COVID-19: Previous Updates

Updated 10/5/2020

GHC Students Can Now Access A “Study Space” on Aberdeen Campus

A Special Message from The Associated Students of Grays Harbor College:

On behalf of the Associated Student of Grays Harbor College (ASGHC), we are excited to announce that we will be opening a new resource for students! Beginning Monday, October 5th, we will be opening the 1st floor of the Schermer (4000) building for students to use for studying.

The “Study Space” will be available from 10am – 4pm Monday thru Friday. We will be offering the following resources in the space:

  • Access to campus WIFI (please bring your own laptop as we will not have computer stations available)
  • Access to print items related to course work
  • In-person Student Assistance Team (STAT) support for technology needs
  • Access to the Harbor Landing Food Bank Snack Cabinet Program

In order to use the space, all students must abide by the following expectations:

  • You will enter the building on the second floor entrance (closest to the parking lot and gym)
  • You must check-in when entering the building and abide by the campus COVID response protocols
  • You must wear a mask at all times when inside the building (no exceptions)
  • You may only eat food in the designated area
  • You may not enter any other areas of the building unless you are attending a pre-scheduled class or meeting

We are so excited to be able to offer this resource to students and thank the campus administration for working with ASGHC to put this all together. We will continue to work to expand the resources we can offer to students, especially during these ever-changing times.

Should you have any questions, you can always contact us at ghclife@ghc.edu.

Keep healthy, study hard, and GO CHOKERS!

-ASGHC Executive Board

 

Previous Updates

Updated 9/4/2020

Fall Quarter Starts September 21st!

GHC faculty and staff are busy making final preparations for the start of fall quarter. In order to help you prepare, we’ve put together the following information.

Updates Have Been Made to the Fall Schedule

Updates have been made to the Fall Quarter Class Schedule. Classes will meet in one of three ways: Online, Remote, or Hybrid. The course Canvas page will provide information on how each class will run and how to access the information you will need to get started. Most courses will be published/available in Canvas at least a week in advance, all will be ready by the start of the quarter.

Make sure to check your schedule with updates on the Fall Quarter Class Schedule.

  • ONLINE: Classes listed in the schedule with ONLINE showing under the day and time will be a traditional online class with asynchronous instruction. This means that all course material will be posted online and mapped out on the course calendar, but there will not be a set time when you have to meet as a class. Notes will be in the yellow information box on the class schedule.
  • REMOTE: Classes listed in the schedule that have specific days and times will still be delivered online, but you will be required to meet as a class remotely using Zoom or another online meeting platform. Notes will be in the yellow information box on the class schedule.
  • HYBRID: Classes listed in the schedule as HYBRID will meet either online OR remotely AND in-person. Only classes requiring hands-on learning will be listed as hybrid. Pay particular attention to classes in Welding, Automotive, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Art, Music, and the Sciences. There are a few courses that have one section as ONLINE and another section as HYBRID, so pay close attention to the notes. Make sure to go to the visiting campus page and read the rules for a safe return to campus. Notes will be in the yellow information box on the class schedule.

Again, there have been updates to some classes in the Fall Quarter Class Schedule. Take a look at the schedule so you will be prepared for classes starting September 21, 2020 and go to the website to read the rules for a safe return to campus for any in-person classes.

Campus Visit Information

For those students who will require access to campus, either because of a hands-on component to their class or as a one-time visit, we have put together instructions for students. Note, GHC campuses remain closed to the public, please do not attempt to visit a GHC Campus without the prior approval that comes from either being part of a class meeting on campus or with a confirmed appointment with a staff member. GHC has Virtual Assistance Lobbies open where staff will gladly answer any questions, please go to the Get Virtual Assistance web site where you can use Zoom or call-in for assistance.

There is Still Time to Register for Fall

If you haven't done so already you can enroll now for Fall 2020 classes. Fall promises the same full variety of classes offered in different modalities including hybrid, online, remote/zoom, a limited number of in-person, and in some cases, a combination of these options. GHC is compassionate about the uncertainty of the re-opening of public schools and daycares and planned the Class Schedule with this in mind.

