The Governor extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through Sunday, May 31, with a phased
approach to gradually
re-open businesses. We were notified that the Governor approved us to resume some essential workforce development programs, which are very limited, but will allow
many of our students to return to campus to continue their programs.
What this means for CBC is that beginning on Monday, May 11, those programs identified below will resume
some lab instruction on campus on the date indicated.
Our campus will remain closed to the public and we will continue to serve students and the community
remotely in order to continue to comply with the Governor’s orders as well as protect the health
safety of our community.
Safety is our highest priority
CBC is complying with the safety requirements identified by the Governor for Phase 1. Beginning Monday, May
11, all employees and students who are returning to any of our campus locations will have to follow the
approved health and safety protocols below.
Following today’s extension of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order,
Columbia Basin College
campuses will continue operating remotely through May 31, 2020.
While we are working remotely, general business operations, most student services and appointments will
by phone, email or video conference. Visit our available services webpage for more
information. Contact Hawk
Central at 509-542-4601 for all questions regarding Student Services.
A Columbia Basin College employee has tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee was last on the CBC Pasco campus on Friday, April 24, while they were providing essential
They have been home in self-quarantine since then. Their on-campus contacts were limited as classes were
online on March 17 with the majority of employees, services and functions operating remotely since that
Benton-Franklin Health District engages in contact tracing and has notified any individuals that came in
contact with this employee. Close contact is defined as within six feet for 10 minutes or more.
We realize this news is concerning and want to assure you we are putting the health and safety of our
and students first in our decisions. We continue to follow Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy
recommendations of the CDC and our local health officials.
Consistent with our previous communications regarding COVID-19, it is important for each of us to take the
following steps when we are not feeling well:
If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your
provider for medical advice. Additionally, please confidentially notify CBC’s Emergency Management at
509-542-4777. These steps will help us protect our campus community and slow the transmission of the virus,
well as provide support to our employees and students who may be sick or self-isolating at home.
As a College, we continue to follow Governor Inslee’s directives and prepare for changes to those
directives as swiftly as possible. The updates below reflect our most recent planning efforts –
keeping in mind that changes are occurring rapidly.
We are not certain at this time if the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive will be lifted on May
4, but what we do know is that life will not be returning to normal any time soon. When we are cleared to
return to campus, our return will be slow and measured. We will follow strict social distancing practices as
well as implement new protocols for the health and safety of our campus community. Until there is a COVID-19
vaccine available, experts say that such measures are the only way to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19.
For the health and safety of our students and employees, we have decided to extend online learning through
both the summer and fall quarters. We recognize that for some students, this may be a disappointment, and we
understand those frustrations. There are several reasons for this extension:
We are still hopeful that courses with labs and other classes better served by being on campus will be able
to return soon, following strict social distancing measures, as noted above. If so, those classes would be
able to continue with on-campus instruction in summer with some potential modifications. Once the
“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive is lifted or modified by the Governor, we will announce
which classes will be moving back to campus.
We are currently working on updating the schedule to reflect these changes. The schedule is set to release on
May 8, with registration for both summer and fall beginning on May 18.
After careful consideration of the risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak and input received from a
survey of this year’s graduates, we made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person commencement
ceremony and will instead be hosting a virtual celebration. All 2019-20 graduates are invited to participate
in our 2021 ceremony, if they wish to do so, and will also receive a celebration package that includes their
tassel, diploma cover, a letter from the President and a graduation gift.
Canceling in-person commencement was not an easy decision for us to make. Each year, we excitedly await the
opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students. Although the announcement may come
as a disappointment to some, we feel compelled to prioritize the health and safety of our students and
staff, their loved ones, and our entire campus community.
The virtual celebration will occur at our regularly scheduled date and time, June 19, at 7 pm. It will also
be available for viewing after that date. Look for more details about the event soon on our graduation webpage and social media.
The altered format of our commencement event does not detract in any way from our incredible Class of 2020.
Graduating from college in the midst of a pandemic is a truly remarkable accomplishment, and we are so proud
of each and every graduate!
Following Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, Columbia Basin College
campuses will continue operating remotely through 11:59 pm on May 4.
