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Dear BC Students,   

Bellevue College Interim President, Gary Locke, recently announced plans for Bellevue College to become a vaccinated campus beginning Fall Quarter 2021.  Governor Inslee also recently required all state employees, which includes college employees, to be vaccinated.  This means all college employees and students must be vaccinated unless granted a medical or religious exemption. This includes those that do not plan to come to campus. The information below provides instructions for how you tell the campus about your vaccination status or the steps you must take to request a medical or religious exemption.     

Student Requirements 

Students who plan to get the vaccine must be fully vaccinated by November 5. You are fully vaccinated two weeks after you receive your second dose of a two-dose series, or two weeks after a single-dose shot. The table below provides information on when you must receive your vaccine to meet the November 5 deadline. 

VaccineSeries Dose RequirementFirst Dose No Later ThanSecond DoseComplete SeriesFully Vaccinated
Pfizer 2 doses, 21 days apart 10/1/202110/22/202110/22/202111/5/2021
Moderna2 doses, 28 days apart 9/24/202110/22/202110/22/202111/5/2021
Johnson & JohnsonSingle dose 10/4/2021N/A10/4/202110/18/2021

Vaccination Attestation (Confirmation) Form 

You must complete the online vaccination attestation (confirmation) form by October 4, 2021.  You can access the secure website and form using the link provided below. The form asks you to do one of the following: 

1. Attest (confirm) that you are vaccinated, provide the name of the vaccine you received, and the date/s you received it, OR 

2. Request a medical or religious exemption, and upload required documentation related to your request.  

Use this link to access the Online Vaccination Attestation/Confirmation Form.   

If you do not submit the required form, you cannot register for Winter quarter. In addition, you may be subject to Fall quarter student disciplinary action based on policy 2050 Student Conduct Code. Submitting false information on the form can also lead to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or dismissal from the college.     

We understand this process may create stress and concern for you. We are here to support you through this process, and answer your questions. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns you have by using the Online Help Request Ticket System. Additional information and resources about COVID-19 can be found at https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/covid19/.  

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Dear BC Community,

Earlier this week, I shared information about the process for providing vaccination documentation and requesting medical and religious exemptions for Bellevue College employees, under the Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1.

In accordance with Governor Inslee’s Proclamation, Bellevue College is prohibited from permitting any employee to engage in work for the College after October 18, 2021, unless the employee

  1. has been fully vaccinated and has provided proof of that vaccination; or 
  2. has received a medical or religious exemption per state standards.

Attestation Form

Today, I am writing to alert you to the Bellevue College website which has the attestation form that all employees must complete no later than October 4, 2021. Using the attestation form, employees will either:

  1. indicate their vaccination status and upload their proof of vaccination documentation; or
  2. request a medical or religious exemption.

The website also has information on ways to upload proof of vaccination documentation if employees do not have access to a scanner as well as the days and times employees can come to the Office of Human Resources to provide their proof of vaccination documentation in-person.

Because the process of requesting a medical or religious exemption is complicated and may take some time to consider, employees requesting such an exemption should submit the appropriate forms as soon as possible. Under Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, employees who are not fully vaccinated by October 18 or have not been granted a medical or religious exemption by October 18, may not continue to be employed by the College.

Click here:

Bellevue College Employee Attestation Form

Confidentiality

Both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the state Attorney General have issued guidelines that an individual’s vaccine status is confidential. Employees must take care not to inquire about nor discuss another individual’s vaccine status; supervisors are not allowed to ask employees about their vaccine status. Additionally, the College does not condone any form of discrimination against employees or students based on their vaccine status.

Thank you for patience as we develop a plan that prioritizes the safety and health of our campus community.

Gary Locke

Interim President

Dear BC Community,

On August 18, 2021 Governor Inslee announced that, as a condition of employment, all higher education employees, including those who work remotely, must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021, unless granted a medical or religious exemption. Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1.

I am writing to provide additional clarity around the process for providing vaccination documentation and requesting medical and religious exemptions for Bellevue College employees, under the Proclamation.

In accordance with Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, Bellevue College is prohibited from permitting any employee to engage in work for the College after October 18, 2021, unless the employee

  1. has been fully vaccinated and has provided proof of that vaccination; or 
  2. has received a medical or religious exemption per state standards.

Proclamation 21-14.1 applies to college faculty and staff, not students. The vaccination requirement does apply to hourly student employees, but not to work-study students. The proclamation applies to all employees, even if they work entirely online or remotely.

Attestation Form

All employees must complete an attestation form as to their vaccination status no later than October 4, 2021, via a BC website that will be available September 1, 2021. Using the attestation form, employees will either:

  1. indicate their vaccination status and upload their proof of vaccination documentation; or
  2. request a medical or religious exemption.

The website will include directions for uploading proof of vaccine documentation (e.g. vaccination card), including options for those who do not have access to a scanner. For employees not wanting to upload their vaccination documentation via the website, the website will list days and times employees may come to Human Resources to have their vaccination documents verified in person. Vaccination documentation proofing vaccination will not be not be kept by the College but will be used simply to record whether the employee is or is not vaccinated.

The website will also have links to the forms required by the State of Washington to request a medical or religious exemption. Because the process for requesting an exemption, especially a medical exemption, is complicated, employees are encouraged to begin the process as soon as the forms are available on the website on September 1, 2021.

To be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021, as required and set forth in Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, depending on the vaccine, the completed series must be done by October 4, 2021. Please see the table below for clarification. 

