COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Cascadia College is still operating - we're just doing things differently. Our college has moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible. This is both a directive of Governor Inslee and the right thing to do to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep you and our community healthy. You can now access support services and appointments online, and those can be found on our Cascadia Online Resources. While we’ve never gone through something like this before, and things are changing quickly, one thing that won’t change is our dedication to educating and serving you – our students.

Fall Quarter 2021 Updates

June 17th, 2021

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.

Fall COVID Guideline Changes

Cascadia is announcing the following for fall quarter:

  • Face covering mandate will be extended through fall quarter
  • We will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID
  • We will not issue a distancing requirement in Cascadia facilities

The above is subject to change if federal, state, or county governments issue new guidance.

Vaccination Requirement for Students

Cascadia will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for fall quarter. College leadership made this decision because vaccination is the best way to protect the health and safety of our campus community. The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations are provided free of charge and have been proven to be safe and very effective against COVID-19 variants. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second Moderna or Pfizer dose, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose J&J vaccine. Students will need to verify their vaccination status unless they are claiming a medical, religious or philosophical exemption. The college is developing process details and will share them as we get closer to fall quarter. Cascadia’s requirement is consistent with the University of Washington’s requirement for all three of its campuses.

If you have not done so already, Cascadia strongly encourages you to make a vaccination appointment now. You can search for locations near you.

It is our hope to be able to bring a vaccination clinic to campus the first week of the quarter to help anyone who was unable to obtain vaccines over the summer.

Cascadia is currently developing a system that will allow students to submit COVID-19 vaccination documentation or exemptions. We will communicate details as soon as we have them available.

Protocols for Summer

Protocols for health attestations, entry, face coverings, and physical distancing are still required. There will be no changes during summer quarter even if the state loosens restrictions.

Current Status

May 17th, 2021

FALL 2021

Fall 2021 will include more in-person options: 43% 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.


Spring and Summer 2021 will follow similar class offerings, mostly remote learning with a few in-person classes. 

From the last campus health update

Air quality in campus facilities. We all know by now the importance of good air quality in helping to combat the spread of COVID. Our campus is fortunate to have MERV-15 filters. In case that doesn’t have you clapping your hands in delight, MERV (which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) indicates what percentage of contaminants and debris is removed. A MERV-15 rating means that more than 90% of large particles and between 70-90% of small particles are captured. This is the rating that is used as the standard for hospital in-patient care rooms. For additional context, UW Seattle is hoping to upgrade its systems to MERV-13. Our facilities crew has been diligently monitoring and maintaining all of our building HVAC systems since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, and has been running our systems continuously as recommended by industry best practices. If you are located in a space with operable windows, feel free to open them to further increase airflow. Please remember to close any windows before leaving the space.

Travel. The state is still recommending that we stay close to home, but if you do decide to travel out of state, there is a quarantine requirement in place. Upon return you may either: 

  • Quarantine and get a test after 3-5 days (it takes time for the virus to show up) and then return to in-person classes after you get a negative test; OR 
  • Quarantine for 10 days before returning to in-person classes.

Either way, you should test if/when you develop any of the symptoms whether you’ve been traveling out of state or stayed here for the break. 


If you have been diagnosed with or in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please email and isolate. if you develop symptoms, please call your physician, seek testing, and self-quarantine.

  • Face coverings are required at all times while on campus. Students will be provided one cloth face mask by instructors. Disposable face masks are available from door monitors at the Lower Level CC1entrance for students or employees who arrive on campus without one. Cascadia Face Covering Grid

Except for some lab classes, Cascadia will be in a remote learning environment. The safety and health of all students and employees is Cascadia’s highest priority. College leadership has worked to meet or exceed all requirements issued by the Governor’s office, the State Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), and King County Public Health (KCPH) per worksite safety. Contact with questions or if you are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

Back on Campus

Guidelines for students, staff, faculty, and visitors returning to campus to keep everyone safe and secure.

Re-entry Plan

Winter Quarter 2021 Re-Entry Plan for Cascadia (February 17, 2021)

Combatting Stigma

In some areas, the fear of the spread of coronavirus has resulted in incidents of bias and harassment against Chinese nationals, Chinese Americans, and peoples of Asian heritage. This is a good time to emphasize Cascadia's commitment to equity and inclusion. Name-calling, racist tropes, or any type of harassment against individuals or groups is never welcome on our campus. Please keep in mind that many of our community members, including our international students, may be dealing with difficulties stemming directly from the impact of COVID-19. Coronavirus Stigma Fact Sheet.

  • Coronavirus doesn't recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity.
  • Wearing a mask does not mean a person is ill.
  • You can interrupt stigma. Start by sharing accurate information.
  • Speak up if you hear, see, or read misinformation or harassment.
  • Show compassion and support for those most closely impacted.

