Latest Updates & FAQ

Latest Update

CBC Students, Faculty & Staff -

Governor Inslee is now lifting our state’s indoor masking mandate on Saturday, March 12, 2022. I’m writing to announce CBC is updating our timeline to follow this updated guidance.

Masks will now become optional for most students and employees on CBC campuses this Saturday, March 12. 

Not everyone will choose to go without a mask. For most, it becomes a matter of personal choice. Personally, I will continue to carry a mask, and will use it on occasion as circumstances merit. As I encounter others who are wearing masks, I will mask up, as a gesture of respect and consideration. I would encourage everyone to consider their impact on others when weighing these decisions.

We’ve updated our masking Q&A, below, to help guide you through the upcoming changes:

Will CBC lift its indoor masking requirement on Saturday, March 12, 2022?
Yes, CBC will now lift its indoor masking requirement on Saturday, March 12, 2022. At that time, masking indoors on CBC’s campuses will become optional for most people. There are some exceptions. Masking will still be required in many health sciences clinical sites, as required by clinical site policy and local healthcare requirements affecting medical facilities. Masking will  be recommended in our Assessment Center during Pearson Vue testing. Masks will still be required for unvaccinated students and employees with medical or religious exemptions, as outlined in their individual accommodation agreements (see below).

I want to continue to wear a mask. Will that be allowed?
Absolutely! We know many students and employees will still choose to wear masks beyond March 11. CBC will be supportive and will help ensure everyone on our campuses will continue to be respectful of the decisions of others.  

Does this change apply to unvaccinated students or employees with medical or religious exemptions?
No. If you are unvaccinated and have been given an individual accommodation that requires masking, you must continue to follow that agreement. The governor’s office is expected to release official updates to the higher education proclamation covering the COVID-19 response in the weeks ahead, which may provide updated guidance. We will contact any affected students and employees should these requirements change.

Are masks currently required indoors on CBC campuses for the rest of this week?
Yes, CBC will continue to require masks to be properly worn indoors on our campuses from now through Friday, March 11, 2022.

Why is this change on masking indoors possible?
This change is made possible by the decline in COVID-19 transmission in our community. The CDC now maintains an interactive county-by-county map of COVID-19 community levels that measures “medically significant illness and . . . strain on the healthcare system.”

Doesn’t masking up still help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Yes. While we welcome the decline in COVID rates in our community, we must emphasize an essential truth: Masks remain a valuable tool to prevent transmission of COVID-19. A recent report from the CDC showed people wearing a mask in indoor public settings were less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than people who didn’t. Cloth masks were shown to lower the odds of testing positive by 56%, while N95 or KN95 respirators lowered the odds 83%. Clearly, even in periods of reduced community spread, masking provides valuable protection. 

I have a medical condition, and want others around me to wear masks. Can I speak to someone about my concerns?
Yes, accommodations may be available to students and employees with specific medical concerns. If you are a student, please contact Disability Support Services. If you are an employee, please contact HR to discuss the options available to you.

Have CBC’s requirements on vaccination changed?
No. CBC requires students to complete an online vaccination attestation, or declare a medical or religious exemption, to visit our campuses during spring quarter. An online-only option is available for unvaccinated students, but it requires students to meet virtually with Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies staff to confirm the intent to study exclusively online and complete the registration process each quarter. 

Students, please schedule an appointment to discuss this option with either Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies (if you’re a student in ABE, ELA or High School Completion).

Counseling & Advising
counselingFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN
509-542-5505

Transitional Studies
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509-542-4701

How can I get vaccinated?
For those looking to get vaccinated, or receive a booster shot, CBC is offering another free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, available Wednesday, March 16 in our T Building on our Pasco Campus from 9 am to 1 pm. You can pre-register for an appointment. Those who are receiving their first or second dose of vaccine will receive a $50 gift card courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health.

It has been a joy to see the immense respect Hawks have displayed towards one another throughout the past two years, as we’ve all sacrificed for each other. Thank you again for your continued attention to the health and safety of everyone in the CBC community. Go Hawks!

Rebekah

 

Scroll down for previously-issued CBC COVID-related updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Reporting a Case

If an employee or student is exposed, test positive or have symptoms they are responsible for calling the CBC Student and Employee COVID Check-in Line at 509-544-4900 to complete a confidential intake form for centralized evaluation. The form for COVID-19 reporting is also now available for CBC students and employees. 

If we have suspended operations, you will be notified through our Emergency Notification System, which sends out calls, emails and text messages. Now is a great time to make sure that your notification settings are correct. We also communicate updated information through our website and social media channels.
About the COVID-19 Virus

SARS-CoV-2 (Novel Coronavirus) is a virus strain that originated from China and traveled to the US from travelers from China and Europe. The disease contracted from the virus is COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019). It is of particular concern due to serious illness it can cause including pneumonia and death.

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. In general, human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands with viral load, touching an object or surface with the virus on it then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, and, in rare cases, contact with feces.

Individuals with underlying health conditions and of advanced age are particularly vulnerable to serious illness from the virus.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC website offers up-to-date information about COVID-19 and its symptoms.

 

There are multiple vaccinations available to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the CDC Website for more information on the available vaccines, and visit the WA Vaccine Locator for information on obtaining a vaccine locally.

Other tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 from the WA Department of Health include:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don't share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
This CDC page compares COVID-19 and flu, given the best available information to date.
COVID-19 Education & Training

Yes! Take the CBC-COVID-19 SAFETY2-W22 course to get the latest information on COVID-19, CBC safety protocols, and what is required to come to campus. The course only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

The Washington Department of Health maintains an excellent webpage with workplace-related guidance. Additionally, you can follow the latest COVID-related information from the CDC at their COVID information webpage. CBC offers COVID safety training on Canvas, and CBC’s COVID information page is another available resource for students, employees, and the public.

Checking-in on Campus

Students are no longer required to visit a check-in station when arriving on campus.

All employees will complete the COVID-19 Attestation E-Form each day they come to campus. Visitors and volunteers will scan a bar code on posted signs to complete an attestation.

Remember: If an employee or student is exposed, test positive or have symptoms they are responsible for calling the CBC Student and Employee COVID Check-in Line at 509-544-4900 to complete a confidential intake form for centralized evaluation. The form for COVID-19 reporting is also now available for CBC students and employees. 

Yes, visitors to CBC’s campuses who are not students or employees are required to fill out an online attestation form, either prior to their arrival or when they arrive on campus.

Masking

CBC's indoor mask requirement ended on March 12, 2022. Mask use is now optional, although students and employees who are unvaccinated and who hold religious or medical exemptions may still be required to use masks as outlined in their individual accommodation. Additionally, some clinical settings in health sciences may require masking. Pearson Vue testing areas also recommend masks.

For instructions on how to properly wear  masks, please visit the CDC’s webpage on how to “Improve How Your Mask Protects You.” While some may have a preference for cloth-type masks, there is ample evidence these kinds of masks are much less effective against preventing the omicron strain of COVID-19. This temporary requirement is a necessary step as we continue to adapt while prioritizing health and safety on our campuses. 

"Online-Only" Option

Yes. If you do not wish to fill out CBC's vaccination attestation, you may choose to study as an "online-only" student.

This process is not as simple as just registering for only online classes.

If you plan to enroll in online-only classes and will not participate in CBC in-person activities or services (e.g., tutoring, Hawk Central, advising, Fitness Center, Bookstore, or Library), you may forgo the attestation process, however a block will be placed on your account. This option requires you to meet virtually with Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies staff to confirm your intent to study exclusively online and complete the registration process each quarter. 

