Guidance for Students

COVID Requirements for Students

Masks Welcome On Campus

Masks are welcome and encouraged inside SPSCC buildings, but not required in most areas. There may be some instances where students or staff are required to wear masks, such as in clinical settings or in certain class sections (students in those classes will receive notice from the instructor).


Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend face-to-face and hybrid classes, participate in athletics, receive in-person support services, or attend on-campus events.

Students can request a vaccination exemption due to disability or conflict with a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Students enrolled only in online or virtual classes with no face-to-face requrements are automatically exempted from this requirement.

What to Do if You are Sick

Any student who is experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms or who tests positive for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) should notify a faculty member and follow CDC isolation guidelines.

Common Questions

Vaccination Verification

I verified my vaccination status last quarter. Do I need to verify again for next quarter?

No. Once you have completed your verification or received approval for an exemption you will not have to re-verify for future quarters.

If I am granted a medical or religious exemption can I still come to campus?

Students who are granted a medical or religious exemption (by SPSCC Student Services administrators) may be allowed to attend face-to-face classes and activities.

Although not required, masks are encouraged. There may be some instances where students are still required to wear masks, such as in clinical settings or in certain classes where a college-approved exception is required.

What will be accepted as proof of vaccination?

The Washington Department of Health identifies three primary items as valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
  • WA State Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination; or
  • WA State Immunization Information System Printout.

These items are described in more detail in this Visual Guide to Official Washington State Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.

What types are vaccines are allowed?

SPSCC will accept proof of any vaccine that was authorized for use in the United States when the student received the vaccine. We will work on a case-by-case basis with students who received a vaccine that is not approved for use in the United States.

I am enrolled in a hybrid class. Does this requirement apply to me?

If your hybrid class has a face-to-face component, you are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Some hybrid classes are a mix of online and face-to-face, while others are a mix of online and virtual formats. You can check what type of class you're enrolled in ctcLink.

COVID Exposure, Symptoms, and Quarantine

I was exposed to COVID. Do I need to quarantine?

If you learn you have been directly exposed to COVID-19, current CDC quarantine guidelines recommend that you take precautions (including masking around others) for at least 10 full days and get tested 5 full days after your last exposure.

SPSCC will work closely with students who have been instructed by a medical provider or public health agency to isolate or have been asked (by SPSCC) to remain off campus to find the best way for that student to maintain their academic progress.

I tested positive for COVID. When can I come back to campus?

If you test positive for COVID or were sick and think you had COVID, follow CDC isolation guidelines to determine when you can return to campus.

The guidelines are subject to change, but in general you can return after:

  • Isolating for at least 5 days after your first full day of symptoms or the day you test positive; and
  • Being fever-free for at least 24 hours.

If your symptoms last longer than 5 days, then you can return after your symptoms improve and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

COVID Resources

Is there COVID funding to help me pay bills or tuition?

Students experiencing financial challenges due to the ongoing pandemic should connect with our Personal Support Center to get connected with other college and community resources.

What should I do if I don't have Internet at home?

SPSCC WiFi: WiFi is available in all SPSCC buildings. SPSCC WiFi also reaches parking lots close to buildings at the SPSCC Olympia Campus. We recommend parking lot J if you want to access WiFi on campus from your car.

Other public WiFi: If you can't get reliable internet access at home, try using public WiFi at places like a Timberland Regional Library (check in with your local branch first).

Security note: Before you use public WiFi, make sure your antivirus or malware protection is turned on and current. Don’t save passwords in the browser and use private/incognito windows whenever possible. Be extra aware of phishing attempts, especially messages about COVID-19.

Olympia Campus

How can I buy or return books from the bookstore?

The bookstore is open in-person and online. Go to bookstore website >

Books, supplies, laptops, and Chromebooks are stocked and available to students with free shipping.

If you have problems, contact bookstore manager Scott Cahill at

Can I get food on campus?

The Clipper Coffee Corner is open most mornings but closed on Fridays. They offer drinks as well as a selection of snacks, sandwiches, and salads. Watch the Cafe & Dining page for current hours of operation.

The Food Pantry has on-campus pick up options available.

Support to our Asian community members

Since the pandemic began, our Asian community members have been battling racial bias, discrimination, and various assaults. This is unacceptable.

COVID-19 is not specific to any ethnicity or race. Racist behaviors, harassment, and discrimination are not tolerated at SPSCC.

If you experience harassment or discrimination while on campus, we encourage you to report it using this BIAS Incident Report form.