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COVID-19 Information

Stay Informed, Stay Healthy

COVID-19 Information

Stay Informed, Stay Healthy

COVID-19 Information

Stay Informed, Stay Healthy
Computer-generated rendering of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Remote Operations Information

Get the information you need, including frequently asked questions, to stay on track as an SVC student or employee.

COVID-19 Resources and Information

Students who are enrolled in in-person classes must self-attest to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a medical or religious exemption. If you do not have an attestation or exemption on file or if you have not declared that you are taking online-only classes, you will not be able to register for winter quarter classes.

To register for winter classes, students must self-attest to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, request a medical or religious exemption, or declare that you are taking online-only classes.

Activate your ctcLink account to complete the attestation/exemption process in the student self-service:

Link to Student Attestation/Exemption form

Guide for Student Attestation/Exemption in ctcLink

If you are not fully vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption on file, you are eligible to enroll in online courses only. To enroll in online-only classes, you are required to complete the online-only declaration stating that you will remain exclusively online for the quarter for both classes and on-campus activities.

Declare Online-only Learning

Any questions can be directed to Brooke Writer, SVC COVID-19 Coordinator, at [email protected].

SVC has implemented a simple online procedure to allow students to make the attestation that they are fully vaccinated or request an exemption. Students will self-enter information obtained from their vaccination card, including the type of vaccination and the dates the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered.

Skagit Valley College will require students who plan to come to campus for in-person classes and/or services to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request an exemption based on medical or religious reasons. Students who are enrolled 100% online and do not need to come to a college site to participate in an activity are not required to be vaccinated.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second Moderna or Pfizer dose, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In addition to vaccination requirements, we will continue to require everyone to wear face coverings at all times inside all college buildings at each of our campuses and centers regardless of vaccination status. 

Regardless of vaccination status, all are welcome at SVC and the college will continue to offer online, hybrid, and in-person options for instruction and services.

A list of vaccination sites and available appointments is found at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

Employee Vaccine Attestation/Exemption Verification

For more information on the vaccine verification process for employees, volunteers, and contractors, please visit: skagit.edu/vaccine-verification.

Resources

Policies/Advisories

Skagit Valley College is not restricting travel at this time. If travel situations change, SVC will support travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. State Department, Governor’s Office, Washington State Department of Health, Skagit County Health Department,  Island County Health Department, and San Juan County Health Department. We encourage you to visit these agencies online to determine if there are any specific travel advisories to your destination and whether or not you feel comfortable traveling.

Supporting a Healthy SVC Community

As members of a global community, it is important to note that although COVID-19 started in China, having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not place a person at higher risk for this illness. Further, while some individuals may choose to wear a mask, we should not assume that person is sick, as there are medical, cultural, and social reasons for doing so.

We must take care of ourselves as individuals and as a college community by supporting SVC’s Guiding Principles of Respect, Integrity, Open and Honest Communication, Collaboration, and Compassion. Thank you for supporting a healthy SVC community for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

About COVID-19

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing respiratory illness in people and others circulating among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have included severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the risk to the American public of becoming infected with this novel coronavirus is currently low. Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, including any changes in the risk assessment.

How does it spread?

Although we have a lot to learn about this virus, it is currently believed that it spreads like other respiratory viruses- by people with the infection coughing and sneezing. These droplets are inhaled by other people or moved to the eyes, nose or mouth by contaminated hands.

How can I help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

If you feel fine, but have had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (pdf), please 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. You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.

If 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 72 hours. You and the rest of the household can continue to go to work and school as long as you feel well. There are many potential respiratory diseases that can cause cough and a fever.

If a friend of a friend 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 it is COVID-19 are fairly low.

If 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 6 feet or more away from other people. See if you can work from home. Wash your hands frequently.

The CDC advises you to:

  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Monitor your symptoms closely. Remember that the likelihood is low that you have coronavirus. Take your temperature if you believe you have a fever.

Stay home from school and work until at least 72 hours after your fever ends. If you must go out of the house or be around others, wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around infants and small children as well as people who have compromised immune systems and/or are over the age of 65. If you returned from China in the last 14 days, and your arrival date was February 2 or later, you will have received instructions from the CDC and from the local or state health department. Please follow these instructions. Guidelines for travelers returning from other countries are available from the CDC.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you have returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 AND are experiencing fever and respiratory symptoms (such as fever with coughing or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath), the CDC advises you to seek medical advice and call ahead to your health-care provider or nurse advice line.

Additionally, if you have NOT returned in the past 14 days from travel to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak OR have NOT been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, but do have fever and respiratory symptoms seek medical advice and call ahead to your health-care provider or nurse advice line. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

Where can I get more information?

For general questions and concerns we have created a dedicated campus hotline at 844-840-0040.

For students, if you have a specific health concern please contact the Student Health Center at 360-650-3400.

For employees with specific health concerns please contact your primary health care provider.

For current information about this evolving public health situation, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page.

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, or what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

The Skagit County Health Department’s Novel Coronavirus page has updated local information and resources.

FAQs for Students

How do I attest that I have been vaccinated?

