COVID-19 Employee FAQ

While all GRC locations remain closed many campus services can be accessed through Zoom virtual lobbies. Please visit the Virtual Assistance page to connect with a department.

Prior to arriving on campus, all GRC students, faculty and staff coming to campus for approved CTE/CE programs or essential tasks (approved by Appointing Authority or designee) are required to complete the COVID-19 Safety Training modules and complete the health screening attestation.

Please be prepared to accommodate students during this stay-home order. As you work with students, who may have differing needs, be sure to clearly communicate and document your expectations for remote work, alternative assignments, makeup work, etc.

Some of the ways you may accomodate students are:

  • Providing course materials in multiple formats and locations;
  • Accepting course assignments in multiple formats and locations;
  • Allowing group projects to be completed individually;
  • Adjusting the weighting of missed assignments;
  • Eliminating some assignments;
  • Adjusting assignment requirements like length, number of required sources, due dates, etc.
  • Providing the opportunity for alternative or makeup assignments and exams;
  • Late in the quarter, if absences due to illness prevent a student from completing the course requirements, it may be appropriate to award an Incomplete for the course and to allow the student to complete the requirements.

Encourage the student to contact their health care provider. If they do not have a healthcare provider, please share Multicare’s free , utilizing the promo code COVID19 to waive the regular $25 fee.

If you are sick, you must stay home. Stay home even if you have mild symptoms of illness. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. These can be symptoms of other respiratory illnesses as well as COVID-19.

If you are sick with , stay home and follow the steps below this symptom list.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other respiratory symptoms (e.g., sore throat, runny nose, sneezing)
  • Chills
  • Loss of taste or smell

FIRST: Contact your health-care provider. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without contacting it first.

SECOND: Take the following precautions to avoid getting others sick.

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school or other public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
  • Wear a facemask around other people (e.g., when sharing a room or vehicle) or pets, and before you enter a health-care provider’s office. Be especially careful around persons who may be at higher risk for severe illness.
  • Practice excellent hygiene. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and running water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items (e.g., dishes, cups, utensils, towels and bedding).
  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day (e.g., counters, tables, doorknobs, phones and keyboards).
  • Monitor your symptoms, take your temperature daily and call your health-care provider if symptoms worsen.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with other people for 72 hours after the time when your symptoms improve and your fever goes down without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Additional guidance is available from  and the .

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  1. Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and;
  2. Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).

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An “essential employee” is one whose work is critical for the college to perform its essential operations. Essential functions are functions that if not performed pose a significant risk to the continued operations of the college. An essential function example is Payroll. An essential employee example is a groundskeeper who is needed to clear the walkways and parking lots after a snow storm. Essential employees may be different depending upon the situation. Essential functions may require employees to be on campus, or may be performed via remote access as applicable.

Prior to arriving on campus, all GRC students, faculty and staff coming to campus for approved CTE/CE programs or essential tasks are required to complete the COVID-19 Safety Training modules and complete the health screening attestation. Students, faculty and staff must complete the health screening attestation every day they plan to be on campus.

Green River College COVID-19 SafeColleges Training includes information on safe work practices for all personnel. The module courses describe our roles, responsibilities, and steps for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The training takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

  • Student Login Instructions
    Login: 
    User name: your GRC email address
    Password: none required
  • Employee Login Instruction
    Login: 
    User Name: SID number
    Password: first 5 digits of your SID number

Yes, in fact we encourage all students, faculty and staff to complete the health attestation prior to arriving on campus. 

Complete Health Attestation

Students, faculty and staff must complete the health screening attestation every day they plan to be on campus. For example, if you are on campus for a class that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, you will need to complete the attestation each Monday and Wednesday prior to coming to campus. 

