Campus Access Information

The San Mateo County Community College District is resuming very limited face-to-face operations for summer 2020. In order to accomplish that safely, the District has created a health and safety plan to minimize the risk of exposure to Covid-19. These required procedures are now in effect for anyone entering District property, including Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Skyline College and the District Office. 

Accessing District Property

Anyone entering our campuses or the District Office will follow strict procedures for physical access to the buildings and facilities in order to protect health and safety.

  • All campuses have a single Access Point for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All other vehicular entries are closed.
  • Public Safety will be stationed at each campus Access Point during specified hours.

STEP 1: Arrival at Access Point

  • As you arrive at the Access Point, the Public Safety officer will ask your name and ensure you are wearing a facial covering.
    • The officer will ask you to open the driver side window in order to communicate.
    • The officer will maintain social distancing (6’ minimum at all times).

STEP 2: Proceed to your designated parking lot

Under the following conditions, the person will be directed to leave and will not be admitted:

  • The person displays symptoms of Covid-19
  • The person is a non-employee and is not authorized to be on campus

Face Coverings while on District Property

All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear facial coverings at all times while on District property, except while alone in a private office.

Wearing a face covering, when combined with physical distancing of at least 6 feet and frequent hand washing, may reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus when in public and engaged in essential activities

A face covering is a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face

A face covering may be factory-made or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials. Examples of face coverings include:

  • a scarf or bandana
  • a neck gaiter
  • a homemade covering made from a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or towel, held on with rubber bands or otherwise
  • a non-medical grade mask
  • Wear your face covering at all times on campus, indoors and outdoors, in common areas and private offices, unless alone in your private office.
  • If you have a special condition or accommodation that exempts you from face coverings per County Health orders, please work with Human Resources in advance to see if an accommodation can be made.

Sanitization on District Property

Employees will be required to disinfect their work spaces on a daily basis once they return to work. Custodial staff will clean and disinfect classrooms, restrooms, and other common areas according to CDC guidelines.

  • COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight and humidity. Regular sanitization and disinfection of high use surfaces will help to slow communal transmission of COVID-19.
  • With custodial staff mainly devoted to cleaning high-traffic areas, all employees will need to do their part to help in the mitigation of disease transmission by cleaning their own areas during the pandemic.
  • All employees are responsible to regularly disinfect their:  
    • office equipment (i.e. phone, computers, keyboards etc.) 
    • furniture (i.e. desk surface, chair backs, and arm rests)  
    • personal possessions  
  • District will provide cleaning supplies through the recovery phases 
  • Office occupants may request to have offices fully disinfected by the Facilities custodial team no more than monthly, or if a qualifying event requires it, i.e. a sick person was in the office.
  • If a person feels ill and leaves work to go home, regardless of the illness, the office or occupied space will be cleaned and disinfected. The person’s supervisor should place a Facilities work order to alert the custodial team that the space needs to be disinfected.   
  • Supervisors are responsible for making alternative arrangements for office operations and communicating this with staff.  
  • Everyone should vacate the space and not return until it has been cleaned. 
  • Disinfecting wipes are available in offices, meeting rooms, reception areas, and other public spaces.  
  • Building signage will remind employees of the need to clean their work spaces.  
  • Custodial staff will be devoted to intensive cleaning of classrooms, meeting rooms, restrooms, building common areas and lobbies, and other areas used by multiple people.  
  • Occupied high use and community spaces and touch points are cleaned and disinfected daily with hospital grade disinfectants effective against COVID-19.  This includes:
    • Restrooms—fixtures, door hardware, and all horizontal and vertical surfaces. 
    • Breakrooms, work rooms, and conference rooms, reception areas, lobbies, etc. 
    • Community area door hardware, handrails, light switches, public phones, water fountains, etc. 
    • Faculty and staff offices, equipment, and other community spaces.

Social Distancing on District Property

All students, faculty, and staff will be required to keep six feet away from other people at all times.

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about six feet) for a prolonged period.
  • Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.
  • The District will install barriers, signs, and other devices to keep people six feet apart as much as possible on District property.  
  • Some physical spaces such as offices, classrooms and meeting rooms will be reconfigured and marked to spread out people or to limit the number of people in enclosed spaces.  
  • Floor markers saying “Stand Here” will be installed in places where people congregate or form lines (such as foodservice areas, bookstores, outside classrooms, etc.).  
  • Classes, services, and offices that can continue to operate remotely will do so as much as possible in order to minimize the number of people in close proximity to each other.  
  • The District will accommodate needs of people with disabilities (those who need a companion or may not be able to comply with social distancing). A procedure will be in place to identify those needs and make accommodations.  
  • Keep six feet away from other people at all times, whether on- or off-campus.
  • If you cannot do your job while keeping six feet away from someone (e.g. A&R or Counseling reception desks), please consult with your supervisor. The District may be able to supply physical barriers or plexiglass shields for your situation.