Coronavirus FAQs

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Related Information

Has SPSCC closed completely with the "stay home" order?

SPSCC is still operating – we’re just doing things differently. Virtual operations are available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Decisions to alter SPSCC operations due to COVID-19 would be made in consultation with county health and emergency management agencies. A complete college closure would likely be short-term to focus on disinfecting. If we have suspended operations, subscribers will be notified via our emergency notification system, Omnilert.

What services are still open?

SPSCC is still operating – we’re just doing things differently. Virtual operations are available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

One Stop
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday
Enter One Stop virtual waiting room

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday
Enter the Advising virtual waiting room

Outreach & Admissions
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday
Enter the Outreach waiting room

Online Counseling by appointment for students through Zoom*

Online Financial Aid and VA appointments for students through Compass

*Zoom can be used on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, or you can call in. Visit for information and help using Zoom.

Is food available on campus?

No. Governor Inslee has mandated a "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and SPSCC has closed in-person services, including the Food Pantry Please visit other Thurston County Food Bank locations.

The Bookstore is closed. How can I buy or return books?

The bookstore is open online, even though the on-campus bookstore is closed. Books, supplies, laptops, and Chromebooks are stocked and available to students. Free shipping. Orders are being shipped by UPS each day.

If you have an outstanding rental, you can return it using a free shipping label through your account on the bookstore website. If you have problems, contact bookstore manager Scott Cahill at

What does "virtual and alternative delivery" of classes mean?

SPSCC will hold classes through online, virtual, or alternative delivery for all of Spring Quarter.

Online - There is no change to Online classes. Online classes do not have a set meeting time. Online class fee still applies.
Virtual - Face-to-Face classes will meet virtually. Virtual classes meet at the same day and time as the schedule says. Online class fee will not be charged for this kind of class.
Labs and Hands-On - Alternative delivery of these classes may include in-person interactions, practicing social distancing. Students will be updated by their instructors for these programs and classes:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction Technology
  • Automotive
  • Baking & Pastry Arts
  • Craft Brewing & Distilling
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assisting
  • Nursing
  • Nursing Assisting
  • Science Labs
  • Welding

Enrollment and financial aid deadlines for Spring Quarter:

  • Running Start Verification Form - deadline on hold while we work with school distrcits
  • Tuition & Fees due March 24
  • Running Start Fee Waiver & Book Loan Application due March 27
  • Apply to SPSCC by April 9
  • Classes start April 13
I'm a Veteran or using Veterans Benefits. Can I attend classes virtually?

The VA is working with U.S. Congress to preserve your VA education benefits during this crisis. Both Senate and House lawmakers have passed a bill to protect student veterans from losing benefits due to colleges transitioning classes to virtual learning. The bill is awaiting signature by President Trump.

I'm in Running Start. What happens now that my high school is closed?

Gov. Inslee has mandated that all K-12 schools remain closed through at least May 4. Running Start students should still report to SPSCC classes.

The Running Start Verification Form (RSVF) currently does not have a due date. We are holding registration and being as flexible as possible for students who have not yet submitted the RSVF. You can submit a scan or clear photo of your RSVF to if you prefer not to come to campus.

Fees are due March 24 or at time of registration. Running Start Fee Waiver & Book Loan Applications are due March 27.

Are CCE (noncredit) classes running?

Most CCE (noncredit) classes have been rescheduled for after May 4. The Fire Academy is moving to virtual instruction.

If a class is canceled by the instructor or college and you have already registered, you will be contacted via email and phone.

Are events still happening?

SPSCC is not hosting college events or in-person social interactions through at least May 4. See Events Impacted for Social Distancing.Check with the event organizer if you have questions about your upcoming event.

What should I do if I don't feel well?

Stay home. If you are concerned about your flu-like illness, contact your healthcare provider.
Students: Let your instructor know if you will be absent from class, even virtual classes. If you believe you've had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you can let the college know by telling your instructor.
Employees: Check your college email for information on reporting exposures to suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, and find more information about sick time, leave, and telecommuting in "Staff & Faculty Information" below.

Staff & Faculty Information

How does sick time and leave work if I'm impacted?

Governor Jay Inslee announced, and the Office of Financial Management provided extra support and guidance, for workers and business impacted by COVID-19. SPSCC is working within these rules and is exploring all possible options to keep employees and students safe and healthy while maintaining operations. Here are the highlights: 

If you have symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, without known exposure or positive test for COVID-19:

  • Stay home for 72 hours after your fever is gone and symptoms have improved.
  • Use accrued leave (sick, vacation, etc.) in accordance with policies, procedures, and applicable bargaining agreements. 

If you are concerned about underlying high risk conditions that make you susceptible to COVID-19:

  • Work with your supervisor to explore telecommuting options, with input from your healthcare provider. 

If you are required to self-quarantine based on CDC prevention guidelines, but are otherwise healthy:

  • Work with your supervisor to explore telecommuting options. 
  • If telecommuting options are not available, you will be released on Administrative Leave (release with pay for no longer than 14 days).
  • If telecommuting options are available and you decline to work, you must use accrued leave or be in "leave without pay" status for the time of self-quarantine.

If you contract or test positive for COVID-19:

  • If you have symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, and your health provider is requesting you be tested, stay home. During this time, you will be on Administrative Leave (release with pay).
  • If your test is positive, you will use your accrued leave in accordance with policies, procedures, and applicable bargaining agreements.
  • If you have exhausted all of your available leave (sick, vacation, etc.) you can access the Emergency Shared Leave Pool.
  • Stay home until you are cleared to return to work by your healthcare provider.

What is the Emergency Shared Leave Pool?

  • In an effort to keep those impacted “whole” during their recovery, SPSCC is implementing an Emergency Shared Leave Pool.
  • If you are interested in donating to transfer leave, please complete the Emergency Shared Leave Pool Donation form on the HR webpage.
Can I still travel for work?
  • All travel outside of the U.S. is canceled through the end of Fall Quarter 2020.
  • Travel to NCORE in New York is canceled for staff and faculty.
  • Conference registrations requiring travel are on hold through the end of Fall Quarter 2020. No new registrations are permitted if travel is required, even if travel is in-state.
  • Changes to existing travel plans within the U.S. should be discussed by the employee and their supervisor.

About Coronaviruses

What is a coronavirus?

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). SARS-CoV-2 is a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019.

Stay informed with CDC and Department of Health recommendations and updates. The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions: 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

What are common symptoms of COVID-19 illness?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It takes 2 to 14 days after a person gets the virus in their body to become ill. Novel coronavirus is new, and we are learning more each day about symptoms it causes and how long it takes for people to become sick.

How does the virus spread?

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; or
  • Rarely, fecal contamination with coronavirus present.
Who is most likely to contract the virus?

The CDC has identified people at Higher Risk of getting very sick from this illness, including older adults and people who have serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.  

COVID-19 is not connected to any ethnicity, race, or nationality. Do not make determinations of risk based on race, country of origin, language spoken, or for wearing a mask. If you are an SPSCC student or employee who has experienced harassment or discrimination, please fill out a Bias Incident Report.

Who should seek medical evaluation for COVID-19?

The Department of Health has guidance available for people who have or think they may have COVID-19. Visit the DOH coronavirus webpage and select "What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?"

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is staying about 6 feet away from others and avoiding large gatherings. It is a tactic to help slow the spread of a virus.