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As of May 2, masks are no longer required indoors with a few exceptions, but are strongly recommended.

Please see our page on Bellevue College Masking Criteria for more information on metrics used to determine Masking Guidance.

Vaccination Attestation (Confirmation) and
Exemption Requirements and Information

Important COVID-19 Return to Campus Information


This is a series of four emails providing information on Bellevue College COVID protocols. Staff, faculty, and students will return to campus over the next few weeks and months.  The purpose of this archive is to recap campus safety measures, including masking guidelines, building ventilation, checking of student vaccination status, cleaning protocols, and ordering COVID PPE.

Masking Guidelines 

Wearing a mask indoors is required for everyone while on the BC campus. KN95 and N95 masks provide the best protection against spreading germs.  Surgical masks are the next most effective, followed by double layered cloth masks.   

BC recommends wearing the KN95. The college will provide KN95 masks to all employees who request them (up to five masks per month).  Employees can obtain masks through their department/unit. The attached PDF provides information on how to properly wear and care for a KN95 mask.  

Department representatives can obtain KN95 masks through request center.  The attached document provides details on how to determine the appropriate number of masks. Surgical masks can also be ordered for distribution in classrooms and other areas where students may be present.  NOTE:

Student Vaccination Status 

All Bellevue College Community members are required to be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption. Students are required to provide an attestation in order to register for classes. The College will ask a random sample of students (15% each quarter) to verify their vaccination status. If a statistically significant number of those students provided false information, the college will expand the pool of students asked for verification.

Proof may include Verified QR codes from Washington State Department of Health using MyIR Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates or COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards from the CDC. Uploaded CDC cards are strictly scrutinized for authenticity and further verification is requested if any information is unclear, atypical, or inconsistent. 

Note: Students who are not selected may also choose to provide proof of vaccination. 

COVID Supplies 

The campus custodial team cleans all facilities on a daily basis. All classrooms are supplied with a cleaning caddy that includes hand sanitizer, cleaning materials and surgical masks. Instructors may direct students to clean their own spaces after use or may choose to use these materials between classes.  

If there is a need for additional hand sanitizer, masks, cleaning materials or other PPE, please fill out a service request.  Campus Ops will provide the requested supplies. 

Airflow  

All buildings in the attached document have high efficiency MERV 13 air filters, as recommended by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE).  These filters reduce potential circulation of the COVID-19 virus.  

Wherever possible, BC also increased the percentage of outside air flow as well as the air exchange rates within the heating, ventilation, and AC (HVAC) systems.  

Classroom Recommendations 

Along with having cleaning and distancing protocols in the classroom, it is highly recommended that faculty use seating charts for better contact tracing in the case of a positive test.  There is a seating schematic in 25Live for every classroom. Faculty should contact Megan Watson if there are questions about seating schematics.  

As a vaccinated campus, three feet of physical distance is not required, but it is highly recommended. Wherever possible, classrooms have been scheduled below capacity to allow for 3 feet of distancing between students and spaced to allow for transition time between class meetings.  

Emails are archived on the BC Covid-19 Information Website

Three attachments: 

  1. 1 Page Handout – Mask Wear and Care
  2. Guidelines for Mask Distribution
  3. Status of Building Filtration Systems 

Dennis Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

425.564.2446

Covid Return to Campus Information #2: Classroom Technology 

This is the second in a series of emails to provide information on Bellevue College COVID protocols for staff, faculty, and students as they return to campus over the next few weeks and months.  The purpose of this notice is to update faculty on the status and use of classroom technology and support related to remote streaming. Emails are archived on the BC Covid-19 Information Website. 

This is a work in progress, and we are working to provide further resources and information to increase the ease of use. 

Remote Streaming 

Most classrooms now have the capability for “HyFlex” (streaming and in-person) classes (classrooms that have the capacity for live streaming). The current state for Bellevue College is that all podium computers have been equipped with a Logitech C930 web camera with integrated microphones, the device can help provide synchronous education with instructors through video conferencing technologies such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. In addition, it is possible to use your own laptop to stream lectures live via Zoom or Teams.  

For help in learning how to set up video in Zoom using the new Logitech C930E Webcams in the classrooms, please check with our IT team (see below) or look up helpful videos like: https://youtu.be/zC-Ziezj_ds?t=51 (Timestamp 0:51) 

Information on technology in the classroom is now listed within the software used for room scheduling (25Live) and is accessible to those in your division who schedule classes.

