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COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines

FAQs for Students

As we return to campus, if you plan to come to campus this fall for any reason, you will need to have proof on vaccination on file with Foothill College and first take a health self-assessment on the  you plan to be on campus.

If you already use the app on your phone, you will automatically see how to access the health self-assessment.

If you do not have the app on your phone, you will need to download it from MyPortal. On your phone — Go to MyPortal > Tap Apps > Scroll to Applications  All Users > Scroll to and Tap the Mobile App Tile > Download Foothill College App.

Vaccinations

Do I have to be vaccinated to take classes at Foothill College or Sunnyvale Center? 

Starting fall 2021, you will need to be vaccinated to take face-to-face classes or use on-campus services at Foothill College or Sunnyvale Center.

If you are enrolled online only and you do not use on-campus services, vaccination is not required. However, we strongly encourage all students to receive a covid-19 vaccine.

I am taking online classes but want to use campus facilities such as the library. Do I have to be vaccinated?

Yes. Students using on-campus facilities will need to use the Foothill College app to submit a daily health self-assessment and get a green "Cleared" badge.

If I am vaccinated do I have to wear a mask on campus?

Yes. All students, regardless of their vaccination status, who are taking in-person classes or who are on campus are required to socially distance and wear a mask, indoors and outdoors. Please refer to the Health and Safety Guidelines and Behavioral Expectations that all students will be expected to follow when they are on campus.

How do I prove I have been vaccinated? 

Please see our COVID-19 Return to Campus Protocol page for the process.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

We’re glad you’d like to get vaccinated! Fully vaccinated students have fewer restrictions. Click here for information on Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 vaccination program. You can also search for vaccines through Find a Shot or Vaccine Spotter. Vaccines are FREE. You don’t need to have an ID or a social security number, and you don’t need insurance! If you're concerned about vaccines, please visit our Vaccine Education Series to watch some of our talks and receive more information.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Do you need to get a COVID-19 test? Contact your doctor if you have one. No doctor? That’s ok! Click here to schedule an appointment for free COVID-19 testing in Santa Clara County

 

Masks

Where can I get a free mask if I don’t have one or if I forgot mine?

Starting fall 2021, you can get a mask at Student Health Services, located at: Campus Center, Building 2100 Lower Level Room, 2126.

Will I be required to wear a mask on campus?

Yes. All students who are taking in-person classes or who are on campus are required to socially distance and wear a mask, indoor and outdoor. Please refer to the Health and Safety Guidelines and Behavioral Expectations that all students will be expected to follow when they are on campus.

If I am vaccinated do I have to wear a mask?

Yes. All students, regardless of their vaccination status, who are taking in-person classes or who are on campus are required to socially distance and wear a mask, indoors and outdoors. 

Can I be removed from class or campus if I do not wear a mask?

Yes. All students who are taking in-person classes or who are on campus are required to socially distance and wear a mask, indoor and outdoor. Please refer to the Health and Safety Guidelines and Behavioral Expectations that all students will be expected to follow when they are on campus.

Using the App

 

If I get a “red badge” when I do my mobile app daily health assessment, do I need to tell my professors?

Yes. You do not need to tell your professor why you got a red badge, but you should notify them that you got a red badge in order to coordinate academic flexibility according to your situation. For information on what else you should do if you get a red badge, see below for instructions.

What do I do if I get a red badge on the daily health assessment mobile app?

What do I do if get a positive COVID-19 test?

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Do you need to get a COVID-19 test? Contact your doctor if you have one. No doctor? That’s ok! Click here to schedule an appointment for free COVID-19 testing in Santa Clara County

If I received a red badge, do I need a doctor’s note to return to campus?

You do not need to get retested or have a doctor's note clearing you back to campus. 

Allied Health Students and Athletes: Please consult with your faculty, athletic trainers, and coaches for information on clearance before you return to campus.

How do I get clearance to go back to campus after I get a red-badge?

Allied Health Students and Athletes:

  • Please consult with your faculty, athletic trainers, and coaches for information on clearance before you return to campus.

All Other Students:

  • If you tested positive for COVID, follow instructions by the contact tracer you’ve spoken to either here at Foothill College or the county. They will alert you to the first day you can be back on campus (which is dependent on a few factors they’ll help you with).
  • If you did not test positive for COVID but got a red badge, schedule a telemedicine appointment if you feel you received a red badge in error.
  • You do not need to get retested or have a doctor's note clearing you back to campus (Allied Health Students and Athletes, consult with your faculty, athletic trainers, and coaches for information on clearance before you return to campus).
  • Answer honestly to the daily assessment. The goal is public health: ensuring that you’re safe and the people you’re around are safe.

Should I get retested to make sure I still don’t have COVID-19?

Your COVID-19 test can stay positive for 3 months. The CDC does not recommend retesting for 90 days after a Covid infection. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms again, you should consult with a medical provider to see what action to take.

I’m having problems with the mobile app. Who can I contact for technical support?

You may email techambassadors@fhda.edu and someone will help you out. You can also call us at 650.949.7241.

Student Services

How can I access student services this fall?

All services will continue to operate online. However, in addition, we will also offer face to face services during the first two weeks of classes starting on Sept. 20, 2021.

What are the in-person hours for student services?

For the first two weeks of classes, hours are: 

>8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8 a.m.-12 p.m. Fridays

Where do I go to talk to a person for general questions?

All student services will be in one building for this fall. Visit the 8000 building (same building as Admissions/Records and Financial Aid). See map

Will counselors be available on campus this fall?

Counseling services will happen virtually this fall. For the first two weeks of fall quarter, you can stop by building 8000 to connect with a counselor directly in a "virtual room" for 15-minute Quick Question sessions.

Will the library be open? Where can students study?

Yes, the library will be open limited hours during fall quarter. You will be able to make reservations to access/use study areas, computers, and circulation/reserves. Social distancing and masking protocols will be in place. Individual study rooms and the mezzanine will remain closed to student access. See library website for details in early September.

Do I need to pay for parking?

No. Parking is free and you will not be ticketed during fall quarter as long as you are parked legally.

Is EOPS open?

EOPS will be open face-to-face during the first two weeks of the fall quarter by appointment. EOPS participants will be able to check out laptops and will be given supplies during this time (all participants will be notified of the appointment hours available). Full services will continue to be offered virtually. Visit the EOPS website for contact info.

I have a question about transferring and prerequisites, what should I do?

Either email the Counseling Center at fhcounseling@fhda.edu or call 650.949.7423/650.949.7421 to schedule an appointment or get placed in the queue for a 15-minute Quick Questions counseling session. 

I'd like to change my class schedule, who can help me?

Either email the Counseling Center at fhcounseling@fhda.edu or call 650.949.7423/650.949.7421 to schedule an appointment or get placed in the queue for a 15-minute Quick Questions counseling session.  
Campus Center

Questions?
Please Email Us!

Health Center

covidquestions@fhda.edu


Campus Center, Building 2100 Lower Level Room, 2126

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