COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Updates & Resources
*Information updated on a daily basis as we address changing state laws.
Should I Come to Campus?
Have you been in close contact with someone with COVID-19?
Do you have symptoms?
Do Not Come to Campus
- Stay home and isolate yourself until you are able to follow up with your healthcare provider
- Contact your healthcare provider and determine if a COVID 19 test is needed
- Stay in contact with your instructor for guidance regarding any potential missed course work
If have additional questions or need resources, please contact HealthyCampus@Cascadia.edu
DO NOT come to campus if you have COVID-19
Cascadia has been closely monitoring guidance from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health and Labor and Industries, King County Public Health, the University of Washington, and our CTC peers. The objective of college leadership is to protect the health and safety of every member of our community while providing the highest quality education for our students. Cascadia is announcing changes for fall quarter given scientific knowledge regarding the efficacy of vaccines and the way in which the virus is transmitted, guidance issued to Higher Education by the CDC, and the vaccine rate in our state and region.
Vaccination Requirement for Students
All full-time, part-time, and Running Start students who are registered for in-person or remote learning are required by Cascadia policy to be either fully vaccinated or have an exemption. Per State Proclamation 20-12.5 the college is required to obtain vaccination information and attestations from students or collect an exemption form. The state does allow each college to decide whether to make this a requirement of students who are studying in a remote modality only, but since we have no other way of knowing when a student comes to campus for an appointment, to use the library, tutoring, or other services, Cascadia (like most every other college or university) has decided to require it of all students.
If you have not done so already, Cascadia strongly encourages you to make a vaccination appointment now. You can search for locations near you.
COVID-19 Reporting on Canvas
A new COVID-19 reporting link can now be found in two places on Canvas to make it easier for both students and faculty to report a case.
1 – Side Bar Menu
- Located at the bottom of the side bar on Canvas under "Covid Reporting"
2 – Under Getting Started
- Located at the "Getting Started" module at the top of each individual Canvas course page.
Important information needed in reporting a case is listed below:
- Name of student
- Date student contacted you
- Course number, classroom attended by student, and date of class
- Any contact information you have for the student
Enter Your Vaccination Information in ctcLink
- On the ctcLink Mobile Homepage, select the tile ctcLink Login
- You will be navigated to the main Dashboard page – select the link that says Full Site at the bottom of the left-side menu
- On the Student Homepage, select the tile Immunization Attestation
- Enter the type of immunization you received and the date you received it
- Select the + sign to enter another row of information for additional doses
- Select agree to acknowledge that if you knowingly provide incorrect information it may result in disciplinary action
- Click submit
Questions with entering your vaccination information? Contact email@example.com
Complete a Medical or Religious Exemption
- Download applicable form below
- Submit completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who fail to comply with our student vaccination policy and reporting deadline of October 18 will:
- Receive a written warning that they are violating college policy, and
- A hold will be placed on their account blocking future registration, and
- Starting winter term, students not verifying vaccination status or applicable exemption will be dropped prior to the start of a term mirroring our practice with drop for non-payment.
Spring Quarter 2022 (Updates)
Welcome, Kodiaks! We are very excited to welcome you to campus (in-person and virtually), and we will keep this page updated with information specific to in-person learning.
New Face Covering Policy
As of March 28, 2022, Cascadia has an new face covering policy.
Special Letter from Cascadia College President
Febuary 28, 2022
Governor Jay Inslee announced at 1:00 pm this afternoon that the statewide mask mandate will be lifted at 11:59pm on March 11. Washington coordinated this change in conjunction with California and Oregon.
This includes all K-12 schools (additional guidance for education will be announced next week). Individual employers will be allowed to make their own decisions and are not compelled to follow mask mandate. Masks will still be required in health care, long-term care, and correction facilities. The state will protect the right for anyone who wants to wear masks to continue to do so.
Rationale for Lifting Mandate
- Washington state’s data has posted a drop deaths, and lower hospital rates and disease transmissions.
- State public health officials will continue to watch for other variances.
- Mask mandates could be re-imposed in the future if conditions change.
- The CDC recently updated their masking guidelines based on the threat to hospitals due to COVID 19 and increased cases for hospitalization.
What this Means to Cascadia
The executive team will discuss the topic at Wednesday’s e-team. Before making a decision about how to proceed, we will be gathering feedback and/or information from:
- The faculty union representatives
- Classified union representatives
- Exempt employee representatives
- Student government leaders
- SBCTC institutions
- K-12 schools in our district
Holiday Travel and Testing Protocols
Cascadia College is recommending that all personnel follow the CDC guidance on travel.
If you are NOT Up to Date with your COVID-19 Vaccines
- Self-quarantine and get tested after travel:
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after returning from travel.
- Check for COVID-19 testing locations near you.
- Stay home and self-quarantine for a full 5 days after travel.
- Follow additional recommendations below for ALL travelers.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state, tribal, local, and territorial recommendations or requirements after travel.
