Guidelines for RTC Submittals

Return to Campus (RTC) safety plan application form
This eForm is required for our college programs that desire to return to routine on-campus work during the Washington State Safe-Start Phases.

Return to Campus Q&A Session
Do you have questions about how your unit or department can begin the “return to campus” process and begin to offer services safely over the summer? Christel Olsen, environmental health and safety manger, recorded a Q&A session on Zoom with Julia Buchans, director of the Learning Support Network at Seattle Central. The session covers questions and answers about how staff can approach the process within the current health and safety protocols. The video is available below. 

Note: please use the following guidelines for RTC submittals:

  • If you have already submitted an RTC/RTW plan using the e-form in a previous quarter, and there are no changes to the plan, you do not need to re-submit a new plan. Please update the spreadsheet with new times/dates/course numbers. 
  • If your planned activities do change, such as a need to break the physical distance barrier, you will need to re-submit a new e-form (linked at the top of the page). 
  • If you have submitted a plan before on the old form, please re-submit using the new e-form (linked at the top of the page).  
  • If you have already submitted an RTC/RTW plan, but you are switching to a substantially different location, and you’re unsure about whether implementation controls need to be changed, please consult Health & Safety ( so we can let you know if you need to submit a new plan.  

Winter Quarter 2022 Health and Safety Protocols and Return to Campus (RTC) Plans (effective January 4, 2022)

Unit Administrators Can Use Existing Plans 

Unit administrators (Deans, Directors, Department Heads) have the authority and discretion to make decisions using the following guidance: 

  • Any newly returning-to-campus instructors/employees who work for a unit that already has an active, approved program-specific or course-specific RTC plan will operate under the terms of that plan. 
  • If the standards established there cannot be met by the new on-comer, they may submit a new RTC application to be reviewed, which details their individual/situation specific circumstances. 
  • The decision of whether to file a new plan or operate under a formerly submitted plan (and which plan they would be operating under) will be determined by the unit administrator. 
  • For any plans that are considered overly stringent due to changes in general policy that occurred after the plan was originally submitted, the unit administrator may choose to refile a new plan that characterizes the less stringent operations, and H&S will review/declare if any addition safety measures will need to be incorporated 

Group Meetings and Events 

Group meetings, such as staff meetings, held only among Seattle Colleges employees do not need to file RTC plans, provided they follow existing protocols. 
If you are planning a meeting or event that differs from your current approved RTC plan, you will need to consult with H&S and will likely need to complete an RTC plan to ensure the appropriate protocols are in place. Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • Parties with food and beverages 
  • Student retreats 
  • Student orientation activities 
  • Art exhibit openings 
  • Meetings that include numbers of non-employee guests or members of the public