Current Campus Entry Procedures

Please note: Seattle Colleges Health and Safety works during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are reporting a case over the weekend or at any time, complete the online form to report a positive (+) COVID -19 test or symptoms, and isolate/quarantine.

If You Are Coming to Campus, Complete the Online Daily Wellness Screening Form

campus entry QR code iamgeEach day (ideally before you come to campus) fill out the Daily Wellness Screening Form available at https://forms.office.com/r/7UvrsHYY02. A QR-code (see QR code image at right) to scan and access the Daily Wellness Screening is available at campus entrances. 

This form serves not only to educate and screen people who experience COVID-like symptoms, but also to collect important information necessary for contact tracers to effectively respond to an on-campus COVID-19 case report.

By providing your own personal phone number and contact information, the contact-tracers will be able to directly notify you if they find you might have been exposed. The collected data is available only to trained public health professionals. The information is held to ADA/FERPA confidentiality standards and will not be shared with any other parties. For more details see the section titled “what happens when H&S is notified of a COVID-19 case or illness,” in the Infection Control Program.

If you have COVID-like symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

People with any of the following symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore (or scratchy) throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. 

COVID-19 emergency warning signs

For a summary of various scenarios where a student or employee might have a COVID-19 related absence from school and work refer to Requirements for on-campus activities (V6.2 updated 4-1-2022).

Steps to take if you have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19:

  1. If you have symptoms: GET TESTED 
  2. You must report your Positive (+)  COVID-19 Test to Seattle Colleges Here, AND stay home for at least 5 days, return on the 6th day if symptoms have resolved and you have been fever free for 24 hours. If you are still sick after the 6th day, talk to your primary care provider for a safe return date. You can speak with HR if you have questions about your absence options (employee). 
  3. Notify your supervisor or teacher. 
  4. And then Report your Positive (+) COVID-19 Test to King County, use their contact tracing process
    1. AND THEN Tell your close contact 

OVERALL:

Isolate for 5 days after your symptoms began. If you have no symptoms, isolate for 5 days from when the positive (+) test was sampled.

  • Do this no matter what your vaccination status may be.
  • Do this no matter what your COVID-19 test results may be. 

Why you should get tested. | What it means to isolate. | COVID-19 emergency warning signs.
 

When can you return to campus?

If symptoms are still present on day 5, do not exit isolation until symptoms have improved and you have not had a fever for 24 hours.

  • Taking medicine to reduce a fever does not count as being fever free.
  • Taking medicine to alleviate symptoms does not count as improved symptoms.

If you have no symptoms on day 5, you may return to campus and must wear a KN95 mask on campus for 5 additional days.

For a summary of various scenarios where a student or employee might have a COVID-19 related absence from school and work refer to Requirements for on-campus activities (V6.2 updated 4-1-2022).

Steps to take if you have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19:

If you are not up to date on your vaccines, quarantine for 5 days from the date of exposure. 

If you do not have symptoms or test positive on day 5, you can return on day 6, but monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days (about 2 weeks). Continue to wear a KN95 mask on campus.

The definition of exposure. | What it means to quarantine.
 

When can you return to campus?

If you test negative or do not have symptoms, you can return to campus after five days from the exposure event. You must wear a KN95 mask on campus for 5 additional days.

You can return to campus if you are up to date on your vaccines if you were exposed immediately, but you must wear a KN95 mask for 10 days (about 1 and a half weeks) and monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days (about 2 weeks). If you develop symptoms or test positive, complete the online form to report a positive (+) COVID -19 test or symptoms.

For a summary of various scenarios where a student or employee might have a COVID-19 related absence from school and work refer to Requirements for on-campus activities (V6.2 updated 4-1-2022).

Steps to take if you are living with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms (but has been unable to get tested for COVID-19):

Quarantine for five days. Do not come to campus until you have clearance from Health & Safety.

What it means to quarantine.

