Coronavirus Information and Resources

Stay informed.

(webpage last updated 11/3/22)

Bates Technical College is a vaccinated college. If you feel ill, please do not come to campus.

Mask Update (posted 3/9/22)

Bates Technical College will follow the state’s lead and make indoor masking on campus voluntary beginning on March 12, except when faculty and staff choose to require masking in their classrooms or office/desk areas. With this in mind, we strongly support individual decisions by anyone on campus to continue to wear a mask without fear of judgment. Masks provide wearers additional protection against COVID-19 and have been an important part of our state’s COVID-19 response throughout this pandemic.

NOTE: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate or quarantine according to current guidelines. Also, it is strongly recommended to get tested after travel.

We understand that this change in our mask policy will be welcome news to many, but that others will disagree. We assure you that this decision was made after careful consideration and with a sincere commitment to the health and safety of our college community.

Although COVID-19 case rates have dropped, cases will likely continue to fluctuate as COVID-19 continues its journey from the pandemic stage to the endemic stage, becoming more manageable, like the seasonal flu. We will keep many of the protocols and interventions that have served our community well, including following isolation and quarantine guidance, maintaining physical distance when possible, and requiring employees and students to stay home if you have symptoms or test positive.

Read Mask FAQs (pdf)

Resources and Forms

Student Vaccine Attestation

  • Students are required to complete the online Covid-19 Attestation prior to the first day of the quarter, otherwise, you will be dropped from the class. You will need to log into your ctcLink account and navigate to the Immunization Attestation tile.
  •  New students must complete the student attestation prior to the first day of class to avoid being dropped from classes.

Did you test positive for COVID?

Isolation or Quarantine

If you test positive for COVID-19: Isolate
  • Isolate at home for five days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms have resolved after five days, you can return to campus.
  • If you still have symptoms after five days, please continue to stay home and isolate until you are symptom free.
  • REPORT your positive case here. 
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19: Quarantine
  • For unvaccinated individuals or those who are more than six months from their original mRNA dose or more than two months after the J&J vaccine and not yet boosted, please quarantine for five days.
  • Vaccinated individuals who have received their booster do NOT need to quarantine.
  • If symptoms occur after exposure, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not related to COVID-19.

When in doubt, get tested on day five and as always, wear a mask when in public spaces after isolation or quarantine are completed. Also be mindful of activities, especially indoors and in crowded settings.

Everyone who attends on-campus classes, and all employees, will need to attest to full vaccination status or vaccination exemption. If you require a medical or religious vaccination exemption, you will still need to fill out a Vaccination Verification Form to choose your exemption.


 Can faculty lecture without masks? 

Effective March 12, face masks are optional, but recommended.

If faculty need assistance with projecting their voice, the IT Department suggests these tools.

Are vaccination status paperwork required for contractors who spend a short time on campus?

Vaccinations are not required for contractors who are at a site for a short period of time and have a fleeting physical presence with others.

What is the difference between an exemption and an accommodation?

People can seek an exemption from vaccine requirements for medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs. If the college decides to grant an exemption, the college then has to determine if they can provide a reasonable accommodation.

What is the guidance for employees working in ECEAP or Head Start programs?

According to the Governor’s Office and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), the university or college will assume the responsibility of verifying documents for their employees that are providing ECEAP/Early ECEAP or Head Start/Early Head Start services. Staff working in ECEAP/Early ECEAP or Head Start/Early Head Start programs also will need to document in DCYF’s MERIT system that they have met the vaccine mandate as verified by their university or college employer.

What is the college’s reopening plan?

    • Bates Technical College is a vaccinated college. That means that all students, staff, and faculty must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Students: Students will need to verify that they have been fully vaccinated unless they are claiming a medical or religious exemption. We strongly encourage students who take classes 100% virtually/remotely to get vaccinated, even if they do not plan to come to campus for in-person service.

Vaccination Information

Anyone age 5 and older are eligible to get the COVID vaccine.

Will the college be using a hybrid model (a mix of online and in-person instruction) for most instruction and labs?

  • The vast majority of college programs are on-campus face-to-face or hybrid instruction.
  • Select programs will continue to operate fully online.

Will the college require proof of vaccination to return to campus and/or enter buildings?

  • All employees will need to verify that they have been fully vaccinated unless they are claiming a medical or religious exemption. See links to forms and information above.
  • Students, at this time, do not need to furnish documentation of vaccination status. You can attest to your vaccination status in ctcLink.

If I already had and recovered from COVID-19. Do I still need to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

What is the face-covering requirement on campus?

Gov. Inslee announced the end of the state-wide masking mandate effective March 12. The Department of Health, which issues the higher education re-opening plan, will provide new guidelines for our institutions in the next few weeks. We will share additional information once we have received this revised plan. Until then, effective March 12, face masks are optional, but recommended.

What is the social distancing requirement?