Schedule an appointment to discuss this option with either Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies (if you’re a student in ABE, ELA or High School Completion).

Counseling & Advising
counselingFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN
509-542-5505


Transitional Studies
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509-542-4701

"Online-only" students are not able to  participate in CBC in-person activities or services (e.g., tutoring, Hawk Central, advising, Fitness Center, Bookstore, or Library). Of course, these on-campus experiences are available to online students who are fully vaccinated or elect a religious or medical exemption.

COVID Resources & Services

CBC’s campuses are now open for student services. Please check our Available Services webpage frequently for the most up-to-date information about student services.

The CDC is the best source of information about how the virus spreads and how to protect yourself, in addition to the most current national and global assessments. Other resources include:


Counseling Services:
Your mental and emotional health are important to us. Students have access to our on-campus personal counseling service, C.A.R.E. Students can make an appointment free of charge by emailing counselingFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN or calling 509-547-0511.

Employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program, which can be accessed by calling 1-800-777-4114 or visiting the Washington State Employee Assistance Program website and using "columbiabasin" as the username to login.
The Washington State Department of Health website has information in 11 languages .
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

In addition to CBC’s Library (L Building) and Academic Success Center (T Building) on the Pasco Campus, many common areas on both CBC campuses offer opportunities for students to comfortably study alone. Please observe social distancing rules and do not move chairs to add seating capacity at tables set up for individual study.

  • Library (L Building): The CBC Library is open for study space, computer use, and printing; please first complete a health attestation at a campus screening station, and check in at the library’s front desk before entering. Groups of students are welcome to work together in the main library space while maintaining required three foot distancing. Drink containers with lids (e.g. water bottles) are allowed in the library; food is not permitted. Need a quiet place to attend a Zoom class? Individual study rooms are available for two-hour reservations and are limited to one person per room. Reservations can be made online. Masks are required to be worn at all times (including in study rooms).
  • Academic Success Center (ASC, T Building): The ASC is open for students to come in and access computers, printers and quiet individual study space -- whether just at the tables and desks that are set up in the ASC or in one of our three "Zoom stations," which are the study rooms set up with computers with webcams/mics for students to attend Zoom classes or access Zoom tutoring while on campus. Eating and drinking is not allowed. The ASC is available Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, with ASC services available by phone and email starting at 7 am.
  • Richland Campus: Several common areas are available for use as study areas, including the first floor student lounge at the HSC, all HSC open study areas on the second and third floors, open study areas on the MSC second and third floors, and the MSC student lounge on the third floor.  Eating and drinking is permitted in the lounge areas: HSC first floor, MSC third floor.

Unfortunately, federal funds for COVID-19 Emergency Relief have been allocated and are not available for spring quarter.

If you did not get a chance to apply and need immediate financial assistance, please visit our Money for You! page to learn about other options.

We also encourage you to call 509-542-4601 to set up an appointment with a Hawk Central Specialist to discuss all of your financial aid options.

View more details about support previously provided to CBC students via the CARES Act.

Quarantine and Isolation

"Quarantine" is the term used when you are staying away from others after you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

"Isolation" is the term used when you are sick or when you have COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.

If an employee or student is exposed, test positive or have symptoms they are responsible for calling the CBC Student and Employee COVID Check-In line at 509-544-4900 to complete a confidential intake form for centralized evaluation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a webpage explaining when you can be around others based on different scenarios that involve COVID-19.

Safety Measures

Starting October 18, by governor’s order, all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated. During fall quarter of 2021, students will be encouraged, but not required to be vaccinated. During winter quarter of 2022 and beyond, students who come to campus will be required to be vaccinated or submit a declaration of a medical or religious exemption. Online learning will be available to those who decline to submit a vaccination attestation.

Custodial crews are continually cleaning frequently touched surfaces throughout campus with disinfectants specifically approved by the EPA use with COVID-19.

Students that are allowed on campus must:

  • Check in at the screening station;
  • Wear a face covering; and
  • Maintain social distance

Additionally, COVID-19 Cleaning Stations with proper cleaning supplies have been distributed across campus to support sanitation and cleanliness of commonly touched surfaces. 

We will continue to follow these practices to prevent the spread of illness, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For reliable, up-to-date COVID-19 information, please visit the Washington State Department of Health and Benton-Franklin Health District websites.

For more, please visit CBC's Campus Safety Measures page.

CBC offers a streamlined process to provide alternative work assignments or arrangements for employees that are at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Requests Related to Employees at High-Risk: Employees whose age or health condition falls within one of the CDC High-Risk categories may request a COVID-19 related alternative work assignment or arrangement by submitting a COVID-19 High-Risk Employee Request Form with supporting medical verification from their health care provider.
  • Requests Unrelated to Employees at High-Risk: Employee requests for a COVID-19 related workplace adjustment as a caregiver for an individual with a disability, or due to a concern for someone in the same household; or because of childcare issues, or any other reason unrelated to the employee being in a high-risk category, the interactive process described above for high-risk employee status does NOT apply.  Such requests should be directed to the supervisor for evaluation and consideration.

Employees who believe they will need an alternative work assignment or arrangement as a high-risk employee should submit a Request Form as soon as possible in order to provide the necessary time for consideration of the request and, as appropriate, implementation of an alternative work assignment or arrangement. This will allow supervisors to anticipate and prepare for implementation of alternate work assignments and arrangements for submission of their department or area-level plans on July 1.

Once the Request Form and medical verification are received, they will be reviewed by the Human Resources Office for evaluation with the employee’s supervisor to determine if the recommended alternative work assignment or arrangement is feasible. The interactive process may include multiple conversations, additional exchanges of information, evaluation of the duties and responsibilities, and the employee’s skills and abilities prior to determining an alternative work assignment or arrangement. A written determination at the conclusion of the process will be provided to the employee along with any other available options.

Those with questions about their request while it is under review may contact the Human%20Resources%20Office.

In addition to requiring masks indoors, enforcing physical distancing and adhering to other COVID-19 safety protocols, CBC is investing in both ionization and HEPA filter technology for campus buildings to further reduce transmission of COVID-19. These are major investments by CBC with the use of emergency federal dollars. Initially, our ionization work will focus on classrooms and large common spaces, with this technology eventually utilized throughout all our buildings. The ionization equipment will be installed directly into each building’s HVAC system. In many of our common office spaces, meanwhile, we will use standalone HEPA filtration systems to clean the air and protect our employees who are co-located in offices or working in close proximity. 

Vaccination
Vaccines are widely available in our community. The WA Vaccine Locator can direct you to a free vaccination site. For more information on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, please visit the CDC’s website.

By governor’s order, CBC requires full vaccination for employees as of October 18, 2021.

Starting in winter quarter of 2022, students are required to be vaccinated, or declare a religious or medical exemption. This approach will ensure a safer campus community, while allowing all students to continue to succeed.

Vaccines are widely available in our community, and you are encouraged to visit the WA Vaccine Locator to make an appointment. For more information on the safety and the importance of vaccines, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine information page

For information on filing your vaccination attestation, or filing a medical or religious exemption, visit the Vaccination Attestation page.

Previous Updates

CBC Students, Faculty & Staff -

On Thursday, Governor Inslee declared our state’s indoor masking mandate will be lifted on Monday, March 21, 2022. 

