COVID-19 Campus Updates

Campus Status

August 10, 2020

  • Clatsop Community College access remains restricted to students participating in courses with required hands-on components and closed to the public. Anyone who must be on campus needs to adhere to proper safety procedures. Most campus services are available online. View the Virtual Student Services page to learn more at https://www.clatsopcc.edu/virtualstudentcenter/

  • Please check back regularly for updated information.

Cases

Summer Term 2020 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases- 1

Spring Term 2020 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases- 1


All confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving an active student or employee of CCC, whether taking classes or working remotely or in-person on campus, are represented. Any cases involving on-campus contact engages the COVID-19 Response protocols to inform and assist individuals affected, and secure and sanitize areas to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

We understand that testing for COVID-19 is limited in our area, and the number of confirmed cases may not reflect the actual number of COVID-19 cases present in our community. Please follow the recommended guidelines of social distancing and sanitary practices to limit the spread of the germs.

Guidelines for On-Campus Activity

The CCC Board of Education is reviewing the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response Plan that outlines guidelines and procedures that align with the Governor’s Executive Order and Oregon Health Authority standards for higher education. These procedures have been put in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while best serving the needs of our area students.

Moving forward through this upcoming academic year, CCC will evolve and adapt plans, as necessary, to maintain essential college operations while keeping the health of students, employees and the community as top priority.

A Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response Plan specific to CCC is in development to have guidelines in place for Fall term. 

 

The following is a list of the guidelines and processes to take special note of. Further information regarding each item will be found in the complete response plan. 

 

The OHA guidelines for colleges can be found at OHA-HECC-higher-education-health-standards-covid-FINAL

  • Working or attending class on campus while ill is NOT permitted. Conduct a self-screening assessment every day prior to coming to campus.
  • If you or anyone in your household have recently had an illness with COVID-19 symptoms, stay in your place of residence and contact your health provider if needed.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the county health authority’s guidance as they set up a monitoring plan for you. The college will contact you to offer assistance that aligns with the health authority’s plan.
  • If there is a positive case on campus, the college will be alerted, and information will be shared with the college community concerning the locations affected and if there are any area closures for deep cleaning.
  • If there is a positive case on campus and you have been identified as someone who was in close/sustained contact with that person, you will be notified, asked to quarantine, and public health authorities will guide you through the monitoring process.

  • Face coverings that cover a person's nose and mouth are required in all buildings on all campuses or when unable to maintain 6-feet between people. No one is allowed to be in campus buildings without a face covering or alternative accommodation approved of by Human Resources or Student Access Services.
  • Face coverings are recommendedwhen moving about campus between buildings. 
  • Requests for an alternative to a mask-style face covering may be made through the Student Access Services office for students and Human Resources for employees.
  • Employees working in office spaces that can isolate themselves are allowed to remove their face coverings.
  • In classrooms, students may remove face coverings while seated 6-feet apart from each other, if desired, but must have face coverings on if moving around or needing to interact with others.

Conditions that qualify as face covering exemptions have smaller scope than many realize.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it so businesses must make reasonable accommodations to everyone. The key word is reasonable. Even if you give a legitimate reason to not wear a face covering, you may still be questioned and refused entry. That's because the ADA does not apply if there's a direct threat to someone's health or safety. Exposure to COVID-19 has been categorized as a direct threat.

Businesses are allowed to ask customers why they're not wearing a face covering. If you refuse to answer, they may refuse entry. HIPPA privacy laws do not apply in this kind of situation.

The conditions that qualify as a face covering exemption have a smaller scope than many realize. For example, asthma patients likely do not fall under that scope. But later stages of pulmonary respiratory disease, emphysema, or a serious mobility issue can be legitimate reasons.

To discuss CCC’s reasonable accommodations to wearing a face covering, please contact: CCC Students:  Student Access Services at 503-338-2472 or mvollner@clatsopcc.edu.

CCC Employees: Human Resources at 503-338-2406 or HR@clatsopcc.edu.

Also, keep in mind there are repercussions for lying. If someone claims that they have a disability and they actually don't, if that is found out, then that could incur criminal and civil penalties.

Disposable masks will be available at each campus, but it is encouraged for everyone to use their own personal reusable face coverings. Disposable masks may be found: 

  • MERTS- Masks available with IMTC and MERTS Program Assistants (Emily and Toni)
  • Lexington Campus- Masks available in the Bookstore in Columbia Hall
  • South County- Masks available at the front entrance

 

  • When entering campus, use the hand sanitizer stations available
  • Wash hands often, especially before eating, and after using public spaces.

