KSOE Fall Reopening Message

Dear KSOE students,

We hope this message finds you well as you are completing the Spring Term and looking forward to starting up with summer and fall learning at the Kalmanovitz School of Education.  With the availability of COVID-19 vaccines increasing and the health of our broader county community continuing to improve, we are pleased to announce our reopening plan for in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year this fall. We will continue to offer remote instruction for the Summer 2021 term, but the KSOE will return to predominantly in-person and hybrid offerings starting in the Fall.

We are committed to assuring that our students, faculty, and staff, are able to participate equitably and successfully as members of the KSOE and SMC learning community. An essential component of providing an in person learning experience safely is that everyone follows the Campus-wide Health & Wellness Protocols set forth by the College.  All SMC students whose coursework involves in-person instruction will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and will provide proof of vaccination to the College prior to starting programs in the fall. 

Last month, California expanded eligibility for vaccinations for all residents aged 16 and above, and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines has been increasing. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We will work with our students who are not able to be vaccinated prior to Fall to help them meet the new requirement. As with other immunizations, we will allow exemptions for students with documented medical or religious reasons. Where exemptions are granted, the college may require COVID-19 testing, social and access restrictions, or other limitations. 

We are sensitive to the needs of our students who may wish to continue their study or work in the Fall Term remotely due to personal circumstances including health or care provider concerns. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DEPARTMENT CHAIR OR PROGRAM DIRECTOR DIRECTLY IF YOU ARE ONE WHO MAY REQUIRE CONTINUED REMOTE INSTRUCTION. 

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus soon!  

Sincerely,

Dean Carol Gittens, PhD