Campus Re-Entry2022-03-24T09:13:15-07:00

Returning to Campus

Student services are offered through a combination of online and in-person options.

For the spring quarter of 2022, Yakima Valley College 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 spring quarter for those who prefer that option; see all spring classes including online class options on our Class Search. Additional in-person services will also be available spring quarter. Locate the most up-to-date information on Current Services.

Change to masking policy begins March 20, 2022

Starting on March 20, YVC is making indoor masking on campus voluntary. We strongly support individual masking decisions by anyone on campus and ask everyone to be respectful of the choices of others.

  • If someone who tested COVID-positive and is returning to campus after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus around others for the full 10 days after exposure.
  • Students who are working in healthcare settings, such as clinical sites and the dental hygiene clinic, are required to wear masks.

Additional changes include:

  • We will no longer require students, employees, or visitors to complete a health assessment when coming to campus.
  • We encourage those on campus to maintain 3-foot physical distancing whenever possible while indoors.

What if I have a 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. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. Do not travel.
  • 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. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. Do not travel.
  • 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. No quarantine. You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. 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. Take precautions if traveling.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at the Yakima Campus testing site at testing site 810 S 14th Ave, Yakima. Tuesday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.

Notification Process for a COVID Exposure or Positive Test

 Notification Process For Students

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID-19 tests or close contacts, 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 by CDC guidelines.
  • Students who tested COVID-positive and are returning to campus after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Students exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus around others for the full 10 days after exposure.
  • Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

 Notification Process For Employees

  • An employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms, or who has been exposed to COVID-19, needs to contact Campus Safety at 509.574.4610 to initiate a COVID contact report. Also, notify your supervisor.
  • Campus Safety will then pass the information gathered in the report to the Director of Human Resources or their designee.
  • Human Resources will then manage the notification of appropriate personnel.
  • Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined by CDC guidelines.
  • Employees who tested COVID-positive and are returning to work after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Employees exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus for the full 10 days after exposure.

Information for current and prospective students

How will classes be held Spring Quarter 20222022-03-15T14:06:26-07:00

Spring 2022 classes are returning to campus

For spring quarter, Yakima Valley College 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 spring quarter for those who prefer that option; see all spring classes including virtual class options on our Class Search.

Additional in-person services will also be available spring quarter. Locate the most up-to-date information on Current Services.

Find more detail: Campus Re-Entry. Updates concerning COVID-19 are also available.

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 do I get my textbooks?2022-06-27T08:14:49-07:00

The Campus Bookstore is currently open 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.

 

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?2022-03-21T09:30:45-07:00

YVC will end its campus-wide indoor masking requirement on March 20. The college will continue to support individual masking decisions by anyone on campus and asks everyone to be respectful of the choices of others.

Starting on March 20, YVC is making indoor masking on campus voluntary. We strongly support individual masking decisions by anyone on campus and ask everyone to be respectful of the choices of others.

  • If someone who tested COVID-positive and is returning to campus after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus around others for the full 10 days after exposure.
  • Students who are working in healthcare settings, such as clinical sites and the dental hygiene clinic, are required to wear masks.

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.

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?2022-03-21T09:56:02-07:00

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
  • 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. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. Do not travel.
      • 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. Wear a well-fitted mask if you must be around others in your home. Do not travel.
      • 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. No quarantine. You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. 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. Take precautions if traveling.

Notification Process for a COVID Exposure or Positive Test

 Notification Process For Students

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID-19 tests or close contacts, 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 by CDC guidelines.
  • Students who tested COVID-positive and are returning to campus after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Students exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus around others for the full 10 days after exposure.
  • Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

 Notification Process For Employees

  • An employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms, or who has been exposed to COVID-19, needs to contact Campus Safety at 509.574.4610 to initiate a COVID contact report. Also, notify your supervisor.
  • Campus Safety will then pass the information gathered in the report to the Director of Human Resources or their designee.
  • Human Resources will then manage the notification of appropriate personnel.
  • Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined by CDC guidelines.
  • Employees who tested COVID-positive and are returning to work after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Employees exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus for the full 10 days after exposure.
What do I after a COVID Exposure or Positive Test?2022-03-21T09:50:16-07:00

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.

 Notification Process For Students

Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID-19 tests or close contacts, 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 by CDC guidelines.
  • Students who tested COVID-positive and are returning to campus after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Students exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus around others for the full 10 days after exposure.
  • Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.

 Notification Process For Employees

  • An employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms, or who has been exposed to COVID-19, needs to contact Campus Safety at 509.574.4610 to initiate a COVID contact report. Also, notify your supervisor.
  • Campus Safety will then pass the information gathered in the report to the Director of Human Resources or their designee.
  • Human Resources will then manage the notification of appropriate personnel.
  • Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined by CDC guidelines.
  • Employees who tested COVID-positive and are returning to work after a 5-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask for days 6-10 after the onset of symptoms or positive test result.
  • Employees exposed to someone with COVID-19 must wear a mask on campus for the full 10 days 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.

Do not travel.

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.

Avoid travel
It is best to avoid travel until a full 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.

If you must travel during days 6-10, take precautions.

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

IF YOU
Were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations

No quarantine
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
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.

Take precautions if traveling

Avoid being around people who are at high risk

IF YOU
were exposed to COVID-19 and had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test)

No quarantine
You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.

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.

Take precautions if traveling

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.

Do not travel.

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 or are immunocompromised
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.

Do not travel
Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.

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.

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