Guidance for Employees

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Remote Work: Stopping the Spread

When possible, staff and faculty will continue to be scheduled to work remotely. Minimizing the number of people on campus is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

However, supervisors will schedule staff to work on campus as needed to serve students or to complete tasks that cannot be sufficiently accomplished remotely.

If you're considered "high risk", work with Human Resources to develop a reasonable accommodation. If you're not considered "high risk" but choose not to report for on-campus work, you are required to use leave (either paid or unpaid leave).

Coming to campus?

Work closely with your supervisor to plan your on-campus schedule to ensure that supervisors can effectively limit the number of employees in an area at a given time. Always carry your keycard to access locked buildings.

1. Do a self-screen of your current health at home.

2. Put on your face covering when you get to SPSCC and keep it on the whole time you're on campus. Stay at least six feet from others and wash your hands often.

3. Fill out the online "Check Out" Activity Tracking & Daily Attestation Form when you leave.

Support to our Asian community members

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

We invite you to watch this informative CBS documentary about interrupting abusive behaviors when they happen, checking in with others, and how to provide appropriate relational support: How Asian Americans are fighting bias and racism in 2020.

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

If you witness or experience harassment or discrimination while on campus, we encourage you to report it to Human Resources.

Reporting a Possible Case

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.  

After a report is submitted, updates on an individual’s status should be emailed to; updates might include whether the person is tested for COVID-19, receives test results, or feels well enough to return to campus.

SPSCC will not notify the campus community about suspected or possible cases.

Response to Positive Case

If SPSCC is notified that a student, employee, or recent campus visitor has tested positive for COVID-19, the campus will be notified in one or more ways, depending on the circumstances:

1. Omnilert – An alert will be sent to all subscribers via SPSCC’s Omnilert emergency notification system. When setting up their Omnilert account, users can select whether they receive these alerts via SMS text message, email, or both.

2. All Campus Email – All staff and students will receive notification via their email address.

3. Website – Information will be shared on SPSCC’s website and kept up-to-date if additional information becomes available.

4. Social Media – Notice will be made via SPSCC’s official social media channels and will link to the website for the most current information.

To protect individual privacy, notifications will not identify anyone by name or contain information that could be used to identify them such as job title, department, or academic program. They will, however, include any general information that is known about their recent activity on campus such as dates and times they were on campus and buildings or general areas that they visited.

SPSCC will not notify the campus community about suspected or possible cases, or confirmed cases in individuals who had not been on campus within 14 days of the onset of symptoms or diagnosis.

Local health authorities will assist the affected individual in identifying and notifying specific individuals who were possibly exposed. Currently, the CDC considers exposure to be when an individual has had close contact (less than 6 feet) for more than 15 minutes with a person who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.

More Information

Common Questions

How do I find a vaccine appointment?

Make 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.

How do I self-screen my current health at home?

Ask yourself 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 answer "yes" to any of these questions, do not come to campus.

What should I do if I start to feel sick on campus?

If you begin to feel ill while you are on campus, please leave campus immediately and let your supervisor know.

When should I be tested for COVID-19?

Thurston County Public Health & Social Services shares who should be tested for COVID-19:

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, whether those symptoms are mild or severe;
  • Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19;
  • Anyone who has been advised by their health care provider to get tested; and/or
  • Anyone advised by Thurston County Public Health to get tested for COVID-19.

Testing resources in Thurston County >

Do I need to wear a face covering at SPSCC?

Yes. Washington's statewide mask mandate requires nearly everyone on our campuses to wear a face covering, inside and outside.

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) or Student Life front desk (building 27, 2nd floor) or on the Lacey Campus at the One Stop (building 1).

For more information and resources, the Department of Health has put together this thorough Cloth Face Coverings and Masks webpage that includes instructions on how to make a cloth face covering, links to the “Do’s and Don’ts” of wearing face coverings, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Can I get food on campus?

Currently, food is not available on campus.

Are CCE (noncredit) classes running?

Most CCE (noncredit) classes have transitioned to a live online format.

If there is a change to a class you have already registered for, you will be contacted via email and phone. See the Remote Learning page for more information.

Where can I find information for students?

Student-focused information is available on the Guidance for Students page.