Chancellor’s Announcement: Spring 2022 Return to Campus

Dear Peralta Community, 

As we near the winter break and continue preparations for Spring semester Return to Campus (RTC), I would like to invite you to a Town Hall meeting on Monday, December 20, 2021, at 10am to affirm and update you on our health and safety measures, especially as they relate to vaccinations. The webinar will be recorded and made available on YouTube, as with our prior RTC Town Hall.

The District will continue to prioritize the health and safety of students and employees as we return to campus for the Spring 2022 semester. 

Students need in-person support. They need us. We need to provide this support to students in a manner that protects everyone involved.

Town Hall

We know you have questions so we will be hosting a Safe Peralta Return to Campus Town Hall webinar on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 10am to get those questions answered.  We will follow up with more details separately. To submit your questions ahead of time, you can simply reply to this email or send them to Mark Johnson at markjohnson@peralta.edu. It is intended for all employees and students.  We will provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions and post them on Safe Peralta.

Students 

Students accessing in-person courses (including hybrid) and face-to-face services (for example, the library, counseling, tutoring, etc.) are required to upload proof of full vaccination, unless they have a pre-approved medical or religious exemption on file with the District. Proof of vaccination or exemption must be uploaded at least five (5) working days in advance of coming onto campus. Students taking 100% online classes are not required to upload vaccination proof unless they come to campus for any reason.   

All students must be vaccinated – that is our policy.  

Our focus needs to be on those posing the most health risk – those enrolled in face-to-face classes and those visiting our campuses.  

For most students, Spring 2022 classes begin on January 24, 2022, so those coming onto campus should submit proof of vaccination via Campus Solutions by January 17, 2022. 

We still have measures in place for validating vaccinations and/or testing for policy compliance prior to accessing services. That has not changed.  

Employees 

All employees at this point should have been vaccinated and submitted proof of vaccination via Company Nurse. Proof of vaccination was required to be uploaded by October 7, 2021. Employees who are not in compliance with the policy are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.  

I agree with the Board of Trustees. At Tuesday’s board meeting, they expressed gratitude for all the hard work done over the past year by the employees at Peralta. The circumstances have certainly been challenging. I want to thank all of you for the amazing work you do to help our students succeed.  

Please visit https://safe.peralta.edu/ for more information about COVID-19 prevention at Peralta including testing and vaccination opportunities. And remember to wear your mask while indoors on Peralta premises, as that is a new California Department of Public Health directive effective beginning December 15, 2021 to January 15, 2022.  

 

Be safe, 

Dr. Jannett N. Jackson 

Interim Chancellor 

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