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COVID Vaccine Requirements

Overview

To support the health and safety of students, employees, and members of the community, Folsom Lake College will require COVID-19 vaccinations for all Los Rios employees and all students who access district and college facilities (including in-person classes or student support services) by October 1, 2021. See Board Resolution 2021-18: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement.

Consistent with all applicable laws, limited exemptions will be granted 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 will also be required for all students, faculty, and staff in any indoor space in Los Rios, regardless of vaccination status.

Students will need to provide evidence of their first vaccine dose by October 1, 2021. Folsom Lake College will continue to offer online course options for students who choose not to receive their first vaccine dose by October 1, 2021.

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?

Contact the Help Desk at help@losrios.edu for help uploading your vaccination card. 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, 8:30 to 2:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Cosumnes River College College Center Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Folsom Lake College Welcome and Student Success Center Monday and Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Sacramento City College Learning Resource Center Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Student Incentives

Though the deadline for students to get their first shot is October 1, we want to encourage students to get vaccinated before that deadline – ideally at the start of the fall semester. Even after receiving their first shot, we want all students to get fully vaccinated, so they are fully protected from the impacts of COVID-19 and eligible for spring enrollment.

We are providing the following vaccination incentives for all students enrolled in the fall 2021 term:

First Shot by Sept. 1

This incentive deadline has passed. All students who provided evidence of receiving their first shot by September 1, 2021 received $100.

Payments were disbursed via BankMobile accounts beginning September 10. For students who don't have a BankMobile account, checks were mailed to the address on file starting September 13.

Fully Vaccinated by Nov. 1

All students who provide evidence of being fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021 will receive $100.

All students are eligible, including those who received their vaccination(s) before the requirement was put into place. Payments will be issued after November 1.

Students who submit their vaccination status prior to these deadlines don't need to take any action to get their incentive check. The funds will be automatically deposited in the BankMobile account or, for those without a BankMobile account, we will mail a check to the address on file in eServices.

Students can verify and update their mailing address in eServices via the following steps:

  1. Log in to eServices.
  2. Click the Profile tile on your home page.
  3. Click Addresses.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Operational Protocol

The requirement that all Los Rios students and employees be vaccinated goes into effect on October 1, 2021. To provide clarity and details about the requirement and specific implications for students and employees, we have created the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Operational Protocol.

How to Get Vaccinated

On-Campus Vaccination Clinics

Cosumnes River College is hosting vaccination clinics every Wednesday in September from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the main campus cafeteria (park in Lot B). Register at the State of California's MyTurn website. Appointments are encouraged, but the clinics will also serve walk-ups. The clinics are hosted by Sacramento County and the California National Guard.

Local Vaccination Sites

For more information about local vaccine availability, visit the Sacramento County vaccine website. 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.

Submit your medical and religious exemption requests by September 15, 2021, to make sure there is time for review, an interactive process (which may include the submission of additional supporting information), and a determination prior to the October 1 effective date of the vaccination requirement. You will be notified of the status of your exemption request after the evaluation is complete.

Additional Vaccine Resources

Vaccine Education and Training

Do you want to become a positive force promoting vaccination in your community, but you're not sure how? Check out the following vaccine education and training videos:

Los Rios plans to host live vaccine influencer training for students in the near future – we will update this page when we have more information.

Vaccine FAQ

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.

Submit your medical and religious exemption requests by September 15, 2021, to make sure there is time for review, an interactive process (which may include the submission of additional supporting information), and a determination prior to the October 1 effective date of the vaccination requirement. You will be notified of the status of your exemption request after the evaluation is complete.

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 register for spring 2022 classes?

Students who have not met the vaccine requirement will be permitted to register for online classes only. A student's ability to enroll in in-person classes will be restored upon demonstrating the student has met the vaccination requirement.

What if I am not vaccinated or do not have an exemption approved by October 1?

Los Rios students who are not vaccinated or who do not have an approved exemption on file after October 1 will not be allowed to come to any district or college facility in person and will be subject to discipline, up to and including possible suspension.

Can I get tested instead of getting the vaccine?

No. The Los Rios colleges and our Board of Trustees believe that a vaccine requirement is the fastest and best way for us to help keep our community safe and end the pandemic. We will continue to offer many online class options for enrollment for students who can't or who choose not to receive their first vaccine dose or receive an approved exemption by the October 1, 2021 deadline.

How do I submit my 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.

