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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Dear Tritons,

Edmonds College is open; however, we are continuing to provide most classes and services virtually online. For the health and safety of our campus community, EC will extend remote operations and continue offering services remotely through at least Jan. 1 (pending further developments and with the exception of a few hands-on, on campus classes). 

For the health and safety of those in on campus labs and hands-on courses, Edmonds College continues to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan based on Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan through the end of summer quarter. After which and effective Monday, Aug. 24, we follow the plan prepared by the college’s reentry task force which is based on Gov. Inslee’s latest guidance, which became effective Aug. 1, for reopening in-person instruction at higher education institutions this fall

In the coming months, the college will prepare for a safe return for employees and students by continuing to assess the need for safety measures such as installing plexiglass screens in public facing areas, posting COVID safety signage, and ordering and dispersing reusable face masks for students.

If you are not attending in-person classes, you should not come to campus. All services are available remotely online, and staff and faculty are available online via email and/or chat. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edcc.edu/fall2020. You can register for fall classes by visiting edcc.edu/schedule. Questions may be directed to the campus operator, by calling 425.640.1459 (press 0) or texting 425.243.0867. 

It is also important to check your EdMail for urgent information updates. All college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19 are available at edcc.edu/coronavirus

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD

President

Edmonds College

Tritons,

Your health and safety are our highest priorities. To offer you the safest learning experience during COVID-19, we have had to make changes to how many of our fall quarter classes will meet.

Many classes have moved online, and some of those online classes will have set meeting times with your instructors. Check the online class schedule to see if there have been any changes to your classes. [This does not apply to you if you are an English Language Acquisition (ELA, formerly ABE ESL) or Intensive ESL student.]

Need technology equipment to study online?

Put your request in by filling out this brief survey: Student Technology Checkout Request. Edmonds College has a limited number of Chromebooks and equipment that we can lend to students, but we will do our best to accommodate as many students as possible. If you do not have internet access or cannot complete this survey online, please call 425. 640.1101 for assistance by phone, or send an email to start@edmail.edcc.edu with “Technology Need” in the subject line of your email.

For face-to-face classes this fall

Students attending face-to-face classes this fall will follow these instructions for coming to campus. Social distancing, daily health attestations, and cloth facial coverings or face masks are required for face-to-face classes. If you need a face mask, we will provide you with one. You can request one through your instructor.

We are so glad that you chose Edmonds College for your studies, and look forward to welcoming you back!

Take care and stay safe,

Kim Chapman, Interim Vice President for Instruction
Christina Castorena, Vice President for Student Services
Eva Smith, Chief Information Officer

Tritons,

On Tuesday, July 21, our campus health coordinating officer was notified that an individual who had been in Woodway Hall on July 15 had close contact off campus with another individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual who was in Woodway Hall on July 15 has now also tested positive for COVID-19. 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.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 test is encouraged to self quarantine, and contact their local health department or health care provider for additional guidance. To ensure the campus can keep our community safe, please also contact health@edcc.edu or call the EC Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness and health coordination officer Jade Jeter-Hill at 425.971.8887. Your information will be kept confidential, and Jade will connect you with campus support options while you work through your symptoms or positive COVID-19 test result.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Tritons,

On Tuesday, July 21, our campus’ health coordinating officer was notified that an individual who had been in Woodway Hall on July 15 has had close contact with another individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual’s last visit to campus was July 15, and they are self quarantining at this time.

Today, the college’s health coordinating officer was also notified of an additional individual who had been in close contact on July 18 with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. That individual’s last visit to Woodway Hall was on July 20, and they are self quarantining and being tested.

Out of an abundance of caution, Edmonds College immediately closed the areas the individuals had last visited, and our custodial staff will do additional deep cleaning in those areas tonight.

With an increasing number of cases being reported, we’re expecting more of these notifications. Please remember to show compassion to one another. If you have concerns about being exposed, please review information at the links below.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to self quarantine, and contact their local health department or health care provider for additional guidance. To ensure the campus can keep our community safe, please contact health@edcc.edu or call the EC Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness and health coordination officer Jade Jeter-Hill at 425.971.8887. Your information will be kept confidential, and Jade will connect you with campus support options while you work through your symptoms or positive COVID-19 test result.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Dear Tritons,

For the health and safety of our campus community, Edmonds College will extend remote operations and continue offering services remotely to students and the community through at least Aug. 28 (pending further developments).