As a vaccinated college, there is no requirement for social/physical distancing. However, the college encourages three feet social distancing in consideration of others.

Will the college continue cleaning and disinfecting standards that were implemented for COVID-19?

The facilities and operations department will continue to perform daily sanitizing and disinfection cleaning throughout the college.

Will the college continue to require employees and students to complete SmartSheet Check-In and Check-Out forms for contact tracing?

No, students, staff, faculty, vendors and visitors will no longer need to fill out SmartSheets before coming on campus or leaving campus. Employees with religious or medical exemptions are no longer required to use the daily check-in/check-out form. (updated 4/6/22)

Will the college be fully open to the public? If so, what are the safety protocols that outside agencies, vendors and visitors need to follow?

Vendors and visitors will need to follow current masking guidelines: Face masks are optional effective March 12, except in certain classrooms and office areas where face masks are still required. 

I’m a new student, where do I go on my first day?

The majority of our programs are in person. You can check Canvas or email your instructor if you need clarification.

Students and Employees

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the following form:

Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis Form

What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (includes guidance for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals)

Town Hall Archive


We created this table to inform the Bates Technical College community of positive COVID-19 cases among our students and employees. This table reflects active cases over a 7-day period as reported to the college. If individuals have only interacted with the community in an online or remote environment, their test results will not be included in this count. If a student or employee fails to report a positive test to the college, we cannot communicate that case to the community. Confidentiality laws prohibit disclosure of individuals’ identities. Anyone believed to have been in close contact with an infected individual will be notified. This table is designed to promote transparent communication.

Active cases (7-day count)Downtown CampusSouth CampusCentral/Mohler Campus
Employees and Students (including on-campus child care facilities)100
Last updated: 11/3/22










The bookstore has moved to a virtual format. Please visit the new online bookstore here.


Computer and Library labs are open!

If you can’t get to campus, check out online tutoring here.


The Cafe’ at the Downtown Campus remains closed. A self-service micro-market is open at South Campus.


Visitors and guests are allowed in campus buildings and they must wear a mask, whether they are vaccinated or not. All visitors and vendors must check-in when they enter the building.


  1. Contact your supervisor or instructor immediately.
  2. Please follow the most recent guidance from the Department of Health.
  3. If you test positive, please complete this form.

About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Additional Resources and Links

Visit the following websites for more COVID-19 safety information:

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Please consult the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department or the Center for Disease Control for the latest updates.

What are the symptoms?

For the latest symptoms, please consult the CDC.

If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, please follow instructions provided by the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

What to do if you feel sick.

How to Prevent Illness

Please consult this CDC webpage for the most updated information.

What to Do If You Are Not Feeling Well

Stay home when you are sick. Do not report to work or attend classes if you are ill. Instructors, consider providing students with ways to complete work from home. This is good advice no matter what illness is going around. If you are concerned about your flu-like illness, call your health care provider for advice and share any travel history. Stay home, rest, and stay hydrated.

To prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What should I do now to be prepared?

Keep some basic supplies at home. The US Department of Homeland Security recommends that people should keep some basic supplies at home in case they get sick or in case it is difficult to get supplies at a store. Here is what they are recommending:

  • Store a two-week supply of food. Select foods that do not require refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Ensure that formula for infants and any child’s or older person’s special nutritional needs are a part of your planning. Plan for your pets as well.
  • Store a supply of nonprescription drugs, such as pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, stomach remedies and anti-diarrheal medication, as well as vitamins and fluids with electrolytes (such as sports drinks).
  • Store health and cleaning supplies, such as bleach, tissues, a thermometer, disposable gloves, soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

Make a Plan for Yourself and Your Household

Make a plan now for how you, your household and your neighbors might need to adapt, rely on each other if there is a significant outbreak. Here are some things that could occur:

  • Major events, church and community services and many businesses may be temporarily closed.
  • Public transportation might be reduced or suspended.
  • Childcare centers and schools may be closed.
  • It could be difficult to buy basic supplies.

Quick Information

NOTE: All current guidelines and recommendations from the Governor’s office are here. As details change, please be sure to reference this webpage for accuracy. 

We remain focused on caring for and supporting our students and employees. Please check your college email and this page frequently, as information can change quickly.

Career Program and Class Modality Information

Download current modality flyer (pdf)


  • In-person – Students and faculty will meet in a classroom or lab on campus with regularly scheduled meeting times.
  • Online – Classes are taught fully online via Canvas or another online learning management system (LMS). There is an expectation that you log in to the LMS on the date that the class starts (similar to showing up to class). Classes may or may not have set virtual meetings times throughout the quarter.
  • Hybrid – A combination of online classes and in-person classes. These courses are taught in a classroom or lab on campus with regularly scheduled meeting times as well as online via Canvas or another online learning management system (LMS).

Bates Technical College will update this page when any relevant developments occur.