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COVID-19 health and safety guidelines

Updated February 02, 2021

To ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff – and to meet the requirements put forth by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Governor’s executive orders – the college has implemented new onsite COVID-19 health and safety procedures. The new procedures address coming to PCC (if authorized), new 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.

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, please notify the COVID-19 Reporting Team at 971-722-1919 or covidreporting@pcc.edu.

Responsibilities for coming to campus

PCC campuses and buildings are only open for students in approved courses and official college business as authorized by the college administration. Spaces and buildings are not open to the general public. 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 Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) require 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. Students, faculty, and staff should not come to campus if they or anyone in their household have recently had an illness with COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 symptoms are as follows:

  • Primary symptoms of concern: temperature above 100.4 F, cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, or difficulty breathing.
  • Note that muscle pain, headache, sore throat, the new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and runny nose are also symptoms often associated with COVID-19, but are non-specific. If these symptoms are the only symptoms, and there is a known reason for these (e.g. seasonal allergy, injury) that is not COVID-19-related, it is acceptable to report to class or work.
  • Emergency signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to awaken
    • Bluish lips or face
    • Other severe symptoms
  • Faculty, staff, or students who have a chronic or baseline cough that has worsened or is not well-controlled with medication should stay at their place of residence. Those who have other chronic symptoms or baseline symptoms should not be restricted.

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

Wear a face-covering

Face-coverings are required by all individuals, even if you have been vaccinated. 

PCC requires all individuals across all PCC locations to wear a face-covering when in PCC owned, leased, or controlled buildings, except when alone in a space (e.g., room with four walls). Face coverings are required outdoors on PCC property when physical distancing expectations (at least 6 feet apart) cannot be met. Face coverings, face masks, and face shields shall be worn in combination with other measures, such as physical distancing and proper handwashing and hygiene. 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 stringent rules and guidelines for using face coverings and personal protective equipment (“PPE”) may be required for specific positions or activities per industry standards, laws or regulations, and should be followed.

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.

For more information about PPE, review Chapter 12 of the Health & Safety Manual published by the PCC Environmental Health & Safety Department.

Learn more face-covering facts with this OHA flyer.

Physical distancing

To the greatest extent possible, employees, students, and other members of the PCC community must maintain six (6) feet or more between themselves and all other people who they do not live with while on PCC properties.

While at PCC face-to-face meetings are discouraged and students and staff should limit where they go on college premises, only visiting places that are necessary to complete tasks. When collaborating with students and colleagues, those meetings are best conducted using remote tools like a phone call, Google Meet, or Zoom, even if you are both on campus.

Learn more about physical distancing with this flyer from OHA.

Wash your hands

Employees, students, and other members of the PCC community must wash their hands when they arrive at a PCC property or PCC sponsored program for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, then a 60% or higher alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used. Individuals are encouraged to repeat this process frequently and should do so as necessary as they come into contact with commonly touched surfaces. Hands must be washed before eating, preparing, or serving food and after using the restroom. Between hand washing, avoid touching your face covering, face mask, or face shield as much as possible, as it can act as a vector for disease transmission.

Respiratory etiquette is also very important. Respiratory etiquette means covering 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.

Signage and other communications will be used to remind all individuals about the utmost importance of physical distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.

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

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.