The quarter will start as planned on September 21, 2020. To help you get started, you can find GHC's Quarterly Class Schedule for Fall 2020 on the GHC web site. The Class Schedule indicates the course modality (on-line, hybrid, remote/Zoom, etc.).

Please Check Your Financial Aid Portal Now

As a reminder, please be sure to login and check your financial aid portal in case there is any additional paperwork you need to complete. For assistance with Financial Aid, visit the Welcome Center & Financial Aid Lobby on the Zoom Virtual Assistance Lobbies web page or email finaid@ghc.edu.

Access an Advisor

Our educational advisors are ready to work with you to find the best fit for your unique needs and circumstances, and you can connect with them by using the Zoom Virtual Assistance Lobbies, by phone at 360-538-4099, and via email (counseling@ghc.edu). Other campus services such as Registration, Financial Aid, tutoring, the Veterans Center are also available using the contact information above. Additionally, we have Chromebook laptops for students to checkout out if needed.

Don’t See the Information You Need? Try our Frequently Asked Questions Page

We look forward to having you as a part of the Grays Harbor College Community. If you have additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page or contact us via the Zoom Virtual Assistance Lobbies. Welcome to GHC!

Warm regards,
Dr. Ed Brewster
Interim President, Grays Harbor College

 

Fall Quarter Update from Dr. Ed Brewster

Dear Grays Harbor College Community,

At Grays Harbor College, we continue to focus on our vision of inspiring our students and enriching our community by providing positive growth through meaningful and engaging learning opportunities. This fall we will be offering a full schedule of classes while prioritizing the health and safety of our community. All classes will be taught online, utilizing Zoom, Canvas, YouTube, and other relevant technologies, with the exception of a few programs that require hands-on application.

We believe that Fall 2020 is an exceptional time to be taking classes at Grays Harbor College. Not only will you receive top notch, quality education in your chosen field, you will also develop the technological and e-communication skills that are quickly shaping the dynamics of the future. Grays Harbor College is embracing this opportunity, and we invite you to join us.

Fall 2020 Class Schedule: Enroll Now

You can enroll now for Fall 2020 courses. Fall promises the same full variety of classes offered in different modalities including hybrid, online, remote/zoom, a limited number of in-person, and in some cases, a combination of these options. GHC is compassionate about the uncertainty of the re-opening of public schools and daycares and have planned the Class Schedule with this in mind.

The quarter will start as planned on September 21, 2020. To help you get started, view GHC’s Quarterly Class Schedule for Fall 2020. The Class Schedule indicates the course modality (on-line, hybrid, remote/Zoom, etc.).

Student Services: Student Success

Our educational advisors are ready to work with you to find the best fit for your unique needs and circumstances, and you can connect with them over Zoom Virtual Assistance and via email. Other campus services such as Registration, Financial Aid, tutoring, the Veterans Center are also available using the contact information above.

Chromebooks and Connectivity

Grays Harbor College has Chromebook laptop computers available for checkout to students for remote learning. There is more information and the form to request your Chromebook below. Eligible students may use the computers and return them at the end of Fall quarter to the library. Grays Harbor College and several businesses in our community are supporting our students by opening up wi-fi access for students to use. Our parking lot wifi is near the 4000 building and a list of other locations offering wifi are listed below.

Staying Healthy

The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty is paramount in Grays Harbor College’s decision-making. GHC’s plans for Fall Quarter 2020 include following the governor’s guidelines for safe operations at our state’s public colleges and universities. Additionally, the College is finalizing rigorous safety plans for every instructional space on campus.

Grays Harbor County is currently in Phase Three of Washington’s statewide Safe Start process. Grays Harbor College’s plan for Fall 2020 is to follow the governor’s guidelines for safe operations at our state's public colleges and universities. Those guidelines include social distancing, the use of masks in enclosed spaces and buildings, symptom monitoring, and regular cleaning. We are in close contact with Grays Harbor County health officials, who will test for and trace any suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus.

