Face Covering Exemption Procedure

It is the procedure of Klamath Community College (hereafter referred to as KCC), that all guests, invitees, employees and students are expected to wear a face mask or face shield, hereinafter referred to as a face covering; unless an exemption has been granted. This procedure has been put in place as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as the orders of the governor of the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

The procedure requires face coverings, as defined above, to be worn in all public spaces at all times, including, but not limited to: hallways, open cubicles, entry ways, lobbies, and any areas within the college, with the exception of enclosed offices and conference rooms.

However, it is possible for an affected individual to be granted an exemption, or allowance to not wear a face covering if one of the following circumstances exist:
  1.  The individual has a medical condition that does not allow him/her to put on, take off, or safely wear a face covering.
  2. If that individual is under that age of five.
Even if one of the above apply, all individuals on KCC’s campus should attempt to use a face covering and extensively research a wide variety of face coverings, including face shields, if at all possible, and/or utilize close friends and/or family members to assist them with putting on and taking off a face covering.

However, if one of the above conditions apply, and no other alternatives exist, the affected individual may contact Human Resources, and fill out a Face Covering Exemption Form, and should fully complete the document, as well as attach medical documentation, that will need to specifically list and verify that the affected individual cannot put on, take off, or wear a face covering.

If the request form is fully completed, with attached verification in line with this procedure, the exemption shall be granted in writing by KCC. The written permission from KCC granting an exemption of the face covering policy shall be maintained by the affected individual, and should be with them at all times, and be able to be produced on request. Additionally, it shall be the responsibility of the affected individual to communicate with any appropriate KCC Personnel to inform them of this exemption, including their instructors and/or supervisors. KCC Human Resources shall keep all applications, materials, and agreements, secured at all times.

This procedure is effective as of August 11, 2020, and will continue unless and until it is revoked by KCC, the revocation of such will be communicated in the same manner in which this procedure was communicated.