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COVID Vaccination & Testing Requirement for Students

Grace Period for District's Vaccination & Testing Requirement

Effective October 15, 2021, the District is providing a grace period for compliance with the vaccine mandate, Board Policy 2900:

  • Students have until 5 p.m., Friday, November 19, 2021 to provide proof of vaccination or submit an exemption, and complete a baseline test. This grace period allows you to create and complete your Cleared4 account, upload your proof of CDC or WHO-compliant vaccination, provide all other required information, and schedule your initial onboarding COVID-19 test.
     
  • If you are not vaccinated yet, get your one dose or first dose of a two-dose sequence immediately and upload your proof of vaccination to your Cleared4 account. Come to one of the LAVC Vaccination Clinics (walk-up or make an appointment) and get a $150 Bookstore Gift Card incentive with your on-campus dose. Learn how to create your Cleared4 acccount.
     
  • To submit an exemption request, please upload the exemption request form to the Student Portal by the new November 19 deadline. Learn how to submit a COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption.

For more information, check the LACCD Vaccination & Testing Requirements on our website.  


On-Campus Vaccination Events

COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-Ups & Get Up a $150 Bookstore Gift Cards!

(Updated 10/18/21)

LAVC is partnering with Care Ambulance Service and Fulgent Genetics to hold special LAVC On-Campus Vaccination Clinics for students, employees and the public to get their first, second, third or booster dose of the vaccine.

All three vaccine types will be available—Moderna (ages 18+), Pfizer (ages 12+), and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+). Walk-ups are welcome, or you can make an appointment online.

Current LAVC students and employees will get a $150 gift card to the LAVC Bookstore for each dose received at the event. Students need to be enrolled in at least one Fall, Winter or Spring LAVC class at time of redemption.


Online Campus Services

LAVC is still offering a menu of online/remote campus services and academic support to you so you can stay on top of your educational goals. 

From counseling and special programs to tutoring and library services, we’re here and ready to help you online:

Want to learn on how to use the different features on the LACCD SIS Portal? Visit LACCD SIS Portal Student Help.


Contact Us

While in-person services have reopened at LAVC in some areas, remote/virtual services and instruction continues. We encourage you to reach out to us for assistance.

One way to do that is to contact us directly via email, or contact departments through Cranium Cafe.

Here are the different ways in which you can reach us:


Educational Needs Resources & Grants

LAVC is committed to supporting student success while on-campus instruction and services remain online, including online/remote support services as well as laptop and technology grants for students in need. 

Please select from the menu of links below to learn more:


EMERGENCY FEDERAL STIMULUS AWARDS

LAVC students enrolled in Fall 2021 classes may be eligible to receive up to $1000 in federal stimulus funds for emergency basic needs. To qualify, the students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have LAVC as their home campus,
  • Be enrolled at Valley College for Fall 2021, and
  • Be eligible for the California College Promise Grant or CA Dream Act, or demonstrate economic hardship resulting from COVID-19

Haven't registered?  Fall registration is going on now. Just follow these steps:

  1. Register online for a Fall class on the myCollege.laccd.edu Student Portal,
  2. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) application (LAVC code is 001228)
    - or -
    Complete the California College Promise Grant Application.

Already enrolled for Fall?  Complete your FAFSA application (LAVC code is 001228) or the California College Promise Grant Application.

If you need assistance or have questions, contact our Welcome Center for help in-person, on Zoom, by email or phone.


EMERGENCY BASIC NEEDS, LAPTOP/TABLET & TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

In addition, LA Valley College will provide grants to students with identified financial needs that compromise their ability to continue their studies or successfully engage in their classes.

Grant awards (up to $500) are one-time only and will be determined on a need basis. Eligibility will be determined using the following criteria:

  • LAVC is your home campus,
  • Be enrolled in six units or more, and
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Student can apply for both of the awards noted below. A panel will review your application and will determine eligibility. You will be notified of your award via email.

The following are the two award application process:

Emergency Laptop/Tablet Award

To apply:

  1. Go to the mycollege.laccd.edu Student Portal
  2. Navigate to Scholarship Tile
  3. Proceed to Explore Scholarship: Search Scholarships
  4. Use the Keyword: Emergency Laptop Scholarship 

Emergency Technology (Hot Spot or Internet Service) & Basic Needs Grant Award 

To apply: 

  1. Complete the Fall 2021 Emergency Funds Application Form or scan the QR code below.

QR Code for the Summer 2021 Emergency Grant Application

If you have any questions about your application, email the Student Services Office at hurwitfa@lavc.edu.


