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Safe Start Plan

Learn all about the COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Plan (CECMR) Phase 2.

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TCC Specific Plan

The COVID-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation, and Recovery Plan (CECMR) serves as the written guideline for how Tacoma Community College will safely recover essential instructional programming and support functions in accordance with the WA State’s Phase 2 Higher Education & Critical Infrastructure Workforce Training Restart COVID-19 Requirements.

In short, Washington State provided guidelines and requirements and TCC put together a plan to meet these guidelines and requirements. Our plan is specific to TCC.


COVID-19 Supervisor and Designees The COVID-19 Supervisor, or designee will be present at every location to monitor the health of faculty, staff, and students and enforce the COVID-19 location specific safety plan at all times during work and instructional activities. These TCC employees will be responible to check-in visitors, perform spot checks to ensure safety measures are being followed, perform temperature scans, and other duties. They are also able to answer COVID-19 questions.

Building Operations Detailed plans for the flow people through entries and exits are provided as well as areas that may be off limits. Cleaning schedules, hours, days open are also detailed.

Physical Distancing Physical distancing of at least 6-feet of separation must be maintained by every person at the location at all possible times. Tape will be used to mark safe passage and waiting spaces in high congestion areas of buildings. Use of stairwells will be encouraged. Elevators may be used as an alternative to stairs as needed. Elevators will be used by only one person at a time.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Face coverings in accordance with Washington Department of Health guidelines, or as required by Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) safety rules must be worn by every employee, student, and visitor not working alone (with no chance of human interaction) at all times. Refusal to wear a face covering will result in dismissal from campus.

Health Symptom Monitoring and Reporting All faculty, staff, and students will be informed to stay home or leave the location when feeling sick or when they have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case. All faculty, staff, and students must inform their supervisors/instructors if they have a sick family member at home with COVID-19. If an employee or student has a family member sick with COVID-19, that employee/student must follow the isolation/quarantine requirements as established by the State Department of Health. All faculty and staff who do not believe it is safe to work shall be allowed to remove themselves from the location. Students and visitors dropping off or picking items up from the campus in under 30 minutes or walking through campus are not required to check-in with a COVID-19 designee but must wear facial coverings and follow all onsite physical distancing guidelines. Detailed instructions are provided for:

  • Eligibility to be On-campus
  • Exposure Response Procedures
  • Prior to Day of Daily Arrival for Work/Class/Lab
  • Faculty and Staff – Approval Process for Work on Campus/One Day Visit
  • Faculty and Staff – Daily Check-in Procedures
  • Student – Daily Class/Lab Check-in Procedures
  • Student Pre-entry
  • Student Entry in Class/lab Building
  • Student Exit from Class/lab
  • Rescheduled Lab Days
  • Visitors/Vendors/Contractor

Read the Entire CECMR

This document is 45 pages long. Updated July 14, 2020.