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Campus Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Dear Tritons,

I hope your studies are going well. I know this has been a difficult time, and I'm proud of each and every one of you for finding ways to keep going with your studies despite the challenges of COVID-19. Our staff and faculty are focused on supporting your success. Planning ahead is also important to all of us. I’d like to give you an update on our college’s plans for the remainder of this academic year as well as plans for summer and fall quarter 2021.

Your safety is our number one priority. We continue to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan and the governor’s "Healthy Washington" plan and any decisions we make are based on this. 

We’re hopeful to offer more in-person learning options safely this fall. We understand the important role that in-person teaching and learning has on you including greater support and connections. I’m excited at the possibility of welcoming you all back to campus. I also recognize that some may have concerns about returning to in-person classes. We still plan to offer many online options as well. 

Spring quarter will continue to be mostly remote teaching and learning. We hope to offer some in-person services and support starting June 28 if health conditions and guidance allow. 

For summer quarter: We plan to expand hybrid options in courses such as English, Career and College Success, and Physical Education. We will continue to offer a rich array of online options with some hands-on labs for STEM, Culinary Arts, and Allied Health courses. 

For fall quarter: We expect to bring more students back to campus by offering more blended classes that combine face to face and online instruction. Like before COVID-19, students this fall will have a range of options, including online and hybrid classes in popular classes like Art, English, History, Business, Accounting, and many others. Although we are planning for more in-person classes this fall, it is possible this will change if the pandemic worsens. 

I am thankful to our entire campus community for staying diligent in following health and safety guidelines. We will get through this together, and I am hopeful there is an end in sight for better times ahead. 

Spring registration is open and spring quarter begins April 5. Registration will look different this quarter as we are launching ctcLink a new self-service portal and mobile app to better serve you with many student services. 

Please remember to check your EdMail for urgent information updates. We encourage you to visit edmonds.edu/coronavirus for college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College 

Tritons,

Since my email on Feb. 9, I’ve received confirmation of a number of campus community individuals who live off and on campus that have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were last on campus at Triton Field, Triton Court, and Rainier Place. Since testing positive, the individuals have been self-quarantining in single occupancy rooms in campus residence halls or their respective homes. 

I understand that this can be concerning to our campus community. Safety is always our number one priority, and I want to assure you that we have taken strict precautions to ensure the health and safety of those who tested positive, those identified as close contacts, and other student housing residents. Because some of those impacted were identified as members of our  athletics teams, athletic practices (except for cross country) were suspended immediately and are canceled through Monday, Feb. 22. This includes men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and volleyball. Men’s and women’s basketball have not yet practiced this quarter. In addition, students will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to return to practice.

In addition to Washington state guidelines and protocols, the college has taken specific steps in response:

  • Anyone who has tested positive or been identified as a “close contact” that currently lives in student housing has been moved to a single occupancy apartment.

  • Those who tested positive are currently quarantining. Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Jade Jeter-Hill and Sam Salsman are working closely with local public health officials, tracking the quarantine end dates for the positive individuals, and are in communication with officials about the different timelines.

  • The college is supplying food and assisting with laundry and garbage. 

  • Athletics staff is meeting with all athletes to reinforce safety and isolation criteria and expectations. 

  • Housing staff sent emails to all housing residents. Athletics directors and Jade met with the isolated and quarantined students via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 11, to set expectations, answer questions, and provide additional guidance.

  • Housing and Security are tracking those who consistently do not follow quarantine protocol. Athletics will follow up with any individual on a college team and take further action.

  • If anyone breaks quarantine/isolation, they are subject to the student discipline process and sanctions.

  • Housing reinforced safety measures to Resident Assistants and reinforced safety measures and expectations to Housing students via email. Probation and removal from Housing is possible for those who break the rules.

  • A question and answer session with students who live in residence halls will be held next week.

  • Student athletes have received messages from head coaches and the Athletic Director about continuing to be diligent with mask wearing, social distancing, protocols, and reinforcement of housing rules and repercussions for violations.