FREE WI-FI ACCESS FOR STUDENTS

Los Angeles Valley College is now offering free wi-fi access to enrolled Spring 2021 students who need reliable wireless internet connect.

Students can access free wi-fi on campus to complete their coursework in Parking Lot F (Monday-Sunday from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.) from their personal vehicle. Access to Parking Lot F is available from the Ethel Avenue entrance at Burbank Boulevard.

All students on campus must follow LAVC/LA County Health Protocols, stay in their vehicle, wear a mask, and always practice physical distancing. Note: restrooms are not available and there is no access for recharging devices.

Find out how to access campus Wi-Fi.


LOW-COST INTERNET OPTIONS

$50 Monthly Broadband Internet Discount for Low-Income Students

Consumers can begin applying and enrolling for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, an FCC program which help families and households to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households are able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

There are three ways for eligible households to apply:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.
     

Additional Low-Cost Internet Options for Students

As the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) LACCD continues to offer the majority of courses remotely in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Internet access will be required for participation in many class activities. Several organizations provide low-cost Internet access to students. As a courtesy, contact information for several providers is provided below for your consideration. Download the Low-cost Internet Options for Students Guide [PDF].


BOOK LOANS

LAVC Monarch College Store Financial Aid Book Loan Program

A financial aid book loan has been established in the College Monarch Store to allow qualified financial aid students to purchase the required instructional materials at the store. 

The loan amount due will be automatically deducted from the student's grant refund. Should the student become ineligible for their grant, the loan is owed immediately and is a responsibility of the student. A hold will be placed on your record if funds are not collected.

These funds are limited.

All students who qualified for the Book Loan received an email from Los Angeles Valley College with details on how to place their order.


FREE GROUND SHIPPING ON TEXTBOOK ORDERS

Free Ground Shipping at the LAVC Monarch College Store on Student Textbook Orders for Fall 2021

For a limited time, LAVC students can receive free ground shipping on their Fall 2021 textbooks from the LAVC Monarch Campus Store (Bookstore). 

The LAVC Monarch Store is currently closed to in-person service, but you can still get your textbooks, LAVC gear and supplies using our convenient online website. Simply select your items at the LAVC Monarch Campus Store, and we will provide free ground shipping. 

Download the LAVC Monarch Campus Store Textbook Order Guide [PDF].


OTHER EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

LA County Library Access from Home

The LA County Library Access from Home program has many digital resources you can access 24/7, no matter where you are. All you need is your library card number and PIN.


Basic Needs Resources

In an effort to help connect our students who may be stuggling or facing difficulties, LAVC has complied a list of local basic need resources that are available.

Please select from the menu of links below to learn more:


FOOD RESOURCES

LA Food Bank Pantry Locator

To find a local food pantry in your area, visit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Pantry Locator.
 

Local Food Pantry/Resources

The CalWORKs/LAVC Helping Hands Project has compiled a list of local food banks:

Open Monday-Friday
  • Salvation Army San Fernando Valley Corps
    14917 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys CA, 91411
    Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • Eliza Shanks Homes, Inc.
    13055 Weidner Street, Pacoima CA, 91331
    Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

  • SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
    16439 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys CA, 91406
    Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-1:30 PM

  • SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
    6605 Odessa Avenue, Van Nuys CA, 91406
    Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-1:30 PM

  • Congregational Church of Chatsworth
    20440 Lassen Street, Chatsworth CA, 91311
    Hours: Monday-Friday 3:00-5:00 PM

Only Open on Selected Days of the Week
  • Wild Horse Children’s Foundation
    828 Harding Avenue, San Fernando CA, 91340
    Hours: Monday & Thursday 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

  • Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
    7400 Tujunga Dr., North Hollywood, CA 91605
    Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

  • Apostolic Worship Center
    12541 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima CA, 91331
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

