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Re-Entry Frequently Asked questions

After much consideration on the safety of our campus community and based on the governor’s current proclamation for higher education, Edmonds College will be requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for both employees and students effective fall quarter, beginning Monday, Sept. 13. Fall quarter classes begin Monday, Sept. 20.

Further details will be communicated in the coming weeks, and we appreciate your patience as we work hard to plan for a safe return to campus.

International Student FAQs

All students, faculty, and staff, will be required to be vaccinated or file an exemption to it. See below for more information about exemptions. Visitors to campus should wear a mask on campus at all times. Some exceptions may be granted on an as needed basis. Vaccination attestation and exemption verification are located in ctcLink (Student and HCM Self-Service-Immunization Attestation tile).

  1. Login to ctcLink and select self-service or student self-service
  2. Select the "Immunization Attestation" tile.
  3. Fully answer all questions on the form. You will be asked for which brand of vaccine you have received, and what the dates of your immunizations were (dose 1 and dose 2 for Moderna and Pfizer; One dose for Johnson & Johnson.) These dates can be found on your vaccination card. 
    • If you are an international student and received a vaccine that is not on the FDA-approved list, please contact the Office of International Programs. 
  4. You will be asked to attest to the accuracy and truth of your answers and the consequences of incorrect data. 
  5. Click the "submit" button. 

 

Exemptions will be allowed for medical or religious reasons. Those with an exemption will be required to wear a mask while indoors on campus per the governor’s proclamation and guidance provided by the State Department of Health and Labor and Industries. Reasons for exemptions will not be shared outside of Human Resources and the college’s designated Health Coordination Officer. Vaccination attestation and exemption verification are located in ctcLink (Student and HCM Self-Service-Immunization Attestation tile).

EmployeesEmployees seeking a medical or religious exemption will need to apply through HR. Also, only a doctor or licensed health care practitioner can certify a medical exemption. 

Vaccine Proclamation Medical Questionnaire

Religious Exemption Request Form

StudentsStudents who are not fully vaccinated and attending in-person classes will be required to declare a religious or medical exemption in ctcLink and follow defined safety protocols at all times. To note: Being fully vaccinated means you’ve had the last dose of the vaccine to complete your vaccination (depending on the type) and have also completed the two-week waiting period.

In weighing the health risks and benefits of doing so, the college made the decision to require vaccinations in accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s July 8 Proclamation for Higher Education, which granted colleges the authority to require COVID-19 vaccines with an option to claim an exemption.

If you have a valid health concern, or your religion prevents you from getting a vaccine, you can file an exemption with the college and continue to take classes or work on campus. Individuals with a qualifying exemption will be required to mask in indoor settings.

Effective fall quarter 2021, Edmonds College is a vaccinated campus. Social distancing will not be enforced, but remains a best practice for reducing the spread of any virus. For those who have exemptions to the vaccine, it is recommended that individuals follow health and safety practices that safeguard against illness.

Mask requirements are designated by vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, masks are optional in these spaces. If you have a qualifying exemption, you will be required to wear a mask when in any indoor environment, even if no one is around. Please visit the CDC’s FAQs for more information about spread and prevention of the virus.

All departments should follow college and state guidelines for masking requirements.

Vaccines do not provide 100% protection against COVID-19, and the efficacy length is still unknown. All individuals should follow health and safety protocols consistent with their level of risk.

Yes, the requirements will be the same for all faculty, staff, and students, which includes student employees.

At this time, the vaccine will be offered on campus as a one time opportunity Sept. 7 for the first dose and second dose on Sept. 28; additionally, local pharmacies and health care providers continue to offer the vaccine at no cost.

Masks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status. If you are vaccinated, you do not need to be masked outdoors unless you are in close proximity to others for an extended time, for example at a concert or sitting together at a sporting event.  

We are watching COVID and Delta variants closely and will heed guidance provided by the governor’s office and state health departments.

Masks will be required indoors regardless of vaccination status. If you are vaccinated, you do not need to be masked outdoors unless you are in close proximity to others for an extended time, for example at a concert or sitting together at a sporting event.  

Individuals with a qualifying exemption to the vaccine will be required to wear masks when inside campus buildings.

The safety of our students and employees is our top priority. Intentionally providing incorrect information may result in progressive disciplinary action, up to and including student conduct violations or termination of employment.

Yes, the college’s Health Coordinating Officer will continue to follow up with those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 to ensure appropriate contact tracing within the college community. Report a positive test result here.

Starting Sept. 13, students, employees, and regularly scheduled volunteers no longer need to complete the health attestation form when visiting campus. Contractors, visiting presenters, and other outside entities will still need to complete the health and vaccination attestation.

 

For International Students

You may be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before traveling internationally. Please follow the guidance from the CDC. For up-to-date information and travel guidance, check the COVID-19 Travel Planner. Prepare to be flexible during your trip as restrictions and policies may change during your travel. It will be important to follow all state, local, and territorial travel restrictions.

If you are not yet vaccinated, it is recommended that you get tested. The college will provide a list of locations to get tested when you arrive. If you have been vaccinated, you do not need to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in the United States. 

According to the CDC, if you are not vaccinated, you will need to self quarantine for 10 days. If you are tested for COVID-19 three to five days after your arrival to the U.S., and the result is negative, then your quarantine time can be reduced to seven days.

If you have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks, do not have any symptoms, and are identified as exposed to COVID-19 or a close contact of a positive case, per the latest CDC guidance, you do not need to be quarantined. However, you are expected to follow all safety and health guidelines.

Yes. Local pharmacies and health care providers are administering the vaccine and each offers a different vaccine. You can choose where to get your vaccine according to what they are offering. EC will be hosting a vaccination clinic for students from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7 in one of our residence halls, Rainier Place. To register, go to https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov//appointment/en/reg/5962157690

There may also be additional opportunities to get vaccinated on campus. Please connect with your housing or International Programs counselor advisor for information on those dates and times.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free in the United States.

Be prepared to provide the documentation given to you by your healthcare provider. Bring what you have with you.

You will need to fill out a form that states the reason (exemption) why you cannot receive the vaccine. Exemptions will be allowed for health, religious, or philosophical reasons. We are currently working on the process by which you can apply for these exemptions, and we will update the campus when it is ready. Those with an exemption will be required to wear a mask while indoors on campus per the governor’s proclamation and guidance provided by the State Department of Health and Labor and Industries.Reasons for exemptions will not be shared outside of Human Resources and the college’s designated Health Coordination Officer.

Yes. You will be required to wear a mask during the activity.

Yes, you can live in a dormitory or with a host family. Contact Housing for more details.

If you are vaccinated, you do not; however, you’ll need to wear a mask for five days and monitor any possible symptoms. If you are unvaccinated please work with housing or OIP to connect with vaccine resources.

All students will be required to have the COVID-19 vaccine or file an exemption to it. Please see the Fall FAQs for information on exemptions.

All employees are either vaccinated or have an exemption and will continue to mask while working and moving about housing spaces.

We are currently surveying our host families and expect that about 90% are vaccinated.

All students and employees, except for those with the above mentioned exemptions, are required to be vaccinated.

You are fully vaccinated once you are two weeks past the last dose required for the vaccine that you were given.

At this time we do not know what that will look like. If you are required to get vaccinated again, per state and federal health guidance, you’ll need to follow the college’s safety guidelines and procedures. The office of International Programs will be available for support and guidance as conditions change.