  • The contractor and builder of Triton Court has addressed Snohomish County health guidelines and determined that Triton Court has a higher ventilation rate than required.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College 

Tritons,

I received another confirmation today that two more individuals in our campus community tested positive for COVID-19. Both individuals have had limited interaction with others while on campus. 

The first individual was last on campus on Jan. 27 on Triton Field. The individual started showing symptoms sometime after that and has had no additional close contact with anyone on campus.

The second individual was last on campus on Feb. 5 in Triton Court and on Triton Field. They were notified of the positive COVID-19 test result on Sunday, Feb. 7 and are self isolating. Those who are identified as close contacts have been notified, are being tested, and are self isolating for the recommended time period. Based on guidance from local public health officials, we’re able to provide the location of the visit while remaining in compliance with privacy laws.

Our college requires strict social distancing and safety protocols based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. The individual reports being in compliance to these protocols while on campus. The health district — within the jurisdiction of where positive individuals live — is in charge of conducting investigations for all positive tests and follows up with needed information for anyone who has come in close contact. The college also has trained staff to do contact tracing for those on campus.

In Edmonds College residence halls, gathering space and visitors are limited:

  • Students must limit their guests in the building/Homestay (especially if they are sick) for the safety of the community.
  • Housing staff enforces minimal guests or no guests at all times depending on the COVID-19 situation in the State/County/City.
  • Programming for activities is limited for the community (in person or online) following State/County/City/College guidance according to COVID-19 related issues.

If you have symptoms, are identified as a close contact of someone with a positive test, or have a positive test yourself, please file a report and the College Health Coordinating Officer will follow up with you.

Edmonds College continues to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan based on Gov. Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery plan.

If you are not attending in-person classes, picking up or dropping off a child at the Center for Families, or visiting the food pantry, you should not come to campus. For those in on campus labs and hands-on courses, please continue following the return to campus instructions. All services are available remotely and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edmonds.edu/winter2021

These protocols are in place so that we do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. EC leadership continues to follow the guidance of local and state public health officials and state leaders. Please visit the CDC’s website for information about COVID-19 symptoms, what to do if you think you are sick, and how to protect yourself. 

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website. ​

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Tritons,

I received confirmation today that another individual in our campus community tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has had limited interaction with others while on campus in Triton Court and on Triton Field. The individual was notified of the positive COVID-19 test result on Sunday, Feb. 7 and is self isolating. Those who are close contacts have been notified. Based on guidance from local public health officials, we’re able to provide the location of the visit while remaining in compliance with privacy laws.

Our college requires strict social distancing and safety protocols based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. The individual reports being in compliance to these protocols while on campus. The health district — within the jurisdiction of where positive individuals live — is in charge of conducting investigations for all positive tests and follows up with needed information for anyone who has come in close contact. The college also has trained staff to do contact tracing for those on campus.

In Edmonds College residence halls, gathering space and visitors are limited:

  • Students must limit their guests in the building/Homestay (especially if they are sick) for the safety of the community.
  • Housing staff enforces minimal guests or no guests at all times depending on the COVID-19 situation in the State/County/City.
  • Programming for activities is limited for the community (in person or online) following State/County/City/College guidance according to COVID-19 related issues.

If you have symptoms, are identified as a close contact of someone with a positive test, or have a positive test yourself, please file a report and the College Health Coordinating Officer will follow up with you.

Edmonds College continues to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan based on Gov. Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery plan.

If you are not attending in-person classes, picking up or dropping off a child at the Center for Families, or visiting the food pantry, you should not come to campus. For those in on campus labs and hands-on courses, please continue following the return to campus instructions. All services are available remotely and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edmonds.edu/winter2021

These protocols are in place so that we do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. EC leadership continues to follow the guidance of local and state public health officials and state leaders. Please visit the CDC’s website for information about COVID-19 symptoms, what to do if you think you are sick, and how to protect yourself. 

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website. ​

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Dear Tritons,

For the health and safety of our campus community, EC will continue offering services remotely and online only through at least June 25 (pending further developments). We will continue to offer campus access to the campus food pantry and the campus child care program at the Center for Families (CFF).

