Welcome to the Bellevue College COVID-19 Student Resource Portal
All employees, students and visitors must wear a mask while indoors through May 1st.
More information to come on how decisions will be made regarding possible adjustments to our indoor masking requirements.
from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Additional On-Campus Resources for Students
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!
Vice President of Administrative Services
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.
- 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 N250 computer lab is open at select times. View the current schedule.
- 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: email@example.com.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Patch – WA’s Free COVID Test Program Expands to Allow Monthly Orders
- Seattle Pi – What Washington and King County’s COVID policies will look like after March 11
- CNN – Americans Can Order Another Round of Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests
- Public Health Insider – Answers to Your Questions about COVID-19 Self-Tests
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:
Last Updated April 4, 2022