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Presidio Graduate School COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Policies

Updated August 2021

Presidio Graduate School remains vigilant about protecting our community and continues to adhere to all applicable public health guidelines.

First, we will require students, faculty, and staff to receive all doses of the COVID-19 vaccination and clear the two-week post-dose period in order to attend in-person classes or other school-sponsored gatherings. Proof of vaccination will be required. Proof of vaccination is also required for any community guests (speakers, friends, family members, prospective students) at Presidio classes or extracurricular events. Vaccination exemption requests will be considered based on medical or sincere religious reasons. Exemption must be approved by the human resources office. Please send your request for exemption via email to; documentation may be requested to consider exemption.

In addition, we will follow real-time public health guidance regarding the use of masks and engagement in physical distancing. As of August 2021, masks are required indoors for all participants, regardless of vaccination status. Masks should be well-fitting and cover the nose and the mouth fully.

Finally, we encourage anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to stay home from classes and school-sponsored events and follow CDC testing guidelines. If you test positive for COVID-19, please notify to facilitate contact tracing.

Students and faculty enrolled in fully remote online degree programs and individuals participating in remote instruction in the fall will not be required to be vaccinated, though we strongly encourage all community members to do so.

Stay safe and well.

  • Since March 2020, in-person instruction has moved online, and we are continuing this policy through our Spring 2021 term. This is a temporary change due to extraordinary circumstances. We will return to our model with monthly in-person residencies as soon as we and our community deem it safe to do so.
  • Faculty have flexibility in the timing and schedule of residency instruction to best adapt the format to the needs of students in individual courses.
  • Students are completing all coursework online.
  • Commencement observances will continue to be held online until it is safe for our community to gather in person, and we will share updates as soon as they become available.

Presidio Graduate School is hosting all in-person admission events online until it is safe to bring people together again in person, including our class tours. Our admissions interviews and virtual open houses continue without interruption in virtual formats, and our team is on call to answer any questions. We are here to help potential new students and applicants with the decision to attend Presidio Graduate School and welcome opportunities to schedule a personal virtual meeting. To see other Admissions events, please visit our Events Calendar. The Round 2 deadline for Spring 2021 applications is October 15th. The final application deadline is December 1st.

The Coronavirus Assistance, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency relief funding for individuals and organizations affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides emergency funds for students and colleges and universities.

Read more about the CARES Act reports and disclosures relating to Presidio Graduate School.

Self assessment

Some of us may vividly feel the pressure, and some of us may be unaware of how stress and uncertainty impact our moods and daily habits. Here is a self-care assessment that may help you become more aware of your state of being.

Self-care tips

We often think of self-care in terms of doing something, perhaps exercising, mediation, painting, journaling, or hiking. For many, these are essential means of care; however, there are many ways to practice caring for oneself:

  • Use natural healing products to care for and heal your body, especially lotion for excessive hand washing
  • Practice the art of self-management, allowing yourself to decline additional responsibilities so that you can maintain your balance
  • Limit your exposure to news, social media, and other forms of anxiety-producing output
  • Develop a healthy support system: people who contribute to your self-esteem, people who listen well, people who care
  • Organize your life, so you become proactive as opposed to reactive: make a plan
  • Reserve your energy for causes that are meaningful to you
  • Balance life with motion and intention: sing, dance, sit with silence

Please feel free to share your self-care advice and tips here. Collectively we can generate more ideas and possibly community practices.

Community support

Now, more than ever, our Presidian community is a source of support. The student-led Mutual Aid Fund is an excellent example of our shared compassion and willingness to engage. Circle, the Friday Town Halls, and other virtual events are wonderful ways to stay grounded and connect with friends. Additionally, many of us are caring for parents, partners, and children. Be mindful of your wellbeing, which may help you avoid compassion fatigue.

Information resources

For guidance and resources on how to be prepared to protect yourself during the COVID-19 emergency, please visit the following:

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