Attendance requirements for class will include accommodations deemed reasonable for any students needing to quarantine. If possible, classes will offer online/remote opportunities if students are in quarantine. Some classes are not able to flex in-person requirements and in these situations, students may be eligible for extensions on assignments or other instructional solutions. Accommodations will be documented and approved through the Student Access Services Office.

 

Employees of CCC requesting accommodations due to COVID-19 will be handled through the Human Resource Office. 

Any complaints regarding the implementation and enforcement of the college’s COVID-19 response will be able to be submitted through a complaint resolution process lead by Vice President Jerad Sorber, who may be reached at jsorber@clatsopcc.edu

Classroom layouts will be preset and seat locations will be spaced out in classrooms to ensure proper distancing. Markers on floors will be placed in various locations where lines may form to assist individuals in keeping proper spacing. Follow instructions by college leadership for classroom cleaning, sanitation and securing procedures. 

  • CCC Campuses are NOT open to the general public. Students and employees are allowed on campus.
  • College business hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.Most college offices will be open for in-person business with virtual services still available via the CCC website at https://www.clatsopcc.edu/virtualstudentcenter/
  • Patriot Hall will be open for academic student and employee use during the Fall quarter. 
  • Hours of Operation for Patriot Hall are Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and only accessibly by students and employees.

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Clatsop Community College has received notice that a member of our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19.  According to information received by the Clatsop County Health Department, the individual was not on campus while they were contagious.   If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 you are encouraged to utilize the CDC Symptom Checker at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus .  Clatsop County Health Department is providing free drive-through COVID-19 testing with priority for those who are experiencing symptoms.  For more information on drive-through please go to https://www.co.clatsop.or.us/publichealth/page/drive-through-covid-19-testing.  

 

Please note that face coverings are required on all Clatsop Community College Campuses.  Additionally, you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by regularly cleaning your hands, maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others and avoiding crowded areas.  Students who need accommodations related to COVID-19 should contact Mallory Vollner (mvollner@clatsopcc.edu) in Student Access Services for assistance.  Employee requests for accommodations should be addressed to Naomi Garbutt (ngarbutt@clatsopcc.edu) in the Human Resources Office.  For updated information on how Clatsop Community College is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic please visit https://www.clatsopcc.edu/campus-information/campus-safety/covid-19-campus-updates/

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), is pleased to report new state public health standards for the resumption of in-person higher education activities across Oregon colleges and universities during the pandemic.

A plan specific to CCC is in development to have guidelines in place for Fall term. 

The OHA guidelines for colleges can be found at OHA-HECC-higher-education-health-standards-covid-FINAL

Automotive:

Online classes are currently being held for Spring Term. All Automotive Technology lecture coursework is being posted online for students to view until June 13, 2020. Starting June 15, 2020, CCC will begin in-person instruction for Spring Term coursework but will need to end the term on June 26. This will not offer enough time to complete all of the practical coursework for an automotive degree, so the college will issue the students an “Incomplete” grade, then the Automotive Technology faculty will work with each Automotive Technology student individually to determine how best to finish coursework in future terms either one-on-one or in class groups. Please contact Thad Nolan at tnolan@clatsopcc.edu with any questions you may have.

 

Maritime Science:

For Spring term, Maritime Science faculty will begin in-person instruction for degree and non-degree seeking students on April 27, 2020. This will allow:

  • Maritime Industry workers to gain needed certifications
  • Degree-seeking students to gain as many certifications as they can before leaving for summer employment or career employment.

 

To keep faculty, staff and students safe, Clatsop Community College will employ the measures outlined in the "Minimum Mandatory Parameters" handout which align with the CDC and Nursing Department requirements with regard to screening and access that will be sent to students ahead of their class and posted at each door in the Maritime Science building at the MERTS Campus. Students will need to complete their checklist each day to self-screen before coming to campus and class. In addition, faculty will be keeping student numbers in each classroom to no more than 8 with 6 feet of distance between, wearing masks when less than 6 feet of distance as needed.

