Guidance for Students

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Fall & Winter Quarter

Fall and Winter Quarters will be taught with online, virtual, and hybrid formats (explained in Common Questions below). Most in-person services are closed. We are open virtually! Contact and Hours page >

Coming to campus?

In-person services are closed. Bldg. 22, floor 1, is open for Internet access. Services are open virtually. See Hours page >

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 Form when you leave.

Taking face-to-face classes?

Your instructor will give you specific instructions on health and safety and provide class activity tracking forms each day.

If you visit any spaces other than your classroom, fill out the online "Check Out" Activity Tracking Form when you leave.

Common Questions

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 instructor or a staff member 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 >

Is campus open?

Most in-person services are closed through Jan. 3, 2021. Services are open virtually. In-person classes are still meeting as scheduled.

Students can use the Internet on the first floor of Bldg. 22 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Visit the SPSCC hours page for a full list with hours and links to Zoom virtual waiting rooms.

If we have major changes to operations, subscribers will be notified via our emergency notification system, Omnilert.

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.

What's the difference between Online, Virtual, and Hybrid classes?

SPSCC classes are being offered as online, virtual, and hybrid classes, with very few face-to-face classes.

We want you to clearly understand the types of classes and instruction we’re offering so you can make the best class choices for yourself. When reviewing the Class Schedule, use the “Location” tag and refer to these definitions:

Online – Online classes do not have a set meeting time (sometimes called asynchronous).

Virtual – Virtual classes meet via an online meeting space on the days and times listed in the class schedule (sometimes called synchronous).

Hybrid – Hybrid is a mix of Online and Face-to-Face on the days and times listed in the class schedule.

Face-to-Face – Few classes are scheduled as Face-to-Face on campus.

New to online learning? Free training and resources are available through the Center for Teaching & Online Learning (CTOL)

Can SPSCC help me pay for tuition, books, or personal bills?

Contact your Educational & Career Planner or Financial Aid Advisor via Compass to get financial help related to COVID-19 impacts.

What should I do if I don't have Internet at home?

Comcast is offering two months of free internet service to low-income households.

Also, some phone companies are offering increased data plans at no cost to create wifi hotspots at home. Check with your cell provider to see if they’re offering this service.

SPSCC WiFi: WiFi is available on the first floor of Building 22. WiFi has been expanded to reach parking lots close to buildings at the SPSCC Olympia Campus. We recommend parking lot J if you want to access WiFi on campus from your car.

Other public WiFi: If you can't get reliable internet access at home, try using a public WiFi hotspot from a safe place, such as your car, at places like a Timberland Regional Library (check in with your local branch first) or an Xfinity WiFi hotspot (Comcast has currently made them open access).

Security note: Before you use public WiFi, make sure your antivirus or malware protection is turned on and current. Don’t save passwords in the browser and use private/incognito windows whenever possible. Be extra aware of phishing attempts, especially messages about COVID-19.

Can I get food on campus?

Currently, food is not available on campus.

The Food Pantry is offering pre-boxed visits on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. A list of all pickup events can be found on the Thurston County Food Bank website.

How can I buy or return books from the bookstore?

The bookstore is open online. Go to bookstore website >

Books, supplies, laptops, and Chromebooks are stocked and available to students with free shipping.

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 scahill@spscc.edu.

I'm 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.

Are CCE (noncredit) classes running?

Most CCE (noncredit) classes have transitioned to a live online format through December 2020. 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.

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.

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.