Returning to Campus- COVID-19- from the SCC COVID SUPERVISOR

Returning to Campus- COVID-19- from the SCC COVID SUPERVISOR

As we return to campus, I would like to remind everyone of the College’s procedures for COVID-19 and what you can do to keep our collective risk of infection as low as possible. 

Get boosted: Getting vaccinated and boosted is still the best way to fight COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Health vaccine locator at Vaccinate WA: Find COVID-19 Vaccine Providers Near You can help you find the most convenient option for you. The CDC recommends getting a bivalent Pfizer (ages 12+) or Moderna vaccine (ages 18+) if it’s been two months or more since your last booster or vaccination.

Let us know! If you are:

  • Exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or
  • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • Test positive for COVID-19,

Then please fill out a report via the form here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Exposure Report Form – Formstack. Your information will remain confidential. This allows the College to provide you with guidance and conduct contact tracing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among our community.

Masking is voluntary on campus, except in the Counseling Center and clinical sites. However, you are welcome to wear a mask whenever you feel it’s appropriate. Masks are available at ASK ME stations throughout (Admin/1000 Building, Library/4000 Building, and FOSS/5000 Building, 2nd floor), and can also be requested from Aimee Henson in Facilities or from the Covid-19 Response Coordinator.

Up to date information can be found here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates | Shoreline Community College

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Jesse Lowe
COVID-19 Support Coordinator

covidsupervisor@shoreline.edu

Shoreline Community College

Fall Quarter 2022- COVID UPDATES

As Shoreline Community College prepares to return to campus for Fall 2022, here are some reminders on how the College is responding to COVID-19. Up-to-date information can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates | Shoreline Community College

We are aware Governor Inslee has recently announced he will lift the state’s emergency declaration on October 31, 2022.  The college will send out another message shortly afterward to update you on any changes to our COVID-19 response plan relative to the governor’s order. Consistent with past practice, we will keep the college community up to date on local, state, and national conditions, and of changes within the College’s response.   

Monitoring COVID-19 Community Level 

Currently (September 12th, 2022) King County is in the low (green) level, reflecting a trend of falling case counts over the last few weeks. The College will continue to monitor public health guidance from King County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). King County Public Health updates the community level dashboard with current indicators every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Additional information can be found on King County’s data dashboards page. Should the community level rise to high (red) level, the Communicable Disease Team (CDT) will examine the situation and make recommendations to the Executive Team regarding masking, social distancing, and cleaning procedures.  

Masks are voluntary on campus except in the Counseling Center and in clinical sites. Masks are available to employees and students at the ASK ME stations throughout campus: Admin/1000 Building, Library/4000 Building, and the FOSS/5000 Building, 2nd floor.  

Campus Cleaning 

Returning to pre-COVID 19 cleaning standards in Fall 2022 means the College will provide the same level of reliable custodial services currently delivered but without the additional measures previously required by local, state, and federal offices following the pandemic-driven closure two years ago.  However, the College will retain a number of public health practices that were put into place in response to COVID-19, including the availability of hand sanitizers, masks, and wipe dispensers throughout all our buildings, which can be requested from the Facilities department. 

Vaccination 

Getting vaccinated is still the best way to fight COVID-19.  Vaccinations and boosters are available at no cost, and King County Health recommends everyone aged 5 and older should get a booster dose. The Getting vaccinated in King County – King County page provides guidance on where to find vaccines in King County. 

Vaccination Attestation | Shoreline Community College 

Students attending Shoreline Community College, strictly in online classes only, will not be required to attest their COVID vaccination. This is a continuation of the process from previous quarters. If an online student needs to come to campus, they will need to attest their vaccination status before they will be allowed to visit. If conditions change, online students may be asked to attest in the future.  

Report Exposure, Symptoms, or a Positive Test 

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, if you have symptoms (sore throat, fever, cough, fatigue), or if you have tested positive, fill out the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Exposure Report Form – Formstack as soon as possible. This will help the College provide you with guidance and will help in contact tracing. 

Testing 

If you have symptoms, you should test immediately. You can get PCR tests through a health care provider or test site. King County Health provides guidance on testing and where to get tested at COVID-19 testing – King County.  

You can also use an antigen test at home. If you have symptoms, the FDA recommends testing three times to avoid a false negative: once when you suspect you may have COVID-19, once 48 hours later, and again 48 hours after the second negative test. 

Free antigen tests can be requested from the following site:  

Home – Say Yes! To Covid Test (sayyescovidhometest.org) 

If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and: 

  • have been boosted, or 
  • completed Pfizer or Moderna in the last 5 months, or 
  • completed J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, 

then you do not need to isolate unless you develop symptoms. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of exposure. 

If you completed Pfizer or Moderna more than 5 months ago or J&J more than 2 months ago, and are not boosted, you should isolate for 5 days. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 more days. 

If you test positive for or have symptoms of COVID-19 

You should isolate for five days from the day your symptoms began or you tested positive, whichever is later. After five days, you can end isolation if you are fever-free for 24 hours with no medication, and other symptoms are improving. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 more days. 

