Soon, BC employees and students will be required to complete a health assessment questionnaire each day they come to campus (we are also working on a process for visitors, to be announced soon). To protect privacy and make the process simple, the Flu Team and IT developed a short online health assessment on our website at www.bellevuecollege.edu/campuscheckin. It takes just a couple minutes to complete. The online health assessment will replace the current practice of contacting Public Safety, but employees will still need to obtain permission from their supervisor before coming in.
· Beginning August 17th, 2020, anyone entering the T Building, for any reason, must complete the assessment prior to entering the building.
· Beginning September 1st, 2020, all employees and students are required to complete the online health assessment questionnaire every day they come to campus.
Best practice is to complete the questionnaire prior to coming to campus; those who do not have access to the internet can complete it as soon as they arrive on campus by using a college computer. The attached document provides instructions on how to translate the questionnaire to a different language.
The assessment captures information such as the date, approximate times, and specific location (buildings and rooms) of your visit. This will be provided to Public Safety and the custodial team so they can secure and disinfect our buildings each day (NOTE: Public Safety and custodial teams will not be provided any health information, only the date and location visited).
The health screening questionnaire contains a list of potential COVID-19 symptoms. Upon finishing the questionnaire and clicking the “Submit” button, you will receive instructions on what to do, based upon the answers provided and how those answers intersect with guidance from state and local health authorities.
Health response data will be kept confidential. Employee responses will be stored in a secure database accessible only by Human Resources staff. Supervisors will be able to see if an employee completed a daily health assessment, but supervisors will not be able to see answers to the specific health questions. Student responses will be similarly stored in a secure database accessible only by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and a Co-Chair of the CARE Team. Instructors will be able to see if a student completed a daily health assessment, but instructors will not be able to see answers to the specific health questions.
In the next few days, we will publish a list of FAQs to provide more detailed information on the workflow and the role that supervisors and instructors play in this process.
As a reminder, everyone on campus is required to wear a mask from the moment they step on campus until they leave. The only exception is when working alone or through an approved reasonable accommodation with HR. The state defines “working alone” as: “Someone is considered to be working alone when they’re isolated from interaction with other people and have little or no expectation of in-person interruption.” Examples of “working alone” can be found on the state page that explains mask requirements.
The College is providing masks for employees who need to work on campus. If you have questions about where to get a mask, please contact your supervisor.
Thank you for helping to keep our campus community safe.
Dennis D. Curran
Vice President of Administrative Services
Bellevue College, K100G
A lot has happened since the last COVID-19 communication on June 8, so we wanted to provide an update on new developments, as well as where we are headed in the next few weeks and months.
On June 19, 2020, King County was approved to move into Phase 2. While this instituted several changes for businesses within the county, higher ed was largely unaffected because the guidance for higher ed moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 doesn’t change much. We do have the ability to offer a few more classes on campus if they are related to a critical work programs (e.g. nursing), but that won’t impact the majority of our courses which will continue to be taught remotely.
The Phase 2 guidance (see paragraph #25) does have one important stipulation: any employee or student coming to Washington from any state that is non-contiguous to Washington must self-quarantine for 14 days before working or attending class on campus. Please keep this in mind if you plan on travelling to any area other than Oregon or Idaho while King County is still in Phase 2.
Governor Inslee also issued a new proclamation on June 24, 2020 specifically geared toward the reopening of higher ed. This proclamation goes into effect on August 1st and allows colleges to expand activities on campus, provided we follow a number of requirements. Among other things, we’ll have to comply with all federal, state and local public health requirements, use appropriate PPE and follow six-foot social distancing rules.
We still anticipate that most classes for Fall Quarter will be taught remotely. Since the proclamation was only recently announced, we’re still examining how it intersects with Phase 2 and Phase 3 guidance. In addition, we are not yet clear on how the increase in COVID cases in King County and across the state that was reported over the weekend will impact our plans. More information will be forthcoming.
We also wanted to share some important updates:
- Outdoor recreation rentals will resume in the near future. Renters will need to keep groups down to a maximum of five participants and follow a number of other guidelines. The BC athletic department is drafting guidelines for usage of the soccer and baseball fields.
- The Food Lifeline program will continue on campus every Friday through the month of July.
- As we are able, we will very slowly open up the campus to rentals, starting with an organization that wants to hold vehicle-based services in one of our parking lots. As with all other programs, they’ll need to comply with Phase 2 guidelines.
- For additional information, check out the Flu Team website.
Thank you again for your patience and flexibility. It’s been a long haul and we still have a way to go, but the steps we’re taking are making a difference in the health and safety of our campus and our community.
Dennis D. Curran
Vice President of Administrative Services
Bellevue College, K100G
Dear BC Community,
The purpose of this email is to notify all BC employees that beginning today, June 8, 2020, per guidance from the Governor, all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering or face mask while on campus. Exceptions to this rule include when working alone in an office (without interactions with others) or when in a vehicle.
The College will provide masks for employees as long as we are required by the State to wear a mask while working on campus. We have currently filled all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requests from departments through the end of June. Campus Operations will soon put out a call for a second order of PPE to cover July 1—August 31, 2020. If exposure dictates a higher level of protection, appropriate masks will be provided. The state Department of Labor & Industries’ Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements or Which Mask for Which Task guide has additional details on the wearing of masks, but most of our employees only need to wear a basic cloth mask.
Any employee needing a reasonable accommodation for this new workplace requirement will need to contact Human Resources at email@example.com. Employees who work with hearing impaired individuals or who rely on facial cues during communication may request a clear window facial mask or covering from Campus Operations. A good resource for those employees who would like to make their own clear window facial mask, can be found HERE.
There has been an increase in racial profiling across the country toward individuals of color who are wearing masks. Specifically, recent reports show a rise in bias against Black males who are wearing masks to protect themselves and others against the spread of COVID-19. Employee safety is of utmost concern and we are committed to a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination. Please support your fellow employees. To report a bias incident, please fill out a report at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns. For more “anti-racism and COVID-19” information, please go here.
Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and others healthy.
Kristen Jones, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)
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King County has confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more cases have been identified in the U.S. Currently, the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are tracking and monitoring COVID-19 in our area to provide updated guidance for the epidemic. We at Bellevue College are focused on communicating clearly and accurately as we prepare for the potential of more infections.
The situation in King County continues to evolve quickly, so please check their website often for updates.
You can also stay informed by visiting the Washington State Department of Health website, and by subscribing to the Public Health Insider blog. The Washington State Dept. of Health also established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, or what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.