Covid 19 Updates

TBCC Campus COVID-19 Updates

 

TBCC Comprehensive COVID Response Plan – Effective January 10, 2022

The TBCC campus is open to students, employees, and the public. All individuals regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a face covering while at a TBCC facility. Information about face coverings is detailed below as well as additional protocols that we are maintaining to keep our campus community safe.

As the situation evolves, we are updating our comprehensive COVID-19 response plan to ensure we are providing the safest environment for students, staff, and visitors to our campus, and to meet and exceed the standards outlined by OHA and the Tillamook County Health Department. 

Our plan details how we can all work together to provide a safe and productive campus to meet the higher education needs of our community. We are in this together and we must work together to ensure a healthy campus.

Face Coverings

In order to comply with the statewide indoor face covering mandate issued from Governor Kate Brown, TBCC is requiring the following:

Face coverings are required indoors for all persons in our facilities regardless of vaccination status. If a person on campus refuses to wear a mask they will be directed to leave the building.

  • All employees will be required to wear a face covering anytime they are in a campus building outside of their office or work area.
  • Face coverings will be required for all faculty and students when in the classroom or lab.
  • All visitors on campus are required to wear a face covering at all times.

Protocols for entry onto Tillamook Bay Community College and Facilities

TBCC encourages all students, staff, and faculty to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. Information on where to receive a vaccine is available at the https://tillamookchc.org/coronavirus/vaccines/.

All persons entering TBCC facilities are required to sign in. By signing in, people are indicating they have self-checked for all recognized COVID-19 symptoms and are symptom free.  People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  1. Fever or chills
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. Fatigue
  5. Muscle or body aches
  6. Headache
  7. New loss of taste or smell
  8. Sore throat
  9. Congestion or runny nose
  10. Nausea or vomiting
  11. Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. In no circumstances should an individual be on campus while experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • At the PRI Building, the sign-in table is located in the east lobby.
  • People entering the main campus building will need to sign in at the table in the lobby.
  • Faculty and students will sign in at the classroom for each class they attend.

 

Protocols for Classroom Instruction and Meetings

  1. Students/faculty will not be allowed in class without a face covering. Students and faculty must wear a face covering for the entire length of the class. It will be the responsibility of the faculty member to ensure that students in the class are following this mandate. If a student will not wear a mask, the faculty member will ask the student to leave the facility. All TBCC students must comply with rules administered in the building as is outlined in the2021-22 Student handbook. If there is an issue with a student not following the face covering mandate, the faculty member should contact Pat Ryan, (503-842-8222 ext. 1020, patryan@tillamookbaycc.edu).

 

What to do if Students, Staff, Faculty, or a Visitor to Campus Feels Ill or Exhibit Symptoms of COVID-19

If you are on campus

  1. If you begin to feel ill while at a TBCC campus location and exhibit symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, report your situation to Pat Ryan (503-842-8222 ext. 1020, patryan@tillamookbaycc.edu) and leave campus. If you are a staff member, you will also need to notify your supervisor.

If you feel ill while off campus

  1. If you are feeling ill and you are exhibiting symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, do not come to the campus.
    • Report your situation to Pat Ryan (503-842-8222 ext. 1020, patryan@tillamookbaycc.edu). If you are a staff member you need to also notify your supervisor.
    • If you have no known exposure to COVID-19, in order to return to campus, you can get tested for COVID-19 or you can wait until you are symptom free for 24 hours before coming back to work. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 please see steps below related to exposure. If you test positive for COVID-19, follow instructions below for testing positive.

 

What Happens if a Student, Staff, or Faculty Member Test Positive for COVID-19

  1. If you test positive for COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine for 10 days after the day your symptoms developed. In addition, you cannot return to campus for at least 72 hours after your fever is gone and you are symptom free.
  • Students: Arrangements will be made for you to attend your classes remotely or other arrangements will be worked out with you so you can continue your coursework while under the 10-day quarantine.
  • Employees: Please work with their supervisor to determine if you can work remotely or take sick leave during the 10-day quarantine. A sick leave bank may be available for those who are eligible.

 

What Happens if a Student, Staff, or Faculty Member is Exposed to someone who is Positive for COVID-19

  1. If you have been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-quarantine for 5 days. Test after 5 days. If you do not have symptoms, and if it is a negative test, you can return to campus. If it is positive, you will need to follow the steps outlined for those who test positive for COVID-19.

 

Students Enrolled in Healthcare Programs

All students in healthcare programs will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend clinicals at our healthcare partners. 

