In-person classes will expand and vaccines required this fall at SPSCC
Proposed by South Puget Sound Community College
Sat Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) announced today that it will become a fully vaccinated COVID-19 campus for the start of the fall 2021 term. The decision to become a vaccinated campus is one of two avenues offered to higher education institutions in a new proclamation by Governor Jay Inslee. For face-to-face interactions on campus, this will allow the SPSCC to eliminate face coverings and social distancing for those who have verified vaccination with the college, and allow the college to safely resume learning in anybody.
Employees and students should verify that they have been fully vaccinated unless they claim a medical, religious or philosophical exemption. Employees should verify their vaccination or exemption with the college by August 30, and students by September 20. Students enrolled exclusively in online or virtual courses are not required to verify their immunization status.
The SPSCC is currently developing a system to verify COVID-19 vaccination or exemptions, and will provide more details in the coming weeks.
Being a fully vaccinated campus is the fastest way for SPSCC to return to in-person learning in a way that protects individual and collective health and safety.
âOur abrupt shift to remote work and virtual learning in early 2020 has allowed us to continue operating during the worst of the pandemic,â said SPSCC President Dr Timothy Stokes. âAnd while some students have thrived in an online environment, many haven’t. We know that in-person learning and support services are essential to long-term student success, and this decision will serve our community well.
The college will continue to offer online and virtual courses, as well as virtual services where possible. More information is available on the College COVID-19 web page, and more details will be shared in the coming weeks.