Campus Re-Entry2022-01-12T14:07:35-08:00

Returning to Campus

For Winter Quarter 2022 we will offer approximately one-third of classes in either a fully on-campus or hybrid format. Numerous online class options will continue to be available in the winter quarter.

Student services will be offered through a combination of online and in-person options. See our Current Services for additional information on all services.

The governor has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions and issued new guidelines for higher education institutions (IHEs). Yakima Valley College falls under the category of “IHE without fully vaccinated campus” (pp. 4-6). YVC will continue with restrictions to protect everyone in our community while we work through the complexities of the new regulations.

Prior to arriving on campus, all YVC students, faculty, and staff coming to campus are required to complete the required Health Screening Forms daily.

Quick Links to Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates
Health Screening Forms

Facial Coverings

Facial coverings must be worn by every employee and student not working alone. Someone is considered to be working alone when they’re isolated from interaction with other people and have little or no expectation of in-person interruption. All students and employees on campus must wear masks at all times in any communal space, whether or not anyone else is present (this includes hallways, bathrooms, workrooms, lunchrooms, etc.

Employees and students are allowed to provide their own face coverings and have the leeway to decide which type of face covering is appropriate for the type of work they are doing. If you are not able to provide a face covering, the college will provide one for you.

Because of Omicron’s transmissibility, for your own health and safety and that of others around you, we now strongly recommend at least a surgical/disposable medical-grade mask or KN95/N95 masks, not just cloth masks or gaiters. The mask mandate will be actively enforced at the college.

CDC definition recommended types of masks.

Social Distancing

Students and employees on campus can reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet. We continue to urge you to limit your close contact with others on campus, particularly if you have not been vaccinated.

Health Status Screening

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors who enter buildings on campus will need to complete Health Screening Forms. You will be required to complete forms before you arrive and just prior to leaving.

  • Students: Every time you participate in an on-campus class, you must complete the online health screening below in the Health Screening Form. If you attend multiple classes in one day, you must complete the health screening before and after each of the classes.
  • Visitors: Every time you participate in an on-campus class, you must complete the online health screening below in the Health Screening Form.
  • Employees: Every time you visit the campus for work-related activities, you must fill out the Health Screening Form. The employee must also complete the form just prior to leaving.
Health Screening – Employees
Health Screening – Students
Health Screening – Visitors
  • If the student, faculty, visitor, or staff member answers “yes” on the questionnaire, the employee or student should not be on campus.
    • The employee or student is determined should not come to campus and a medical follow-up would be recommended per DOH guidelines. [1]
    • The permission to return campus must follow the CDC guidelines for “How to discontinue home isolation”.[2]
    • Temperature 100.4 or higher Recommendations and Guidance to Protect Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic. [3]

Any employee or student must contact Campus Security at 509.574.4610 to self-report if they have tested positive for COVID-19, for tracing purposes.

    1. Recommended Guidance for Daily COVID-19 Screening of Employees and Visitors
    2. How to Discontinue Home Isolation
    3. Recommendations and Guidance to Protect Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Safety Training

  • Personnel must complete the online COVID-19 Safety Training through Canvas is required for all College personnel prior to or upon returning to on-site work if they have not previously taken the course.
  • Students may receive their training via Canvas or during their first approved lab classroom visit. Please contact your instructor for details on training delivery. More information concerning training is detailed in Yakima Valley College’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

COVID Exposure or Positive Test

YVC follows the CDC’s new guidance regarding quarantine and isolation periods for COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Please read the CDC’s guidance for full details about what you should do. Following is a summary:

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, stay home and isolate for at least 5 days.
    • If you have symptoms, you can end isolation if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving. If you did not have symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
    • Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date with vaccination OR had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test), you do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
    • Get tested. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you need to make a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will collect information including the date of exposure, date of symptoms, classes enrolled in, names of instructors, and locations on campus visited after exposure. Students also should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for their in-person courses.

Contact Tracing

Notification of COVID Exposure or Positive Test

Students who are taking online classes only and who have not been on campus do not need to report if they have tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone testing positive.

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID tests or close contacts (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined above.

Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

In-person classes with a positive case

If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class, that class may continue. If you have been consistent in wearing your mask, have observed 3-foot physical distancing, and are symptom-free, you should be able to continue attending. We encourage students to gauge their own level of risk and talk with their instructors directly regarding questions about attending.

COVID Contact Report Process

Following a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will inform other students in any impacted classes of the date and time of the exposure. Personal information about any student making a COVID report will be kept confidential. Any decisions regarding changes in classroom instruction will be made and managed by the instructor, dean, and vice president for instruction and student services.