For more information on HyFlex Teaching, see Columbia University’s HyFlex Website or the HyFlex Learning Community. We are working to develop capacity, resources, and training for this mode of teaching and will share BC more information as it becomes available. 

OWL devices (mobile and have 360-degree smart video conferencing capability) are not recommended for classroom use. If you would like to check one out for a small meeting you can contact eLearning or check with your Division office. BC has a limited number to these devices, and they do not work well in a classroom setting, so we are not currently able to provide them for classroom use.

Microphones

Cost, quality, and supply chain shortages have made it exceedingly difficult to provide quality microphones for voice amplification in all classrooms. Some classrooms have “lapel” microphones installed for use. Microphones for live streaming are built into the webcam set up in the classroom (see above). 

Technology Support

BC’s Service Desk team includes technology specialists who cover campus-wide support for desktop computing, printing, lab and classroom technology, and user assistance – this includes technology in the classroom for remote streaming. For a full list of supported services, please sign-in and browse our Service Catalog or view helpful articles in our Knowledge Base. For assistance: 

eLearning Support

The eLearning team will continue to host Live Faculty Online Canvas support hours during Winter 2022 Quarter and Instructional Designers are able to assist with online questions from 11am to 3pm M-F.   

February Month of Microlearning – 30-minute sessions on a variety of digital teaching and learning topics, led by eLearning specialists, faculty, and staff from around campus. 

All videos of the eLearning workshops are available on the MyBC portal. 

  • 2/2 (Wed) – Building and Using Cidi Labs 
  • 2/4 (Fri) – StreamLabs in Zoom Meetings 
  • 2/7 (Fri) – Exploring Hybrid Teaching Models 
  • 2/9 (Wed) – How to set up a Hybrid Meeting from the classroom 
  • 2/11 (Fri) – Virtual Spaces in Mozilla Hubs 
  • 2/14 (Mon) – Options for Student Video Assignments 
  • 2/16 (Wed) – Using the Cidi Labs Image Editor 
  • 2/18 (Fri) – Recording in Panopto 
  • 2/21 (Mon) – Hypothes.is: A Social Annotation Tool 
  • 2/23 (Wed) – Bridging Purpose and Canvas Design 
  • 2/25 (Fri) – Time Saving Tips for Grading Written Work 
  • 2/28 (Mon) – Open Broadcasting System (OBS) in Zoom Meetings 

eLearning provides access to: Cidi Labs Design tool training; Syllabus TemplatePanopto from recording through analytics; Canvas Quick ReferencesVideo creation tools for checkout and access to Studio Q Video Production Room.   Please note this is a work in progress, and we will continue to work to provide further resources and information to increase the ease of use. 

—Robert Viens, PhDAssociate Vice President of Academic AffairsBellevue Collegerob.viens@bellevuecollege.edu(425) 564-3158

Reporting exposures or positive COVID tests  

To ensure that BC responds as quickly and effectively as possible, students and employees must report a confirmed close contact or a positive COVID test using the on-line COVID exposure form.   

This form provides information to a limited number of administrators who will implement the appropriate exposure or infection protocol. The protocol includes notifying those who may have had close contact and sanitizing facilities, as necessary.  

NOTE: please fill out the form as soon as possible, even if you are not working or attending class on campus. 

Isolation and quarantine protocols 

BC follows CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine when an employee or student reports that they have been exposed, have symptoms, or tested positive for COVID-19.   

Designated staff follow set guidelines when responding to possible exposures. Some areas of the campus, such as the ELC and Student Housing, follow additional protocols. 

BC has access to a limited number of priority testing appointments at the on-campus testing site. The College also maintains a small number of home tests to provide to employees in critical situations.  The attached PDF provides information on how and when BC will disseminate home tests.  We are working out the logistics for priority COVID testing and will disseminate guidelines shortly. 

In the event that COVID protocols require a class to quarantine, instruction is expected to continue remotely if possible, either with the instructor (if quarantining) or with a substitute if the instructor is on sick leave (based on standard Divisional substitution practices). 

COVID Testing moved – parking garage is open  

The parking garage is fully open and available for use. Those with appropriate permits may park in the garage effective immediately.  

The COVID testing operation, managed by the University of Washington, moved to the outer parking lots (1A, 1B, 3A and 3B). The new location is set up very similar to other testing locations across the state and is also designed to limit traffic backups.   