VaccineSeries Dose RequirementFirst Dose No Later ThanSecond DoseComplete SeriesFully Vaccinated
Pfizer2 doses, 21 days apart9/13/202110/4/2021

10/4/202110/18/2021
Moderna2 doses, 28 days apart9/6/202110/4/202110/4/202110/18/2021
Johnson & JohnsonSingle dose10/4/2021

N/A10/4/202110/18/2021

We recognize that the processes to comply with Governor Inslee’s proclamation may create stress. We will do everything we can to support you and answer your questions. We hope this information helps clarify how we will work together through this process. 

Gary Locke

Interim President

Dear BC Community,

On July 12, 2021, Governor Inslee published a new higher education proclamation which offers two vaccination options for Washington state colleges and universities.  Institutions of higher education must choose to be a college that requires vaccination for all students, faculty, and staff coming onto campus for work, study, or use of facilities or a college that does not require vaccination.

After thoughtful discussions with the Flu Team and President’s Cabinet, we have determined that the safest and most prudent option for our students, faculty, and staff is to be a college that requires vaccination beginning Fall Quarter. This brings the college in line with current guidance from county, state, and national health officials. All the other community/technical colleges in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are requiring vaccinations as are most, if not all, of the four-year institutions in the region.

What is a College That Requires Vaccination?

In brief, all faculty, staff, and students will be required to submit either a self-attestation, indicating the dates they received their vaccinations, or an exemption request. According to Governor Inslee’s guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended vaccine doses authorized for emergency use by the FDA or World Health Organization.

What Happens Next?

There is much work to be done to prepare for the Fall Quarter, but we wanted to make this announcement as soon as possible. The Flu Team is currently drafting detailed protocol to meet state requirements. In the next few weeks, we will provide more information on vaccine attestations, exemption documentation, due dates, and additional information that everyone in the Bellevue College community will want to know.

What Are the Current Campus Guidelines?

As a reminder and until further notice, Bellevue College is still operating under the following guidelines

  • Faculty, staff, visitors, and students on campus must wear a mask when indoors, unless they are working alone, eating, or drinking. Masks only need to be worn outdoors by unvaccinated individuals in a crowded space.
  • Anyone coming on campus must fill out an online daily health assessment every day they come to campus.
  • Practice physical distancing, which is reduced from six feet to three feet.
  • Check in stations will remain for the time being, but temperature checks are no longer required.

Again, more details will be coming soon. Until then I cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone who is able to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Thank you in advance for your patience as we create a plan that will continue to keep the members of our campus community safe and healthy.

Gary Locke

Interim President

Dear BC Community, 

As you may know, changes are happening to COVID-19 guidelines across Washington state beginning June 30, 2021.  Late yesterday, Governor Inslee published new higher education guidelines and we are working to understand the impact.  Until further notice, Bellevue College is operating under the following guidelines: 

1.       Faculty, staff, visitors and students on campus must wear a mask when indoors, unless they are working alone, eating or drinking.  Masks only need to be worn outdoors by unvaccinated individuals in a crowded space. 

2.       Anyone coming on campus must fill out an online daily health assessment every day they come to campus. 

3.       Practice physical distancing, which is reduced from six feet to three feet. 

4.       Check-in stations are no longer required to do temperature checks. 

We’ll provide more information as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience, and for helping to keep our campus healthy

Dennis D. Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

Campus COVID-19 Supervisor

Bellevue College, K100G

Dennis.curran@bellevuecollege.edu

425-564-2446

This is a reminder that BC’s mask wearing policy has not changed.  All students, faculty, staff and visitors must continue to wear a mask while on campus. The only exceptions are while eating, drinking, or working alone. 

Greetings Bellevue Community, 

Over the last 14 days, there has been a lot of new information and guidance from federal, state and local authorities about wearing masks.  Governor Inslee announced last week that Washington state would adopt the updated CDC mask guidelines, but he also emphasized that schools will still be required to wear masks.  We are currently awaiting clarification from the state about higher ed mask wearing policies.  Additionally, on Thursday, May 20, Public Health – Seattle & King County issued a Directive that a mask mandate is in effect for indoor spaces, regardless of whether a person is vaccinated or not.  Following are some key points from the directive.

Key points from the Public Health – Seattle & King County Directive  

·        Continued use of face masks for everyone five years of age and older within indoor public spaces is reasonable and necessary in King County to reduce the risk for COVID-19 transmission until more of the population is protected through vaccination and COVID-19 disease rates decline. 

·        In addition to the local Directive (for King County), the Washington State Department of Health Order continues to require everyone to wear face masks while on public transportation, and in schools, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and health care settings, which includes doctor’s offices, long-term care, and hospitals. 

·        The Directive will remain in effect until Public Health – Seattle & King County confirms that 70% or more of residents age 16 and older are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot (or in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, their first shot). Public Health currently projects the county will reach the threshold in late June.   

The Flu Team urges everyone to take advantage of free vaccination sites to help King County get to that 70%.  Many vaccines are available across King County at high-volume vaccination sites, pharmacies and clinics (and many don’t require appointments).  

The College will review its mask policy when Governor Inslee provides more guidance about higher ed and/or when King County revises its guidelines.  We will send an email update if Bellevue College changes masking guidelines.

Thank you for your patience, continued flexibility, and for keeping others safe and healthy. 

Dennis D. Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

Campus COVID-19 Supervisor

Bellevue College, K100G

Dennis.curran@bellevuecollege.edu

425-564-2446

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The situation in King County continues to evolve, so please check their website often for updates. Bellevue College is following federal, state and local guidance and will continue to keep the campus community up-to-date.

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 #.