Current Campus Entry Procedures

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.

  • Anyone who experiences COVID19-like symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and should not come to campus until 10 days after symptoms first started (for more information see the section titled “isolation requirements” in the Infection Control Program).
    • If you still have fever after that, stay home until 24 hours have passed after the fever goes away.
    • If you wish to return earlier, because you think the symptoms are due to another cause (e.g. allergies or food poisoning) contact healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu to get a safe campus return date.
       
  • If someone has a potential-exposure to another person infected with COVID-19, they need to get tested no sooner than 5-7 days after the potential-exposure event. Report the situation to healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu. Do this regardless of your vaccination status. H&S will advise you on quarantine measures, if necessary.
     
  • Anyone who experiences COVID19-like symptoms or tests positive for COVID19 within 48 hours after being on-campus, should promptly notify campus contact tracers by calling 206.934.5522 (leave-a-message) or email healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu.

While on Campus

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

In all indoor, public settings, wear a face covering that fully covers your mouth and nose. If possible, please bring your own. We have a limited supply on hand for those who do not have one. 

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 Winter Quarter. Each campus is informing students and employees about where to get one. 

Guidance for Wearing Masks and Evidence for Their Effectiveness.

  • The only exceptions are if an individual is working alone (with no chance of human interaction); they must have a face covering on-hand to put on at any time another person may enter their space.
  • Exceptions DO NOT include:
    • Situations that would result in repeated putting‐on and taking‐off the face covering several times a day
    • Any situation that the individual's instructor, manager, the COVID-19 site supervisor, or Health & Safety personnel directs that a covering must be worn
    • Face shields without a face covering.(For communication with people speaking English as a second language or those who are hearing impaired and communicate via face and body language, contact healthandsafety@seattlecolleges.edu for planning and support.)
    • NOTE: There are no cases that an instructor or other college authority or representative is able to grant new exceptions or make a new rule for their own division. Please not the procedures for how to manage mask non-compliance, found in the Infection Control Program.

 

KN95 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 that section of the  Infection Control Program.

More Health and Safety Measures (Announced Jan. 11, 2022)

The omicron variant is producing another wave of COVID-19 cases. (More info about the variant and its effects is available at the CDC website.) In addition to the measures announced in the 12/30/21 email, we have decided to take further steps.

For Winter Quarter:

  • 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 Winter Quarter. Each campus is informing students and employees about where to get a complimentary mask. 
     
  • Where possible, all in-person meetings should transition to remote meetings. In-person meetings do not include classroom instruction. All other meetings (including those with external partners and vendors) should be held remotely, if possible.
     
  • All three colleges will begin conducting random sample audits to verify vaccination status for on-campus students, starting in the coming weeks. Students who provide false information may be subject to disciplinary actions.

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 should plan to be flexible in accommodating for absenteeism.

  • Actively encourage sick students to stay home.
  • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for students who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness.
  • Maintain flexible policies that permit students to stay home to care for a sick family member.

If you have additional questions, students should ask their instructors and employees should ask their supervisors.

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

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

Central: Student Services | COVID-19 Updates

North: Student Services | COVID-19 Updates

South: Student Services | COVID-19 Updates

Districtwide COVID-19 Updates