BC will continue to monitor traffic closely to assess the impact on campus accessibility. Anyone in the community may use this site for testing, and reservations can be made through the King County reservation site.

Scheduling staff to minimize contact 

As BC returns to campus, supervisors are encouraged to alternate staffing, as they are able, to minimize exposure and the spread of COVID.  Based on current COVID protocols, if all office staff are exposed to a positive case, it could result in the closure of an entire office (and reduced services) for several days.   

Thus, setting up an alternate staffing pattern (e.g. half the office is on campus Mondays and Wednesdays and the other half is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays) minimizes the possibility of the entire office or department being exposed. 

Emails are archived on the BC Covid-19 Information Website

Two attachments: 

  1. Guidelines for Testing Distribution (pdf)
  2. Guidelines for Mask Distribution (1) (pdf-UPDATED DUE TO AN ERROR ON PAGE 2. NOTE: KN95 masks ARE NOT available for pickup at Public Safety, as noted in the previous version) 

Dennis Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

425.564.2446

On-Campus Services 

Note: Information about service hours is still being collected, so this is a preliminary list.  BC will continue to regularly update this as new information becomes available. Watch for an email from Student Affairs with information about the availability of specific student services. 

  • N250 computer lab:  View the current schedule here
  • IT service desk (2nd floor of B bldg, above the bookstore): In-person availability by appointment only. 
  • Campus Bookstore: By appointment only, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., to assist students, faculty, and administrators with questions concerning book orders, adoptions, and backorders. 
  • Library: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
  • Student Services (U Building): Tuesday & Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 pm. Please review individual departments updates on availability outside of these days. 
  • Human Resources (1st floor of B Building): Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Virtual and in-person available by appointment. 

    Note: all campus offices are offering services remotely to meet the needs of remote learners. 

Food and Drink Options

  • Pizza Kitchen (Student Housing ground floor): Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
  • C-Building Coffee Shop: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed Fridays 
  • Main Cafeteria remains closed 
  • Campus vending machines are regularly restocked; however, supply constraints may impact offerings 

Student Open Spaces
Study lounges and open areas will remain available for student use.  As in all other interior spaces, masks are required and distancing is strongly recommended. 

Parking
There are no changes to standard parking policies. Only the outer student lots 1A, 1B, 3A and 3B will be closed for parking and used for COVID testing. Those coming to campus can either pay for parking daily (in Lots 12, 16 and 5th Floor of the Parking Garage) or purchase their annual parking pass on the Public Safety website

Public Safety will only issue warnings for parking without a valid permit February 7– 11. (Citations will be issued for other violations such as parking in a fire lane, loading areas, ADA space, etc.). 

—Robert Viens, PhDAssociate Vice President of Academic AffairsBellevue Collegerob.viens@bellevuecollege.edu(425) 564-3158

COVID Deadline Informational Calendar


SundayMondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1 Indoor Mask Requirement Expires234567
891011 Professional Development Day: No Classes, Offices Closed121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930 Memorial Day: No School31
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SundayMondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1234
567891011
12131415 Suggested Last day to request Medical Exemption*16 17 Student Success day; No Classes, Offices Open18
1920 Juneteenth No classes; College Closed21 Last day to Complete Series of Vaccination2223 Spring Quarter Ends2425
2627282930
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*See chart for review timelines
** This will remove the hold on the account to register for classes following review period. See chart for review timelines

SundayMondayTuesday WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
12
34 Last day to request religious exemption*5 First Day of Summer Quarter6789
10111213 14 1516
1718
19 2021 2223
24252627282930
31____________________________________________________________________________________
*See chart for review timelines
** This will remove the hold on the account to register for classes following review period. See chart for review timelines

Recent COVID Email Updates


Colleagues,

In my last COVID email (see below), I promised information on metrics to determine masking guidance.  The attached document provides more information on masking guidelines for the campus.  A few highlights to consider:

  • As of now masks are still required at BC while indoors through May 1st.  Beginning May 2nd, masks are no longer required, with a few exceptions noted in the PDF.
  • The campus will use the King County COVID-19 Community level as our metric for masking guidance.
  • As of today the KC Community level is “Medium”.  According to the attached PDF, the Flu Team will consider other metrics when KC is in “Medium.”  Based on the fact that hospital admission and bed rates are still relatively low, we are not requiring masks.  Should these metrics begin to increase significantly, the Flu Team will reconsider masking guidance for the college.
  • Be aware that COVID is still out there.  If you start to feel sick or are exposed, please do not come to campus.  Fill out a COVID exposure form, notify your supervisor, and follow HR’s guidance when they call.

