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Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

Based on public health recommendations and guidance, Presidio Graduate School has implemented a hyflex learning environment for Fall 2021, allowing students and faculty to attend residency virtually or in-person depending on their level of comfort. This page provides regularly updated policies, procedures, and other information related to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Updated Mask Requirements 

In accordance with San Francisco Department of Health, State of California, and Centers for Disease Control guidelines, masking is no longer required for attendance at residency and other in-person events. Community members may still choose to wear masks. Anyone attending an in-person gathering is still required to be vaccinated, boosted, and clear the two-week waiting period post-booster. This policy is subject to change based on community spread and recommendations from public health officials. 

Effective April 1, 2022  

Updated Covid-19 Testing Policy 

Covid-19 testing is no longer required for attendance at residency or other in person events. However, Presidio will have on-site testing available for those who wish to test before residency.  

Effective April 1, 2022 

Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Policy 

The Centers for Disease Control has recommended Covid-19 boosters for all adults as they have proven to provide the best protection against infection from Covid-19 and its variants, including Omicron. Beginning on February 9, 2022, before second residency for the Spring 2022 semester, all students, faculty, and staff are required to receive all doses of the Covid-19 vaccine plus an approved booster and clear the two-week post-dose period to attend in-person classes or other school-sponsored activities. Proof of vaccination plus booster will be required. In-person class visitors including guest speakers, alumni, partners, etc. will also be required to adhere to this policy. 

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

Effective December 16, 2021 

Covid Exposure and Positive Tests 

Before Residency 

If you have been in direct contact with someone who has Covid-19, or if you have tested positive for Covid-19, you may not attend in-person events at Presidio, including Residency, for at least 14 days from exposure or onset of symptoms. This policy applies regardless of vaccination status. Individuals exposed to or who test positive for Covid-19 are required to attend Residency virtually.  

During Residency 

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test during the course of Residency and you have attended any in-person events at Presidio or with other Presidians during Residency, immediately notify covidresponse@presidio.edu. In the event a community member tests positive during Residency, the community will be notified, and the remainder of Residency weekend will shift to a virtual format.  

After Residency 

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test within 7 days of attending Residency, please notify covidresponse@presidio.edu so contact tracing procedures can begin.  

Contact Tracing 

The following procedures will be implemented to notify the community in the event of a positive Covid-19 test within the community: 

Positive Test During Residency 

  • Entire community will be notified 
  • Individuals in class with the positive person will be contacted separately to notify them of their more direct exposure and are encouraged to be tested for Covid-19 
  • The remainder of Residency will be transitioned to virtual meetings  

Positive Test Within 7 Days After Residency 

  • Entire community will be notified 
  • Individuals in class with the positive person will be contacted separately to notify them of their more direct exposure and are encouraged to be tested for Covid-19 

Individuals who test positive for Covid-19 are strongly encouraged to notify anyone they may have had direct contact with outside of the classroom of their positive test. 

Effective October 2021 

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy 

Students, faculty, and staff are required 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 covidresponse@presidio.edu Documentation may be requested to consider exemption. 

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. 

Effective August 2021 

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.

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