Message from the President January 12, 2022

January 12, 2022

As the state of the pandemic continues to evolve, including with the aggressive Omicron variant, my team and I have been closely monitoring local developments and receiving updates and recommendations from Sonoma County health officials. Following the January 10 Health Order from Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, we will be adjusting SRJC’s current regulations as outlined in the SRJC Plan for a Safe Return to Campus to align with these updated guidelines.

Changes to current on-campus regulations

The following updates will remain in effect until February 1. We hope to return to the requirements and offerings as originally outlined in the SRJC Plan for a Safe Return to Campus at that time, but will continue to assess the situation on a weekly basis and will provide additional information when possible.

  • All in-person instruction will continue as planned and is unaffected by the new health order and recommendations.
  • All in-person services that were scheduled for the beginning of the semester will remain remote temporarily, with the exception of the SRJC Bookstore and Student Health Services. Any exceptions must be approved by Cabinet.
    • The SRJC Bookstore will remain open for curbside pickup and walk-in services for individuals who have received a wristband at a Safety Monitor station but will remain at limited capacity.
    • Student Health Services will remain open to support COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and to provide other important health services by appointment. 
  • Indoor events with over 50 attendees will be postponed or limited in capacity.
  • Indoor athletics will continue without spectators and outdoor athletics will continue with limited spectators, in line with the health order.

Changes to mask requirements

In following Dr. Mase’s additional recommendation, all students taking in-person classes are now required to wear a surgical mask or the more protective N95 mask.  Cloth masks have been shown to be less effective in protecting against transmission of the Omicron variant.

Students who need a surgical mask may request one at any Safety Monitor station.

Boosters/testing

In addition to requiring that all employees, students, and volunteers coming on-site be fully vaccinated, SRJC encourages COVID-19 booster shots and testing in order to reduce transmission and protect our community’s health. To schedule a booster, please contact SRJC’s Student Health Services by calling 707-527-4445. Information on COVID-19 testing is also available at this site: COVID-19 testing for students.

At this time, SRJC only has the capacity for current employees and students who are taking in-person classes to receive COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and testing through the college. We are not able to provide these services to the public.

For additional information, please visit the SRJC COVID-19 website.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to adapt to the changing state of the pandemic in Sonoma County and for your support in keeping SRJC and our entire college community safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Frank Chong
Superintendent/President
Santa Rosa Junior College