Response Levels for College Operations

The college's senior leadership has established the following response levels for operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. These levels include guidance from state, federal, and local officials to address public health and safety.

At each level of risk, the COVID-19 Response Team will:

  • Inform the college community about risks and preventative measures
  • Provide guidance for work, services, and instruction
  • Recommend appropriate levels for forecasted health conditions and timing of transition between levels to senior leadership

At all levels, we seek to maintain essential operations, including, but not limited to:

  • Maintaining health and safety while preserving access to instruction and essential services
  • Supporting instruction, whether remote or in-person
  • Preparing for, or delivering, services that support students on campus for student learning
  • Distribution of mail, food, or supplies essential for instruction and college operations
  • Work in the production and preparation of food
  • Maintaining critical operations

Remote

Assumes a substantial risk of transmission of COVID-19. If there is significant local impact and transmission, the college may establish Suspended Operations (see below).

Instruction is conducted 100% remotely using phone, email, and online tools. College operations are conducted remotely, unless essential work is required on campus. Employees in high-risk health categories should refrain from working on campus if at all possible.

See a detailed description of Remote Operations.

Hybrid

Assumes a moderate risk of COVID-19 transmission. Corresponds to Washington state “Safe Start”  Phases 1, 2 and 3.

College operations are adjusted in phases so that work may be conducted remotely when feasible. Some in-person instruction and services may be open if conditions allow, with restrictions. Employees and students in high-risk health categories should be given the option to work and learn remotely, whenever possible. Each person and work area will need to follow safety guidance and protocols. 

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In Person

Corresponds to Washington state Phase 4. Assumes a minimal risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Instruction and College operations continue in-person and on campus, with additional health and safety steps implemented.

See a detailed description of In Person Operations.

Suspended Operations

If there is significant local impact and transmission, the college may establish suspended operations.

If possible, instruction is conducted remotely using phone, email, and online tools.

College operations are conducted remotely as much as possible. Employees who are able to telework are authorized to do so. Employees with job functions which must be conducted on campus to support health, safety, and essential operations (including remote teaching) are authorized to work on campus as needed.

  • The Emergency Operations Center opens at the direction of the President.
  • The COVID-19 Response Team serves as Incident Command.
  • College operations may be further reduced to support emergency needs for the county.