The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) announced that for the upcoming spring semester, students attending in-person classes or any other activity at Las Positas College in Livermore must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof.
"It is the belief of the Board of Trustees that as a public agency, it is incumbent upon our district to ensure our students are learning and our faculty and staff are working in the safest possible environment," CLPCCD officials said in a statement last week, adding that the board came to the decision after consulting with health officials and education partners throughout the state.
The vaccination mandate applies to all faculty and staff as well as students.
However, there are provisions for medical and religious exemptions, according to CLPCCD. Those who have a verified medical or religious reason -- as defined in federal or state laws and regulations -- may be subject to additional safety protocols, which officials said will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students are required to have their vaccination information or exemption approved before they are eligible to register for in-person classes and must have received their final dose 14 days prior before becoming eligible to visit either Chabot College or Las Positas. In addition to in-person classes and activities, students must show proof of vaccination to access all on-campus services, including tutoring, the library and STEM Center.
Officials said that students planning to attend online-only classes for the spring 2022 semester who will not be visiting campus for any reason are not required to upload their vaccination information to register for courses.
To submit proof of vaccination, students must upload a photo or scanned copy of their completed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 vaccination card. They can also submit proof by sharing their health data via CLEARED4 to their electronic health record or by uploading their proof through the QR code from the "Digital Smart Health Card" accessible at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
CLPCCD said it will send updates to students' email addresses if additional information becomes available.
Registration for spring classes opens on Nov. 9, and classes are set to begin on Jan. 18, 2022.