We are all responsible for the health of our community. That's why GHC students, staff, and faculty are required to wear masks in campus buildings and outdoors if not at least six feet away from each other. GHC students, staff, and faculty must complete a COVID health verification every day if they are physically coming to campus. Anyone who believes they may have been exposed should quarantine at home for 14 days. And we expect everyone to wash their hands often, use hand sanitizer and monitor their temperature and any changes to their health.

Communication: Fall 2020 Countdown

Between now and the beginning of the fall quarter, we will be keeping students and the community up to date with regular messaging via email and at this page.

Grays Harbor College is committed to our mission to provide meaningful and engaging learning opportunities and support services to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our students and support the cultural and economic needs of our community.

We invite you to become a part of the Grays Harbor College community by visiting our website, talking with an advisor, registering for courses, and engaging with us fall quarter. Welcome!

Warm regards,
Dr. Ed Brewster
Interim President, Grays Harbor College

 

Summer and Fall Quarter Update from Dr. Minkler 

Dear Chokers,

I hope that you are continuing to be well and stay healthy! I’m sure many of you are wondering what’s ahead of you at GHC for summer and fall quarters. Grays Harbor College is continuing to follow the Governor’s COVID-19 Guidance for Reopening for Higher Education. As such we are currently observing all safety protocols and requirements of Phase II. This includes allowing hands-on (non-lecture) face-to-face instruction using appropriate safety protocols and personal protective equipment. This practice will continue through summer. For Summer Quarter most classes will be offered remotely with a few hands-on classes being offered at the Aberdeen Campuses. For now, student support services will remain virtual. Please visit our GHC Virtual Assistance Lobbies (https://www.ghc.edu/covid19/va) to get help registering for classes, applying for financial aid, and/or to get answers to other college related questions. If you do not have internet access, you can call our main number at 360-538-4026.

For Fall Quarter 2020, we are currently planning to offer a mix of on-ground and remote delivery classes. Many on-ground classes will be hybrid: meeting in person some days, and remotely for others. All on-ground classes will conform to health authority and government guidance about sanitizing, social distancing, and personal protective equipment. For more information about which classes are in which mode of instructions, please check the class schedule at https://classes.ghc.edu/. For assistance registering for classes (yes, it is that time already), please visit our staff in the GHC Virtual Assistance Lobbies (https://www.ghc.edu/covid19/va) or work with your faculty/program advisor.

The health & safety of our students & employees is our top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and work with local and state authorities to make sure GHC can offer classes while keeping everyone healthy. If there are significant changes ahead, as their likely will be in this time of uncertainty, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, you can continue to monitor our GHC COVID-19 web site (https://www.ghc.edu/covid19) for updates.

Sincerely,
Dr. Jim Minkler
President, Grays Harbor College

Stay Home, Stay Healthy Extended

Grays Harbor College is continuing to follow Governor Inslee's 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order which was extended last week until at least May 31st. The college remains largely closed, with student services and support, things such as registration, advising, library, and tutoring, being delivered virtually.

Over the weekend, colleges were informed that a select number of Career and Technical Education programs will be permitted to resume some degree of face to face instruction prior to the stay-home order expiration on May 31st as they fit under essential workforce education. Face-to-face instruction, with the appropriate social distancing, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and other health and safety precautions will resume for classes in those programs. Students in impacted programs have been notified as to where and how to report for class.

We will continue to put the health and safety of all on campus at the forefront as we move forward. Please watch for further communications.

Let's Start Spring Quarter 2020!

Welcome back, everyone! We are excited to have you with us this quarter. Please see below for some important information and some useful tips to help you be successful this quarter. We imagine you are feeling a little overwhelmed by having an entire quarter's worth of classes offered through remote instruction, but you can do this!  And remember, We are here to help.

