LCC is operating - we're just doing things differently.

LCC will continue to operate remotely until further notice (a list of face-to-face and hybrid classes for fall is now available). Medical Assisting, Nursing, Machining and Welding resumed limited lab activity on May 5. Applications for emergency funding assistance are still being accepted. - Learn More.

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LCC is operating - we're just doing things differently.

  • New - read campus update about scammers posing as contact tracers. How to avoid contact tracing scams.
  • Access to LCC buildings is restricted to faculty and staff until further notice (exception: medical assisting, nursing, machining, welding and a few other areas were allowed to resume critical labs beginning May 5 per order from the Governor).
  • The list of face-to-face and hybrid (partially online and partially on campus) courses for fall is now available! On-campus and hybrid courses for fall.
  • Summer quarter runs July 6 through August 27 and will remain mostly online, except for the lab exceptions noted above. Students, please watch Canvas and/or email for specific instructions from your instructors.
  • All events and activities are canceled until further notice.
  • Struggling with online classes? Check out our free tech tutorials at lowercolumbia.edu/elearning.
  • Apply for emergency financial assistance if you need help paying for tuition and fees, books, rent, food, childcare, technology, or other emergency or COVID-19 related expenses. Emergency Assistance Funding Request Form.
  • Childcare: the Early Learning Center is closed until further notice.
  • Head Start/ECEAP parents: Families will continue receiving modified services through the end of the school year. Classrooms will remain closed, but we remain actively engaged.
  • Please call (360) 442-2322 or email covid@lowercolumbia.edu for questions.

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 #.

COVID-19 Response Faculty & Staff Information

This is a rapidly evolving situation, the most up to date information will be available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health. This webpage will be updated with new information regarding changes to employee leave rules.

Please let us know if a student drops a class due to COVID-19

Use this form to let us know if a student drops a class or classes due to COVID-19. The Department of Education is allowing increased flexibility for students who drop for COVID-19 related reasons.

COVID-19 Response Faculty & Staff Information

This is a rapidly evolving situation, the most up to date information will be available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health. This webpage will be updated with new information regarding changes to employee leave rules.

LCC is operating - we’re just doing things differently.

We are complying with Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start – Stay Healthy.” The new order includes some variation by county, with a phased approach to reopening businesses.

With the new order, Washington is still in a state of emergency. The Governor continues to require people to engage in personal protective behaviors, including:

  • practice physical distancing, staying at least six feet away from other people;
  • wear cloth face coverings in public places when not eating or drinking;
  • stay home if sick;
  • avoid others who are sick;
  • wash hands frequently; cover coughs and sneezes;
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and
  • disinfect surfaces and objects regularly.

What does this mean for the LCC workforce? Not much is changing right now. Employees who are able to should continue to telework. All current telework agreements are automatically extended through the end of August.

The college is not in suspended operations; therefore, the regular rate of pay will apply to individuals covered who are directed to work on campus.   Individuals who are allowed to work on campus must practice social distancing from all other employees (stay at least 6 feet away from others), must wear a mask, must stay home if ill, must follow the Instructional Mitigation Plan if working in an instructional lab or classroom, and must take steps to ensure their work areas and frequently touched surfaces are cleaned at least daily. All other personnel will be working remotely.

  • Some staff may be required to work on campus based upon their job functions. Please ask your supervisor if you have  questions about whether you fall into this category.
  • For the rest of us, we will continue operations remotely to the best of our ability through teleworking and we will approve any requests for paid leave so long as it is appropriate (sick leave for personal illness or to attend to an ill family member, vacation leave for personal absences, etc.).
  • Anyone who can telework should telework - including PTH and student workers.
  • You can submit all telework forms via email to your supervisor and HR at hr@lowercolumbia.edu.
  • All current telework agreements are automatically extended through the end of August.
  • Online training is available for telework options and can be completed remotely. See the list here.
  • If you do not have access to a computer or other device in order to telework, please contact Maryanne Hirning from the Learning Commons and she can check-out chrome books to you.
  • If you are given the opportunity to telework and you choose not to, you must submit either sick leave, vacation leave, or leave without pay.
  • All staff need to change your campus voicemail message as well as your email out-of-office reply to indicate you are working remotely, you will get back to them ASAP, and you are checking VM regularly. Visit the guide to access the voicemail system remotely for more information.
  • Time reporting staff (Classified, Part-time hourly and all student workers) must enter all time and absence in ctcLink. The ctcLink system can be accessed with any internet connection.
  • Exempt and faculty employees must submit all absences in ctcLink.

