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Important updates to campus access and health & safety policies for fall 2021

Posted August 30, 2021, 4:17 PM by David Owens-Hill Updated August 31, 2021, 10:27 PM

The message below was emailed to the CCA community on August 26, 2021.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

With the first day of class just around the corner, we’re so excited to welcome you back to campus for the fall 2021 semester! The email we’re sending you today is a long one, but it’s full of critical information that will help keep our campus community safe and facilitate a smooth return to campus for the fall semester. 

We’re closely monitoring the delta variant’s effects on the Bay Area, and we’re in close contact with public health officials as we make decisions about how we can safely return to campus. We ask that you check your email often, and keep an eye on the Reframe pages on Portal for instructions, clarifications, and important updates. The entire CCA community has been very nimble over the past 18 months, and we ask that you plan to remain so through the fall. We’ll all get through this together! 


Tammy Rae Carland, Provost
George Sedano, VP, Student Affairs
Maira Lazdins, AVP, Human Resources

Vaccine verification required for all students, faculty, and staff

In part to comply with recent changes in the San Francisco Public Health Orders, CCA will now require proof of vaccination—even if you have previously attested that you are fully vaccinated—or verification of an approved exemption. If you are a non-residential student, faculty, or staff member, you must visit the public safety desk at 1111 8th Street or at 184 Hooper Street in San Francisco or at Oliver Art Center in Oakland when you next come to campus (any time beginning Monday, August 30) and present one of the following accepted forms of vaccination documentation:

  • A CDC vaccination card, including your name, vaccine type, and date of your last dose;
  • A foreign equivalent of a CDC vaccination card;
  • A physical or electronic photo or copy of a vaccination card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider; or
  • A personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California through the website, or similar documentation issued by another state, local, or foreign government, or approved private company.

Residential students will be verified during move-in.

If you have an approved exemption, you will receive a personal email from the Dean of Students or Human Resources. Once your vaccination or exemption status is verified, you will receive a sticker on your CCA ID. It is important to visibly wear your CCA ID, and to have it with you at all times when on campus. 

Changes to campus access

CCA’s campus is closed to the public until at least October 15th. Only currently enrolled students, current faculty, staff, trustees, and contracted workers may be on campus. There are no public events on campus at this time, and classes will not host speakers or reviewers. Fully vaccinated members of the CCA community may gather, but these events must be kept small (less than 50 people), and we encourage everyone to use their best judgment when arranging events. If possible, meet outdoors or in well-ventilated spaces. All other safety considerations (wearing masks, for example) must be followed.

Admissions will host small in-person tours for potential students during the fall. All visitors on admissions tours are required to provide proof of vaccination during registration and will wear masks at all times.

Students, faculty, and staff access hours are limited to the following:

San Francisco and Oakland campuses:

  • Monday through Friday: 6 am to midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8 am to 10 pm

Dogpatch Studios:

  • 6 am to midnight, 7 days a week

Graduate Writing Center and 80 Carolina Faculty Lounge

  • Monday through Friday: 6:30 am to 11 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8 am to 10 pm

Faculty and students who are not teaching or enrolled in hybrid classes, and staff who are not designated to work in person, may come to campus to use campus resources, providing they have fulfilled the vaccination and verification requirements. As a reminder, staff who do not directly support instruction or who do not have student contact should not plan to return until mid-October.

Makers Cafe

Makers Cafe will offer to-go and outdoor dining through September 13, while vaccine verification is completed for the CCA community. After September 13, indoor dining will be available only for fully vaccinated patrons with a vaccine verification sticker on their ID. To-go and outdoor dining will remain available for patrons who are not fully vaccinated. Makers Cafe will not be open to the general public. Masks must be worn indoors on campus. You may remove your mask while eating, but should put it back on when you are finished.

As a reminder, there is no food service on the Oakland campus. For those taking classes, teaching, or working in Oakland, please make appropriate arrangements. 

COVID-19 surveillance testing for students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated 

Beginning September 1, we will require surveillance testing for faculty, students, and staff who are regularly on campus (consistently at least once per week, or living in a CCA residence hall) and have received an exemption from the campus vaccination requirement. All students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated (including those who have an approved exemption) are required to submit a negative PCR COVID-19 test once per week. Testing resources can be found on Portal. For more information about this policy, click here

Health and safety policies

CCA continues to follow guidance issued by the CDC and local health directives from the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The following measures remain in place to keep our community safe as we begin a thoughtful return to campus:

  • All students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus in fall 2021 must be vaccinated by September 1. To update your vaccination status, please log into Workday and follow these instructions. Any member of the community with an approved exemption will be required to provide a negative PCR test result weekly.
  • Beginning August 30, all students, faculty, and staff must provide proof of vaccination or approved exemption to access campus. Vaccination or exemption will be verified with an ID sticker, and IDs must be worn at all times.
  • Masks are required indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals; vaccinated individuals may remove masks outdoors but unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks at all times.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place and adhere to CDC guidelines. All HVAC filtration and air circulation measures are in compliance with ASHRAE standards. 

You can find the most up-to-date information about returning to campus on Reframe: A Safe Return to CCA on the Portal.

If you have a positive test, symptoms, or are exposed to COVID-19 

If you are sick, stay home! If you have a positive test, are showing symptoms, or have had close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 (defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period), you should follow the steps outlined here

  • Students who have tested positive, show symptoms, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 should notify immediately. 
  • Faculty and staff who have tested positive, show symptoms, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 and who have been on campus in the 48 hours previous to these should notify immediately.
  • Faculty and staff who have not been on campus in the last 48 hours prior to their positive test, symptoms, or close contact do not need to notify CCA, but you should take appropriate precautions. 

CCA is responsible for initiating the contact tracing process and will work with any sick students, faculty, or staff, along with public health officials, to identify and contact individuals who may have been exposed. Please reach out to your healthcare provider directly if you have any concerns about your health or your symptoms worsen.