Path to Recovery Update 11/7/21
November 07, 2021 - 04:01 PM
Winter Intersession Guidelines
Registration for Winter Intersession classes began on November 3, for classes taking place January 3 through February 13. Winter students will be following new COVID-19 guidelines, which require all students taking in-person and hybrid classes to get vaccinated. Students can find their registration appointment as well as register for classes through the Portal. They can explore the range of courses available through the Schedule of Classes website.
Vaccinations Required for On Campus Students
ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS: This Winter Intersession, students engaging in on-campus activities (including in-person classes, labs, sports and services) must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
FULLY ONLINE STUDENTS: Fully online students are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Services on campus are limited to quick transactions that are less than 15 minutes, including: Bookstore, Laptop Distribution, Cashier’s Office, Student Services, Food Pantry, and Lab Kit Pickups.
OFF-SITE STUDENTS: Students participating in off-site internships, studies and employment must adhere to the COVID-19 rules and regulations established by that location.
Evidence Required by December 10 at 7:59 p.m.
Students who have previously submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination through their custom Cleared4 link do not need to submit evidence again. Students who wish to take in-person classes this Winter Intersession must upload proof of vaccination by December 10 at 7:59 p.m. or they risk being dropped from their in-person or hybrid class this Winter. Those who cannot find their custom link can request another Cleared4 account claim link.
Medical and Religious Exemptions
Students with a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief against vaccination must submit a Request for Medical Exemption or Request for Religious Exemption by December 10 at 7:59 p.m. or they risk being dropped from their in-person or hybrid class this Winter Intersession. To access these forms, follow the links above, then click the Account Icon (pictured), and then log in with your Mountie username and password. Those with authorized exemptions must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing at free locations across campus.
Campus Safety Regulations
STAY HOME IF SICK: As a reminder, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, nausea, diarrhea, and so on.
FILL OUT A HEALTH CHECK: To report symptoms or exposure to COVID-19, fill out a Student Health Check Form or Employee Health Check Form. This form is critical to trigger a campus response from Contract Tracers, Public Safety, Custodial Services and more.
FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED: Face coverings are required inside buildings and on public transportation. Face covering accommodations are through Human Resources at through Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Booster Doses
As essential workers in the education sector, Mt. SAC employees qualify for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. These booster doses should be taken at least 6 months after the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or at least 2 months after a Johnson & Johnson dose. Individuals can choose which vaccine to receive as a booster dose. Learn more about these qualifications through the Los Angeles County Public Health vaccine website. Appointments for a booster dose can be made at https://myturn.ca.gov as well as through major pharmacy chains.
Children 5-11 Now Eligible for Vaccine
After review and authorization by the FDA and CDC, children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Public health officials recommend the vaccine, explaining it is safe for children and effective in protecting against COVID-19.
Over the past two months, 1 in 5 new COVID-19 cases across the country have been among children 5 to 11 years old. While they are less likely to become severely ill from COVID-19 compared to adults, they can become very sick and develop a serious condition called MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome). This condition is most common among children 5 to 11.
Learn more about the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine through the CDC website. Appointments can be made at https://myturn.ca.gov as well as through major pharmacy chains. Children must have a parent or guardian present, and also bring proof of age, using an official document that shows their name and date of birth.
On Campus Vaccination Clinic
Mt. SAC is planning more convenient on-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They are also free, regardless of insurance and immigration status. Individuals just need to bring proof of age, using any official document that shows their name and date of birth, such as a California ID, Medicare card, passport from any country, birth certificate, membership card, or immunization records.
This upcoming Fulgent vaccine clinic is available for anyone 12 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian:
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kerr’s Corner, near the Library entrance and Mountie Café
Details about Mt. SAC's coronavirus response is available on its COVID-19 Health website at www.mtsac.edu/covid19.
The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery email provides employees a summary of large-scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/covid19.