Edmonds College is still in Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan based on Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan, but we are diligently planning for the Aug. 1 transition to the Governors “Safe Back to School” plan for all institutes of higher education (IHE). We will continue to follow the same plans and standards set in Spring, with the addition of allowing additional safety precautions where instructors must be closer than 6 feet for instructional and lab purposes after Aug. 1 as mandated in the governor’s new proclamation.

If cases of COVID-19 continue to rise throughout our state, the governor may decide to roll counties that are in Phase 2 or 3 back to Phase 1 or 1.5. If that happens, we will need to realign our current plan to the county phases per new guidance. Otherwise, we will follow the Safe Back to School plan outlined for IHEs.

In the coming weeks, the college will prepare for a safe return for employees and students by continuing to assess the need for safety measures such as installing plexiglass screens in public facing areas, posting COVID safety signage, and ordering and dispersing reusable face masks for students.

If you are not attending in-person classes, you should not come to campus. All services are available remotely and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edcc.edu/summer2020. You can register for fall classes by visiting edcc.edu/schedule. Questions may be directed to the campus operator, by calling 425.640.1459 (press 0) or texting 425.243.0867.

It is also important to check your EdMail for urgent information updates. All college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19 are available at edcc.edu/coronavirus.

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President

Tritons,

I would like to provide an update on our remote campus operations. Currently, we are working under remote operations and are scheduled to do so through June 21. EC’s remote operations will now be extended through June 30 (pending further developments). If you are taking a class that has in person class meetings, you’ll continue to follow these guidelines.

We will continue to be flexible and serve our students in new and creative ways. Although most employees are working off campus, EC remains open and will continue to serve students and the community.

Campus Hosted Events

On-campus hosted events remain canceled until further notice and will not resume until Snohomish County is approved to move to Phase 3 and college leadership has determined it is safe to do so based on guidance from our Snohomish Health District Partners.

All college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19 are available at edcc.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Students,

Per Gov. Inslee’s Phase 1 Higher Education and Critical Infrastructure Workforce Training Restart, we will begin offering a limited number of classes with a hands-on component in-person and on campus starting Monday, May 18.

There are mandatory steps that students and employees are required to follow for the health and safety of our campus community. Students and employees who plan to come to campus beginning Monday for hands-on instruction must follow these steps:

Mandatory Steps to Return to Campus

  • Step 1: Take mandatory COVID-19 Training including PPE.

    • All students and employees must complete this training before their first visit to campus. All campus visitors must complete this form on a weekly basis. Employees can access the training here.
    • Students: Your instructor has added the training to your Canvas classroom. Login to Canvas to complete the training.
  • Step 2: Fill out mandatory health screening.
    • Students: Every time you come to campus for class, you must complete the online health screening when you arrive. You’ll also complete this health screening before you leave campus. If you attend multiple classes in one day, you must complete the health screening before and after each of your classes.
    • Employees: Every time you visit campus for work-related activities, you must fill out the screening immediately upon your arrival and just prior to leaving.

Please note: Information provided in your health screening is confidential and will be kept private; however, per the governor’s order, it is required in the event it is needed for contact tracing.

Edmonds College remains committed to the safety and health of our campus community. For the most up-to-date information on the college’s COVID-19 response, visit edcc.edu/coronavirus. If you have questions, please contact SSEP_Leadership@edcc.edu. To report a COVID-19 illness, notify a supervisor or your faculty member and email Health@edcc.edu.

For the limited number of students and employees coming to campus starting Monday, please be aware that 68th Ave. West is being repaved from 196th St. Southwest to 204th St Southwest. This could cause some traffic delays. If you’re driving to campus, you will need to access campus from either the east or south and enter via the 204th Street roundabout to avoid delays.

Sincerely,
Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
>Edmonds College

Students,

Today, Gov. Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through Sunday, May 31. As a result, we will be extending the college’s remote operations through May 31. That means we will continue to serve students and the community remotely until then.

Have a nice weekend.

