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COVID-19 health and safety programs

Updated December 07, 2021

To ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, these procedures address coming to PCC (if authorized), public health requirements for being on PCC premises, resources available to you, safety measures, and more. This information is subject to change in keeping with the most current information and guidance available.

Responsibilities for coming to campus

If you need access to campus but are not a student or faculty member part of an approved course, view our Campus Access Request page. Before arriving at PCC, you must review each of the following procedures.

Perform a daily self-check

Only come to PCC if you are healthy. The Center for Disease Control recommend that PCC students, staff, and faculty conduct a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to a PCC location, including a daily temperature check. If you or anyone in your household have recently had an illness with COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at 971-722-1919 or covidreporting@pcc.edu before deciding whether or not to come to campus.

Students coming to campus for any reason must complete the daily self-check on MyPCC. 

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms at the CDC website.

Wear a face-covering

Face-coverings are required by all individuals across all PCC locations, inside and outside, even if you have been vaccinated. 

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

Employees and students must have a face covering or mask in their possession at all times so that it may be put on immediately before entering PCC buildings and/or when close to other individuals. More information on how to select, wear, and clean face coverings is available from the CDC.

PCC will provide face masks or face coverings to employees, students, and visitors who don’t bring their own or forget to bring their own and will provide face shields when needed. Employees, students, and visitors may also provide their own face coverings, masks, and shields.

Learn more face-covering facts with this OHA flyer.

Physical distancing

Employees, students, and other members of the PCC community are encouraged to stay apart and not congregate to the greatest extent possible. 

While at PCC face-to-face meetings, gatherings, events, and conferences should be conducted using remote means wherever practical. All necessary in-person activities must follow distancing and face covering practices.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer before arriving at a PCC site, or more frequently if needed. Soap and water will be available in all restrooms, and hand sanitizer stations can be found in high-use areas such as entrances to buildings and classrooms, as feasible.

Respiratory etiquette is also very important. You should cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow, or a tissue, especially when not wearing a mask. Tissues should be disposed of and hands washed or sanitized immediately.

Learn more about protecting yourself with this OHA flyer.


If an individual has a medical or disability-related reason for not being able to meet COVID-19 health and safety protocols and administrative procedures they should contact disability.services@pcc.edu (students) and maria.mendez7@pcc.edu in Human Resources (employees) to request an accommodation before visiting a PCC facility. Individuals are highly encouraged to seek accommodations if necessary, before entering a PCC facility.

If an individual, in good faith, states that they are aware of the protocols and administrative procedures and meet the requirements for a disability-related accommodation, they should not have their access or participation in PCC’s programs, activities, or services limited (or denied) based on not complying with COVID-19-related protocols and administrative procedures. Individuals who have previously been determined not to have a medical or disability-related reason for not complying with COVID-19-related protocols and administrative procedures must follow all applicable protocols and procedures.

PCC is required to permit remote instruction/telework or make other reasonable accommodations for students and employees who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Each situation will be evaluated individually to determine how reasonable accommodation can be made, and whether it has to be in person or whether it could be done remotely.

Plans and procedures


Will there be a new faculty and staff training for the Sustained Return stage?

Yes. Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) team will release the new COVID-19 training in September. OSHA, CDC, and OHA plan to update their guidance and our team wants that reflected in the staff training.

If I’ve completed a previous training, do I have to take the training again?

Yes. Regulations from OSHA, CDC, and OHA change quickly. We update our training to reflect the new guidance.

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 covidreporting@pcc.edu.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the topics listed above or on any topic relating to COVID-19, please email covidquestions@pcc.edu.