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Campus Re-Entry2020-10-16T13:23:28-07:00

Returning to Campus

Our physical campuses remain closed to the public and we are serving students remotely in order to continue to comply with the Governor’s orders as well as protect the health and safety of our community.

Yakima Valley College is serving students and community members remotely by offering a full spectrum of classes and support services online. While all YVC locations remain closed many campus services can be accessed online, via Zoom, phone, and email. Prior to arriving on campus, all YVC students, faculty, and staff coming to campus for specific Workforce Education programs or essential tasks (approved by HR and supervisor) are required to complete the COVID-19 Safety Training and required Health Screening Forms when arriving and exiting campus.

See the Campus Access Steps below for more details.

You must be approved to access the campuses prior to your arrival on campus.


Quick Links to Campus Health Screening Forms and Training

Health Screening – Students & Visitors
Health Screening – Employees
COVID-19 Training Staff

Facial Coverings

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. 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.

Campus Access Approval Process

Please do not return to campus without permission.

Employees and students must have prior approval to return to campus.

Students must be enrolled in specific courses and will be contacted by their instructors prior to accessing campus.

Steps to complete before arrival to Campus

  1. Request access via email to your division/campus dean or your supervising administrator.
    • Submit your request at least two business days prior to the access date.
    • All employees who have previously submitted a request for recurring campus access (other than those approved for WED course instruction) must submit a new request as of today (09/29/2020).
  2. Wait for a message approving your request before coming to campus.
    • If you have sent a request and have not received a response within two business days, please contact Campus Security at 509.574.4610.
  3. Complete online COVID-19 Training (one time only). If you have questions about the training or the training course does not appear in your Canvas account, please email Shawn Teng, Occupational Health and Safety, for assistance.
  4. Complete your arrival and departure health screening each time you access campus.
    • The employee health screening must be completed for each visit.
    • Note that you must complete the health screening form both before arriving on campus and when you leave.

What to include in your Campus Access Request

Please include the following information in an email to your division/campus dean or supervising administrator when requesting access.

  1. Your request type
    • Routine Schedule (for example, Full-time, Monday & Tuesday each week, specific hours, etc.), or
    • Single-Day Request/Campus Visit
  2. Date and time period you plan to be on campus.
  3. Building(s) and room(s) you plan to access
  4. Purpose/Reason: The reason or purpose must address why you need to be on campus and are not able to conduct this work from home.

Please note that requests may be denied dependent on an individual’s demonstrated need to work from campus and each building’s access capacity.

Mandatory Procedures for Returning to Campus

Step 1: Take mandatory COVID-19 Training

All students, employees, and visitors must complete this training before your first visit to campus.
If you have questions about the training or the training course does not appear in your Canvas account, please email us for assistance.

Students

Login to Canvas to complete the training within your course(s).

Canvas login – Students

Employees

Login to Canvas to complete the training for your position.

Training Login – Employees

Approved Visitors

Please email your certificate after completion.

Training Login – Visitors

Step 2: Fill out mandatory health status screening

You must complete the Campus Health Screening Form upon your arrival on campus and complete it again just prior to leaving campus. Please complete from home prior to leaving for campus if possible.

Students & Visitors: 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.

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 & Visitors

If you answered yes to any item in the questionnaire:

  • 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. Temperature 100.4 or higher – Recommendations and Guidance to Protect Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic

Resources

Higher Education Reopening Plan

On Aug. 1, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee’s Higher Education Reopening Plan will take effect for Washington’s public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.
The governor’s reopening plan consists of two documents:

  • Health and safety requirements are listed in Proclamation 20-12.1. These are the minimum protocols higher education institutions must follow to resume in-person instruction and services this fall.
  • Additional guidance is provided in the Campus Reopening Guide. The guide recommends safety measures for various campus functions: safety, support, food services, transportation, and residences. This document answers commonly asked questions about the reopening plan.

As the governor pursues a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy, community colleges are now allowed to conduct some very limited in-person instructional activities. Phase 1 and Phase 2 safety protocols require all classes and student services to be online, with the exception of the hands-on portion of professional-technical classes which include a small group of Workforce Education (WED) programs.

FAQs

How do I take the mandatory COVID-19 training?2020-09-16T14:23:47-07:00

Both students and employees must complete this training before your first visit to campus.

Staff and Faculty: Complete training using the link below.
Students: You may receive your training via CANVAS or during your first approved lab classroom visit. Please contact the instructor for details on training delivery.

Students: Login to Canvas to complete the training within your course(s).
CANVAS LOGIN – STUDENTS

Employees: Login to Canvas to complete the training for your position.
TRAINING LOGIN – EMPLOYEES

What is mandatory health status screening?2020-09-29T10:24:50-07:00

You must complete the Health Screening Form upon your arrival on campus and complete it again just prior to leaving campus. Please complete from home prior to leaving for campus if possible.

Students & Visitors: 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.

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.

How often do I need to fill out the Health Screening Form?2020-09-29T10:24:24-07:00

Students, faculty, and staff must complete the Health Screening Form every day they plan to be on campusThis means, if you are on campus for a class lab that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will need to complete the Health Screening Form each Tuesdays and Thursdays prior to coming to campus. 

Can I complete the health screening before I come to campus?2020-09-29T10:26:50-07:00

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?2020-09-15T08:16:39-07:00

If you answered yes to any item in the questionnaire:

  • 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.
    • 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.

What do I do if I feel sick?2020-09-15T08:16:28-07:00

If you are sick, you must stay home. Stay home even if you have mild symptoms of illness. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of other respiratory illnesses as well as COVID-19.

If you are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 infection, stay home, and follow the steps below this symptom list.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other respiratory symptoms (e.g., sore throat, runny nose, sneezing)
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Other symptoms

FIRST: Contact your health-care provider.

SECOND: Take the following precautions to avoid getting others sick.

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or other public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • Wear a facemask around other people (e.g., when sharing a room or vehicle) or pets, and before you enter a health-care provider’s office. Be especially careful around persons who may be at higher risk for severe illness.
  • Practice excellent hygiene. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and running water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items (e.g., dishes, cups, utensils, towels, and bedding).
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day (e.g., counters, tables, doorknobs, phones and keyboards).
  • Monitor your symptoms, take your temperature daily and call your health-care provider if symptoms worsen.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people for 72 hours after the time when your symptoms improve and your fever goes down without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Additional guidance is available from the Washington State Department of Health.

Are facial coverings required on campus?2020-09-29T10:25:39-07:00

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.

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.

Mask Directive from the State Health Department

What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-192020-09-15T15:58:29-07:00

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are contacted by another staff member, faculty member, or student informing you, they or anyone else they are currently living with, or anyone they have had daily contact with, has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • CALL your Campus COVID-19 Supervisor to inform them of the issue. For students, your instructor is your COVID-19 Supervisor.
  • The Campus COVID-19 Supervisor will:
    • Contact the security office to inform them of the issue.
  • The security office will:
    • Investigate the information with the Human Resource Director.
    • Notify all students, faculty, and staff who attended a class or were near the involved person with specific protocol and/or procedures to take from Yakima Health District and the WA State Department of Health (DOH).
    • Notify custodial manager to initiate Post Exposure Incident Recovery Plan.

Washington State Health Department Resource COVID-19 Exposure Information 

If you have questions about COVID-19. Call our hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Hotline hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

For questions about your health, COVID-19 testing, or testing results, contact your health care provider.