Sincerely,
Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Students,

By now, you are all busy into the second week of the quarter, and I hope your studies are going well. We’ve all faced many challenges during these past weeks, and I’m proud of your efforts in continuing on your educational journey. I feel fortunate that we are a strong community that continues to work together and support one another in navigating new ways of learning and living during this time.

At Edmonds College, we are continuing to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, and the Snohomish Health District for the health and safety of our students and employees. That means we are still complying with Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and continue to serve our campus community remotely.

We are still awaiting further guidance from the state for a safe plan to return to in person classes and services. At this time, I do not have much of the information needed to make decisions with 100% certainty. However, I want to provide an update today, so you can start thinking about and planning for your Summer and Fall quarters. I’ll keep updating you frequently as more information becomes available. In light of the uncertainties and unknowns, here is what I am ready to share with you today.

Campus-wide remote operations: As of now, the plan is to serve students and the community remotely until May 11. I’ll provide an update on this later as to whether we will extend it or not. We’re currently working on a detailed plan for reopening campus. More information to follow soon.

Here’s our set plan for Summer quarter:

  • 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.

Here’s our tentative plan for Fall quarter:

Based on what we know now, we plan to open campus for fall quarter with class offerings similar to what we typically offer. If there is a resurgence of COVID-19 during fall quarter, we may need to move on ground classes online. Instructors will be receiving additional training this summer to prepare to move on ground fall quarter classes online should the need arise.

Please remember, all college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19 is available at edcc.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,
Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Students,

I want to welcome you to spring quarter and acknowledge the efforts you’ve made to keep going and continue with your education during this uncertain time. It can be challenging to adjust to a new way of doing things, and I’m proud of each of you. On behalf of the staff and faculty at Edmonds College, we commend you on your efforts and perseverance.

Some good news – Edmonds College has received $1.44 million in federal funding from the recently passed CARES Act to help currently enrolled students facing financial hardships related to the COVID-19 with limited emergency assistance. The emergency assistance is aimed at helping students with rent, food, bills, and tuition.

You should have received an email about the emergency assistance earlier today. If you have experienced a loss of income due to COVID 19 related reason(s), please fill out the submission form to apply for one-time limited emergency assistance. Any questions can be sent to covid19aid@edcc.edu or visit edcc.edu/covid19aid.

Resources for online learning

If you are in need of technology equipment, you can request equipment by filling out this brief survey: Student Technology Checkout Request. For resources and tips for online learning, visit our online learning page. Tech support questions can be directed to the START (Student Technology Advice and Resource Team).

Keep it up!

You can do this. We can do this. #together

Sincerely,
Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Dear students,

Welcome to Prep Week! I hope you are able to use many of the resources we’ve gathered to help prepare you for spring quarter classes which begin April 13. I also have a few updates to share:

Remote Only Services Extended
Last week, Gov. Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4. In accordance with this order and for the health and safety of our campus community, Edmonds College will extend its remote operations and be serving students and the community remotely through May 10; college offices will reopen to the public on Monday, May 11 (pending further notice).

We will continue to be flexible and serve our students in new and creative ways. Although most employees are working off campus, Edmonds College remains open and will continue to serve students and the community.

2020 Commencement Update
Our 2020 Commencement Ceremony was going to be held on Saturday, June 20, at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. However, it is with heavy hearts and much consideration that college leadership has decided that Commencement will not take place in person this year.

To our graduates, we are so proud of you and your accomplishment and want to acknowledge you for your hard work and dedication. We are working on a virtual plan to honor you and this significant moment in your life. More details to come.

Also, we are inviting all 2020 graduates and guests to attend Commencement 2021 in June 2021 (exact date to be announced).

Stay in the Know
All college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19 is available at edcc.edu/coronavirus. Be the first to know, sign up for Triton Alerts.

Please stay home, stay healthy, take care during this time, and remember that we will get through this together as a community, the Triton community.

Sincerely,


Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Students,

I have been notified of another individual who has reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. Due to federal healthcare information privacy laws (Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act), I am unable to share the name of the individual or where they were on campus. However, I can tell you they had limited campus interaction and have not been on campus since March 12.