We’ve prepared the following Q&A to answer your questions about how that affects masking at CBC:

Will CBC lift its indoor masking requirement Monday, March 21, 2022?
Yes, CBC fully expects to lift its indoor masking requirement on Monday, March 21, 2022. The governor’s office will release official guidance on masking on college campuses in the weeks ahead. We will provide full details on CBC’s expected lifting of mask requirements at that time.

Are masks currently required indoors on CBC campuses?
Yes, CBC will continue to require masks to be properly worn indoors on our campuses from now through March 21, 2022.

What about the temporary requirement for KN-95 or 3-ply surgical masks?
CBC is ending the temporary requirement for KN-95 or 3ply surgical masks indoors on our campuses on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Please note, facial coverings will still be required to be properly worn indoors through March 21, 2022.

Does this affect unvaccinated students or employees with medical or religious exemptions?
No. If you have been given an individual accommodation that requires enhanced masking, you must continue to follow that agreement at least until March 21. We expect the governor’s office to issue, in the weeks ahead, clarification on whether masks will continue to be required of unvaccinated students and/or employees with religious or medical exemptions students after March 21. 

Will some students or employees be required to wear masks after March 21?
For many health sciences classrooms and clinical sites, yes, masking will still be required, in keeping with clinical site policy and local healthcare requirements affecting medical facilities. It is also possible masks may be required for unvaccinated students and/or employees with religious or medical exemptions after March 21; however, we expect clarification on this from the governor’s office in the weeks ahead.

I want to continue to wear a mask at CBC after March 21. Will that be allowed?
Absolutely! We know many students and employees will still choose to wear masks beyond March 21. CBC will be supportive and will help ensure everyone on our campuses will continue to be respectful of the decisions of others.  

Have CBC’s requirements on vaccination changed?
No. CBC requires students to complete an online vaccination attestation, or declare a medical or religious exemption, to visit our campuses during spring quarter. An online-only option is available for unvaccinated students, but it requires students to meet virtually with Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies staff to confirm the intent to study exclusively online and complete the registration process each quarter. 

Schedule an appointment to discuss this option with either Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies (if you’re a student in ABE, ELA or High School Completion).

Counseling & Advising
counseling@columbiabasin.edu
509-542-5505


Transitional Studies
abe@columbiabasin.edu 
509-542-4701

How can I get vaccinated before spring quarter?
For those looking to get vaccinated, or receive a booster shot, CBC is offering another free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, available Wednesday, February 23 in our T Building on our Pasco Campus from 9 am to 1 pm. You can pre-register for an appointment. Those who are receiving their first or second dose of vaccine will receive a $50 gift card courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health. We will offer another clinic exactly three weeks later, on March 16, allowing for participants to receive a second dose of vaccine in time to be fully-vaccinated by spring quarter.

Thank you again for your continued commitment to your education, and to helping protect the health and safety of everyone in the CBC community. Go Hawks!

Rebekah

CBC Students, Faculty and Staff-

I’m writing with several updates to CBC’s ongoing response to COVID-19, as our community continues to see unprecedented spread of the virus.

New Temporary Masking Requirement

Beginning Tuesday, January 25, 2022, CBC is requiring the use of properly-fitted KN-95 or 3-ply surgical masks on campus.

This is a temporary requirement that will be re-evaluated once local COVID case rates significantly decline. During this time, the use of cloth masks will not be sufficient. KN-95 and/or 3-ply surgical masks are available at on-campus kiosks labelled "Cleaning Supplies & PPE Station" and our on-campus check-in stations.

For instructions on how to properly wear these masks, please visit the CDC’s webpage on how to “Improve How Your Mask Protects You.” While I understand some may have a preference for cloth-type masks, there is ample evidence these kinds of masks are much less effective against preventing the omicron strain of COVID-19. This temporary requirement is a necessary step as we continue to adapt while prioritizing health and safety on our campuses.

Online Form for COVID Reporting

CBC now offers an online form for reporting if you have been exposed, tested positive or experienced symptoms of COVID-19. This is an alternative reporting option for those who would rather report online than by telephone.

The form for COVID-19 reporting is now available for CBC students and employees. Links to this form can be found on the banner at the top of our website and also on our COVID-19 Information and Campus Safety Measures webpages. The CBC Student and Employee COVID Check-in Line at 509-544-4900 remains an option for those who prefer to make their report by telephone.

If a faculty or staff member has been informed by a student of a positive case, they should instruct the student to call the COVID Check-in Line or to use the eForm. Faculty and staff members can also notify security of the information they received.

Farm Road Traffic Advisory

Please also be advised local health officials have re-routed the traffic pattern for the CBC-West COVID-19 Test Site, which operates Friday through Tuesday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Traffic will now flow into the testing site via Farm Road, to help alleviate traffic congestion. Please be advised to avoid using Farm Road during the test site’s hours of operations. We will continue to evaluate the impact of this change to our campus operations.

As always, we welcome your feedback, thoughts and suggestions. I am grateful for the extraordinary adaptability and willingness to change that continues to be displayed by our students, faculty and staff. Thank you for continuing to help us protect the wellness of our CBC community.

Rebekah

CBC Faculty and Staff-

I’m writing with another update on CBC’s response to the continued increase of local COVID-19 cases. As expected, the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is causing a dramatic spike in transmission in our community. I’m grateful for the continued vigilance I see on our campuses, as students and employees embrace masking and social distancing guidelines and keep our college moving forward.

I want to also express my appreciation to our Emergency Management Team for their ongoing engagement and commitment to this work. Our Team is now meeting weekly until we are beyond this wave. Thank you to everyone for the care you show for one another.

Length of Quarantine/Isolation

We have received questions regarding the length of time one should isolate or quarantine following potential exposure or infection. For each circumstance, there are many factors to consider. Thankfully, the Centers for Disease Control now offers a comprehensive online guide. This is the resource our college follows to determine when someone will be able to return to campus safely.

For most cases, this new guidance shortens the recommended timeframe for quarantine and isolation. Employees and students who have recently entered into quarantine or isolation should consult the CDC’s comprehensive online guide and make the proper adjustments to their timeframe for returning to campus. Our daily attestation eForm is being updated to reflect these new timelines and will be available soon.

Improvements to Campus COVID Reporting

Meanwhile, CBC has instituted a couple of improvements to our process for promoting and collecting COVID-19 reports:

A new dedicated phone line is available for students and employees to report if they have been exposed, tested positive, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. We have named this line the CBC Student and Employee COVID Check-in Line: 509-544-4900. The phone line previously promoted for COVID reporting (509-542-4777) remains operational.
A new eForm is also being developed for students and employees as an alternative avenue for reporting if they have been exposed, tested positive, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. That will be shared as soon as it is available. 


Masking Updates

CBC strongly recommends the use of KN95 or 3-ply surgical masks, and offers these resources at our hallway kiosks labelled “Cleaning Stations & PPE Supplies.” We have received requests for N95 masks for employee use. Due to supply shortages affecting local healthcare workers, we are not making N95 masks widely available to employees. However, if you would like to be considered for issuance of a small supply of N95s because you are working on campus and considered High Risk or have other complicating health factors, or are in a physical setting that does not allow for at least three-feet distancing, please contact Michelle%20Stewart. Otherwise, KN95s and Surgical Masks can be ordered through Central Services at warehousingFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN.

Testing Options

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has just launched a website to distribute at-home COVID tests across the country. Please note, while the tests are free, orders are not expected to ship for 7-12 days. Here is the Benton Franklin Health District’s webpage dedicated to local testing options.

