Steps to Visit Campus

Returning to Campus

All GRC locations remain closed to the public. We continue to serve our students and community members remotely while doing our part to protect the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Green River College is serving students and community members remotely by offering a full spectrum of classes and support services online. Prior to arriving on campus, all GRC students, faculty and staff coming to campus for approved CTE/CE programs or essential tasks (approved by Appointing Authority or designee) are required to complete the COVID-19 Safety Training modules and complete the health screening attestation. Employees needing to visit campus can request permission from their dean or supervisor here: Campus Visit Request Form. View Washington State's Campus Reopening Guide for Postsecondary Institutions.

You must be approved to access the campuses prior to your arrival on campus.

COVID-19 Safety Training

All students, employees, and visitors must complete this training before your first visit to campus.

Student & Visitor Health Screening

Students and visitors must complete the COVID-19 Health Attestation Form prior to entering any GRC facility. If possible, please complete from home prior to arriving on campus.

Employee Health Screening

Faculty and staff must complete the COVID-19 Health Attestation Form and follow the employee check-list prior to entering any GRC facility. If possible, please complete from home prior to arriving on campus.

Employee Campus Access

Please do not return to campus without permission. Faculty and staff needing to visit campus can request permission from their dean or supervisor here.


Higher Education Reopening Plan

On Aug. 1, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee’s Higher Education Reopening Plan will take effect for Washington’s public and private colleges and universities, technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.
The governor’s reopening plan consists of two documents:

  • Health and safety requirements are listed in Proclamation 20-12.1. These are the minimum protocols higher education institutions must follow to resume in-person instruction and services this fall.
  • Additional guidance is provided in the Campus Reopening Guide. The guide recommends safety measures for various campus functions: safety, support, food services, transportation, and residences. This document answers commonly asked questions about the reopening plan.

As the governor pursues a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy, community colleges are now allowed to conduct some very limited in-person instructional activities. Phase 1 and Phase 2 safety protocols require all classes and student services to be online, with the exception of the hands-on portion of a limited number of CTE/CE programs.

WA Notify exposure notification tool

WA Notify is a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents can be alerted if you have spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19. WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data. The individual that tests positive determines if they want to share their COVID-19 test status within the WA Notify phone app.

Visit WA Notify to learn about activating it on your iPhone or adding the app to your Android device.

COVID-19 Documents and Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

The following FAQ includes questions related to campus re-entry. Please visit our Student FAQ and Employee FAQ for additional information.

Prior to arriving on campus, all GRC students, faculty and staff coming to campus for approved CTE/CE programs or essential tasks are required to complete the COVID-19 Safety Training and complete the health screening attestation. Students, faculty and staff must complete the health screening attestation every day they plan to be on campus.

The Green River College COVID-19 Safety Training includes information on safe work practices for all personnel. The module courses describe our roles, responsibilities, and steps for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Yes, in fact we encourage all students, faculty and staff to complete the health attestation prior to arriving on campus. 

Complete Health Attestation

Students, faculty and staff must complete the health screening attestation every day they plan to be on campus. For example, if you are on campus for a class that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, you will need to complete the attestation each Monday and Wednesday prior to coming to campus. 

According to the WA State Department of Health, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have been exposed to someone with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 and are experiencing fever with either cough or shortness of breath, you might have COVID-19. You can contact your doctor to see if you need to be tested. If you have tested positive for COVID- 19 or are suspected to have COVID-19 but are not tested, you should follow the below instructions.

Stay home except to get medical care

You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

  • People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while sick. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick; if you must care for your pet, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask, if possible. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

Wear a facemask

You should wear a facemask, if possible, when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not be in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room.

Cover your coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately clean your hands as described below.

Clean your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water is preferred if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Updated March 17, 2020

Avoid sharing personal household items

You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water and dried before use by others.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

Monitor your symptoms

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.

Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department to discuss your situation.

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or may have COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Discontinuing home isolation

For individuals with symptoms who are confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 and are directed to care for themselves at home, discontinue home isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND,
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Individuals with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms may discontinue home isolation when at least 7 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test and have had no subsequent illness.


Infographic showing how covid contact tracing works

Download printable version of Washington Statea Department of Health's Contact Tracing Infographic (PDF)

Students can access many services offered through Zoom virtual lobbies. Limited in-person meetings will be scheduled, Student Affairs and International Programs will adhere to social distancing and group size protocols to ensure the safety of students and employees. To connect to a staff member in a particular department, please visit our Virtual Assistance site

It is important that you regularly check your Green River email or Canvas dashboard for details about your individual courses from your instructors. If you've forgotten your GRC email password, or need help logging in, please visit our Student Email Help page.

You can also sign up for Green River Safety Alerts and keep informed of campus emergencies, safety issues and inclement weather emergency closures.

For day-to-day cleaning, Facilities’ Custodial Services uses an anti-viral disinfectant to clean frequently touched surfaces including public workstations, countertops, handrails and doorknobs once per day. According to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.

In the event that the College receives notification that someone who has been on campus has tested positive for COVID-19, a response team including the Facilities Director, Facilities Manager, Environmental Safety Manager and Custodial personnel will assemble. This team develops the plan of cleaning and disinfecting an area. The cleaning scope will be implemented based on the risk of potential contamination as determined, in coordination with input from the Executive Team, Facilities and Campus Safety. Coordinate with GRC’s Emergency Operations personnel and Campus Safety, on communication methods, campus wide.

  • Identify areas that require restricted access during and immediately following enhanced cleaning. Communicate with impacted department(s)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting room’s surface area such as desks, tables, and other furniture, hardware and other high touch surfaces.
  • Every attempted will be made to give advance notice allowing the building occupants to be apprised of the schedule for disinfection of the space and any areas that may require restricted access during cleaning.
  • Identifying staff who will be conducting the cleaning disinfecting. This includes a debrief of the situation, reviewing resources and provided and question answer period.

Review Green River College's Covid-19 Facilities Custodial Plan

While Campus Corner Apartments provides general cleaning of the apartment common spaces on a monthly basis, student residents are expected to clean their private bedrooms, kitchen spaces and bathrooms. Students living in CCA can check out cleaning supplies from the front office located in the Townsend Center at no cost.

In times of fear and uncertainty there is often misinformation shared as a result of bias and, at times, discrimination. COVID-19 is a global concern that can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Green River College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all who study, work or visit at any of our locations.

If you experience or witness any bias or harassment, please report it to GRC Campus Safety at 253-288-3350. Any Green River student in need of more personal support during this time is encouraged to contact GRC Counseling Services at 253-833-9111, ext. 2460. King County Public Health has also created a site dedicated to anti-stigma resources.

In situations that are uncertain and evolving such as this, it’s understandable to feel stressed or anxious. We recommend the following steps: Find credible sources you can trust to avoid any panic that can be caused by misinformation. Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about preventing the spread of the virus. We'll do our best to share up-to-date facts on our website. And, if you sign up for GRC's Safety Alert System you’ll get important messages sent right to your cell phone:

Here are some resources and tips that may be helpful:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health and coping during COVID-19 for children and caregivers, as well as guidance for higher education administrators.
  • The Child Mind Institute has published a resource on how to talk to young people about COVID-19.
  • The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
  • American College Health Association has created a guide to help college health staff and campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other research on COVID-19.
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
  • The Washington State Employee Assistance Program provides free counseling and referrals to help with personal or work-related problems that may be impacting your work performance. Participation is voluntary and confidential. For more information, visit the EAP website and refer to the Coping with Disease Outbreak brochure . Employees can request a work schedule adjustment to allow access to the services of the employee assistance program.