Dear Students –
As promised, at yesterday’s (September 23rd) Reedley College town hall meeting, I spoke with President Jimenez-Sandoval today (September 24th) regarding the status of the Fresno State vaccine mandate. He stated that consistent with the Entire CSU and UC systems of higher education, Fresno State only allows a COVID testing option for those employees and students that have been granted an exemption from vaccination.
Today’s (September 24th) special Board meeting allowed trustees to compare two proposed resolutions, one that offered a testing option for all students and employees (2021.37) and one that limited the testing option to students and employees that are granted vaccine exemptions, as well as visitors to each SCCCD building (2021.36). I have attached copies of the information shared with the Board, as well as the resolution adopted by the Board at approximately 1:15 pm this afternoon, resolution 2021.36. The implementation date of the vaccine mandate for students was delayed to November 15th, allowing extra time to develop processes, hire additional personnel, and approve contracts with third-party vendors to perform expanded testing and contact tracing at each District campus. Today’s Board decision keeps our District aligned with Fresno State’s implementation of their vaccine mandate.
We now have final direction from our Board of Trustees on how to proceed through the remainder of the fall 2021 semester. Our leadership team will be assessing opportunities to support all students and employees to successfully complete their fall courses, which may require location changes or other modifications.
Thank you for your advocacy over the past several weeks, regardless of your personal views.