According to the health district, if you are thought to be directly impacted, you may be contacted by public health officials. The health district also may provide a letter to those who test positive to share with those they were in close contact with. Those who have not been contacted should assume they are not at any higher risk than the rest of the public.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,


Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
425-640-1515 (Direct)
425-640-1429 (Office)
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Students,

As you may know, Gov. Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order Monday evening that is effective beginning midnight March 25 through midnight April 6 to slow the spread of the virus. The governor’s proclamation includes an exemption list for essential critical infrastructure workers. Higher education is included as an essential service which means we may continue to serve students online only.

We must continue to work together as a campus community to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still fulfilling our mission.

In accordance with the governor’s proclamation, employees are required to stay home unless conducting essential activities or working in an essential business service. Essential activities, as it relates to work, includes those who are obtaining necessary supplies/equipment to work from home, maintaining basic operations, ensuring security, processing payroll/benefits, and facilitating employees continuing to work remotely and related functions.

We will continue our flexibility and creativity in finding remote ways to meet our students’ needs, such as the resources listed here: edcc.edu/spring2020. Although most employees are working off campus, Edmonds College will remain open and continue to serve students and the community.

Residents of Edmonds College’s student housing, and those who are picking up food assistance through the Edmonds College Food Pantry will continue to have access to campus. While the food pantry is closed, we will continue to provide food, hygiene supplies, showers, and internet access at Seaview Gym. Check the food pantry web page for details and updates about reopening.

We must remember to show compassion, respect, and kindness, and take care of ourselves and others. We will get through this together, as a community.

Sincerely,


Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
425-640-1515 (Direct)
425-640-1429 (Office)

Students,

I have been notified of an individual who has reported that they tested positive for COVID-19. Due to federal healthcare laws and privacy laws, I am restricted from sharing the name of the individual or where they were on campus. However, I can tell you they had limited campus interaction and have not been on campus since March 12.

I understand that this may cause anxiety or unrest in not knowing if you might have come in contact with this individual. The Snohomish Health District has been consistent in their guidance that if an individual with a positive test presents a significant health risk to others, a health investigator will reach out to those potentially impacted.

According to Snohomish Health District, if you are thought to be directly impacted, you may be contacted by public health officials. The health district also may provide a letter to those who test positive to share with those they were in close contact with. 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. Since there are no students on campus and most employees are off campus working remotely, we are making additional efforts to deep clean the campus. Any areas impacted by this individual will be included in the deep cleaning.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources will continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD

President
425-640-1515 (Direct)
425-640-1429 (Office)

Students,

You’ve made it through the final week of winter quarter during one of the toughest times we’ve faced as a campus and global community. I am proud of you for your strength and resilience, and hope you are well during this time.

Our faculty and staff have been working hard to ensure that you complete winter quarter successfully and are able to continue with your studies in spring quarter. We are working together to provide classes and student services to the greatest extent possible in the coming months.

College leadership is taking this day by day. Based on the information and feedback we’ve gathered from our faculty, and local and state leadership, we have made the following decisions.

What you need to know for spring quarter 2020:

  • All spring quarter classes will be held 100% online for the entire quarter April 13 through June 19.
    • Exception: Classes with a hands-on component will be online April 13 through May 17. The hands-on portion of the class will be offered in person from May 18 through June 19 (unless we hear otherwise from the state. As of now, the state is allowing this exception). However, the social distancing guideline must be maintained.
    • It will take us some time to figure out which classes have a hands-on component that should be completed in person. Once it’s been determined, the online class schedule will be updated to let you know if a class has a hands-on component. Please check back often for updates.
  • Campus-wide remote operations extended: We will continue to serve you and the community remotely through Friday, April 24.
    • During remote operations, all services will be conducted online or by appointment. Please check individual department websites for further instructions on how to make an appointment or receive support services online. The college will reopen for in person services on Monday, April 27, pending further notice.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Sincerely,
Amit B. Singh, PhD

President
425-640-1515 (Direct)
425-640-1429 (Office)

TRITON ALERT – For the health and safety of our community, we will be serving students and the community remotely March 18-April 3. Staff are available to help you online, by phone, or email. Campus offices will reopen April 6. Spring quarter starts April 13.

Find resources and more at edcc.edu/spring2020.