Daily Check-In with Cascadia College COVID-19 Management Tool
If you are coming to campus, please make sure to check in daily on the COVID-19 Management Tool provided through Qualtrics. All information collected through this tool will be kept in confidence and only be shared with the state or county public health as required. The tool is intuitive and very easy to use. You may simply delete the email if you do not need to use the tool on a particular day. For more information about Qualtrics safety and security, read the Comprehensive Fall Quarter Plan.
You Can Use the Tool to:
- Check-in any time you are coming to campus for any reason - If you are coming to campus for work, to take classes, to study, to pick up technology, for tutoring, etc. please check the box that says you are coming to campus that day. This is how the college will track who is on campus any given day. The green check means you are certified to come to campus.
- Report positive COVID cases or close contacts - Please use this option to report a positive case or close contact. Cascadia will use this in order to perform contact tracing. Once an individual checks a box indicating they are COVID positive or have had close contact to a person who is COVID positive, the contact tracing team will send a reply with instructions along with follow up questions (when diagnosed, date of first symptoms, places visited on campus, people in close contact). If needed, a member of the contact tracing team will also contact you for additional information. The contact tracing team will notify everyone who may have been exposed to the virus, and will never divulge a person’s identity.
- Ask COVID-related questions or report concerns - If you have a question about COVID or if you want to report a COVID-related concern, please use this tool to send the contact tracing team your question. A member will respond as soon as possible.
Academics and Class Modalities
Winter 2022 will include more in-person options: 65% of classes will be either in person, or hybrid with an in-person component. Registration for new and returning students is open. Check the Schedules and Catalogs page for more information, Enrollment Calendar for important deadlines, or Quarterly Registration for a little extra support and guidance.
Designated Eating Areas
Eating and drinking is permitted in public areas EXCLUDING classrooms and computer workstations.
Other areas for eating:
- Room CC1-041
- Stopwatch Café
- Room CC3-121
- CC3 Plaza (tent coverage)
- North Creek Event Center (next to the ARC)
Student Services will be in person and virtual.
Pay for Parking
Visitors & Vendors
- Vendors are required to complete the vaccination attestation via the Daily Health Check In.
- Communicate to the vendor Cascadia College’s Face Covering Policy.
- Copy HealthyCampus@Cascadia.edu on the email to the vendor confirming the above information as well as date of visit and location(s) visited.
When you have a visitor coming to campus, please do the following:
- Communicate to your visitor Cascadia College’s Face Covering Policy.
- Communicate the Daily Health Check In survey.
- Copy HealthyCampus@Cascadia.edu on the email to the visitor confirming the above information as well as date of visit and location(s) visited.
When you have a volunteer coming to campus, please do the following:
Key Definition Terms
Paid by College
Policy / Proclamation
Contractor / Vendor
Regular, recurring, potential interaction with students
Any person who provides goods and services pursuant to a contract with Cascadia College
- Owner of Stopwatch Espresso
- Vending machine workers
“Transient” Vendor / On Site Contractor
Non-regular, temporary, passing, transient, no possibility of contact with students
A vendor who is paid by Cascadia, but limited on campus
- Fed Ex or UPS delivery driver
- Lab techs (repairs)
On Site Visitor
Visiting the campus for a brief period of time
A person on campus for business / class purposes for a few hours or a day
- College Recruiters
- Career Recruiters
Visiting the campus on a limited basis, but re-occurring
A person on site with potential to engage with students on a re-occurring basis
- Student Interns from UWB
- Language Interpreters
Worried You Have COVID-19?
If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath OR if you have had exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19:
- Don't come to campus. Call your health provider to let them know you are coming. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving the house. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve people with the most critical needs. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first.
- Your health provider may test you or refer you for testing. Please follow your doctor's advice carefully.
- Contact your instructors. If you are "self-isolating" due to a known exposure or have been instructed by doctors to quarantine yourself, reach out to your instructors to make a plan for the remainder of the quarter.
For immediate questions or concerns, please contact the Washington Department of Health Call Center: 1-800-525-0127 and press #
When to Report:
- I spent time with someone who tested positive for COVID-19:
- You were kissed, coughed, or sneezed on
- You live with or care for a person with COVID-19
- You shared food, drinks, or utensils
- You were within 6' for at least 15 minutes
- Report it and monitor symptoms
- I had a positive test:
- Report it
- I had a negative test:
- Report it
- Report it & get tested:
- Report it
How Does the College Respond?
Initial response to COVID-positive report
We respond to contact within 24 hours of notification with instructions to stay home and self-isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms first appeared, at least 24 hours with no fever and without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms are improving.
Information requested in initial response
We collect information from contact (date of onset of symptoms, where they spend time for at least 10 minutes, any activities conducted on campus, their contacts while symptomatic).
Initial response to close contacts
We respond to close contacts with 24 hours of receiving their information. With a low number of people on campus, we are able to identify who needs to be contacted.
Second communication with COVID-positive individuals
We follow up with COVID-19 positive individuals during self-isolation to provide moral support and public health guidance.
Actions taken for every COVID-positive case on campus
We coordinate cleaning and disinfecting of all affected areas. We protect the identity of all individuals who are or potentially may be infected with COVID.