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
Visitors: If you become sick within 48 hours of visiting a Chemeketa location, please complete this form as soon as possible.
Chemeketa students and staff: Please complete our COVID-19 Questionnaire if you become ill with COVID-like symptoms, are being tested for COVID-19, have tested positive, have a close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 or have been directed to isolate or quarantine.
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.
Effective Friday, August 27, face coverings/masks are required to be worn by all faculty, staff, students and guests inside all Chemeketa facilities and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained. This action is aligned with the announcement of Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority in response to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout Oregon.
If you don't have a mask, surgical grade face coverings are available throughout our facilities.
EXEMPTIONS: The state says that common sense exemptions apply for activities that would be impractical or impossible while wearing a mask; for example: eating and drinking. Contact Human Resources or Student Accessibility Services for more information.
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?
View our Chemeketa COVID-19 Health and Safety Operational Plan.
- 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
Chemeketa Students and Employees: Please complete our COVID-19 Questionnaire if any of the following situations apply to you:
- Ill with COVID-like symptoms
- Being tested for COVID-19
- Tested positive
- Close contact exposure
- Directed to isolate or quarantine by healthcare provider or local public health authority.
Visitors: Please complete our Post-Visit Sickness Reporting form if you become ill with COVID-like symptoms within 48 hours of an on campus visit. This information will help us determine if any of our students or staff were in close contact.
Find local testing locations: COVID-19 Testing In Oregon; many provide free tests.
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
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.