  • On August 13, 2021, TBCC was notified by our partner Adventist Health (AH) that they have issued a COVID-19 Immunization for the Workforce Policy for all AH associates, students, trainees, and contractual staff not employed by AH. This new policy states that beginning Sept. 30, 2021, they have issued a vaccination mandate that requires all healthcare students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend clinicals.  There will not be any exemptions for religious or medical reasons.  Proof of vaccination will be required. 
  • Please know that TBCC continues to support all students, no matter what their vaccination status is and will help you explore other career options if this mandate impacts your education path. If you have questions about the vaccine please contact your primary care physician. If you would like to meet with a career education advisor, please contact our student services team 503-842-8222 ext. 1100.

08.13.2021 Vaccination Mandate – Application to Students at Adventist Health

 

The College will continue to monitor the Oregon Health Authority and local health authority information for COVID-19 protocols that would pertain to our operations.

Please continue to practice good hygiene, monitor your personal health and take appropriate steps if you do not feel well.

We are grateful to all students, employees, and the rest of our campus community who have helped to ensure our campus remained a safe learning environment.

If you have questions about the TBCC COVID-19 protocols please do the following:

Contact
Pat Ryan
TBCC HR/Facilities/Safety Director
503-842-8222 ext. 1020
patryan@tillamookbaycc.edu

Complaints
Complaints brought forward by faculty or staff will follow Board Policy 317. Complaints by students will follow Administrative Rule E008. Policies and Administrative Rules can be accessed at the TBCC Policy Tech site by logging into the Policy Tech and visiting the public site.

 

CARES Act Funds Support Students at Tillamook Bay Community College

Tillamook, OR – To assist students and the College during the Coronavirus
pandemic, Tillamook Bay Community College received $315,778 under 18004(a)1 of the CARES Act, part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, distributed by the U.S. Department of Education. Fifty percent of the funding is required to be used to support students who were directly impacted because of changes that took place on campus resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, $418,076 has been received by Tillamook Bay Community College in HEERF III (ARP) to disburse in the same fashion
as CRRSAA funding. Tillamook Bay Community College has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form assuring that all HEERF funds allocated to students will be granted to students.

TBCC awarded 53 students with $55,686 in CRRSAA HEERF II) funding to close out that fund. Additionally, 297 students received HEERF III (ARP) finding to assist with financial aid grant relief and emergency funding. The entire amount of $55,686 (CRRSAA) and $127,719 (ARP) was distributed to eligible students by the close of fall term, 2021.

The college applied for and received the CARES Act funding to ensure students in Tillamook County have the support they need to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic. TBCC identified high need students using need-based data from
application for aid. Eligible students were notified via email they would receive the funds, with information on what expenses the funds can be used to cover and how to apply for additional funding if the amount was insufficient to meet their needs, caused by campus disruptions. Students who were not eligible to receive the CARES Act funding but suffered hardships during the pandemic, were encouraged to apply for emergency funds available through the TBCC Foundation and community resources. An application for emergency funds was available on the TBCC student portal, MyTBCC. For questions about student emergency and relief financial aid grants contact Rhoda Hanson, Vice President of Student Services (503) 842-8222 ext. 1110.

Dec. 31, 2021 Cares Act Funding Notice

Sept. 30, 2021 Cares Act Funding Notice

July 10, 2021 Cares Act Funding Notice

April 10, 2021 Cares Act Funding Notice

January 10, 2021 Cares Act Funding Notice

October 15, 2020 Cares Act Funding Notice

August 4, 2020 Cares Act Funding Notice

July 15, 2020 Cares Act Funding Notice

May 20, 2020 Cares Act Funding Notice

 

CARES Act Funding to Support the Institution

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3)

Dec. 31, 2021 Quarterly Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, III (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2) and (a)(3)

Sept. 30, 2021 Quarterly Expenditure Reporting for HERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2) and (a)(3)

Revised June 30, 2021 Quarterly Expenditure Reporting for HERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2) and (a)(3)

 

Previous Communications regarding campus operations that are no longer in effect.

 

Preventative Measures

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve; throw tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Housekeeping

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • On a daily basis, as part of the routine cleaning, surfaces at TBCC are sanitized; this has been the practice for years at TBCC. The product used on campus is a sanitizer/virucide; the solution used kills almost all bacteria.  Over the past two weeks, the custodial staff has expanded the cleaning regimen to include the daily sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces through the building. This however does not include individual offices or work areas as a matter of respect for personal space.
  • Supplies are available to staff and faculty to clean personal space and individual offices.

Contact Pat Ryan, Director, Facilities, Human Resources, and Safety.  Being diligent with the hygiene and housekeeping efforts of the campus community and facilities are important factors in helping keep germs in check.

Let us each do what we can to help maintain a healthy campus.