Fall Quarter 2022 – COVD Assistance Funding – Last Quarter

Fall Quarter 2022 will be the last quarter of Cares funding – Emergency Aid COVID Assistance.  Please be aware of these details:

·     Fall Quarter Pandemic Assistance –  Emergency Aid Application opens August 22nd.  https://www.shoreline.edu/apply-and-aid/funding-and-aid/financial-aid/covid-funding.aspx

·     Students cannot submit applications before August 22nd for Fall Quarter.  If an application is submitted before August 22nd, it will not be considered for funding.

·     There is a limited balance remaining in Federal Covid Assistance.  We only have $350,000.00 funds remaining.  Not all students who meet “exceptional need” guidelines will be served.

·     Students may request up to $2298.00 for assistance for tuition, books, technology, housing, food, child-care, healthcare or transportation expenses due to COVID-related financial struggles.

·     Students requesting tuition assistance for Fall Quarter 2022 should give electronic permission to Shoreline to pay their charges.

·     Students requesting emergency aid for other expenses will receive their funds through Bankmobile.

·     Fall Quarter disbursement will begin on September 29, 2022 through the student’s chosen Bankmobile disbursement method.

·     Students must have a United States address to receive a Bankmobile disbursement.

·     Applications will be reviewed for common threads seen by the Fraud Investigative Team.

·     Students must be enrolled for at least one class at Shoreline to be considered for emergency aid funding.  Students cannot receive COVID Assistance funding at multiple colleges for the same quarter.

·     Students who indicate they want the funds to payoff outstanding debts at Shoreline during the pandemic period, do not need to be enrolled at Shoreline for Fall Quarter 2022.

Thanks for the teamwork, as we try to reach our students in need.

Margie Pederson
Program Specialist 3, Financial Aid
Email: mpederson@shoreline.edu  l Campus Phone: 206-546-5867

Communicable Disease Team (CDT) Update

College community,

I’d like to take a moment to provide you with a few updates about the Communicable Disease Team (CDT), which has been coordinating the college’s response to COVID-19.

First, on July I assumed responsibility for CDT and COVID-19 planning, taking over from Ann Garnsey-Harter, Associate Vice President-Learning Resources & Institutional Effectiveness.  Ann will now have new duties overseeing institutional research.  I want to thank Ann for her superb leadership of CDT and the college’s COVID-19 response plan.

As a member of the Executive Team, I will continue to ensure that ET and President Kahn are kept updated on changes in local, regional, and national COVID-19 data and requirements.  I will also be regularly communicating with the college community.

Second, Jesse Lowe has joined Shoreline as our new COVID-19 Support Coordinator.  Jesse’s role includes conducting contact tracing, coordinating student vaccination attestation, and staffing the covidsupervisor@shoreline.edu account. 

Lastly, a follow-up email will be sent to you shortly confirming the college’s plans for fall quarter.  

In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks.

Bob Williamson

Acting Vice President for Business and Administrative Services

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Avenue North

Shoreline, WA  98133

He/Him/His pronouns

rwilliamson@shoreline.edu

Masking Voluntary (Indoor & Outdoor) Effective April 2nd Forward

Dear Campus Community,

I am sharing with you today the College’s decision to lift the mask requirement effective April 2, 2022, in time for the start of spring quarter.

This decision was informed by many sources including:

  • Input from over 600 college respondents to the mask survey in which feedback was almost perfectly split
  • Feedback from the Communicable Disease Team

Additionally, please note the following regarding this change in masking requirements:

  • Masks will continue to be required in clinical and other health-care settings and on College shuttles/vans.
  • Use of well-fitting masks may be temporarily required or recommended by the College (e.g., days 6-10 if returning to work from isolation after day 5, during a COVID-19 outbreak, when community levels are high, etc.).
  • Individual staff members or instructors cannot require others to mask in their departments or classrooms.
  • If you voluntarily choose to mask up, choose a well-fitted, high-quality mask — such as a KN95, N95, or surgical mask — which when worn correctly can protect you as well as those around you. You can pick up masks at ASK ME stations in the 1000, 4000, and 5000 buildings or from your ET or Student Learning, Equity, Success (SLES) member.
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised or live with someone who is at risk for severe COVID-19 should consider wearing well-fitting masks when community levels are medium or higher, per the Washington State Department of Health. Current community level in King County is identified by the CDC as low. 
  • The College recommends respiratory etiquette
  • The College’s masking decision may change in the future, should conditions change.

Other items to keep in mind as we move forward:

  • Individual areas or employees cannot require others to mask in their areas, offices, or classrooms.
  • The College will continue to promote/support hand hygiene by supplying hand sanitizer and wipes to employees, as requested.
  • Wipe and hand sanitizer dispensers will remain in current locations throughout the campus.
  • The College will continue to maintain indoor air quality through the use MERV13 air filters.
  • The College will continue to clean high-touch surfaces across campus daily as well as offices in use by on-campus employees.
  • Employees should continue to work with Human Resources (HR) regarding any accommodation requested.
  • Installed plexiglass will remain in use across campus.
  • Vaccination verification or eligible exemption status will continue to be required for all employees and on-campus students.

Individuals should continue to report any COVID-19 symptoms or exposures via the online reporting tool for direction on health and safety steps needed.

I truly appreciate your ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of our students and the college community. Please extend to each other grace and respect as we work through these important conversations.

-Steve

Steve Hanson
Interim President
Office of the President

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