An update from Edmonds College president Dr. Amit B. Singh

This afternoon Gov. Jay Inslee announced the restriction of in person instruction for all Washington state colleges and universities from Tuesday, March 17, through at least Friday, April 24.

This applies to all 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities (public and private) and apprenticeship programs. He instructed that college and university campuses will resume in person classes Monday, April 27 – pending further developments.

What this means for you:

Edmonds College will serve students and the community remotely beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 24. During remote operations, all services will be conducted online or by appointment. Please check individual department websites for further instructions on how to make an appointment or receive support services online. The college will reopen for in person services on Monday, April 6, pending further notice.

The start of spring quarter will be delayed one week. Spring quarter will start Monday, April 13. All classes will be 100% online April 13 through April 24. There will be no on-campus, in person classes during this timeframe. Your instructors will use the week of April 6-10 to prepare to teach online, and staff will prepare to offer support services online. This will allow you extra time to become familiar with Canvas and an online learning environment. Spring quarter will still end on June 19.

Please continue to check your EdMail regularly for any updates. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will be making decisions as appropriate while keeping the safety and health of our campus community as our top priority.

Any updates, information about the virus, frequently asked questions, and links to resources will continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website. Any questions or concerns should be sent to health@edcc.edu.

All winter quarter final exams will be held online

With the health and wellness of our campus community as our top priority, all final exams will be held online. There will be no in-person, on-campus exams. Please check with your instructor for further directions. Continue to check Canvas and your EdMail regularly and often for any updates from your instructor(s).

We know that you may be feeling anxious and stressed. This is normal, and I want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to make sure you are able to successfully complete winter quarter. If you are feeling overwhelmed and would like to talk with someone, counselors from the Edmonds College Counseling and Resource Center are available to meet online by appointment. Please take care during this time.

An Update to Students and Employees from Edmonds College President Dr. Amit B. Singh

I have been notified of an individual who was on campus for a brief visit to one location on Feb. 26 who has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to federal healthcare laws and privacy laws, I am restricted from sharing the name of the individual or the location of the individual’s visit.

I understand that this may cause anxiety or unrest in not knowing if you might have come in contact with this individual. We have been assured by the Snohomish Health District that the individual’s visit did not pose a significant health risk to our campus community. The individual has not been on campus since 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 this individual’s visit, 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. An initial deep cleaning of the entire campus was done Feb. 29-March 1. We are making an immediate, additional effort to deep clean the area that the individual visited on Feb. 26.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources will continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Also please be aware of Gov. Inslee’s March 11 announcement:

  • In Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties, all events of more than 250 people are prohibited through March 31, including large conventions or conferences, sporting events, concerts, fundraisers, or other recreational events. This could be expanded to other counties as necessary.
  • It is strongly recommended that high-risk populations avoid social and recreational contact with others. For the workplace, the governor strongly recommends telecommuting options, implementing social distancing, and additional cleaning for public transit.
  • The governor is not planning to call for widespread school closures at this time, but he is asking for school districts to make contingency plans for services to families in need if schools were closed (free/reduced price means, distance learning, child care).

This is a challenging time for our campus community and our community at large as we do our best to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on those we care about. We’re all in this together, and I appreciate your continued flexibility and cooperation.

A message from Edmonds College president Dr. Amit B. Singh regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) to campus

Dear Tritons,

I would like to thank each of you for your flexibility during this rapidly evolving time. By working together, we hope to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our greater community while continuing to serve you, our students.

At this time, the campus remains open; however, most classes have moved online for the remainder of the winter quarter. College leadership made this decision with the safety and health of our students and employees as our top priority and based on guidance from Snohomish Health District and like many other local colleges.

Please check your Canvas classroom or with your instructor to see which mode of instruction they will use and how they will conduct final exams next week. Many services are also available completely online for the remainder of the quarter, including Advising and tutoring from the Learning Support Center. Tutors are available to answer questions online and offer writing help on eTutoring. If you do not have access to the Internet and/or a laptop, please let your instructor(s) know as soon as possible.

Reminder: Please check your EdMail and edcc.edu/coronavirus often for further updates. For questions or concerns, contact health@edcc.edu.

