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 Supervisor Information

As LCC transitions towards our “new normal”, we are sharing resources for supervisors in navigating new changes and COVID-related scenarios.


Learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Mandate (proclamation 21-14.1). Find Employee, Supervisor, & Applicant Resources on our vaccine mandate resources page.


Updates

  • LCC has brought back most in-person services. Supervisors should continue to work with their teams regarding in-person services and activities and remote work. If your employee’s telework schedule has changed, please have them submit a new telework agreement form as soon as possible. Staff complete the employee telework agreement form. Faculty complete the faculty telework agreement form.
  • The paid administrative leave for employees who are exposed to a positive COVID case, are asymptomatic, and have not tested positive has been rescinded. Please make an effort to offer telework for employees in this scenario.
  • Employees who are directed to telework or work in-person and choose not to must submit leave accordingly. They might qualify for leave based upon this chart. Contact HR if you have questions.
  • We have updated our Telework Procedure. Employees may telework even if they are caring for dependent(s).
  • The Resources for Employees COVID-19 webpage lists the types of leave available to LCC employees in a variety of circumstances.

Telework

Steps for Requesting to Telework:

** Employees only need to resubmit telework agreements if their schedule changes for Spring quarter.

All employee types (FT, PTH, Student employees, etc.) must submit a telework request if they plan to telework. Here are the steps for employees that are requesting to telework:

  1. Employee completes the telework agreement form and it will route to the supervisor for approval.
  2. HR will review the request and may reach out to the supervisor to ensure that telework is feasible for that position.
  3. Overtime eligible employees must keep track of their teleworking hours and report hours accordingly in ctcLink. To help keep teleworking employees accountable, please utilize the telework activity log. You can create a copy of the Google doc for your employees (path: File > Make a Copy).

         Please note there may be payroll implications for employees teleworking out-of-state.

Remote Access to Confidential Information

Normal rules and regulations on confidential information (FERPA, confidential files and documents, etc.) remain. Please be mindful about this when approving work to be done at home.


Conferences, Meetings and Business-Related Gatherings

  • LCC is offering more in-person services and activities. In-person may occur in accordance with COVID safety procedures.

Maintain confidentiality

If working with an employee confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, LCC will inform employees of their possible exposure in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Supervisor FAQs

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.

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.

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.

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.

Report the exposure to covid@lowercolumbia.edu

Regardless of vaccination status, employees will need to follow the rules of LCC's Return to Campus Guide before visiting campus. See also: Return to Campus Guide for Childcare.

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.

At this time masks are optional, however you must maintain 3 feet social distancing while indoors.

What we recommend:

  • Ask them if they would like to 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 the employee is 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, they need to   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 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.

Can I ask my employee if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms?

Yes, you may ask them this question. Don’t ask them to disclose if they have an underlying medical condition. If they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, they need to stay home and not come to campus. They may return to campus in accordance with LCC's Return to Campus Guide. See also: Return to Campus Guide for Childcare.

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.


Can I ask my employee if they are traveling outside of the country?

Yes, you may ask them this question. Please refer to the CDC's current guidance for travel.


Is it ok for me to tell my employees that they should follow proper hand washing techniques? What about cough and sneeze etiquette?

Yes. This is something you should be actively encouraging in your workplace. See the CDC's website for cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene.

Report the positive COVID test to Covid@lowercolumbia.edu and have them stay home until further direction. 


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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