Vaccinations

Students: Vaccinations are encouraged, but not required

YVC strongly encourages students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but we will not require vaccinations as a condition of learning and working on campus. The Governor’s Office is requiring all colleges and universities to ask vaccinated students to supply their vaccination information if they take in-person classes. Please note that this is a legal requirement under the Governor’s proclamation, but it will not affect your ability to work and learn on campus. We will provide more information about submitting this information soon.

Please note, face coverings are required on YVC campuses, regardless of vaccination status.

Staff and Faculty: Vaccinations are required

The Governor’s Educator Vaccine Requirement announced on August 19, 2021, requires employees in Washington’s higher education institutions to be vaccinated.

  • All employees must be fully vaccinated, including employees who work remotely, by October 18.
  • Employees may apply for a medical or religious exemption, but personal or philosophical exemptions are no longer permitted.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you get your second dose of a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or two weeks after a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This means you must get your last dose by October 4. Since there is a 3-week interval between Pfizer-BioNTech doses and a 4-week interval between Moderna doses, you may need to get your first dose by early September in order to be fully vaccinated by October 18.
  • Employees, if you have questions about vaccinations, please contact Human Resources at Vaccinations@yvcc.edu or 509.574.4670.

How to Get Vaccinated

Vaccines have proven highly effective against COVID-19, even the variants. If you have not been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so. Find a location.

Where to Get Tested

Testing locations are available throughout the state. Visit the Washington Department of Health COVID-19 locator for information. Yakima campus has a testing site located at the North Student Parking Lot 810 S. 14th Avenue.

Information for current and prospective students

Why are in-person classes being offered while COVID variants such as Omicron are present?2022-01-12T15:47:39-08:00

The college has closely monitored the status of COVID-19 in our local community, Washington State and beyond since winter 2020. We know how valuable in-person learning is for our students’ education and career preparation, and for certain programs in-person instruction is required by the college’s accrediting bodies. YVC has been successful with the stringent safety protocols in place for classes taking place on our campuses since Summer 2020 and by adhering to these protocols we can both protect the safety of our campus community and provide essential in-person learning opportunities.

What happens if a student is required to take an in-person class and is worried about catching COVID?2022-01-12T15:44:09-08:00

Full vaccination and boosters for eligible individuals remain the surest way to avoid infection or experience less severe symptoms if you catch COVID-19. You can find numerous nearby opportunities to get vaccinated free of charge at Vaccinate WA. Following YVC’s COVID safety protocols also will help reduce the risk of catching COVID.

If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class that class may continue, but students should gauge their individual level of risk and talk with instructors directly regarding in-person attendance. Further questions about accommodations related to in-person attendance may be directed to the division dean (Kerrie Cavaness, Arts & Sciences; Mark Coomer, College & Career Readiness; Skye Field, Workforce Education).

What support is available for a student who tests positive for COVID or has a close contact and can’t attend an in-person class?2022-01-12T15:45:15-08:00

Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses. Instructors are prepared to work with students so that they can continue to progress in their learning and classwork.

YVC’s library services also has equipment, including laptops and hotspots, that are available for students to check out. Learn more online.

How will classes be offered in Winter 2022?2021-10-23T10:51:12-07:00

Winter 2022 classes are returning to campus

For the winter quarter, our goal is to offer approximately one-third of classes in either a fully on-campus or hybrid format. Over the coming weeks, academic leadership and faculty will work together to determine which winter quarter courses will phase in some on-campus component. Then, in the spring quarter, our goal is to offer half of the classes either fully on-campus or in a hybrid format. Numerous online class options will continue to be available in the winter quarter for those who prefer that option.

Coming to campus

If you are enrolled in a class that has an on-campus or hybrid format at YVC, you’ll follow these steps for visiting campus and attending your class:

  • Complete COVID-19 training. This is generally conducted within your class.
  • For each visit, you will complete a health screening on or before your arrival and when you depart campus.
  • All students must wear masks while on campus.
  • All students attending in-person classes and labs will be asked to supply their vaccination status.

Find the instructions and these steps in more detail: Campus Re-Entry. Updates concerning COVID-19 are also available.

What do I after a COVID Exposure or Positive Test?2022-01-12T11:50:56-08:00

If you have tested positive for COVID or have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, report it immediately to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated for the appropriate length of time.

If you need to make a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will collect information including the date of exposure, date of symptoms, classes enrolled in, names of instructors, and locations on campus visited after exposure.