Reminder! Students who are enrolled in in-person classes must self-attest to being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or request a medical or religious exemption by Nov. 8. Beginning Nov. 5, you will need to activate your ctcLink account to complete the attestation process in the student self-service:

Link to Student Attestation/Exemption form

Guide for Student Attestation/Exemption in ctcLink

If you are not fully vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption on file, you are eligible to enroll in online courses only. To enroll in online-only classes, you are required to complete the online-only declaration stating that you will remain exclusively online for the quarter for both classes and on-campus activities.

Declare Online-only Learning

Can you explain the types of exemptions?

The two types of exemptions listed in the Governor’s proclamation are medical and religious. Students can select the type of exemption they want to claim when they verify their vaccination status. The College will be reviewing religious and medical exemption requests and will be following up directly with students regarding any further documentation required. We expect to review religious exemptions on a weekly basis and you should receive a confirming email regarding the exemption request. Religious accommodations may include taking classes online, masking while on campus, and following other established safety requirements.

I have attested to being fully vaccinated. Can I immediately remove my face covering?

No, SVC will maintain the current mask mandate.

What do I do if I am only partially vaccinated? Or if it has not been 2 weeks since my second shot?

Wait to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form until after you are fully vaccinated. Wait for two weeks after you receive your second dose (or two weeks after receiving a one-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson).

Please note the below deadlines for being fully vaccinated by Nov. 8:

  • Moderna – deadline for the first dose is Monday, Sept. 27.
  • Pfizer – deadline for the first dose is Monday, Oct. 4.
  • Johnson & Johnson – deadline for vaccination is Monday, Oct. 25.
What do I do if I have a qualifying disability and am requesting an accommodation regarding the COVID protocols?

You will still complete the self-attestation. The Disability Access Services (DAS) office at Skagit Valley College is committed to ensuring equal access to all programs, services, and activities for qualified students with disabilities. If you need an accommodation based on the COVID protocols and have a qualifying disability, please contact [email protected].

What if I am only taking courses online and don't plan to go to campus?

Students who are enrolled 100% online and do not need to come to a college site to participate in an activity and/or services are not required to be vaccinated.

Can faculty and staff see student vaccination status?

Faculty will not have access to the vaccination status of students enrolled in their in-person classes. Limited staff will have confidential access to the vaccination/exemption status for students.

How do I submit COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result?

Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, who has COVID-19-like symptoms should not come to campus until their symptoms resolve or they receive a negative COVID test. SVC tracks confirmed COVID cases associated with campuses as directed by the Washington State Department of Health.

Students should contact a faculty member if symptoms or a positive test arise on campus or after recently visiting campus.

Open COVID-19 Reporting and Tracking Form

I've had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?

If you are not vaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated:
Students who are otherwise healthy (not showing symptoms) but have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine at home and away from others. Current quarantine recommendations are to stay in quarantine for 14 days after your last contact.

If you are vaccinated:
Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine due to close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 unless the student is symptomatic. If symptoms develop, follow quarantine recommendations and get tested.

Prevention and Wellness

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you have a cough and a fever:

Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

The CDC also advises you to:

  • Avoid contact with others and do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

Monitor your symptoms closely. Remember that the likelihood is low that you have coronavirus. Take your temperature if you believe you have a fever.

Stay home from school and work until at least 72 hours after your fever ends. If you must go out of the house or be around others, wear a mask and avoid close contact. Be especially careful around infants and small children as well as people who have compromised immune systems and/or are over the age of 65. If you returned from China in the last 14 days, and your arrival date was February 2 or later, you will have received instructions from the CDC and from the local or state health department. Please follow these instructions. Guidelines for travelers returning from other countries are available from the CDC.

Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

What should I do if I have an underlying health condition or am immunosuppressed?

According to the Washington State Department of Health, people with preexisting health conditions are at higher risk to develop complications from a COVID-19 infection. Your health is the top priority, so public health officials may recommend that you stay home if there are more community infections. The Department of Health has created guidelines to help you plan and prepare in the event of needing to limit time in public or if you become sick. Your health care team can also help you assess your current medications and conditions to help you think about actions that can minimize risk to you and your household.

Should I wear a mask?

In line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Skagit County Public Health is now recommending that all people wear fabric face masks/coverings in public and for any group gathering, including workplaces. Please be aware that wearing face masks/coverings in public is considered an additional layer of protection and is not a substitute for existing 6-foot social distancing procedures or for frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer.

Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals are required to wear a face covering at all times inside all SVC college buildings at each of our campuses and centers.

Please visit the Skagit County Public Health and Centers for Disease Controls websites for more information on the use of cloth face masks/coverings.

Are there steps individuals, families and communities can take to help prepare if there is widespread transmission of COVID-19?

The CDC has a guide for individuals, families and communities on prevention and mitigation of the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. These steps include many of those listed above for personal health, as well as others relevant for broader community efforts.

How should I clean and disinfect communal spaces?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, tables, keyboards light switches). Use a disinfectant registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a 10% bleach/water solution to clean surfaces. Please avoid putting disinfectant gels or liquids on electronics and other equipment, including elevator buttons, unless they have been indicated as safe to use on those devices.

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