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Return to Campus

Planning for a Safe Return

Our Return to Fall with More In-Person Classes and Services

We are excited that—after many months of preparation and consultation with all campus constituencies, through careful, deliberate, and equitable methods—Foothill College has returned to campus for Fall 2021  with a robust selection of in-person schedule of classes, as well as our highly ranked online education programs and courses.

In addition to instruction, we asked students to help us determine which services to offer on campus this fall.  Based on survey results,  we offered many Student Services during the first two weeks of classes, along with  continuing virtual office online support through the quarter. View survey results here

Ongoing Fall On-Campus Services


Current Phase: Three

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The college is operating  both in-person and remotely for Fall 2021. With Phase Three, the college has continued to transition to  additional instruction and services back to campus.  Fall student athletic teams have also returned to playing on campus for home games.

We will also offer more community services starting in October. See specifics under Phase Three. 

We will continue to announce further phases until on-campus classes and services are fully operational, with any necessary remaining modifications.

Note: Masks are still required indoors on campus. Students who return to campus for instruction or any in-person service will need to download the Foothill app and complete a self-assessment daily, along with following all COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocol and Guidelines, including proof of vaccination or request for exemption requirements.

Plans for Phases 3-4 as of Oct. 1, 2021

Phase One: Fall 2020

The college is operating remotely. A minimal number of programs are operating at least partially on campus.


Allied Health programs with regulatory and licensure requirements

  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Radiation Technology
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technologist
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Technology

Administrative Services

  • Custodial
  • Grounds
  • Bookstore – fulfillment of online orders
  • Postal Services – limited hours

Student Services

  • Student Services provided remotely

Phase Two: Spring & Summer 2021

In addition to the Phase 1 operations, the following programs are returning to campus in Phase 2. 


  • In addition to the Allied Health programs already working on campus, Athletic conditioning classes will start in May.
  • In addition to Allied Health and Athletics, a selection of classes will be returning to campus for the summer term. For more information, please see the summer 2021 class schedule starting April 26.

Student Services

  • All student services will continue to be delivered remotely

Administrative Services

  • The same services are on campus as in Phase 1

Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

Phase Three: Current for Fall 2021

COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocol and Guidelines are required for any student returning to campus for an in-person class or service.

In addition to the Phase 1 and Phase 2 operations, the following programs have returned for Phase 3.


  • More in-person classes were add for the fall 2021 term. For more information, please see the fall 2021 class schedule.

Student Services

Select student services were provided in-person the first two weeks, with most returning to virtual services ONLY starting Friday, Oct. 1.

The following services are available all quarter with limited hours.

  • The Library
  • Student Health Center
  • Accommodated Testing for students with disabilities
  • Food services
  • Dental hygiene clinic (open to community)

Administrative Services

The same services are on campus as in Phase 1

  • Custodial
  • Grounds
  • Bookstore – fulfillment of online orders
  • Postal Services – limited hours

Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

Community Education and Rental Contracts

  • Community education swimming sessions and Bootcamp will recommence in October (subject to staffing availability).
  • Community education students will follow the same protocols as the rest of campus (masking, vaccination mandate, etc.)
  • Outside rental contracts will restart in October (swimming and soccer).
  • Rental clients will wear masks while accessing and exiting the campus and follow all on-campus COVID protocols.

Community Access to the Running Track and Tennis Courts

  • Community members will be able to access the running track and tennis courts during the times posted at these locations.
  • Please do not use these facilities when students are using them. Thank you.

Phase Four: TBD

Information provided as determined.

Our Re-Opening Team

Preparations for the gradual re-opening of campus are led by students, faculty, staff, and administrators and follow the Foothill-De Anza District, state and county guidelines. The college developed guiding principles to steer deliberations. We are prioritizing the return of students, faculty, and staff before we open the campus to the general community.

Our Process

The following steps outline the Foothill College return to campus process:

  1. The Scheduling Taskforce recommends which classes should return and when.
  2. The Emergency Operations Council assesses the operational needs associated with the return-to-campus prioritization, including PPE, signage, budget concerns, custodial staffing, etc.
  3. The Scheduling Task Force recommendations are presented to the Return to Campus Council — a shared governance council made up of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, which makes recommendations to the college president.
  4. The Foothill-De Anza District approves the plans, which can then be implemented.

Our Approach

We are following the Foothill-De Anza District  phase approach to returning to campus operations.

  • We are currently in Phase Two
  • We will move to Phase Three in the fall of 2021.
  • Details for draft plans beyond Phase Three will be provided as decisions are made.

Important Note: All information on this web page represents current information, and our projections for the balance of 2021 and into 2022 could change.

Planning Groups & Documents

Guidelines for returning faculty and staff

Decision Makers



Schedule of Classes

COVID-19 Vaccine Education

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The Science Learning Institute and STEM Division hosted a four-part education series focused on the COVID-19 vaccine in spring 2021.  

vieW Talk recordings

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