FAQ’s Related to COVID-19

revised 1/7/2022

Unvaccinated SMC Staff and Faculty must test for COVID-19 at least once per week.

Employees that work exclusively at a remote worksite may be exempt if they have no regular contact with community members and do not anticipate a need to be on-campus.

No. Students workers are classified as students and therefore bound by protocols for students, which are generally more stringent than those for Staff and Faculty anyways.

Every week by 12:00 (noon) on Friday. The sample must be collected between the preceding Friday and the deadline. I.e. For results due 1/7/22 @ 12:00, the sample must have been collected between 12/31 and 1/7.

Submit a “pending” result with evidence that a test was ordered during the subject week. We are flexible and willing to work with employees that show a good faith effort to get tested as required. Please contact benefits@stmarys-ca.edu if you experience issues.

The goal of this protocol is not punitive. That said, failure to comply is serious and endangers the safety of the entire campus community. Penalties for non-compliance can include unpaid leave and/or termination of employment.

Individuals are considered up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination (and therefore not required to submit weekly test results) if they meet the CDC standard. Currently this is 2 weeks after the final dose in the initial series. For more information: CDC - Stay Up to Date

No. SMC-HR highly recommends that employees obtain a booster as soon as they're eligible. A booster requirement may be considered by College officals at a future date.