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**This will remove the hold on the account. Date firm except on a case by case basis per DRC

Student Grouping Deadline
Full VaccinationApproved within 24 business hours
Partial Vaccination(Series complete: 2 week wait)Approved within 24 business hours if fully vaccinated by 1/3/2022. Denied after 12/20
Partial Vaccination (Series incomplete: 1 of 2 shots)Hold on registration on 11/19 then denied after 12/20/21 if form with second shot date not submitted
Exemption RequestReligious*Approved until 12/30; **Students who submitted prior to 11/4/21 must resubmit**
Exemption RequestMedical**Hold on registration on 11/19. Suggested submission by 12/15
Incomplete Attestation FormHold on registration on 11/19.
Not VaccinatedHold on registration on 11/19. Denied within 24 business hours.
*As of 11/04/2021
**Except by some case by case per DRC

Student Grouping Deadline
Full VaccinationApproved within 24 business hours until 12/30
Partial Vaccination(Series complete: 2 week wait)Approved within 24 business hours if fully vaccinated by 1/3/2022. Denied after 12/20
Partial Vaccination(Series incomplete: 1 of 2 shots)Hold put on registration until approved. Denied after 12/20
Exemption RequestReligious*Approved until 12/30; Approved until 12/30; **Students who submitted prior to 11/4/21 must resubmit**
Exemption RequestMedical**Hold put on registration until approved. Suggested submission by 12/15
Incomplete Attestation FormHold put on registration until approved.
Not VaccinatedDenied 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
Pfizer 2 doses, 21 days apart 11/29/202112/20/202112/20/20211/3/2022
Moderna2 doses, 28 days apart 11/22/202112/20/202112/20/20211/3/2022
Johnson & JohnsonSingle dose 12/20/2021N/A12/20/20211/3/2022

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T=0 Student puts in the request for a medical exemption on attestation form
T+1 day DRC emails student with forms for their healthcare provider with 10-day deadline 
T+11 days Student HOLD is placed on Nov. 19th or Not removed after Nov. 19th (Student responds with complete form or request for more time.) 

Greetings colleagues, 

The Fall Quarter is well underway and the campus is off to a great start! I wanted to take a moment to remind folks about our COVID-19 protocols and provide some important updates.  

COVID-19 Report Form 

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or has close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should immediately fill out a COVID-19 report so the College can take steps to protect the safety of our campus and community.  

King County Proclamation 

The King County proclamation issued 9/16/2021 requires indoor facilities to verify each person’s proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before entering the facility. It applies to events where spectators, patrons, paying customers, etc., are present. Examples include theater productions, indoor collegiate sporting events, and indoor events hosted by private entities that have customers or public attendance.  ID checkers will be posted at entrances to verify documentation prior to entrance.  Patrons who do not produce vaccination or negative COVID test documentation will not be allowed to enter. This order does not apply to on campus dining (i.e. pizza kitchen, cafeteria, coffee shops) nor does it apply to indoor educational events or classroom visitors/speakers. This order takes effect 10/25/2021. 

All individuals aged 12 and older must provide vaccination or negative COVID-19 test documentation. This includes employees and students who attend an event as a spectator.  For example, students and employees who wish to watch a basketball game or performing arts event must show their vaccination documentation or proof of a negative COVID test prior to entering the facility. 

The King County proclamation and attached PDF provide additional information on the types of vaccine or COVID-19 test documentation that is required.  

All visitors on campus must comply with the mask mandate and any other COVID-19 guidelines while indoors. If a visitor insists on entering a facility, but refuse to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, contact Public Safety at 425-564-2400 during regular business hours or 425-466-9365 after hours. Employees who sponsor a visitor for an indoor educational event (e.g. classroom speakers) should recommend that the visitor be fully vaccinated before coming onto campus and are responsible for ensuring the visitor wears a mask while indoors. 

Airflow 

All buildings in the attached document have had existing air filtration replaced with increased 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. Where possible, the college has also increased the percentage of outside air flow and the air exchange rates within the Heating, Ventilation, and AC (HVAC) systems. 

Proper wear and type of masks 

The state order to wear a mask while indoors is still in effect. Everyone who is indoors should wear a cloth face covering (mask). A cloth face covering is anything the completely covers your mouth and nose, and fits securely on the sides of your face and under your chin. It should be made of two or more layers of tightly woven fabric with ties or straps that go around your head or behind your ears. 