Employees who work on-site at a GRC work location are required to complete seven steps:

  • Complete  for employees requirements.
  • Attest that they are symptom-free each scheduled work day.
  • Wear all Personal Protective Equipment including masks as directed by CDC and Health Department.
  • Maintain all Social & Physical Distancing requirements in work space
  • Stay away from their work location if they are experiencing symptoms and therefore unable to complete the attestation.
  • Follow their department’s normal call-in process to either take the day off or work from home when ill, as applicable.
    • Contact Human Resources if:
    • diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • a healthcare provider instructs the employee to self-isolate because they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;
    • they experience COVID-19 like symptoms; and/or
    • they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (even if not experiencing symptoms).

Completing the attestation

On each scheduled work day, employees who are expected to report to work at a GRC facility must complete an attestation to confirm they are not experiencing any of the symptoms outlined in the attestation. The attestation may be completed before coming to work, however the time to complete the attestation will not be considered work time unless it is done at their on-site work location. Employees without technology available at home to complete the attestation before coming to work should work with their department to identify the best means for completion.

Experiencing Symptoms

欧洲杯买彩票Employees who are unable to complete the attestation because they are experiencing symptoms should do the following:

If the employee is at home, the employee must:

  • Remain at home and not go to work when sick, even if the symptoms are mild.
  • Notify their supervisor according to their department’s procedures.
  • Contact their health care provider by phone.

If the employee is already at work, the employee must:

  • Inform their supervisor that they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, leave work, and go home.
  • Contact their health care provider by phone.

Whether the employee is at home or at work, employees need to contact their doctor and Human Resources if experiencing the symptoms in the attestation. This ensures appropriate contact tracing and employees are provided support in accordance with privacy regulations.

欧洲杯买彩票Employees may return to work on-site once they can attest they are not experiencing symptoms and have notified their supervisor/Human Resources they are able to return. Campus employees who have had COVID-19 may return to work on-site per the public health guidance provided by their health care provider. Other ill employees may return to work on-site 72 hours after fever ends, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Whether the employee is at home or at work, employees need to contact their doctor and Human Resources if experiencing the symptoms in the attestation. This ensures appropriate contact tracing and employees are provided support in accordance with privacy regulations.

Campus employees who have had COVID-19 may return to work on-site per the public health guidance provided by their health care provider. Other ill employees may return to work on-site 72 hours after fever ends, without the use of fever-reducing medications.

You can discuss with your supervisor, or with HR, or, if you are a represented employee, your job steward or other union representative. Also, please check your email; the President’s Office is sending regular college-wide communications on this rapidly changing event.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, courses will be offered online during the summer quarter. No face-to-face, in-person instruction will be delivered, with the possible exception for our allied health and career and technical programs. This is dependent on the guidance we receive from Gov. Jay Inslee regarding the duration of the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive.

As you view the class schedule, you’ll see classes are designated in one of three ways: virtual, hybrid/virtual, or online.欧洲杯买彩票 The following definitions explain the how each type of course will be delivered:

  • Virtual: Class will meet online at the time listed in the class schedule. For example, if your class begins at 9 a.m. in the class schedule, then it will begin at 9 a.m. on Zoom. You will be attending the class at the same time as your classmates, just as you would on campus. 
  • Virtual Hybrid: Part of the class will be held online without a set time to attend. The other part will occur at the time listed in a virtual format (e.g.  Zoom). 
  • Online: The entire class will be held online without a set time to attend. The class will still have assignment deadlines and due dates.

Note: If, due to the state's response to COVID 19, the teaching modality listed in the class schedule changes before the start of summer quarter, students will be notified by their instructor as soon as possible.

For fall quarter 2020, the majority of classes will be offered virtually, with exceptions made for programs listed in  of the Governors re-opening plan.

Should King County—and Green River College—move to Phase 3, additional in-person offerings could be considered based on the guidance and guidelines provided by Gov. Inslee and healthcare officials. The Executive team will work with instructional deans, division chairs, and programs on the possible options if approved to open.