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure( (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)) is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

After quarantine

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask 
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Exposure

Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact

Close contacts are someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

Quarantine

A strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

Notification of COVID Exposure or Positive Test

Students who are taking online classes only and who have not been on campus do not need to report if they have tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone testing positive.

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID tests or close contacts (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined above.

Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

In-person classes with a positive case

If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class, that class may continue. If you have been consistent in wearing your mask, have observed 3-foot physical distancing, and are symptom-free, you should be able to continue attending. We encourage students to gauge their own level of risk and talk with their instructors directly regarding questions about attending.

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19?2022-01-12T12:21:54-08:00

If you have tested positive for COVID or have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, report it immediately to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated for the appropriate length of time.

If you need to make a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will collect information including the date of exposure, date of symptoms, classes enrolled in, names of instructors, and locations on campus visited after exposure.

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

After quarantine

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate yourself from others in your home.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Exposure

Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact

Close contacts are someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

Quarantine

A strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

Notification of COVID Exposure or Positive Test

Students who are taking online classes only and who have not been on campus do not need to report if they have tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone testing positive.

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID tests or close contacts (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined above.

Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

In-person classes with a positive case

If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class, that class may continue. If you have been consistent in wearing your mask, have observed 3-foot physical distancing, and are symptom-free, you should be able to continue attending. We encourage students to gauge their own level of risk and talk with their instructors directly regarding questions about attending.

How do I get my textbooks?2022-01-07T14:57:15-08:00

The Campus Bookstore is currently open for limited hours in-person and online. You may contact the bookstore by phone at 509.574.4625. The bookstore offers price matching and textbook rentals as well. You may search for your textbook online by course.

 

How can I get help if I have been affected by COVID financially?2020-09-15T16:27:09-07:00

Yakima Valley College has been allocated funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency financial aid grants.

Visit our CARES Act Funding for more information. Complete a Student Emergency Fund application to apply.

I’m a student, how do I take the mandatory COVID-19 training?2021-08-17T11:21:19-07:00

Students may receive their training via Canvas or during their first approved lab classroom visit. Please contact your instructor for details on training delivery. If your instructor has assigned the training using Canvas, you will see the courses folder. If you do not see the course, contact your instructor. Additional information may be contained in your course syllabus.  Canvas Login

Re-Order

Are the computer labs, testing centers or libraries open?2021-12-30T10:11:09-08:00

The governor has lifted most COVID-19 restrictions and issued new guidelines for higher education institutions (IHEs). Yakima Valley College falls under the category of “IHE without fully vaccinated campus” (pp. 4-6). Yakima Valley College locations are open to students with revised hours, this includes many support services, computer labs, and libraries.

All placement testing is taking place remotely from home or off-campus locations.

To learn more please review our Current Services.

Is the fitness center open?2021-12-30T10:06:44-08:00

No. During Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, all physical campuses are closed to students. The fitness center is only open to athletes.

COVID-19 information

Are facial coverings required on campus?2021-08-13T17:18:32-07:00

Yak head with surgical maskFacial coverings must be worn by every employee and student not working alone. Someone is considered to be working alone when they’re isolated from interaction with other people and have little or no expectation of in-person interruption.

YVC requires all individuals to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Example of working alone:

  • A person by themselves inside an office with 4 walls and a door.
  • A lone worker inside of a cubicle with 4 walls (one with an opening for an entryway) that are high enough to block the breathing zone of anyone walking by, and whose work activity will not require anyone to come inside of the cubicle.

All employees on campus must wear masks at all times in any communal space, whether or not anyone else is present (this includes hallways, bathrooms, workrooms, lunchrooms, etc.

Employees and students are allowed to provide their own face coverings and have the leeway to decide which type of face covering is appropriate for the type of work they are doing. If you are not able to provide a face covering, the college will provide one for you.

The Department of Labor & Industries has provided guidance on the type of face coverings recommended based on the “risk associated” with the work being done, and this information is available, at COVID-19 Face Covering.

To request a face covering, please contact your supervisor. if you are not able to wear a face covering, please contact Human Resources.

What is mandatory health status screening?2021-08-13T17:19:04-07:00

Students, faculty, and staff who enter buildings on campus will need to continue screening their own health before they come to campus.

