COVID-19 News & Resources

Saint Mary's College COVID-19 Information and Resources 

Spring 2021 classes are being offered in various modalities, including in-person, flex, and virtual classes. Due to our current “purple” Tier 1 status, in-person instruction will be only open to on-campus students with limited exceptions. In addition, all classes will meet remotely during the first two weeks of the Spring Term. This allows time for residential students to clear with two negative COVID tests before gathering for in-person classes. Once negative results are confirmed, in-person instruction will begin.

Students will have access to all student support services, both remotely and in dedicated College locations expressly designed for their connectivity and study needs. We have the utmost confidence in our exceptional faculty to continue to provide highly personalized instruction, advising, and mentoring. Students will also have access to all student support services, both remotely and in dedicated College locations expressly designed for their connectivity and study needs.

A wide array of student-centered support services, leadership opportunities, activities, spiritual guidance, and career and professional development opportunities are available that reflects the transformative whole-person education for which Saint Mary’s is known.

We aim to prevent the spread of infection with enhanced protocols, reconfigured campus spaces, and careful control of campus access.

Recognizing the increased financial pressures on our students and their families during this COVID-19 pandemic, we have been taking steps to respond to your needs. Contact the Financial Aid Department for more information: finaid@stmarys-ca.edu

 

RECENT UPDATES: 

Contra Costa Extends COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to Essential Workers - Including Higher Education Employees

Contra Costa Health Services announced that they have opened up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents who work in the education and childcare sector, food and agriculture workers, and emergency services workers as defined by Phase 1B of California's vaccination plan. Phase 1B includes all staff in colleges, universities, community colleges, and other postsecondary education facilities. Read more here.

State Vaccine Priority Update for Higher Education

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated COVID-19 vaccine allocation guidelines for people working in education and childcare. We are pleased to share that the State’s Phase 1B, Tier 1 vaccine priority now includes “All staff in colleges, universities, junior colleges, community colleges, and other postsecondary education facilities.” Read more here.

Employee briefing held on January 22nd is now available to view here

COVID-19 related employee briefings are held monthly to inform our employees about the latest updates.

Bay Area Regional Stay at Home Order Lifted

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the Regional Stay at Home Order state-wide in response to ICU bed capacity projections rising above 15%. CDPH also announced that the Limited Stay at Home Order, which limited non-essential activities between the hours of 10pm and 5pm, has expired as well. Read more here.

What to Expect for Spring Term

Spring classes are being offered in various modalities, including in-person, flex, and virtual classes. Read more here.

COVID-19 Testing Plan for Jan Term 2021, Spring Semester 2021, Easter Recess 2021

The Health and Wellness Center has outlined the College’s plan for student testing upon return back to campus and ongoing screening throughout the semester. For specific details, visit the Health & Wellness Center website for COVID-19 testing for SMC Students.

Interim Campus Access Plan updated to reflect SMC Tier Re-Opening Plan

This interim policy has been updated to align with the phase opening plan for 2021. Visit the Interim College Access Policy webpage for all of the details. 

 

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