Guidance for Employees

Masks Welcome On Campus

Masks are welcome and encouraged inside SPSCC buildings, but not required in most areas. There may be some instances where students or staff are required to wear masks, such as in clinical settings or in certain class sections (with approval from HR and the Vice President for Instruction).

Employee Vaccine Requirement

All SPSCC staff and faculty are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This includes all full- and part-time staff and faculty, regardless of whether they work on campus or remotely. This requirement is per Gov. Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.

Verify Your Vaccination Status in mySPSCC >
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You'll be asked to complete a form and upload a document or image (ie. JPEG, PNG, PDF) of your:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
  • WA State Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination; or
  • WA State Immunization Information System Printout.

Exemptions: You can request a medical exemption or religious exemption because of sincerely held religious beliefs.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of Johnson & Johnson). See Common Questions below for more detail on vaccination timeframes.

Vaccination events are happening regularly throughout Thurston County or you can search for a pharmacy or healthcare provider near you at vaccines.gov

Common Questions

Spring Quarter 2022

Can staff or faculty require students to wear masks in their class or office?

Individual faculty cannot require students to wear masks in face-to-face classes or lab sessions without approval from HR and the Vice President for Instruction. Faculty who are scheduled to teach face-to-face sections in Spring Quarter and would like to move their section online or request a mask requirement for their class can contact Samantha Dotson in HR to complete a Temporary Assignment or Course Mask Requirement form.

Staff who meet face-to-face with students cannot require students to wear masks. However, to increase their protection, staff can continue to wear their own masks (N95 and KN95 masks are still available), meet in a larger space when one is available, request to have a plexiglass barrier installed in their office, and can still ask students to wear a mask. If you have concerns about face-to-face meetings, please connect with your supervisor.  

Do visitors have to wear masks?

Most visitors do not have to wear masks on campus. Visitors that will be spending time around students (such as guest lecturers or high school tour groups) may be asked to provide proof of vaccination or wear masks, depending on the specifics of their visit.

For complete guidelines on masks and vaccination requirements for campus visitors, refer to our main COVID-19 page or our updated Pandemic Safety Plan.

Employee Vaccination Requirement

What will be accepted as proof of vaccination?

The Washington Department of Health identifies three primary items that can be submitted as proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

  1. CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
  2. WA State Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination; or
  3. WA State Immunization Information System Printout.

These items are described in more detail in this Visual Guide to Official Washington State Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.

Is there any way to opt out of vaccination?

All employees must be fully vaccinated or obtain a medical or religious exemption as a qualification of fitness for employment.

There may be continued or additional safety requirements for employees who are granted exemptions.

What qualifies as a medical or religious exemption and how do I request one?

You can request a medical or religious exemption in the mySPSCC portal (login with ClipperID required).

According to the Proclamation, employees "...are not required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 under this Order if they are unable to do so because of a disability or if the requirement to do so conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs, practice, or observance."

I've had COVID-19 and have natural immunity. Do I need to be vaccinated?

Yes.

So far, data shows that it's uncommon to be re-infected with COVID-19 in the 90 days after someone was infected, but it's unknown how long natural immunity lasts as people can get COVID-19 more than once. In addition, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends anyone who previously had COVID-19 to get the vaccine. The risks of infection are greater than the risks of immunization, and the vaccine offers better protection than natural immunity alone and helps prevent reinfection.

On what legal grounds can the Governor issue this requirement?

In response to the emerging COVID-19 threat, the Governor declared a state of emergency on Feb. 29, 2020, using his broad authority under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 43.06.

More specifically, under RCW 43.06.220, after a state of emergency has been declared, the Governor may suspend statutes that prohibit any activity that he believes should be prohibited to preserve and maintain life, health, property, or the public peace. Under an emergency such as this, the Governor's paramount duty is to focus on the health and safety of our communities.

Where can I find information for students?

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

Campus Visitors & Contractors

Does this requirement also apply to campus visitors?

Most visitors to campus, such as people visiting to get information or enroll, do not need to provide proof of vaccination. Detailed guidance for visitors is available on our COVID-19 page.

Proclamation 21-14.1 requires contractors who have goods, services, or public works contracts with a Washington state agency to ensure that their personnel (including subcontractors) who perform contract activities on site comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirements, by requiring such personnel to be fully vaccinated, unless properly exempted for disability or sincerely held religious beliefs, as set forth in the proclamation. Further detail for contractors is available on our COVID-19 page.

COVID Exposure, Symptoms & Quarantine

I think I was exposed to COVID. When should I quarantine?

It is best to follow CDC guidance when it comes to quarantine. If you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, you do not need to quarantine unless you are experiencing symptoms. However, you should still get tested 5 days after exposure.

Depending on vaccination and booster status, the CDC recommends quarantine and testing after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (close contact is being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more in a day). According to the latest guidance, if...

  • ...you are not up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations you should:
    • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days;
    • Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days; and
    • Get tested 5 days after exposure.
  • ...you are up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, you should:
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days; and
    • Get tested 5 days after exposure.

Check the CDC's Quarantine & Isolation page for the most current guidance.

Can I travel for work?

Work-related travel may be allowed on case-by-case basis with supervisor approval.

Should I quarantine after I travel?

There is currently no statewide or organizational requirement to quarantine after traveling. However, we encourage everyone to follow CDC recommendations when it comes to traveling during COVID.

How do I submit COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test?

Employees should contact their supervisor if they have COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive test result. Students should contact a faculty member. Supervisors and deans should continue to report suspected or confirmed cases using the COVID-19 Reporting & Tracking Form.

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.

I tested positive for COVID. When can I come back to campus?

If you test positive for COVID or were sick and think you had COVID, follow CDC and Department of Health isolation guidelines to determine when you can return to campus.

The guidelines are subject to change, but in general you can return after:

  • Isolating for at least 5 days after your first full day of symptoms or the day you test positive; and
  • Being fever-free for at least 24 hours.

If your symptoms last longer than 5 days, then you can return after your symptoms improve and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours.

These same guidelines apply to students who test positive or are sick.

Campus Gatherings

Can we hold in-person events and gatherings on campus?

Yes. Staff, faculty, and students can plan in-person gatherings. We recommend using caution and consideration in your planning, however. Think about options like gathering outside or in a space larger than what you need, having masks available, or offering ways to participate virtually if possible.

Also, be sure to always put your events in 25Live. This lets facilities know when a space has been used so that they can clean and sanitize it as frequently as possible.