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Latest Update: May 2, 2023

Find answers to questions about our campus, including the steps we are taking to ensure everyone's safety. In addition to general information, we also have information specific to students and employees.

General Information

What are other ways the college helps us stay healthy when we are on campus?

  • Signs at entry points let people know of their shared responsibilities to protect the campus community.   They address proper hygiene and sanitation, physical distancing, use of personal protective equipment, and staying home if feeling sick.
  • The college provides information to students, faculty, and staff on how to detect symptoms and avoid high-risk situations.
  • The college has provided students, faculty, and staff with personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. However,. Current inventory of PPE will not be replenished once exhausted.
  • High-touch surfaces are frequently cleaned by our custodial crew, however people may also clean their own personal areas prior to and after use.  The college provides hand washing facilities.
  • Students or personnel who test positive or are showing symptoms may be required to or isolate according to public health guidelines. See the college’s COVID-19 Exposure and Isolation Guidelines.
  • Pierce College strongly encourages all of our students and employees to get tested for COVID-19 if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. Find more information about COVID-19 testing near you.

Who do I notify if I have tested positive for COVID-19? What happens if there is a COVID-19 exposure on campus?

Individuals involved in or having knowledge of positive COVID cases and exposures must immediately notify Jose Nieves. We will commence protocols and inform impacted people of next steps related to response, quarantine, and/or other necessary actions in line with institutional, local, and state guidelines. Students enrolled in online classes only do not need to report positive COVID-19 cases, unless they came to campus for services such as computer labs, library, advising, etc.

To report your positive COVID-19 test, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form or contact Jose Nieves, District Health and Safety Specialist, at

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

If you have questions concerning any of the above or think you may have been exposed on campus, you can complete the  COVID-19 Reporting Form or contact District Health and Safety Specialist Jose Nieves at

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Student Information

What should I do if I’m exposed to COVID-19?

If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, follow our exposure and quarantine guidelines.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms?

Find out what to do and who to contact if you test positive for COVID-19 in our exposure and quarantine guidelines.

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Employee Information

What if I have a high-risk health issue and do not feel it is safe to be on campus?

  • As of May 11, 2023, the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) will end. COVID-19 will remain a recognized respiratory hazard in the workplace and Pierce College will continue to follow recommended guidance from local, state and federal agencies including L&I’s – Basic COVID-19 Requirements for All Workplaces.
  • If you are an employee who needs an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please follow the accommodation process located on the HR accomodations page.

How will faculty and staff be informed of an outbreak on campus?

We have a COVID-19 response plan that outlines procedures for contact-tracing and notification in the case of a COVID outbreak. An individual’s medical diagnosis is confidential information. Supervisors should not share medical information (including COVID test results) about one employee with other employees. (Same for student medical information.) College safety officials will notify employees or students directly if we learn they may have been exposed to a positive case while on campus.

What if a student lets me know they were exposed or have tested positive for COVID-19?

The student should complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form. Please inform College Exposure Officer Jose Nieves at, who will set our contact tracing process in motion.

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