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Back to Class Winter 2021

For the health and safety of our community and in accordance with Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, all college offices have moved services online through Winter Quarter, pending further announcements.

During Phase 1 of the re-opening plan, we are serving students and the community remotely. Please check out the following resources to access services available online, by email, or phone. We look forward to hearing from you!

The campuses of Yakima Valley College remain closed to the public except for select Workforce Education programs that require limited in-classroom/lab instructional activities.

Winter classes are online

Yak head with surgical maskAll of Yakima Valley College (YVC) winter quarter classes will be held online (with few exceptions) for the entire quarter from January 4 through March 18, 2021.

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 or via Canvas.
  • For each visit, you will complete a student health screening on or before your arrival and when you depart campus.
  • All students must wear masks while on campus.

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

Learning Online Resources

Be sure to visit the Important Dates page for academic dates & deadlines to stay current related to the fall quarter.

Technology Checkout

Laptop, Hotspot, and Calculator Checkout for Winter Quarter

Distribution details will be announced on the distribution. The pickup schedule of technology devices will be posted on our Help Desk website.

Updates and Alerts

Coronavirus Updates

Any updates and information about the virus and links to resources will continue to be updated on our Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates.

RAVE Alerts

Sign up for RAVE alerts. Yakima Valley College uses an application for email and text message alerts in the event of emergencies and weather closures.

FAQs

How will classes be offered in Winter 2021?2020-10-09T11:02:32-07:00

Winter classes are 100% online

All of Yakima Valley College (YVC) winter quarter classes will be held online (with few exceptions) for the entire quarter from January 4 through March 18, 2021.

  • Exceptions: Some classes with a hands-on lab component will be offered in person.

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 weekly 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.

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

How will classes be offered in Fall 2020?2020-10-09T11:43:34-07:00

Fall classes are 100% online

All of Yakima Valley College (YVC) fall quarter classes will be held 100% online (with few exceptions) for the entire quarter from Sept. 21 through Dec. 9.

  • Exceptions: Some classes with a hands-on lab component will be offered in person with some starting as early as September 9.

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 weekly 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.

Find the instructions and these steps in more detail on our Campus Re-Entry website. 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.

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.

How do I get my textbooks?2020-09-15T08:50:01-07:00

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 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.

Are the computer labs, testing centers or libraries open?2020-09-17T10:55:44-07:00

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?2020-09-15T08:36:48-07:00

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