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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.

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
  • Hygiene
  • 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. Winter quarter, vaccinations are required for students to come to campus. Visit the Vaccination Attestation webpage for more details. 

Each course hosted on campus will have procedures in place that you must follow to reduce the spread of illness. 

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These procedures cover four main categories:

  1. Masks are required to be worn indoors on CBC campuses, regardless of vaccination status, unless an employee is working alone in an office or while engaged in the act of eating or drinking indoors if at least three feet of social distancing is maintained. Everyone on campus is expected to wear a face covering indoors, including contractors, third-party vendors and other short-term visitors.

    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 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.

  2. Social distancing of three-feet or more must be maintained when around people. 
  3. Sufficient hygiene by washing hands often for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Updated April 12, 2021

Campus Safety Expectations

What is expected for students returning to campus?

1. Students must attest online in regards to their vaccination status at the Vaccination Attestation page of CBC's website.

  • For winter quarter, vaccinations are required for students to come to campus.
    Must be fully vaccinated by January 7, 2022.
  • Medical or Religious exemptions are allowed for students with accommodations and can be found on the Vaccination Attestation page of CBC's website (Links to an external site.).
  • Online learning is available for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.
  • Students who 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) may forgo the attestation process. This options requires the student to meet virtually with Counseling & Advising or Transitional Studies (i.e., ABE, ELA) to confirm their intent to study exclusively online.

2. Students must report to a check-in station daily

  • All students temperature will be checked using a no-touch, infrared thermometer at specified checkpoints on campus, followed by attesting to the non-presence of COVID-19 symptoms prior to class daily. Additionally, you are attesting that you do not have a family or household member sick at home with COVID-19 or a pending COVID-19 test. Please stay home if sick.
  • All students will report to a check-in station when arriving to campus. Students on the Pasco campus can find check-in stations in the main entrance of the H Building or the north entrance of the T Building. Richland students will report to the building with their classes. Check-in stations are open during the following hours:
    • H Building
      • Monday to Thursday from 6 am to 7:30 pm
      • Friday from 6 am to 3:15 pm
    • North T Building
      • Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 4 pm
      • Closed Friday
    • Richland Campus
      • Monday through Thursday from 7 am to 4 pm
      • Friday from 7 to 11:30 am
  • Please remember to have your student ID card ready to scan for contact tracing purposes. If you do not have your student ID card you will be able to key in your SID number. All employees will complete a self temperature check and will the complete the COVID-19 Attestation E-Form prior to coming 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.

3. Masks are required to be worn indoors on CBC campuses, regardless of vaccination status, unless an employee is working alone in an office. Everyone on campus is expected to wear a face covering indoors, including contractors, third-party vendors and other short-term visitors.

  • 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.

  • The CDC offers updated guidance on how to select and wear a mask.
  • Masks are not required while engaged in the act of eating or drinking indoors if at least three feet of social distancing is maintained. 
  • Masks are not required for individuals who are outdoors and maintaining social distancing.
  • Make sure to cover your mouth and nose, face coverings may help reduce the spread of infectious particles into the air when the wearer speaks, coughs or sneezes. As such, everyone will be responsible for wearing face coverings combined with social distancing and hand washing to help maintain a safe and healthy learning and work environment. 

4. Practice social distancing of  three feet or more around campus. Be respectful of others. 

  • Watch for Hawk floor decals to ensure you remain three feet apart when standing in line.
  • Look for "Reserved Just for You" table top signs when sitting in a meeting or classroom spaces.

5. 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 dry.

6. 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.

7. 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.
Visitors

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.

Employees

CBC employees are required to fill out the COVID Attestation eForm each day they visit campus.

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