As previously announced, online instruction will continue for the majority of classes for the entire spring
quarter. While we are working remotely, general business operations,
most student services and appointments will continue by phone, email or video conference. Visit our available services webpage for more
information. Contact Hawk Central at 509-542-4601 for all questions regarding Student Services.
A Columbia Basin College employee informed us late last night that they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
They have not been tested and their health care provider has decided to not test them. However, they have
been in close contact with two people who were later identified as confirmed cases, and it is considered
probable that they have COVID-19.
This employee has not been on campus since March 24 and is now at home in self-quarantine, as are the other
employees who were identified to have been in contact with this person. Our thoughts are with our colleagues
during this time. We remain in communication with these employees and are committed to supporting them.
The Benton-Franklin Health District engages in contact tracing and notifies individuals in cases such as
these. We are also in the process of notifying the other employees who may have come into contact with the
areas where this employee was known to have been. If you are not notified, you were not identified as a
close contact or someone who came into contact with the areas where the employee had been.
We live with the new reality that COVID-19 is in the Tri-Cities community and should assume that anywhere we
travel the potential is present for transmission. With that said, we have proactively taken precautions on
campus and have continued to follow the direction of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and
recommendations of the CDC and local health officials, including:
CBC students or employees who have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus or believe they have been
exposed should self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, please
confidentially notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 as soon as possible, and before
coming on campus or in contact with others.
Please sign up for our Emergency Notification
System and continue checking your email and our webpage for new information and updates.
There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at any CBC campus.
Following Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide order, all Columbia Basin College campuses will begin remote operations on March 25
at noon and continue until April 7. While the campuses are operating remotely, general business operations,
most student services and appointments will continue remotely. Visit our Available Services webpage for the most
The CBC Food Pantry is allowed to remain open for students with limited hours under the Governor’s
orders. New hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to noon, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm.
Everyone who visits the Food Pantry must follow strict social distancing measures.
Contact Hawk Central at 509-542-4601 for all questions regarding Student Services.
We recognize these changes will have impacts on students who rely on our campus resources, but these
precautions will ensure that we are all doing our part to minimize the spread of the virus and keep our
campus community, friends and neighbors safe and healthy. We have done everything possible to ensure that
you can still access the resources and supports you need remotely.
If you have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus or believe you have been exposed, please self-isolate
and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, CBC employees and students in these
situations are asked to notify our Emergency Management Department at 509-542-4777 as soon as possible, and
before coming in contact with others or before coming on campuses once they reopen. Confidentially reporting
exposures or potential exposures will allow us to evaluate appropriate measures to keep our campuses and
There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at any CBC campus.
Following Governor Inslee’s directive on March 13, Columbia Basin College is still operating, but we
moved campus services and classes online to the greatest extent possible to protect the health and
well-being of the Columbia Basin College community. Remote operations and online learning will continue for
the majority of classes for the entire spring quarter.
Today, to further minimize the spread of the virus, we are officially closing our campuses to the general
Campuses will only be open for faculty and staff who provide core services on campus that cannot be done
virtually. We will also remain open for students and prospective students to access core services
unavailable remotely. While on campus, strict social distancing measures must be followed.
Students can now access support services and appointments online or via phone. We launched a new webpage that will be
maintained with the
most up-to-date information about available student services.
If you have symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus or believe you have been exposed, please
and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, CBC employees and students are asked to
notify our Emergency Management Department at 509-542-4777 as soon as possible, and before coming on campus
or in contact with others. Confidentially reporting exposures or potential exposures will allow us to
evaluate appropriate measures to keep our campuses and community safe.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to work through these uncertain times together.
Please sign up for our
and continue checking your email and our this webpage for new information and updates.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on CBC campuses. The College moved to Alert Level: Heightened
(Orange) because of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Tri-Cities area
as reported by the
. CBC had already deployed measures and responses under the Heightened Alert Level prior
to the designation change. Safety measures are ongoing.
Students, faculty and staff are asked to please notify CBC's Emergency Management as soon as possible, and
before returning to campus, at 509-542-4777 in the following situations:
Confidentially reporting exposures or potential exposures will allow CBC to evaluate appropriate measures to
ensure safety to our campus community.
Additional information about the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found on the
There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at any of CBC’s campuses.
