Bellevue College KN95 Mask
Distribution Guidelines(UPDATED 02/03/2022)
The following guidelines are for employee and student-employees who may receive KN95 masks provided by Bellevue College. The KN95 masks will be made available by the college for the health and safety of employees as they engage in work for the college.
Who is eligible?
These masks are intended for employees at a high risk of exposure or transmission of the disease from others while engaging in work for the college. These masks are available to all employees as supplies last.
As supplies become limited, the college may designate a priority supply for any of the following:
- Employees who are “fully vaccinated” had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are following the CDC and Bellevue College Guidelines that require mask wearing for 10 days after the exposure. (See isolation and quarantine guidelines; mask distribution will occur through a process identified by Human Resources)
- Students coming out of isolation who live in student housing and are following the CDC and Bellevue College Guidelines that require mask wearing for 5 days after isolation ends (see isolation and quarantine guidelines; mask distribution will occur through a process identified by housing staff)
- Students who live in student housing, had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are in quarantine. (See isolation and quarantine guidelines; mask distribution will occur through a process identified by housing staff)
- Public Safety
- Faculty currently teaching in-person courses
- Staff with medical accommodations to the vaccination
- Health Sciences, Education and Wellness (HSEWI) student based on guidance from “Which mask for which task” https://www.lni.wa.gov/forms-publications/F414-168-000.pdf and with approval of division dean.
- Custodial staff travelling between multiple buildings
- Maintenance staff travelling between multiple buildings
- IT staff responding to in-person help tickets and going to multiple offices
- Customer service employees who meet with more than 10 people in a day
- Bellevue College Food Services employees
Where are they available?
Distribution is completed through the Request Center. Campus Operations will deliver the requests to
locations like other PPE. Employees will receive masks from their supervisors/directors. Supervisors/directors
will distribute only to those with on campus shifts. Only supervisors/directors can order through Request
Center. Employees should request from their supervisors/directors.
Students living in on-campus housing who meet the criteria mentioned above (who are in isolation or
quarantine) may receive their mask through “no contact delivery” by reaching out to the director of student
housing or the director’s designee.
How many KN95 masks can an employee receive?
As supplies are available, Bellevue College will provide one mask for every 40 hours of required “wear time” at
the college, up to 5 masks at one time in a month. For example, if you are an instructor teaching 5 hours of
class time on campus weekly (about 20 hours a month) and are unable to purchase your own KN95 mask for
use at Bellevue College, you could go to Public Safety to get 1 mask.
Bellevue College’s supply of KN95 masks is planned to continue through the end of Spring Quarter 2022. Prior
to the end of Spring Quarter 2022, Bellevue College will assess purchasing additional masks.
Fully Vaccinated Defined:
- Are age 12 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people.
- Refer to the CDC for current timelines and requirements for Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J vaccinations and boosters.
- If the person was vaccinated outside of the US using a different vaccine, refer to the most current World Health Organization guidance.
- OR – Had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days (tested positive using a viral test; dated copy of the test must be provided to College COVID-19 liaison).
Justification for the Guidelines:
Bellevue College has a responsibility to keep its employees as safe as possible as well as a duty to be fiscally
responsible. The distribution of KN95 masks is based off the needs of its employees and the amount of risk
each employee is taking upon themselves (and by extension those close to them) to meet the needs of the
college and its students.
Last Updated February 4, 2022