 

Maritime Science will continue their in-person four week summer term beginning July 6, 2020. This will allow non-degree seeking students the opportunity to move some of their coursework to a later term if they do not feel comfortable coming spring term. Faculty are also prepared to add classes during this 4 week time frame or throughout the 8 week summer term, as needed by industry, if we can complete coursework safely and in a fiscally positive manner. Please contact Toni Middleton at tmiddleton@clatsopcc.edu with any questions you may have.

CCC welding students will begin their Spring term on April 13th working on American Welding Society (AWS) online curriculum in order to comply with the Oregon Governor's executive order close schools and campuses through June 12, 2020, and only allow online learning during that time. Welding faculty will be  available for student questions through this process. Instructor Jesse Fulton is available at jfulton@clatsopcc.edu

 

In-person spring term instruction in Welding will begin June 15 and end June 26 (dependent on Governor's further orders). Students should be able to complete their hands-on welding coursework during these two weeks to complete their Spring term classes but if new details emerge and  students cannot complete the coursework,  they will be given an Incomplete until the end of Fall term 2020. For those that cannot start the online coursework in April and want to complete coursework fully in-person over the summer term, CCC will have two 4-week summer sections available. These sections will be held in 5 hour blocks for 1-2 variable credits on Tuesday and Thursday, from 9-2 p.m. and  3-8 p.m. starting August 4 and ending August 27. 

 

Updates on how CCC plans to proceed  with Automotive and Maritime in-person instruction will be available next week.

Starting Friday, March 20, 2020, CCC is making significant modifications to class delivery, services, and the start of Spring Term.
Clatsop Community College will be providing services exclusively through virtual means and all campuses will be restricted to faculty and staff access only starting 8 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2020 and will reopen to the public when the college resumes regular on-campus classes. Please note, we are not closing the college; we will have employees working either on-campus or remotely to maintain a high level of service to our students through telecommunications and virtual service to the best of our abilities.


In-Person Services Will Move to Virtual Services- To offer continued services to students while complying with social distancing mandates, services to students will be available through virtual sources as much as possible. We are working on a Virtual Student Center that will direct students to connect with CCC services to get them set up and supported for the Spring Term. We hope to go online with the Virtual Student Center by Monday, March 23, 2020. This will allow employees working remotely and on campus to serve students while maintaining a minimal spread of germs. There will be limited in-person services available in areas that are considered critical functions that require person to person contact, such as the Bookstore for the purchase or rental of textbooks.


Spring Term Delayed Start- CCC will delay the start of Spring Term to Monday, April 6, 2020. An exemption has been given to the Nursing, Allied Health, and EMT programs to start on time on Monday, March 30, 2020 due to accreditation requirements.


All CCC Classes Will Go Online for the Start of Spring Term- Spring Term will start one week later than previously advertised on Monday, April 6, 2020 and classes will be offered online until given notice that the governor’s executive order is lifted and that we may resume on campus classes. An exemption has been given to the Nursing, Allied Health, and EMT programs as the state is eager to prepare health care graduates for the workforce as quickly as possible. The week of March 30th will be used by faculty to prepare their courses to go fully-online. The Office of Instruction is working to support faculty with multiple training opportunities in Zoom and Brightspace and to work through the coursework of all programs to determine how to deliver robust content in an online platform. CCC is working on rental options of a limited number of laptops for students who do not have reliable access otherwise for online learning. Students will receive communication on the laptop rental process prior to the start of Spring Term.


Patriot Hall- Patriot Hall fitness facilities will be closed starting at 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and will not reopen until we resume regular on-campus classes. We will offer the opportunity for community members who already registered for Bandit Community Fitness to either transfer their registration to Summer Term or a refund of fees.


Dora Badollet College Library- In alignment with the Oregon Library Association, the CCC library will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, and will not reopen until we resume regular on-campus classes. Online library resources will be available through the library webpage. Tutoring opportunities will still be available through virtual resources such as email or Zoom.


Community Education Classes are Cancelled through April- At this time all Community Education classes are cancelled through April. Classes are being looked at individually to see if they can be rescheduled for later this term or moved to Summer Term.


CCC Small Business Development Center remains open by appointment-only to serve the business community. All advising will be via phone, video, or email. To schedule, email sbdc@clatsopcc.edu, call 503-338-2343, or go to the SBDC website at bizcenter.org/Clatsop and click on the "connect with us" link.

CCC's South County Office in Seaside is providing service by phone and operating by appointment only. Please call 503-338-2402 to contact SBDC and CEDR staff.

