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Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented transition of classes and services to the online environment. Because of improving public health conditions, we are adding more classes and services on campus.

Sacramento City College requires evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination (or an approved exemption) for all students who access district and college facilities.

Masks are strongly recommended but not required in all district facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Los Rios strongly supports any student or employee's choice to continue wearing a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

Student Services Open In-Person

Student Service Mode of Service Delivery Online Services In-Person Services In-Person Hours
Admissions and Records, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Appointments with evaluators; customer service via phone for all questions and inquiries Appointment Based Services - application, evaluations, graduation, Advanced Education, forms M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
ASHÉ Center, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Counseling appointments; workshops; mentor meetings; financial aid meetings Student support; study space; resource referrals; promote online events/workshops M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Asian Pacific Islander Program, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Workshops, Events, API Advisory Team Meetings, Student support, resource referrals, etc. Student Support, study space, support students with language access needs or technology support and resource referrals, promote online events/workshops. M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Basic Needs: Food Pantry, Main Campus 100% In-Person Online sign-ups and questions Food distribution only
Bookstore, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person All All, including grab-and-go food and drink options, and clothing See Bookstore hours.
CalWORKs, Main Campus 100% Online All services, including counseling appointments N/A M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
College2Career (C2C), Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Some student meetings and workshops Some student meetings and workshops M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Computer Labs, Main Campus In-Person N/A Learning Resource Center, Second Floor: Computers for student use, no tech support available on the second floor M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
T: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
Th: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Counseling, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Phone and Zoom student appointments; crisis counseling; transfer center services; probation and dismissal services Student appointments M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cultural Engagement Centers, Main Campus 100% Online Will continue supporting Centers, namely API, Native, and PRIDE Student Support, study space, support students with access needs or technology support and resource referrals, promote online events/workshops. M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
DSPS, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person All services currently offered online will continue Counseling; proctoring; computer lab by appointment; alt media; classroom support services (notetakers, class assistants); sign language interpreters; real-time captioners M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
EOPS, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person All services currently offered online will continue Student support; spring orientation recruitment M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Financial Aid, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Appointments with financial aid officers and general customer service via phone for all questions and inquiries Drop off forms and scheduled appointments with financial aid officers M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Library, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Online reference services, including research appointments and locally monitored chat, are available; librarian instruction services, including online synchronous research instruction and asynchronous instruction through the creation of online research guides, tutorials, and videos; the ability to place holds on physical library materials. In-person reference services provided by a librarian; checkout services provided by circulation classified professionals; outdoor library lockers are available for students to pick up materials that were requested online; computers and quiet study space are open for students wishing to study in the Library. M: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm;
T: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm;
W: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm;
Th: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Pride Center and Native American Student Support, Main Campus 100% Online Schedule meetings with academic counselors; support to students seeking resources; Zoom meetings with students; workshops and events N/A M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Puente Project, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Counseling appointments; workshops; mentor meetings Counseling appointments; workshops; mentor meetings M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RASA Center, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Counseling appointments; workshops; mentor meetings; financial aid meetings Computer and/or internet access; student meetings (peer mentors/mentees, trainings); limited counseling appointments by request M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
RISE, Main Campus 100% Online Counseling appointments; tutoring appointments; workshops; events; meetings; outreach; application assistance; financial aid assistance N/A M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Student Health and Wellness Center, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Telehealth appointments are available during the same operating times on days the centers are closed in person. As a reminder: masks are required in the Student Health and Wellness Center. If you don't have a mask, then we will provide you with one. The SHWC will be closed during Spring Break (April 11 to 15). M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
Tech Support, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Online technical support Learning Resource Center, First Floor Student Tech Support Desk
Tutoring, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Subject area tutors; Writing Center tutors Tutoring and Writing Center tutoring LSTC: check Learning Skills and Tutoring Center page for fall hours.
Writing Center: check Writing Center page for fall hours.
Umoja-SBA, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Counseling appointments; workshops; mentor meetings Counseling appointments; workshops; mentor meetings M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Undocu-Resource Program, Main Campus 100% Online URP counseling referrals; attorney appointments; trainings; meetings with Dreamer centers and statewide meetings; attorney updates; application fixes for students with no SSN; referrals to campus resources N/A N/A
Veterans Resource Center, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Counseling appointments; tutoring appointments; workshops; events; meetings; outreach; application assistance; enrollment assistance; VA Benefits assistance; financial aid assistance Computer and/or internet access; student meetings (peer mentors/mentees, trainings); limited counseling appointments by request M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Workability, Main Campus Both Online and In-Person Student meetings; Zoom drop-in information sessions Meeting with new referrals from DSPS; limited student meetings M: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm;
W: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm;
Th: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All students who take in-person classes or access in-person services must meet the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Vaccination Requirement

COVID-19 Testing

Learn about on-campus COVID-19 testing for students.

COVID-19 Testing

FAQ: Classes and Services

What classes are offered in person?