For the sake of safety and continuity for those in on campus labs and hands-on courses, EC continues to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan as previously announced.

If you are not attending in-person classes, scheduled to pick up class related materials, check out technology, picking up or dropping off a child at the CFF, or visiting the campus food pantry, you should not come to campus. Those scheduled to come to campus should follow the protocols for health screening as supplied by your instructor, or as found here. All services are available remotely and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edcc.edu/winter2021

Spring registration starts Feb. 22 and spring quarter begins April 5. Registration will look different this quarter – we are launching ctcLink – a new self-service portal and mobile app – which will better serve you. Questions may be directed to the campus operator, by calling 425.640.1459 (press 0) or texting 425.243.0867.

Please remember to check your EdMail for urgent information updates. I encourage you to visit edmonds.edu/coronavirus for college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Colleagues,

This is a follow up to my January 10 email. The college continues to be a COVID-19 vaccination site, which is being coordinated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Task Force.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced that COVID vaccine providers can move to Phase 1b of vaccination immediately. Phase 1b includes all people age 65 and older, and those 50 and older in multigenerational households. There are two categories of people eligible under the multigenerational household definition:

  • People who are over the age of 50 AND are not able to live independently who either:
    • are receiving long-term care from a paid or unpaid caregiver, or
    • are living with someone who works outside the home
  • People who are over the age of 50 AND are living with and caring for a grandchild

No one under age 50 is eligible, and no one over age 50 caring for a partner, friend, or child (exception - grandchild) is eligible.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be administered by appointment only to individuals who are in Phase 1a and 1b.

Eligibility information, as well as information on how to get vaccinated, has been updated at www.snohd.org/covidvaccine and https://snohomish-county-coronavirus-response-snoco-gis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19-vaccine.

Be sure to check with your regular healthcare provider, local clinic, or pharmacy on vaccination plans. If your provider does not offer COVID-19 vaccine, you can register for an appointment at one of the drive-thru vaccination sites coordinated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce. Please note that appointments may book up quickly for the drive-thru sites, so check back often.

Vaccine supply is still limited, and it will take time to vaccinate everyone who is now eligible. We ask everyone to be patient as the Snohomish County Vaccine Task Force continues its work to get Snohomish County residents vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Reminder: Parking lots E and F - in front of Snoqualmie and Brier halls - are closed for the vaccination site; however, parking is available in surrounding areas.

If you have questions or concerns specific to the vaccination site on campus or other COVID-19 related issues not addressed by the health district’s website, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Colleagues,

As you know, Edmonds College will be a COVID-19 vaccination site in partnership with the Snohomish County Health District and Verdant Health Commission. The health district began setting up today. They’ll continue through tomorrow morning, and the first vaccines will be given tomorrow afternoon.

The site will be operating from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This will be ongoing, and I will update you as we have more information. The EC Food Pantry will continue its service on Thursdays.

The COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available to the general public and will be administered by appointment only to individuals who are in Phase 1a (including high-risk workers in health care settings, high-risk first responders, and patients and staff of long-term care facilities). The Health District will inform the college when employees, students, and community members are eligible for the vaccine, and we will also notify you. Information on who is eligible for the vaccine and options for vaccination also will be updated online at snohd.org/covidvaccine.

Reminder: Parking lots E and F - in front of Snoqualmie and Brier halls - will be closed once the vaccination site is up and running; however, parking is available in surrounding areas.

If you have questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Tritons,

I received confirmation that another individual in the Edmonds College campus community tested positive for COVID-19. This individual had limited interaction with others while on campus in Brier Hall. The individual’s last visit to campus was Wednesday, Dec. 2. They were notified of the positive COVID-19 test result on Thursday, Dec. 3. Based on guidance from local public health officials, we’re able to provide the location of the visit while remaining in compliance with privacy laws.

The individual followed strict social distancing and safety protocols while on campus as required by our college, which is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. The health district — within the jurisdiction of where positive individuals live — is in charge of conducting investigations for all positive tests and follows up with needed information for anyone who has come in close contact. The college also has trained staff to conduct contact tracing for those on campus. If you are reported to be a close contact of this individual you will be notified by public health or the college’s health coordinating officer.

