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Reopening planning

Updated October 19, 2021.

PCC’s plan for resuming in-person operations incorporates staged and gradual steps, which can be altered as local conditions warrant and will continue to be in alignment with PCC’s readiness, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and other relevant health authority guidance. Recognizing multiple factors will influence the timeline upon which in-person operations resume, PCC is reopening in stages to provide a framework to aid in planning. This framework is subject to change based on executive orders, health authority guidance, and PCC’s assessment of conditions. PCC has a set of Guiding Principles for Thoughtful Return on how we plan to approach reopening.

On October 13, 2021, COLT voted to continue as that PCC will maintain the Sustained Reopening resumption stage through Winter 2022. This means academic programs and student services that operated in-person during Fall may continue to do so. Requests to expand courses and services are under review with leadership. This will be the last term where COLT makes term-to-term forecasts. While we will continue to manage COVID-19 risks with health and safety in mind, we also want to amplify our focus on belonging, well being, and equitable student success.

Health & Safety FAQ

Face coverings
Are face coverings required indoors?

Yes, face coverings are required in all indoor spaces while on PCC properties with some exceptions.

What are the exceptions?

Face-coverings are not required when you are:

  • Actively eating or drinking in designated break rooms, kitchens, or cafeterias;
  • When you are showering;
  • When you are alone in a closed room with 4 walls that encompass the entire area; and
  • NWAC athletes may remove their face-covering while actively participating in NWAC practices or games.
    • Does not include coaches, other support personnel, or athletes while on the sidelines or at rest.
Are face coverings required outdoors?

Yes. PCC adopted the OHA outdoor face covering rules through Fall.

Where can I find PCC’s current face mask procedure?

You can read the full face mask procedure here.

Distancing
Do I have to physically distance from others?

No, however we recommend keeping as much distance from others as possible and be respectful of another’s desire for physical distancing.

There are two exceptions to this rule.

What are the exceptions?

To the greatest extent possible, you must maintain six (6) feet or more between yourself and all other people if you are in:

  • An exceptional risk workplace (Dental Programs); or
  • On a Shuttle or Transportation.
Are there limits to class sizes or room capacities?

Yes. PCC chose to limit instructional room occupancy to no more than 75% of seating. Departments may elect to set occupancy lower for their classes and activities.

What is the occupancy limit for offices?

At this time office spaces are not available for desk or other work that can be done remotely. For departments approved to return in-person services, the best protection is to plan activities to limit times when more than one person is in the room. During the walkthrough with FMS, plans for additional environmental controls, signage, and furniture placement will be developed.

Why are we not using 6′ as a distancing guideline?

Six feet of distance is no longer required or recommended by Oregon OSHA, Oregon Health Authority, or the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and we have found that a one size fits all approach to physical distancing rules doesn’t serve us well.

What are we doing to protect employees who have front line jobs?

Part of our health & safety planning process is to conduct a walkthrough with each department to determine the individual needs of the department (ie plexiglass installation, cleaning necessities, shifting to accommodate more space, and ventilation requirements).

Are there limits on elevators

Signage is posted outside of elevators with any limitations on occupancy.

How do I contact someone about a room occupancy questions?

If you have a question, or a room you need help with is not listed on the Room Occupancy Spreadsheet write to covidquestions@pcc.edu.

We will work to get you an answer as quickly as possible.

Where can I find PCC’s current distancing procedure?

You can read the full distancing procedure here.

Self-checks
Do students have to perform a daily self-checks?

Yes. Each day you come to PCC for an in-person class you are required to complete an online symptom self-check. This self-check can be found in MyPCC | Home tab | COVID-19 Info channel | daily self check for students.

Do employees have to perform a daily self-checks?

Only come to PCC if you are healthy. PCC employees should conduct a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to a PCC location, including a daily temperature check. Do not come to campus if they or anyone in your household have recently had an illness with COVID-19 symptoms.

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

Do programs have to monitor the results of students self-checks?

No, faculty are not required to monitor symptom self check.

Who is monitoring student symptom reporting?

When a student’s responses indicate they are at risk for COVID-19 exposure, the student sees a message indicating they should not attend class and COVID-19 Reporting team is alerted. See how the system works.

How do students do symptom self-checks?

Students can access the self-check in MyPCC | Home tab | COVID-19 Info channel | daily self check for students.

Will faculty still have the ability to monitor student self-checks?

Yes, faculty can still view results of student symptom self-check in their summary class list in MyPCC but they are not required to do so.

Training
Do students have to take COVID-19 training?

While we encourage the completion of the training, it is optional. You can sign-up for training on MyPCC | Home tab | COVID-19 Info channel | student health and safety training

Do employees have to take COVID-19 training?

