Student FAQ for Vaccination Requirement

If I am vaccinated do I have to wear a mask on campus?

Yes. All students, regardless of their vaccination status, who are taking in-person classes or who are on campus are required to wear a mask indoors. Please refer to the Face Covering Guidelines that all students will be expected to follow when they are on campus.

I am taking online classes but want to use campus facilities such as the library. Do I have to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students utilizing in-person services on campus will need to use the WVC Go app to submit a daily health self-assessment and obtain a green "Cleared" badge. In order to obtain a cleared badge, students must be fully vaccinated or attest they have received a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours.

For Spring 2022: Students and visitors will only be allowed on campus if they are fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. Testing will only be an option for those with an approved medical or religious exemption.

If someone has been vaccinated with a W.H.O. (World Health Approved Vaccine), do they need to be revaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or J&J vaccine?

Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

People who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by either F.D.A. or WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

We’re glad you’d like to get vaccinated! Fully vaccinated students have fewer restrictions. Vaccines are free. You don’t need to have an I.D. or a social security number, and you don’t need insurance!

If I have only had received my first dose of the vaccine, can I take classes on campus?

Yes, students who are partially vaccinated are eligible to take in-person classes. However, they must show proof of a negative COVID test twice weekly until two weeks after their final dose of the vaccine.

What happens if I miss my testing appointment?

If you miss your testing appointment, then you will be prohibited from coming to campus for any classes and/or services.

If you miss any classes due to a failure to comply with the testing requirements, then those absences will be unexcused and may lead to negative consequences in that class Refer to you class syllabus for the class attendance policy.

What information will a student be required to provide prior to coming to campus each day?

Students will be required to do a daily health check-in using the mobile app before coming to campus. The app will provide the student with a health verification to show to the faculty member if asked.

Will faculty be required to remove students from class if they fail to wear a mask?

Classrooms will be provided with extra masks for students who forget theirs. Students will be provided with numerous reminders that masks are mandatory both electronically and through on-campus and classroom signage. Students who refuse to wear a mask should be asked to leave the class.

What should a student do if they test positive for COVID-19?

If the student has been on campus for an in-person class or any in-person services, for example the library, within 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to the positive test sample being collected if they are asymptomatic, or within 10 days after symptoms began or after the positive test sample was collected, the student must do the following

  1. Submit the COVID-19 Incident Report Form.
  2. Inform their Instructor

Do students in online classes who test positive need to report?

A student that is COVID-19 positive and that has not come to campus within 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to the positive test sample being collected if they are asymptomatic, or within 10 days after symptoms began or after the positive test sample was collected, does not need to report.

What notifications and contact tracing are done after a positive case is reported to have been on campus during their infectious period?

The contact tracing team, led by District Health Officer Dr. Forrest, will monitor for and follow-up on COVID-19 Incident Report Form submittals. Once notified of an incident, the contact tracing team will contact the COVID-19 positive student directly. The contact tracing team will work with the COVID-19 positive student to identify all locations they visited on campus and all close contacts they may have had during the period in which they may have been infectious. The contact tracing team will then follow up with all close contacts directly and provide them with important instructions and information, including information on various testing options. Unvaccinated close contacts will be required to quarantine per County Health guidelines. Vaccinated close contacts are not required to quarantine but are required to monitor for symptoms and are strongly encouraged to seek testing after five days have passed since the close contact occurred.

What happens to students who do not comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate or do not submit an exemption request?

Failure to comply with this requirement will result in disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion.

What happens if students knowingly submit falsified information?

Students who knowingly submit falsified information may face discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion from West Valley Mission Community College District

Last Updated 11/11/21