SJECCD Reopening 

Beginning in March 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented and rapid transition of classes and services to the online environment.  Though our return to in-person instruction and services will still be much different compared to our pre-COVID operations, the fall 2021 semester will have significantly more in-person offerings and most student support services will return to serving students in person. District Office operations will return to in-person as well, with District employees returning to work on August 9, 2021.

This expanded in-person service is predicated on continued positive trends in public health conditions, including high vaccination rates within and around our District service area, and is subject to change based on national, state, or local mandates or guidance.

Self-Check for Symptoms

As employees and students return to campus, we ask that everyone do their part to keep our community healthy and safe. Before coming to campus or the District Office each day, please do a self-check for any of the following symptoms:

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

If you are sick or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then you must stay home. The above list does not include all possible symptoms. To learn more about symptoms or conduct your self-check, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

Student Services Reopening Fall 2021

Student services will be open for in-person services beginning August 9, 2021, and continuing throughout the fall semester as 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:

San Jose City College (Coming Soon) Evergreen Valley College

FAQ: Health and Safety

 Q:  Are students, employees, and visitors required to wear masks while on SJECCD property?

A:  Yes. Masks will continue to be required in shared spaces both indoors and outdoors 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 on SJECCD property regardless of vaccination status.

While masks are required in most settings on SJECCD property, there are some exceptions to the mask mandate. Masks are NOT required to be worn:
  • When an individual is alone in a room and visitors are not expected;
  • While eating or drinking;
  • While performing work-related tasks that cannot feasibly be performed while wearing a mask;
  • If a medical condition or disability prevents the individual from wearing a mask and an accommodation has be granted through the interactive process; or
  • When communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing where lip reading is involved.
We will continue to monitor guidance from public health officials and regularly evaluate our mask mandate.

Q:  I have a clear face shield.  Can I wear this instead of a face mask?

A:  No.  Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for a face mask on District property.  Please refer to CDC guidance for “Wearing of Masks” 

Q:  Will students or employees be required to be vaccinated in order to return to in-person classes and work?

A: Not at this time.  While obtaining a vaccination is STRONGLY recommended for all students and employees, SJECCD is not requiring vaccinations when in-person operations resume on August 9, 2021.  As with all guidelines as we return to in-person instruction and services, this is subject to change as we closely monitor guidance from public health officials.

Q:  Are employees or students allowed to travel for work- or school-related purposes?

A: Yes.  Employee and student travel is permitted pending approval from the College President or District Chancellor.

Q: What is the process for employees to report a positive COVID case and how will those who have been exposed to a positive individual be informed?

A:  An employee who has a confirmed positive COVID test should report those results to their supervisor as soon as possible.  The supervisor will then file a report through the District’s Maxient reporting platform. The Maxient report is then routed to Human Resources, which will conduct all necessary contact tracing, reporting, and communications, including to any employees who may have been in close contact to the positive individual.

Q: What is the process for students to report a positive COVID case and how will those who have been exposed to a positive individual be informed?

A:  A student who has a confirmed positive COVID 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.

FAQ: Facilities and Sanitation

Q: Are there cleaning guidelines and/or a disinfecting schedule?

A: 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 (Coming Soon)  Evergreen Valley College

Q: What was the process to prepare facilities for the return of in-person operations? What types of inspection, testing, or equipment upgrades have taken place?

A: COVID 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 has 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 help ensure systems are performing the necessary CDC/ASHRAE recommended air exchanges and sufficient outside fresh air is being pulled into the buildings.

Q: What kind of air filtration is being used in our buildings? 

A: 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.

FAQ: Classes and Schedule

Q:  Will the Evergreen Valley and San Jose City Colleges offer classes online or in-person in fall 2021?

A: The fall 2021 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:

FAQ: In-Person Services

Q:  Will student services be back on campus?

A:  In-person student services will return to campus in fall 2021, though hours of operation may vary. Implementation of these critical services for students will vary college-by-college based on student demand and unique staffing dynamics. For specific details regarding which services are available and hours of operation, please visit each college’s website:

San Jose City College (Coming Soon)  Evergreen Valley College

Q: When will we be back to "normal?"

A: With the pandemic ongoing and another spike in cases due to the Delta Variant, it is impossible to say when all restrictions will be lifted and we will return to pre-pandemic operations. We will announce plans for spring 2022 semester soon in order to allow students and employees as much time as possible to plan accordingly.

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. With the dynamic and rapidly changing situation, much may change between now and the time that decisions for spring 2022 will be finalized. We will continue to work closely with our community on all of those discussions and keep everyone informed along the way.

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