Campus During COVID
"Check Out" after every campus visit. Use your phone camera to scan the QR code near exit doors and on the way to parking lots.
Before Coming to Campus
Conduct a self-screen of your current health.
Before every campus visit, you should conduct a self-screen of your current health using 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 the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, do not come to campus.
While Visiting Campus
1. Wear a mask.
Washington State is under a mandatory, statewide face covering order. If you do not have a face covering, disposable masks are available.
2. Maintain social distance.
Stay at least six feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from other people whenever possible.
3. 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.
4. Leave campus if you develop symptoms and let us know.
If you begin to feel ill while you are on campus, please leave campus immediately and report it to your supervisor or faculty member, or email Campus Security if you're a visitor.
After Visiting Campus
Employees, students, and visitors should complete this Activity Tracking & Daily Attestation form indicating that they felt healthy while on campus and sharing information about all buildings and areas accessed during their visit. This form will be critical in allowing SPSCC to adequately respond if someone who has been on campus is subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19.
This form should be completed promptly after each visit to an SPSCC facility including after each work shift, in-person class, or visit of any kind.
Getting 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.
Response: Alerts and Actions
Even with thorough measures in place to support preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus, everyone in the community is still at risk of contracting the virus through interactions with others or at off-site locations. In the event that SPSCC is notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in someone who has recently been to campus, SPSCC will take steps to alert our campus community and will clean and sanitize areas that may have been impacted.
Suspected or Possible Case Response
Any SPSCC student or staff member who is experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19 or is being tested for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) should notify their supervisor or faculty member as soon as possible and seek medical attention.
Supervisors who are made aware of employees experiencing possible symptoms 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 email@example.com (updates might include whether the person is tested for COVID-19, receives test results, or feels well enough to return to campus).
In accordance with CDC recommendations, employees or students who experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be asked to remain off campus until:
at least 1 days (24 hours) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
other COVID-related symptoms are improving; and
at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
they provide verification from their medical provider that they have received a negative test for COVID-19 or that their symptoms were conclusively caused by health conditions other than COVID-19.
SPSCC will work closely with anyone who has been instructed (by a medical provider or public health agency) to quarantine or asked (by SPSCC) to remain off campus to find the best way for that person to maintain their academic progress, complete their work remotely, or maintain their income through the use of leave or other available benefits.
Confirmed Case Response
In the event that SPSCC is notified of a student, staff member, or recent campus visitor who has tested positive for COVID-19, the campus will be notified in one or more different ways (depending on the circumstances):
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.
All Campus Email – All staff and students will receive notification via their spscc.edu email address.
Website – Information will be shared on SPSCC’s website – spscc.edu – and kept up-to-date if additional information becomes available.
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.
SPSCC will notify everyone when an individual associated with SPSCC has tested positive AND has visited campus within 14 days of the onset of symptoms or diagnosis; and
Local health authorities will notify specific individuals if they were potentially exposed (per the criteria mentioned above).
Cleaning and Sanitation
In the event that SPSCC is notified of a student, staff member, or recent campus visitor who has tested positive for COVID-19, SPSCC will temporarily close any areas associated with the case for thorough cleaning and disinfecting. This could include individual offices, rooms, buildings and/or an entire campus, depending on what is known about the affected individual’s activities on campus. Additional details will be shared when the campus is notified.