FAQ's for LCC Faculty & Staff

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted on March 18, 2020. It includes two different employee leave acts  for employees that are unable to work or telework: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), which provides up to 80 hours of paid leave to qualifying employees who need leave for their own COVID-19 health related issues, to care for an individual with COVID-19 issues, or to care for a minor child due to a COVID-19 related school or child care closure and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), which provides qualifying employees up to twelve weeks of paid and unpaid leave to care for a minor child due to a COVID-19 related school or child care closure.

These acts are effective on April 1, 2020 and expire on December 31, 2020. This poster explains what employees’ rights are under the EFMLEA and EPSLA.

Noting that this is a new benefit, you can find additional information online at the U.S. Department of Labor website.

Where leave is foreseeable, you should provide notice of leave to your supervisor/HR as soon as is practicable. After the first workday of paid sick time, LCC may require employees to follow reasonable notice procedures in order to continue receiving paid sick time.

Employees who are interested in accessing these new types of leave should complete and submit the FFCRA request form to hr@lowercolumbia.edu with any required documentation included. Upon receipt of all forms, HR will be in contact to confirm eligibility and coordinate approved periods of leave.

If you have a medical condition impacting your ability to report to work, you may request an accommodation. Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46, which prevents all employers, public or private, from failing to provide accommodation to high risk employees, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that protects them from risk of exposure to the COVID-19 disease on the job.

Scope of the Proclamation Effective July 29, 2020, only those employees who fall within the following categories are covered by Proclamation 20-46.2 and any future versions of the order.

a) Employees who are 65 years or older;

b) Employees whose conditions are listed by the CDC under the “at increased risk”category; and

c) Employees whose conditions are listed by the CDC under the “might be at increased risk” category, but only if, based on the employee’s medical circumstances and workplace conditions, the employee is, in fact, at increased risk for suffering severe illness from COVID-19.** Medical Verification may be required 

Specifically:

  1. The employer must offer these employees alternative work assignments, including telework, alternative, or remote work locations, if feasible, and social distancing measures:
  2. If an alternative work assignment is not feasible, or the employee declines, the employer must allow the employee to use any accrued leave or seek unemployment benefits;
  3. The employer must maintain the employee’s health insurance benefits;
  4. The employer is prohibited from permanently replacing high-risk employees.

This proclamation remains in effect until further notice.
 
If you are in one of the high-risk categories outlined above and would like to request an accommodation under the Proclamation, please fill out this High Risk Employee Accommodation Request Form and send to Human Resources at hr@lowercolumbia.edu.

If you don't have a medical condition, but are concerned about workplace exposure to the Coronavirus, you have several options depending on your position:

If you have symptoms of fever and cough or shortness of breath, and not had any known exposure to COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, you need to stay home for twenty-four (24) hours after fever is gone and symptoms have improved.

Some employees may be required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to self-quarantine due to possible exposure of COVID-19. Please refer to the below scenarios to have a better understanding of when self-quarantine needs to occur in addition to healthcare provider recommendations.

Who has to quarantine themselves at home?

  1. Persons with a cough and a fever.
  2. Persons who feel fine, displaying no symptoms of illness.
    • BUT your child or someone else in your household has a cough and a fever, but has NOT been tested for COVID-19. The sick person needs to stay home until their fever and symptoms have been gone for 24 hours. You and the rest of the household can continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. Several potential respiratory diseases exist that can cause cough and a fever.
      BUT a friend of a friend of yours has COVID-19. You can continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. If you have not been around someone with COVID-19, the chances that you contract COVID-19 are fairly low.
    • BUT you are worried about your older or medically-fragile friends and relatives. This is a time to practice social distancing. Refrain from shaking hands, high fives, and hugs. Stand six feet or more from other people. Wash your hands frequently.
  3. You feel fine, displaying no symptoms of illness.
    • BUT you have had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
      • You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.
      • Call your healthcare provider and monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19.
    • BUT you tested positive for COVID-19.
      • You should not go to work, school, or public places until ten days have passed since you tested positive AND you haven’t developed subsequent illness.

