Information for students
Updated March 15, 2022.
Find answers to questions about your upcoming term, how to find in-person classes, or information on PCC’s COVID-19 health and safety practices. Please remember to visit this website frequently for the latest news – please check your PCC email regularly for updates.
Face Covering Requirement
Portland Community College will continue to require face coverings across all campuses throughout the Spring 2022 term, ending June 20.
If you have any questions about the face covering requirement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)
The federal government has established emergency funds to aid college students with economic relief from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community resources and funding
Find the resources you need to support yourself, your family, and your community.
Student COVID-19 Training
Health and Safety Training is encouraged for any student who will be on campus for any length of time.
How can I find in-person classes?
PCC is offering many in-person classes during the Winter 2022 term. You can find a full list by searching through our class schedule. Select “Show in-person classes only” to view only classes that have in-person components.
What programs are offering in-person classes?
View our Academic Program Reopening page for updated information regarding in-person classes.
How are classes being offered?
PCC offers classes in several ways to better support the many ways our students learn. View our Types of Classes at PCC page for a full list of class types.
How do I access my online/remote class?
Visit online.pcc.edu or click the “D2L Brightspace login” link in the quick links section in MyPCC.
How can I get help with this new class format?
For many of you, this may be your first time in an online classroom environment. We recommend:
- Read the adjusting to remote learning student guide.
- Complete the Start Guide for Online Learning.
- In Brightspace, visit the Online Student Resource Center. It provides self-paced training materials and videos for learning how to navigate Brightspace.
How do I take a placement test for Reading/Writing?
Because our Testing Centers are not open, an advisor can help you assess your placement for Reading and Writing. See our Placement tests page for more information.
What do I do if I would normally talk to my instructor in person at the first class for things like a waitlist exception or audit option?
These can be requested via email to the instructor of the course. Instructors can facilitate these approvals through email. Please use your PCC email to contact your instructor.
What if I don’t have a computer or internet access – should I drop my class?
We have some resources to help you, including free wi-fi connectivity options. Additionally, if you need a computer, wi-fi, or other support to access remote/online coursework or college services, please see our emergency funds page for more information.
How will my federal work study be affected?
Read the work study FAQs to learn about how your aid will be impacted and if you can keep working.
As always, don’t forget to check your MyPCC email often! We will continue to regularly send critical updates.
We will continue to update the college’s coronavirus website, so please remember to regularly check it for new information.
We thank you in advance for your support and partnership as we work together to ensure that PCC is taking preventative and responsive measures during this time. Please know that our faculty and staff are working very hard to prepare to deliver excellent instruction and support during Spring term.
How do I get and/or return my books?
All purchases through the Bookstore will need to be done online, as our Bookstore locations are closed to the public. Online book buyback is available, as are online rental returns. Please check the Bookstore website frequently for updates.
What kind of student and accessibility services will be available?
Disability Services is operating remotely and providing support for on-site as well as online activity.
Student services change depending upon our reopening status. Take a look at our Academic Program Reopening page for updated information regarding services offered during a certain reopening stage.
Services such as Advising and Counseling, will continue to be offered remotely.
How do I access services I would normally visit on-campus?
Coming to Campus
Is the campus open to all students?
PCC campuses and buildings are only open official college business. Spaces and buildings are not open to the general public.
What do I need to know before I come on campus?
Safety at PCC is a shared responsibility among all members of our community choosing to return to campus. PCC implemented many rules and procedures that must be followed, but coming to campus also means acknowledging the risk for potential exposure to or contracting COVID-19 while on campus.
Can students remain on campus after their designated class time?
While we encourage you to keep your time on campus to a minimum, students are allowed to use PCC areas for study and working on remote classes.
What is the plan for Spring 2022?
View our Reopening Planning page for updated information regarding the Spring 2022 term.
What are the next key dates for Spring 2022 Term?
- Term starts: Monday, April 04
- Last day to request an audit: Tuesday, April 12 at 5pm
- Last day to drop 8-12 week classes: Tuesday, April 12 at 10pm
- Last day to add a course late: Tuesday, April 12 at 10pm
- Last day to withdraw from 11-12 week classes: Saturday, June 11 at 10pm
- Last day to change grade option for 11-12 week classes: Saturday, June 11 at 10pm
- Term ends: Sunday, June 19
- Grades available in MyPCC: Tuesday, June 21
Visit the academic calendar for important dates.
What are the next key deadline dates for Spring 2022 Term?
Deadlines for Spring term haven’t changed and the most important dates can be found on the academic calendar. Coming up:
Fees & Parking
Will I need a parking pass if I have a class that will meet on campus this semester?
Parking passes are not required for Spring 2022 terms. Learn more about parking and transportation.
Is PCC changing any fees for credit courses?
Do you have materials in my native language?
Yes! We’ve created a page that hosts documents that cover all the COVID-19 essentials that PCC has implemented. This includes the policies we expect students to follow and the daily self check.
Do I still need to wear a mask/social distance/wash my hands if I’ve been vaccinated?
Yes. PCC requires everyone on campus to continue following health and safety protocols that are in place.
What happens if PCC closes?
If PCC is forced to close due to COVID-related issues, we will contact you with options available to continue your coursework.
What happens with my work or classes if I get COVID?
Whenever you are instructed to quarantine or isolate, whether as a result of medical advice or because you choose to take additional precautions, you are entitled to return to your course if it is still available and without any adverse action as a result of participation in COVID-19 quarantining or isolation activities.
What if I have an underlying medical issue?
Contact email@example.com to discuss the options available to you.
My family member is ill – what should I do?
Do not come to campus. If you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19, or you choose to self-quarantine because of recent close contact with a symptomatic person:
- Call 971-722-1919
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
What educational privacy rights do I have during this situation?
