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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Overview

Sacramento City College requires evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination status for all students who access district and college facilities (including in-person classes or student support services) and all employees. See Board Resolution 2021-18: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.

Consistent with all applicable laws, Sacramento City College will grant 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. Masks are strongly recommended but not required for all students, faculty, and staff in any indoor space in Los Rios, regardless of vaccination status. Sacramento City College supports any student or employee's choice to continue wearing a mask if it makes them more comfortable.

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

How to Submit Vaccine Documentation

Students can submit their vaccination status in eServices. After you log in, click the COVID-19 Vaccination Status tile on the home page. You may have to scroll down to the bottom of the screen to see the tile.

The system asks if you are partially or fully vaccinated, which vaccine you received, and the date(s) of your shot(s). The system also asks you to provide verification of your vaccination status in one of the following ways:

Submit Vaccination Status in eServices

Need Help?

Email vaccine.verification@losrios.edu if you have questions about uploading your vaccination card or to check on the status of your submission. Keep in mind that files must be JPG, JPEG, PNG, or PDF, and cannot exceed 5MB in size.

Get Help On Campus

Each college has an on-campus location where students can get help scanning and uploading their vaccination information.
College Location Hours
American River College Learning Resource Center Monday and Thursday, 8:30 to 4:30 pm; Tuesday, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm; Wednesday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
American River College Welcome and Support Center Monday, 12:00 to 3:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm; Wednesday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cosumnes River College College Center Monday and Tuesday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Folsom Lake College Welcome and Student Success Center Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sacramento City College Tech Support (first floor of Learning Resource Center) Monday and Tuesday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Wednesday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Operational Protocol

All Los Rios students who attend in-person classes or access in-person services must meet the vaccination requirement. Read the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Operational Protocol for clarity and details about the requirement and specific implications for students.

How to Get Vaccinated

Local Vaccination Sites

Visit the Sacramento County vaccine website to learn about local vaccine availability. This site is updated frequently with information about eligibility and vaccine sites in your area, including how to access vaccines via healthcare providers. You can also visit the State of California's MyTurn website if you do not live in Sacramento County or you want more information about eligibility.

Allowable Exemptions

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.

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.