  • First Time Using Canvas? The eLearning Office has created this video to help you learn how to use Canvas
  • Are you having issues with Canvas or Zoom? Try this helpful resource offered by eLearning: Learning Online with Canvas and Zoom
  • Still need help? You can contact us through our virtual assistance lobbies on our main website, where staff are there all day to help you with your questions
    • You can also reply to this email and someone will direct you to the right area to address any concerns you are having
    • Or, if you do not have access to technology, you can use the College’s main phone number to contact us at 360-538-4026 

Please remember to login or attend some class activity this week (depending upon your instructor), as it will be critical to establish your attendance. Students who do not participate during the first week of classes can possibly be marked as a “No Show”, and dropped for non-participation. Not participating in your classes can negatively impact your current and future funding.

Please let us know if you need help, we are here and ready to help you have a great spring quarter!

Grays Harbor College

PS – If you have not had the opportunity to review this video, please take a few minutes to do so. We miss you and we cannot wait to see you soon!

Welcome to Spring Quarter Video from Grays Harbor College

A Letter from the GHC President

Dear Chokers,

I am sure many of you are wondering how Governor Inslee’s extension of the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ executive order, which now goes through Monday, May 4, will impact your spring quarter classes. It’s only natural that you would be concerned about things such as classes, tuition, accessing class-related materials such as books, and other college related activities. I want to assure you that classes will begin, via remote access, on Monday, April 20th. Below, we have developed some answers to students’ questions as a good way for you to prepare for spring quarter.

We are continually updating our GHC COVID-19 website (https://www.ghc.edu/covid19/va) with additional information as it becomes available. And, help is available via our Virtual Assistance web page at: https://www.ghc.edu/covid19/va. Or, if you do not have access to technology, you can use the College’s main phone number to contact us at 360-538-4026.

Below are answers to a few of our students’ most frequently asked questions. Answers to additional questions can be found at our recently updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions web page: https://www.ghc.edu/covid19/faq.

How do I get registered for spring quarter?

Current students can register through their portal (https://my.ghc.edu/). New students can submit an application to the college, meet with an advisor and get registered starting on the GHC homepage at www.ghc.edu; applications should be submitted prior to Monday, April 13th.

Staff are available to assist you in our Virtual Assistance Lobby, select Welcome Center to get started, Advising for help registering, or Financial Aid for financial Assistance: https://www.ghc.edu/covid19/va.

What if I need to purchase books for spring quarter?

Course materials are available from the GHC Bookstore at www.bookstore.ghc.edu. Spring quarter books will be shipped to your home, with no charge for the FedEx delivery.

How can I find out about borrowing a Chromebook, or get help with technology prior to the start of the quarter?

Grays Harbor College is making a limited number of Chromebook laptop computers available for checkout to students for remote learning, using Canvas and Zoom. Eligible students may use the computers and return them at the end of spring quarter to the library. Due to an extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, we ask students that need a Chromebook fill out a request form at: https://forms.ghc.edu/chromebook/. To be eligible, you must:

  • Be registered for and taking for-credit classes spring quarter. Not-for-credit continuing education classes are not eligible;
  • Must be able to demonstrate proof of Spring registration and bring their Student ID;
  • And, have access to internet service.

How can I get help with Canvas and any online issues I may be having?

The best place to start is with our eLearning department. eLearning can help with the following:

  • Trouble logging in
  • Training for Canvas and Zoom
  • Troubleshooting basic computer and course technology difficulties

To contact eLearning, submit a ticket at https://forms.ghc.edu/canvas-help/

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due Thursday, April 23rd.

When will my spring financial aid refund be available?

Financial aid is typically available beginning the first day of the quarter. For spring 2020 the first disbursements will be available beginning on 4/20/20. If you have questions about financial aid, go to Virtual Assistance at https://www.ghc.edu/covid19/va and use the financial aid link.