Dennis Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

425.564.2446

Greetings, 

Before we head into spring break, the President’s Cabinet, with the support of the Flu Team, wanted to provide an update on the Bellevue College masking requirement.  All employees, students and visitors must wear a mask while indoors through May 1st, 2022.  We recognize the requirement to wear a mask until May 1st is stricter than the current Washington state guidance. Since many people in our community travel during spring break, then return to campus, we felt it best for the safety of our community to continue wearing masks indoors through May 1st.   

Over the next couple of weeks, the Flu Team will consider several metrics (e.g. transmission rate, number of new cases, etc.) to determine our campus masking requirements beyond May 1st.  Metrics will be based on CDC and Department of Health guidance.  Expect another message to come out in mid-April describing the metrics to be used and the thresholds that will drive decisions. 

Thanks for continuing to look out for the health and safety of our community! 

Dennis Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

425.564.2446

This update contains the latest information and an array of resources.

Remember, we’re all in this together!

TOP 4 “NEED TO KNOW”

  • Masks are Still Required: The Governor’s office is ending the indoor mask requirement on March 11, 2022. BC will continue to require masks indoors at least until the end of Winter Quarter, Mar. 22. The Flu Team and President’s Cabinet will continue to monitor local, state, and national health guidance before determining the path forward for the Spring Quarter. Keep an eye on your email for further updates.
  • Vaccination Requirements: BC continues to be a vaccinated campus, and all employees and students are required to follow the College’s guidance on vaccination attestations, proof of vaccinations, and exemptions.

King County had a separate mandate to conduct vaccination checks for events such as drama performances and indoor sporting events, as well as for restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and more.

The KC mandate ended Mar. 1, but BC will continue vaccination or negative test checks through the end of Winter Quarter for all indoor sporting and performing arts events. BC’s plan is to lift that restriction at the end of Winter Quarter (unless again, conditions change).

  • Spring Quarter and Beyond: Beginning Spring Quarter (April 4), all offices will be staffed for normal business hours (Monday through Friday). Supervisors should work with employees to ensure offices are appropriately staffed to meet the needs of students and employees.

On-ground class offerings (enrolling now) are based on student needs, but BC should be moving toward its pre-COVID levels as it schedules future quarters. This shift back to normalcy will continue through the summer and beyond.

  • Travel: Beginning Spring Quarter, travel restrictions provided in Summer 2021 will be lifted. Faculty, staff, and students will be eligible to travel for conferences, professional development, and other business needs. International travel will still be subject to review based on CDC travel recommendations.

HELPFUL REMINDERS

  • Vaccinations: Still need to get vaccinated? There are plenty of options – and they are free!
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County vaccine website (information is available in multiple languages)
  • Washington State’s vaccine locator by ZIP code
  • City of Seattle vaccination sites
  • South King County vaccination sites (information is available in multiple languages)
  • Phone options with interpretation:
    • WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816 (then press#), 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. (Tuesday – Sunday)
    • King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Boosters: Booster shots offer tremendous protection. If you are eligible, please do not wait. For more information, please visit the Public Health website for Seattle and King County.
  • Case Reporting: Students, staff, and faculty who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms, or have tested positive, should:
    • Complete the COVID-19 Report Form. This helps BC conduct contact tracing and provide support for both students and employees. View the Report Form here.
    • Remember: Do not come to campus. Students should notify their instructor, while employees should notify their supervisor and wait for HR to contact them.

WHAT’S OPEN AT BC

  • The ITS service desk offers in-person availability by appointment only
  • The campus bookstore will be open by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., in order to assist students, faculty, and administrators with questions concerning book orders, adoptions, and backorders. Please contact: bookstore@bellevuecollege.edu.
  • The Library Media Center will be open during the Winter Quarter from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • The Pizza Kitchen will be open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Student Housing is open.
  • The Early Learning Center is open.

