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How Safe is It to Return to Campus?

Why are We Requiring Vaccinations?

Letter from the Vice Presidents


 

95%

Employees Self Reported Vaccinated

 

83%

County Vaccinated

  • According to our internal data, 95 percent of our faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. Santa Clara County had 83 percent of those 12 and older vaccinated and 88 percent having received at least one dose.
  • Masks are required for indoor activities.
  • Vaccinations are required starting November 1, 2021.
  • We will never have 100 percent, however, we believe we are very safe.

In-Person Classes - Spring

We expect to return to full in-person services and classes in Spring 2022. We will also have online classes as well, but expect a return to pre-pandemic services.

Priority Registration for the winter session and spring semester begins on November 16. If you have any interest in attending our growing list of in-person classes and student services, you must be fully vaccinated or qualify for a medical or religious exemption (bi-weekly testing will be required.)


Online Classes

If you are exclusively learning remotely and do not plan to be on campus in the fall, you are not required to be vaccinated, but we strongly encourage you to do so.


Facilities

Coming to campus will be a bit different, similar to what you have experienced in other public places.  Everyone is expected to wear masks. We will continue to do extra cleaning between classes and in common areas.

However, we encourage you to enjoy our new outdoor plaza, with USB ports and sunshine!


What if There's an Exposure?

We realize exposures may still occur. However, we will work hard to lessen the risk and contain the spread. This is why we have set up daily health screenings to know who is on campus and when.

Additional Exposure Procedures Are Here

There may be extra attendance checks, and that is just part of our new routine. This is not only to limit exposure to the virus but to keep our campus safe.

We continue to follow the latest health guidelines around quarantines and let affected areas know of exposures.

Our District Director of Health Services is leading this charge.


I'm Still Not Sure...

We realize there is a lot of stress about returning to campus and each of us has a different comfort level. We urge you to talk to us about your concerns, with a classmate, a counselor, a mental health specialist, or a teacher.

We can get through this together!


Why Is This Happening?
  • The West Valley-Mission Community College District and Mission College are committed to protecting the health and well-being of students, faculty, employees, and the communities we serve,

  • The District vaccine policy has been established based on the evidence to date regarding the safety and effectiveness of available COVID-19 vaccines. 

  • The District policy is in alignment with policies being adopted by the majority of colleges in the region and state.

  • The District followed a process for public input prior to the adoption of this policy.

  • We recognize that this policy may create challenges for individual students and are committed to support everyone through this transition.