Dear Colleagues,

Considerable progress was made this week by the COVID-19 Planning Team work groups toward implementation of the vaccine requirement. 

  • Cleared4 app (web-based tool) has been deployed to the test group for review and refinement. This will be sent to all employees next week – watch for an email and/or text from or It is very easy to follow the directions and enter your vaccine or test record and receive your cleared for Cuesta College pass.
  • Student messaging has been developed and a plan for broad distribution via email and social media designed by our marketing team
  • Rapid test supplier has been secured and expanded testing hours will launch the week of October 15
  • Updated student +case count is available at the end of this email and on the COVID-19 webpage, this information is updated by Tuesday of each week

We need your help. To ensure Cuesta College is able to offer onsite testing that meets the needs of our academic programs, community programs, athletics, performing arts, and campus guests we need temporary employees to staff and supervise our testing operation. No medical background or certification is necessary, just an interest in part-time or full-time temporary employment. If you know a retiree, friend, neighbor, or student looking for a flexible work option, please direct them to our medical assistant job opening!


Do I have to get vaccinated? No, the vaccine requirement allows those who are not fully vaccinated the option of weekly screening testing for clearance to access the campus and college facilities.

Does this apply to fully remote students and employees? No, it only applies to employees, students, and visitors coming to campus.

I work on campus, do I have to get vaccinated? No, you have the option of vaccine or weekly screening testing.

I recently had COVID-19, do I have to test? No, if you had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you are exempt from screening upon showing proof of positive test. If you recovered more than 90 days ago, you are required to test.

How will we (employees, students, visitors) show that we meet the vaccine requirement to be on campus? Cuesta College is implementing a web-based tool, Cleared4, that will provide a digital pass. The pass can be viewed on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop. There is no indication on the Cleared4 pass whether the individual is vaccinated or cleared through testing.

I have a medical condition and am unable to receive the vaccine. Am I exempt? You are not required to receive the vaccine. You will be required to test weekly to be cleared to access Cuesta College campuses and facilities. 

Where can I get tested? FREE testing is available on campus. Details on location/days/times are under development.

I am a student enrolled in Cuesta College but taking classes at a high school location, do I have to get vaccinated? Students will follow the COVID-19 protocols established at the high school where they are enrolled.

I have already submitted proof of vaccine, do I have to show it again? No. Only those who have not already submitted proof of vaccine will need to submit verification.

Can I come onto campus immediately after my 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna or my first dose of Johnson & Johnson? Anyone not fully vaccinated, is required to test weekly until they reach fully vaccinated status. You are fully vaccinated two weeks or more after the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks or more after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

Will I be required to enter campus through a checkpoint? No, employees, students, and visitors will enter the campus as usual. Everyone on campus should be prepared to show their Cleared4 pass when asked. 

Do I have to check student status? No, but you have the option to do so as desired.

Are faculty expected to keep a record of student status? No, there is no tracking needed.

More information will be emailed next week. In addition, a link has been added to the COVID-19 webpage providing a count of student positive cases by week. Please bear in mind that this includes all students, including those fully remote.  

COVID Student Cases

Total since 1 August, 2021 = 66

Unduplicated headcount 9,060

Includes all students (online, in person, hybrid)

Updated 9.20.21


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Jill Stearns, Ph.D.


Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403 

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