  • Students: Every time you participate in an on-campus class, you must complete the online health screening below in the Health Screening Form. If you attend multiple classes in one day, you must complete the health screening before and after each of the classes.
  • Visitors: Every time you participate in an on-campus class, you must complete the online health screening below in the Health Screening Form.
  • Employees:  Every time you visit the campus for work-related activities, you must fill out the Health Screening Form. The employee must also complete the form just prior to leaving.
Am I required to have a COVID vaccination?2021-08-25T16:27:50-07:00

Are your Staff and Faculty?

Yes, vaccinations are required.

The Governor’s Educator Vaccine Requirement announced on August 18, 2021, requires employees in Washington’s higher education institutions to be vaccinated.

  • All employees must be fully vaccinated, including employees who work remotely, by October 18.
  • Employees may apply for a medical or religious exemption, but personal or philosophical exemptions are no longer permitted.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you get your second dose of a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine, such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or two weeks after a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This means you must get your last dose by October 4. Since there is a 3-week interval between Pfizer-BioNTech doses and a 4-week interval between Moderna doses, you may need to get your first dose by early September in order to be fully vaccinated by October 18.
  • We are working with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to develop procedures for submitting proof of vaccination and applying for a medical or religious exemption. We will share more details about these procedures as soon as they are finalized.

Are you a Student?

Vaccinations are encouraged, but not required

YVC strongly encourages students to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but we will not require vaccinations as a condition of learning and working on campus. The Governor’s Office is requiring all colleges and universities to ask vaccinated students to supply their vaccination information if they take in-person classes. Please note that this is a legal requirement under the Governor’s proclamation, but it will not affect your ability to work and learn on campus. We will provide more information about submitting this information soon.

Please note, face coverings are required on YVC campuses, regardless of vaccination status.

How to get Vaccinated

Vaccines have proven highly effective against COVID-19, even the variants. If you have not been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so. Find a location.

What do I do if I feel sick?2022-01-07T13:43:00-08:00

If you are sick with any potential illness, you must stay home, regardless of your vaccination status.

Stay home: If you are sick, you must stay home and away from other people, even if you are vaccinated and/or have mild symptoms. 

  • Get tested for COVID-19
    • When to get tested. Do not go to school or work until you receive your test result, even if you feel better.
    • Testing locations are available throughout the state. Visit the Washington Department of Health COVID-19 Testing locator for information. Yakima campus has a testing site located at the North Student Parking Lot 810 S. 14th Avenue.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 or experience COVID-like symptoms quarantine for 10 days from the day the symptoms initially appeared.
  • Notify the Safety and Security Office as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19 at mlane@yvcc.edu or 509.574.4610.
  • If you have close contact with individuals who have COVID-19,  notify the Safety and Security Office as soon as possible.
    • Close contact means being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period (even if both individuals were wearing face coverings), living with or caring for a person who has COVID-19, or having direct contact with infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils). The exposed individual is required to follow the quarantine requirements outlined below:
      • If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days after your last contact.
      • If you test positive for COVID-19 or experience COVID-like symptoms quarantine for 10 days from the day the symptoms initially appeared.
      • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 10-day isolation period must start over.
What are the COVID-19 Notification Guidelines?2021-12-30T12:23:25-08:00

Exposure, Testing, & Symptoms

  • If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, quarantine for 14 days after your last contact.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 or experience COVID-like symptoms quarantine for 10 days from the day the symptoms initially appeared.
  • If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 10-day isolation period must start over.

Procedure

  • Security is the main point of contact for COVID-related reporting.
  • Security will disseminate the information gathered to include the date of exposure and location to the vice-presidents, deans, instructors, and facility operations (no personal information about the individual will be released.)
  • Security will notify instructors and students about reported cases that are relevant to their classes. Instructors and/or the VP of instruction will be responsible for notifying students of any classroom changes or cancelations if needed and for how long.

Process For Students

  1. A student that believes they have or have been exposed to COVID needs to contact security to initiate a COVID contact report. The information security will gather includes student name, YVC I.D. number, contact phone number, mailing address, date of exposure, date of symptoms, date reported, classes they are enrolled in, names of instructors, and locations on campus visited while infected if any.
  2. After the report is taken, security will then forward the date and location of the potential exposure to Instructors/Deans, Facilities, and any other departments that may be affected by the exposure or person reporting symptoms. No other information other than the date and location will be provided.
  3. At that point, security will provide the students in the class with the information pertaining to the exposure (date and time). Any decisions regarding changes in classroom instruction will be made and managed by the instructor, dean, and VP for I&SS. Personal information about the student is not to be given out to maintain confidentiality.

