proof of vaccination?

A: Students may submit their vaccination documents via our online student services desk here: https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/4/group/34/create/123


Q: When do I need to provide my vaccination proof by?

A: Students must submit their vaccination record by 11:59pm two business days prior to week your class begins.

Example:

If your class starts on Wednesday September 8th, you must provide documentation two business days prior to the week of September 8th.  This means you must provide vaccine documentation by Thursday, September 2nd.


Q: I cannot take the COVID-19 vaccination due to medical or religious reasons, is there an exemption process?

A: Students may request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons.  Students may submit their request online here: https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal/4/group/34/create/125

Requests must be submitted one week prior to the start of classes, no exceptions.

Q: What medical documentation should I provide?

A: In order to process your request, we need you to submit medical documentation from your healthcare provider to establish your eligibility for a medical exemption. The documentation needs to provide, and should be limited to, the following information:

  • That you have a disability or medical condition which prevents you from receiving any of the available COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna, Pfeizer, and Johnson and Johnson);
  • The expected duration of the disability or medical condition which prevents you from being vaccinated, or that the condition is expected to be permanent.

To protect your privacy, the documentation should not contain any diagnosis, prognosis, specific condition, or any other medical information other than what is specified above.


Q: I have an exemption on file, or I have not been fully vaccinated yet, do I have to submit to weekly testing requirements?

A: Yes, all students who have an exemption on file or are not fully vaccinated must submit to weekly COVID-19 tests.  Failure to do so will prevent you from attending the course and may result you in being dropped from the class.


Q: What if I lost my COVID-19 vaccination card?

A: Students may visit the California Health Department Vaccination Record at: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ to retrieve their vaccination record. 


COVID-19 TESTING requirements

Q: What are testing requirements for COVID-19?

A: All students enrolled in Fall 2021 in-person or partially online classes who have an exemption on file or not yet fully vaccinated must comply with weekly testing requirements. 

Tests must have been conducted within seven (7) days prior to class meetings the following week.  For example, students must have provided test results conducted 8/15/2021 to 8/22/2021 for classes that meet 8/23/2021 to 8/28/2021.


Q: How do I submit my COVID-19 test results?

A: SDCCD has parterned with Biocept to provide free on-campus testing.  Students who are mandated to comply with weekly testing requirements was sent an email from no-reply@cleared4work.com.  Students must self-register and can book an appointment online.


Q: I forgot to submit my test result, what should I do?

A: Students must submit a negative COVID-19 test result in order to attend class in-person.  Students are not permitted to attend class and may be dropped due to non-attendance.  Comply with test requirements as soon as possible and notify your professor to make arrangements to make-up work if needed.


class information

Q: When will classes resume on-campus?

A: We are closely monitoring the situation and guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the San Diego County Public Health Office. 

We will be offering 15-25% of classes in-person starting the Fall 2021 semester.  We are closely monitoring guidance from state and federal health officials.


Q: What is Canvas?

A: Canvas is an online "Learning Management System" (LMS) that provides classes with the ability to be conducted online.  For more questions about Canvas, please visit:https://www.sdccd.edu/about/departments-and-offices/instructional-services-division/online-learning-pathways-1/students/student%20resources.aspx


Q: Why can’t I log into Canvas if I am enrolled in the course?

A: Students missing valid email addresses in Campus Solutions are unable to log into their course on Canvas. Make sure you have a valid email address on file.  You can verify your email address through mySDCCD by following the tutorial here.


Q: My class is being held "asynchronous" what does that mean?

A: Asnychronous means that the class is not held at a particular time.  You may be required to complete certain tasks by a deadline established by your instructor.  Your instructor will provide expectations for asynchronous classes.


Q: What if I am not receiving emails from SDCCD?

A: To ensure that you are receiving all SDCCD updates, make sure that you have an email address on file. You can verify your email address through mySDCCD by following the tutorial here.


Q: My class is going online, but I do not have internet access, are there any resources for students?

A: We are gathering a list of resources that are being made available to students.  Please continue to check back here as this list expands:

Wi-Fi Parking Lots Available

City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges and Continuing Education will be providing a "Wi-Fi Parking Lot" where any enrolled student can access the internet. (Class schedule screen shot OR print out required).

Click here for Parking Guidelines

Mondays - Thursdays: 8:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

City College Parking Lot #5
Mesa College Parking Lot #1
Miramar College Parking Lot #2
Continuing Education ECC Campus Parking Lot #3

Free Internet Service:

  • Several companies including Charter, Spectrum, and Comcast have announced plans to offer free internet service for 60 days to households with students as classes are moving online amid concerns about COVID-19. Beginning March 16 Charter Communications will make its internet and WiFi services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company.

  • WiFi hotspots will also be open for public. https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
     
    Please contact the companies at the phone numbers below directly to arrange services if you are interested.
  • Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots

    All Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. For more information on available public hotspots visit https://wifi.xfinity.com/.


Q: What if I don't feel comfortable or cannot take an online class?

A: If you do not feel comfortable taking an online class, you have a few options:

  • Contact your instructor regarding any concerns you may have, they may be willing to work with you to help you feel comfortable.
  • Visit Online Learning Pathways to discover tips and tricks to take classes online.

Q: I currently have, or will need, accommodations for my class, who should I contact?

A: Please contact the DSPS office on campus.  They will be able to assist your need for accommodations. For more information, please visit:https://www.sdccd.edu/about/departments-and-offices/student-services-department/dsps/index.aspx

student services

Q: I need to turn in a form/petition, how can I do this?

A: Students can submit most forms/petitions online at https://www.sdccd.edu/students/forms-and-documents.aspx Please be sure to read the instructions on the page prior to submitting your form.


Q: Will mySDCCD still be available?

A: Yes, mySDCCD is still available and accessible at http://my.sdccd.edu


Q: Will I be able to go to the campuses if I need help in person?

A: Effective Fall 2021 we will be offering some services in person.  More details to follow.


Q. I have a question about pre-requisites, who can I contact?

A.Please contact your counseling office for more questions.


Q: Will Counseling services still be available?

A: E-Counseling services may be available at your campus.  Please contact your counseling office for more questions.


Q: How do I order transcripts?

A: You can order transcripts online via mySDCCD.  Transcript processing will still continue.  

For more information about outgoing transcripts visit: https://www.sdccd.edu/students/transcripts/index.aspx


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