Classroom Policies and Procedures

As Washington state begins moving out of the global pandemic response, there will be adjustments made to the safety guidelines for the classrooms. They are designed to keep you safe and comfortable while still following the evolving state and local public health guidance.

When to Wear a Face Covering to Class

Effective August 23, 2021, face coverings are required indoors at all training locations regardless of your vaccination status. You must wear a face covering at all times except for designated breaks to eat or drink in designated areas.

This follows Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide indoor mask mandate.

The following face covering classroom policies are in place:

  • Face coverings with a valve are not allowed and the face coverings need to be 2 ply.
  • If the policy is violated, learners will receive a warning before being asked to leave class and may not be permitted to participate in any further training modules.

Please refer to the face covering policy to learn more about how to use and correctly wear face coverings.

 

Face Covering Policy

Based on available evidence and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the World Health Organization, we have defined a Face Covering Policy for learners to establish appropriate safety standards in the classroom when required to wear them.

All face coverings must meet each of the following specifications:

  • Consist of at least two layers of breathable material. 
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth.
  • Fit snugly against the sides of the face.
  • Secured with ear loops or with a tie or band around the back of the head.
  • Do not include any of the following: valves, loose weaves, mesh materials, or holes of any kind in or on the face covering.
  • No neck gaiters.
  • Clean and dry.

*Learners who violate the Face Covering Policy will be given a warning before being asked to leave class and may not be permitted to participate in any further training modules. 

Learners who are unable to wear a face covering that complies with all of the above requirements due to the lack of a reasonable accommodation that complies with CDC or other scientific standards cannot be accommodated.  

Classroom Policy and Procedures

The following guidelines have been taken to ensure your safety in the classroom.

If you feel sick before your class or have been around someone diagnosed or with symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact the Member Resource Center (MRC) to reschedule your class. You can reach them at 1-866-371-3200 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or, by emailing mrc@myseiubenefits.org.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • New cough.
  • Chills and/or shaking.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Sore throat.
  • New generalized muscle pain.
  • New severe tiredness or sudden onset of discomfort or illness.
  • New loss of sense of smell/taste.
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Class size will be reduced to allow for social distancing and follows state and local public health guidance.

Mannequins will be used when available.

Hand washing will be required upon entering the classroom and after using the restroom.

Sanitizing gel and wipes will be provided for use during class.

Safety supplies will be available for those who need it.

You must bring your own face covering to class if required to wear one.

Face coverings with valves do NOT protect others, and are NOT accepted in class or exams. These face coverings provide one-way protection, meaning they only protect the wearer. A cloth face covering or surgical mask works just as well, and protects everyone.