  • Redeemer Lutheran Outreach
    20025 Chase Street, Winnetka CA, 91306
    Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Only Open on Mondays
  • MFP-Central Lutheran Church
    6425 Tyrone Ave, Van Nuys CA, 91401
    Hours: 2nd & 4th Monday 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Only Open on Tuesdays
  • SFV Japanese American Community Center
    12953 Branford St., Arleta CA, 91331
    Hours: Tuesday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • One Generation
    18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda CA, 91335
    Hours: Tuesday 11:00 AM (Until Supplies Are Gone)

Only Open on Wednesdays
  • Centro de Vida International Church Movement
    9251 Burnet Avenue, North Hills CA, 91343
    Hours: Wednesday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • RCCG Victory House of California
    16730 Schoeborn Street, North Hills CA, 91343
    Hours: Wednesday 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

  • Houses of Light Church Corporation
    19359 Londelius Street, Northridge CA, 91324
    Hours: Wednesday 1:00 PM-1:30 PM

  • Iglesia Bautista Renacer
    10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills CA. 91345
    Hours: Wednesday 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Only Open on Thursdays
  • Church on the Way
    14300 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405
    Hours: Thursday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Only Open on Fridays
  • MFP-St. Ferdinand Church
    1109 Coronel Street, San Fernando CA, 91340
    Hours: 2nd & 4th Friday 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

  • North Valley Caring Services
    15453 Rayen Street, North Hills CA, 91343
    Hours: Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • Khalsa Care Foundation
    9989 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima CA, 91331
    Hours: Friday 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

For additional resources, visit the LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry.
 


FOOD INSECURITY SCHOLARSHIP

LACCD Foundation Food Insecurity Scholarship -
Kroger/Ralph’s/Food for Less Gift Cards for LACCD Students

If you are experiencing food insecurities that compromise your ability to continue your studies or successfully engage in classes, you can apply for a "Food Insecurities Scholarship" to receive a $50 Kroger/Ralphs/Food for Less gift card. 

  1. To apply, go to the Food Insecurites Scholarship link.
  2. Complete the online Food Insecurities Application and submit.
  3. If selected, you will be notified by a scholarship administrator. 
  4. Scholarship recipients will need to accept/decline the award online, and complete a thank you letter to the donor.

HOUSING / SHELTER RESOURCES

COVID-19 Renter Protections Information

Information on COVID-19 Renter Protections from evictions and rent increases is available at the Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department Covid-19 Renter Protections.
 

Homeless Services

  • LA Family Housing
    7843 Lankershim Blvd
    North Hollywood, CA 91605
    (818) 982-4091
    Hours: 8am-5pm
     
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center
    1304 W Burbank Blvd
    Burbank, CA 91506
    (818) 848-2822
    Hours: 9am-12noon,1:30-5pm
     

Campus Peer Navigator Program

Community college students (ages 18-25) experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness can contact the Campus Peer Navigator Program for resources. Download the Campus Peer Navigator Program Flyer [PDF]

Referral services are also available for students 25 years and older. 

Contact:
Brigette Zarazua Quintero, Campus Peer Navigator 
The Village Family Services
818.755.8786 
Email Brigette Zarazua
 

Continuum of Care / Point of Contact for Unhoused Individuals

Individuals experiencing homelessness can find the point of contact for unhoused individuals by viewing the State of California Continuum of Care List [PDF]. 

Contacts:
Elsa Fraire Contreras, 213-233-4761, efcontreras@lahsa.org 
Peter Lynn, 213-683-3333, plynn@lahsa.org
 

Los Angeles Room & Board Pilot Program

Current low-income LACCD students who are experiencing homelessness can apply for the Los Angeles Room & Board (LARNB) Pilot Program, which will provide with transitional housing, meals and other student support services in a large, single dwelling building in Westwood, near UCLA. Due to COVID-19, the program will start now with only about 35 students. 

Students interested in the program are encouraged to fill out the LARNB Opportunity House application


SHOWERS & HYGIENE SERVICES

Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and County of Los Angeles have deployed expanded hygiene services to better support our unsheltered neighbors.

For a link of these services and a guide to proper handwashing written by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, download the Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles Guide [PDF].


MEDICAL/HEALTH & TESTING RESOURCES

LAVC Student Health Center & Psychological Services

The LA Valley College Student Health Center is available to help you with medical services via telephone at (818) 763-8836, press option #4, or visit the Valley Community Healthcare's Patient Services.
 