When can you return to campus?

If you do not have symptoms or test positive on day 5, you can return on day 6, but monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days (two weeks). Continue to wear a KN95 mask on campus.

For a summary of various scenarios where a student or employee might have a COVID-19 related absence from school and work refer to Requirements for on-campus activities (V6.2 updated 4-1-2022).

Steps to take if:

  • You live with someone who has been exposed (in quarantine) but they have no symptoms and have not yet been tested for COVID-19 (or they tested negative).
  • You are living with someone who has symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19.

You are not required to quarantine but if they develop symptoms, immediately go/stay home and and complete the online form to report a positive (+) COVID -19 test or symptoms.

If they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, follow instructions for the above situation of “living with someone who has COVID-19.”

For a summary of various scenarios where a student or employee might have a COVID-19 related absence from school and work refer to Requirements for on-campus activities (V6.2 updated 4-1-2022).

For a summary of various scenarios where a student or employee might have a COVID-19 related absence from school and work refer to Requirements for on-campus activities (V6.2 updated 4-1-2022). Also refer to COVID-19 Related Isolation and Quarantine Standards.
 

While on Campus

The following requirements are infection control measures implemented to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

KN95 maskNOTE: The colleges and district have added KN95 masks to their supply of masks and will distribute them to support any necessary on-campus interactions during Spring Quarter. Each campus is informing students and employees about where to get one. 

Seattle Colleges follows COVID-19 guidelines established in the governor’s higher education proclamation as well as the state’s higher education guidelines and King County’s Current COVID-19 guidance. Recently, Gov. Jay Inslee lifted the indoor mask mandate effective Saturday, March 12, 2022 for many businesses and organizations (schools, child-care facilities, grocery stores, bars, gyms, and others).

Beginning Spring Quarter (Monday, April 4) masks, for the most part, will be “optional but encouraged” at Seattle Colleges. This aligns with the state and local public health guidance. At this time, colleges are still required to follow the higher education proclamation and Department of Health guidance. If public health conditions change, community levels increase, or there are future surges or new variants, face covering requirements will be reassessed.

Masks will continue to be required in some instances. Refer to the Masks and Social Distancing pageFor full details, refer to Spring 2022 Masking Standards.

All students, faculty, staff, and community members should continue to bring a mask when visiting any of our campuses or locations. Any areas requiring masks will be clearly marked with new signage, and masks will continue to be provided at centralized locations on each campus.

People in our Seattle Colleges community may need or choose to wear—or not wear—a mask for a wide range of reasons. Please respect those who continue to wear masks for their own health, safety, or comfort.

KN95 maskKN95 masks reduce the amount of dust or virus particles a person breathes in by a greater amount than general cloth masks. While many face masks help prevent the spread of the virus from the wearer to others, they provide limited protection to the wearer. A KN95 provides better protection for the wearer than other face masks, while also reducing the spread of the virus from the wearer.

How do I properly use my KN95?

  • If possible, wash or sanitize your hands immediately before and after putting your KN95 on and immediately before and after taking it off when planning to reuse it.
  • Place the mask over your face, with the bottom below your chin and the nosepiece up.
  • Place the straps of the mask over each of your ears.
  • Adjust the metal nose clip using fingers from both hands to mold the clip to the shape of your nose
  • Adjust fit as necessary to reduce air flow around the mask.
  • Certain types of facial hair, like beards, can make mask fitting difficult. Masks that fit well protect you better. To have a better fit, people with beards can shave their beards or trim their beards close to the face.
  • If you wear glasses and find fogging to be a nuisance, wash the lenses with soapy water and shake off the excess before putting on your mask (wipe off nose piece to minimize skin irritation).

How should I care for and store my KN95?
Please DO NOT attempt to wash your KN95. With proper care, your KN95 should be reusable for an extended period of time.
 
