The San Diego Community College District – which includes San Diego City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges – will no longer require face coverings on district property beginning December 19.
The SDCCD made the announcement on November 7, stating the decision was made only after the issue was discussed extensively during the fall semester with SDCCD leadership, the Board of Trustees, labor representatives, a COVID-19 Advisory Group, and other stakeholders.
“The health, safety, and welfare of our community will continue to remain our top priority, and we are proud of the actions we have taken to date to protect our students, faculty, and classified professional staff during this most devastating pandemic,” said SDCCD Chancellor Carlos O. Cortez. “With the availability of improved vaccinations and medications, along with a sharp decline in hospitalizations, conditions are allowing us to drop the mask requirement at this time.”
Chancellor Cortez noted, however, that should conditions change, such as a significant increase in the prevalence of COVID-19 in the region, the face covering requirement may be reinstated. And though face coverings are no longer required, they will be encouraged when a person is indoors or in close contact with others. The SDCCD will continue to provide face coverings, including N-95 or KN-95 masks, at all campuses and other district facilities.
Lifting the face covering requirement on December 19 will allow classes during the SDCCD’s January intersession and the spring semester to proceed without any special requirements. For more information on the spring semester, visit classes.sdccd.edu.