COVID-19 Info for Students
If you are sick, stay home and contact Student Health Services (562-938-4210). Complete the online Viking Health Screening in the Viking Portal before coming to campus and take a screenshot or printout.
Long Beach City College is encouraging all students to get fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before the start of the 2021 Fall Semester.
$150 to Students Who Get Vaccinated by Thu, Sept. 30
If you are a student who is currently unvaccinated, you can receive a $150 voucher that can be used at the LBCC Barnes and Noble bookstore if you get your two Moderna or Pfizer vaccination shots or one Johnson & Johnson vaccination shot by Thurs., Sept. 30. This offer is only for students who become fully vaccinated between Aug. 31 and Sept. 30. This also includes those students who received their first shot in August and their second shot in September. Please note that this voucher is being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. LBCC will stop giving out the vouchers once all of the funds have been awarded.
What is the Process for Submitting Proof of Vaccination and Receiving the $150Voucher?
Please check the “Vaccination & Testing Mandate” tab for instructions on how to update your vaccination record.
Vaccination & Testing Mandate
Long Beach City College will require proof of vaccination from our LBCC students who are taking in-person classes for the Fall 2021 Semester. If students are unable to provide this information, they will be regularly tested for COVID-19. If you are taking all of your classes online, you do not have to follow this vaccination requirement. This decision follows a similar order from California state workers, City of Long Beach employees, and the California State University system for students and employees.
How to Update Your Vaccination Record
Vaccine verification or testing will be required for all students who plan to attend on-campus classes for Fall 2021.
- Step 1 – Students submit proof of vaccination or via the Viking Student System, in the Student Service tab or Task List In the Viking Portal.
- Step 2 – Vaccination status is verified by LBCC staff.
- Step 3 – Students are notified that they are cleared to attend on-campus classes via email OR are notified via email additional information is needed before being cleared to attend classes and/or must complete weekly testing.
- Step 4 – Students who do not have the vaccine and feel exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine for any reason must provide a weekly negative Test to attend in-person classes.
LBCC will contact you if there are any issues. You will not get a confirmation after you upload your vaccination verification or your test results.
For verification instructions in Spanish, please watch this video.
Testing or vaccine verification will be required for all students who will be on campus for on-campus classes for Fall 2021 and/or use in-person services. Weekly negative test results are required for those students who have not submitted proof of vaccination for Fall 2021. Students who are partially vaccinated (only 1 dose of Moderna or Pfizer) have until September 30, 2021, to fully vaccinate. After September 30 students with only 1 dose will need to Test weekly and provide negative results until fully vaccinated.
If your first in-person class starts during the week of Aug. 30, you need to take your first COVID-19 test during the week of Aug. 23 to be approved to attend class. Students should take advantage of the following resources to secure a free COVID test off-campus 72 hours before their first class.
Testing must be completed weekly for the Fall 2021 term. On-campus testing will be provided at no cost to all students via Virus Geeks starting Aug. 30, 2021.
Locations will be offered at both the LAC and PCC campuses in both walk-up and drive-thru options.
- Step 1 - Register with Virus Geeks by scanning QR Code at the testing site. (First time only)
- Step 2 - Test with Virus Geeks for your COVID -19 PCR Test. Sign in on QLess before arriving on campus to confirm wait times. Please note, there may be a line.
- Step 3 – Results provided directly to students via text message, email (student choice during registration).
- If the student has a negative result, the student can report to in-person classes.
- Before arriving on campus the student completes the Viking Health Screening in the Viking Portal.
- Once on-campus student checks in at the Health Screening Table
- If the student is positive, the student cannot report to campus.
- Please call the Student Health Center for an initial interview, support, and guidance.
- After an appointment with Nursing Staff, the student will be given a return to campus date as well as resources and guidance
- Notification of positive test will be reported
- If the student has a negative result, the student can report to in-person classes.
If students choose to use a different COVID-19 Testing Site (not on campus Virus Geeks)
- Students will need to upload their Negative Tests weekly to the Viking Student System, Student Service, or Task List in the Viking Portal.
- Your Negative Test is good for 7 days from the date of collection (or specimen date). As an example: Your collection date is 9/1, this test will only clear you for classes until 9/7. Please take into account the date you receive your results and upload date.
- It may be best to get into the habit of testing on the same day each week, to prevent a gap in your class attendance.
Virus Geeks Info
Upload Your Test Results Starting Today
Starting Aug. 26, you can upload your weekly COVID-19 test to the Viking Student System. Click on the Student Service tile and then click on the Student Health Information. If you need technical assistance with submitting testing results, you can contact the Student Technology Help Desk at (562) 938-4250.
- For technical support in uploading your results, contact the STHD (with info as noted)
- Help Guide: Submitting COVID-19 Test Results
- TIP: Be sure to upload EARLY to allow time for your results to be reviewed by Student Health Services.
Testing Locations On Campus
Testing will be required for all students who plan to attend on-campus classes and who have not submitted proof of vaccination for Fall 2021.