To keep your KN95 clean between uses, store your mask in a safe location that other people cannot access and where it will not get wet or be subject to direct sunlight or excessive heat. A dry paper bag works well for storing your KN95.

When should I discard my KN95?
You should replace your KN95 when it:

  • Becomes soiled
  • No longer covers the nose and mouth
  • Has stretched out or damaged ties or straps
  • Cannot stay on the face
  • Has holes or tears in the fabric

A KN95 may be disposed of in the normal trash.

How is a KN95 different from an N95?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not consider a KN95 mask a negative-pressure respirator since it has not been certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Therefore, OSHA does not require a person be “fit tested” to wear a KN95. Since a person is not fit tested for a KN95, they should not use a KN95 in situations where a fit-tested N95 mask is required (for example, in clinical areas or for certain medical procedures).

Why use a KN95 instead of an N95?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that N95s be reserved for use by health care providers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What other actions should I take if I wear a KN95?
Even if you wear a KN95, you should still: 

  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine (and booster, if eligible) if you have not already done so. The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family, friends, classmates, and co-workers from COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, and contact healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu.
  • Practice physical distancing when feasible.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Note: Information above about the KN95 mask is from the University of Maryland's Department of Environmental Safety.

You are encouraged to continue to maintain at least 3-feet of physical distance where possible.

  • Practice good respiratory etiquette by coughing or sneezing into the inside of your elbow – not your hands. Do not remove your mask to cough or sneeze. Immediately wash or sanitize your hands.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and fresh water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face or mask. Wash or sanitize your hands after putting-on, taking-off, or adjusting the face covering. Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet and before eating, drinking, smoking, or vaping.

  • If you begin to feel ill while on-campus, notify healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu, and follow procedures detailed in When someone is sick on campus.

  • Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your position roles and responsibilities, as detailed in Seattle Colleges’ District health and safety policies and procedure #209.

Masks are optional but encouraged. Image of a face mask.

Additional Information

In the interests of everyone's health and safety, Seattle Colleges has chosen to be a fully vaccinated campus per Governor Inslee’s higher education proclamation. This requires all students, staff, and faculty to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose of the vaccine. Exemptions to this requirement may be granted for medical or sincerely held religious reasons. For all the details, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement page.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with certain medical conditions are particularly susceptible to severe illness from COVID‐19. With respect to age, the CDC indicates that 8 of 10 deaths attributed to COVID‐19 are among those aged 65 and older. With respect to medical conditions, the CDC now divides people between those who are “at increased risk” and those who “might be at an increased risk.” The categories are further detailed here.

Instructors and Supervisors must plan to be flexible in accommodating for COVID-19 related absenteeism.

  • Send home any visibly ill student or employee who works/studies under your direct report.
  • Students are not to be penalized for COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine. Instructors are to have a plan, beforehand, on how they will accommodate COVID-19 related absences. 
  • Maintain flexible policies that permit students to stay home to care for a sick family member.
  • Ensure students (and employees) are aware of the accommodations process for those at increased-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and how to apply. A student handout is available here.
  • If someone tells you they have COVID19 or been exposed, direct them to contact healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu. And report the situation to H&S (not others) so that, if they do not report, contact-tracers can rapidly respond in a confidential and professional manner.
  • Faculty, staff, and students are not to be making announcements about someone else’s personal health situation (even if the information is volunteered to you). Communications of that kind are managed by trained and authorized officials, only.
  • Faculty, staff, and students do not have the right to ask for diagnostic information – such as COVID19 test results – especially, if you are in a position of authority. 
  • If instructors want validation on a COVID19 related absence, they can direct the student to obtain and provide a written declaration from H&S by reporting their situation to healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu

We appreciate your patience and diligence in working to keep everyone safe.

Updates for specific campuses may be found by following the respective links:

North: Student Services | COVID-19 Updates

Central: Student Services | COVID-19 Updates

South: Student Services | COVID-19 Updates

Districtwide COVID-19 Updates