GHC faculty and staff are here to help you. We appreciate your patience, resilience and empathy as we move through this experience. We will get through this together!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jim Minkler
President, Grays Harbor College

Dear Chokers,

I wanted to take a minute to reach out to all of you, our students, and let you know that we, the faculty and staff at Grays Harbor College, are thinking of you during this challenging time. Yesterday, I let GHC Employees know that we would be following Governor Inslee's 'stay home and stay healthy' order for at least the next two weeks. This means that, while GHC services will remain open, our employees will only be available to serve students remotely. The Aberdeen, Raymond, and Illwaco campuses will be closed to the public and employees will have limited access to campus. Many of our employees were concerned by this news as they value the face-to-face interaction with all of you, our students. However, as the Governor stated, we are in a race against time and social distancing is a key weapon in fighting this virus. As soon as it is safe, GHC will return to serving students face-to-face, but for now all of us need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. What does this mean for students?

Honestly, these are unprecedented times and we are working as quickly as possible to provide you with the answers you need to plan your life and continue your educational endeavors. What do we know at this time? GHC plans to begin spring quarter one week later than scheduled, with a start date of April 20th. During spring quarter, classes will be offered online, virtual, or by alternate delivery methods for the entire quarter. Here is what that means:

  • Online – Some classes will be online. Online classes do not have a set meeting time.
  • Virtual – Some classes will meet virtually. Virtual classes meet at the same day and time as the schedule says.
  • Labs and Hands-On - Alternative delivery of these classes may include in-person interactions, practicing social distancing. As we get closer to the start of the quarter, students will be updated by their instructors via Canvas for these programs and classes:
    • Automotive
    • Medical Assisting
    • Nursing
    • Science Labs
    • Welding
    • Diesel Technology
    • Carpentry
  • By Mail – A limited number of courses, including some in the English as a Second Language Program may use instructional packets sent by mail.

More details about the delivery of classes will be shared with you as they become available. Faculty are working as we speak to determine the best delivery options for each course.

What can you do right now?

Registration is underway now for spring quarter! GHC Staff are ready to help you get registered. To access on-line services, visit our Virtual Assistance web site where you will find staff waiting to connect with you between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Or, you can contact our Welcome Center Staff at enrollment@ghc.edu.

Additionally, the e-Learning office is preparing to support you with remote instruction. If you have issues with Canvas, or other questions around remote instruction, you can contact them and they will be available to help. They can be reached at elearning@ghc.edu (preferred) or 360-538-4085. Also, please continue to check the FAQ page listed above as we will be updating that page as information becomes available.

The Harbor Landing Food Pantry

The one exception to facilities being closed on campus is the Harbor Landing Food Pantry. The Food Pantry will remain open to serve students and you can get the hours of operation by visiting the Harbor Landing Hours of Operation web page.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy

GHC has resilient and dedicated students as well as committed and innovative employees who are finding new ways to serve students in these unprecedented times. Fortunately we have the technological infrastructure to offer our services remotely and allow our student to continue with their education. Together we will get through this and come out stronger in the end. Take care of yourself and each other. My message to you all today, Chokers, 'stay home and stay healthy'!

Sincerely,

Dr. Jim Minkler
President, Grays Harbor College

GHC is Ready to Serve Students!

Grays Harbor College is still operating - we're just doing things differently. Our college has moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible. This is both a directive of Governor Inslee and the right thing to do to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep you and our community healthy. You can access support services by e-mailing or calling us using our departmental phone directory. While we've never gone through something like this before, and things are changing quickly, one thing that won't change is our dedication to educating and serving you – our students.

Register for Spring Now!

GHC is delaying Spring Quarter by one week (beginning April 20th instead of April 13th) to give students time to prepare for on-line classes. However, GHC Staff are ready to help you get registered now. To get started, contact the Welcome Center to at enrollment@ghc.edu; 360-538-4026. Additionally, the e-Learning office is preparing to support you as the quarter begins with remote instruction. If you have issues with Canvas, or other questions around remote instruction, you can contact them and they will be available to help. They can be reached at elearning@ghc.edu (preferred) or 360-538-4085. Please continue to check the FAQ page listed above as we will be updating that page as information becomes available.