An Update to Students

At this time, campus remains open. However, many instructors are moving their courses online to increase flexibility and to improve safety by reducing the number of people on campus.

Please check in your Canvas classroom or with your instructor to find out whether your class will be meeting online next week.

A message from Edmonds College president Dr. Amit B. Singh regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) to campus

Dear Tritons,

Yesterday, Snohomish County declared a state of emergency due to coronavirus (COVID-19). At this point, the county and Snohomish Health District are not requiring school or college/university closures. However, based on the recommendations of the county and the health district, and our own risk assessment to slow the progress of the virus in the greater community, the college will remain open, but we will be taking the following measure:

  • Cancellation of large gatherings: All campus events – including non-Edmonds College hosted events – with an expected attendance of 50 or more people are cancelled as of 3 p.m. today, Thursday, March 5, until further notice. This includes but is not limited to: Triton Athletics events and events to be held in the Black Box Theatre and Seaview Gym.
  • Potential to move classes online: Some instructors will be moving face-to-face or hybrid classes 100% online soon through the end of the quarter. We encourage you to connect with your instructor to confirm which mode of instruction will be used for the rest of the quarter.

If your class continues to meet in person, instructors will make accommodations if you are unable to attend class due to illness or self-isolation. They will work with you to successfully complete the quarter.

Our hope is that these measures will reduce the number of people on campus and slow the transmission of the virus in the greater community. If you have questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Members of our Emergency Response Team will be responding to emails as quickly as possible.

Reminder: Email communications and updates regarding coronavirus that have been sent to your EdMail from the Office of the President are available at: edcc.edu/coronavirus.

Please also continue to take these preventative measures:

  • If you are sick, I urge you to stay home. If your family member or someone you are in close contact with is experiencing symptoms, please also stay home. We are working to ensure maximum flexibility during this time of uncertainty. If you need to stay home because you are ill or if you choose to self isolate, please work directly with your instructor(s) to come up with a plan for other ways to complete your coursework.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick.

Any updates, information about the virus, and links to more resources will also continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

A message from Edmonds College president Dr. Amit B. Singh regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) to campus

Dear Tritons,

I understand that you may be concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact to our campus and community. These concerns may have raised fear and anxiety associated with the spread of the virus and campus safety. Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation and working with public health officials to respond quickly to any potential case of COVID-19. The health and safety of our community is our top priority.

To help answer many of the questions and ease your concerns, we’ve developed some Frequently Asked Questions.

Currently, no members of the Edmonds College community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. At this point, we are following the guidance of Snohomish Health District, and campus will remain open.

Campus safety

We are working hard to reduce the risk and potential spread of any type of sickness. In preparation:

  • We are installing an additional 172 hand sanitizer dispensers for classrooms, lobbies, and other high-traffic areas and will place more gel hand sanitizer bottles across campus.

  • We are regularly sanitizing all touch surfaces in classrooms and high traffic areas. The Snohomish Health District reports that the virus can only live on surfaces for a few hours, so thorough sanitizing is ongoing.

Also, please remember: Hand sanitizer is readily available in each hallway near a public restroom.

Safety masks The health department recommends that only healthcare workers and people who are ill should wear a mask. So unless you are ill, public health officials do not recommend wearing a mask.

COVID-19 testing We cannot provide COVID-19 testing because we are not a certified healthcare facility. You should call your healthcare provider for testing if you think you have been exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Keep calm It is normal to feel anxious or stressed when you hear about a disease outbreak like coronavirus. These reactions can take a toll on you emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Here are some tips to ease anxiety and fear during this time:

  • Get the facts. Stay informed with the latest health and campus information through the college’s COVID-19 resource website. Go to reliable sources of information, such as Snohomish Health District and the CDC’s coronavirus website. Also, try to stick to one news source, and check only once a day.
  • Keep things in perspective. Reduce worry and concern by lessening the time you spend watching or listening to media coverage. Remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.
  • Practice compassion. Remember—this disease is not specific to any group. Show support and understanding for individuals and communities impacted and anyone who might be sick. Speak up and let an Edmonds College employee know if you hear, see, or experience anything concerning. We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for all.
  • Stay healthy. Viruses like COVID-19 spread through the air or when you touch someone, shake someone’s hand, or touch a hard surface that has the virus on it and then you touch your face.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick.

  • Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
  • Seek additional help. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, we have counselors available at the Edmonds College Counseling and Resource Center.

If you are sick, I urge you to stay home. If your family member or someone you are in close contact with is experiencing symptoms, please also stay home. We are working to ensure maximum flexibility during this time of uncertainty. If you need to stay home because you are ill or if you choose to self isolate, please work directly with your instructor(s) to come up with a plan for other ways to complete your coursework.

Any updates, information about the virus, and links to more resources will also continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

A message from Edmonds College president Dr. Amit B. Singh regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) to campus

Since Friday, public health officials have announced two deaths in Washington state that are linked to coronavirus (COVID-19). The impact on our greater community and campus is at the forefront of our thoughts and efforts. Families and communities have been impacted by this virus, and we are diligently working to see that further risk is minimized, and hope that it is eliminated altogether.

The health and safety of our students and employees is paramount. Out of an abundance of caution, if you or someone close to you is not feeling well or experiencing any type of cold or flu symptoms, please stay home. You should work individually with your instructors to make up coursework and they will accommodate such requests.

According to the Center for Disease Control, symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath – may appear within 2-14 days after exposure. If you or a loved one develop these symptoms, you should immediately call a healthcare provider.

Campus safety

We are taking swift measures on our campus to mitigate risk and to minimize the spread of any type of sickness. In preparation:

  • We’ve ordered an additional 172 hand sanitizer dispensers for classrooms, lobbies, and other high-traffic areas. We’re anticipating that they will arrive this week or next, and they will be installed as soon as possible.

  • We’re reviewing cleaning techniques for infection control with all custodial staff with an emphasis on sanitizing all touch surfaces each shift and making it the highest priority task to complete each night.

Also, please remember: Hand sanitizer is readily available in each hallway near a public restroom.

Tips for staying healthy

Again, if you are sick, please stay home. Hand washing and not touching your face are still the best ways to reduce the risk of any contagious infection. The local health department recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer - there are dispensers in every building.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces like counters, light switches, doorknobs, and remotes.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw tissue away and wash your hands.

  • If you feel sick, stay home from work, school, or other activities and avoid close contact with others.

The Snohomish Health District has more information about good hygiene and staying healthy.

Finally, it is important to remember to support each other. I want to thank each of you for working together as a community and for your continued commitment to compassion while avoiding acts of discrimination and bias during this time. This virus is rapidly spreading throughout our greater community and posing global challenges — so a unified response is vital.

A message from Edmonds College president Dr. Amit B. Singh regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) to campus

The safety and health of our campus community is our number one priority. I want to assure you that we continue to monitor latest developments surrounding COVID-19 and are preparing to act quickly and be ready to act if needed. We are aware of the latest report of two local cases of COVID-19.

Serving students is our goal

If we need to close the campus, our goal is to continue offering classes and services. We are preparing to serve you completely online in all aspects: enrolling, advising, registration, tutoring, and classes.

Stay informed!

Updates will continue to be sent to your EdMail email account, so please check your email often for further information.

Remember to sign up for Triton Alerts: In any emergency or situation of concern, we will notify you first using our Triton Alert System. To receive Triton Alert text notifications to your mobile device, please go to the Triton Alert and add your mobile device or additional email information.

Tips for staying healthy

If you are sick, please stay home. Hand washing and not touching your face are still the best ways to reduce the risk of any contagious infection. The local health department recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer - there are dispensers in every building.

About COVID-19

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China that is known to cause mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

As new information continues to emerge, please remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not at all connected with race, ethnicity, or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness. Please refer to the infographic published by King County Health for additional information.

A message from Edmonds College president Dr. Amit B. Singh regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) to campus

There are many concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how communities, businesses, and schools are preparing. We are diligently monitoring the situation with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Washington State Health Department, and Snohomish Health District closely, and we’re tracking COVID-19 carefully. We share your concerns and want you to know that we are focused on preparing and ensuring we have a plan in place if a significant threat to the health of our community emerges.

