COVID-19

SPSCC is a Vaccinated Campus

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SPSCC is a fully vaccinated campus. That means that all students, staff, and faculty must attest that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or claim a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption.

Employees must attest to their vaccination status by Aug. 30, and students should attest by Sept. 20. Students enrolled exclusively in online or virtual classes are not required to attest to their vaccination status.

Students and employees can attest to their vaccination status in the mySPSCC portal. Login is required.

There are two options when you attest to your status. You will not be asked to upload any documentation.

  1. Fully Vaccinated – you will be asked to enter the date(s) of your vaccination.
  2. Medical, Religious, or Philosophical Exemption – you will be asked to agree to wear a face covering and practice social distancing inside SPSCC buildings if you claim an exemption.

Common Questions

Do I need to wear a face covering and practice social distancing?
Students and employees who have attested to being fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering or practice social distancing on campus. Anyone who is visiting campus, not fully vaccinated, have claimed an exemption, or have not submitted the attestation form must wear a face covering and pratice social distancing inside SPSCC buildings.

I have attested to being fully vaccinated. Can I immediately remove my face covering?
Yes, you can remove your face covering as soon as you have attested to being fully vaccinated. You're also welcome to keep wearing a face covering out of courtesy or concern for safety.

I'm a visitor to campus. Can I attest to vaccination?
SPSCC is not collecting vaccination status from visitors. All visitors need to wear a face covering and pratice social distancing inside campus buildings, even if fully vaccinated.

I am claiming an exemption. Can I still take face-to-face classes?
Yes, all students are welcome back to in-person classes after you attest to your vaccination status. You will need to wear a face covering and practice social distancing inside SPSCC buildings and classrooms.

Is SPSCC adding more face-to-face classes?
The Fall Quarter Class Schedule is being updated with more face-to-face classes across many programs and Pathways. Classes already on the schedule will not change format (for example, an online class will not change to an in-person class). Students can switch from an online class to an in-person class as they come available using the mySPSCC portal.

What about in-person services & activities?
Students should attest to their vaccination status before joining on-campus services or activities. The same face covering and social distancing requirements apply to those not fully vaccinated.

Are you keeping virtual services?
Wherever possible, SPSCC will continue to offer both virtual and in-person services for students. See an updated list on the hours page.

Can you explain the three types of exemptions?
The three types of exemptions listed in the Governor's proclamation are medical, religious, and philosophical. There is not a clear definition of what these mean; students and employees can select the type of exemption they want to claim when they verify their vaccination status. SPSCC will not require documentation or explanation for any type of exemption.

Can faculty and staff see student vaccination status?
Faculty will have access to see the vaccination status of students enrolled in their in-person classes. This will be available to faculty in their class roster in Compass. Instructions for faculty to access this information will be provided in the coming weeks. Limited staff (ie. Educational Planners) will have acess to vaccination status for students in their Success Network.

Are employees required to go back to work on-campus?
All exempt and classified staff are expected to return to on-campus work on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. Employees who want to maintain a hybrid work schedule can work with their supervisor to determine if their position is suitable for telework (as determined by the Telework Procedure).

Telework agreements are voluntary and must be mutually agreed upon between an employee and their supervisor. Our Telework Procedure and Agreement outlines considerations for telework suitability, responsibilities and expectations of teleworking employees and supervisors, and identifies equipment and technology requirements.

Faculty do not need telework agreements and should continue to manage their schedule in discussion with their Dean or administrative supervisor as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.

Employees who need to continue work off-campus need to work with Human Resources for an accommodation; these types of requests should not be handled solely by supervisors.

Can employees travel for work?
Work-related travel may be allowed on case-by-case basis with supervisor approval.

Have you made any HVAC upgrades?
We are working to improve indoor air quality for everyone on campus. We are currently working with a local HVAC company to install in-duct air purifiers in most of our buildings as quickly as possible. Installation in ten buildings on the Olympia Campus will be complete before the start of Fall Quater; the schedule for the remaining buildings and Lacey Campus is still being developed.

How do I submit COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result?
Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, who has COVID-19-like symptoms should not come to campus until their symptoms resolve or they receive a negative COVID test. We will continue to track confirmed COVID cases associated with campus as directed by the Washington State Department of Health.

Visitors should email Campus Security if symptoms or a postive test arise on campus or after recently visiting campus. Students should contact a faculty member. Employees should contact their supervisor. Supervisors should continue to report suspected or confirmed cases using the COVID-19 Reporting & Tracking Form.

What if I still have questions?
Employees: Contact Samantha Dotson in Human Resources with questions about attestation.
Students: Contact Gloria Hong in Student Services with questions about attestation.

Getting Vaccinated

COVID continues to be a serious public health threat and all three vaccines currently in use in the United States have proven to be highly safe and effective, are free, and are readily available.

Making an appointment
Connect with your primary care provider, find a pharmacy or similar ongoing vaccine site near you that has available appointments, or search for special clinic locations (like SPSCC) via PrepMod.

Types of Vaccines
Let us know if you have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized by the FDA for use in the United States. We will work on a case-by-case basis to consider your vaccination status and options.

Support to our Asian and Pacific Islander Community

Since the pandemic began, our Asian community members have been battling racial bias, discrimination, and various assaults. This is unacceptable.

COVID-19 is not specific to any ethnicity or race. Racist behaviors, harassment, and discrimination are not tolerated at SPSCC.

If you experience harassment or discrimination while on campus, we encourage you to report it using this BIAS Incident Report form.