Our Classroom & COVID-19

OTCP will vigilantly use guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, Washington State Department of Health/OSPI/DCYF, Washington State Business Reopening guidelines, Pierce County Health Department’s recommendations and OPEP guidelines as we make decisions for the 2021-2022 school year. 

We do not allow children, teachers, instructors, parents/guardians or guests on-site if they:

  • are showing symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • parents/caregivers will fill out a virtual symptom screen/contact questionnaire at drop off each day

Teachers and all parents working in the classroom are trained in health and safety protocols for your site, including how to screen for symptoms, hand washing, maintaining physical distance, frequent cleaning, and what to do if someone develops signs of COVID-19. 

All school personnel, volunteers, visitors, and students must wear cloth face coverings or an acceptable alternative (e.g., surgical mask) at school when indoors regardless of vaccination status. Cloth face coverings must be worn by all adults and children over 5 years old. Cloth face coverings are recommended for all children above 2 years old.

Bates Technical College has been designated as a fully vaccinated campus. As a fully vaccinated campus, we must ensure that all students are vaccinated or can claim a medical or religious exemption.  This requirement is for all off-site classes, including our co-op preschool locations.

Because your site is included in our vaccination requirements, you will need to fill out our online Vaccination Attestation Form. Please carefully read the following so we can prepare and focus on keeping our college community healthy and safe. 

All students (parents/working adults) must complete the online student attestation form regarding their vaccination status. To complete the form you will need your student ID and student PIN (your DOB unless you have changed it).  Students will have three options on the attestation form:

  • Receive the vaccination (and provide the dates of the vaccination).
  • Claim a medical exemption.
  • Claim a religious exemption.

Any further clarification to these measures will be forthcoming

We look forward to a safe and productive year as a school community, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our schools Health & Safety representative, Jane O’Connor