welcome back to campus (sort of)!

Cascadia Faculty & Staff want to wish you a healthy quarter, and welcome (some of you) back to campus. We have a Re-entry Plan in place, and are working daily to put into practice a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and faculty returning to campus.

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.

For questions please email covidvaxrequirement@cascadia.edu.

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.

Fall 2021

May 17th, 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, summer 2021 modalities

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

FACE COVERINGS

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

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

 

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Students

Before you get to campus:

  • In-Person Classes: Are you enrolled for an in-person class? You will be emailed/texted a Health Attestation form to fill out in order to gain entry (more information to follow). Cascadia will open for students 1/2 hour before classes begin.
  • Remote Classes: Are you taking courses remotely only? We are limiting the number of people in our buildings so you will only be admitted if you have a scheduled appointment.
  • Student Services: All Student Support Services are offered remotely.
  • Parking: You can use the new PayByPhone app to buy parking permits or purchase a day permit. More parking information available on our Commuter Services page.

When you get to campus:

  • Face Coverings: Please remember that face coverings are required. Gaiter masks are not acceptable. Double masks are recommended. A gaiter mask could be worn as a second mask over the top of a well-fitting approved masks.
  • Parking: Space yourself out in the garages. Remember to pay for parking.
  • Healthy Campus Mobile Tool: If you are enrolled in an on-campus class, you will automatically receive an email.

    Here's how it works:
    1. You don’t need to do anything to sign up for the Healthy Campus Mobile Tool.
    2. Every morning at 5:00 am, the system will automatically send a survey link to your email. (Please check your junk/spam folders.) You only need to fill out the form if you are coming to campus that day. If you are not coming to campus, just ignore the survey. The link will expire at the end of the day and a new link will be issued the next morning at 5:00 am.
    3. The system will prompt you through a series of questions about your health. All information being collected is allowable by HIPPA (and FERPA). Depending on your answers, it will either refer you to your health care provider, recommend that you get a test, or confirm with a green check mark that you are eligible to come to campus that day.
    4. Please fill out the survey no matter what building you’re in that day: CC1/2, CC3, LBA, or ARC.
  • Building Hours: Cascadia will open to students 1/2 hour before classes begin.
  • Entry: Check-in at CC1 Lower Level. This is the only entrance that is open. All classes will be located in CC1/2. Show your Health Attestation stamp to the door monitor. PLEASE DO NOT LET PEOPLE IN OTHER DOORS.
  • Physical Distancing: Maintain 6ft of distance from other individuals. If there is a line at the entrance, please use the floor markers to line up.
  • Signage: Follow all building guidelines, directional signage, and floor markers.
  • Training: All students and employees are required to take a basic COVID-19 training. You will also watch a COVID-safety presentation in your first class.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? You will be able to contact us using the Health Attestation/Contact Tracing Solution once that is in use.


Employees

  • Face Coverings: Please remember that face coverings are required.
  • Parking: Space yourself out in the garages. Remember to pay for parking.
  • Healthy Campus Mobile Tool: Employees will be sent a link to fill out a Health Attestation form every day. You only need to fill out the form if you are coming to campus.

    Here's how it works:
    1. You don’t need to do anything to sign up for the Healthy Campus Mobile Tool.
    2. Every morning at 5:00 am, the system will automatically send a survey link to your cascadia.edu employee email. If you do not have access to your employee email, you can access it through Office 365. You only need to fill out the form if you are coming to campus that day. If you are not coming to campus, just ignore the survey. The link will expire at the end of the day and a new link will be issued the next morning at 5:00 am.
    3. The system will prompt you through a series of questions about your health. All information being collected is allowable by HIPPA (and FERPA). Depending on your answers, it will either refer you to your health care provider, recommend that you get a test, or confirm with a green check mark that you are eligible to come to campus that day.
    4. Please fill out the survey no matter where you are working that day: CC1/2, CC3, LBA, or ARC.
  • Building Openings: Buildings will open to students 1/2 hour before the start of classes. If you come before, door monitors will not be present.
  • For additional information, please visit the Go.Cascadia COVID Plan and Protocols page.

Visitors

All visitors must have advance permission from a Cascadia Employee.

When you get to campus:

  • Face Coverings: Please remember that face coverings are required.
  • Healthy Campus Mobile Tool: Meet your Cascadia chaperone at CC1 Lower Level and fill out a Health Attestation form.

    Here's how it works:
    1. A Cascadia employee will need to send you the link to complete the Healthy Campus Mobile Tool.
    2. You will receive a survey link to your email.
    3. The system will prompt you through a series of questions about your health. All information being collected is allowable by HIPPA (and FERPA). Depending on your answers, it will either refer you to your health care provider, recommend that you get a test, or confirm with a green check mark that you are eligible to come to campus that day.
    4. Please fill out the survey no matter where you are visiting and you will wait for the Cascadia employee to meet you at CC1 LL entry.

  • Physical Distancing: Maintain 6ft social distance from other individuals.
  • Parking: Remember to pay for parking.
  • Signage: Follow all building guidelines and directional signage.