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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

 

Are classes going to move online?

All summer quarter classes will be held 100% online (with some exceptions) for the entire quarter July 1 through Aug. 21.

  • Exception: Some classes with a hands-on lab component could begin to be offered in person as early as July 1. Strict social distancing guidelines will be maintained.

Visit edcc.edu/schedule to register for your classes.


How does Edmonds College make decisions about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)?

Edmonds College follows advice and direction from the governor's higher education plan,  Snohomish Health District, Washington State Department of Health, and other state officials.

We created the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team (ERT) to address COVID-19 and its impacts to our campus community. Plans are developed through our Reentry Task Force


How does Edmonds College clean and disinfect?

Disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic require communities to come together and share the work. Anyone who comes to campus has the responsibility to wear a cloth face covering and  wipe down things they touch as they come and go.

Additionally, our custodial team cleans 
and wipes down all common touch surfaces with a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner each shift. Surfaces include: door handles and push bars, table tops and chair backs, elevator buttons, handrails, and any similar surfaces one would touch during daily on-campus activities. We have prioritized this above all other tasks, so you may notice a reduction in frequency of other tasks, such as vacuuming.


Are there resources for combating stigmatization, bias, and xenophobia related to the coronavirus?

We all want to remind friends, family, and community members that the risk of novel coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity, or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.

The Washington State Department of Health's website provides resources to help prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma and bias related to coronavirus.


What is the current status of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) at Edmonds College?

Edmonds College Campus

The college has been notified of the following individuals who visited campus and have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • An individual who was in Woodway Hall on July 15. Their last visit to campus was July 15, and those who were in close contact with them have been notified and given information on symptom monitoring and testing options. Out of an abundance of caution, Edmonds College immediately closed the areas the individuals had last visited, and our custodial staff did additional deep cleaning in those areas on July 22. To ensure the safety of our staff and students, any classes with in-person training that could have been impacted will be notified and will be moved online through July 29, allowing for 14 days since the last contact with the individual who tested positive, and pending further information. EC is adhering to guidance and taking all safety measures recommended by Gov. Inslee’s Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan, and we’re working closely with the Snohomish County Health District. 

  • An individual who had limited interaction with others while working on campus in Lynnwood Hall. The individual’s last visit to campus was April 29. They were notified of the positive COVID-19 test result on May 5. The individual followed strict social distancing and safety protocols while on campus as required by our college following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
  • An individual who had limited interaction while on campus April 8 during a brief visit to Alderwood Hall. The individual has notified anyone who was considered to be in close contact. Our understanding is that the individual followed strict social distancing and safety protocols while on campus and wore a mask as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • An individual who had very limited interaction on campus and last visited Alderwood Hall on March 24 (at that time this individual had no symptoms). The individual has notified anyone who was considered to be in close contact. Our understanding is that this person did follow the social distancing protocol on that day.
  • Two individuals who had limited campus interaction and have not been on campus since March 12.
  • An individual who was briefly on campus Feb. 26.

Public health investigators are contacting close contacts of all those who have tested positive for COVID-19. According to Snohomish Health District, if you are thought to be directly impacted by one of the individuals listed above, you will be contacted by public health officials – not the college. Those who have not been contacted should assume they are not at any higher risk than the rest of the public.

College leadership is working closely with local and state public health officials and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Snohomish Health District to ensure the health and wellbeing of our campus community.

Monroe Correctional Complex

We have been notified by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) of a Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) Washington State Reformatory Unit (WSRU) employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the DOC, the employee last worked at the facility on March 8, was tested on March 10, and received results back on March 12. We are working closely with the DOC to monitor the situation and follow any guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). MCC has notified employees who were considered to be in close contact with the employee and asked them to self-quarantine at home for 14-days as directed by the DOH. According to the DOC, preparations are in place in the event others test positive for COVID-19.

In partnership with the DOC, the college will continue to work together closely in following CDC guidance and taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including increasing routine cleaning and sanitation and self-quarantine practices when individuals are displaying symptoms.

What should I do if I need to miss class because I’m sick or I need to isolate myself?

If you are sick:

First: Connect with your local health department for guidance. 

Second: Contact Jade Jeter-Hill, Edmonds College health coordinating officer and Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness director via health@edcc.edu or 425.971.8887 for symptom monitoring and tracking of COVID-19 among Edmonds College community members.

Jade will work directly with individuals to ensure we take the correct steps to ensure health protocols are followed and that the person impacted has access to the support services available to them.


Due to privacy laws, this information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Only those who must know will be given information, and any messaging to campus will ensure no personal identifying information is revealed. Jade is the college’s single point of contact with the Snohomish Health District (SHD). She works closely with the SHD to determine if there is any additional information needed to support the safety of our campus community. She will be notified by the SHD if they need to contact us regarding a positive test result for any member of our campus community.
 

If you need to miss class:

Please contact your instructors to discuss potential accommodations. We have encouraged instructors to work with students who are absent because of illness or isolation by offering makeup exams, alternate assignments or alternate weighting of missed work.


I am nearing the end of my F-1 status and my plan was to return to my home country. I would prefer to stay in the U.S. for now. What are my options?

Please contact the Office of International Programs (OIP) to speak with an advisor. OIP advisors are the college's Designated School Officials, and they can explain your options for staying in status with immigration regulations.


What about classes that require clinical, intern/externships, and/or other workplace experience?

Students taking classes that require workplace experience (e.g. clinicals, internships, externships, practicums, etc.) should check with their instructors, who are receiving regular updates from workplace partners and will be able to communicate directly with students.


