COVID-19

Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines

On Wednesday, June 24, Thurston County entered into Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” Reopening Plan. Below are our guidelines for students, general public, staff, and faculty who plan to visit our campus during this phase.

General Campus Guidelines

Everyone who visits an SPSCC facility during phase 3 is asked to comply with the following guidelines out of respect for others while on SPSCC premises. Do not come to campus if you are feeling ill.

1. Wear a mask.
Washington State is under a mandatory, statewide face covering order that requires everyone to wear a facial covering when in a public space, both indoors and outdoors, with exemptions for those who may be adversely impacted by wearing a facial covering.  

If you do not have a face covering, disposable masks are available. See additional guidance below for specific locations where visitors, students, and staff can pick up a disposable face mask.

2. Conduct a self-screen before coming to campus.
Before every visit to a SPSCC facility, you should conduct an assessment of your current health by answering the following questions:

  • Do I have a fever (100.4 or higher), or a sense of having a fever?
  • Do I have a new cough that I cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • Do I have a new shortness of breath that I cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • Do I have a new sore throat that I cannot attribute to another health condition?
  • Do I have new muscle aches (myalgias) that I cannot attribute to another health condition?

If you respond “yes” to any of these questions, do not come to campus.

  • Maintain social distance.
    Stay at least six feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from other people whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands often.
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. SPSCC has also placed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout campus if you are not able to access soap and water.
  • Leave campus if you develop symptoms and report it to your supervisor.
    If you begin to feel ill while you are on campus, please leave campus immediately and report it to your supervisor (SPSCC supervisors and faculty have additional reporting requirements as indicated below.)

These guidelines apply to all SPSCC campuses and facilities including all buildings on our Olympia and Lacey campuses, Percival Place at Ben Moore’s, Craft District, and the Dr. Angela Bowen Center for Health Education.

Guidance for Public Visitors

Beginning Monday, June 29, some SPSCC campus buildings are open for public access and some of our in-person services have resumed (though many are also available online or over the phone for your convenience). Our summer hours are limited—a complete list of hours of operations and available services is always current on our hours page.

All visitors are asked to comply with the above guidelines. If you do not have a face covering and need a disposable mask while on campus, you can pick one up on the Olympia Campus at the Start Here desk (building 22, 2nd floor), Student Life front desk (building 27, 2nd floor) or on the Lacey Campus at the One Stop (building 1).

Guidance for Students (Current and Incoming)

Students participating in in-person class activities will be provided with additional, program-specific instructions on health and safety protocols.

When coming to campus for activities other than class activities are expected to comply with the above guidelines. If you do not have a face covering and need a disposable mask while on campus, you can pick one up on the Olympia Campus at the One Stop (building 22, 2nd floor) or Security office (building 25, 1st floor) or on the Lacey Campus at the One Stop (building 1).

Guidance for Staff and Faculty

Before resuming on-campus work, every employee is required to complete this short Safety Training. This training only needs to be completed once before you return to campus.

Complete guidelines and expectations are outlined in our Phase 3 Reopening Guidelines documents. Here are just a few of the additional guidelines SPSCC expects employees to follow:

  • Employees should work closely with their supervisor to plan their on-campus schedule to ensure that supervisors can effectively limit the number of employees in an area at a given time;
  • Employees should search for larger than usual meeting rooms and continue to provide remote meeting options to allow for distancing during work activities;
  • Employees should keep a daily activity log each time they are on campus; and
  • Supervisors and faculty who are made aware of employees or students experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms and should report it immediately via the COVID-19 Reporting & Tracking Form.  

Confirmed COVID-19 Case

If an employee or student is confirmed to have COVID-19, SPSCC will temporarily close campus for a deep cleaning of the areas the person visited while on campus and an emergency notification would be sent out from Omnilert.

Additionally, SPSCC will inform fellow employees or students of their possible exposure to COVID-19 (while maintaining confidentiality as required by the American with Disabilities Act) and will provide information about how to proceed based on recommendations from local and state health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact the director of security SPSCC’s COVID-19 Campus Supervisor at 360-596-5299.

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