Next Free COVID-19 Vaccination (and Booster) Clinic

CBC will again partner with the Washington State Department of Health’s Care-a-Van for a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic, with vaccine and booster shots available to students, employees and the public. Our next clinic comes Wednesday, January 26, from 9 am to 1 pm in the Thornton Courtyard of the T Building on our Pasco Campus. Pre-register for an appointment at this link.

While I am hopeful current projections will be proven correct, and the “omicron wave” will subside quickly, our community is now experiencing record levels of confirmed cases of COVID-19. It is our job to protect the precious capacity of our local hospitals to help those who are ill. Please continue to honor CBC’s values, and honor one another, by remaining steadfast in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Rebekah

CBC Faculty and Staff-

I am writing with an update on our approach to reducing the spread of COVID-19, given the rapid local emergence of the highly-transmissible omicron variant.

Personally, I am encouraged by early indications this strain of the virus may not be as likely to cause serious illness and death as previous strains of COVID-19. However, the scientific community needs more time to fully evaluate the dangers of this variant.

The extreme transmissibility of omicron is apparent – even those who are fully vaccinated are susceptible to infection. However, recent conversations with the health district affirm our classrooms and offices are low-risk environments for transmission of the virus, including this new variant, provided we adhere to the health and safety protocols in place.

Our goal is to limit the impact of the “omicron wave” to our college’s operations.

After meeting with the Emergency Management team, we’ve developed the following steps, given the projected rise in local cases of COVID-19:

CBC now strongly recommends the use of KN-95 or 3-ply surgical masks on campus. We are stocking our Cleaning Supplies & PPE Stations with these masks and updating our messaging to students to highlight these recommendations. Please look for an upcoming message on how to have these supplies delivered directly to your classroom or workplace. (UPDATE: Please email warehousing@columbiabasin.edu to order masks and cleaning supplies.)
Area supervisors will determine the best method to “de-densify” work spaces where possible, reducing in-person interactions among staff and preparing for the potential of work absences.
Requests from faculty to temporarily move their classes online will be dealt with by Deans on a case by case basis. Otherwise, no changes are planned to current classroom modalities.
When possible, employees are encouraged to reduce in-person interaction by continuing to make use of zoom for individual and group meetings.
Vaccination, of course, has been shown to provide significant protection from severe illness related to all strains of COVID-19. I’m happy to announce we have three clinics upcoming with the Washington State Dept. of Health’s “Care-a-Van,” on January 26, February 23 and March 16. These clinics are open to our employees and the public, and booster shots will be available. You can register for the January 26 clinic at this link, and we will soon provide a promotional flyer to share with students and the community.

We have received the data on our students’ vaccine attestations for winter quarter. I’m deeply grateful for all the work that has been done to create our attestation process, and to promote vaccination in general. Here are the numbers, as of 1/2/22:

58% of students enrolled in winter quarter (whether for online or in-person classes) have completed the attestation process thus far;
80% of the students who have completed the attestation process have attested they are fully vaccinated; and
47 students have elected to pursue a fully online option because they are not vaccinated.
We have begun weekly communication to students who have not yet attested, offering to help them through the process and reminding them of the consequences of failing to attest by spring quarter. I look forward to seeing these numbers improve in the months ahead.

Thank you for your vigilance and your continued commitment to CBC and our students, and thanks to the many voices who have helped shape our ongoing response to the COVID pandemic.

 

Rebekah

 
UPDATE FOR STUDENTS (sent 1/10/22)

 

CBC Students-

CBC is making some changes in response to the increase of COVID-19 in our community. The omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is highly contagious. While it is encouraging there are indications this variant is less likely to cause serious illness, especially for those who are vaccinated, it is vital everyone in the CBC community take care in the weeks ahead to limit the spread of the virus.

CBC now strongly recommends the use of KN-95 or 3-ply surgical masks on campus. You can find these masks at our Cleaning Supplies & PPE Stations located throughout campus. These masks provide more protection than typical cloth masks.
Some of your instructors may soon choose to temporarily move their classes online. If this happens to any of your classes, you will receive communication directly from your instructor. We expect most classes will continue in their current format, whether in-person, online or hybrid.
 
Vaccination, of course, has been shown to provide significant protection from severe illness related to all strains of COVID-19. We have three free clinics upcoming: January 26, February 23 and March 16. Vaccinations and booster shots will be available. You can register for the January 26 clinic at this link. The January 26 clinic is from 9 am to 1 pm in the Thornton Courtyard of the T Building on our Pasco campus.

We have begun weekly communication to students who have not completed the required vaccination attestation process. If you haven’t yet gone through this process, we’re here to help! Visit our attestation page to attest you’ve been vaccinated, or declare a religious or medical exemption. There is still plenty of time to get fully vaccinated before spring quarter, when students who haven’t completed the attestation process will be blocked from registering for classes. We also have an “online-only” option for students who choose to not vaccinate – these students should visit our attestation page for instructions on choosing the online-only option.

As always, please continue to call us at 509-542-4777 if you feel you have been exposed, test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19. It is vital everyone in the CBC community continues to make good choices to limit the spread of COVID-19.

 

Thank you,

Rebekah

Hello Hawks!

As a reminder, if you have enrolled or are planning to enroll for winter quarter 2022, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA-authorized vaccine by January 7, 2022, subject to authorized exemptions for a documented medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice. All winter-quarter-enrolled students are required to complete the attestation, unless you will be attending CBC online-only (see details below).

CBC is making it as easy as possible to get vaccinated by winter quarter! We are holding two student-only vaccination clinics on our Pasco Campus, so that you can get vaccinated. You don’t have to wait in line, just make an online reservation. Students who get their first or second dose of vaccine will receive a $50 gift card. The clinics will happen November 16 and December 8, spaced out perfectly for you to receive two doses of Pfizer vaccine. Please see the attached flier for more information.

If you are looking for the attestation form, medical and religious exemption information and more, you’ll find details on our Vaccine Attestation webpage. You will also find an attestation notification when you register for winter quarter classes. Attest to your vaccination status or claim a medical or religious exemption by December 10, 2021 to be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards!

New Information for Online-Only Students  
If you plan to enroll in online-only classes and will not participate in CBC in-person activities or services (e.g., tutoring, Hawk Central, advising, Fitness Center, Bookstore, or Library), you do not need to complete a vaccination attestation. Instead, you will meet virtually with Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies staff to confirm your intent to study exclusively online.

Schedule an appointment to complete the Online Student COVID-19 Attestation Form with either Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies (if you’re a student in ABE, ELA or High School Completion).

Counseling & Advising
counseling@columbiabasin.edu
509-542-5505

Transitional Studies
abe@columbiabasin.edu
509-542-4701

A registration block will be placed on your account each quarter, but the registration block may be removed at any time by completing the Online Student COVID-19 Attestation Form during your appointment.

COVID-19 Emergency Funding
If you have experienced exceptional needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, information about the winter 2022 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund application will be on our CARES Act funding page soon.

If you have questions, please contact studentvaccination@columbiabasin.edu.  

CBC Faculty and Staff: 

I’m writing with important updates affecting the resumption of in-person services and our plans for instruction in winter quarter. As always, I’m grateful for the obvious care our faculty and staff have for our students and one another, and I’m thankful for the valuable feedback we’ve received in recent weeks that helped inform our operations moving forward. 

The steps outlined below honor CBC’s mission of serving students, while ensuring our College operates safely, well within the guidance we received from state and local health officials.  

