Coronavirus Information and Resources

Stay informed.

Most of our programs are in-person with remote lectures. 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.

Labs take place on campus according the Limited Lab Schedule. Stay in touch with your instructor(s) to get more information on when your hands-on lab session will take place and additional details on how you can attend them. NOTE: All registered students will access lectures through Canvas.

SmartSheet COVID-19 Check-In and Check-Out forms

REQUIRED: Students and employees must complete the SmartSheet forms below prior to arriving on campus, and also upon departure.

Fall 2021 ‘Return to College’ information

Join us for a Town Hall on Wednesday, July 28, 2-3:30 p.m. Check your college email for Zoom registration information. Materials will be posted here as they are finalized.

  • Town Hall Presentation (to come)
  • FAQ (to come)


Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements allows in-person labs for many of our programs are beginning on specific dates. Please see Limited Lab Hours here.

College documents:

Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Quick Information

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

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 Campus South Campus Central/Mohler Campus
Employees and Students 0 0 0
Last updated: 7/12/21



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 will open at South Campus soon.






Visitors and guests are allowed in campus buildings and they must wear a mask, whether they are vaccinated or not.





About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated! 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.



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

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. Physical campuses are open to students attending on-campus classes, those with an appointment, and employees. Learn how we keep students and employees healthy and safe on our COVID-19 resource page.