According to the CDC, the current risk to people in Snohomish County from COVID-19 remains low, although it is increasingly likely that it will spread to the U.S. at some point. There has been one confirmed case to date in Snohomish County, and that individual has fully recovered.

According to the Snohomish Health District, they have not considered a closure for any school or college/university in Snohomish County. The scientific basis for school or college/university closure in outbreak or pandemic settings is situation-dependent. Decisions on canceling Edmonds College events or closing our college for a period of time would be made in coordination with the Snohomish Health District.

While the current risk is still low, we are working on our plan, in case things get worse. You will be hearing more about the plan soon.

Updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Source: CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan, but at this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.

The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps related to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus, including suspending entry in the United States of foreign nationals who have visited China within the past 14 days. Measures to monitor the health of those who are allowed entry into the United States (U.S. citizens, residents and family) who have been in China within 14 days also are being implemented.

While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help address this emerging public health threat:

  • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season, and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for people who recently traveled from China and have fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • If you are a healthcare provider caring for a COVID-19 patient or a public health responder, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
  • If you have been in China or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others.

Updates from the U.S. State Department

Source: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province--china.html

U.S. citizens are urged to:
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for China is currently a Level 4 - Do Not Travel to China due to novel coronavirus. If you decide to travel to China, discuss your travel with your healthcare provider. Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Follow local authority instructions.
  • Closely monitor Travel.state.gov and CDC.gov for important information.
Before you travel

Due to the current public health situation, many countries have begun implementing strict screening procedures in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in Hubei province, China in the previous 14 days may be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine.
  • Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days may undergo a health screening and possible self-quarantine.
  • Please read these Department of Homeland Security supplemental instructions for further details.
  • U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. You may also follow the U.S. State Department on Twitter and Facebook.
  • If you travel, you should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive updates.

Updates from the Washington State Department of Health

Source: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States in Washington State. The patient recently returned from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, where an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December. While the current situation poses a public health threat, we have no evidence the virus is spreading in Washington so the risk to the general public is low.

We will update this page daily with:

  • The number of confirmed (positive) 2019 novel coronavirus cases in Washington.
  • The number of persons under investigation (PUI) in Washington that have tested negative.
  • The number of PUIs with pending test results.
  • The total number of PUIs tested.
  • The number of people who are currently being monitored due to having close contact with a person who is confirmed to have 2019 novel coronavirus.

Washington State quarantine facilities: In response to new federal measures around controlling the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, the Washington State Department of Health has been working to identify several suitable locations for a quarantine site, should the need arise. The purpose of quarantine is to prevent healthy people who’ve potentially been exposed to a communicable disease from spreading it to other people.

Late last week, our public health partners provided guidance to schools regarding best practices for responding to 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), based on the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance has since changed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all travelers from China (including school students, staff and volunteers) arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. This measure was put in place because of the increasing number of cases of 2019-nCoV in China.

There is no recommendation for individuals, who showed no symptoms upon arrival before this time, to restrict their activities. All travelers from China arriving BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2 p.m. can continue to attend school and should take the following steps:

  • Watch for any changes in your health for 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Hello Triton community,

We are providing the following information because the health of the Triton community is a top priority at Edmonds College.

According to the Snohomish Health District, a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in Snohomish County was announced on Jan. 21. The Snohomish County man with the virus had recently traveled to Wuhan, China.

About the 2019 novel coronavirus

The 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China that is known to cause mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

According to the health district, there is much still to learn about the virus; however, they state that the immediate threat to the general American public is considered low. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention are closely monitoring the outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus. Multiple cases have been confirmed in the U.S., as well as in other countries.

Symptoms of the virus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you think you have the novel coronavirus

If you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China or mainland China and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 novel coronavirus, stay home and contact your health care provider.

Important: Before seeing your health care provider, be sure to tell them about your symptoms and/or close contact with someone who is confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the health care provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. Ask your health care provider to call the local or state health department.

To prevent the spread of viruses

The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick so others aren't exposed to your illness.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover you mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Edmonds College resources

We understand that students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about family in China may seek support from one of the following offices:

Additional information about the novel coronavirus:

Stay informed, stay healthy! We will continue to keep the campus informed and updated.