Here are five key updates for all faculty and staff: 

CBC will resume in-person services on Monday, October 18. 
CBC’s campuses will resume in-person services for all areas on October 18, 2021, in addition to continuing to provide remote services for students. This does not mean all employees will resume working full-time from campus. We rely on our area supervisors to review a myriad of factors involved to determine the staffing plan needed to achieve the goal of resuming in-person services during the same hours of operation that were offered prior to the pandemic. For most areas, that will be 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 7:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday. Supervisors will continue to evaluate Telework Agreements on a case-by-case basis.  

The College will not publicly promote the increase of in-person services to allow for preparations, operational adjustments and time to ensure full functionality and safety of our on-campus workspaces and service areas. A public announcement will be made after ensuring readiness and the campus community has been notified in advance.   

If you have not done so already, please visit your work stations, offices or area soon. We need to ensure these spaces are ready to again become functional work spaces. We want to avoid over-burdening our Information Services, Maintenance and Custodial, and Environmental Safety & Health with service requests come October 18. 

Instructional faculty will be on campus as their teaching assignments and the schedule indicates. Faculty are welcome to use their offices and other facilities that will promote teaching and learning.   

In winter quarter, 50% of CBC’s courses will include some in-person instruction. 
Like most community colleges in our state, CBC has lost about 20% of our students since the pandemic began. We have worked hard to replicate the in-class experience for our students via technology. It has worked well for many but leaves others feeling frustrated and disengaged. Nearly 20% of our students who responded to a recent survey listed “access to reliable internet at home” as a challenge to their education and more than 65% said they preferred face-to-face instruction on campus. Our faculty and staff are the great strengths of our institution. Increasing options for on-campus learning supports the success of our students and brings us closer in line with the many higher education institutions in our state who fully resumed in-person classes this fall. 

All faculty will not be required to teach one in-person class during winter quarter. 

The college will not return to the practice of requiring all full-time instructional faculty to teach at least one class on campus for winter. We will reconsider returning to this practice in spring. We already have an increasing number of faculty who are working on campus and teaching some in-person instruction. Because of this, we believe we can reach the 50% goal for winter while still providing more time to those who want it before having to resume in-person instruction. We ask all faculty to work with their dean, directors, leads and/or coordinators to have each division scheduled to support the goal of 50% of courses with some in-person instruction. 

Health and Safety protocols for winter quarter.  
Although the Higher Ed Proclamation does not require any distancing for us in the winter quarter, the college will maintain three feet of distancing both inside and outside the classroom. Masks will also continue to be required of all individuals indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors unless three feet of physical distancing is not possible. Additional protocols currently in place will continue including, but not limited to, daily COVID-19 attestations from employees and students, as well as from visitors. Further information is available on this webpage.

New protocols will allow continued access to online instruction this winter quarter for students choosing not to vaccinate. 
By January 7, 2022, students enrolling in winter quarter are required to be fully vaccinated subject to allowable exemptions for a documented medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice. While we are not requiring supporting documentation of vaccination at this time, we are exploring options to do so in the future should we decide to request further verification beyond the student’s self-attestation. For students who choose not to vaccinate and do not qualify for an exemption, but wish to pursue their CBC education completely online, our Student Services team is in the process of creating a plan to serve them. While the details are not yet finalized, this new process will require a manual intervention to “lock” these students’ schedules, preventing them from electing in-person courses. I look forward to sharing more once our process is finalized. 

From the beginning of the pandemic, we have taken a balanced and proactive approach to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our employees and all our students, while still fulfilling our mission to serve our students. I am confident in our College’s ability to both educate our students effectively and continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. Our own experience thus far, plus the experience of the many other colleges and universities across the state and within our own community that have already resumed in-person services and are teaching the majority of their classes in-person, provide us with numerous examples that this can be done and done well.  

As always, I welcome and appreciate your feedback. Thank you for all your contributions to the success of our students. I look forward to welcoming many of you back to campus as we continue to work together to support our students.  

CBC Hawks!

Welcome to fall quarter, and the start of another exciting academic year. Whether you are beginning your college journey or taking your next step towards a certificate or degree, everyone at Columbia Basin College is here to help you succeed.

If conditions allow, CBC plans to fully re-open its campuses to in-person services in the weeks ahead. We hope to announce a date for resuming in-person services soon. Meanwhile, I have collected plenty of links to online resources to help you succeed below.

First, a few words about CBC’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

CBC’s Response to COVID-19

Masking on-campus and social distancing remain in place for fall quarter. Vaccinations are strongly recommended, but not required for students during fall quarter. Please stay up-to-date on COVID-related information at our COVID-19 Information Page.

What’s new? All students should plan on being vaccinated for winter quarter, when CBC transitions to become a “fully vaccinated” college. Students will be able to file for an exemption for a documented medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice. Students planning to enroll for winter quarter will be required to fill out a vaccination attestation.

Vaccination Attestation 

If you have enrolled, or are planning to enroll, for winter quarter 2022, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an FDA-authorized vaccine by January 7, 2022, subject to authorized exemptions for a documented medical condition or sincerely held religious belief or practice. All winter-quarter-enrolled students are required to complete the attestation. You can find the attestation form and more information on our Vaccine Attestation webpage. Attest to your vaccination status or claim a medical or religious exemption by December 10, 2021 to be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards!

Questions? Please email studentvaccinationFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN or attend an upcoming online All Student Vaccination Attestation Forum on:

  • Thursday, September 30, 6 to 7 pm, or
  • Wednesday, October 6, noon to 1 pm

Links to the online forums will be made available via your CBC student email and Canvas soon.

COVID-19 Emergency Funding

If you have experienced exceptional need due to the COVID-19 pandemic and haven’t already applied for an award, I encourage you to apply for our COVID-19 Emergency Funding today. With your enrollment in fall quarter 2021, you are eligible for a $2,000 award through the federally funded CARES act.

Student Resources

At CBC, all students can succeed! Here you find valuable Student Resources to help you on your journey towards a certificate or degree.

You deserve to be congratulated on your decision to advance your academic career this fall quarter. Education is an investment in your future, and the rewards last a lifetime. Every student, during their college journey, encounters moments of doubt and difficulty. Successful students understand they are not alone, and rely upon the assistance of fellow students, faculty members, and the many support staff at CBC who are here to help. At CBC, we all soar together!

I’m looking forward to cheering on your progress throughout the year ahead.

CBC Students,

I want to congratulate you on the good work you accomplished during summer quarter, and share my excitement for fall quarter, just four weeks away. I’m writing with a few important updates regarding students and vaccination. These updates will make our campuses safer, while ensuring all students can continue to succeed at CBC.

CBC’s Approach to Students and Vaccination

This fall, vaccinations will be strongly encouraged but not required for CBC students. You may have seen the news yesterday that the governor has mandated vaccinations for college employees, starting October 18. The governor’s order does not apply to students, unless they are student workers or in healthcare settings. We will reach out directly to our student workers in the days ahead with more information, once we receive additional information from the state on how to address these new requirements.

There is a change that will happen for winter quarter. Starting in January, CBC students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to declare a personal/philosophical, religious, or medical exemption in order to visit our campuses. [UPDATE: By governor’s order, a personal/philosophical exemption will not be allowed for students, as declared Aug. 17, 2021 in Proclamation 20-12.5.] As mentioned, this approach makes our campus community safer, and allows all students to continue to succeed at CBC. We expect to begin collecting attestations from students regarding vaccination or exemption as early as October.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is proven to be safe and effective and the best way to protect yourselves and your community. If you have doubts, please speak with a healthcare provider about your concerns, and check out the facts and myths about vaccines at the CDC’s website.