CCC plans to staying open through the transition to Spring Term.Finals week is a go as scheduled and please plan accordingly. If faculty alter original plans for finals, they will communicate that to students on their class rosters. We encourage social distancing in classes, offices, and all areas on campus to allow 3 feet in between people.

 

The college plans to stay open through spring break with regular hours. 

 

CCC plans to start Spring Term as scheduled on March 30th. As of right now, in-person classes are expected to resume normally, however,  we are encouraging the exploration of how classes could be taught online for at least 2 weeks if necessary. All students are advised to check with their instructors to verify class updates and changes. 

 

CCC continues to encourage social distancing in all of your offices, classes, and meetings so we contain the spread of germs and can remain open for our students.

 

The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA), comprised of all 17 community colleges in the state of Oregon, has worked together and agreed on a statement that was then applied to each individual college. Below is the statement as it applies to Clatsop Community College:

 

Clatsop Community College knows that the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout Oregon is of concern to our students, staff and community. CCC is committed to providing a safe and healthy educational environment, but recognizes the way we provide service may need to shift for a time in response to recommendations from the Governor, Oregon Health Authority, public health officials, Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to help slow the rate of exposure and potential illness. 

 

The state does not recommend that Oregon’s colleges close at this time, and CCC will stay open and operational. What CCC will do is take several recommended preventative measures, including abiding by a ban by Governor Kate Brown on large public gatherings/events with more than 250 people, effective immediately, through April 8, 2020. This will impact some college events.

 

In addition, CCC will cancel college-associated gatherings and group activities that do not allow for individuals to maintain a distance of three feet or more from one another (referred to as social distancing).

 

CCC may also shift to remote/online learning tools like Brightspace and Zoom, where feasible, rather than in-person classes. However, CCC recognizes the challenges of remote learning with hands-on CTE programs and labs. These programs will continue in person, but CCC will implement social distancing measures to maintain a distance of three feet between individuals.

 

CCC will limit all non-essential travel, including in- and out-of-state, as well as limit all non-essential meetings above 20 people. Meeting tools like Zoom will be used to minimize in-person meetings.

 

CCC administrators have begun conversations about which positions at the College may have the opportunity to work remotely from home. Those decisions will be communicated as soon as is appropriate.

 

What is Social Distancing? The CDC defines Social Distancing as avoiding crowds and mass public gatherings, and when possible, maintaining a distance of at least three feet from others. Social distancing also means staying home when ill, avoiding contact with people who have symptoms of illness, and not shaking hands.

All of these changes to operations will remain in place through at least April 8. CCC will continue to reevaluate the situation based on recommendations from the state and local health authorities, the CDC and the HECC, and make updates as appropriate.

 

CCC recognizes implementing such measures may raise questions, and cause disruption and concern. We are asking that all students and employees accommodate these changes in how CCC operates so that we can provide as much service as possible during this challenging time. We are also asking that everyone take personal responsibility in making sure to frequently wash your hands with soap and lukewarm water, cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, and stay home if you are sick or have symptoms of illness.

 

CCC’s priority is to provide students and staff with a safe learning and working environment -- this is the principle that guides all of our decisions. Thank you for your support, grace, and sharing the responsibility for the health of our community. We are all learning as rapidly as we can, as we go.  Please know that everyone at Clatsop Community College is making sure we have the most up-to-date information, that we are supporting you in your health, safety, and in your education and work environment. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have concerns. 

Last night Governor Kate Brown announced guidelines for the state of Oregon to slow the spread of COVID-19. Part of Brown’s announcement focused on guidance for schools. The Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) has met via conference call today to determine how to implement these guidelines in a way that supports continued student learning while still protecting at-risk populations, our students and employees.


The following guidelines agreed on by OCCA are now in effect:

  1. At this time, colleges and universities should work to preserve the continuity of essential academic operations and other supports for students. Colleges and universities should continue to consult with local and state health authorities regarding any closure decisions.
  2. Colleges and universities should shift instruction to remote/online learning options wherever feasible. Where this shift is not feasible (eg labs, CTE courses, other), they should employ social distancing practices and other mitigation practices recommended by the Governor’s guidance. 
  3. Colleges and universities should cancel non-essential school-associated gatherings and group activities that do not allow for individuals to maintain a distance of three feet or more from one other.
  4. Colleges and universities should cancel audience admission at intercollegiate athletics and activities, except for student participants, essential personnel, and credentialed media. 


