Coronavirus Resources & Information
This page will provide information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and Chemeketa's preparations and response.
Students: Beginning Monday, August 2nd, the college will have many student-facing offices and student areas open in all of our locations during regular business hours. View our Fall 2021 Re-Open page to see what is open now!
Links to these services are also available through the Remote Learning Hub: go.chemeketa.edu/remotelearninghub
The college continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information continues to evolve, and updates are available from the Oregon Health Authority and the Center for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC).
Chemeketa consults the CDC guidance and our local public health authorities to ensure the ongoing health and safety of students and staff. The college also follows Oregon-OSHA guidance for workplaces.
Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 21-15 revoked the substantive public health restrictions around face coverings, physical distancing and capacity limits.
Continued face covering/mask wear and physical distancing are encouraged for unvaccinated and immunocompromised individuals. We fully support the choice of wearing a mask as another good hygiene habit. Surgical grade face coverings are available throughout our facilities.
Chemeketa Community College does not require the COVID-19 vaccine for enrollment, participation or employment with the college. Chemeketa encourages everyone to take the opportunity to be immunized with the safe, effective and free vaccine. See below for links for vaccination opportunities. The vaccine is safe, effective and free!
https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine/es (En Español)
- Chemeketa will be offering over 400 face-to-face (F2F) courses and have face-to-face services again in Fall 2021
- For those who prefer hybrid, remote, and online courses, more than 200 courses will be offered. Most, if not all, buildings will be open
- All offices will be staffed with increasing numbers of employees on campus
- For fall term we will be raising F2F class maximums to their pre-COVID-19 levels for each program and discipline
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing. It is critical to check your email regularly, because the college will send important information throughout to ensure that you can be successful.
While you may be feeling alone and isolated as a result of recommendations to limit social gatherings, Chemeketa's Counseling Services are just one call or email away to ensure you don't lose momentum on your academic and career journey.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during these extraordinary times. We will continue to provide updates as we have more information. Additional information will be shared through your Chemeketa email, social media, and this webpage.
What precautionary action is Chemeketa taking?
- Since the start of the global pandemic, the college’s Phased Reopening for Chemeketa Task Team has assessed over 550 potential face-to-face labs, activities and events to ensure they met our COVID-19 Health and Safety criteria of access, spacing, PPE and cleaning and disinfection. We did not and do not compromise the health and safety of our students and staff.
- Access to campus: We require that all students and staff conduct a health assessment before coming on campus. Stay home if ill. Notify your instructor (if student) or supervisor (if an employee.) If unsure about your symptoms, use the CDC’s COVID-19 Self-Checker to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
- Cleaning and disinfection: Disinfectant spray and wipes are available throughout college facilities
- Hand sanitizer has been placed in College areas with high public interaction (reception areas, help desks, etc.) and other areas as needed
- College custodial crew has implemented an enhanced cleaning protocol, focusing on high-use areas. In the evening the crew cleans all labs and classrooms that conducted learning that day. Each night, they clean an area equivalent to a neighborhood
We encourage students and staff to sign up for Chemeketa’s emergency alerts. Important and timely information is provided through text messaging, voicemail, and email. Sign up for emergency alerts at go.chemeketa.edu/alerts
Messages will also be communicated through digital signage, social media, website, building alarms, public address systems, and media releases.
Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs are sourced from the CDC and World Health Organization.
Responding to Misinformation, Bias or Stigma
In times of fear and uncertainty there is often misinformation shared as a result of bias and, at times, discrimination. The coronavirus is a global concern that can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Please see the Chemeketa Community College Diversity Statement.
Chemeketa is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all who study, work, or visit at any of our locations. Please review the CDC’s page on reducing stigma related to COVID-19 for additional information.