Another Free Vaccination Clinic at CBC Next Thursday

If you are not yet vaccinated, please visit our next free vaccine clinic which is happening in one week, on Thursday, August 26, from 10am to 1pm in the T Building on CBC’s Pasco Campus. The first 100 participants will receive a $50 gift card, courtesy of the CBC Foundation. Please see the attached fliers for more information. Other opportunities for vaccination can be found at the WA Vaccine Locator, and walk-in vaccinations are available at many large retail outlets.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue. I look forward to seeing all of you succeed in the coming school year! Go Hawks!

I’m sure many of you are already aware of the governor’s announcement today requiring vaccinations for employees in K-12 and higher education. While we do not yet have the governor’s order in writing, we do know it will require all CBC employees to be fully vaccinated by October 18. (Please see the chart below for an exact timeline of required doses.) That means our employees must receive the final dose of their chosen vaccine by October 4, allowing the vaccine the two weeks it needs to provide full protection by October 18. While this announcement does align with the updates we shared yesterday, the one difference is there will be no philosophical or personal choice option for employees who wish to be exempt from vaccination. Employees with sincerely-held religious beliefs or medical conditions that preclude vaccination may apply for exemption from the vaccination requirement.

I understand many of you have questions – just as we do. Please know that we are working on the answers.

There are a few statewide meetings that will be happening tomorrow about the impacts of this new directive. Please allow us time, especially our Human Resources Office, to get answers and build the policy and processes we will need to comply with this order. Once we have that in place, we will share it with everyone.

I know for some of you this news is a welcome relief and for others a source of great concern. For some, the thought of vaccination may cause anxiety and fear. I deeply value each of you and again implore you to please speak with a healthcare provider about your concerns. Please consider the facts and myths about vaccines at the CDC’s website, and be open to vaccination as a proven, life-saving solution for you personally and the community we value.

We want to continue to provide opportunities for everyone to get vaccinated. CBC’s next free vaccination clinic comes next Thursday, in our T Building, from 10 am to 1 pm. All three vaccines will be available. We even have $50 gift cards from the CBC Foundation for the first 100 participants. Other opportunities for vaccination can be found at the WA Vaccine Locator.

We will have full details on our policy and processes regarding the governor’s mandatory vaccination available to you as soon as possible. I appreciate your patience. 

covid-19 dosage chart

I will apologize in advance for the length of this message, but would rather be thorough than risk leaving some questions unanswered. I am writing to share a series of important updates, given the recent spike in COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations in our community. In some cases, these updates represent a change to previously announced plans. The urgent challenges posed by the Delta variant clearly require a new approach to ensure we are keeping our campus, our employees, and our students safe.

Columbia Basin College will transition, in the months ahead, to requiring vaccination for students, faculty and staff. Many have expressed concern over the potential impact to student completion and enrollment with such a requirement. I share these concerns. It is imperative we help students appreciate the safety, effectiveness, and importance of vaccination. We will also communicate the availability of exemptions for students who qualify and vigorously promote online learning opportunities at CBC.

I’m deeply appreciative of the thoughtful feedback received from faculty and staff over the past few weeks. I’m grateful for the honest and open discussions in Administrative Council, Emergency Management, Coffee & Conversation and more. Continually, I’ve been moved by the obvious care and concern demonstrated for all of our campus community.

The updates below touch upon many areas of our operation, including our plan to resume in-person services, campus check-in procedures, and more. Please review this material carefully and completely.

Resumption of In-Person Services
  • CBC will delay its resumption of in-person services, with the start date moved from September 7 to October 18. All other aspects of the plan are unchanged. This delay is informed by current projections the Delta variant will decline locally in October. If the Delta variant persists, the date may be pushed back further. Employees who wish to return to working on campus earlier than October 18 may do so at any time as approved by the appropriate supervisor and appropriate protocols are evaluated (i.e., staggering of staff, adherence to social distancing, implementation of PPE). Telework agreements for fall quarter that are already submitted or in-process are still expected for staff working 1 or more days remotely until December 31, 2021. 
Vaccination Requirements
  • As previously announced, CBC will encourage but not require vaccinations for students, faculty and staff this fall quarter. (The exception to this is for our faculty and staff working in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, as well as the Health Sciences Programs and the Spanish Medical Interpreting Program given their programs work in a “health care setting” under Proclamation 21-14 (August 9, 2021). Affected faculty and staff and their representative unions are being notified of the vaccination requirement, along with verification requirements and limited exceptions under Proclamation 21-14).
  • Beginning in winter quarter, CBC will require vaccinations for students, faculty and staff. Exemptions will be allowed for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.
  • Please note, we will continue to monitor the situation to determine whether any changes are warranted to our requirements or process including virus transmission within our community, U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval process of COVID-19 vaccines, and state mandates.
Vaccination Attestation eForm
  • By October 18, all employees will be required to fill out an attestation eForm identifying their vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees will be required to indicate whether they qualify for a medical, religious, or philosophical exemption. We will alert all employees when the vaccination attestation eForm becomes available.
Fall Quarter
  • This fall, approximately 25% of our instruction includes an in-person element. This approach to fall in-person instruction will be largely unchanged; however, our VP for Instruction Michael Lee will meet with interested faculty members who are scheduled to teach classes in-person in fall to ensure faculty have what they need to be effective in the classroom and understand any updates to protocols.
  • In-classroom social distancing for fall quarter will return to a 6-foot distance standard. The course schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the 6-foot distances. Health Science classes will remain at three feet since all Health Science programs are obligated to follow the governor’s recent statewide vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers. Social distancing in non-classroom spaces on our campuses will remain at three feet.
  • Our Welcome Week will continue as a mainly online experience. A full schedule will be published in the coming weeks with speakers and various ways to connect via Zoom with your colleagues and departments. We anticipate having a drive-through event that will also allow employees to visit campus and socialize safely outdoors, if desired.
  • Out-of-state travel for employees and student groups will be considered by supervisors on a case-by-case basis with a focus on allowing essential travel only.
Temperature Stations/Attestation for On-Campus Work
  • Starting Wednesday, August 18, employees will no longer be required to visit the H Building to check-in when arriving on campus or HSC on the Richland Campus. This change is designed to reduce the levels of foot traffic and congregation at these check-in points, thereby reducing the possibility of virus transmission. Employees working on campus will continue to be responsible for submitting a daily COVID-19 Attestation eForm on the employee intranet to their supervisors. Employees will self-monitor their own temperature prior to reporting to campus each day. Thermometers are available for employees upon request at this eForm or can be picked up at the Warehouse.
  • Students who come to campus will continue to check-in in the H Building on the Pasco Campus and on the first floor of the HSC on the Richland Campus. Students are provided and expected to wear a sticker indicating they have checked in while they are on campus. Additional check-in stations are being evaluated for fall quarter and masks and education materials will continue to be available for students.
  • Beginning Monday, August 23, all visitors (and others without an SID) entering a building on campus must complete a Visitor COVID-19 Attestation eForm (currently in development). For those scheduled to visit campus, the department expecting them should send them the link to the eForm for completion prior to the visit. Visitors not expected by anyone on campus will be required to check in at the H Building or the first floor of the HSC on the Richland Campus, or fill out a Visitor COVID-19 Attestation eForm. Signage will be strategically located on campus for visitors as well.  
Winter Quarter
  • CBC will target October 1 for an announcement of protocol for winter quarter and our projections for remote vs. in-person instruction.