What's Open on Campus

  • Open Computer Lab, room 2312
  • Bookstore - Limiting access to no more than 3 patrons at a time using social distancing protocols

GHC Classes Operating On-Line & Services Remain Open via Remote Access Options (e-mail, phone, etc.)

What Can Students Expect In The Days Ahead?

Tuesday, March 17

  • Tuesday (3/17) is the last day that the College (including Aberdeen, Raymond and Illwaco sites) will be open to students and the public on our regular schedule until at least April 24, 2020. Faculty and staff will continue to be available through email, phone, Canvas, and in some cases, using other communication tools as well. We will continue to work with you through this entire period.
  • Continue to communicate with your faculty about the status of your finals. Please look for any communication from them on how they plan to finish Winter Quarter.

Wednesday through Friday, March 18-20 and Finals Week, March 23-27

  • Exceptions to the in-person closure will be the student open computer lab on the 3rd floor of the Manspeaker (2000). The open lab will remain open to students Friday, March 20 and on Monday, March 23. The Library will be open for all services Friday, March 20, if you need to checkout or return books, return or renew Chromebooks (must have proof of Spring registration to renew), use computers and printers, or get reference or computer help.
  • In many courses, faculty are conducting winter finals remotely or completing the quarter prior to finals week.  Please look for communication from your faculty members on wrapping up the quarter. If you haven’t heard from them, please reach out to them to find out if the finals plans have changed.
  • The college will be closed to the public, but staff are still working – some remotely and some on campus. To better support you, we are adapting many processes so they can be completed via email or phone calls. This means you can still contact staff with questions through email or phone calls.
  • In limited circumstances, you may be able to come to campus for things such as lab completion, testing (by appointment), industrial technology classes, textbook pick-up/returns, laptop check outs, or other reasons that are being developed.  Typically, students will not be allowed on campus, and buildings will be locked. Look for further messages from the college about how some of these services will be provided.
  • The Food Pantry will be open for drive-up service during its regular hours (Tue 10-2, Wed 4-6, and Thurs 9-11).
  • If you need to submit a financial aid appeal, the process will be the same as in previous quarters: submit your appeal electronically using the Suspension Appeal Form.  With your Appeal Form, please attach your educational plan under the Documentation section of the form or make sure your advisor has put it in the portal.  If you need assistance with your appeal please contact the financial aid office at 360-538-4081 or finaid@ghc.edu. We will be happy to help you work through the process. 
  • We are working diligently to identify ways for students to return checked out equipment.  Rented textbooks can be returned in the drop-box outside the HUB, located next to the door outside the bookstore.  Additionally, we are working on installing a secure drop-box where students can drop off forms and information. There will be more information about that in the coming days but please call the appropriate office if you have any questions.
  • Research help is still available if you are working on papers. Librarians can be reached by phone at 360-538-4054, through e-mail at lib-ref@ghc.edu, and Chat Reference is available 24/7!
  • Make sure you are checking your my.ghc email address, as some communications may go to that address.

For Spring Quarter and Beyond

  • GHC Staff are available now to help both new and returning students register for spring quarter!  To get started, contact the Welcome Center to at enrollment@ghc.edu ; 360-538-4026.
  • Spring quarter classes are going to begin April 20, allowing the week of April 13-17 to be used for students to prepare for the remote delivery of classes. Additional information will be coming to you as spring quarter approaches.
  • The e-Learning office is preparing to support you as the quarter begins with remote instruction. If you have issues with Canvas, or other questions around remote instruction, you can contact them and they will be available to help. They can be reached at Elearning@ghc.edu (preferred) or 360-538-4085.
  • If you are a student employee, the closure may impact your ability to work your hours. We are working on identifying appropriate work for student employees to participate in to maintain their hours. Supervisors will notify student employees when those options have been finalized. Please contact your supervisor if you have any immediate questions.

