COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Mandatory Student Vaccination

September 9, 2021

Per state requirement announced by Washington State Governor Inslee on Friday, August 27, 2021, Perry Tech, operating as a fully-vaccinated campus as defined in Washington State Proclamation 20-12.5, must implement a policy requiring all its students who participate in or attend courses, operations, or other activities in person at any/all Perry Tech facilities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to any medical exemptions required by law and any religious exemptions that Perry Tech provides by Monday, October 18, 2021.  For the purpose of this updated proclamation, this means:

In addition to all faculty, staff, contractors and volunteers, Perry Tech must verify the vaccination status of all students by obtaining or observing documentary proof of full vaccination, such as a CDC vaccination card, documentation of vaccination from a health care provider, or a state immunization information system record, or obtaining a hard copy or electronically signed self-attestation from the student. Attestation forms will be made available to students through the myperrytech.edu portal the week of October 4, 2021.

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March 16, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

Perry Tech Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I am writing you today, March 16th, as this day marks the one-year anniversary from when we first transitioned to remote learning due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  What began as a two-week directive, certainly grew beyond our expectations and altered the course of education on a far greater scale than anyone could have imagined.  But as with all adversity, an opportunity presented itself for us to come together, albeit from a distance, in an effort to navigate the uncharted waters that laid before us.

At first, faculty quickly worked to develop remote learning plans and processes while students simultaneously focused on creating at-home learning environments, and our I.T. department admirably rose to the challenge of creating platforms to provide distance learning solutions to support both.  As campus closed, staff from all departments worked swiftly towards developing sustainable remote solutions for providing the necessary resources for students and visitors to ensure we continue to carry our mission forward.

As we began our journey together, one thing became clear very early on—our programs were deemed essential and necessary by the state as our leaders sought to create approaches for how we would keep our economy operating in a limited capacity.  I believe this was a truly defining moment for individuals considering the trades for their higher education and should serve as a reassurance to our current students that the hands-on skills you are receiving make a difference and are needed.

Additionally, our Safety & Security team’s action plan that was developed in accordance with the guidelines from the Washington State Department of Health and the Yakima Health District allowed us to chart a course that to this day has led to zero known transmittable cases of COVID-19 stemming from our on-campus activities.

For this, and for everyone’s resiliency, willingness to follow our guidelines, masking up, social distancing, and ability to adapt, I say, “Thank you, and you are all remarkable!”  As we go forward together, I would like to encourage all of you to remain vigilant in our efforts to create a safe and healthy environment for not only ourselves, but also for our loved ones and those around us.  I have the utmost confidence that together we will continue to make a real difference, and define what it means to be a part of Perry Tech.

Regards,
Christine Coté
President

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UPDATE: November 15th Washington State COVID-19 Restrictions

November 17, 2020

On Sunday, November 15, Washington State Governor Inslee announced several statewide restrictions scheduled to take effect on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 11:59pm.  In terms of how these restrictions will impact Perry Tech as of now, we will continue to conduct remote class lectures and small-group staggered lab activities while wearing masks and practicing 6-foot social distancing.  The campus will continue to remain temporarily closed to visitors, and all events cancelled until further notice.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate with you as necessary.  Again, I would like to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and to double down on your efforts to help us reduce the spread of COVID-19 by masking up and following the state recommended safety guidelines.

Regards,

Christine Coté
President
Perry Technical Institute

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July 29, 2020 September 24 Graduation Cancelled
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
 
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and to stay in compliance with Washington State Governor Inslee’s Phased Approach, Perry Technical Institute’s September 24, 2020 graduation ceremony is cancelled.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate with you as necessary.
 
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May 29, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

Friday, May 29, 2020

Although the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for Washington State will expire on Sunday, Yakima County has not been released to transition to ‘Phase Two’ of the Washington State Governor’s phased approach to reopening the state. As such, we will continue to operate in our current capacity. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate with you as necessary.

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May 14, 2020 - June 18 Graduation Cancelled


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and to stay in compliance with Washington State Governor Inslee’s Phased Approach, Perry Technical Institute’s June 18, 2020 graduation ceremony is cancelled.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate with you as necessary.

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May 1, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
 
Friday, May 1, 2020
 
Today, Washington State Governor Inslee announced the extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through May 31, 2020.  As such, Perry Tech will continue operating in an online-only instructional capacity.  Additionally, the Governor identified that Washington State will utilize a four (4) phase approach to reopening various sectors of our economy.   While we are working with our elected officials to identify where Perry Tech lands in terms of the four phases, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate with you as necessary.  
 
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Students, Faculty & Staff

Monday, April 6, 2020

Per the extension of the Stay at Home, Stay Safe order by Washington State Governor Inslee on Thursday, April 2, 2020, Perry Tech will remain temporarily closed and will continue online-only instruction until Monday, May 4, 2020.  We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as necessary.

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Message to Students

Monday, March 16, 2020

Due to recent events surrounding COVID-19, Perry Tech will delay the start of the 2020 Spring Quarter for new students only until Monday, April 13th. Prior to April 13th, new students will receive direction from their instructors regarding how online coursework (including lab) will be conducted. We will continue to watch the situation closely and will communicate with you as needed. Again, this only pertains to new students beginning the 2020 Spring Quarter.


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Message to Students


Monday, March 16, 2020

PTI Students,

In light of today’s directives from Washington State Governor Inslee, Perry Technical Institute will close our facilities to all visitors, students, faculty and staff for sanitation purposes from March 17-30, 2020 at a minimum due to the ongoing COVID-19 events. All faculty will continue to provide student instruction in an online-only capacity during this time. We will continue to watch the situation closely and will post updates as needed.

Regards,

Christine Coté
President
Perry Technical Institute

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Message to Students

Friday, March 13, 2020

Perry Tech students:
 
In an effort to comply with the directive of Washington State Governor Inslee regarding the COVID-19 recent events, Perry Technical Institute will transition to online instruction beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continue through April 24.  Instructors will communicate with you regarding how lab coursework will be conducted.  We will continue to watch the situation closely and will communicate with you as needed.  Updates will be posted on the school’s website at https://www.perrytech.edu/safety/coronavirus/.
 
Regards,
 
Christine Coté
President
Perry Technical Institute


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Letter from the President


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Good afternoon:

Due to the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yakima County, Perry Tech has activated a stay-home policy for any and all persons experiencing flu-like symptoms, including runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever until further notice. All group tours and events including graduation are effectively cancelled. Except as noted, PTI will remain open unless circumstances change. We will continue to watch the situation closely and will communicate with you as needed. Updates will be posted on the school’s website https://www.perrytech.edu/safety/coronavirus/.
 
Regards,

Christine Coté
President
Perry Technical Institute


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Administration continues to monitor the COVID-19, formerly referred to as the Novel Coronavirus, situation in our state by closely following the updates published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington State Department of Health, and the Yakima Health District.

Employees and students are encouraged to take the following precautions to stay healthy:

Custodial staff will continue to routinely disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

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