The U.S. Department of Education has a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and COVID-19.
Will PCC provide PPE such as masks for students who visit campus?
Students are encouraged to bring their own face coverings, however, disposable face masks will be available for those who do not have one or forget to bring one. Please see your instructor or contact Public Safety at 971-722-4902 or email@example.com for assistance.
Will I be required to check in with someone before going to my designated room or location?
No. PCC will not require students to check in before going to their courses. You will be asked to complete a daily self-check online prior to arriving at the campus each day. This self-check can be found on MyPCC in the COVID-19 Information section.
Is there a plan in place if students or employees return to campuses but another outbreak of COVID-19 occurs?
Yes. PCC has developed an Exposure Response plan in case this situation occurs. What steps we take will be determined by the extent of the outbreak.
Do I need to wear my face covering if I am working alone in an area?
No. If you are alone in an enclosed workspace you do not need to wear a face covering. If someone comes into your area, you will need to put your face covering on.
Will I need to produce a doctor’s note?
No. PCC will not require a doctor’s note if you have COVID-19 or begin developing symptoms.
If you have symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19:
- Call 971-722-1919
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
What are my responsibilities as a student and what can I do to help prevent the spread?
There’s a lot you can do! Vaccination is the best form of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face covering, wash your hands, social distance to the greatest extent possible, and do a self-check each day. All of these small things help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Who do I contact to help with questions or to report a COVID-19 case?
The COVID-19 Reporting team. If you have any questions or believe you may have COVID-19, contact our team at:
- Phone – 971-722-1919
- Email – email@example.com
Who is the COVID reporting team?
Our team is composed of PCC employees from risk services, environmental health and safety (EHS), emergency preparedness, and office of COVID reopening.
What questions does the COVID Reporting team ask when I make a report?
The questions we ask are going to be specific to the situation, so we can’t make an exact list. Our first question is to determine if symptoms may be related to other health issues, for example, if you have a cough during allergy season.
If we determine that the symptoms indicate a potential COVID-19 risk, we’ll ask questions to help us identify others who may need to be contacted about possible exposure.
How fast does the COVID Reporting team respond?
Our team generally responds within 20 minutes of being contacted, except when reports come in late in the evening or very early morning.
Does PCC do contact tracing?
Per current Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, contact tracing is not required.
Does PCC do any COVID testing?
No. PCC does not offer COVID-19 testing except in our athletics programs and dental clinic as required by Oregon administrative rules.
Do I have to quarantine if I was exposed?
No. You may report to class after an exposure. However, if you don’t feel well we encourage you to stay home and seek out a COVID-19 test. If you get tested, please let our team know of the results so we can provide further instructions.
Will the COVID-19 Reporting team tell my instructor that I have been asked to quarantine?
Yes, but you should also contact them to ensure they know you will be away from class.
Exposures and Notifications
Who is notified when there’s an exposure?
When a person reports that they were on campus when potentially infectious, the date and location of the person will be posted on the On-Campus COVID-19 Case Dashboard.
What kind of cleaning is done in areas included in the exposure?
The type of cleaning our custodian team does in an area depends on the amount of time has passed since the exposure. PCC follows this CDC recommended cleaning process.
- If less than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, clean and disinfect the space.
- If more than 24 hours have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, cleaning is enough. You may choose to also disinfect depending on certain conditions or everyday practices required by your facility.
- If more than 3 days have passed since the person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space, no additional cleaning (beyond regular cleaning practices) is needed.
What happens if there’s a COVID outbreak at PCC?
PCC works closely with the local county health department to prevent further transmission and start contact tracing. We also think it’s important to mention that multiple positive cases at a PCC site does not mean there’s an outbreak.
What do I do if my self check tells me not to come to class?
Contact the COVID-19 Reporting team at 971-722-1919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team will ask you a couple of questions and then give you further instructions from there.
What happens when I’m told not to come to class?
The self check will tell you to contact the COVID-19 Reporting team. Simultaneously, the COVID-19 Reporting team gets an email with your name and the reasons for the notification. We will then email you with some follow-up information and next steps.
What if I don’t want to complete a daily self check?
The self check is a tool meant to protect those around you. It’s part of PCC’s health and safety guidelines, so please complete it each day before arriving for class.
Will the COVID-19 Reporting team tell my instructor that I have been asked not to come to class or quarantine?
Yes. Instructors are able to see every student that has completed their self check and any notifications that occur. We do recommend you contact your instructor to let them know of your absence. The COVID-19 Reporting team will include your instructor in our quarantine instructions if we have their contact information.
What about my school work if I have to quarantine?
This depends on what classes you’re in as each may have different capabilities of offering remote learning. Your instructor will work with you to help ensure you’re able to continue learning if you’re able to do so.
Someone else got sick in class, what do I do?
Your instructor will contact the COVID-19 Reporting team to provide them with information and further instructions. Depending on what happened, our team may reach out to you. Let your instructor know if you’re not able to concentrate after the event.
My family member has COVID-19, what do I do?
You may report to class as long as you don’t have symptoms or test positive. However, if you don’t feel well we encourage you to stay home and seek out a COVID-19 test. If you get tested, please let our team know of the results so we can provide further instructions.
I’ve been notified that I was exposed, what do I do?
Take a deep breath and re-read your notice of exposure. Guidance for the next steps is provided in the notice.
Does PCC have the self check in multiple languages?
Yes, PCC has translations of our COVID-19 essentials, including the self check, in many different languages. Visit our Translation page for a full list of available languages.
If you suspect you may have COVID-19
If you have been to a PCC campus or center and believe you may have COVID-19, or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at 971-722-1919 or email@example.com.