COVID Info and Alerts

Masks optional beginning March 12.

Need to report a confirmed or suspected case, or have a COVID question? Contact us asap at covid@lowercolumbia.edu.

If you believe you were exposed to the virus, or have become ill, you must follow the rules of LCC's Return to Campus Guide before visiting campus. See also: Return to Campus Guide for Childcare.

If leave is necessary, leave may be used in accordance with the current leave chart.

Ver en Español: Guía Para Regresar al Campus

Visit our Campus Closure and Emergency Information page for more information about what's open on campus.

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.

Find a convenient place to get vaccinated at vaccines.gov.

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.

Compliance with state requirements

Washington state has issued a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Mandate (proclamation 21-14.1). Find Employee, Supervisor, & Applicant Resources on our vaccines mandate resources page.

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

  • Consider getting vaccinated;
  • Practice physical distancing, staying at least three feet away from other people;
  • 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?

LCC has brought back most in-person services. Supervisors are continuing to work with their teams regarding in-person services and activities and remote work. If your telework schedule has changed, please submit a new telework agreement form as soon as possible.Staff complete the employee telework agreement form. Faculty complete the faculty telework agreement form.

Instructions for LCC Faculty (if a students reports an illness or related scenario)

Please advise them to stay home and take care of themselves. They should not return to campus until they are well. Please work to provide appropriate accommodations where possible so they do not get behind in class. If you have specific questions, contact covid@lowercolumbia.edu

Please report this to COVID@lowercolumbia.edu so that we can reach out to the student and make an assessment as to whether or not they should attend class in person.

Please report this immediately to COVID@lowercolumbia.edu so we may reach out to the student and get more information regarding their current situation. They may need to refrain from coming to campus until they receive their results. If they test positive, they will need to stay home and follow the Return to Campus Guide.

Please ask the student to stay home and isolate according to the Return to Campus Guide. Please report this immediately to COVID@lowercolumbia.edu so that we may reach out to the student for more information. 

Please work to provide appropriate accommodations where possible so they do not get behind in class. Do not disclose this information to other employees or students. It is protected medical information.

Hello (Student Name),

Thank you very much for informing me of your diagnosis. LCC cares about your health and well-being, and someone from our Health and Safety department will be in touch with you soon regarding next steps.

Take Care,

(Faculty Signature)

 

FAQs for All Employees

Please work with your supervisor to schedule time during your work day to get the vaccine. You do not need to submit leave, this is considered regular time worked.
No. Time to get the vaccine is considered time worked. If you develop symptoms thereafter and need to miss work, you’ll need to submit leave. Full-time employees can use paid leave or leave without pay. Part-time employees may use sick leave and/or work with supervisors to make up missed time later in the month.

If you have a medical condition impacting your ability to report to work, you may request an accommodation under The Health Emergency Labor Standards Act (HELSA). During a public health emergency, HELSA protects high-risk employees, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from risk of exposure to the COVID-19 disease on the job. Specifically, employers may not discriminate against an employee who is high-risk for seeking accommodation regarding exposure or, if no accommodation is reasonable, utilizing all available leave options, such as unpaid leave and unemployment insurance.  A Q&A on HELSA can be found here

The law defines a “high-risk” employee as one whose:

  • Age or underlying health condition puts them at high risk of contracting a severe illness(as defined by CDC see the CDC’s list) from an infectious or contagious disease that is the subject of the public health  emergency, as defined by the CDC; and
  • Medical provider has recommended removal from the workforce due to their high risk of contracting a severe illness

If you are included on the list of those who are at increased risk, as defined by the CDC, (see the CDC’s list) and would like to request an accommodation under HELSA, please complete the High Risk Accommodation Form and reach out to Human Resources at hr@lowercolumbia.edu so we can begin the interactive accommodation process.

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 and may return to work with a doctor’s note OR according to the Return to Campus Guide. Childcare workers should refer to the Return to Campus for Childcare Guide.

Please see the gray box at the top of the main COVID-19 webpage for links to the current “Return to Campus Guide” and “Return to Campus Guide for Childcare.

No. The Governor’s Higher Education Proclamation 20-12.5 applies. Because we are considered a Not Fully Vaccinated Campus, everyone must physically distance 3 feet from others when indoors.

Yes, we do accept the at-home tests. We will proceed accordingly based on the rapid test results.

 

Bullying/discrimination will not be tolerated. Vaccination status is confidential medical information and employees should not be asking others about their status. If you feel like you are being bullied/discriminated against, reach out to HR at hr@lowercolumbia.edu or x2124 so we can address the behavior.

Yes, you may be required to attend face-to-face meetings and on campus activities. Those with approved accommodations based on HELSA and/or religious/medical exemption and approved accommodations to the COVID-19 vaccine might have other requirements.

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:

If an employee contracts or tests positive for COVID-19, they are required to use one of the leave types on the leave chart if they qualify. 

If leave is necessary, leave may be used in accordance with the current leave chart. Please see the gray box at the top of the main COVID-19 webpage for links to the current leave chart.

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. 
  • If leave is necessary, leave may be used in accordance with the current leave chart. Please see the gray box at the top of the main COVID-19 webpage for links to the current leave chart.

Employees can view all of their leave options on the leave chart. Please see the gray box at the top of the main COVID-19 webpage for links to the current leave 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, be sure to monitor your health and to avoid spreading the disease to others if you get sick.

Before entering a campus building, you must monitor for COVID-like symptoms daily and avoid coming to campus if you are sick.

  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.

Support for those feeling stressed: Washington Listens

Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.

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 of 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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