Our campuses, facilities, and offices are now open to vaccinated students, employees and the public. The 2021 fall semester features a combination of in-person and online courses. The intersession and spring 2022 semesters will include a similar combination of courses. For campus-specific information and updates regarding our response to COVID-19, please visit the individual campus pages.
In order to promote the health and safety of our community, students taking in-person or hybrid courses and/or accessing on-campus services are being asked to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to comply with a resolution that was passed by the San José - Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
The COVID-19 vaccine requirement applies to all San José - Evergreen Community College District sites, including Evergreen Valley College, San José City College, the Milpitas Extension, and the SJECCD District Office.
All students taking in-person or hybrid courses and/or accessing on-campus services are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless they submit an exemption and are approved as a reasonable accommodation. Students taking only fully online courses and NOT accessing on-campus services are not required to submit proof of vaccination.
No. Students enrolled exclusively in online courses and who do NOT access on-campus services will NOT be required to provide proof of vaccination
Yes, students taking in-person or hybrid courses and/or accessing on-campus services will be required to provide proof of receiving the full dosage of vaccination against COVID-19.
The San José - Evergreen Community College District will accept exemptions due to a medical condition/disability or sincerely held religious belief. Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students granted an exemption as a reasonable accommodation may be required to submit to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing.
Students must download or print the COVID-19 Medical Exemption Request Form and have a licensed physician or advanced practice nurse licensed in a jurisdiction of the United States complete the form. The COVID-19 Medical Exemption Request Form can be accessed here.
Students must complete an online form and upload a written statement that addresses three questions noted on the religious exemption form. Written statements must be signed and submitted using this form.
No, international students who have completed a World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine series in their home country are not required to be vaccinated again.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has authorized the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, BIBP/Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
Students received written notification the week of September 27, 2021.
A hold will be placed on the student’s educational record, and the student may not be able to attend classes until they submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption.
Students who knowingly submit falsified information may face discipline up to and including expulsion from San José - Evergreen Community College District.
Students are encouraged to visit Student Health Services at San José City College for additional information.
No. Students will not be administratively withdrawn or be required to withdraw themselves. All students are encouraged to remain in their classes for the remainder of fall 2021. Students should also plan on being vaccinated as soon as possible or submit a request for an exemption.
No. Students may not request to be dropped from their classes and receive a full refund of fees due to the vaccine mandate. Students may voluntarily withdraw from their classes; however, there may be financial aid consequences, and a notation will be made on their transcripts.
No. Students will not face disciplinary action. Students are encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as possible to comply with the vaccine mandate.
Holds will be placed on students’ educational records on Monday, January 3rd, 2022, if they have not submitted proof of vaccination or have not submitted a request for an exemption.
Holds placed on students’ educational records prevent students from making modifications to their current class schedule and prevent enrollment in future semesters.
No. San José - Evergreen Community College District does not encourage or endorse a particular COVID-19 vaccine. The District recommends students consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and their own health care professionals for additional information and guidance.
Yes. The resolution passed by the San José - Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees does not differentiate between students based on age. The resolution requires all students who are eligible to be vaccinated to submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption. The resolution applies to students ages 12 and over.
The resolution passed by the San José - Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees does not differentiate students based on city or state of residence. The resolution requires all students who are eligible to be vaccinated to submit proof of vaccination or request an exemption.
Yes. All students enrolled in classes at San José City College, including Middle College students, are required to submit proof of vaccination or submit a request for an exemption.
Yes. All students enrolled in classes at San José City College, including concurrent enrollment and dual enrollment students, are required to submit proof of vaccination or submit a request for an exemption.
Students who are required to take a Tuberculosis (TB) test should consult with their health care provider to solicit additional information and guidance pertaining to when they may receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The same applies to other immunizations.
The San José - Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees engaged in meaningful and deliberate discussions pertaining to the potential COVID-19 vaccine mandate throughout the spring and summer 2021. The resolution was passed on the recommendations from public health authorities and the tools available to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes. All San José - Evergreen Community College District employees are required to adhere to the same COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Furthermore, visitors, contractors, and others conducting business at San José City College are required to adhere to the same COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
San José - Evergreen Community College District complies with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Both federal laws limit the terms of what information may be shared without written consent.
Yes, while indoors. Masks will continue to be required in shared indoor spaces at all times while on SJECCD property until further notice. Throughout the pandemic, we have maintained the health and safety of our students, employees, and the broader community we serve as our highest priority. As such, all students, employees, and visitors are required to wear masks while indoors on SJECCD property regardless of vaccination status.
While masks are required in most indoor settings on SJECCD property, there are some exceptions to the mask mandate. Masks are NOT required to be worn:
No. Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for a face mask on District property. Please refer to CDC guidance for “Wearing of Masks.”
Yes. In order to promote the health and safety of our community, students and employees are being asked to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to comply with a resolution passed by the San José - Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
Yes. Employee and student travel is permitted pending approval from the College President or District Chancellor.
A student who has a confirmed positive COVID-19 test should report those results to their instructor as soon as possible. The instructor will then report the case to their dean, who will in turn report it to Health Services to file a report through the Maxient reporting platform.
Yes. All SJECCD facilities have undergone assessment to determine if enhanced cleaning and/or disinfecting are needed, and schedules have been created based on these needs. For details regarding cleaning and disinfecting schedules at Evergreen Valley College or San Jose City College, please refer to each college’s website. San Jose City College Evergreen Valley College
COVID-19 mitigation measures to prepare our facilities for the return of in-person classes and work have been multi-faceted, including an assessment of every classroom, office, and workspace to determine where temporary or permanent barriers or glass shields were needed. Signage and PPE have also been placed throughout the facilities as necessary.
In the Spring of 2021, a third-party engineering assessment of all buildings was conducted. Building ventilation and air filtration systems have been upgraded with the highest-rated filters that the mechanical system can operate with and increased outside makeup air.
Before the pandemic, we regularly performed HVAC system checks to ensure our systems were operating properly. Now we will perform additional checks in order to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. We use the CDC-recommended American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards when performing these checks, in addition to utilizing our Building Management System, which helps ensure systems are performing the necessary CDC/ASHRAE recommended air exchanges and sufficient outside fresh air is being pulled into the buildings.
The majority of our buildings have MERV-13 air filters. MERV-13 filters are recommended because they can trap smaller particles, including viruses, and are equivalent to N95 masks with regards to protection and air quality. We are also performing additional building "purging" each morning before 7:00 a.m., each evening, and throughout the day as necessary as recommended by CDC/ASHRAE.
The spring 2022 schedule includes a mixture of both online and in-person classes. For specific details on which classes are being offered online and which will be conducted in-person, please visit each college’s class schedule: San Jose City College Schedule of Classes Evergreen Valley College Schedule of Classes
In-person student services returned to campus in fall 2021 and will continue to be available, though hours of operation may vary. Implementation of these critical services for students will vary college-by-college based on student demand, unique staffing dynamics and close monitoring of positive COVID-19 cases in our area. For specific details regarding which services are available and hours of operation, please visit each college’s website: San Jose City College Evergreen Valley College
With the pandemic ongoing and another spike in cases, it is impossible to say when all restrictions will be lifted, and we will return to pre-pandemic operations. We will continue to use the most current national, state and local public guidance as well as feedback from SJECCD stakeholders and constituency groups to inform all decisions. We will continue to work closely with our community on all of those discussions and keep everyone informed along the way.
Student services are open for in-person services and will remain available long as it remains safe to do so. For specific information on which services are available and their hours of operation on each of our campuses, please visit the San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College re-opening websites by clicking below.
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 and our ongoing effort to respond to the pandemic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.