COVID-19 Medi-Nurse Line

California has launched an advice line that can connect you with a nurse (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to talk about COVID-19 symptoms and help connect you with local resources in your area. Call the COVID-19 Medi-Nurse Line at 1-877-409-9052.
 

Free COVID-19 Testing for LA County Residents

Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles offers COVID-19 testing all Los Angeles County residents. For COVID-19 testing information, go to the City of Los Angeles Free COVID-19 Testing.
 

Substance Abuse Helpline

People struggling with substance abuse can reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline:

SAMHSA Distress Helpline
Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Text: TalkWithUs to 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

LA County Mental Health Access Line

If you are feeling stressed, d​expressed, or anxious and need to talk with someone ​contact @lacdmh

LA County Dept. of Mental Health 24/7
Access Line: 1-800-854-7771
Text: "LA" to 741741
 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. Call 800-273-8255 or text “Hope” to 916-668-ICAN).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline (4/9/2020): Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889).
 

Emotional & Community Support Resources

LAVC Student Health Center's Psychological Services

The LA Valley College Student Health Center is available to you 5 days a week via telephone to handle all of your mental health needs. Therapists are available for phone sessions if you are finding yourself upset, depressed, worried, scared, or anxious about the current pandemic, or any other stress in your life.

Call Valley Community Healthcare at (818) 763-8836, press option #4, to speak with a case manager dial extension 1455, or visit the Valley Community Healthcare's Patient Services webpage.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

LAVC Domestic Violence Resource

LAVC has certified staff who are available to talk with students who are experiencing domestic violence to provide resources and support. 

Contact:
Ellie Rabani
email Ellie Rabani
 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

If you or a loved one are in need of support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 anytime, 24/7, for free and confidential support. You are not alone.
 

LA City Text - 911 

Mobile users in LA now have the ability to send text messages to 911, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 911, a potentially life-saving option.
 

Domestic Violence Shelter

If you need to locate a Domestic Violence Shelter, please call the DV Hotline at (800) 978-3600 or through 2-1-1.


IMMIGRATION RESOURCES

CHIRLA is offering one-on-one appointments every other Friday through a virtual platform for our students, faculty and staff who need legal immigration services. For more information, visit the LAVC Dream Resource Center webpage.


UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos

If you were laid off, furloughed or had your hours reduced, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from the State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). These benefits are available for all CA residents who have authorization to work in the U.S. and meet other eligibility requirements. Other unemployment benefits are available for self-employed and "gig" workers. Download the Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos Guide [PDF]
 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

If you are out of work or had your hours reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits from the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. This benefit is for gig workers, freelancers, the self-employed, business owners, individuals with limited work history and others not usually eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The assistance is distributed by California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) and is available to all eligible CA residents who have authorization to work in the U.S. Download the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide [PDF].


OTHER SERVICES & RESOURCES

Resources for LAVC Student

The Family Resource Center has complied an online Google Folder with numerous resources for students.

Income Benefits for College Students

The LAVC CalWORKs Office has posted a Student Income Resources for College students [PDF].

 


LAVC Student Town Halls

LAVC VIRTUAL STUDENT TOWN HALL - AUGUST 30, 2021

LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons holds regular Student Town Halls on YouTube to share the latest Valley College updates with students and answer questions. Below is the link to the next Student Town Hall:

To view the recording of past Student Town Halls, visit the LAVC President's Student Town Hall webpage. A complete list of LAVC videos on the Los Angeles Valley College YouTube channel.

Looking for an answer to a question from a past student town hall? Please check our list of the student questions and answers from Past Student Town Halls [PDF].
 

LAVC VIRTUAL TOWN HALL ON THE COVID-19 VACCINE - MARCH 22, 2021

LAVC held a campus town hall to share information about the COVID-19 Vaccine. Dr. Keith Norris of the UCLA Department of Medicine presented facts about the COVID-19 vaccination and answered questions about the vaccine.


Updates for Student

The following are the latest campus and District updates for students at Los Angeles Valley College:

Posted: 11/05/2021

Notification of Spring 2022 Limitation of Enrollment

Dear Student,

If you are planning to enroll and attend an in-person class on campus during the Spring 2022 semester, you must have proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption with the District by November 19, 2021. For more information, check the LACCD Vaccination & Testing Requirements.

