Facial Covering

Facial coverings greatly reduce COVID-19 transmission. Plan to wear yours regularly.

For the health and safety of all members of our Saint Mary's community, students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and approved visitors must wear a facial covering over their mouth and nose when they arrive on campus or leave their on-campus residence. A facial covering protects others from potentially contaminated droplets that come out of another person's mouth and nose when they speak, cough or laugh.  In communities, COVID-19 is very commonly spread by those who are exhibiting absolutely no symptoms, and they appear perfectly healthy.  Facial coverings are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19 by asymptomatic carriers. 

All SMC community members must wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose. SMC community members may choose to wear an optional transparent face shield.  In this case, a face covering must also be worn under it. Facial coverings must also be worn when SMC community members are participating in other academic responsibilities off campus (clinical sites, service sites, or other academic endeavors). Facial coverings should be worn at all times on campus, except when actively eating or drinking or when an individual is in their residence hall room or private residence. Employees will not be required to wear facial coverings in private offices by themselves, with the door closed as long as the space is completely contained by walls that extend to the ceiling and has a door that can be closed. If you have a documented medical condition or disability related to wearing a face covering, contact Human Resources or Student Disability Services. 

Per Contra Costa County Health Orders, any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling is not considered a facial covering and is not permitted.

Students With Disabilities

Public health authorities judge face coverings to be necessary to prevent a direct threat to others in the transmission of COVID-19.  Without a face covering, all students—both those with and without disabilities—would pose the same risk to others in the transmission of COVID-19. Therefore, all students will be required to adhere to the College's face-covering requirement. Students with documented disabilities can contact SDS@stmarys-ca.edu to further discuss concerns and get assistance in helping source a wearable face covering.

Employees With Disabilities

Public health authorities judge face coverings to be necessary to prevent a direct threat to others in the transmission of COVID-19.  Without a face covering, all students - both those with and without disabilities - would pose the same risk to others in the transmission of COVID-19.  Therefore all employees will be required to adhere to the college face-covering requirement.  Employees with documented disabilities can contact hr@stmarys-ca.edu to further discuss concerns and get assistance in helping source a wearable face covering.

7/7/2020 CCCHS Public Guidance for Face Coverings
6/18/2020 CDPH Face Covering Guidance
4/3/2020 CDC How to Make a Face Mask

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