COVID-19 News & Resources


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Easing masking requirements

Starting Monday, April 25, we will be easing our masking requirement. This change will apply to vaccinated staff members, faculty, students, and visitors. Masks will only be required in instructional and student support areas.

Elsewhere, masks will become optional. We urge everyone to continue to remain vigilant and consider situational masking practices.

Unvaccinated staff members, faculty, students and visitors are still required to wear masks.

If you have any questions, please contact the office of the President.

Students Submitting Exemptions for Summer

Unlike in the past, students with approved exemptions will be permitted to take on-campus classes beginning with the summer semester. If you have an approved exemption, you will be required to test weekly.

If you already submitted proof of full vaccination for fall 2021 or spring 2022, or an approved exemption for spring 2022, you do not need to resubmit those documents for summer 2022.

New exemption requests for the summer semester must be submitted by June 6.

Reporting COVID-19 symptoms (for Employees)

We are still requiring that any employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms immediately report them to Human Resources (HR). In order to isolate the spread of COVID-19, please remain off-campus until you receive official clearance from HR to return. A list of the symptoms and steps to take are available on the COVID-19 Daily Checklist.

The following employee safety protocols are required by Cal/OSHA and California Department of Public Health. Please review and be prepared when you report your exposure, symptoms, or positive test results to HR.

  • If you are fully vaccinated and exposed to someone with COVID-19: Employees in this category are expected to remain at work unless symptoms are present. However, the recommendation is that you test on day 5.
  • If you are unvaccinated and you are exposed to someone with COVID-19:  You are required to stay home for at least 5 days, after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Quarantine will end after day 5 if symptoms are not present and you test negative. COVID testing must be completed by a monitored testing site. Antigen or PCR tests accepted.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19:  Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, is required to stay home for at least 5 days. Isolation will end after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving and you test negative. COVID testing must be completed by a monitored testing site. Antigen or PCR tests are accepted.

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SB 114)

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave is available under some scenarios in cases occurring January 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022.

2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave provides for two separate banks of leave, each up to 40 hours.

To receive this paid leave for time missed, employees must complete an official COVID-19 intake call with HR, and meet the eligibility criteria outlined by SB 114. Please reach out to Michael Walker in HR if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Handling COVID-19 Positive Cases (for Students)

All individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are required to immediately depart and remain off campus. Report your positive COVID-19 test result to the Grossmont College Health and Wellness Center at 619-644-7192 or or the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center at 619-660-4200 or                                                                                                           

Exposure to COVID-19 - A 4 Step Process (for Students)

Regardless of vaccine status, complete the following instructions if you believe you were exposed to someone with COVID-19:

  1. You do not need to quarantine if you are asymptomatic.
  2. Take a COVID-19 test within 3-5 days of the last exposure.
  3. Close contacts should wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  4. If you develop symptoms or your COVID-19 test result is positive, isolate yourself and contact the Grossmont College Health and Wellness Center at 619-644-7192 or or the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center at 619-660-4200 or

Onsite COVID-19 testing hours and registration info

Employees and students can get tested for COVID-19 onsite at either Grossmont or Cuyamaca College. 
These are the testing hours for the spring semester:

  • Grossmont College, Building 34:
    • Monday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Cuyamaca College, Annex 1:
    • Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Walk-ups are available only after a user profile has been set up. To set up your profile:

Note: Testing is not available to the public or family members of students or employees.

COVID-19 testing is also available around the region. To find a location, visit:

Spring semester vaccination requirements

The District requires all students enrolled in on-campus classes or seeking in-person services for the Spring 2022 semester to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask.

Students who already submitted proof of full vaccination for fall 2021 do not need to take any further action. 

Deadlines for submitting documentation:

  • For those enrolling in the Spring semester, the deadline to submit documentation of being fully vaccinated was January 21, 2022.

In addition, if you are enrolled in college courses on your high school campus, please follow your high school’s policies and protocols.

If you are taking a work-experience class and no other on-campus classes, please follow the policies and protocols of your work environment.


Employee vaccination documentation

All employees of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. 

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but have not provided documentation, you must submit:

  • A form stating you are fully vaccinated
  • The date of your most recent vaccination dose
  • A copy of your vaccination record card, State of California SMART Health Card showing your vaccination record, email confirmation of vaccination, or other documentation showing you have been fully vaccinated
  • Authorization for the District to use information about your vaccination status for employment-related reasons.

Directions on how to upload vaccination into Workday are available here.


Vaccine exemptions and accommodations 

Some students and employees submitted religious or medical COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests. Human Resources and Health and Safety specialists reviewed the requests.  

The District then looked at approved exemptions to determine if unvaccinated individuals could be safely accommodated on campus. Many details were reviewed and considered before making final accommodation decisions. Factors considered included locations and functions of a position and amounts of direct contact with others. We are constantly monitoring the public health situation. 

Out of the District’s 2,417 active District employees, just 88 submitted exemption requests. All exemptions were granted. About two thirds (2/3) of accommodations were ether approved or the situations resolved themselves (i.e. the employee got vaccinated). One third (1/3) of accommodations were denied.  

Some exempted students were accommodated by continuing on-campus studies, depending on the discipline, while others were accommodated through online classes. Some exempted employees were accommodated depending on the details and requirements of their job, and others were accommodated by using leave time. All accommodated individuals must wear a mask and test while on campus. 

Campus links

More information is available on the Cuyamaca and Grossmont college campus’ Safe Return to Campus webpages. Cuyamaca | Grossmont

For information on accessing online services, visit Grossmont Student Support and Cuyamaca Student Support.


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 The District provides weekly updates on COVID-19 cases. Updates include the total number of student and employee cases, and the testing positivity rate.    


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The Employee Assistance Program is available to provide information and referrals on a variety of personal needs, including:

  • Referrals to adult/elder and child/parenting support services, in addition to non-medical support with chronic conditions
  • Referrals for household services, shopping, entertainment, health and wellness and other personal services (dog walkers, tailors, translators)

To reach the service provider, OptumHealth, call 1-888-625-4809 or visit For more information, visit this District Human Resources Benefits Intranet page.

Employee training materials related to COVID-19 are available on the District’s Human Resources COVID-19 Resources Intranet page. Information covers the COVID-19 Daily checklist, Cal/OSHA requirements, and personal well-being. Among the helpful resources are a presentation (Webinar and PDF slides) on maintaining peace of mind during challenging times.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis, please call the San Diego Access & Crisis Line 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at 888-724-7240. Online chat services are also available Monday through Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.


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