Employees working alone in an office, eating or drinking may remove their masks. Employees working in an enclosed cubicle that has at least five-foot walls and have at least six feet of distance from other employees or students may remove their mask if no one else is inside the cubicle. 

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 cases where someone in the class tests positive. There is a seating schematic in 25Live for every classroom. Faculty should contact Megan Watson if they have questions about seating schematics. As a vaccinated campus, three feet of physical distance is not required, but as we build schedules, we are trying to provide enough space in each on ground classroom to have at least 3 feet between students. 

Winter Quarter and Return to Campus 

We are still planning for a return to campus on December 13th, but we are closely monitoring the situation to make adjustments as needed. We are also planning to have more on-ground (including hybrid) courses in the Winter Quarter as well, which means more faculty will be back on campus for meetings, classes and other needs. We must make decisions about this now because the ctcLink transition will make it difficult to make changes (including changes to modality) after the end of October.  

Thank you for everything you’re doing to keep our campus safe and healthy. None of us could have imagined the pandemic would have lasted this long, but together we’ve been able to minimize its impact on our community. We’ll continue to send updates as needed and don’t forget to periodically check in to our COVID-19 website page for info and resources. 

Sincerely,

Dennis Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

425.564.2446

This COVID-19 update contains information and resources so you can be informed and stay safe. We’re all in this together — 3 feet apart!

Top 4 ‘Need to Know’

  • As you’ve seen in your BC email, Bellevue College is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all students and employees unless a medical or religious exemption is requested and granted. More info and copies of the emails are available on our COVID-19 website, but below are some important dates to keep in mind.
    • Oct. 4, 2021 – Employees and students must submit their online COVID-19 vaccination attestation forms, or request a medical or religious exemption, by Oct. 4.
    • Oct. 18, 2021 – All employees, including those who work remotely, must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 unless they’ve been granted a medical or religious exemption.
    • Nov. 5, 2021 – All students, including those learning remotely, must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 5 unless they’ve been granted a medical or religious exemption.

Questions? Employees can contact Human Resources and students can submit an online help request ticket.

  • Mask up indoors! Don’t forget that regardless of vaccination status, all faculty, staff, visitors and students must wear a mask when indoors, unless you’re working alone, eating or drinking.
  • Anyone on campus between now and September 24th is still required to complete a daily health attestation. Physical distancing of 3 feet is recommended, but not required.
  • Students and employees who’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have COVID-19 symptoms, or tested positive, please:
    • Complete the COVID-19 Report Form. This helps the College conduct contact tracing and provide support for both students and employees.
    • 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 Early Learning Center
  • Student Housing (for residents)
  • Pizza Kitchen in the Housing Cafe (hours online)

Stay Healthy

  • Still need to get vaccinated? There are plenty of options and they’re free!
    • Public Health – Seattle & King County vaccine website (info in multiple languages). If you need language interpretation or online help, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Please say your preferred language when connected. If you have a disability and need accommodation, email publichealthaccommodations@kingcounty.gov or call 206-477-3977.
    • Washington State’s vaccine locator by ZIP code. Many sites are drop-in with no appointment needed!
    • Drive-through or in-car vaccination is available at the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital (Monday through Friday), HealthPoint Renton (Tuesday through Saturday), and the Kent Public Health Center (Monday through Friday).
    • Free rides to and from your vaccination are offered by:
      • Lyft
      • Hopelink Mobility (phone: 425-943-6706, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dial 5 for interpretation).
    • Free childcare is available for vaccination appointments and recuperation from KinderCare (phone: 1-866-337-3105), the Learning Care Group (phone: 1-833-459-3557), and the YMCA (contact your local YMCA to learn more).
  • It’s 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 Bellevue College Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and it’s open to everyone regardless of immigration or insurance status. Register for an appointment online for fastest service. Other free COVID-19 testing locations are listed on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website.

Getting Support

  • There are many free food resources available in King County, with some offering delivery options. Learn more on the King County emergency food access website, or call 211.
  • The UWKC Benefits Hub at Bellevue College can help eligible students:
    • Access funds, navigate emergency housing and receive other supports like rent assistance for back rent and funds for move-in costs.
    • Sign up for the utility assistance, apply for healthcare or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • 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 Info

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

Stay well,

The Flu Team

bellevuecollege.edu/covid19

Dear Bulldogs, 

We are thrilled to have you join us for the Fall 2021 Quarter! The College is offering classes and providing services using a hybrid model – remote only, face-to-face or a mix of both.  We want to take a moment to share the student resources available on campus to support you on your academic journey!  