In light of the announcement that Governor Jay Inslee made today, Columbia Basin College will be moving as
many classes as possible to an online format effective Tuesday, March 17. CBC classes will be canceled on
Monday, March 16. Our campus services will remain open, with the exception of the Fitness Center which will
be closed for the remainder of winter quarter.
With the move to an online format, we recognize that some classes will be unable to be conducted online.
Student learning experiences, which may not be able to be replicated in an online environment such as labs
and clinicals, will continue to be offered in their current format but will utilize social distancing
strategies. This will allow us to continue serving students without fostering the potential spread of the
Students should receive a message from each instructor by 4:30 pm on Monday, March 16 regarding the
individual plans for the remainder of the quarter.
Your spring quarter classes will now begin on Monday, April 13, instead of Monday, April 6, and end
as originally scheduled.
The majority of your classes will be converted online and those that
cannot be converted online will continue to meet face-to-face utilizing appropriate social distancing
measures. Individual instructors will be reaching out with more information on how your classes will be
structured for spring quarter.
We are putting together information about successful online learning to help students who aren’t
familiar with taking online classes. We are also developing ways to help support students who may not have
their own computers or internet access.
If you are ill, please do not come to class or work. Consistent with CDC recommendations, we
are asking all employees and students who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness such as coughing or
shortness of breath, to stay home and not come to work or school for 72 hours after their fever is gone, and
symptoms get better, whichever is longer. Faculty members will work with students to provide suitable
arrangements to make up for absences if they are sick or caring for someone who is ill.
Please sign up for our
and continue checking your email and our website for new information and updates.
All faculty, staff, and students are required to wear a face covering when on campus beginning May 11, 2020.
Face coverings may help reduce the spread of infectious particles into the air when the wearer speaks,
coughs, or sneezes. As such, everyone will be responsible for wearing face coverings combined with social
distancing and hand washing to help maintain a safe and healthy learning and work environment.
Though CBC is working mostly under remote operations and is not open to the public, everyone on campus is
expected to wear a face covering, including contractors, third-party vendors and other short-term visitors.
Face coverings may help reduce the spread of infectious particles into the air when the wearer speaks,
coughs, or sneezes. Examples of cloth face coverings include bandana, neck gaiter, homemade sewn cloth or
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cloth face coverings can be made of nearly
any material you have available. Cloth face coverings should:
Face coverings are required to cover your nose and mouth. The CDC provides proper fit instructions, including the best
way to remove a face covering to avoid spread of germs to your face. Remember, face coverings are only
helpful when they are worn correctly and used in combination with other recommendations. You are still
responsible for following social distancing rules (limiting contact and staying six feet away from other
people), wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
Yes! You are encouraged to make your own face covering when possible. Cloth face coverings can be fashioned
from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost using a variety of patterns. You
don’t even need to sew! The CDC has provided tutorials on how to make cloth face coverings.
Looking for a super quick and easy way to make your own face covering? Although the narrative is in Spanish,
this quick DIY video shows how to
make a mask from a sock and paper napkin (requires scissors, but no other tools).
CBC encourages you to wear your own mask.
Faculty and staff are required to wear a face covering on campus starting May 11, 2020. You must wear a face
covering anytime you are working around others. If you are working alone or as the sole occupant of an area,
such as your office, you do not need to have your face covered, unless you are coughing and sneezing.
CBC will provide each faculty and staff member with a cloth face covering for those who choose not to wear
one of their own. If you choose to use a face covering issued by the College, you can pick one up at the
beginning of your next shift, on Friday, May 8 or thereafter, on campus from your immediate supervisor, or
at the Receiving Department (when picking up other equipment). The Receiving Department is operating Monday
through Friday (8 am to 3 pm). One mask is being issued per employee due to supply limitations.
Students are expected to provide their own face coverings and begin wearing them while on campus as of May
11, 2020. Students who do not have access to or means to buy a mask may ask for one at the health screening
station prior to the first class period of the day. Again, there are a number of easy to make masks with
little supplies, including one made from a sock with a pair of scissors (no sewing involved).
The College has purchased and is awaiting the arrival of cloth face coverings for purchase at cost from the
CBC Bookstore. An announcement will be forthcoming once the face coverings are available for purchase.