All of these updates are in alignment with the most recent guidance from the governor’s office, and are subject to change as our conditions or requirements evolve. We greatly appreciate your understanding and your willingness to adapt to these changes, for the health and safety of the entire CBC community. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, feedback and suggestions.

If you are hesitant about getting the vaccine, I would strongly encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider. Please also consult the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage and their Myths and Facts webpage that both address many concerns. I have heard more than one person base their decision on misinformation, relying on material they have read online or heard in the media, rather than relying on facts.

I also wish to thank you for the patience you’ve demonstrated as we continue to work through the many challenges posed by these important issues. I especially want to acknowledge the members of our Emergency Management Team who continue to meet regularly and grapple with these difficult topics. I’m proud of the work that’s been done to protect our college community while remaining faithful to our mandate of providing access to higher education for all.

This September 7, Columbia Basin College will finally resume in-person options for all of our services on campus, marking the end of what will be nearly 18 months of mostly remote operation.

There will be many questions in the months ahead. We are committed to continuing to prioritize safety and wellness as we plan our resumption of in-person services for all areas this fall.

We are profoundly grateful for all of the sacrifices and flexibility demonstrated by our hundreds of faculty and staff throughout this remarkable period in our College’s history. We know few community or technical colleges in our state have been as successful in keeping students engaged and moving forward on their academic paths. Thanks to their hard work, we are well positioned for the transition ahead.

Our recent survey of employees generated 65 pages of responses, all supporting our mission of serving students, but revealing many differences of opinion how you’d like to approach your job. Many of employees long to return to campus, and some prefer working from home.

It has become clear, however, that CBC cannot continue to be the kind of institution we are without a resumption of in-person services for all areas as an option for our students. Our strength is our people, and face-to-face interactions are critical for enrolling, retaining and serving students. Nearly 20% of CBC students who responded to our online survey listed “access to reliable internet at home” as a challenge to their education. More than 65% said they prefer face-to-face instruction on campus. Despite all our success in remote operations, our enrollment has declined by about 10% since the pandemic began. Some areas on campus have been offering in-person services while much of the campus community has been learning and working remotely, but it is now time for all service areas to resume in-person options as a much needed step towards serving our community fully and equitably.

While we circle September 7 on our calendars, we will continue to assess our situation month-by-month, monitoring conditions in our community and re-evaluating our strategy. We will continue to listen, and to welcome your insight, suggestions and concerns. We will continue to exercise patience, grace and adhere to the principles of “Yes, And” that are an integral part of our culture and define how we show up every day as an institution to serve our students, our community and each other.

One theme that has stuck with us this past year is how “Hawks Rise Above.” We’ve shown time and time again our ability to identify and overcome barriers to student success. We’ll celebrate that tradition again this fall, working together.

Winter quarter brings a special shot of enthusiasm as we begin our college’s strategic planning process. Together, we have the chance to map out Columbia Basin College’s future. This process allows us to recognize and invest in our strengths. It also allows us to ask the kind of challenging questions that may open new opportunities for the college’s growth. I’m hopeful all of you will take an opportunity, in the months ahead, to add your voice to CBC’s Strategic Plan.

Thank you to the many students who completed our fall student satisfaction survey. We’ve seen an increase in comfort with remote learning, and in overall satisfaction with instruction and student support. We still have some students unfamiliar with the wide array of resources available to help with remote learning . . . we again encourage all students to visit our Available Services webpage and take advantage of the wealth of resources in financial aid, tutoring, disability support, student technology, advising, and much more.

We have made it easier for students to take advantage of our Quiet Study Spaces this quarter, as we’ve eliminated the online sign-up process and transitioned into a simple “drop in” operation. On our Pasco Campus, our Quiet Study Space is located in the H Building, just outside the Gjerde Center, open from 6 am to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, while in Richland the RA110 computer lab is available from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday.

It’s important all students, faculty and staff understand CBC stands fully committed to health and safety. Our strict protocols for on-campus activity remain in place. All are required to wear masks, and wear them effectively, per CDC guidelines and the governor’s directives. It does not matter whether a person has previously contracted and recovered from COVID-19, nor does it matter if someone has been vaccinated. Social distancing and masking up on campus remain critical to the health and safety of our campus community.

January traditionally brings a major community event to campus: the Spirit Award and MLK Day Celebration. This year, our celebration will be virtual, enjoyed on CBC’s social media channels on January 18. Please mark your calendars and join us for a memorable MLK Day presentation.

Columbia Basin College has decided to continue the current practice of mostly online instruction through both winter and spring quarter of 2021. We will continue to look for new opportunities to expand our hybrid course offerings and in-person services, and we expect to increase these offerings as conditions allow. However, students, faculty and staff should expect mostly online instruction to continue through spring of 2021.

As a college, we are still working to get additional hybrid course offerings added to the class schedule for more in-person learning opportunities for those interested. The full schedule will be released at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 19. All the details will be available at the following link: CBC Class Schedule.

Columbia Basin College has received notification of three positive cases of COVID-19 among current residents of Sunhawk Hall. All three individuals are asymptomatic, meaning they are showing no symptoms of the disease. All three were tested on Friday, September 4 and received news that they tested positive September 9. All three are now self-isolating in their rooms, for a period of at least 10 days from their test date. Per health district protocol, these individuals will have to test negative before coming out of self-isolation.

We are grateful the three individuals who tested positive do not currently report feeling any ill effects. Sunhawk Hall residents who have not tested positive are not under a required quarantine. Per Benton Franklin Health District Health District guidance, however, all of these residents have been advised to limit contact with others as much as possible.

All current residents of Sunhawk Hall were notified yesterday, Wednesday, September 9, regarding this news via email.

We are committed to continuing to do all we can to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and are working directly with the health district on our next steps:

  • All common areas of Sunhawk Hall are now closed until further notice.
  • All of Sunhawk Hall’s high-traffic areas are being deep-cleaned to CDC protocols.
  • Arrangements are being made with an off-site contractor for laundry pickup and delivery services for all residents, for as long as the common areas remain closed. This laundry service will come at no cost to the residents. Food options from CBC’s Food Pantry are also available to residents, to limit the need to leave Sunhawk Hall.
  • Free COVID-19 testing will be provided to all residents of Sunhawk Hall. Any residents considered close contacts should also expect to be contacted by the health department via telephone for the purposes of contact tracing. Contact tracing will also include non-residents of Sunhawk Hall who are believed to have come in close contact with the three individual positive cases.

Please remember it is important for each of us to continue practicing the fundamentals of COVID-19 prevention, including social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing face coverings around others.

A Columbia Basin College employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first positive case on our campuses in over two months.

The employee was last on our Pasco campus on August 13, while they were providing essential services. The employee is currently self-isolating at home with family. The employee reports they did not come in close contact with anyone while on campus. We are continuing to stay in contact with our colleague to provide any kind of support we can.

As community transmission has become quite common in the Tri-Cities, moving forward we will align our announcements to the College of positive cases with the current guidelines of local and state health authorities. Should we see evidence of community spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, as indicated by two or more positive cases within a 14 day period, we will send an all-campus announcement and notify our local health authorities. For every case, however, we will continue to notify those who may have come into close contact with any suspected or confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to adjust our alert levels on our website to reflect the current situation. We will also continue to follow every recommendation of our local, state, and national health authorities to protect our campus community.

Meanwhile, it remains important for each of us to take care of ourselves, our family and friends, and follow these steps:    

  • Stay home when you are sick – this is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness. Do not return to campus for 24 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer;
  • Engage in social distancing (more than 6 feet) at all times; 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; and
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue.