Please know that over the next few weeks we will be developing new procedures for many of the items above and other processes that are important to student success. Many of those new processes will be outlined in an FAQ page linked to this page in the coming days. Please check the FAQ frequently as it will be updated regularly when new information becomes available.

GHC faculty and staff are here to help you.  We appreciate your patience, resilience and empathy as we move through this experience.  We will get through this together!

Grays Harbor College Moving to Modified Operations

Starting March 17th, Grays Harbor College will move face-to-face instruction to online delivery except for labs and hands-on career technical programs. Core student support services remain open, but social distancing will be practiced to avoid the convening of large groups of people. Students will be contacted by their instructors regarding plans for the rest of Winter Quarter.

Placement Testing By Appointment Only

Placement testing is currently by appointment only. If you need to take a placement test, please call 360-538-4099 to make an appointment.

Workforce Funding: Modified Operations

During Grays Harbor College’s time of limited operations, due to COVID-19, our staff will be serving students from home offices. For information or to schedule phone appointments please call (305) 985-2017 Monday - Thursday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Outside of those hours please call (971) 266-1774. You can also reach us by email at wfspinfo@ghc.edu. New applicants please fill out the electronic application below and submit them to wfspinfo@ghc.edu. Thank you for your patience.

Cancelled: Bishop Center Performances of Oliver!

At this time, the remaining performance of Oliver at the Bishop Center for Performing Arts has been canceled.

Grays Harbor College Remains Open

Grays Harbor College continues to operate and all locations are OPEN. There is now a confirmed case in Grays Harbor County and we are actively monitoring and working with Public Health officials to continue to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. At this time, the Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services Department do not believe the patient was involved in exposure to people in any school settings and are not recommending closing schools.

Canceled: Bishop Center Performances of Oliver

At this time, the remaining performance of Oliver at the Bishop Center for Performing Arts has been canceled.

Grays Harbor College Remains Open

Grays Harbor College continues to operate and all locations are OPEN. There is now a confirmed case in Grays Harbor County and we are actively monitoring and working with Public Health officials to continue to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. At this time, the Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services Department do not believe the patient was involved in exposure to people in any school settings and are not recommending closing schools.

Bishop Center Performances of Oliver

At this point in time, the performances will go on as scheduled. We are in daily contact with the Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Service, and would like to assure you if the situation changes in Grays Harbor, the college will reassess the situation. Please watch this page as well as the Bishop Center for Performing Arts page on Facebook.

Updated: Basketball Championship Tournament Canceled

Both the Men's and Women's NWAC Basketball Tournaments have been canceled.  Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Grays Harbor College Remains Open

No members of the GHC community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. All GHC locations are OPEN. Classes and events are being held as scheduled until further notice. Class formats may vary from course to course as you complete winter quarter. Please check with your instructor as well as check your email and Canvas for details. If college-wide changes in service delivery are made in the days or weeks ahead, you will be notified through our GHC Alert system that sends out emails and text messages. Now is a great time to go to the GHC Alert pages and make sure your notification settings are correct.

Grays Harbor College Events

At this time, March 11th, there is no plan to cancel planned events at GHC. Bishop Center events such as the Musical Oliver will take place as scheduled over the weekend unless the situation in our immediate area changes.

The GHC Men’s Basketball Team is scheduled to play in the rescheduled NWAC Tournament at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City at 6:00 p.m. Thursday night, March 12th – Go Chokers!

Emergency Planning Update on COVID-19

The situation in Washington State and around the world regarding the spread of COVID-19 is changing rapidly, and even though there have been no diagnosed cases in Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties, we are focused on being prepared should that happen. The GHC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and held a second meeting Tuesday morning (March 10th) continuing the development of Continuity of Operations planning should the decision need to be made to reduce or move to a remote delivery of services in order to safeguard our community.

Decisions will be based on gathering current information from recognized health authorities. We are committed to serving our students the best we can under the circumstances while not endangering them or our staff.

