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Preparing our locations

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.

PCC has a process to ensure that college buildings and rooms are ready to be re-occupied, which includes confirmation of adequate custodial services, environmental and architectural settings, and security controls.

For questions on how we’re preparing PCC for opening, review our Facilities COVID-19 FAQ.

Facilities Management Services (FMS) is following water bureau guidelines for flushing building water systems and ensuring that water quality is safe for building re-occupancy. FMS is also implementing requirements from OSHA and recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to reduce potential exposure to the coronavirus by increasing outside air and upgrading filtration as part of building HVAC systems. This includes: increasing the amount of outside air circulated through buildings, routine maintenance and filter replacement, windows to be opened where and certification that HVAC systems are operating in accordance with OSHA’s standard. FMS will consult with PCC’s Planning & Capital Construction office as necessary.

Per OHA and HECC requirements for all general instruction offered for courses that lead to a certificate or degree, a minimum of 35 square feet per person will be established when determining room capacity, calculated based only on usable classroom space. In-person classroom instruction will not exceed 50 persons or greater than 25 persons in counties that are at Baseline or in Phase I.

The physical layout of classrooms will be modified to permit students to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another and the instructor(s). This may include changes to traffic flow, desk or chair arrangements, or maximum capacity. For settings with a higher risk of spread, such as laboratories, computer labs, music/performance classes, studios, and locker rooms, enhanced measures such as greater physical distancing, physical barriers (e.g., clear plastic), increased fresh air ventilation, moving outdoors, and enhanced cleaning measures will be implemented, as feasible. Physical barriers may be acceptable instead of, or in addition to, six feet or more of spacing between people.

For all career and technical education instruction offered for credit, in addition to the requirements above, physical layouts of classrooms, labs, and other instructional settings will be modified, as feasible, to permit students to maintain at least six feet of distance between each other and the instructor(s). Where instruction requires instructors and students to work less than six feet from each other, physical barriers or face coverings will be required, and all applicable CDC/OHA guidelines and industry safety standards will be followed.

For all instruction and assessment in fields leading to certificates and degrees in the health professions, the physical layout of classrooms will be modified to permit students to maintain at least six feet of distance between each other and the instructor(s) for laboratory instruction or demonstration of clinical skills without physical contact. For standardized patient simulations or laboratory instruction in close quarters or practicing clinical skills with physical contact, appropriate PPE is required for all personnel that come within six feet of each other.

Non-credit instructional activities that operate in a similar way to credit activities should also follow the HECC-OHA standards.