If you experience or witness any bias or harassment please report it to our Campus Safety Office at 425-352-5359. Cascadia students who are needing more personal support during this time are encouraged to seek counseling services at the Counseling Center. King County Public Health has an excellent site dedicated to anti-stigma resources.

What to Do When Sick and When to Report

What to do if Sick

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 #

Chart displaying when one should report to the college regarding COVID-19

When to Report:

  1. I spent time with someone who tested positive for COVID-19:
    • Report it and monitor symptoms
    • Examples:
      • 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
  2. I have symptoms of COVID-19:
    • Report it & get tested:
      • I had a positive test:
        • Report it
      • I had a negative test:
        • Report it
  3. I tested positive for COVID-19:
    • Report it

Report to: or

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 10 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. With an increase in population for Fall Quarter, we will likely need to begin informing all individuals who come to campus.

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.


COVID-19 testing

Find locations for free testing sites in:

Proper Mask Wearing

To protect yourself, wear face coverings properly.

  • Your mask should cover your nose and mouth at all times.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before you put on a face covering and after removing it.
  • Change your face covering when it gets moist.
  • Wash your face covering after each use.

Face covering resources

Remote Learning Resources

Access student resources online at Temporary Resources page

Virtual Student Services

Kodiak Corner and Student Service offices have moved online through email and zoom.

Information in World Languages

Communication Archives

Week May 18-May 22

MAY 22, 2020

Per the Cascadia College President Dr. Murray:

The majority of fall classes will continue in remote learning modalities. Here are the guiding principles for the decision:

  • Employee and student safety are our first concerns.
  • We will make decisions collectively using our shared governance model. Slow, well thought out, steady.
  • We will communicate decisions as soon as they’re made.

As always, if you have questions, we invite you to email 

MAY 19, 2020

Just a reminder that you can find all of Cascadia's academic key dates (including registration) on the enrollment calendar page. Here are the general registration dates for summer and fall:

  • June 1 - Continuing Priority Student (DSS, Worker Retraining and Veterans) Registration Begins for Summer & Fall Quarters
    ** Revised date due to ctcLink transition **
  • June 3 - Continuing Student Registration Begins for Summer & Fall Quarters
    ** Revised date due to ctcLink transition **
  • June 8 - All New Students Begin Registration for Summer & Fall Quarters
    ** Revised date due to ctcLink transition **


Week April 27-May1 

MAY 1, 2020

Cascadia's Summer Quarter 2020 will continue with remote teaching modality. 

"This decision was based on the momentum from other colleges and universities as well as the lack of a clear-cut timeline from state and health officials for return to a completely unrestricted environment." - President Dr. Murray


APRIL 30, 2020

Cascadia College is operating online.

BEGINNING AT 4:30PM ON APRIL 30TH, STUDENTS WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT SYSTEMS. Coming in May (estimated date for student use, May 12), a new Student Online System for supporting you from registration through graduation. Learn more at



Week March 30-April 3

APRIL 2, 2020

Cascadia College has made the following decisions:

  1. Spring Quarter entirely online
  2. 2020 Virtual Commencement



Short answer: So you can plan accordingly, and not be kept wondering. The longer answer: The timeline of when the Governor and/or King County will lift their “Stay Home Stay Healthy” orders seems to change daily. Prior to these two orders, we were in the mode of “stay home if you can”. Because there is no concrete answer as to whether or not we will be able to return to campus, and because students and employees are wanting to plan more definitively, the Executive Team has made the decision that all of spring quarter will be conducted remotely.

Learn more by contacting your faculty or checking CANVAS often.



Cascadia College has decided to embrace a virtual commencement this year. This means we will not have an in-person ceremony. Over the next few weeks, the Student Recognition Committee will create options for a virtual ceremony where we will be able to celebrate each individual, honor our faculty and students, and deliver content. Please stay tuned for more information...

For now, continue to visit the Temporary Resources page for additional information and support. 

As the situation is constantly evolving, please continue to check back for updates. We will continue to track COVID-19 and adjust our protocols to align with state and county public health guidelines. 

If you have questions, we invite you to email

Week March 14-March 20

MARCH 17, 2020

Beginning Thursday, March 19 campus buildings will be closed to the public and will remain closed through March 30. Cascadia staff will provide all student services online or via telephone. The Library closes tonight, Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed until March 30.

  • The ARC will remain open through Friday, March 20 and then will close until March 30. The Fitness Center, however, is closed.

To emphasize: the college is doing all of its business online. We are still enrolling students for spring quarter, advising and financial aid appointments are available, you'll be able to access online tutoring, and all the other services you count on. We will update this page with information about how and who to contact for the services you need.