Need to get vaccinated? Get your one dose or first dose of two dose sequence at our on-campus Vaccination Clinic this Saturday, November 6…and get a $150 Bookstore Gift Card with your on-campus dose!

If you have questions or need assistance with your Cleared4 account, please contact the LAVC Welcome Center.

Sincerely,
Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 09/27/2021

Reminder about the upcoming deadlines and requirements for your safety regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing

Dear Student enrolled in an in-person class,

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) cares about you and wants you to know that your safety is our Top Priority.  This is a reminder message to you that LACCD has contracted with BioCept and Cleared4 to administer the COVID-19 PCR test and to maintain the COVID-19 vaccination records for all students.

Presenting proof of vaccination or requesting a vaccination exemption is an integral part of our priority commitment to the security and well-being of all LACCD students.  Please present proof that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that you have requested a vaccination exemption for medical or religious no later than October 8, 2021.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO RIGHT NOW

You should have received a message from Cleared4 from the following email address and with the subject line:

no-reply@cleared4work.com

Welcome to LACCD’s Vaccination and Testing Site

This is a valid message from Cleared4 that provided you with a unique link to the Cleared4 website. Do not share or forward your link to others.

Click the embedded link and create an account.  If you do not see the message in your regular inbox, look in your junk or spam folders.  This same message was also sent via a text message to your mobile phone if the District has your cell number on file. 

If you did not receive the Cleared4 link, or deleted it, please contact Cleared4 Help Desk at: covidcolleges@biocept.com.

We have also posted a new Frequently Asked Questions list online to help you with this process.

HOW TO SUBMIT PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

• Using your unique Cleared4 account, upload your medical insurance card and your Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Vaccination Card or other electronic COVID-19 vaccination record. Make sure you card is complete and the photo of it is in focus.

• If you do not have medical insurance, write the following statement on a blank piece of paper:  "I, (insert first name, last name and date of birth) attest that I do not have medical insurance." Scan the document and upload to the Cleared4 account when prompted for medical insurance card information

HOW TO GET TESTED

As soon as possible after you have created your account, schedule an appointment through your account to complete your initial COVID-19 test, regardless of your current vaccination status.  You may schedule your COVID-19 PCR test for any available time at any of the nine colleges or District office.

• ALL students must complete their initial, baseline COVID-19 test ONLY THROUGH Biocept/Cleared4.

• ALL students, regardless of vaccination status, can get tested weekly through Biocept as an extra safety measure at no out-of-pocket cost,

HOW TO REQUEST A VACCINATION EXEMPTION

• COVID-19 Medical Exemption

A COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form is available online at the MyCollege.laccd.edu portal. Download a copy of the form—and upload it when completed—at the MyCollege.laccd.edu portal by using the “COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption” tile and follow the prompts.  Once you have successfully uploaded the completed form, you will receive a confirmation email within two days.

• COVID-19 Religious Exemption

Log on to the MyCollege.laccd.edu portal, click on the “COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption” tile and follow the prompts.  Once you have successfully submitted the religious attestation form, you will receive a confirmation email within two days.

• NOTE: Students with an approved medical or religious vaccination exemption must undergo weekly COVID-19 PCR testing through Biocept following the process described above.  Only tests administered by CLEARED4 will be accepted as proof of compliance.  If you need further assistance with the exemption forms, contact your home college’s Office of Student Services.

MASKING/FACIAL COVERING REQUIREMENTS

Until further notice, in accordance with Board Policy 2800 and regardless of vaccination status, all employees, students and visitors must correctly wear a mask or facial covering over their nose and mouth when indoors at any LACCD College or District building.  

SYMPTOM SELF-CHECK QUESTIONNAIRE

Regardless of your vaccination status or most current COVID-19 test, all students must complete the short, symptom self-check questionnaire for every day that you intend to be onsite at one of our colleges or District facilities prior to your arrival.

The District and the colleges will use the short, self-check health questionnaire provided by Cleared4.  The questionnaire is accessible via any phone, tablet or laptop connected to the internet.  You will receive a text or email reminder with a personal link to take the survey.  If you have no technology available to you to complete the questionnaire, you must use the self-service station at your college’s Welcome Center before entering the rest of the campus.

“CLEAR PASS”

You will receive a color-coded “Clear Pass” showing your approval to be onsite at the colleges or District facilities once you have uploaded the required documents as noted above, completed the new self-check questionnaire and have done a weekly test if you have an approved exemption.  Your “Clear Pass” will be sent to your phone or smart device for display similar to a boarding pass for a flight or electronic ticket to a movie or concert.  

All students may be required to show their Clear Pass to authorized personnel upon request. 

Public Health officials agree that the best prevention against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.  For your safety and the safety of your family, friends, and LACCD colleagues, the District urges you to get vaccinated now.  

Sincerely,

The Los Angeles Community College District Administration


Posted: 09/10/2021

Dear LACCD Student:

As a follow-up to the message you received on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, on the LACCD vaccination program rollout, please be advised that you should have received by now a new message from Cleared4 with the following email address and with the subject line:

no-reply@cleared4work.com

Welcome to LACCD’s Vaccination and Testing Site

This is a legitimate message, please do not delete it.  If you do not see the message in your regular inbox, look in your junk or spam folders as some students have reported the message showed up there. 

This same message was also sent via a text message to your mobile phone if the District has your cell number in the student information system. 

The message from Cleared4 provides you with a unique link to the Cleared4 website for your use to set up your own unique account. Do not share or forward your link to others.

It has been brought to the District’s attention that in some cases the Cleared4 link in the email does not work.  We are working with Cleared4 to resolve this issue as well as some other technical issues.

If the link in your email does not work, try:

  • Using a different browser if you have one available 
  • Copy and paste the link directly into your browser instead of just clicking on it
  • Work from the text message on your mobile device if you received the duplicate message

The District received reports that individuals with no medical insurance are not given the option to write in the field that they do not have medical insurance as previously instructed. As a work-around, Cleared4 recommends that the following steps be followed to report that you currently do not have medical insurance. 

On a blank piece of paper, write the following statement:

" I, first name, last name, DOB attest that I do not have medical insurance."

Take a picture of the page and upload the photo as if it was an insurance card.

Please remember to schedule your free COVID-19 PCR baseline test.  All nine colleges and the District office will have testing sites available on a staggered schedule and you will be able to make an appointment at any site.  

If you cannot access your account at all, or if you did not receive a Cleared4 message (after checking various folders and your mobile device), please contact your home college’s Office of Student Services with your information so that we can assist you to gain access to the Cleared4 platform. 

However, once you have successfully accessed the Cleared4 site to create an account, please contact the Cleared4 Help Desk at covidcolleges@biocept.com  if you are having issues within their site or with your unique account.  The LACCD IT Help Desk cannot respond to Cleared4 account issues. 

Thank you for your attention and patience. 

Los Angeles Community College District Administration


Posted: 09/08/2021

COVID-19 VACCINE AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LACCD STUDENTS

Dear Students,

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) cares about you and wants you to know that your safety is our Top Priority.

The District’s Board of Trustees has made a significant policy change about COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements impacting your ability to have in-person access to our colleges and District facilities.  Please be sure to read this entire safety message and keep it available for reference.  In a few days, you will receive more messages from the District and its official partners, Biocept and Cleared4, about what you need to know and do.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW

  • The LACCD Board of Trustees on September 1, 2021 approved revisions to the existing enforceable Board Policy 2900 to now state:

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.

  • ALL District students who plan to be in-person at any LACCD College or District facility must follow the Board Policy.  This includes all full- and part-time students already enrolled in classes on campus as well as students who may be taking classes remotely, but who plan to be onsite for appointments or meetings or to use libraries, gyms or computer/science labs, etc.
  • Students may be excluded from in-person classes, disciplined or expelled for failing or refusing to comply with the vaccination or testing requirements in this Board Policy.
  • No later than October 8, 2021, students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility must:
    • Create a profile account with the District’s official testing vendor, Biocept
    • Get a free COVID-19 test with the vendor—only the vendor-approved tests will be accepted by the District
  • Prior to October 18, 2021, students who plan to be onsite at any college or District facility must:
    • Upload your vaccination information (if you are vaccinated)
    • Or have a medical or religious exemption request approved by the District—you must allow at least two days for processing
    • NOTE:  ALL students who are granted an exemption still must be tested weekly by the District’s official testing vendor
  • If you cannot meet the October 8 or October 18 deadlines to complete all required steps, you must contact the Office of Student Services at your home college as soon as possible.
  • Effective September 13, 2021, the District and the colleges will begin using the symptom self-check questionnaire provided by the District’s official testing vendor Biocept instead of the existing questionnaire.

HOW TO GET TESTED

LACCD has selected Biocept as the District’s official testing provider.  Cleared4 will provide information to you soon about creating a secured, unique profile account and the steps to get tested with Biocept.  All LACCD students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to take an initial, free PCR COVID-19 test through Biocept if you intend to be in person at any college or District facility on or after October 18, 2021 for any reason.  Only tests by Biocept will be accepted.  Biocept will administer the COVID-19 PCR tests and Cleared4 will securely maintain testing and vaccination records for the District.  Biocept and Cleared 4 are HIPAA, FERPA and GDPR compliant.

As soon as possible after you have created your account, schedule an appointment to complete your initial COVID-19 test, regardless of your current vaccination status. For your convenience, you may schedule your COVID-19 PCR test for any available time at any of the nine colleges or District office.

  • NOTE:
    • ALL students must complete their initial, baseline COVID-19 test ONLY THROUGH BIOCEPT as the District’s official testing vendor
    • ALL required weekly testing for any student employee with an approved medical or religious exemption must be completed through Biocept
    • ALL students, regardless of vaccination status, can get tested weekly through Biocept as an extra safety measure

HOW TO SUBMIT PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION

  • Using your Cleared4 profile account, you will upload your medical insurance card and your Center for Disease Control (CDC) Vaccination Card or electronic COVID-19 vaccination record.
  • If you do not have medical insurance, write in that you DO NOT have medical insurance.

HOW TO REQUEST A VACCINATION EXEMPTION

  • COVID-19 Medical Exemption

A COVID-19 Medical Exemption Form will be available online at the MyCollege.laccd.edu portal by September 13, 2021.  To download a copy of the form—and to upload when completed—log on to the MyCollege.laccd.edu portal, click on the “Vaccination Exemption” tile and follow the prompts.  Once you have successfully uploaded the completed form, you will receive a confirmation email within two days.

  • COVID-19 Religious Exemption

A COVID-19 Religious Exemption Attestation Form will be available online at the MyCollege.laccd.edu portal by September 13, 2021.  To download a copy of the form—and to upload when completed—log on to the MyCollege.laccd.edu portal, click on the “Vaccination Exemption” tile and follow the prompts.  Once you have successfully uploaded the completed form, you will receive a confirmation email within two days.

  • NOTE: Students with an approved medical or religious vaccination exemption must undergo weekly COVID-19 PCR through Biocept following the process described above.  Only tests administered by CLEARED4 will be accepted as proof of compliance.

MASKING/FACIAL COVERING REQUIREMENTS

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, in accordance with Board Policy 2800 and regardless of vaccination status, all employees, students and visitors must correctly wear a mask or facial covering over their nose and mouth when indoors at any LACCD College or District building.  If you do not have a facial covering, one will be provided to you.

SYMPTOM SELF-CHECK QUESTIONNAIRE

Regardless of your vaccination status or most current COVID-19 test, all students must complete the short, symptom self-check questionnaire for every day that you intend to be onsite at one of our colleges or District facilities prior to your arrival.

Effective September 13, 2021, the District and the colleges will begin using the short, self-check health questionnaire by Cleared4.  The existing questionnaire that is currently in use on the District’s website and the SAFE app will no longer be available at that time.  The questionnaire will be similar and will be accessible via any phone, tablet or laptop connected to the internet.  You will receive a text or email reminder with a personal link to take the survey.

“CLEAR PASS”

You will receive a color-coded “Clear Pass” showing your approval to be onsite at the colleges or District facilities once you have completed your first baseline test, uploaded the required documents as noted above, completed the new self-check questionnaire and have done a weekly test if you have an approved exemption.  Remember, all people with an exemption must complete a weekly COVID-19 test with Biocept.

Your “Clear Pass” will be sent to your phone or smart device for display similar to a boarding pass for a flight or electronic ticket to a movie or concert.  This pass signifies you have completed all of the required steps and are cleared to enter any of the nine LACCD colleges or the District Office for the duration of the pass.

All students may be required to show their Clear Pass to authorized personnel or at scanning stations prior to entering District property or buildings.

VACCINATIONS

Public Health officials agree that the best prevention against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.  For your safety and the safety of your family, friends, and LACCD colleagues, the District urges you to get vaccinated now.  More than 700 free vaccinations clinics are available throughout Los Angeles County, including at LACCD colleges.  Click here to find one near you.

Sincerely,

The Los Angeles Community College District Administration


Posted: 08/27/2021

Join us Monday, August 30 for a Virtual Student Town Hall with President Gribbons

Please join President Gribbons for a Fall welcome and campus update at the LAVC Virtual Student Town Hall on Monday, August 30 at 1 p.m. on YouTube Live.

He will give an update on the procedures for coming to campus, $1000 federal support awards, emergency grants for tablets/devices for online classes, LAVC Welcome Week activities, and much more. You will also be able to ask him questions on the live chat.

Mark your calendar for this Monday at 1 p.m. for our Virtual Student Town Hall, or to set a YouTube reminder.


Posted: 08/26/2021

Tips to Help You Get Ready for Fall Classes at Valley College

Dear Student,

We are excited to have you as part of our Monarch family! LAVC is committed to supporting the success of all students, and we look forward to helping you achieve your academic and personal goals.

To help you prepare for the start of the Fall semester on Monday, here are some tips that you should be aware of before your first day of classes:

Questions about your class? 

You should contact the instructor if you have specific questiond about the class, or want to request a permission number to add the class. Learn how to email instructors through the LACCD SIS Class Search.

Adding a Class 

You have until the Sunday before the class starts to add classes online, or you can try to “crash a class” on the first day of class by contacting the instructor to request a permission number. If you receive a permission number, enter it in the SIS Student Portal to be officially added to the class.

Finding & Buying Your Textbooks 

You can get all your required textbooks and supplies from the LAVC Bookstore. Search their Buy Textbook to find, add and buy your books. Free shipping is available (for textbooks only), or you can buy your books to pick up on campus. The LAVC Bookstore is open this week (August 23-28, 2021) on Monday-Friday from 7:30 am-3:30 p.m., or you can check their website for their Fall in-person hours of operation.

Coming to Campus 

Each day before visiting the campus, complete the COVID-19 Symptom Self Check on LAVC homepage or the LAVC Safe App (on Apple or Android). Masks are required indoors on campus, and is recommended for outdoors. For more information, read the LACCD Updated COVID-19 Protocols.

Finding Your On-Campus Campus 

If you are enrolled in in-person or hybrid classes, you can log into the SIS Student Portal to check your class schedule with your room location. Please and look at our campus map to help you find where it is.

How to Access Your Online Class

To log into your online class through the SIS/Canvas: 

Distance Learning Resources 

If you need help with Canvas, click the "Help" (question mark icon towards the bottom in the left hand global links) and select your main college campus. Select the "Canvas Support" link, which will take you to a page that will allow you to: 

  • Search in the Canvas area for questions related to using Canvas (ex: how to submit an assignment?) 
  • Search your college area for other questions (ex. How do I add myself to a waitlist for a class?) 
  • If you still can't find the answers you need, there will also be a link to start an online chat with Canvas Support. 

For more tips on how to use Canvas and Zoom, Internet/WiFi options, and answers to your most frequently asked questions at the LACCD Student Distance Learning Resources webpage.

What's Happening at Valley College

To find out upcoming in-person and virtual activities at Valley College, check the LAVC Calendar of Events. The college will also shares a weekly student e-newsletter called the Valley Weekly.

Got Questions or Need Assistance?

The LAVC Welcome Center is here to help you with In-Person & Online Student Support in person, by live chat on Zoom, and by email and phone.

You can also check our Start of the Fall 2021 Semester Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) with answers to many of your questions about the return to in-person, online and hybrid classes at Valley College.

Share Your #MonarchPride on Social Media 

Get and stay connected with LA Valley College on InstagramFacebookTikTok and Twitter. Share your start of your school year photos, and tag @lavalleycollege with the tag #MonarchPride.