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Tips for the start of the semester

Fall 2022 Tips

Face Coverings (Masks)
The District’s face masking requirement utilizes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Community Level coding system. The updated masking requirements, as outlined below, are effective until further notice and apply to all students, employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status:

  • CDC COVID Community Level is LOW - A face mask is recommended, but not required.
  • CDC COVID Community Level is MEDIUM - A face mask is required while indoors in any District facility.
  • CDC COVID Community Level is HIGH - A face mask is required while indoors in any District facility.

As the San Mateo County Community Level changes, students, employees, and visitors will be provided information via email and signage on campus. To track the San Mateo County’s COVID Community Level, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

At levels where masking is required, the exemption of not wearing a mask while actively eating or drinking still applies. SMCCCD continues to make face coverings (masks) available to all students and employees. Masks are located at various locations throughout all buildings.

Free COVID-19 Testing Available at CSM
PCR COVID-19 testing services continue to be available at CSM for any student who wishes to get tested. To schedule a free testing appointment, please visit our District COVID-19 Testing website. COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available for free at the College Bookstore or Public Safety Office.

Verify Vaccination Status

As a reminder, students will not be able to register for in-person courses, or access in-person services and programming, if not approved through the vaccination verification or receiving a medical/religious exemption. Students who have not gone through the vaccination attestation approval process can still enroll in virtual courses and receive virtual student support. For more information, please visit our District's Return to Campus website.

Daily Health Self-Screening Required
Students must self-screen daily regardless of vaccination status. Do NOT enter campus grounds if experiencing any of the following COVID-related symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating) 
  • Cough that’s new or worsening (continuous, more than usual) 
  • Shortness of breath (out of breath or unable to breathe deeply) 
  • Congestion or runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes/conditions) 
  • Sore throat (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes/conditions) 
  • New headache that is unusual or long-lasting (not related to migraines or recurring headaches) 
  • Unusual fatigue 
  • Unexplained muscle or body aches 
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
  • New loss of taste or smell

Students should report to their instructor or appropriate college staff if they are experiencing any of the symptoms listed.

Health and Safety Frequently Asked Questions
Before you are on campus, please read through the most Frequently Asked Questions related to health and safety procedures, student services, and more.

Virtual Front Desk
Do you need general assistance? Need help adding or dropping classes, or would you just like to speak with a student ambassador and get advice? Ask your questions during our Virtual Drop-In Hours. No appointment is necessary; please visit the Virtual Front Desk to speak with someone

In-Person Help
The Front Desk of the college will have staff and student ambassadors available during the first week of the semester. The Front Desk is located on the second floor of College Center Building 10, next to the college bookstore entrance. Additionally, there will be outside tables in prominent campus areas with staff and student ambassadors available to answer any questions.

Campus Hours
Please refer to the Campus Hours webpage, which provides an updated listing of campus-wide hours for all departments and programs on campus.

Free Student Parking for Fall 2022
Students can park in any designated student parking lot for free and without a permit. Students will be ticketed for parking in designated handicap parking spaces without a tag and in designated red zones.

Online List of Student Services
We’re here to help and support you. Check out this list of student service resources available both online and in-person at College of San Mateo.

Wellness Center
Students can schedule free health and personal counseling appointments on the Wellness Center website. If you are dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, or bullying, you can access free on-demand mental health professionals 24/7 through our partnership with TimelyCare.

Free Grocery Resources for Students
For information about how to pick up free groceries on-campus and apply to food support programs, visit the SparkPoint website.

Change of Personal Information Form
If you would like to change your first name or personal pronouns on class rosters, waitlists, or in CANVAS, please use the Change of Personal Information Form. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email the Multicultural & Dream Center at or call (650) 574-6120.

Student Communications
Students will receive Weekly Update emails and Bulldog Bulletins, the student e-newsletter, from We try to keep as much of our communication with you centralized to the Weekly Updates and Bulldog Bulletins, so please check those once you get them, as they will contain important information and updates.

Check out CSM's Event Calendar to learn about special events, workshops, and other opportunities happening in-person and virtually.

View Open Classes
There is still time to add a class to your fall schedule! To view available classes, check out WebSchedule.

Use Your College Email
All college electronic communications will come to your email address. Log into your WebSMART student account to find your email address and password. If you wish, you may forward your emails to a personal email account. For more information about email forwarding, see the Email Forwarding tutorial.

If You Miss the First Class, Contact Your Instructor Immediately
If you could not get to your first class meeting, please contact your instructor immediately to avoid being dropped for non-attendance.

Closed Classes
You should contact the instructor if a class you want is filled to capacity. If the instructor has space in the class, they may provide you with an authorization code to add the class.

Submit Authorization Codes Immediately
If you receive an authorization code from an instructor to add a class, be sure to register immediately via WebSMART. You will need both the authorization code and the CRN# for the class in order to enroll. Some instructors may honor your authorization code for only a short period of time. You may be denied entry if you have not officially registered for the class.

Use Waitlists
You will only have 24 hours from the time you have been notified via email (your account) to register. Please review your email daily if you are on a waitlist. If you do not register for the class within 24 hours, you will be dropped off the waitlist. You may also receive waitlist notifications via text message if you sign up to receive other non-emergency information via text message.

Sign Up for Text Message Notifications
To receive important college communications via text message on your device, log in to WebSMART. In the tab labeled "Student Services," select "Emergency Text Message Contact Information," alternatively, you can go directly to ALERTME and register for emergency notifications there.

Borrow Technology
Current students who need access to internet and technology equipment or software required to complete coursework can borrow available equipment such as Chromebooks, hotspots, and graphing calculators. To learn more, please visit the CSM Library's Technology Equipment and Services webpage.

Order Textbooks Online
Search for and purchase textbooks by Course Reference Number (CRN) to get them shipped to you from the Bulldog Bookstore. Here’s a step-by-step video on how to order your books. For questions about Inclusive Access, including support and the opt-out form, visit the Inclusive Access page.

Final Examinations
December 11-17, 2022
Winter Recess
December 23 - January 2
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