Guidance for Students

Student Vaccine Requirement

Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enroll in classes with any face-to-face component (including online/face-to-face hybrid classes), participate in athletics, receive in-person support services, or attend on-campus events. Students who do not provide proof of vaccination or request an exemption before the start of the quarter will be un-enrolled from any class that has a face-to-face component.

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.

Verify Your Vaccination Status in the mySPSCC portal >

You'll be asked to complete a form and upload a document or image (ie. JPEG, PNG, PDF) of your:

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

WINTER QUARTER DEADLINE: All students enrolling in classes with a face-to-face component for Winter Quarter must be fully vaccinated and complete their vaccine verification by Friday, Dec. 17. Students who have not verified by this date may be dropped from these classes.

Getting Vaccinated

Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of Johnson & Johnson). Walk-in vaccination events are happening daily throughout Thurston County or you can search for a pharmacy or healthcare provider near you at vaccines.gov.

Face Coverings

In accordance with the current statewide mandate, face coverings are required in all SPSCC buildings. If the statewide mandate is lifted, we may choose to continue requiring face coverings to minimize the spread of germs on campus.

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 their faculty member as soon as possible and seek medical attention.

Common Questions

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.

How can I request an exemption?

You can request an exemption using the verification form in the mySPSCC portal (login with ClipperID required).

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

Students who work with Student Services administration and are granted a medical or religious exemption may be allowed to attend face-to-face classes and activities, but must wear a face covering at all times and socially distance wherever possible.

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 in the mySPSCC portal.

Does this requirement apply to people visiting or attending events at SPSCC?

As of October 18, 2021, visitors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to attend events in any SPSCC facility. This includes (but is not limited to) indoor athletic games, meetings, performances, lectures, exhibitions, practices, and banquets. This applies to both College-sponsored and external events. Complete details are available on our COVID-19 page.

Short-term visitors to campus, such as people visiting to get information or enroll, do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

I think I was exposed to COVID. When should I quarantine?

It is best to follow CDC guidance when it comes to quarantine. If you are vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine unless you are experiencing symptoms. However, you should still get tested 3-5 days after exposure.

The CDC recommends that unvaccinated individuals should stay home for 14 days after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (close contact is being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more in a day). People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after close contact unless they have symptoms. Check the CDC's Quarantine & Isolation page for the most current guidance.

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

Yes. Money for COVID assistance is available for all SPSCC students.

Learn more and and request funds on our CARES Act webpage.

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

Comcast is offering two months of free internet service to low-income households.

Also, some phone companies are offering increased data plans at no cost to create wifi hotspots at home. Check with your cell provider to see if they’re offering this service.

SPSCC WiFi: WiFi is available on the first floor of Building 22. WiFi has been expanded to reach 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 a public WiFi hotspot from a safe place, such as your car, at places like a Timberland Regional Library (check in with your local branch first) or an Xfinity WiFi hotspot (Comcast has currently made them open access).

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.

How can I buy or return books from the bookstore?

The bookstore is open online. Go to bookstore website >

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

If you have an outstanding rental, you can return it using a free shipping label through your account on the bookstore website. If you have problems, contact bookstore manager Scott Cahill at scahill@spscc.edu.

Can I get food on campus?

Currently, food is not available on campus.

The Food Pantry has on-campus pick up options available. A list of all pickup events can be found on the Thurston County Food Bank website.

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.