Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your rapid response to the Cleared4 email and text messages. Within minutes of the message delivery, many, many employees had completed their account set up and were Cleared4 Cuesta College! 

The Cleared4 message will be sent to students early next week. To assist with questions and launch of the tool, information tables will be available on the NCC and SLO campuses. These tables will also provide the final opportunity for vaccine incentive gift card pick-up for students and employees on October 14, 2021. 

Thanks for spreading the word about the temporary employment opportunity at our onsite testing centers. Applications have picked up, but there is still opportunity for those seeking flexible, part-time or full-time, temporary employment. No medical background or certification is necessary. If you know a retiree, friend, neighbor, or student looking for a flexible work option, please direct them to our medical assistant job opening!

  • Cleared4 app (web-based tool) has been deployed to all employees. Think you missed it? Check for an email and/or text from or and contact if you are unable to locate the message. 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 is ongoing and includes broad distribution via email and social media
  • 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


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.

How do I apply for a medical or religious exemption from testing? There is no exemption from a testing requirement. Those opposed to testing have the option of vaccination. 

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. 


Total since 1 August, 2021 = 71

Unduplicated headcount 9,183

Includes all students (online, in person, hybrid)

Updated 9.27.21


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Jill Stearns, Ph.D.


Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403 

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