The list below does not include all the services we offer and is subject to change. We encourage you to check individual department websites for the latest updates on how to connect with our services, https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/resources/.  

  • Benefits Hub/Food Pantry: Tuesdays from 8:00am – 5:00pm, starting Oct. 5, the Benefits Hub will distribute food boxes to students. Please visit https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/benefits-hub/ to reserve a box or stop by U-Building 111 during our hours of operation. Office will continue providing services remotely all other days of the week.  
  • Center for High School Programs: Office front service area open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 am – 5 pm (the desk will be closed from 12 pm – 1 pm for lunch). Services by appt. (remote). Click for our website
  • College Bookstore: In-store shopping and online pick-up by appt., 9am –2pm, Mondays – Thursdays. Schedule appointments at bookstore@bellevuecollege.edu. Fridays, hours 9am – 11:30 am. Extended hours during RUSH & no appt. needed for processed online order pick-up (takes 24 hrs.) 
  • Enrollment Services: In-person appointments may be scheduled as needed. Students needing in-person services should contact Enrollment Services through the Online Help Request Ticket System
  • Financial Aid: In-person appointments may be scheduled as needed. Students needing in-person services should contact Financial Aid through the Online Help Request Ticket System
  • Information Desk: Open 8am – 6pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, drop ins welcome during this time. 
  • International Education and Global Initiatives: In-person appointments may be scheduled, please contact the office directly to schedule – click to schedule an appointment
  • Library: Library is open M-Th 9am-4pm. We will be closed on Fridays and weekends; by appointment at https://bellevuecollege.libcal.com/, remote services are provided 8am – 5pm. https://bellevuecollege.libguides.com/c.php?g=1075392&p=7832344, Ask a Librarian is available 24×7 at https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/lmc/libanswers/ 
  • Student Computer Labs & Printing Kiosks: see website for up-to-date times, Student Computer Labs & Printing Kiosks website. 
  • Student Engagement Office (previously known as Student Programs): We will continue providing services remotely, but students and student groups will be able to book various rooms in C-building and A265 for studying and/or group meetings through our office – Check out our website! 
  • Student Financial Services (Cashiers): In-person appointments may be scheduled as needed. Students needing in-person services should contact SFS at sfs@bellevuecollege.edu. Review our website here for additional information. 
  • Testing & Placement Office: In-Person placement testing will take place on 9/21, 9/28, 10/12, 11/2, 11/30, 12/14 and 12/28 by appt. For more information, click here. 
  • Welcome Center: The Welcome Center will be offering tours for prospective students and will be providing virtual service too.  For more information, please visit Welcome Center @ Bellevue College. 
  • Workforce Education: In-person appointments may be scheduled as needed. Students needing in-person services should contact their Workforce manager. 

Important to Note: 

  • Housing 

Housing will be open fall quarter and will be serving as home to many BC students.  If interested in living on-campus, please visit Housing @ Bellevue College for more information. 

  • Athletics 

BC Athletic teams will be practicing and holding competitive events during fall quarter.  For more information, please visit Sports Schedules • Bellevue College Athletics. 

  • Student Central 

Student Central Offices (Workforce Education, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Evaluations & Graduation, and Placement & Testing Services) are closed to the public on Fridays. These offices will continue to provide online services Monday through Thursday with some in-person appointments and in-person testing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as indicated above. 

  • Career Connections 

The Center for Career Connections will be open for some in-person services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only.  Online services are available 5 days a week. Students can make appointments at www.bellevuecollege.edu/careers.   

  • RISE MakerSpace 

The MakerSpace will host open build hours for students who wish to work on projects on Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons in B237.  All workshops will be outside or on Zoom. The precise schedule will be posted at www.bellevuecollege.edu/rise/students/makerspace/ prior to the start of Fall Quarter. 

If you do not see a specific service listed, it is more than likely offered as a remote option this quarter. Please use the link below for the most current information on how to reach the department or service you need: Student College Resources Website.  

Staff are available to answer your questions in person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Information Desk, located in the U Building (Student Success Center) You may also submit questions and/or concerns by using our Online Help Request Ticket System. 

We look forward to serving you this quarter. We hope you have an amazing term!  

Go Bulldogs! 

 

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 #.