Washington's education proclamation and vaccination proclamation will both end on Oct. 31, 2022. These proclamations were based on Governor Inslee’s emergency declaration, which is also ending that day. As a result, there will not be state-mandated vaccination requirements for most higher education employees, for volunteers who come to campus, or for contractors who work inside a campus building.
Covid-19 vaccination requirements will continue for our classified staff represented by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA) as it is a requirement in the 2023-2025 Tentative Agreement reached between the union and the State Labor Relations Section of the Office of Financial Management.
When the higher education proclamation ends on Oct. 31, 2022, so too will the requirements it contains. Here are some examples:
- Requirements around student vaccination verification and student exemptions/accommodations.
- Daily health attestations.
- We will no longer have to follow separate rules depending on whether we require students to be vaccinated. However, colleges may still make local decisions about COVID-19 safety precautions.
- We will be required to continue to follow other requirements that exist outside of the higher education proclamation, including requirements from the state Department of Labor & Industries aimed at protecting employees, and rules about cooperating with local health jurisdictions.
- The Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA) will remain active until Federal State of Emergency is lifted.
Please see FAQs below for details (Based on information sent by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges).
Covid-19 Flowchart for TCC Students & Staff
Isolation, Quarantine and Close Contact Protocols
Frequently Asked Questions - Updated Oct. 28, 2022