COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols
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. A form is also available for students and employees to report exposure or positivity.
The Comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan for Columbia Basin College includes policies for the following control measures:
- PPE utilization
- Onsite social distancing
- Sanitation and cleanliness
- Symptom monitoring
- Incident reporting
- Site decontamination procedures
- COVID-19 safety training
- Exposure response procedures
- Post-exposure incident project-wide recovery plan.
Employees were required to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021 unless approved
for an exemption with an accommodation. CBC re-opened in-person services on Monday
October 18. Student Services are available in-person and online. Students can contact
Departments directly to find out if they are open in-person or by appointment. Visit
the Available Services webpage for more details.
Each course hosted on campus will have procedures in place that you must follow to
reduce the spread of illness.
Mask use is optional on CBC's campuses.
Masks are optional on CBC campuses, as of March 12, 2022. Unvaccinated employees and
students with accommodation agreements are still required to use masks as outlined
in their accommodation agreements.
Regardless of whether an individual chooses to wear a mask or not, CBC expects all
students, employees and visitors to respect one another's individual choices.
For instructions on how to properly wear masks, please visit the CDC’s webpage on
how to “Improve How Your Mask Protects You.”
Campus Safety Expectations
What is expected for students returning to campus?
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If soap and water are not available, gel in and gel out! Use a hand sanitizer that
contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of hands and rub together until
2. Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
- COVID-19 Cleaning Kits with proper cleaning supplies have been distributed to faculty
and staff. These should be used, following established COVID-19 cleaning protocols,
to disinfect highly-touched surfaces between use.
3. Check your campus emails and the CBC webpage regularly for updates!
- This situation is changing rapidly and updates to campus operations and/or procedures
may be made at anytime.
As of April 9, 2022, visitors to CBC’s campuses who are not students or employees
are no longer required to fill out an online attestation form, either prior to their arrival or when they arrive on campus.
CBC employees are required to fill out the COVID Attestation eForm each day they visit campus.