Coronavirus Information and Resources

Stay informed.

Classes are a mix of remote and hands-on lab instruction. We remain focused on caring for and supporting our students and employees. We are here to serve you virtually and by appointment is many cases. 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.

‘Return to College’ information

Town Hall Feb. 2, 2021 Materials

Phase 2 of the Higher Education and Workforce Training COVID-19 Requirements allow 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 is here. As details change, please be sure to reference this webpage for accuracy. 

The Department of Health has created new tools to help the general public find out which vaccination phase they’re in:

Many colleges have asked whether our health care faculty and students qualify under the A1 and A2 vaccination schedule, and whether our entire faculty will qualify under phase B2 like K-12 teachers and staff.

The Department of Health has advised SBCTC that our faculty and staff are prioritized with people in the community doing similar high-risk, in-person activities where it is difficult to maintain six feet of physical distancing. Examples include nursing faculty and students engaged with direct patient care, and campus child care workers engaged with providing child care.

In general, though, higher education faculty and staff will not be treated the same way as K-12 schools because people in schools are more likely to have closer, physical contact with students.

The Department of Health has also advised SBCTC that the goal is to vaccinate 70% of adults by June.

On Jan. 19, Gov. Inslee announced that Washington state would immediately enter phase B1 and include people who are 65 and older (previously it was 70 or older). This decision follows guidance released by the CDC on Jan. 12.

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 2 0 0
Last updated: 5/12/21



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


Check out these  resources from the Library! Online, remote, and curbside services are available to meet your needs during COVID-19 restrictions. This page contains updated curbside options for pickup and drop-off that will be useful during inclement weather conditions.


Cafeteria food services are now open for take out only! Email or call 253.680.7011 for a menu and to order your breakfast or lunch meal. Open Mon-Thu.


Gatherings up to 10 people are allowed as long as CDC recommended physical distancing can be maintained and safety protocols (e.g., face masks/coverings) are followed. Changes to gathering size restrictions will be communicated as the college continues to planning for the college’s new norm.  Changes will be evaluated based on state, city and health guidance.

New information: Check out this detailed Safer Gatherings webpage 


Based on CDC college and university, convening in groups carries a high risk of viral transmission. Where feasible, meetings should continue be held in whole or in part using online collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, and Teams). When allowed, in-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of gathering sizes, assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for physical distancing requirements. During your time on-site, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, telephone or other technology. You can also use a range of available collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom and Teams).


Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington on Nov. 13, recommending a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and asks residents to stay close to home. Inslee joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The college has adopted this recommendation.


Based on CDC employer guidance, elevator usage should ensure physical distancing is achieved. Using stairs whenever possible will assist vertical circulation given that elevator capacities may be challenged. If you are using the elevator, wear your face mask/covering and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator. Custodial staff will continue wiping down elevator buttons daily during the course of their shift.


Restrooms usage should ensure physical distancing is achieved.  The use of signage will be used as a reminder of safety protocols in restrooms.  Wear a face mask/covering. Wait outside the restroom in a socially distanced line until physical distancing inside the restroom can be achieved. Avoid touching your face after touching door handles. Wash with soap or sanitize your hands after using the restroom.


Visitors and guests are not allowed in campus buildings during this time.  Invited guests (e.g., contractors and vendors) are allowed only with explicit permission and are expected to abide by all campus wide and safety protocols.


Employees must be sure to maintain at least six feet of distance from any others. Based on CDC employer and ACHA guidance, consider staggering chairs or desks to achieve six feet of distance. You should wear a face mask/covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room. You should use your own computer, phone, headset and equipment, and not use colleagues’ equipment.

Based on CDC employer and ACHA guidance, departments should assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees and other co-workers such as:

  • Place visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape or signs to indicate where people should stand while waiting
  • Place one-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between employees moving through the space
  • Shared resources (e.g., community pen holders and pens, magazines in main office areas, etc.) should be removed.

If you work in a personal office, no more than one person should be in the office unless the required six feet of distance can be consistently maintained. If more than one person is in a room, face masks/coverings should be worn at all times.

Face masks/coverings must be worn by every person in a reception/receiving area. Face masks/coverings must be worn at all times on campus in public settings (e.g., common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break-rooms, in restrooms, etc.).



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 in multiple formats. Lectures are remote and labs are on campus with reduced size, using strict safety precautions. We aim to provide a complete educational experience while prioritizing the safety of all students and employees. Learn how we keep students and employees healthy and safe on our COVID-19 resource page.