COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Summer/Fall 2021 Information

Updated: June 22, 2021

All Sierra College campuses and locations are only open to students taking specific labs/specialty courses and essential personnel.

On June 15th, California reopened its economy after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) relaxed its masking and distancing guidelines for all Californians, especially those who are fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, which brought California into alignment with the recommendations set forth in May 2021 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

After careful monitoring and this new guidance from the local and national agencies, Sierra College is revising our college guidelines:

  1. Face coverings are not required for students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated. By entering a building on a Sierra College campus not wearing a mask, you are self-attesting that you are fully vaccinated.
  2. Face coverings are required for those who are not fully vaccinated.
  3. Social/physical distancing requirements have been removed, with the exception of major outbreaks.
  4. Unvaccinated, or partially vaccinated, students and employees need to wear face coverings indoors and when in vehicles with more than one person.
  5. The District will verify by self-attestation the vaccination status of employees working indoors without face coverings as required by the guidelines. Human Resources will be developing a process for that verification process.
  6. N95 masks will be available for those that would like one upon request.
  7. When necessary, employees may get tested for Covid during work hours.
  8. The Sierra App daily health screening is still required for all students and employees until further notice, along with scanning the QR codes when entering buildings and room.

Learn About Return to Campus For Employees For Faculty

Visitors to any of our four Sierra College locations must participate in a mandatory health screening.

Instructions for Students, Faculty and Staff

Instructions for Visitors and Vendors

  • The majority of  our lecture  courses will be delivered online via Canvas through spring 2021.  
  • Some labs/specialty courses will be held on our campuses. Students participating in those respective classes will receive direct communication on safety protocols. 
  • Student services are being delivered remotely in spring 2021.    
  • Please check your mySierra email inbox and Canvas for additional information about your respective courses, and to stay in touch with faculty and your support network. 
Fall 2020 athletics have been shifted to spring by the California Community College Athletic Association. Learn more about athletics at Sierra College.
Student clubs and activities will meet remotely in spring 2021. Information related to specific clubs is available in the Campus Clubs section of the Sierra College App and Sierra College website.
Dorms are closed for spring 2021.

In conjunction with advice from local and state agencies and to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff within the Sierra College community, on campus events are canceled or postponed for fall 2020.

Learn more about our virtual events

Parking passes are not required in general lots for spring 2021. 

Student employees will continue working remotely in spring 2021.

Student employees and members of your household have access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Anthem EAP. They provide quick and easy access to confidential counseling and referral services to help you deal with daily work and life challenges. 

This service is available at no cost to you, your dependents or household members

Additional Resources

The following information is provided by the California Department of Public Health.

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Malaise
  • Muscle aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.

How is COVID-19 diagnosed?

Health care providers will assess patients, and if COVID-19 is a possible diagnosis, they will do further testing.  If a patient is suspected to be infected with novel coronavirus, public health agencies will work with health care providers to ensure testing can be completed. 

What is the treatment for COVID-19?

Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own; there are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. We are continuing to learn more about this novel coronavirus and treatment may change over time. 

What can the public do to limit the spread of COVID-19?

The California Department of Public Health recommends the following steps to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Stay at least six feet from people.
  • Wear a face covering whenever leaving home, in public areas and buildings.
  • Wash hands with soap and water. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with any symptoms similar to COVID. 

What do I do if I experience the symptoms above?

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact your primary care provider.


Additional information is available from Placer County Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

Contact Health Services

Rocklin Campus L-183

Phone: (916) 660-7490
Fax: (916) 630-4545

Fall and Spring Hours
M-F: 8:00am - 4:00pm