 Process For Employees

  1. An employee that believes they have or have been exposed to COVID needs to contact security to initiate a COVID contact report. The information security will gather includes the employee’s name, YVC employee I.D. number, contact phone number, mailing address, date of exposure, date of symptoms, date reported, and locations on campus visited while infected if any.
  2. Security will then pass the information gathered in the report to the Director of Human Resources or the designee.
  3. Human Resources will then manage notifying the appropriate personnel.

 

What do I after a COVID Exposure or Positive Test?2022-01-12T11:50:56-08:00

If you have tested positive for COVID or have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, report it immediately to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated for the appropriate length of time.

If you need to make a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will collect information including the date of exposure, date of symptoms, classes enrolled in, names of instructors, and locations on campus visited after exposure.

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure( (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)) is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

After quarantine

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask 
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Exposure

Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact

Close contacts are someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

Quarantine

A strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

Notification of COVID Exposure or Positive Test

Students who are taking online classes only and who have not been on campus do not need to report if they have tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone testing positive.

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID tests or close contacts (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined above.

Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

In-person classes with a positive case

If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class, that class may continue. If you have been consistent in wearing your mask, have observed 3-foot physical distancing, and are symptom-free, you should be able to continue attending. We encourage students to gauge their own level of risk and talk with their instructors directly regarding questions about attending.

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19?2022-01-12T12:21:54-08:00

If you have tested positive for COVID or have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, report it immediately to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated for the appropriate length of time.

If you need to make a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will collect information including the date of exposure, date of symptoms, classes enrolled in, names of instructors, and locations on campus visited after exposure.

Calculating Quarantine

The date of your exposure (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Quarantine for at least 5 days

Stay home
Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Get tested
Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

After quarantine

Watch for symptoms
Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms
Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.

IF YOU
Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status

Stay home for at least 5 days
Stay home for 5 days and isolate yourself from others in your home.

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home.

Ending isolation if you had symptoms
End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.

Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
End isolation after at least 5 full days after your positive test.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19
You should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Take precautions until day 10

Wear a mask
Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Avoid travel
Avoid being around people who are at high risk

Exposure

Contact with someone infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a way that increases the likelihood of getting infected with the virus.

Close Contact

Close contacts are someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.

Quarantine

A strategy used to prevent transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.

Notification of COVID Exposure or Positive Test

Students who are taking online classes only and who have not been on campus do not need to report if they have tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone testing positive.

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID tests or close contacts (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined above.

Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

In-person classes with a positive case

If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class, that class may continue. If you have been consistent in wearing your mask, have observed 3-foot physical distancing, and are symptom-free, you should be able to continue attending. We encourage students to gauge their own level of risk and talk with their instructors directly regarding questions about attending.

How often do I need to fill out the Health Screening Form?2021-12-30T10:29:04-08:00
  • Students: Every time you participate in an on-campus class, you must complete the online health screening below in the Health Screening Form. If you attend multiple classes in one day, you must complete the health screening before and after each of the classes.
  • Visitors: Every time you participate in an on-campus class, you must complete the online health screening below in the Health Screening Form.
  • Employees:  Every time you visit the campus for work-related activities, you must fill out the Health Screening Form. The employee must also complete the form just prior to leaving.
Can I complete the health screening before I come to campus?2021-08-13T17:19:13-07:00

Yes, we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to complete the health attestation prior to arriving on campus. 

Student and Visitor Health Screening Form

Staff and Faculty Health Screening Form

 

I answered yes to an item on the questionnaire. What do I now?2022-01-07T14:31:48-08:00

If you answered yes to any item in the questionnaire:

  1. If the student, faculty, visitor, or staff member answers “yes” to any item on the questionnaire, the employee or student should not be on campus. COVID-19 Testing is available throughout the state. Visit the Washington Department of Health COVID-19 locator for information. Yakima campus has a testing site located at the North Student Parking Lot 810 S. 14th Avenue.
  2. When to notify the Safety and Security Office:
    • If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days after your last contact.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 or experience COVID-like symptoms.

Any employee or student must contact Campus Security at 509.574.4610 to self-report if they have tested positive for COVID-19, for COVID-19 tracing purposes.

How do staff access the COVID-19 Safety Training?2021-08-17T11:26:08-07:00

Personnel must complete the online COVID-19 Safety Training through Canvas is required for all College personnel before or upon returning to on-site work if they have not previously taken the course.  Once personnel has their supervisor’s approval to return to campus, they will receive an email invitation for a course titled COVID-19 Training. If you do not receive this invitation, please email steng@yvcc.edu.  More information concerning training is detailed in Yakima Valley College’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

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