Classes for fall quarter are designated in these ways:

  • Completely Virtual: Class will meet online at the time listed in the class schedule. For example, if your class begins at 9 a.m. in the class schedule, then it will begin at 9 a.m. on Zoom. You will be attending the class at the same time as your classmates, just as you would on campus. 
  • Virtual Hybrid: Part of the class will be held online without a set time to attend. The other part will occur at the time listed in a virtual format (e.g.  Zoom). 
  • Online: The entire class will be held online without a set time to attend. The class will still have assignment deadlines and due dates.

Note: 欧洲杯买彩票If, due to the state's response to COVID 19, the teaching modality listed in the class schedule changes before the start of fall quarter, students will be notified by their instructor as soon as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Disposable disinfectant wipes are availiable to clean individual employee workstations, phones and keyboards. Disinfectant wipes will be available throughout campus including each floor of academic buildings, at the front desk in SU, at the reception desk in SA, at the front desk in the library, at the first floor desk in Kent, Auburn and at the front desk at Enumclaw. Hand sanitizer stations will also be setup in public locations throughout campus.

For day-to-day cleaning, Facilities’ Custodial Services uses an anti-viral disinfectant to clean frequently touched surfaces including public workstations, countertops, handrails and doorknobs once per day. According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.

欧洲杯买彩票In the event that the College receives notification that someone who has been on campus has tested positive for COVID-19, a response team including the Facilities Director, Facilities Manager, Environmental Safety Manager and Custodial personnel will assemble. This team develops the plan of cleaning and disinfecting an area. The cleaning scope will be implemented based on the risk of potential contamination as determined, in coordination with input from the Executive Team, Facilities and Campus Safety. Coordinate with GRC’s Emergency Operations personnel and Campus Safety, on communication methods, campus wide.

  • Identify areas that require restricted access during and immediately following enhanced cleaning. Communicate with impacted department(s)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting room’s surface area such as desks, tables, and other furniture, hardware and other high touch surfaces.
  • Every attempted will be made to give advance notice allowing the building occupants to be apprised of the schedule for disinfection of the space and any areas that may require restricted access during cleaning.
  • Identifying staff who will be conducting the cleaning disinfecting. This includes a debrief of the situation, reviewing resources and provided and question answer period.

Review Green River College's Covid-19 Facilities Custodial Plan

While Campus Corner Apartments provides general cleaning of the apartment common spaces on a monthly basis, student residents are expected to clean their private bedrooms, kitchen spaces and bathrooms. Students living in CCA can check out cleaning supplies from the front office located in the Townsend Center at no cost.

In times of fear and uncertainty there is often misinformation shared as a result of bias and, at times, discrimination. COVID-19 is a global concern that can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Green River College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all who study, work or visit at any of our locations.

If you experience or witness any bias or harassment, please report it to GRC Campus Safety at 253-288-3350. Any Green River student in need of more personal support during this time is encouraged to contact GRC Counseling Services at 253-833-9111, ext. 2460. King County Public Health has also created a site dedicated to .

In situations that are uncertain and evolving such as this, it’s understandable to feel stressed or anxious. We recommend the following steps: Find credible sources you can trust to avoid any panic that can be caused by misinformation. Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about preventing the spread of the virus. We'll do our best to share up-to-date facts on our website. And, if you sign up for GRC's Safety Alert System you’ll get important messages sent right to your cell phone: http://gmclans.com/alerts.

Here are some resources and tips that may be helpful:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on  and coping during COVID-19 for children and caregivers, as well as .
  • The  has published a resource on how to talk to young people about COVID-19.
  • The  has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
  •  has created a guide to help college health staff and campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.
  • The  (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other research on COVID-19.
  •  Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
  • The Washington State Employee Assistance Program provides free counseling and referrals to help with personal or work-related problems that may be impacting your work performance. Participation is voluntary and confidential. For more information, visit the  and refer to the  brochure . Employees can request a work schedule adjustment to allow access to the services of the employee assistance program.