A cloth face covering should be machine or hand washed frequently to ensure it remains clean. Your face
covering should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. Regular machine washing and drying is
You should wash your hands carefully before removing your face covering. Be careful not to touch your eyes,
nose and mouth. Wash your hands again after removing the face covering.
If you have a medical or disability-related reason why it is not appropriate for you to wear a face covering,
contact your supervisor or instructor to document your situation and obtain an exemption from the
requirement. Alternatives will be evaluated.
Also, if you are required to wear a higher-level of PPE for the performance of the work, such as in welding
labs, clinicals or other health care settings, you are responsible for wearing the required PPE, rather than
the cloth face covering.
Politely inform the individual of the responsibility for wearing a face covering and notify Campus Security
of the need to address the matter further where non-compliance continues. If you provide service to students
or the general public, you are required to refuse service to individuals who are not wearing face coverings.
If you are teaching a lab and a student refuses to wear a face cover, you should immediately send the
Please know that failure to adhere to wearing a face covering as a mandatory protection will result in being
asked to leave the campus, being declined service by any of our areas of operation and for students, the
non-attendance/absenteeism will be evaluated, along with applicable violations of the Student Conduct Code.
For faculty and staff, failure to adhere to wearing a face covering as a mandatory protection will result in
being asked to leave campus, considered insubordination and violation of workplace safety rules, and
considered for disciplinary action.
CBC has a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund available to help students who are presented with expenses due to
the COVID-19 virus – no matter how large or small. These funds are intended to cover costs that might
disrupt your education such as childcare, course materials, housing/rent, food/groceries, tuition,
utilities, healthcare, technology and do not require repayment.
View more details about the
CARES Act and how to apply!
Please stay home. Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, we
are asking all employees and students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever,
cough or shortness of breath, to self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Do not
return to campus for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is
Additionally, for employees and students, please notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 as
soon as possible, and before coming on campuses once they reopen, if you are diagnosed, tested or suspected
to have COVID-19 or if you have been directed, recommended or asked to self-quarantine. Confidentially
reporting exposures or potential exposures will allow us to evaluate appropriate measures to keep our
campuses and community safe.
Once spring quarter begins, students are also advised to notify their instructors. Faculty members will work
with students to provide suitable arrangements to make up for absences if they are sick or caring for
someone who is ill. Employees are advised to notify their supervisor for any absenteeism and to evaluate
leave options available to them.
To prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, the CDC
The proper way to wash your hands is for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the
bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
All CBC campuses transitioned to remote operations on Wednesday, March 25, at noon following Governor
Inslee’s statewide "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. The order has been extended and the campus will continue operating remotely
Online learning that went into effect on March 17 will continue for the entire spring quarter, which begins
Before remote operations, CBC’s Custodial Services team was taking proactive measures to support a safe
and sanitary campus. CBC also supplied numerous hand sanitization stations in high traffic areas throughout
campus. Single-use items such as hand wipes, tissue and surface disinfectant wipes for common campus spaces
will be available once campus reopens based on regional product availability. We will continue to follow
these practices to prevent the spread of illness, as recommended by the Washington State Department of Health..
For reliable, up-to-date COVID-19 information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Benton-Franklin Health District websites.
All CBC services remain open but have transitioned to remote operations as of Wednesday, March 25, at noon
following Governor Inslee’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The order has been
and remote operations will continue through May 31.
While the campuses are operating remotely, general business operations, most student services and
appointments will continue remotely. Visit our Available Services webpage for the most up-to-date information.
Students can now access support services and appointments online or via phone. Please check our Available Services webpage
frequently for the most up-to-date information about student services.
Based on recommendations by the CDC, if you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as
fever, cough or shortness of breath, self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
If you are not experiencing any symptoms, but have been within six feet for more than 10 minutes or have had
direct contact with infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on), while not required, you may choose to
voluntarily self-isolate until you learn that the person tested negative. If they test positive, you may
choose to continue self-isolating for 14 days total. If you exhibit symptoms at any time, contact your
We are asking that any student, employee, volunteer or contractor who is at all concerned that they may have
or have been exposed to COVID-19 to call CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 to talk
confidentially about your concerns before coming to campus.
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