February 15, 2022: Update
Welcome back to campus! We are excited to have you back for in-person classes.
You may have heard that California and Ventura County will lift the mask mandate this week. We wanted to let you know that VCCCD will continue to require masks for all employees, students, and the community at all of our sites, through at least the end of the spring semester.
Unvaccinated people will still be required to wear masks after the local order requiring masking in all indoor public places is lifted on Wednesday, February 16, 2022.
- Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will continue to be required to wear masks in schools, along with healthcare facilities, childcare settings, homeless shelters, emergency shelters, corrections, long-term care facilities and public transit.
- Ventura County Public Health still strongly recommends that masks be used by everyone as an effective tool to prevent the spread of the virus, especially when case rates are high or when additional personal protection is needed. This includes people who have been vaccinated and boosted.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to recommend face-coverings.
The District believes it is in the best interest of our campus communities that all students, employees, and community members, regardless of vaccination status, continue to wear a face-covering at all times when on-site at one of the campuses and the District Administrative Center. Remember, the mask should cover both the mouth and nose. Because food is not allowed in classrooms, or other indoor learning and service spaces on campus, masks should remain on the entire time a person is in class or receiving services such as counseling or library assistance.
We will continue monitoring local, state, and federal guidelines to keep our campuses and the community healthy and safe.
Thank you for making your educational goals a priority during this time. It is well worth the hard work you’re putting in.
A Message from President Sokenu on February 10, 2022:
Moorpark College Raiders,
The faculty, staff, and administrators at Moorpark College look forward to having those students returning to in-person instruction back on campus. We promise to keep you safe and to continue to provide the best learning experience as you pursue your academic and career goals.
To properly welcome you back on Monday, February 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Associated Students of Moorpark College will be hosting a Valentine’s Day-themed event on the Quad (in front of the MC Bookstore and Science buildings). There will be free burgers, veggie wraps, hot chocolate and sweets. Come for the free shirts, buttons, cards for your valentine or loved ones and much more. See the attached flyer for more details.
There will be plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks and months for you to meet your fellow students, faculty, and staff and also enjoy the Moorpark College spirit. Please join me on Wednesday, February 16, for lunch in the Solar Village. Solar Village is in Parking Lot A under the solar panels with seats and tables for gathering. You may bring your own lunch or reserve a free box lunch by contacting Linda Resendiz (email@example.com) by 3 p.m. on Monday, February 14.
Please remember the following before you come onto campus on Monday:
Only vaccinated students and those with an approved exemption can be on-site. All health and safety protocols currently in place will continue, including:
- Daily screening
- Wearing face masks that cover both nose and mouth
- Twice-weekly testing for those with medical or religious exemptions (see below)
- Detailed information is available at VCCCD COVID-19 Information. We are continuing to monitor state and local public health orders and recommendations and will adjust VCCCD protocols if necessary.
- To be cleared to come on campus next week, people who have an approved exemption are required to get two (2) tests this week. The tests can be taken on consecutive days but not the same day. The LabLINQ testing stations on our campuses are open to serve you. If you need to get tested off-campus, please visit County Covid testing information for locations and appointments.
- If you test off-campus, please remember that test results must:
- Show that the test is PCR
- Include your first and last name
- Include your date of birth
- Include the test and report dates
- Include the test result
- If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please get tested.
- We strongly encourage you to get a COVID-19 booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines state the best protection against COVID-19 is to be vaccinated and get a booster. Ventura County vaccination information is available at Ventura County Recovers. You can schedule a vaccination appointment online at MyTurn.
We’re Here to Help
- If you are feeling stressed, lonely or depressed, our mental health counselors are here for you. Please reach out for free, confidential services.
- Access the many resources (Student Services) available to help you navigate your semester. Please make an appointment to visit (online or in-person) one of our offices on campus. All offices will be available in-person for fully vaccinated/verified and exempted students.
We also wanted to let you know that the District is launching a new, user-friendly MyVCCCD portal for students and employees. Sneak a peek at the new portal before the official switchover on 2.22.22.
Lastly, welcome back to those of you returning to campus, and for those already on campus we are glad to support you and please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Go Moorpark College Raiders!
Julius Sokenu, Ed.D
President, Moorpark College
Attending more than one VCCCD college?
- Oxnard College President Luis Sanchez’s Spring Semester Update
- Ventura College President Kim Hoffmans’ Spring Semester Update
Notice: Fake Testing Sites
Beware of fake testing sites seeking personal information and money.
Legitimate testing sites are run by the State, Ventura County Public Health, pharmacies, or licensed companies.
Tenga cuidado con los sitios de prueba falsos que buscan información personal y dinero.
Los sitios de prueba legítimos están a cargo del Estado, El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Ventura, farmacias, o empresas autorizadas.
Where is Covid testing available?
There are several testing options here on campus and throughout Ventura County.
- Covid Clinics (at the Observatory): 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
- LabLINQ (reservation link)
You need to make an appointment at either one.
If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please get tested. Testing sites are located throughout Ventura County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines state the best protection against COVID-19 is to be vaccinated and get a booster. Ventura County vaccination information is available at Ventura County Recovers. You can schedule a vaccination appointment online at MyTurn.
You must have a green or blue pass to be on campus.
A blue pass on your MyVCCCD app means your vaccination card has been uploaded and verified - you are ready to visit a screening site on campus.
People who are not fully vaccinated must have a medical or religious exemption in order to receive a green pass that will allow them to come on campus. But you must have completed two PCR COVID tests during the prior week and submitted your two negative test results through the MyVCCCD app no later than noon each Sunday to be on campus. Wait until you are finished coming to campus for the week to upload your test results. There are no exemptions to testing.
For students and employees: If you are already fully vaccinated and have had your vaccination card verified through the MyVCCCD app, please continue to answer the app’s screening questions before coming to campus. All students and employees must complete the app’s regular screening questions before going to campus.