WHAT’S CLOSED OR LIMITED ACCESS AT BC

Many buildings are locked for security reasons. Access to certain areas of campus may be limited. This is the current accessibility status of campus buildings:

  • A Bldg.: A Building exterior doors are locked. Gender neutral restrooms A207 and A266 are unlocked Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • B Bldg.: B Building exterior doors are locked. IT Service desk and Campus Bookstore are open by appointment only. 
  • C Bldg.: Gendered and gender-neutral restrooms are open.
  • D Bldg.: The Library Media Center will be open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Gendered restrooms in LMC are open.
  • E Bldg.: E Building exterior doors are unlocked at 9 a.m.
  • G Bldg.: G Building lobby doors are unlocked. Note: G Bldg. has gendered and gender-neutral bathrooms and showers.
  • H Bldg.: H Building Pizza Kitchen area is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Food is available for purchase from the Pizza kitchen Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Note: Gender-neutral restrooms are open on the first and second floor lounges. 
  • K Bldg.: K Building exterior doors to lobby are unlocked Monday-Friday.
  • L Bldg.: The L Building is open. 
  • M Bldg.: M Building exterior doors are locked.
  • N Bldg.: N250 computer lab is open. Monday -Thursday 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday -Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Note: N Bldg. has gendered and gender-neutral bathrooms.
  • Q Bldg.: The Early Learning Center is not open to the general public.
  • R Bldg.: R Building exterior doors are unlocked.
  • S Bldg.: S Building exterior doors are unlocked.
  • T Bldg.: T Building Gendered and gender-neutral restrooms are open.
  • U Bldg.: U Building is open Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • House 4 & 5 (KBCS): Exterior doors are locked.
  • North Campus: Building exterior doors are locked.
  • Exterior Bathrooms: All exterior bathrooms are unlocked during class times (typically, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
  • The Academic Success Center in D204 is open to students Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

STAYING HEALTHY

  • Testing: It is extremely important to get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Testing allows you to take care of your own health and to prevent spreading the infection to others.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at BC Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is open to everyone regardless of immigration or insurance status. Register for an appointment online. Other free COVID-19 testing locations are listed on the Public Health – Seattle & King County websites.

  • Caring for Yourself and Others: Wonder what you should do if you get COVID? Follow this guidance if you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19. 

SUPPORT

  • The UWKC Benefits Hub at Bellevue College, located in U-building, can help eligible students:
    • Access funds, navigate emergency housing, and receive other support like rent assistance for back rent and funds for move-in costs.
    • Sign up for utility assistance, apply for healthcare or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (previously referred to as CARES Act) are once again available to eligible BC students with the highest exceptional need, which is identified using FAFSA and WASFA information. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.
  • There are many free food resources available for King County residents, with some offering delivery options. Learn more on the King County emergency food access website, or call 211.
  • The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health, and resources are available to help.
    • Students can contact the Counseling Center online or call 425-564-5747 to schedule an appointment.
    • Employees can access free and confidential counseling and resources through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 877-313-4455.
    • Public Health – Seattle & King County also has an extensive list of resources on their website if you need to talk to someone right away, get help finding a counselor, or connect to the Community Health Access Program (CHAP).

COVID-19 NEWS

OFFICIAL STATE INFORMATION SOURCES

New information and follow-up guidance about COVID-19 is continually evolving. Here are some additional websites to help you stay informed:

Student Grouping Deadline
Full Vaccination
Approved within 1 business day
Partial Vaccination
(Series complete: 2 week wait)
Approved within 1 business day once fully vaccinated (2-weeks after final shot in series).
Partial Vaccination
(Series incomplete: 1 of 2 shots)
Hold put on registration until resubmitted with information on 2nd shot and 2-week wait.
Exemption Request
Religious*
Approved within 1 business day of submission; **Students who submitted prior to 11/4/21 must resubmit**
Exemption Request
Medical**
Hold put on registration until approved. See calendar for suggested submission date.
Incomplete Attestation Form
Hold put on registration until approved.
Not Vaccinated
Denied within 24 business hours.
*As of 11/04/2021
**Except by some case by case per DRC

VaccineSeries Dose RequirementFirst Dose No Later ThanSecond DoseComplete SeriesFully Vaccinated
Pfizer2 doses, 21 days apart5/31/226/21/22

6/21/227/5/22
Moderna2 doses, 28 days apart5/24/226/21/226/21/227/5/22
Johnson & JohnsonSingle dose6/21/22

N/A6/21/227/5/22

DaysEvents  
T=0Student puts in the request for a medical exemption on attestation form
T+1 dayDRC emails student with forms for their healthcare provider with 10-day deadline 
T+11 daysDeadline is past

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 #.