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Overview

Cornish College of the Arts is closely following guidance put forth by the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) related to the reopening of colleges and universities. The health and safety of all members of our community continue to be our highest priority.

The College is actively working on preparing our campuses for our August reopening. A Reopening Task Force, as well as topical subcommittees, have been established and are meeting weekly. We will continue to report on our planning activities and provide important updates via our website, email, and social media platforms over the summer.

Don’t see the answer to your question? Contact Cornish Operations for more information about Health and Safety.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What steps are you taking on campus to ensure the health of your students and employees in August?

The Operations team is working hard to make our physical spaces safe in advance of our students’ and staff return to campus in August. Below are some of examples of the initiatives currently underway.

  • Cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of all college spaces have been intensified. 
  • Work schedules have been adjusted so that frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, elevator call buttons, faucets, can be frequently sanitized throughout the day. 
  • All classrooms, public areas and large shared offices at MCC, Kerry Hall, and the Cornish Playhouse have been deep cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected floor by floor. 
  • Lockers will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected.
  • Automatic/no-touch hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed strategically around Campus. 
  • Sanitization supply wall stations containing canisters of disinfecting wipes, gloves, tissues and hand sanitizer pump bottles have been placed strategically around Campus and at every building entrance.
  • Social distancing floor decals are being placed.
  • Plexiglass barriers/sneeze guards are being installed.
  • Ample signage will be installed to encourage community participation in keeping our spaces clean.
  • Security continues to oversee access to campus and minimize unnecessary traffic. 
  • “Go Packs” will be distributed, containing washable cotton face mask, disposable gloves, and 2 ounce hand sanitizer.

What supplies will be provided to help keep the community safe?

The supplies below will be made available. 

  • Sanitization Wall Stations 
  • Cotton Face Masks
  • Face Shields
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Disposable Gloves
  • EPA Registered Disinfectants
  • “Go Packs,” containing washable cotton face mask, disposable gloves, and 2 ounce hand sanitizer.

How is Cornish preparing to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the main common areas such as classrooms and hallways?

  • Social distancing floor decals 
  • Plexiglass barriers/sneeze guards
  • HVAC filtration options
  • MERV 13 filters
  • Exploring touch free automatic water faucets
  • Exploring UVC light and plasma ionization for HVAC systems
  • Automatic and manual hand sanitizer dispenser installation
  • Sanitation supply wall station installation
  • Building access gatekeeping
  • “Go Packs” will be distributed, containing washable cotton face mask, disposable gloves, and 2 ounce hand sanitizer.

What if there is a second wave of the virus in the middle of the semester?

Cornish will remain in compliance with local and national guidance for COVID-19. We are prepared academically for a pivot to online only, however Operations and Facilities will continue to follow requirements for safety and health according to local and national guidance.

What steps are being taken to keep restrooms in the Cornish Commons safe?

Cornish Commons will most likely keep the majority of shared restrooms closed or limited to use as residents have access to their in room bathrooms. The campus Operations team will be working diligently to maintain all other campus restrooms and spaces.

Will I be required to wear a mask when I am on campus?

Students and employees who are on the Cornish Campus must wear face coverings (mask, bandana, or other covering of the nose and mouth). The requirement to wear a mask or other face covering was established by Dow Constantine, King County Executive, beginning May 18, 2020.

Will a shuttle service be provided between campus buildings?

Cornish is working with student schedules to minimize the trips between our Capitol Hill and South Lake Union campuses. When you need to move between campuses and do not walk, we recommend following public health guidelines for use of public transportation and rideshare services.

What are my options if I am uncomfortable with using public transportation?

Depending upon where you live, there may be rideshare or remote learning options available for at-risk individuals. Contact your Student Success Coach to talk through your individual situation.

What do self-isolation and quarantine mean?

Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test result pending, shall stay in an quarantine location (your home if you have one or in a government directed or publicly provided location if one is available) in accordance with CDC and Public Health guidance.

If your test result is positive, you must then remain in isolation.

All individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 shall enter and remain in isolation as follows:

  • Do not leave your home or recovery facility, except to receive medical care.
  • For individuals with symptoms, discontinue isolation only 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 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • For individuals who tested positive but have not had any symptoms, discontinue isolation when at least 7 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, and there has been no subsequent illness.

[Information from King County and the City of Seattle]

What if I want to be tested for COVID-19?

Cornish is currently exploring multiple options for contact tracing, testing, and communication for the notification related to COVID-19. We are looking into the best options for testing and reporting on our small community. More details will be shared as they are confirmed. For more information on testing and testing sites, please click here >

What if I have a compromised immune system?

Please contact your Student Success Coach to discuss options that are available:

Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus?

As of June 18, 2020, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.

What is your plan if someone in the Cornish community tests positive for COVID-19? How will students, parents, and families be notified if there is a positive case on campus?

Cornish is currently exploring multiple options for contact tracing, testing, and communication for the notification related to COVID-19. We are looking into the best options for notifying our small community. More details will be reported as they are confirmed.

At any point if you would like to be tested, please be in contact with your healthcare provider. If you’d like more information on testing and testing sites, please click here >

What is the next solution if another COVID-19 spike prevents Spring in-person learning?

The institution is prepared to pivot to online instruction if COVID-19 is still affecting on campus learning. Operations and Facilities will continue to follow requirements for safety and health according to local and national guidance.

How can I help reduce stigma around the coronavirus?

Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in your community. Raise awareness about COVID-19 without increasing fear. Share accurate information about how the virus spreads. For more information, visit King County’s Anti-Stigma Resource Page >

Where do I find the public health guidelines for Seattle and King County?

Follow this link for information from King County and the City of Seattle