Sacramento City College is offering a variety of in-person classes and we look forward adding more in-person classes as public health conditions continue to improve.

What student services are offered in person?

We are offering many student services at least partially in-person. Implementation of these critical services for students will vary college-by-college based on student demand and unique staffing dynamics.

Is the child development center open?

Yes, the child development center is open during Summer 2022. Hours of operation may be limited; please check with the center directly for more information.

What is the status of college sports?

College athletic competition is continuing, following all county, California Community College Athletic Association, and Big 8 Conference safety protocols. Spectators are allowed at outdoor events. Spectators are also allowed at indoor events with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

FAQ: Health and Safety

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or am exposed to someone who has?

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then do not come to campus. Refer to the following guidelines:

  1. Stay home and isolate for at least five days (see the California Department of Public Health's Stay Home Guidance) and adhere to the following recommendations:
    • Stay home except to get medical care.
    • Do not have any visitors.
    • Wear a face-covering around others.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if you can't wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Disinfect any surfaces you touch frequently.
    • Use a separate bathroom or disinfect a shared bathroom after each use.
    • Stay at least six feet away from other people, especially those in high-risk groups more likely to get sick (such as people who are over age 65 or severely overweight, or have a weak immune system or a chronic disease like cancer, diabetes, or heart/lung disease).
    • If you must be in a shared space, open windows when possible.
  2. Isolation can end after day 5 and you can return to campus on day 6 if both of the following are true:
    • Symptoms are not present or are resolving
    • A PCR test* collected on day 5 or later is negative
  3. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of ten days. At Los Rios, we strongly recommend that masks are worn indoors.

* Testing can be done on campus through Biocept. If a PCR test is completed outside of Biocept, then provide a copy of the results. Rapid tests and home tests are not acceptable. Students with a vaccination requirement exemption and all student-athletes must test with Biocept.

If you have a fever, then continue to isolate until the fever resolves. If you have symptoms other than fever that are not resolving, then continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10. You may then return to campus on day 11.

Please keep your professors/coaches updated.

FAQ: Masks

Are masks required on Los Rios campuses?

Masks are strongly recommended for all students, employees, and visitors in any indoor space at Sacramento City College, regardless of vaccination status. For outdoor activities, masks are always permissible and anyone who feels safer or more comfortable wearing a face-covering outdoors is encouraged to do so.

We expect that employees and students will continue to wear masks in the following situations:

  • Individuals who are symptomatic and on campus to take a COVID test should continue to wear a mask.
  • Individuals who were recently exposed to a positive COVID case should continue to wear a mask for 10 days, even if they have been cleared to return early (prior to 10 days after exposure) based either on vaccine/booster status or by testing negative at day 5 or later.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID and who have returned early (prior to 10 days) based on receiving a negative COVID test on or after day 5 should continue to wear a mask through day 10.

Will the college provide masks to students?

A limited supply of masks will be provided in each classroom and at student support counters/locations for students who need masks.

What type of mask should I wear?

If you choose to wear a mask, then we strongly recommend wearing surgical masks or higher-level respirator N95 or KN95 masks instead of cloth masks or other face-coverings that provide less protection. Read the California Department of Public Health's latest guidance on masks and face coverings.

Scarfs, ski masks, balaclavas, bandanas, turtlenecks, collars, or single layers of fabric are not acceptable face coverings, as they do not provide adequate protection from the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, face shields should not be used in lieu of masks.

FAQ: Vaccine Requirements

Are students required to be vaccinated?

Students who take in-person classes or access on-campus services must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file.

Consistent with all applicable laws, Los Rios grants limited exemptions for eligible documented medical conditions as well as narrowly defined and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

Los Rios continues to offer online classes for students who choose to not be vaccinated.

How do I request a medical or religious exemption?

Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

Do I have to get vaccinated if I am taking only online classes?

Any Los Rios student who expects to come on campus for any reason will need to be vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file. This includes all on-campus classes and on-campus services.

People who will never be on campus, including students who are only enrolled in online classes, are not currently subject to the requirement.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and we recommend everyone get vaccinated. Learn about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can a student who has not met the vaccine requirement enroll in classes?

A student's ability to take in-person classes depends upon their ability to demonstrate that they have met the vaccination requirement. As part of our efforts to help reduce barriers for students to enroll in our colleges, Los Rios has revised the enrollment process to allow all students to enroll in in-person classes and provide proof of vaccination (or an approved exemption) prior to the start of the semester. This change takes effect in summer 2022, and any student who is not cleared two weeks before the start of the semester will be dropped from their in-person classes.

Students who choose to not be vaccinated may take 100% online classes but may not come to campus for in-person classes or student support services.

What if I am not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption on file?

Los Rios students who are not vaccinated or who do not have an approved exemption on file are not allowed to come to any district or college facility in person and are subject to discipline – up to and including possible suspension – if they come to a district or college facility.

Los Rios students who are not vaccinated or who do not have an approved exemption on file will be dropped from in-person classes in which they've enrolled before the start of the term.

