Frequently Asked Questions
Masks are required to be worn indoors on CBC campuses, regardless of vaccination status, unless an employee is working alone in an office. 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.
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals who are outdoors and maintaining social distancing.
Everyone on campus is expected to wear a face covering indoors, including contractors, third-party vendors and other short-term visitors.
What qualifies as a face covering?
Face coverings may help reduce the spread of infectious particles into the air when the wearer speaks, coughs or sneezes. Examples of cloth face coverings include bandana, neck gaiter, homemade sewn cloth or mask.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cloth face coverings can be made of nearly any material you have available. Cloth face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face;
- be secured with ties or ear loops;
- include multiple layers of fabric;
- allow for breathing without restriction; and
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
How to wear a face covering?
Face coverings are required to cover your nose and mouth. The comprehensive information on mask use and maintenance including the best way to remove a face covering to avoid spread of germs to your face.
Is it required to wear face coverings?
Everyone on campus is expected to wear a face covering on campus except for employees who are working alone in their offices. Everyone is expected to provide their own face coverings and wear them effectively at all times when indoors. For individually who are fully vaccinated, masks are not required outside when practicing social distancing.
The College has available cloth face coverings for purchase at cost from the CBC Bookstore, and disposable masks available for emergency use.
Are there exceptions to wearing a face covering?
If you have a medical or disability-related reason why it is not appropriate for you to wear a face covering, contact your supervisor or instructor to document your situation and obtain an exemption from the requirement. Alternatives will be evaluated.
Also, if you are required to wear a higher-level of PPE for the performance of the work, such as in welding labs, clinicals or other health care settings, you are responsible for wearing the required PPE, rather than the cloth face covering.
What if someone isn’t wearing a face covering?
Politely inform the individual of the responsibility for wearing a face covering and notify Campus Security of the need to address the matter further where non-compliance continues. If you provide service to students or the general public, you are required to refuse service to individuals who are not wearing face coverings. If you are teaching a lab and a student refuses to wear a face cover, you should immediately send the student home.
What happens if I refuse to wear a face covering
Please know that failure to adhere to wearing a face covering as a mandatory protection will result in being asked to leave the campus, being declined service by any of our areas of operation and for students, the effect on non-attendance/absenteeism will be evaluated, along with applicable violations of the Student Conduct Code.
For faculty and staff, failure to adhere to wearing a face covering as a mandatory protection will result in being asked to leave campus, considered insubordination and violation of workplace safety rules, and considered for disciplinary action.
CBC will have more COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund available in the near future to help students who are presented with expenses due to the COVID-19 virus – no matter how large or small. These funds are intended to cover costs that might disrupt your education such as childcare, course materials, housing/rent, food/groceries, tuition, utilities, healthcare, technology and do not require repayment.
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, please follow instructions provided by the Department of Health and CDC .
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.
All CBC campuses are operating mostly remotely, with about 300 courses with in-person learning available during fall quarter of 2021.
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.
Custodial crews are continually cleaning frequently touched surfaces throughout campus with disinfectants specifically approved by the EPA use with COVID-19.
Employees and students that are allowed on campus must:
- Complete COVID-19 Safety Training;
- Check in at the screening station;
- Wear a face covering;
- Maintain social distance; and
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
Additionally, COVID-19 Cleaning Kits with proper cleaning supplies have been distributed to faculty and staff for use on 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.
CBC is continually evaluating the current COVID-19 situation and will make adjustments to campus operations based on recommendations from state and local health department officials.
While the campuses are operating remotely, general business operations, most student services and appointments will continue remotely. Visit our Available Services webpage for the most up-to-date information.
Students can now access support services and appointments online or via phone. Please check our Available Services webpage frequently for the most up-to-date information about student services.
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.
Any student, employee, volunteer or contractor who is at all concerned that they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19 to call CBC’s Emergency Management at 509-542-4777 to talk confidentially about your concerns before coming to campus. The CBC COVID-19 Flowchart and Decision Tree will determine next steps regarding returning to campus.
Washington State Department of Health Contact Tracing Information Graphic is a great resource to understand when you should stay home and for how long.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has a webpage dedicated to when you can be around others based on different scenarios that involve COVID-19.
Gov. Jay Inslee on March 19, 2021 rescinded his November 2020 Travel Advisory and is advising Washingtonians and others visiting Washington to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance. View up-to-date information on travel advisories issued by Washington State.
Current CBC Alert Level
Alert Level: Direct ImpactThere 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
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