Submit your medical and religious exemption requests by September 15, 2021, to make sure there is time for review, an interactive process (which may include the submission of additional supporting information), and a determination prior to the October 1 effective date of the vaccination requirement. You will be notified of the status of your exemption request after the evaluation is complete.

Will I be required to get a booster shot?

The requirement for all Los Rios employees and students accessing district facilities is that they have at least one shot by October 1, 2021. We have not yet finalized what the requirements for spring 2022 will be, but we expect that students and employees will need to be fully vaccinated by the spring semester.

To the extent that booster dose(s) are recommended or required by public health authorities, timely receipt of additional booster dose(s) will be required to be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

By what date will I need to be fully vaccinated?

October 1, 2021 is the deadline for all students and employees to provide proof of at least partial vaccination (meaning at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine). We will require all Los Rios employees to be fully vaccinated by December 1, 2021. Students who plan to take in-person classes and/or access district and college facilities will need to be fully vaccinated to enroll for the spring semester.

Can I get help uploading my vaccination documentation if I come to 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, 8:30 to 2:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Cosumnes River College College Center Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Folsom Lake College Welcome and Student Success Center Monday and Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Sacramento City College Learning Resource Center Monday thru Thursday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Will there be an extension for students to get vaccinated?

No, there are no extensions to the vaccine requirement.

Does the vaccination requirement apply to approved volunteers?

Yes, the district's vaccination requirement applies to employees, students, and volunteers. Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination to the administrator responsible for the program or area, and receive approval/clearance from Human Resources by the dates identified in this before engaging in any in-person volunteer activities at Los Rios campuses or facilities.

As is the case for students and employees, volunteers must have received at least one dose of any two-dose vaccine by October 1 in order to be on campus. Just like with students and employees, we are still finalizing policies and standards relating to allowable exemptions from the vaccination requirement, and we expect to have more details to share in the near future. Exemptions to the vaccination requirement will be very limited and only available for certain medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs. Once the exemption policy is finalized, we will share publicly the process for requesting an exemption.

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?

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 Student Petition 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.

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', file a Student Petition through eServices. Verification of the illness or medical need must be submitted with the Student Petition.

Will students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline have the option to receive an incomplete ('I') in their in-person classes?

No, students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline will be referred to a disciplinary process. They will not receive an incomplete ('I') grade in the in-person classes.

Will students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline have the option to switch to online sections of their classes?

No, students who do not meet the vaccine requirement by the deadline will be referred to a disciplinary process. They will not be automatically transferred to an online offering of the course(s). However, students may enroll in online courses that are still open for enrollment.

What is the financial aid impact on students who choose not to get vaccinated and are withdrawn from their classes?

Students' eligibility for financial aid is dependent on the number of course-applicable units they are enrolled in. Students who withdraw from a course or are withdrawn from the course may receive less financial aid or be required to repay some or all of the aid they already received.

Additionally, students must meet future eligibility requirements to continue to receive financial aid. Withdrawing from courses may impact a student's ability to receive financial aid based on Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Students should consult with their campus' financial aid office to discuss withdrawal from courses and the impact on financial aid eligibility.

How have students been informed of the consequences of choosing not to be vaccinated?

We have sent regular weekly communication to all students since the COVID-19 mandate was implemented, along with phone calls and text messages to students enrolled in in-person classes.

How will a student be impacted by an administrative drop resulting from disciplinary action due to not complying with the vaccine requirement?

Students will be dropped effective the date of the disciplinary determination and will receive the same notation ('W' or 'F') as if the student had initiated the drop on that date.

Administrative drops are considered attempts for repeat purposes; students administratively dropped from a course they are attempting for the third time may be unable to attempt the course again.

Students receiving a 'W' should be aware that this may impact their financial aid and may be required to repay some of their financial aid depending on the date they are dropped from their in-person class.

Students who receive financial aid and/or are part of special programs/cohorts – such as but not limited to veterans, athletes, and international students – are responsible for inquiring with the specific programs the consequences of being dropped from classes.

What is the course repeat policy and how does it apply to the courses dropped due to being unvaccinated?

Students may not repeat a course beyond three times.

Notation received as a result of an administrative drop via the discipline process will count as an attempt for repeatability purposes and will negatively impact a student's academic progress. An Excused Withdrawal 'EW' obtained through the petition process will not count as an attempt for repeatability purposes.

Administrative drops are considered attempts for repeat purposes; students administratively dropped from a course they are attempting for the third time may be unable to attempt the course again.

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 the spring 2022 term or after will be 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, the Northern California Translators Association, and the Southern California Area Translators and Interpreters Association.