If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Additionally, please confidentially notify CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 and your supervisor as soon as possible. These steps will help us protect our campus community and slow the transmission of the virus, as well as provide support to our employees and students who may be sick or self-isolating at home. 

Two Columbia Basin College students have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both students were last on our Pasco campus on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, while they were attending an approved class. Because we now have three students that have tested positive – all from the same class – we are resuming remote instruction for that class until Monday, June 29. We have also secured the classroom and will hold no other activities in that location until June 29.

The Benton-Franklin Health District will engage in official contact tracing with the student and notify any individuals necessary. We also engaged in the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the areas impacted.

While this is concerning, it is reassuring to know that our screening stations and health and safety protocols are operating as they should. These types of situations continue to serve as a reminder why it is so important for each of us to continue to take the following steps regardless of where we work or study on the CBC campus:

  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing any symptoms. This is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness. Do not return to campus for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer;
  • Engage in social distancing (more than 6 feet) at all times;
  • Wear the required face cloth covering at all times when on campus;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; and
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue.

If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your healthcare 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, as well as provide support to our employees and students who may be sick or self-isolating at home.

A Columbia Basin College student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student was last on our Pasco campus on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, while they were attending an approved class in the CTE Building. They have been home in self-isolation since then. They indicated they have been adhering to the health and safety protocols for campus and did not come in close contact with anyone and had their cloth face covering on at all times. Although no one was identified by the student as a close contact, we have notified our employees and students who were working or studying in the CTE Building.

We have also been in contact with the Benton-Franklin Health District. They will engage in official contact tracing with the student and notify any individuals necessary. We are also engaging in the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting protocols for the areas impacted.

These types of situations continue to serve as a reminder why it is so important for each of us to continue to take the following steps regardless of where we work or study on the CBC campus:

  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing any symptoms. This is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness. Do not return to campus for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer;
  • Engage in social distancing (more than 6 feet) at all times;
  • Wear the required face cloth covering at all times when on campus;
    Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; and
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue.

If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your healthcare 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, as well as provide support to our employees and students who may be sick or self-isolating at home.

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.

  • Monday, May 11 - Machining Technology, Engineering Technology, Medical Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, and Paramedic
  • Tuesday, May 12 - Phlebotomy and Emergency Medical Technician
  • Wednesday, May 13 - Automotive
  • Monday, May 18 - Welding

Not all courses within the programs identified were able to be offered under the restrictions imposed for Phase 1, therefore, it is only some lab courses that are resuming on campus.

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 and 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.

  • Health and symptom screening of all employees and students each day;
    • If a student’s class is located on the Richland Campus, temperature checks and health screenings will take place at the front entrances of the Health Science Building and Wortman Medical Science Building.
    • If a student’s class is located on the Pasco Campus, temperature checks and health screenings will take place at the CTE Building.
  • A comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan physically posted at each location and available for inspection by state and local authorities;
  • Designated site-specific COVID-19 Supervisors monitoring enforcement of the new protocols;
  • Safety training for all employees and students;
  • Social distancing of at least six feet by every person at all times;
  • Personal protective equipment appropriate, or required, for the activity being performed;
    • Please note that all CBC students and employees are now required to have facial coverings at all times in CBC buildings and locations. For those who do not have one, a limited number of facial covers will be available for you.
  • Increased sanitation and cleanliness; and
  • Daily attendance and employee logs created and retained for at least four weeks.

Please note that these new protocols are not suggestions or recommendations. They are new rules that all of us will be required to follow. I know it may be awkward at times and difficult, at first, to adjust to a “new normal.” However, these protocols are necessary to protect all of us and make sure we stay safe and healthy.

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 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.

Confirmed COVID-19 Case

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 services. They have been home in self-quarantine since then. Their on-campus contacts were limited as classes were moved online on March 17 with the majority of employees, services and functions operating remotely since that time.

Benton-Franklin Health District engages in contact tracing and has notified any individuals that came in close 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 employees and students first in our decisions. We continue to follow Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, the recommendations of the CDC and our local health officials.

If You Are Not Feeling Well

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:

  • Stay home when you are sick – this is very important for all illnesses, but especially for the duration of a respiratory illness. Remain home for 72 hours after a fever has broken or other symptoms have ended – whichever is longer;
  • Engage in social distancing (more than 6 feet) at all times;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands; and
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by coughing into your elbow or a tissue.

If you have symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate and call your healthcare 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, as 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.

Online Learning Continuing through Summer and Fall Quarters

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:

  • When we are allowed to return to campus, we do not have classrooms large enough to accommodate the current class capacity of students while incorporating the 6-foot social distancing standards;
  • We want to minimize the opportunity for someone being on campus who may be asymptomatic, but unknowingly contagious. If they later get sick, all individuals they have been in close contact with will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. If that happens, it could result in shutting down classes or departments causing further disruption to everyone’s class schedules; and
  • We want to provide all of our students, faculty, and staff some stability amidst all the uncertainty right now. One of the ways we are doing that is to make decisions as soon as possible that are in the best interests of our students. This limits the need to react quickly to a new order in the future that might cause further disruption to our students’ educations. Making the decision now allows students the opportunity to plan as needed for the summer and fall quarters.

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.

Commencement Ceremony

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.

Probable COVID-19 Case

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:

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures
  • Social distancing requirements
  • Majority of services and functions operating remotely since March 17
  • Campuses closed to the general public on March 23
  • College commenced remote operations on March 25
  • Spring Quarter instruction will be delivered online

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 up-to-date information.

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.

Emergency Notification System and continue checking your email and our webpage for new information and updates.

 
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 community safe.

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 have 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 public.

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 self-isolate 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 Emergency Notification System 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 Benton-Franklin Health Department . 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:

  • You have been diagnosed, tested or suspected to have COVID-19; or
  • You have been directed, recommended or asked to self-quarantine.

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 CDC's website .

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 virus.

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 Emergency Notification System and continue checking your email and our website for new information and updates.

To date, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at any of CBC’s campuses.

The health, safety and wellbeing of the CBC community continues to be our top priority. CBC continues to maintain normal operations at this time. We are preparing to ensure we are ready to respond as needed. We are basing our decisions on the most recent available information from the Benton-Franklin Health District and the Washington State Department of Health and will follow their advice when making decisions related to campus operations.

At this time, our focus is to minimize disruptions to student learning. We are encouraging everybody to protect themselves by staying home if they are ill, washing their hands and consulting their healthcare providers if they have symptoms or concerns. We are also encouraging everyone to sign up for our Emergency Notification System so they will receive timely notifications if anything changes.
We have no known cases of coronavirus exposure or of anyone having a case of coronavirus at any of our CBC campuses, and there are no suspected cases that are awaiting test results. This includes students, faculty and staff.

Current CBC Alert Level

Alert Level: Direct Impact

There have been one or more cases detected on CBC property.

To provide a broad understanding of the impact to the College, we will be sharing information through four alert levels when making announcements. The levels are as follows:

Alert Level: Prevention and Preparation

There are no known cases in Washington State, but there have been cases elsewhere.

Alert Level: Moderate

Increasing number of cases in Washington State and/or health officials have concerns about the virus spreading.

Alert Level: Heightened

There have been cases detected in the Tri-Cities area.

Alert Level: Direct Impact

There have been one or more cases detected on CBC property.

contact

  • Phone:509-547-0511

  • Address:2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301

Outside of A Building on Pasco campus