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CPTC is online-only through April 6. Find current COVID-19 updates here.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

2020 CPTC Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

CPTC is online-only through Monday, April 6.

What Governor Inslee's recent orders mean for CPTC:

  1. CPTC is open. Use remote methods (phone, email) to reach staff.
  2. Most classes will be held online-only through Friday, April 24.
  3. Lab classes will be held on campus with strict social distancing practices in place no sooner than April 13.
  4. Events are postponed until after Friday, April 24.
  5. Social distancing is in place for all in-person interactions.
  6. Conditions are subject to change.

Page updated 4:54 p.m., March 26, 2020

The purpose of this page is to provide you with an update on Clover Park Technical College’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Be sure to sign up for CPTC Warn to receive campus alerts via email or text at www.cptc.edu/risk/emergency-management/cptcwarn.

Some of you have requested further clarification regarding dates for the start of spring quarter, so today’s email is intended to answer questions you may have. 

First, I want to confirm that CPTC supports and is following Governor Jay Inslee’s directive to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy.” As an essential service provider, CPTC has continued operations during this time, with most staff teleworking from home and good social distancing in place for the few who need to be on campus. Until the Governor’s ban is lifted (currently projected for April 7), college facilities are not open to the public, and services to students are being provided through remote methods only (phone, email, and a virtual waiting room we’ll make available soon). The attached document provides the contact information you need to reach those who can assist you. 

Here are the dates you need to know for the beginning of spring quarter: 

April 1, NO CLASSES MEET

This is the official start of spring quarter, and financial aid will be released.  

April 1-3, NO CLASSES MEET 

Canvas classrooms will open for students and resources will be available to help you get ready for the quarter. 

April 6, DISTANCE EDUCATION STARTS, COLLEGE FACILITIES ARE NOT YET OPEN. 

Faculty will contact students with information on what to expect for the quarter and key dates. Students watch for email from faculty with instructions. All services to students will continue to be handled virtually, in adherence to the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” state directive. 

April 13 and beyond, LAB CLASSES MAY BEGIN 

This is the first possible day for lab classes to begin (date may change if the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive is extended). Social distancing will be in place.  

Know that every one of our programs is unique. If there are extenuating circumstances that impact your program and your dean approves modification to this schedule, your instructor will communicate that to you directly. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time. CPTC’s faculty and staff are working diligently to provide students with responsive service and quality education. 

CPTC is open, with services and distance learning being performed online. Buildings are closed to the public through Monday, April 6. 

Download Campus contact directory during online operations (pdf)

April 1, NO CLASSES MEET

This is the official start of spring quarter, and financial aid will be released.  

April 1-3, NO CLASSES MEET 

Canvas classrooms will open for students and resources will be available to help you get ready for the quarter. 

April 6, DISTANCE EDUCATION STARTS, COLLEGE FACILITIES ARE NOT YET OPEN. 

Faculty will contact students with information on what to expect for the quarter and key dates. Students watch for email from faculty with instructions. All services to students will continue to be handled virtually, in adherence to the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” state directive. 

April 13 and beyond, LAB CLASSES MAY BEGIN 

This is the first possible day for lab classes to begin (date may change if the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive is extended). Social distancing will be in place.  

Any impacts on campus operations will be announced on:

4/1: Spring Quarter Huddle – Student Success (canceled)
4/1: Week of Welcome (canceled)
4/8: Program Information Sessions (canceled)
4/10: Rescheduled Movie Night (canceled)
4/16: Data Dive (virtually on Zoom)
4/13: Cultural Competency Training (postponed)
4/22: Program Expo (canceled)
4/23: Students of Color Conference (canceled)
4/23: Earth Day Event (limited to a smaller event)
4/28: Mobile Blood Bank (proceeding)
4/29: WSSSC Conference (canceled)

5/8: Scholarship Dinner (postponed)
5/13: Program Information Sessions (canceled)
5/14: Career Conference (proceeding for now)
5/21: Spring Fest (canceled)
5/27: Program Information Sessions (canceled)

6/3: PTK Induction (canceled)
6/10 Program Information Sessions (canceled)
6/10: Student Awards Ceremony (canceled)
6/12: Movie Night (proceeding for now)
6/18: Commencement (proceeding for now)
6/23: New Student Orientation (online)

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions implemented by Governor Jay Inslee, in person work study orientations and FAFSA/WASFA workshops have been cancelled through April 24. Instead, we will offer these services via phone appointments.

  • If you would like to schedule a work study orientation, please contact Monica Selby-Blissenbach at (253) 589-5802 or email monica.selby@cptc.edu.
  • If you would like assistance with your FAFSA/WASFA application, please call Celva Boon at (253) 589-5822 or email finaid@cptc.edu.

We have a variety of options for phone calls, chat, and videoconferencing for off-campus visitors to contact our employees. Contact a staff member to set up the method that works best. Download Campus contact directory (pdf)

Staff directoryhttp://www.cptc.edu/directory

Faculty directoryhttp://www.cptc.edu/instruction-directory

There have been requests for more information regarding social distancing standards at CPTC. The general rule of thumb to apply during this time is maintaining 6 feet between people. It’s important to note, however, that social distancing is a term applied more broadly to actions taken to stop or slow the spread of a highly contagious disease, and increasing physical distancing is but one of many measures to accomplish this. Sanitizing your work area and restricting when and where people can gather are additional measures. A list of examples for social distancing include the following:

  1. If you are unable to teach fully online, you might restructure the schedule of in-person labs to ½ the normal size and every third workstation.
  2. If you are in automotive, you might have only 10 students at a time in the lab and only one or two at the automobile.
  3. An office might institute a “take a number system” and have customers wait away from service windows.
  4. A dentist might decrease the number of patients they see in a day.
  5. Provide only essential services face-to-face and offer phone or online options for others.

I realize that in some of your positions maintaining a 6-foot distance is not always possible. In those circumstances, I encourage you to think creatively about how social distancing can occur in your area and propose a solution to your supervisor. It’s important that your good ideas be voiced so we can take steps that are positive for our students and community. 

In the Governor’s directive, he indicated that program-affiliated labs can be implemented if social distancing measures are strictly implemented and monitored by designated school officials. The ultimate responsibility for assuring social distancing on our campus rests with me. As it relates to offering lab instruction, I’m asking each faculty member to share with their dean how social distancing will be maintained in their lab and to monitor your students to assure they follow your guidance. The Deans and VP are present to support you as you implement your plans, and they are also an important part of monitoring the implementation of social distancing across their programs.

I know this is a stressful time, and adding new requirements makes your jobs all that more challenging. I appreciate your patience and good intentions as we take steps to assure our students, our community, and colleagues are safe.

Any member of our college community who meets CDC testing criteria for COVID-19 is asked to notify COVID19info@cptc.edu or 253-709-3591.

A positive COVID-19 test result would trigger the Incident Command System, in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. College leadership will follow TPCHD guidelines on announcements and decisions that impact campus operations.

The campus was closed on March 4 for what we called a "deep cleaning." Crews equipped with respirators sprayed disinfectant on touch point surfaces throughout campus. High-use areas were sprayed twice. Crews did not enter offices or spray sensitive equipment.

We have since learned that this process is more accurately described as "disinfecting" or "sanitizing." Future communications will clarify the process used.

  • Cleaning removes debris and marks from a surface. 
  • Sanitizing reduces the number of pathogens on that surface to safe levels.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department maintains a website with resources and records about local impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak at tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus.

Stay Home. Stay Healthy.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

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