Please see Temporary Resources page for additional information. 

As the situation is constantly evolving, please continue to check back for updates. We will continue to track COVID-19 and adjust our protocols to align with state and county public health guidelines. 

If you have questions, we invite you to email


MARCH 16, 2020

Cascadia campus open. Spring break is March 23-April 3. Spring Quarter begins Monday, April 6 with online curriculum, where applicable. Financial aid will still be distributed as scheduled on March 30. Graduation will be June 19, 2020. Continue to check email and CANVAS for more information as it becomes available.

NEW! Temporary Cascadia resources page through April 27th

Cascadia campus services open:



Week March 9-March 13

MARCH 12, 2020

Cascadia has made the decision to extend its spring break to two weeks which will push the start of spring quarter back by one week to April 6. Financial aid will, however, still be distributed as scheduled on March 30. Our current plan is to begin the quarter in our traditional face-to-face mode but we are making contingency plans to move spring quarter curriculum online as necessary. Graduation will also shift one week later to June 19, 2020.

Continue to check email and CANVAS for more information as it becomes available.

Cascadia campus services open:

  • Kodiak Corner, Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Bock Learning Center tutoring services and study space. Staff will be limiting the number of people who can enter.
  • The Activities and Recreation Center, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
  • The Library, Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, closed on weekends
  • Kodiak Cave will remain open for students with food resource challenges. 3/11 & 3/12 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Fridays by appointment, 
  • Stopwatch Espresso, Monday-Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Campus dining options will be closed, including food trucks.
  • All campus events have been canceled at this time.


MARCH 9, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 9, Cascadia will -- with some exceptions -- move courses to online modalities for the remainder of winter quarter. Your instructors will be in touch with you this weekend with information about your specific courses. Please monitor your CANVAS and WAMAP accounts for this information.

Cascadia made this decision based on new guidelines issued by the King County Public Health Department recommending “social distancing.” To date, there have been no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 on our campus.

  • All student services including Kodiak Corner (Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) and the Bock Learning Center will be open for business. Staff will be limiting the number of people who can enter.
  • The Activities and Recreation Center will be open from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.
  • The Library hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, closed on weekends.
  • Kodiak Cave will remain open for students with food resource challenges.
  • Campus dining options will be closed, including food trucks.
  • All campus events have been canceled.

By limiting the number of people physically on campus, we will be able to maintain the social distancing prescribed by public health officials and maintain a clean campus. As a precautionary measure, we are currently in the process of deep cleaning our campus buildings. This work will continue until all spaces have been completed. In addition, our facilities staff are also performing “touch-point” cleaning on a frequent basis (handles, restrooms, railings, elevator buttons, etc.) and refilling our wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout our buildings.

We want to remind everyone not to come to campus if you are sick with flu symptoms such as fever, cough, or respiratory illness or if you fall into one of the groups identified by public health officials as high risk.

Please continue to check for daily updates. We will continue to track COVID-19 and adjust our protocols to align with state and county public health guidelines. 

If you have questions, we invite you to email


Week February 28-March 7

MARCH 5, 2020

Cascadia is open and operating as normal. If you have a fever, cough, or respiratory illness, please contact your health provider.



  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from places where there are large groups of people in close contact with one another. (People 60 and older; people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes; people with weakened immune system; and people who are pregnant.)
  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time and maintain a distance of six-feet from patients.
  • Public Health is explicitly not recommending school closures at this time.


MARCH 3, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, several area schools are closed today to perform a deep clean. Cascadia and UW Bothell have redirected custodial services to focus on disinfecting high-touch areas on campus such as door handles, desk and table tops, and public counters. 

King County has confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more cases have been identified in the U.S. The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. People who are medically fragile may experience more severe symptoms. There are no diagnosed cases at Cascadia or UW Bothell.

  FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Bothell High School will open Monday after taking precaution to fully disinfect the school. Jackson High School will be closed on Monday so that it can spend a third day disinfecting the school after news that a student tested "presemptive positive" for the virus. (Presemptive positive means that the initial test has shown positive by the public health department and it is now pending results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Leadership at Cascadia College and UW Bothell are working closely with the University of Washington Seattle, which is working with in consultation with local and state public health agencies. While there has been an increase in worldwide COVID-19 cases, vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions. Health experts say the best precautions are to take the same steps you would take to prevent flu and common cold:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you become sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Week February 21-February 27


We are aware that Bothell High School has closed today due to a potential case of coronavirus in its community. A relative of a staff member became ill after international travel. This individual is reportedly being quarantined. Out of caution, BHS is spending this day cleaning the school in the event this turns out to be a confirmed case of Coronavirus.

Our campus safety team is seeking more information. We will inform you as soon as we know anything more. In the meantime, we have published a website with information about Coronavirus COVID-19.