Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
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 briefly on campus Feb. 26.
- Two individuals who had limited campus interaction and have not been on campus since March 12.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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.
Are classes going to move online?
All spring quarter classes will be held 100% online for the entire quarter April 13 through June 19.
- Exception: Some classes with a hands-on component will be online April 13 through May 17 and the hands-on portion of the class could be offered in person from May 18 through June 19. Social distancing guidelines will also be followed.
- All classes with a hands-on component are indicated in the online class schedule. If you have further questions about which classes to register for, please make a virtual appointment with an advisor.
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 Snohomish Health District, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health, and other state officials.
How does Edmonds College clean and disinfect?
College employees clean and wipe 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. They 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?
As new information emerges, please remind your community 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.
King County’s website provides resources to help prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma and bias related to coronavirus.
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: Follow guidance from the Washington State Department of Health.
Second: Contact Edmonds College via firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.971.8887 for symptom monitoring and tracking of COVID-19 among Edmonds College community members.
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.
If you are sick please take the steps you would normally take when sick. This includes focusing on your health, contacting your healthcare provider if you feel the need to, and not attending scheduled clinical/workplace hours if you are contagious. Please follow course protocols when not able to attend a scheduled shift (e.g. notify your instructor and site supervisor, etc.). Also, work with your instructor to identify potential accommodations that can be made to makeup missed assignments/work. Edmonds College is encouraging all instructors to work with students who are absent because of an illness.
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:
- Find credible sources you can trust to avoid any panic that can be caused by misinformation. Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about preventing the spread of the virus. We'll do our best to share links to up-to-date facts on our website.
- Access the Counseling and Resource Center and Wellness Center remotely by calling 425.640.1358 or emailing email@example.com.
- Signup for Edmonds College's Triton Alert system to get important messages sent via text to your cell phone.
I need to report a hate crime, discrimination, or threat linked to the coronavirus. Where can I do that?
Hate crimes, discrimination, or threats linked to the coronavirus that take place on campus may be reported to college officials by submitting an online incident report. In reporting a hate crime or threat, be prepared to detail the nature and location of the incident and, if possible, the names or a description of the persons involved. For incidents that occur off campus, please contact your local law enforcement.
What should I do if I suspect a student, faculty member, staff member, or visitor is at risk for COVID-19 or appears to be sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing?
Jade Jeter-Hill, director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness is serving as the campus contact to work with community members who self identify as having symptoms that mirror the COVID-19 virus or who believe they may have been exposed.
When a supervisor or other members of our campus community become aware of someone who has expressed they are experiencing symptoms or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jade directly at 425.971.8887. She will work directly with those individuals, asking first if they are willing to share information with the college about their health concerns.
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 our 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.
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 on June 1?
If you must come to campus to perform certain work-related activities, we should all follow the guidelines below for the health and safety of our campus community:
- Get pre-approval from your supervisor before you plan to come to campus.
- Once you have approval, provide a 48-hour notice via email with the time, date, and location of your campus visit to your supervisor, security team at Security24.email@example.com, and Stephanie.Teachman@edcc.edu, Executive Director of Facilities, Operation, and Capital Projects.
- On the day of your visit, call the security team at 425.754.0154 when you arrive and when you leave.
- Bring your EdPass for keypad access to your building and/or office space(s).
- Complete a health self-assessment before each visit to campus.
- Come on designated days and times: Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- You must practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others. This is required to be in compliance with Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” executive order, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations, and in compliance with WA state requirements for “essential business."
- Dress accordingly. The heat in all buildings has been turned down to save energy and will not be adjusted for individual campus visits.
- We suggest you sanitize or wipe down all surfaces you come in contact with – stair rails, door handles, desk drawers, flat surfaces, copiers, shared computers, phones, etc. These are commonly referred to as “touch points” and should be cleaned by you as you exit. Campus Facilities is cleaning high touch areas every 24 hours.
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 Spring 2020 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?
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. Because we are in the middle of the cold and flu season, many students may be absent due to illness. The course syllabus should address absences due to illness. Students should work closely with their instructors toward an appropriate resolution.