Facial Covering

Bay Area Health Officers Support California Face Masking Guidance

The Bay Area county public health officers collectively announced an indoor mask mandate effective August 3 to help mitigate the spread of the Delta variant of the Coronavirus. This mandate requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in public indoor spaces. Click here to read the entire Contra Costa County Health Order. Click here to read the SMC Campus Notification.

We all want to stay on campus and stay healthy and that will take all of us to make this possible. At SMC, all individuals regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks while indoors. Building signage reflecting the new county health order is in place and all persons on campus are expected to comply with this new mandate. Removing face coverings while actively eating or drinking is acceptable. In addition, we are continuing to expand the accessibility of our outdoor spaces, including eating and classroom spaces. 

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.

 

Residence Halls Facial Covering Policy 

In line with CDC and Contra Costa County guidance regarding face coverings, Saint Mary’s College face-covering policy includes wearing facial coverings inside the residential facilities. This includes utilization of facial coverings in the residential hallways, corridors, common areas (except while showering) and laundry facilities. Facial coverings must be worn inside rooms if there are more than the assigned residents inside the space. Facial coverings must cover the mouth and nose to protect others from potentially contaminated droplets that come out of another person's mouth and nose when they speak, cough or laugh. 

 

Signage

Residential buildings have facial covering signage posted on exterior doors, hallways, corridors, common areas and laundry facilities to remind residents of this facial covering requirement. 

 

Dining Facilities

Individuals are expected to wear facial coverings in dining facilities at all times except when they are actively eating or drinking.  SMC Dining Services has place appropriate signage including table tents within Oliver, the Pub and  Cafe Louis.

 

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