[Wsssc] FW: COVID-19 Update March 25, 2020

Joe Holliday jholliday at sbctc.edu
Tue Mar 24 16:58:32 PDT 2020

Here is today's COVID-19 update from the State Board. Joe

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Subject: FW: COVID-19 Update March 25, 2020

Joe and Darby-please send to WSSSC and RPC

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Subject: FW: COVID-19 Update March 25, 2020

For forwarding through the commission listservs supported by your respective areas.

John Boesenberg, Deputy Executive Director
Business Operations
360-704-4303; jboesenberg at sbctc.edu<mailto:jboesenberg at sbctc.edu>

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Subject: COVID-19 Update March 25, 2020

The information listed below has come-up since yesterday's message was sent.  It will be shared with the WACTC Commissions  Additional information/details may be accessed through our Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PnHhItWpvNhUhhxrCq5LSzxjenmVS5nw

·       General Information:

  *   Governor Inslee issued a new proclamation Monday evening that is effective beginning midnight, March 25 through midnight April 6.  Proclamation 20-25 requires Washingtonians to stay home unless they are conducting essential activities and working in an essential business service. Click here<https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25%20Coronovirus%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29%20%28002%29.pdf> to review the proclamation.  In the proclamation there is a link to a document outlining "essential critical infrastructure workers." Click here<https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/WA%20Essential%20Critical%20Infrastructure%20Workers%20%28Final%29.pdf> to go right to this guidance document.

·       The proclamation includes some guidance on "essential activities."  As it relates to work, it includes folks who are obtaining necessary supplies/equipment to work from home, folks who are needed to maintain basic operations to preserve the condition of the physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll/benefits, facilitate employees continuing to work remotely and related functions.

§  To be clear, essential critical infrastructure work must continue. Specifically, services must continue to help state, local, tribal and industry partners as they work to protect communities and ensure the continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Colleges should review their mission critical staff to identify who will need to physically be at the worksite. To advance the public safety objective of this proclamation, wherever work can be done remotely and without placing workers in the office or the community, we should be doing that.

·       Although the last bullet on page 10 of the guidance document (describes essential businesses and work) addresses higher education, there may be other relevant sections that address services provided by colleges - like food pantries, critical government workers (as defined by the employer, security staff).

·       Unless extended, colleges may return to being governed by the 20-12 proclamation that provides for on-line instruction whenever possible and limited lab and clinic instruction through social distancing and preventative cleaning.

  *   Summary of Information provided by UW Dean for Public Health, Dr. Hilary Godwin:
     *   New virus, spreading globally, people don't have native immunity, without a vaccine or therapeutic interventions - reliant on public health strategies.
     *   80% will have no or only mild symptoms but could still transmit.
     *   Concern is for folks who have more severe symptoms or underlying health issues.
     *   Requires more intense social and economic interventions, but they appear to be working in Washington State - WA rate is doubling in about 10 days; NY is doubling every 2 days.
     *   Hitting intervention steps hard to flatten the curve  helps manage the decease so the health care system is not overwhelmed, but will extend the need for continued public health interventions to avoid a rebound.
     *   Seasonality is yet unknown. Decease may go south for our summer and return in fall/winter.
     *   Based on what we know at this time, it may be difficult to reopen K-12 schools by April 27.   Lifting the "stay home stay safe" policy restrictions may also be difficult if Washington is considered to be at the peak of the, hopefully, then flattened curve.
o   DES Request for donation of PPE.  The state Emergency Operations Center (EOC) requested DES to coordinate gathering Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from state agencies and institutions.
§  During this emergency period, colleges that donate PPE should maintain a record of the donated supplies and worry about any technicalities (i.e., donating state resources) after the emergency period.  If time permits, an interagency transfer (to DES or local public health/hospital) or MOU may provide for replacement of the supplies after the emergency is over.

·       Instruction/Student Services:
o   Proclamation 20-25, Staying Home Staying Health, has caused many colleges to revisit the start of spring quarter - potentially rescheduling the start to April 13.  The proclamation is in effect through midnight, April 6, 2020 unless extended.  Colleges may want to consider financial aid impacts, if any, as they review and make this change.  (A college determined there were no impacts to delaying spring start an additional week.)
o   As noted in an earlier bulletin, colleges set their quarter start and end dates through their V.P. for Instruction Offices.
o   Colleges are still reviewing how proclamations are affecting "hands-on," equipment intensive instruction.

·      Employment
o   Governor Inslee's 20-25 proclamation requiring folks to stay home, unless they are conducting essential activities and/or work in an essential business service has created some questions related to employment;
§  The proclamation does not impose a suspended operation situation on colleges or agencies.  Colleges are continuing operation, just changing the work location and modality as most employees work remotely.  For civil service classified employees, as operations are not suspended, employees required to come to work are not eligible for time-and-a half pay per the Governor negotiated collective bargaining agreements.
§  There is recognition that some work does not lend itself to telecommuting and that some employees don't have the technology, internet connection or skills needed to work remotely. Guidance is for college/agencies to be creative to maintain employee pay and benefits.  Ideas that have circulated include training (reading manuals), review/update of cleaning schedules/techniques and/or "desk manuals" (hand written edits), special projects, etc.

·      Issues being worked:
o   State Board will connect with Hospital Association to get their thinking on the need for our allied health programs to continue producing graduates, while working within Governor Inslee's orders.
o   Placement Tests.  State Board staff will work with Instruction Commission to identify and resolve issues related to accessing placement tests.

·      Event Cancellations/Changes (Newly Added/Updated in RED)

     *   Dual Credit Summit, March 16-17 cancelled and being rescheduled for fall 2020 (Looking at October 5/6, 2020)
     *   ATL Retreat, March 26-27, cancelled.
     *   Dean Community of Practice, March session cancelled.
     *   Bridge to College meetings have been converted to virtual convenings.
     *   Guided Pathway Work Plan review, March 12-13, is converting to an online modality (details to follow).
     *   Annual Students of Color conference April 23-25 Yakima cancelled
     *   All Student Services conference April 29-May 1 Tacoma, Student Services Commission has been re-scheduled to May 3-6, 2021.
     *   Team Teacher training at Centralia College, March13, 2020, Cancelled
     *   COABE Conference has been Cancelled/Postponed (Originally scheduled for 4/5-4/8, postponed till summer)
     *   AACC has been cancelled.
     *   Council for Basic Skills April Meeting has been cancelled
     *   Intercollegiate Relations Committee (ICRC) is spring meeting cancelled (4/16-17)
     *   AEAC has been cancelled Spring qtr.
     *   Articulation and Transfer Council spring meeting (April 23-24) moved to Zoom.
     *   Spring ATL (May 6-8) has been cancelled.
     *   Faculty of Color Mentorship Program spring retreat (May 15) has been cancelled.
     *   Spring Math Conference (April 30 - May 2)  has been cancelled.
     *   College EBT Retailer Application Webinar scheduled for 4/8/2020 - postponed
     *   Workforce Education Council, April 30 - May 1 - cancelled.
     *   Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Council, April 30 - May 1 - cancelled.

John Boesenberg, Deputy Executive Director
Business Operations
360-704-4303; jboesenberg at sbctc.edu<mailto:jboesenberg at sbctc.edu>

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