We understand there are varying opinions about what should or should not be done at this time, but we need to proceed in a manner to limit the spread and possible exposure of COVID-19 for our students, employees and at-risk populations while still providing educational opportunities and services to our community. CCC administration ask you to assist in helping with this through the following:

  • Encourage Classroom Spacing- Try to sit with space between people in class and at meetings
  • Discourage non-essential travel to impacted areas of COVID-19. If you feel the need to travel, please self-monitor for signs of COVID-19 before returning to campus
  • CCC does not mandate telling students or employees to stay home or leave campus. If you are concerned about your environment, consult with your supervisor to make accommodations which may include telecommuting.
  • It’s important for CCC to stay a united campus community and stand against discriminatory behavior. National origin has no bearing on how likely someone is to contract the coronavirus. If you witness or experience a bias incident or discrimination please contact Jerad Sorber in Student Services or Naomi Garbutt in Human Resources.


To comply with the guidance by the governor, OHA, and OCCA, Clatsop Community College has postponed or cancelled events in the 4 week window outlined by the governor and also some events beyond that timeline that would be impacted by planning issues.


The following events are postponed or cancelled:

  • WINGS- March 14-Postponed
  • PI Day- March 14-Postponed
  • Ales and Ideas- April 2-Cancelled
  • CEDR Awards- April 7- Postponed
  • MERTS Open House- May 1- Cancelled
  • All field trips through April 10-Cancelled


We are all learning as rapidly as we can, as we go.  Please know that everyone at Clatsop Community College is making sure we have the most up-to-date information, that we are supporting you in your health, safety, and in your education. We are all here for you.  Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have concerns. 

On Sunday, March 8th, 2020, public health experts at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and education officials with the Oregon Department of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission  issued guidance and best practices from public health experts to schools, colleges and universities for decision-making concerning the novel coronavirus in Oregon.

 

In their communication they state that at this time, they recommend against closing schools and campuses where no cases of COVID-19 are present. It also recommends that schools, colleges and universities consider all alternatives before closing a school, college or university in the event that a COVID-19 case is detected among students or staff. The guidance identifies important strategies educational administrators can use to reduce the risk of COVID-19 within a school community and protect students from lost instructional time.

 

Under existing OHA guidance, individuals who have COVID-19, including students and educators, will be subject to self-isolation to prevent others from becoming infected.

 

The recommendations are meant to guide decision-making for school districts, colleges and universities, in consultation with state and local health officials. School districts and higher education administrators have the option of closing a school or university if many students and staff are affected by COVID-19, leaving the school unable to operate safely and effectively. 

 

At this time, Clatsop Community College has increased the cleaning of high-touch and high traffic areas on all campuses. Messaging and signage to encourage and remind all on campus to wash hands and use proper preventative steps to stop the spread of germs have been displayed across the college as well. 

 

There are no cases of COVID-19 on campus or in Clatsop County at this time that would alter the typical delivery of classes at the college. Administration at CCC, however, have asked the faculty to look at any classes that are not currently available online to see how the information and learning could still be delivered for persons who may need to self-quarantine or if the college became unable to operate safely and effectively if many students and staff were affected.

 

CCC administration are meeting regularly with federal, state and local agencies to stay updated on all aspects of COVID-19 and to provide the most accurate information and resources for students and employees. Any decisions to alter the delivery of classes or campus operations will be communicated via Bandit Alerts, the campus website and social media platforms as well are press releases to local media.

Clatsop Community College is closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory virus, COVID-19 to make timely and prudent decisions that protect our employees and students. The college has increased preventative cleaning measures as a precaution and also increased messaging about containing the spread of germs and viruses across campus and in the community.

 

If the virus were to become a major health problem in our area, Clatsop Community College would follow recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control, as well as the directions of the Oregon and Clatsop County Departments of Health.  Actions could include providing accommodations for students with weakened immune systems through the office of disability services,  or in case of a severe outbreak, a possible campus closure for deep cleaning.   

 

CCC keeps our college community informed during emergency and crisis situations by providing information via Bandit Alert, on the college website and social media platforms, and through local news organizations. 

 

The college is in communication with the federal, state, and local health authorities and also the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) for coordination and resource sharing in response to the virus. 

 

This web page has been created as a resource for information on COVID-19 as it pertains to the college. As a result, we will update information as circumstances change. This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

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