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COVID Updates

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Covid updates


The SJECCD Board of Trustees approved a resolution that no longer requires employees or students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

With this change to our COVID response, we will no longer be accepting or reviewing applications for exemptions based on medical/disability need or sincerely held religious belief, as exemptions are no longer necessary. 

Other COVID-related operational changes, including reporting and tracking of positive cases and daily check-in for employees, remain in effect.

Throughout the pandemic, we have relied upon guidance from federal, state, and local public health agencies to make informed decisions and keep our District community safe and healthy. With these agencies updating and rescinding their states of emergency and various public health orders, this was an opportune time for our Board to evaluate our ongoing response to COVID-19.

In addition to prioritizing the health and safety of students and employees, we also remain firmly committed to student access and to proactively removing barriers to college access and student success. 

While vaccinations are no longer required, we continue to support and encourage vaccination among employees and students. Information on how to make an appointment to receive a vaccination or booster shot in Santa Clara County is available from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department

Additionally, students and employees have access to vaccines and booster shots through the Student Health Services center on each campus.

We will also continue to make masks and hand sanitizer available for free in District facilities and our on-campus COVID-19 testing sites will remain open through Friday, May 26, 2023. 

These on-campus testing sites will continue to provide PCR saliva-based tests for employees and students and will distribute at-home COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment while supplies last.

These changes are also reflected on our COVID-19 & Vaccination Information page


If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for a minimum of 5 days and test negative with a rapid antigen test before returning to campus (if returning before 10 days).

During this isolation period, you should NOT leave your isolation space and should minimize contact with any other person. Please complete the following SJCC COVID reporting form if you test positive: SJCC COVID reporting form

You may notify others of exposure through this link:


Academic Support

Please email your instructors to let them know that you are working with the SJCC Student Health Center’s isolation guidance, and that you are not allowed to attend any in-person classes or activities (ex: meetings, sports, labs, or clinicals). You may copy on the email you send them so that they know your request is verified by student health services.  

This is an example letter to send to your instructor if you are isolating at home because you have COVID:

Dear Instructor,

I am letting you know that I am currently following SJCC’s COVID isolation protocol as instructed by the SJCC Student Health Center (copied). At this point, I will need to remain isolated until at least insert DATE. This could be extended up to 5 more days based on continuation of symptoms or lack of a negative COVID test.  During my COVID isolation I am not able to attend any in-person classes, sport, activities, or clinicals/fieldwork placements, but I can participate in any virtual classes - if there is an option to do so.

Please let me know what arrangements or accommodations can be made while I am quarantined. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


IMPORTANT:   If you test negative and are cleared to stop isolation, be sure to notify Student Health Services and your instructors before you return to class to avoid any misunderstandings or concerns. 

Frequently asked questions

  1. Where do I learn about vaccination resources?
    Students are encouraged to visit to find vaccination providers.  Students are also encourage to check with local pharmacies to learn if vaccination appointments are available by visiting the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

  2. What additional resources are available to learn more about COVID-19?
    San José Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD)
    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
    Santa Clara County Public Health Department


Self-Check / Reporting

We ask that everyone do their part to keep our community healthy and safe. Before coming to San Jose City College, Evergreen, Valley College, Milpitas Extension, or District Office,  please do a self-check for any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fague
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea