College of the Siskiyous

COVID-19 Students

College of the Siskiyous is ready for the fall semester beginning August 24! Our focus is to ensure that those students who will be on campus will be safe and protected. Our goal is to help our students succeed and in doing so provide them with the services and help needed. The FAQs below serve as a source of information and will be updated as changes occur. If students have questions not listed, feel free to email the Office of Academic Affairs at instruction@siskiyous.edu.


Notice of Risks and Protocols for Students Regarding COVID-19

Siskiyou Joint Community College District's highest priority is the safety of its students and employees. While we prioritize safety, our students may determine that they wish to continue their studies, which may expose them to individuals who have developed or are receiving treatment for COVID-19. All students should be aware that they are at risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

The District provides the following targeted guidance about COVID-19 safety to its students to allow them to consider risks and take certain precautions before continuing required face-to-face instruction.

Notice of Risks in Courses:

  • Students attending Siskiyou Joint Community College may be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • By attending Siskiyou Joint Community College, students may knowingly or unknowingly transmit the COVID-19 virus to family members in their home or to with whom they have close contact.
  • Students attending Siskiyou Joint Community College may expose and potentially transmit the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, and thus may place young children, elderly or immunocompromised family members and others they come in contact with at high risk for infection and illness.

Click below to complete COVID-19 Notice of Risks and Protocols.

Stay Safe Pledge

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Do Your Part.

In this extraordinary time of a global pandemic, we are responsible for ourselves and each other. We will work together. We will rise to the occasion. We will take necessary steps to keep each other safe. And - most importantly – we will not put ourselves or others at risk.

As we plan to reopen this fall semester, we all will embrace and adapt to new practices for our living, learning and working environment. At the core of these practices is protecting the health and safety of every campus community member.

To do so, all members of the Siskiyous community are expected to take an active role in promoting the safety, health and wellbeing of every campus community member. That means abiding by all health and safety directives from federal, state, local and College officials through the fall 2020 semester and beyond, and encouraging others to do the same.

We will all do our part to keep ourselves, our peers, our colleagues, and all College of the Siskiyous community members safe.

As a Siskiyous Eagle, I am committed to keeping myself and the Siskiyous community healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19. I pledge to take the following actions:

How to Keep Myself Safe

  • Wear a facial covering inside all campus buildings, and outside if you can’t maintain physical distancing.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Get a flu vaccine when it becomes available.
  • If gathering with people outside of my residence, practice social distancing, wear a facial covering, and limit gatherings to 25 people.
  • Wash my hands regularly and clean any surfaces I touch.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Monitor my health on a daily basis for symptoms of COVID-19 by completing the attestation form, and notify Basecamp HQ if I exhibit symptoms.

How to Keep fellow Siskiyous Eagles Safe

  • Wear a mask or face covering while on campus.
  • Wear a mask or face covering off campus where social distancing measures cannot be maintained.
  • Avoid traveling outside of Siskiyou County’s Area of Commute* for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester.
  • Adhere to all directives and College guidance if I need to be quarantined or isolated.
  • Don't attend classes or participate in extracurricular activities if exhibiting any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, are awaiting test results, or test positive for the virus.
  • Participate in return to campus testing as well as any testing required throughout the academic year.
  • Fully and honestly participate in contact tracing.
  • Encourage others to follow these guidelines.
  • Follow any new directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California State Public Health, Siskiyou County Public Health, of the College that become public during the semester.

The safety of our community is a shared responsibility, and my actions can put myself and others at risk. I understand that whether or not I take this pledge, failure to comply with these directives may result in a referral to the Office of Student Services for violation of the Code of Student Conduct, which governs individual and group behavior on and off campus.

We recognize that some students with disabilities, in order to live and learn safely, may need to modify some aspects of this pledge. Students who believe they may not be able to adhere to these protocols for disability-related reasons should contact the DSPS Office to request a reasonable accommodation/modification.

Email dsps@siskiyous.edu
Phone: (530) 938-5297


Frequently Asked Questions for Students

The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. As we transition to remote instruction, we understand that students may have a number of questions. The FAQs below serve as a source of information and will be updated as changes occur. If students have questions not listed, feel free to email the Office of Academic Affairs at instruction@siskiyous.edu.

(Edited August 11, 2020) College of the Siskiyous (Siskiyous) is in phase yellow. At this stage, the College is fully transitioning to more normal operations. The Campus is open with appropriate environmental health and safety protocols enforced. Most personnel / students are permitted on campus but are asked to self-monitor before arrival with mobile app or attestation form. No large gatherings permitted or congregating in common areas permitted. Employees are encouraged to resume work on campus (transition). The community is expected to comply with environmental health and safety protocols when on campus, or will be refused service and/or asked to leave campus grounds.

(Edited September 10, 2020) In efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 resulting from Thanksgiving Holiday travel, all non-CTE face-to-face courses will be transitioned to a remote/online format. Not sure if your class will be impacted? Contact your instructor! As a reminder, campus safety protocols regarding travel outside of Siskiyou County:

Safety protocol for individuals working/taking classes on-campus: All employees/students returning from travel outside of Siskiyou County must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. Individuals should wait 5 days, after returning from travel, before getting tested.

In the case of an individual who previously tested positive, clearance to enter campus must be obtained from a medical professional and, prior to being allowed on campus, the individual should isolate for 14 days if prescribed by the Siskiyou County Public Health Department. Area of Commute is excluded from mandatory testing while conducting normal activities.

(August 11, 2020) All employees/students returning from travel, or relocating from, outside Siskiyou County must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken after August 1, 2020. In the case of an individual who previously tested positive, clearance to enter campus must be obtained from a medical professional and, prior to being allowed on campus to begin in-person instruction, the individual should isolate for 14 days if prescribed by the Siskiyou County Public Health Department. Area of Commute is excluded from mandatory testing while conducting normal activities.

Students are directed to follow COVID-19 guidelines and practice social distancing, as recommended by the State of California, the CDC and Siskiyou Public Health.

(Edited August 12, 2020) All students, staff and visitors will:

  • Self-monitor before arrival with Touchwork app
  • When on the Weed Campus, enter campus via College Ave and drive toward kiosk in lot "A". For those not teaching, working or enrolled in classes at the Yreka campus, the Yreka campus is open by appointment only. Visitors or prospective students can schedule an appointment by emailing cosyreka@siskiyous.edu or calling (530) 938-5550.
  • Provide confirmation of daily self-monitor completion or park in identified stall for on-spot self-monitoring
  • Students and visitors will be provided with a wristband; in-person appointment, drop-in service(s) and/or scheduled course(s) will be verified
  • Students and visitors who have walked or bussed to the Weed campus can check-in at the TRIO Center after 8:00 am or at lot "A" prior to entering any other building on campus. Students who have walked or bussed to the Yreka campus can check-in at the Welcome Center. Facemasks will be provided to students or visitors if needed.
  • Facemasks will be provided to students or visitors if needed

What should I do if I feel ill while I'm on campus?

If you begin to feel ill during the day and experience any of the following symptoms, email your instructor immediately and leave for the day:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Our students' safety and the safety of our staff and faculty are a top priority. If you miss class time, discuss this with your instructor.

(Edited March 26, 2020) For students who don't have access to a computer, please contact Basecamp HQ to learn about the College's laptop loaner program: (530) 938-5376 or basecamphq@siskiyous.edu. Additionally, if you have a laptop or other technological device, you can access the College's WiFi from any of our Weed Campus parking lots.

There are also reduced cost or free internet access resources through the California Community College Chancellor's Office: https://ccconlineed.instructure.com/courses/5432/pages/reduced-cost-or-free-internet-access?module_item_id=259335

Mobile Hot Spots: https://shop.collegebuys.org/california-connects-4g-lte-mobile-internet-1999monthly---subscription-only-p9290.aspx (*Please note, depending on your location, the hot spot may not work)

The Library has a number of services available for students who are not able to physically come to campus. Please visit: https://siskiyous.instructure.com/courses/3156.

(Edited August 3, 2020) A step-by-step tutorial on accessing the Academic Success Center (ASC) Canvas shell can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/tS8d9CY6Id4. ASC Canvas modules include:

  • Tutoring: Zoom tutoring with the ASC tutors you know and love
  • Answers: Post your question to the subject-specific "Ask a Tutor" discussion boards, and receive a response within 24 hours Monday - Friday
  • Proctorio Guide: If you have access to a computer and a webcam, you can take Proctorio-enabled exams without the use of ASC Chromebooks. This guide helps prepare you and your technology.
  • Academic Resources: A collection of high-quality academic supports and resources for a host of subjects
  • Wellness Resources: A collection of resources to help each student navigate this challenging time and persevere
  • Campus Resources: Links to a variety of campus resources that remain available during the campus closure

You can call the ASC Help Desk at (530) 938-5523 or studenthelpdesk@siskiyous.edu

Hotline for Canvas support is 1 (833) 277-2031

(Edited August 3, 2020) Support in accessing Siskiyous email and Canvas is available in the ASC. You can call the Student Help Desk at (530) 938-5523 or email at studenthelpdesk@siskiyous.edu.

(Edited August 3, 2020) The College is following the recommendations from Centers for Disease Control as well as the State Chancellor’s Office, and Siskiyou County Public Health (SCPH), among other agencies. Other colleges may have different threat levels or use different guidelines. Siskiyous will make the necessary changes to instruction if directed by the State Governor and SCPH and/or if the number of COVID positive cases on-campus exceeds 5.

(March 17, 2020) Each individual should do what is best for them and their unique needs. High risk individuals (individuals over 65 and those with underlying health conditions) require additional vigilance. In general, public health agencies say that the best preventative measures are simple good hygiene practices:

  • If you are sick, stay home. Anyone with even mild symptoms should stay home.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before you eat, after using the restroom or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you cannot wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth in case your hands are not clean.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve if you don't have a tissue handy and wash your hands. If you have these symptoms, stay away from campus.
  • Avoid sharing objects like cups, food and drinks.
  • Minimize contact, and avoid shaking hands and high-fiving. Stay at least 6 feet from sick individuals. It's recommended that you avoid any major city in the US, gatherings of more than 50 people, bars, clubs, arcades, shopping malls, nursing homes and hospitals
  • Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, stay active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.

(March 17, 2020) Students should speak with their Instructor or reach out to Counseling Services counselingservices@siskiyous.edu / Phone: (530) 938-5353