COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions, Health Attestation, For Visitors
Updated Nov. 20, 2020
A. This scenarios graphic checklist will help you answer that question. (Accessible version, no graphics.)
A. Do not come to campus. Notify your instructor. Consult the scenarios checklist to find out when you can return to campus.
A. The Spokane Regional Health District has that information.
A. Contact the local health district's COVID hotline at 324-1409 for a referral. The hotline can also assist with general questions about COVID including what to do if you do not have health insurance and can't see a medical provider, how to safely isolate and when you can return to work or school.
A. Close contacts are people who have been within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes regardless of whether the person was wearing a mask or respiratory personal protective equipment.
A. Call the IT help desk at 533-4357.
A. Face coverings are required of all students and employees on campus. All in-person classes require faculty and students to participate in a safety training prior to the start of class. All students, faculty and staff are required to complete statements (Health Attestation) daily that ask if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Also, every class space is unique and has a specialized safety plan in place. High-traffic areas are cleaned at greater frequency and classrooms and offices are stocked with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. Students do not work in close proximity unless it is a lab that requires it, and in those cases, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is used.
A. All students will receive safety training through Canvas, our online learning platform. Students are able to access Canvas after registering for classes. Faculty with in-person classes also will train students about the safety protocols of their particular classroom at the beginning of class.
A. We notify all students and faculty who are in the class of the COVID-19 positive person. We deep clean the space before the class meets again. We also review and verify compliance with the safety protocols. CCS is working closely with the health district, which coordinates contact tracing with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or may have been exposed. Students who test positive for COVID-19 must follow Spokane Regional Health District guidance, which includes waiting to return until it has been at least 10 days since symptoms started, being fever free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications, being symptom free and providing medical clearance from SRHD or their medical provider prior to a return. We have a checklist here you can use to find guidance for your specific situation.
A. All those who may have been in contact with, or in the same location as, the COVID-19 positive person will be notified. The follow-up contact tracing is coordinated by the health district.
A. No. However, the clinic will be open Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the academic year for vaccines and illnesses. The local health district keeps a list of testing locations.
A. Every student situation is different. Many classes will be offered online. For programs that require in-person classes, we encourage students to contact their program faculty to determine the appropriate options. Some students have taken a medical leave and will return. Some programs have been able to work individually with students to help them complete their requirements. It is really class by class and program by program.
If you have a documented disability and feel you may benefit from classroom accommodations, consider contacting the Disability Support Services office on your campus. Contact information is on their websites: SCC Disability Support Services or SFCC Disability Support Services.
A. Both colleges have counseling offices. If you are at SCC, you may email email@example.com or call 533-7026. SFCC students may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 533-3525.
A. The colleges may be able to help you with your technology needs. If you are an SCC student, contact the financial aid department to see if you qualify for the CARES Act funding at email@example.com or 533-7017. If you are an SFCC student, check with student financial aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or 533-3550.
A. Each college has a page on the website where offices are posting that information as well as much more about their operations during the pandemic. SCC’s page is here and SFCC's page is here.
A. If you are a Washington resident returning from a trip outside the state, health officials are recommending you stay home as much as possible and limit interactions for 14 days. Whether you are a Washington resident or a student arriving from another country or who has traveled to another country, please for the CDC guidelines for after travel precautions. Monitor yourself and your household daily for any symptoms of COVID. If you have an emergency warning sign please get emergency medical care immediately. If you live in close quarters with others, take additional precautions to protect them.
A. As a student, you have a responsibility to abide by the required safety protocols. Wear your face covering and keep 6 feet away from the person. If that is not possible, report this to your instructor or other college official. Otherwise, there is no need to report it.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including:
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 #.
If you're not sure if you're eligible for unemployment benefits, please use the eligibility checker for information about your possible eligibility.
Application information is available at the Washington Employment Security Department web page. Useful tools are linked below:
You will receive an Unemployment claim determination letting you know if you are eligible for benefits and how much you will receive.
If you have questions related to collecting unemployment insurance, please contact the Employment Security Department. The Community Colleges of Spokane works directly with the Employment Security Department to respond to information requests but does not play a role in determining who is eligible for unemployment.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain similar to the common cold spreading from person-to-person, with the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms of coronavirus may include:
The SFCC campus is closed to drop-in visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic. SFCC is open to visitors by appointment. Many employees are telecommuting but some are working at the campus.
If you are not a student and believe you need to be on campus, please contact the department or person who can help you and ask about making arrangements to visit. Those arrangements will include the completion of a health attestation by you verifying you do not have any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
The Washington State Department of Health website has information in 11 languages.
Community Colleges of Spokane will update this page when any relevant developments occur. This page was last updated Nov. 20, 2020.