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Covid-19: TCC’s Safe Start practices. Connect with us via Zoom now. Information for Current Students.

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Safe Start Plan

Information about TCC's Covid-19 plans, health screening protocols and more. 

Update, May 14, 2021: Masks required on campus 

On May 13, 2021, the CDC and President Joe Biden announced new mask recommendations for fully vaccinated people. Read here about the CDC's latest guidance. Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington state will follow the CDC's recommendations.

TCC is waiting for guidance from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to see how these recommendations will affect mask requirements.

Until we know more, we will not be changing our mask requirements at the college. Everyone is still required to wear a mask while on campus. 

NEW: Spring 2021 COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Plan (CECMR)

Updated Mar. 29, 2021

Are you approved and coming onto campus?

Follow our health screening requirements and review our safety protocols. NOTE: The check-out form is no longer required, and the form is no longer available.

TCC Specific Plan

The COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Plan (CECMR) serves as the written guideline for how Tacoma Community College will safely recover essential instructional programming and support functions in accordance with the Higher Education Re-Opening Plan, which went live on Aug. 1. 

In short, Washington State provided guidelines and requirements and TCC put together a plan to meet these guidelines and requirements. Our plan is specific to TCC.Highlights

COVID-19 Supervisor and Designees The COVID-19 Supervisor, or designee will be present at every location to monitor the health of faculty, staff, and students and enforce the COVID-19 location specific safety plan at all times during work and instructional activities. These TCC employees will be responible to check-in visitors, perform spot checks to ensure safety measures are being followed, perform temperature scans, and other duties. They are also able to answer COVID-19 questions.

Building Operations Detailed plans for the flow people through entries and exits are provided as well as areas that may be off limits. Cleaning schedules, hours, days open are also detailed.

Physical Distancing Physical distancing of at least 6-feet of separation must be maintained by every person at the location at all possible times. Tape will be used to mark safe passage and waiting spaces in high congestion areas of buildings. Use of stairwells will be encouraged. Elevators may be used as an alternative to stairs as needed. Elevators will be used by only one person at a time.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Face coverings in accordance with Washington Department of Health guidelines, or as required by Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) safety rules must be worn by every employee, student, and visitor not working alone (with no chance of human interaction) at all times. Refusal to wear a face covering will result in dismissal from campus.

Health Symptom Monitoring and Reporting All faculty, staff, and students will be informed to stay home or leave the location when feeling sick or when they have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case. All faculty, staff, and students must inform their supervisors/instructors if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19. If an employee or student has a family member sick with COVID-19, that employee/student must follow the isolation/quarantine requirements as established by the State Department of Health. All faculty and staff who do not believe it is safe to work shall be allowed to remove themselves from the location. 

Key Points re: Campus Entry

  • Protocols to work on-campus for one-day visits: Please review pages 9-10 that outlines these requirements. Vice President approval is required for all employees to work on campus for one-day visits. Staff who have been approved to enter campus must go through the health screening requirements.
  • Limited staff and faculty are allowed to work on campus on an ongoing basis According to the Higher Education Re-Opening plan, institutions may allow a limited number of employees to work on campus. In the CECMR document, in the Appendix section, is a list of approved TCC instructional programs and departments, including approved times and days of the week.  Each section also highlights the departments’ and instructional programs’ safety protocols. More specifics:
  • For approved on-campus instructional programs: Please refer to the individual appendices by program for allowable times and days to be on campus. Feasible instructional preparation time has been built in with up to two hours before and after class times. The approved prep times listed on each appendix do not require further approval or reservation. Any additional time on campus outside these hours will require reservation and approval. 
  • For approved on-campus departments: Please refer to the individual appendices by department for allowable times and days to be on campus. For example, Appendix N outlines Enrollment Services and its plan, which includes the hours, days, and employees who are allowed in Building 7 during those specific times.
  • For all remote instructional faculty/staff preparation: Campus visits will be permitted during non-peak hours with limited availability per building. These visits will be scheduled through 25live, and the reservation process should launch soon. We will send out more information when this is available. 
  • Students on campus: We continue to limit the number of students on campus. Most classes and services will continue to be offered remotely. Some services, such as Info Commons, will be by appointment only. Please refer to the departments under the Appendix for specific direction.
  • Exclusion rules:
    • Excluding Technology pickups; students and visitors dropping off or picking items up from the campus in under 30 minutes; or walking through campus are not required to check-in with a Covid-19 designee, but must wear facial coverings and follow all on-site physical distancing guidelines.  Examples include graduation and textbook pickups, CAREs checks, library and calculator drop-offs.  
    • IT technology pickups or exchanges are the exception to the 30-minute exclusion rule due to the nature of exchange and the increased risk of exposure touchpoints. All faculty, staff and students picking up or exchanging technology equipment are required to follow the regular health screening process and  check-in process with a Covid-19 designee. 

Other detailed instructions in the CECMR are provided for:

  • Eligibility to be On-campus:
  • Exposure Response Procedures
  • Prior to Day of Daily Arrival for Work/Class/Lab
  • Faculty and Staff – Approval Process for Work on Campus/One Day Visit
  • Faculty and Staff – Daily Check-in Procedures
  • Student – Daily Class/Lab Check-in Procedures
  • Student Pre-entry
  • Student Entry in Class/lab Building
  • Student Exit from Class/lab
  • Rescheduled Lab Days
  • Visitors/Vendors/Contractor