Yes. Required training will be released prior to the start of each term and is mandatory for any employee who will be on campus for any length of time during Fall term. You can sign-up for required training on our Employee Training page.

Do programs have to monitor student training completion?

No, programs do not have to monitor student training completion. It will be updated to reflect the latest health and safety rules and encouraged to promote health recommendations for unvaccinated students.

Will student training be available in multiple languages?

While the full training will not be available, we are providing a summarized version in in multiple languages.

Reopening FAQ

How are COLT, CCOT, and the Office of COVID-19 reopening approaching planning?

Take a look at our Guiding Principles for Thoughtful Return for details on how we plan to approach reopening.

The COVID-19 Opening Leadership Team (COLT) and the College President considers associated risks to determine when the College will progress to future stages, as well as if the College may need to regress to prior stages. Considerations include, but are not limited to COVID-19 prevalence, health and safety, financial exposure, equity, access considerations, and availability of critical equipment, supplies, and services.

  • Decisions regarding the resumption of in-person activities will be made per Board Policy 3506 (Resumption of In-person, On-Site Classes, and Services).
  • All activities must adhere to orders pertinent to Higher Education, OHA, and HECC health and safety guidelines, and any other applicable guidance.
  • Resumption of in-person activities and courses (both on-site and off-site) must be approved by COVID-19 Coordinating Operations Team.
  • The college must have the internal infrastructure and capacity to support the return of in-person activities, including the ability to assure compliance with health and safety measures.
  • In most cases, decisions will apply to all College facilities except when circumstances affect only isolated sites.
What criteria does the college use to determine progress through the stages or moving back?

Considerations include, but are not limited to COVID-19 prevalence, guidance from public health officials, health and safety, financial exposure, access considerations, and availability of critical equipment, supplies, and services.

Who decides on whether or not we move forward or backward through the stages?

The COVID-19 Opening Leadership Team (COLT) and the college president will determine when PCC will progress to future stages, as well as if the College may need to regress to prior stages. In the event of a viral outbreak, state or local health officials may order PCC to move backward or temporarily halt in-person activities.

How long will stages last?

Stages will align to academic terms unless directed by executive orders, health authority guidance, or extraordinary circumstances as assessed by COLT and the college president.

Will the whole College move from stage to stage at once, or will locations move independently?

PCC will move through stages as a district unless directed by executive orders, health authority guidance, or extraordinary circumstances as assessed by COLT and the college president.

What happens if we need to move back to a prior stage?

If the decision is made to move to a prior stage, our first action will be to notify impacted employees and students. A Comprehensive Reopening Plan, currently under development, will include plans and support so departments are prepared to modify operations in alignment with movement between Resumption Stages.

Will we be able to “skip” ahead one or more stages or could we move back multiple stages at once?

Yes. If circumstances indicate the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and community are best served by moving to a stage non-sequentially, there is no prohibition on this.

When will the college announce stages for each term and how will I be informed?

As much notice as possible will be given! As we near the deadline to create the class schedule for a given term, COLT and the President will review COVID-19 prevalence, health and safety considerations, and our capacity to provide operational support to assess whether the movement to a different stage is indicated. Adequate time for planning for an academic term is important, and yet we also want to remain nimble to be able to increase the opportunity for student success and academic achievement if we can protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Changes are announced by the Office of COVID-19 Reopening by email and details provided through updates to our website, during Q&A sessions offered over Zoom, and department meetings on request.

What programs and services will be available in each stage?

Take a look at our Returning Programs and Services page for a list of programs and services that will be available in each term of reopening.

How is the forecast decision made?

COLT reviews PCC’s track record for COVID-19 exposure response to assess whether we can protect the health and safety of our students and employees. We also determine whether we have time, staff, and resources to prepare our physical spaces, train employees and students, and create systems to support moving forward. These are just a few of the internal and external factors that come into play when making the forecast decision and we want to be thoughtful in the overall approach.

Why does COLT have to review and finalize the decision?

We know conditions with the virus change after we make the forecast. This means the Resumption Stage can change. COLT continues to monitor changes in virus prevalence that can impact our ability to protect the health and safety of students and employees.

When will a decision be made about Winter 2022?

On October 13, 2021, COLT voted to continue as that PCC will maintain the Sustained Reopening resumption stage through Winter 2022. This means academic programs and student services that operated in-person during Fall may continue to do so. Requests to expand courses and services are under review with leadership. This will be the last term where COLT makes term-to-term forecasts. While we will continue to manage COVID-19 risks with health and safety in mind, we also want to amplify our focus on belonging, well being, and equitable student success.

How are departments at PCC getting ready for reopening?

Our Reopening team is assisting academic programs and departments with their return to campus learning.

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.

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.