Current COVID-19 Procedures

Authorized employees and students enrolled in certain instructional programs or seeking services by appointment will be admitted to our college campuses: 

All other instruction and services will continue remote operations, and campuses will remain closed to the public.

Campus Entry Protocols

Seattle Colleges is opening its physical locations in compliance with all public health guidelines (refer to our Infection Control Program). The following requirements are infection control measures implemented to prevent campus access by individuals confirmed or suspected to be infected with COVID‐19.

  • Each day, before campus entry conduct a wellness screening check by going to:
  • Take your temperature at home—Please take your temperature at home each time you plan to come to campus. If you have a fever of 100.4° F or above or you experience COVID-like symptoms, remain at home. Do not come to campus; you will be sent away.

  • If you have been ill, stay home for no less than 10 days from the start of symptoms. Do not return to school/work until your respiratory symptoms have improved and you have been free of fever without the use of medications for at least 24 hours. 

    • Your instructor (or supervisor) does not need to know your familial or personal health information but they do need to know when you will be absent from school or work. They are required to work with you for health and safety and COVID‐19 leave considerations.
    • If employees are unsure about using leave, contact Human Resources.
    • King County recommends that all people experiencing COVID‐like symptoms should get tested for COVID‐19. Find a local, free test center.
  • If you have been on any of our campuses and test positive for COVID‐19 or have been exposed to COVID-19, immediately notify Health and Safety (H&S) and do not come to campus. Learn more about when and how to contact H&S.

  • Check-in and check-out daily at established locations—Everyone entering and leaving a campus will be expected to check in and check out by completing a form (Students | Employees) at established entry/exit points. Click to view the locations at Central | North | South.

While on Campus

  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other people.

  • 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.

    • The only exceptions are if an individual is working alone (with no chance of human interaction); they must have a face covering on‐hand and don that 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
      • Outdoor activities where the individual may be exposed to persons of the general public
      • Any situation that the individual’s instructor, management, the COVID‐19 site supervisor, or H&S personnel directs that a covering must be worn
      • Face shields without a face covering
  • 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.

  • If you develops symptoms while on‐campus, immediately return home and contact your healthcare provider.

COVID-19 Safety Training

  • All those entering campus must participate in an Initial COVID‐19 H&S Training on or before the first day of returning to campus. This on‐demand training is a one‐hour session for employees and 15‐minutes for students/visitors.

  • On a weekly basis, thereafter, all routine campus entrants must participate in a Weekly COVID‐19 training update. Instructors and supervisors are to make these available to their students or direct reports and track attendance.

Individuals at Increased Risk for Severe Illness from COVID‐19

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.

Additional Information

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 everyone’s 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