Click here for more guidance regarding what to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19.

If an employee feels fine, not displaying symptoms, but has had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the employee should notify their supervisor immediately.

Supervisors will work with employees to verify if their work can be done remotely. If the employee is provided the opportunity to telework and declines to do so, the employee must use their own accrued leave.

Request to telework by completing the applicable telework form and submitting to HR. Review the Telework Procedure for more details.

Telework resources for employees:

In those instances where a telework arrangement is not feasible, employees who are self-quarantined will be released from work with no loss in pay during the time of self-quarantine for up to no more than 14 calendar days. If the employee starts to display symptoms while at home, the employee will no longer qualify for paid administrative leave and will need to use one of the leave types  as outlined in this leave chart if you qualify. It is vital to stress the importance of the responsibility for employees to consider the health of the workplace and their coworkers by exercising sound judgment and transparency during times of illness.

Employees will be required to submit a request for the self-quarantine leave by providing a self-written statement confirming the circumstance warranting the self-quarantine and should submit the request to HR. An email is considered written documentation. A note from a medical provider is not required. LCC retains the right to request written verification confirming the circumstances warranting the self-quarantine, which may include a signed affidavit from an employee.

If an employee contracts or tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to use one of the leave types on this leave chart if they qualify. For a list of leave options click here.

Due to school or childcare provider closures, you may:

  • Request to telework (Note: telework may be approved even if you are the primary provider for child(ren) during telework hours).
  • Use one of the Federal Leave options if you qualify, use sick leave, compensatory time, vacation leave, and/or leave without pay. You can also view leave options on this leave chart.

Use one of the Federal Leave options if you qualify. You can view all of your leave options on this chart.

Employees may be eligible to apply for Shared Leave, Unemployment Insurance benefits, Industrial Insurance (L&I) benefits or Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML). The Employment Security Department has published COVID-19 Scenarios & Benefits Available, a useful tool to help understand when unemployment, L&I or PFML may be applicable.

Please continue to protect yourself and families, neighbors and colleagues by staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Whenever possible avoid close contact with people who are sick, and frequently clean touched surfaces and objects.

Remember to treat individuals and communities impacted by COVID-19 with compassion and support – viruses do not discriminate and neither should we. Please speak up if you hear, see or read stigmatizing comments or misinformation.

If you think you have been exposed to someone with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, follow the steps provided by the CDC to monitor your health and to avoid spreading the disease to others if you get sick.

In order to protect against the spread of Coronavirus, LCC is requiring everyone on campus to wear a cloth face covering starting April 15, 2020. Employees may provide their own face covering, or they can request one at the security office (employee id required). Please read through this list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more detailed information.

Either before, or immediately upon your arrival to campus, please contact your LCC Security Team at (360) 431-8839, or email Jason Arrowsmith at jarrowsmith@lcc.ctc.edu or Rheba Rukkila at rrukkila@lcc.ctc.edu, and let them know of your arrival and what buildings or facilities you will be accessing. It is also appreciated if you contact the Security Team upon your departure as well.

This is a safety measure put in place until May 5, 2020.* Security will know to include your area more frequently during their patrols, maintenance staff will know to clean your office area, and, in case there is an emergency, the Security Team will know that you are on campus and will know where to contact you.

*Date subject to change.

  Check out these Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, & Isolation

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is Available to You

The spread of COVID-19 in our communities is causing a lot of extra anxiety and stress. Please remember that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for LCC employees.

Notifications and Updates Sent to Employees


Contact Safety & Security

The Safety & Security Office is located in the Student Center on the first floor (main lobby). To reach a campus security office call 2911 from a campus phone or (360) 442-2911 from any other phone.

Director or Student Conduct and Security Services

  Jason Arrowsmith
  Student Center Room 106
  (360) 442-2270
  jarrowsmith@lowercolumbia.edu

Director of Environmental Health & Safety

  Janel Skreen
  Health & Science Building Room 324
  (360) 442-2273
  jskreen@lowercolumbia.edu

Vice President of Administration

  Nolan Wheeler
  Administration Building, Rm 203
  (360) 442-2200
  nwheeler@lowercolumbia.edu

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