Covid-19 Updates from Saddleback College

Updates - April 19, 2022

Students:

Our District’s Administrative Regulation governing COVID vaccine requirements for students is still in effect and so those requirements will continue for summer and fall. These requirements cover all students who enroll for classes with on-campus meetings. Medical exemptions are available for students who qualify, and religious exemptions are available for new, incoming students. For more information about exemptions, follow this link.

SOCCCD's vaccination requirement uses the CDC definition of "fully vaccinated." CDC has not yet changed that definition to include boosters, but if it does, we will require boosters, consistent with CDC guidance.

Vaccination requirements do not cover students who do not enroll for on-campus classes. If you are unvaccinated and wish to remain so, you can continue to take all-online classes this summer or fall.  If you have been all-online up until now and are not vaccinated, you will need to provide proof of vaccination before you will be able to enroll in summer or fall classes with on-campus meetings, even if you are a returning student. For returning students who have provided proof of vaccination and have been authenticated (or who have approved exemptions), you are good-to-go for summer and fall without re-authentication or renewing your exemption.

Our priority is to continue to make our campus one of the safest places to be both when community spread picks up, in so called "waves,"  and between such waves, like the point we’re at now.  The vaccine mandate is the most effective way of reducing risk of transmission at all times, whatever comes our way. Indeed, we have been able to move from a mask requirement to a mask recommendation for the last couple of weeks, while not experiencing a wave, because the vaccine mandate and low community transmission have lowered risk levels sufficiently to obviate the need for a mask mandate. (Should metrics change in the future, mask requirements will be reinstituted to reduce risk as community transmission increases.)

Vaccine requirements for students on campus (and all of us who support you)  keep all of us safer. They will continue to keep us safer this summer and fall. You can come back to campus for the university experience you deserve and not take undo risk in doing so.  Welcome back to Saddleback.

Elliot

Dr. Elliot Stern President, Saddleback College 

Previous Updates

Update from President Elliot Stern on April 11, 2022
Update from President Elliot Stern on March 10, 2022
Update from President Elliot Stern on February 16, 2022
Update from President Elliot Stern on January 14, 2022
Update on Spring Semester Classes on January 3, 2022
Update from President Elliot Stern on December 14, 2021
Update from President Elliot Stern on November 2, 2021
Update from President Elliot Stern on October 6, 2021
Update from President Elliot Stern on August 2, 2021
Update from President Elliot Stern on June 30, 2021
President Elliot Stern Presents Four Reasons to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 on June 14, 2021
Update from President Elliot Stern on April 26, 2021
Update from President Elliot Stern on March 9
Spring 2021 Welcome Message from President Elliot Stern
Update from Saddleback College on November 23
Update from President Elliot Stern on November 17
Update from President Elliot Stern on November 9
Update from President Elliot Stern on October 29
Fall 2020 Mid-Semester Update from President Elliot Stern 
Update from President Elliot Stern on September 23
Fall 2020 Welcome Message from President Elliot Stern
Update from President Elliot Stern on July 22
Update from President Elliot Stern on July 13