Skip to main content

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.

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. The human resources office must approve the exemption. Please send your request for exemption via email to covidresponse@presidio.eduDocumentation 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 

Mask Mandate 

In accordance with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and requirements in Alameda County, anyone attending indoor, in-person events at Presidio, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask. We strongly recommend surgical or N95 masks, though cloth masks are permitted. Masks must be worn properly, tightly fitting, and covering the nose and mouth at all times while indoors. Individuals who cannot or do not wish to wear a mask or who violate the mask mandate will be asked to attend Residency virtually.  

 

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 

Event Policy 

Following an evaluation of local, state, and federal health guidelines, Presidio Graduate School will allow community events to take place with the following requirements: 

Indoor Events 

Indoor events are permitted. All attendees are required to submit proof of vaccination and wear a mask throughout the event. We strongly recommend surgical or N95 masks, though cloth masks are permitted. Masks must be worn properly, tightly fitting, and covering the nose and mouth at all times while indoors. Food and drink may not be served or consumed indoors.  

Outdoor Events 

Outdoor events are permitted. All attendees are required to submit proof of vaccination. Students, staff, and faculty who have already submitted proof of vaccination will not be rechecked. Guests or those who have not yet submitted proof of vaccination will be asked to show their vaccination card. Food and drink may be served and consumed outdoors, and masks are optional. 

 

Effective November 3, 2021 

Additional Safety Measures 

In addition to the policies and procedures adopted by Presidio to protect the safety of our community and make a positive impact toward controlling the spread of Covid-19, we are also providing the following safety measures: 

  • Daily check-ins at Residency to affirm vaccination and current lack of symptoms 
  • Temperature checks at check-in for Residency 
  • Individual social distancing comfort color-coding identification system 
  • Covid-19 Task Force assigned to regularly review new information and best practices, including advising from Board Member, Dr. Pankaj Bhargava 

 

Oakstop Disclaimer

Presidio’s residencies are held at Oakstop, which is a coworking space in Oakland, CA. Oakstop does not have the same vaccine mandate as Presidio for people who use their location. The Presidio community should keep this in consideration when using public areas such as the kitchen, restrooms, and other coworking areas outside of designated Presidio class spaces.

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.

Return to top