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Tips for the start of the semester

IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES

As a reminder, students will not be able to register for in-person courses or access in-person services if not approved through the vaccination attestation 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.

FACE COVERINGS (MASKS)

SMCCCD continues to make face coverings (masks) available to all students. Face coverings are required when indoors (unless actively eating or drinking) and free surgical masks are located at various locations throughout all buildings. In Addition, KN95 respirators (masks) are available for free upon request at the college bookstore.

FREE COVID-19 VACCINATION POP-UP CLINICS FOR SPRING 2022

The CDC continues to advise every eligible person to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. SMCCCD has extended the Vaccination Pop Up Clinics through May 2022. Clinics will continue to provide first-time vaccination and boosters. For dates and locations, please visit this vaccination website to book an appointment.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE AT CSM

COVID-19 testing services continue to be available at College of San Mateo for any student who wishes to get tested, subject to appointment availability. To schedule a free testing appointment, please visit this testing website.

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 necessary, please visit the Virtual Front Desk to speak with someone.

CAMPUS HOURS

As College of San Mateo begins its return to in-person student services, please refer to the Campus Hours website that provides an updated listing of campus-wide hours.

PARKING LOT NAME CHANGES

We updated the names of our parking lots. Please see the CSM Campus Map for updated parking lot names and locations.

VIRTUAL PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM FOR STUDENTS

Effective for the Spring 2022 semester, Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College are introducing a virtual parking permit system for purchasing virtual parking permits on all San Mateo Community College District campuses. Essentially, your vehicle’s license plate will act as your virtual parking permit. Individuals will register their vehicle plate information into an online virtual parking permit system when purchasing their permits. The permit software then generates a virtual permit linked to that vehicle’s license plate number. Visit the Parking Permits and Parking FAQs pages for more information including how to purchase a permit.

USE YOUR COLLEGE EMAIL

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

USE WAITLISTS

You will only have 24 hours from the time you have been notified via email (your my.smccd.edu 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 NOTIFICATION

To receive important college communications via text message on your device, log in to WebSMART. Click on "Student Services", then on "Update Your Goal/Major and other Student Information".

CLOSED CLASSES

If a class you want is filled to capacity, you should contact the instructor. 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 a short period of time only. If you have not officially registered for the class, you may be denied entry.

BORROW TECHNOLOGY

Current students who need access to internet and technology equipment or software required to complete coursework, are eligible to borrow available equipment such as Chromebooks, hotspots, and graphing calculators. Submit a request for technology.

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.

IF YOU MISS THE FIRST CLASS, CONTACT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

If you were unable to get to your first class meeting please contact your instructor immediately to avoid the possibility of being dropped for non-attendance.

VISIT THE VIRTUAL CAMPUS WEBSITE

Our Virtual Campus website provides you with online education resources and information on how to access student services online. It’s a one-stop resource for many student needs.

USE CSM TELEMEDICINE RESOURCES TO MAINTAIN PHYSICAL & MENTAL WELLNESS

Schedule online health and personal counseling appointments by emailing csmwellness@smccd.edu, for more information about services visit the Wellness Center website.

LEARN ABOUT FOOD RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

For information about CalFresh and public benefits enrollment, local food pantries near you, and District food-related initiatives, visit the SparkPoint website.

QUESTIONS REGARDING COVID-19 OR RETURN TO CAMPUS?

If you still have questions about District policy regarding a safe return to campus and how you can best protect yourself and your family, please refer to Return to Campus Student FAQ.