If you have symptoms, are identified as a close contact of someone with a positive test, or have a positive test yourself, please file a report and the College Health Coordinating Officer will follow up with you.

Edmonds College continues to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan based on Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan through the end of fall quarter and pending further developments.

If you are not attending in-person classes, you should not come to campus. For those in on campus labs and hands-on courses, please continue following the return to campus instructions. All services are available remotely and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edcc.edu/winter2021.

These protocols are in place so that we do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. EC leadership continues to follow the guidance of local and state public health officials and state leaders. Please visit the CDC’s website for information about COVID-19 symptoms, what to do if you think you are sick, and how to protect yourself.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on our COVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Tritons,

I received confirmation that an individual in the Edmonds College campus community tested positive for COVID-19. This individual had limited interaction with others while on campus in Woodway Hall. The individual’s last visit to campus was Monday, Nov. 16. They were notified of the positive COVID-19 test result on Thursday, Nov. 19. Based on guidance from local public health officials, we’re able to provide the location of the visit while remaining in compliance with privacy laws.

The individual followed strict social distancing and safety protocols while on campus as required by our college, which is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. The health district — within the jurisdiction of where positive individuals live — is in charge of conducting investigations for all positive tests and follows up with needed information for anyone who has come in close contact. The college also has trained staff to conduct contact tracing for those on campus. If you are reported to be a close contact of this individual you will be notified by public health or the college’s health coordinating officer.

If you have symptoms, are identified as a close contact of someone with a positive test, or have a positive test yourself, please file a report and the College Health Coordinating Officer will follow up with you.

Edmonds College continues to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan based on Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan through the end of fall quarter and pending further developments

If you are not attending in-person classes, you should not come to campus. For those in on campus labs and hands-on courses, please continue following the return to campus instructions. All services are available remotely and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edcc.edu/winter2021.

These protocols are in place so that we do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. EC leadership continues to follow the guidance of local and state public health officials and state leaders. Please visit the CDC’s website for information about COVID-19 symptoms, what to do if you think you are sick, and how to protect yourself.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email health@edcc.edu. Any updates, information about the virus, and links to resources continue to be updated and available on ourCOVID-19 resources website.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD
President
Edmonds College

Tritons,

Due to rising COVID-19 cases, the governor announced yesterday new COVID-19 statewide restrictions effective through Dec. 14.

At this time, the governor’s new orders do not apply to our college or our day care facility (Center for Families). In person classes at Edmonds College will continue this quarter as scheduled.

If you are not attending in-person classes, you should not come to campus (unless you are using the Center for Families or Food Pantry). All other services are available online and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edcc.edu/winter2021.

It is also important to check your EdMail for urgent information updates. All college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19 are available at edcc.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Christina Castorena, M.Ed.
Vice President for Student Services

Dear Tritons,

I hope that everyone had a restful weekend after a long and emotional election period. It is important that we all acknowledge that many members of our community may be experiencing many different emotions after the election results. I am hopeful that our country is ready to move forward with unity, respect, and civility – all values that we embrace and foster at Edmonds College. The important work to serve you, our students, and shape our community continues.

For the health and safety of our campus community, EC will extend remote operations and continue offering services remotely through at least March 19 (pending further developments).

For the sake of safety and continuity for those in on campus labs and hands-on courses, Edmonds College continues to follow the stricter guidance of Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements Plan based on Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan through the end of fall quarter and pending further developments

If you are not attending in-person classes, you should not come to campus. All services are available remotely and staff and faculty are available via email. Information on advising, emergency funding, financial aid, updates and alerts, resources, and more can be found at edcc.edu/winter2021. You can register for winter classes by visiting edcc.edu/schedule. Winter registration starts Nov. 16 and winter quarter begins Jan. 4. Questions may be directed to the campus operator, by calling 425.640.1459 (press 0) or texting 425.243.0867.

It is also important to check your EdMail for urgent information updates. All college updates, resources, and information about COVID-19 are available at edcc.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Amit B. Singh, PhD

President

Edmonds College