Due to the sharp decline of local COVID-19 infections in San Diego County, including Southwestern College’s service area, Southwestern College is updating health guidelines for the summer 2022 session. The updates were informed by the college’s reopening group after reviewing employee/student survey results, current federal/state/local guidelines, and case and vaccination metrics in the college’s service area.
Beginning June 6, the first day of summer session, masks will be strongly recommended, but no longer be required indoors. Students and employees will still be required to be fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer/Moderna, one dose of Johnson & Johnson) to access in-person learning and services. Booster shots will be highly recommended, not required.
Current health guidelines, such as masks indoors, remain in place until the end of the spring semester.
According to local public health officials, wearing a mask and being fully vaccinated, including boosters, remain the best and safest way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Visit the San Diego County’s vaccine website to find a vaccine site near you. The college will continue to pursue partnerships to offer vaccines and boosters to students and employees.
Southwestern College leadership will continue to monitor local COVID-19 data and consult with local public health officials for the fall semester and beyond. If local case rates begin to surge, Southwestern College may reinstate previous health guidelines- including face masks in indoor spaces.
Summer Health Guidelines
Regular testing will no longer be required for students and employees who have an approved vaccine exemption with the district. Testing and additional health guidelines may be required for specialized programs, such as public health programs and athletics. Certain departments, such as Health Services, may still require masks.
Priority registration for summer 2022 will begin this Monday, April 25. Continuing students should check their registration date on MySWC. Open registration for the summer session begins May 6.
Although masks will no longer be required, masks are always welcome at all Southwestern College campuses and events. Southwestern College will continue to provide masks to students and employees. Upload of vaccination status and requests for exemption of vaccination remain in place.