I feel anxious about coronavirus. What can I do?

In situations that are uncertain and evolving such as this, it’s understandable to feel stressed or anxious.

We recommend the following steps:


I need to report a hate crime, discrimination, or threat linked to the coronavirus. Where can I do that?

Please report hate crimes to the police and campus security. You can reach a campus security officer any time by calling 425.754.0154 or by using one of the yellow call boxes or blue tower phones on campus. You may also email security24.7@edcc.edu.

Contact our Bias Response Team to report bias incidents related to Edmonds College, including incidents related to college emails and social media activity.

Visit our incident reporting page for more information, including definitions of different terms.

Can I come to campus while the college is closed to the public?

Please don’t come to campus unless absolutely necessary.

Before coming to campus, please think about the necessity of your visit. Could you accomplish your task in a different way at home, or could it wait until the college reopens?

If you must come to campus to perform certain work-related activities, follow these guidelines for the health and safety of our campus community.


 

What should I do if I suspect a student, employee, or other campus visitor is at risk for COVID-19 or appears to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

Jade Jeter-Hill, director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness is serving as the campus health coordinating officer for community members who identify as having symptoms that mirror the COVID-19 virus or who believe they may have been exposed to someone with the virus.

When a supervisor or other member of our campus community becomes aware of a person who has symptoms of, or has possibly been exposed to, COVID-19 direct the individual to immediately email health@edcc.edu during normal business hours, if they do not have access to email, or if it is during evenings and weekends they are to call Jade at 425.971.8887. Jade will work directly with those individuals to ensure we take the correct steps to ensure health protocols are followed and that the person impacted has access to the support services available to them.

To ensure communication is occurring we ask that supervisors and other community members email health@edcc.edu when they direct a person to contact Jade.

Due to privacy laws, this information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Only those who must know will be given information, and any messaging to campus will ensure no personal identifying information is revealed. Jade is the college’s single point of contact with the Snohomish Health District (SHD). She works closely with the SHD to determine if there is any additional information needed to support the safety of our campus community. She will be notified by the SHD if they need to contact us regarding a positive test result for any member of our campus community.


How can faculty members work with student requests to stay home from class?

Please be prepared to accommodate students who need to stay home due to illness or isolation. As you work with students, who may have differing needs, be sure to clearly communicate and document your expectations for alternative assignments, makeup work, etc.

Some of the ways you may work with students to accommodate absences due to illness or isolation include the following:

  • Providing course materials in multiple formats and locations;
  • Accepting course assignments in multiple formats and locations;
  • Allowing group projects to be completed individually;
  • Adjusting the weighting of missed assignments;
  • Eliminating some assignments;
  • Adjusting assignment requirements like length, number of required sources, due dates, etc.
  • Providing the opportunity for alternative or makeup assignments and exams;
  • Late in the quarter, if absences due to illness prevent a student from completing the course requirements, it may be appropriate to award an Incomplete for the course and to allow the student to complete the requirements within one year.

What about classes that require clinical, intern/extern-ships, and/or other workplace experience?

Typically students must notify their instructor and/or their site supervisor in advance of an absence. Please remind students to adhere to the procedures/standards of notification in place.

Encourage them to be proactive in their communications with you, but do not ask them to disclose sensitive health-related information.

Please be prepared to accommodate students who need to stay home due to illness or isolation. There are many alternatives for making up missed clinical/workplace experience (e.g. extending deadlines, allowing for an incomplete, etc.).

Please consider not using perfect attendance incentives/awards. These awards can influence students to prioritize attendance over their own health. If a student is not feeling well they should be encouraged to take the steps they would normally when they are sick.

Work with your Dean if you have any questions, or concerns.


I’m a faculty member worried about the possibility of class disruptions. How should I prepare?

Currently there are no plans to cancel classes. However, in the same way that it is wise to keep emergency kits ready in case you need them, this is a good time to think about preparing for any situation that could disrupt class schedules.

Just as they would during a major weather event or natural disaster, your students will face the same stresses during a public health emergency as do many other community members, such as child care challenges and uncertain work schedules. Consider what aspects of your course are most essential so you can plan to refocus on those elements in the event that completing work missed due a closure becomes impossible or unreasonable.

Course plans should be flexible enough to accommodate the unplanned and unexpected. While it may be difficult, faculty need to make an informed judgment about how to cover the student learning outcomes in an abridged timeframe – even if that means that some content may not be delivered and some student work must be removed from the course plan. As you plan for and develop course materials, consider preparing materials in different formats and preparing submission alternatives should classes be cancelled or students miss class due to illness or isolation. Start by thinking about your course outcomes. What do students need to practice/know/do in order to be ready for their summative assessment?

Overall, we encourage you to be flexible and understanding of the variety of situations our students are facing. Provide multiple modes and opportunities for students to engage with content and demonstrate understanding. Be sure to stay in touch with your students and let them know we are working to ensure a successful end to the quarter.

Visit our Employee Resources page for more information about teaching remotely.

If you have any technical questions or would like assistance brainstorming ideas, eLearning will still be responding to emails sent to ITSupport@edcc.edu in the event of any campus closure.


Should faculty ask students returning to class following an illness to provide documentation or physician’s note?

Students should be encouraged to reach out to Health@edcc.edu if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Instructors should not ask for medical or legal documentation from a student for any absences. Requiring such documentation places burdens on everyone involved and may place students in the uncomfortable position of sharing personal or sensitive information. The course syllabus should address absences due to illness. Students should work closely with their instructors toward an appropriate resolution.