Virus Geeks Testing Times
- Mon – Wed, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Thu, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Liberal Arts Campus
Walk-up/Drive-Thru Area – Vets Stadium northwest corner of Lot M.
Pacific Coast Campus
Walk-up/Drive-Thru Area – Parking Lot 2, entry can be made from Orange Ave, and then exit from Alamitos.
Testing Locations Off-Campus
Here are resources where you can receive COVID-19 testing off-campus:
In the event that a student is unable to complete weekly testing, the student cannot attend in-person classes.
- Step 1 - The student will receive a follow-up email to take a test immediately.
- Once the negative test is verified, the student will be notified by email to return to in-person classes.
- If the test is positive, please call Student Health Services for assistance at 562-938-4210.
- Step 2 – The student will receive a Warning Letter from Student Conduct.
- Step 3 – Progressive Student disciplinary actions as necessary per Student Conduct procedures.
All students must wear a face covering both indoors and outdoors while on campus, and maintain a six-foot distance from others, even if you have received the vaccine.
Upload Your Vaccination Record OR Take Your Test Before You Visit Campus
Long Beach City College requires all Fall 2021 students to be either fully vaccinated or take weekly COVID-19 testing if they are taking an in-person class or if they are going to be on campus to use any services in-person (i.e. Library, Student Success Center, Financial Aid).
- Here are the directions on how to update your COVID vaccination record on your desktop and on your mobile device.
- You can now upload your weekly COVID-19 test to the Viking Student System. Click on the Student Service tile and then click on the Student Health Information. If you need technical assistance with submitting testing results, you can contact the Student Technology Help Desk at (562) 938-4250.
- You will not get a confirmation after you upload your vaccination verification or your test results. LBCC will contact YOU if there are any issues.
- Starting tomorrow, Mon., Aug. 30, LBCC will provide free weekly COVID testing conducted by Virus Geeks on-campus. Please check the “Vaccination & Testing Mandate” tab for more info.
Take the Viking Health Screening Form the Day You Visit Campus
Please fill out the Viking Health Screening form the day you visit campus (prior to you stepping on campus). After you complete it, take a screenshot on your cell phone or tablet, or print it out. You will need to show this at the Viking Health Screening table.
Arrive at Least 30 Minutes Early
We highly recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes early prior to your class or your appointment with the on-campus service. LBCC wants to make sure that you have ample time to go through the Viking Health Screening table.
You Still Need a Mask
Students are required to wear a face-covering (mask), regardless of vaccination status, while indoors and in public areas on campus.
Go to the Viking Health Screening When You Arrive on Campus
Before students can attend their class or use an on-campus service, you must check-in at one of the multiple screening stations at either LAC or PCC to obtain a daily clearance. These booths will be open at 7:30 a.m. Staff will scan your forehead to take your temperature. If you are cleared, you will receive a sticker to put on your shirt or wristband. If not, you must leave campus immediately.
Go to the room or office you need to access. LBCC staff will make sure you have a sticker or wristband from the health screening station and are wearing a face covering. Hand sanitizer will be available. They will check you in and let you know what to do next.
However, Parking Services and Campus Safety officers will be monitoring parking areas and will still enforce the ADA, EV, and Staff stalls.
FREE Student Parking for Fall Semester
Long Beach City College will not charge students for parking this Fall Semester. Students can park in any unmarked stall in any LBCC parking lot or structure during the Fall 2021 Semester.
Please do not park in Staff marked parking spots or disabled parking spots (unless you have a permit). Parking Services and Campus Safety officers will be monitoring parking areas and will still enforce the ADA, EV, and Staff stalls. Do not park in the surrounding neighborhood of both campuses. Please note that Veterans Stadium parking is currently being used by the City of Long Beach and reserved for LBCC Student-Athletes.
Where to Get Vaccinated
Here are some resources to find your nearest walk-in clinic or to make an appointment for free vaccinations:
- LBCC Pacific Coast Campus, Parking Lot 1 at PCH/Orange, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. No ID or appointment is required.
- LBCC Vaccination Clinics
- City of Long Beach Vaccination Sites
- Los Angeles County Search for Vaccination Sites
- Orange County Search for Vaccination Sites
You can also check with your own health care provider for vaccination information.
Why Should Students Get Vaccinated?
As you may have heard, the Delta variant of COVID-19 has been causing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization. Almost all of the hospital cases in Los Angeles County have been people who are not vaccinated. With the majority of LBCC’s student population between the ages of 18-35, this is the population that is being hit the hardest by the COVID-19 Delta variant. In the City of Long Beach alone, people between the ages of 20-29 make up the largest percent of COVID-19 cases at 22.8%.
Here are some other reasons why students should get their vaccination ASAP:
- The COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccinations are a safe way to help build protection for yourself and to protect your loved ones
- COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic
- The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Over 230 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through April 26, 2021, under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history
If you are an international student and you are planning to travel to the United States to take classes in-person at LBCC, you will need to make sure that your vaccination shot is one of the three U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved shots — Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, or you must go through regular COVID-19 testing.
If you are only taking online classes, you do not have to follow the LBCC vaccination requirement.