Can I get tested instead of getting the vaccine?

No. The Los Rios colleges and our Board of Trustees believe vaccination is the fastest and best way to keep our community safe and end the pandemic. We will continue to offer online classes for students who can't or choose not to get vaccinated or receive an approved exemption.

How do I submit a vaccine requirement exemption request?

Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Learn how to request a medical or religious vaccination requirement exemption.

Are booster shots required?

We strongly encourage all students and employees who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot immediately. Boosters are proven to dramatically reduce the chances of contracting the Omicron variant or becoming seriously ill if you do contract COVID-19. To book your booster shot or find a walk-in clinic, visit the State of California’s MyTurn website.

Does the vaccination requirement apply to on-campus volunteers?

Yes, the district's vaccination requirement applies to volunteers. Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination to the administrator responsible for the program or area and receive approval/clearance from Human Resources before engaging in any in-person volunteer activities at Los Rios campuses or facilities.

As is the case for students and employees, volunteers must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption on file to be on campus. Exemptions to the vaccination requirement are limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

Volunteers who wish to apply for a medical or religious exemption should provide a complete exemption request form to the program administrator. Visit the Exemption Request page to find medical and religious exemption forms.

Are Advanced Education (high school) students subject to the vaccine requirement?

Yes, the vaccination requirement is the same for Advanced Education students and regularly admitted students. Advanced Education students enrolled in an in-person class must report vaccination status. Advanced Education students enrolled only in online classes are not required to report vaccination status.

If a vaccinated student becomes so ill due to COVID-19 that it impacts their ability to successfully complete their classes and they want to withdraw, what are the options? What does a student need to submit to Admissions & Records for medical leave?

Excused Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from a class up to the 'W' notation deadline advertised on the academic calendar page and receive a 'W' in the course. Students may petition for an Excused Withdrawal (EW) by submitting a Late Drop Petition Form through eServices along with verification of the illness. However, please note that an EW will not be given to a student who chose not to be vaccinated if that is the sole basis for requesting the EW.

How to access the Late Drop Petition Form:

  1. Log onto eServices
  2. Click on the Other Resources tile
  3. Click on eForms
  4. Select Late Drop Petition Form

Medical Leave

Students may petition for a 'Leave of Absence' for medical reasons. A 'Leave of Absence' is different from withdrawing from classes, but will preserve catalog rights for students who are expected to be unable to attend for a longer period than one semester. To request a 'Leave of Absence', students must file a Student Petition form at their college:

Verification of the illness or medical need must be submitted with the petition. Completed documents should be emailed to the college Admissions and Records office.

How have students been informed of the consequences of choosing not to be vaccinated?

We have sent regular communication to all students since the COVID-19 mandate was implemented, along with emails, phone calls, and text messages to students enrolled in in-person classes.

Are vaccinations required for international F-1 students?

Continuing international students who were enrolled in a course of study in the US at the college on or before March 9, 2020, and who left the US and are currently attending online classes to maintain their F-1 status from abroad will not be required to provide proof of vaccination to continue attending online classes.

International students attending in-person classes will need to provide proof of vaccination the same as any other student to remain compliant with our Code of Conduct. USCIS requires international students who entered the US on an initial I-20 to the college after March 9, 2020 to maintain at least one in-person class each semester to maintain the F-1 visa status.

All new initial or transfer students who wish to enroll in classes are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine that is on the World Health Organization's approved list. All non-English documents must be translated into English when submitted to the International Student Office or uploaded to the student's eServices account as vaccine verification.

Translators with knowledge of educational records and terminology should be used. Resources include the American Translators Association and the Northern California Translators Association.

FAQ: Facilities and Sanitation

What is the process to "ready" a building? What types of inspection, testing, and replacement of equipment will occur?

COVID mitigation measures to prepare our facilities primarily involve building ventilation and air filtration systems, but Facilities Management (FM) would also do a full HVAC system functions test and inspection for each building prior to occupancy.

Before the pandemic, we already regularly performed these system checks throughout the year, typically coinciding with filter replacements (every four months). Now, we will perform additional checks before reopening facilities. These checks help ensure systems are performing the necessary CDC/ASHRAE recommended air exchanges and sufficient outside fresh air is being pulled into the buildings.

Before reopening a facility, we will also verify that we can remotely communicate with the building's HVAC controls through the District's Energy Management System (EMS).

Read Making Our Buildings Resilient During COVID-19 to learn more.

Will all buildings have air filtration equivalent to N95 masks?

All buildings that are currently occupied have MERV-13 filters, the industry standard for COVID-19 mitigation. MERV-13 filters are recommended because they can trap smaller particles, including viruses, and are equivalent to N95 masks with regards to protection and air quality.

In the event a building's HVAC system cannot accommodate the MERV-13 filters, we are performing additional building "flushing" two hours prior and two hours after occupancy as recommended by CDC/ASHRAE for these situations. As more buildings open to accommodate more people coming to campus, we will perform HVAC system checks and filter changes prior to occupancy.