What to Do If You Are Not Feeling Well

Public health agencies are now emphasizing the need for people feeling sick to call their health care providers first, before showing up in waiting rooms. In this way, they can direct the person to the appropriate resource and that resource will be prepared to receive and isolate the sick person. Please see below for additional resources.

Grays Harbor College Emergency Planning Update on COVID-19

With reports that ten people have died in the King County area, Western Washington State is being considered the ground zero for the COVID-19 virus in the United States. Even though there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Grays Harbor or Pacific Counties, given the fact that the virus seems to be spreading, GHC has been engaged in emergency management planning in the event we need to close our Grays Harbor College campus and/or rural centers. Throughout the week, we have received updates from colleges throughout western Washington, sharing their plans and providing updates of what is happening on their campuses.

Will GHC’s main campus, Stafford Creek CC, and rural centers need to close?

We do not know yet if there will be closures of our college, rural centers, childcare, or office. One week ago the answer to this question may have been “not likely, but we need to prepare just in case”, however today that answer has changed. As of March 6th, the date of this post, we have to acknowledge that what we are seeing in King and Snohomish counties is more than likely to be played across our region. Today, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce sent out a press release moving classes online through the end of winter quarter. With this in mind, it is incumbent upon us to prepare in the mindset of when, rather than if, this should happen.

GHC is preparing so that we will be ready to take fast action if needed. Everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority. Unlike weather closures, however, where the term used is “suspended operations” when we close, the term may more appropriately be termed “reduced operations,” since our continuity of operations planning will allow various functions of the college to continue even if face-to-face classes are not being held.

Event Planning

Should we cancel events? At this time, March 6th, there is no plan to cancel planned events at GHC. Many events that GHC students and employees were planning on attending this weekend in other parts of Western Washington have been cancelled, like the NWAC Basketball Tournament in Everett and the NWAC Softball Tournament in nearby Lacey. We will continue to monitor the situation in our own service area and work in concert with the regional Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services along with the Washington Department of Health.

Decision-Making

The GHC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team is coordinating the planning for the continuity of operations should the college need to partially close down and go into a reduced operations mode. As part of the EOC, the President will follow the advice and direction from our regional Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services, the Pacific County Health Department (both North and South County Offices) along with the Washington Department of Health, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and other state officials.

Notifications

If we have reduced operations, students and employees will be notified through our GHC Alert system that sends out emails and text messages. If you have not done so already, go to the GHC Alert pages and make sure your notification settings are correct. Updated information will also be placed on this page.

Grays Harbor College Emergency Planning Underway for Novel Coronavirus

While the United States is not experiencing large numbers of people with the novel coronavirus at this time, Washington State does have the first confirmed death from COVID-19 and Lake Washington Technical Institute has closed for a couple of days as a result of nursing students and a faculty member having been in contact with the healthcare facility where this took place.  As a precaution, Grays Harbor College is reviewing and updating our emergency management plans so that we understand what actions we would take should there be an outbreak in our area, specifically we are looking at continuity of operations of the college if that should happen.

Will There Be School Closures?

We do not know yet if the virus will spread in our area or if there will be closures of our college, rural centers, childcare centers or offices. But we are preparing so that we will be ready to take fast action if needed. Everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority.

Decision-Making

Unlike our local decision making with weather-related closures, the President will follow the advice and direction from our Grays Harbor County Regional Health District, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials.

Notifications

If we have suspended operations, you will be notified through our GHC Alert system that sends out emails and text messages. Now is a great time to go to the GHC Alert pages and make sure your notification settings are correct. 

Additional Resources

How is it spread?

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing, or close person-to-person contact
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms of Coronavirus May Include

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough

If you have traveled to/from Wuhan City, China and have symptoms, contact a health care provider.

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.

How to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including:

  • Everyone get a seasonal flu vaccination if possible.
    While it will not prevent the novel coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.

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.

How To Stay Informed

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Grays Harbor College will update this page when any relevant developments occur.

Last updated Monday, March 2nd, 2020.