Campus Re-Entry2021-09-21T09:56:55-07:00

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.

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 for specific Workforce Education programs or essential tasks (approved by HR and supervisor) are required to complete the required Health Screening Forms daily.

Protocols will be updated in the future to reflect requirements about individual vaccination status information and other matters.

Students and Employees must be approved to access the campuses prior to your arrival on campus.


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 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.

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.

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.

Health Status Screening

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.
Health Screening – Employees
Health Screening – Students
Health Screening – 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. Recommendations and Guidance to Protect Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

FAQs

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.

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?2021-08-13T17:18:55-07:00

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. College departments are required to direct personnel to follow the steps in the FAQ “What do I do if I feel sick?,” which includes the information below.

  • 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.
    • Notify the Safety and Security Office as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19 at mlane@yvcc.edu or 574.4610.
    • Follow public health guidelines to help you recover and protect others from getting sick. These actions include staying home and physically away from people and pets, wearing a face covering, and being stringent about hygiene. Read the FAQ “What do I do if I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19?” on the CDC when to Quarantine and Isolation webpage for more information about steps you’ll need to take. You can also learn more from Public Health — Yakima County and the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Notify the Safety and Security Office as soon as possible if you have close contact with individuals who have COVID-19.
    • 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 in the CDC when to Quarantine and Isolation.
What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-192021-09-13T17:09:15-07:00

Get tested and quarantine (stay home, away from other people).

Personnel should notify the Safety and Security Office as soon as possible if they have close contact with individuals who have COVID-19.

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 in the CDC when to Quarantine and Isolation.

Students should inform their instructor

For students, please inform your instructor if you have been exposed to COVID-19, or anyone else they are currently living with, or anyone they have had daily contact with, has tested positive for COVID-19. You may 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.

Washington State Health Department Resource COVID-19 Exposure Information 

If you have questions about COVID-19. Call our hotline at 800.525.0127 and press #. Hotline hours: 6 am to 10 pm Monday-Friday and 8 am to 6 pm on weekends.

 

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.
How often do I need to fill out the Health Screening Form?2021-08-13T17:20:22-07:00

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?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?2021-08-13T17:19:19-07:00

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.

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.

Information for current and prospective students

How will classes be offered in Fall 2021?2021-08-19T15:52:15-07:00

Fall 2021 classes are 100% online

All of YVC’s fall quarter classes will be held online (with a few exceptions) for the entire quarter. This fall we will begin to phase in some additional in-person classes and limited student services.

A decision about Winter Quarter 2022 will be made at a future date.

Exceptions: Coming to campus for in-person labs

If you are enrolled in a class that has a hands-on lab component offered in person 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.

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

How do I get my textbooks?2021-08-13T17:20:38-07:00

The Yakima Valley College bookstore is closed to the public but you may order your books online. The bookstore is offering free ground shipping on orders of $49.00 or more. The bookstore offers price matching and textbook rentals as well.

Please do not come to campus to visit the bookstore until the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order allows us to open the campuses to the public.

Are the computer labs, testing centers or libraries open?2021-08-13T17:20:33-07:00

In compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, Yakima Valley College locations are closed to the public, this includes all support services, computer labs, testing centers, and libraries. All testing is taking place remotely from home or off-campus locations. To learn more please review our Online Services.

Is the fitness center open?2021-08-13T16:38:12-07:00

No. During Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, all physical campuses are closed to students.

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