IMPORTANT: All Students and Employees -- Did You Get Your Baseline Test? Covid-19 Protocol has Changed and Oct. 8 & 18th COVID Deadlines Approach
Update Oct.5, 2021 - L.A. Pierce College's COVID-19 protocol has begun a significant change due to LACCD policy and students and employees need to take action to be in compliance. The first deadline is Oct. 8, by which ALL students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility and ALL employees* must create a profile with Biocept and take a baseline COVID test with Biocept on campus. Students who plan to be 100% online and not come to campus do not need to comply. *NEW: Faculty that are fully online are not required to do base testing until such time they plan to enter the campus and... [more]
Update Oct. 5, 2021 - L.A. Pierce College's COVID-19 protocol has begun a significant change due to LACCD policy and all students and employees need to take action to be in compliance. Two deadlines approach, Oct. 8 and Oct. 18, 2021.
The first deadline is Oct. 8, by which ALL students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility and ALL employees* must create a profile with Biocept and take a baseline COVID test with Biocept on campus Mondays and Tuesdays.
Students who are online only and do not plan to come to campus to take classes, use services, or attend events, are exempt from the new procedures.
*NEW: Faculty that are fully online are not required to do base testing until such time they plan to enter the campus.
*NEW: Faculty that are fully online and have an exemption do not need to do weekly testing unless entering campus facilities.
Our new vendor, Biocept, took over the COVID-19 Testing and Screening operations at Pierce College (replacing the LAPCSafeApp and self-check-in).
First, Biocept, under the name Cleared4, will text and/or email each student and employee with a unique link, and at that time you need to create a new profile in their database. There is no generic link to visit.
By now everyone should have received the Cleared4 message. If not, please contact the Cleared4 Help Desk by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, every student and employee needs to be tested for COVID-19 once to create a baseline. Beginning Sept. 20, Biocept will be on campus in the North Gym 5600 two days a week to conduct this testing:
Mondays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In the text and/or email Biocept/Cleared4work sends, after you complete your profile, click on “Book On-site Covid Test,” choose Pierce NGym5600, and set up your baseline screening choosing from the available times that pop up.
·No later than October 8, 2021, ALL students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility, and all employees must:
ØCreate a profile account with the District’s official testing vendor, Biocept
ØGet a free COVID-19 test with the vendor
·Prior to October 18, 2021, ALL students students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility, and all employees must:
ØUpload your vaccination information (if you are vaccinated)
ØOr submit a medical or religious exemption request approved by the District—you must allow at least two days for processing
ØNOTE: ALL persons granted an exemption must be tested weekly by the District’s official testing vendor as a condition of employment
Finally, everyone will get reminders from Cleared4 with a link to complete the quick self-health check required every day before coming on campus. Once cleared, a digital Clear Pass is issued, and you can show it to gain entry to any indoor campus building or facility, including all of the LACCD campuses and the district office.
Again, using Biocept/Cleared4 through your email or smart phone:
(1) Every day before your come to campus, please take the self-test, and use your CLEAR PASS to come to campus.
(2) Make an appointment and take your one-time baseline COVID-19 test on campus, and
(3) Upload your vaccination card if you are vaccinated
STUDENTS, if you are ONLINE ONLY and do not plan to come to campus at all, you do not need to do this.
Emails have gone out to all students and employees from the district office that describe these procedures and the medical or religious waivers in more detail. They introduce the revised policy, Board Policy 2900, the LACCD Board of Trustees put in place Sept. 1, 2021, what we need to do, and the timeline we need to meet to comply.
Vaccination and Testing Requirements
As a condition to physically accessing any District building, classroom, library, gymnasium, facility, or other indoor setting, all District students shall present proof that they have been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) unless exempt for medical or religious reasons.
Employees and students who are granted a medical or religious exemption shall undergo regular testing for COVID-19 infection and shall produce proof of negative COVID-19 test results.
Students and employees are now required to use these procedures as a condition of their status as students and/or employees.
Students who cannot meet the October 8 or October 18 deadlines to complete all required steps must contact the Office of Student Services at your home college as soon as possible.
Currently, masks are required indoors at all LACCD colleges and facilities.
Clarifications on our new system are continuing to come out via email from the district office, so please check your email. Thank you for helping us all stay safe and healthy at Pierce College.
Enroll in Late Start Fall Classes, Only Eight-Weeks Long, Start Oct. 25
Late Start Classes are now filling. Pierce College has scheduled 153 sections -- most are eight-weeks long and begin Monday, Oct. 25; 18 of them are face-to-face, 14 are hybrid, and 121 are online. As they fill more sections are being added. Students in the community will be getting postcards and emails to notifiy them about the late start semester, where they can earn the same units as in a full-length semester. View the Open Classes list at... [more]
Late Start Classes are now filling, so get in the game.
Pierce College has scheduled 153 late-start class sections for fall. Most are eight-weeks long and begin Monday, Oct. 25; 18 of them are face-to-face, 14 are hybrid, and 121 are online. Students in the community will be getting postcards and emails to notify them about the late start eight-week semester, where they can earn the same units as in a full-length semester.