COVID-19 Update Archive

Hi Students,

Technology Resources

As many of you are logging online for your courses in the coming days, we want to make sure you are aware of the technological resources available to help you stay connected to the campus:

Microsoft Teams – allows for chat, video conferencing, file sharing and more. All Bellevue College students currently have access to Teams. Please visit these Knowledge Base articles (KB) for training and information:

Teams Quick Start Guide: Videos on getting started with Teams

Setting up Meetings with Teams: Setting up and joining a meeting in Teams

Information for Students: To help students get started on Teams

Microsoft Office – The college has provided licensing for all current students to install Office 2019 on their personal devices – the following link details the installation process:

Microsoft Office Installation: Directions on installing Microsoft Office on personal computers

If you log into Microsoft online, you do not need to download any product.

Please contact the Bellevue College ITS Service Desk at (425) 564-4357 (HELP) if you have questions.

Although we do not endorse this offer as a college, it is available to many students. See offer below for free internet and low cost computer.
Comcast is offering an Internet Essentials. They provide 2 months of free internet (then $9.95 after the first 2 months) and Internet Essentials customers can purchase laptop computers for $149.99. More information is available through the program’s website at https://www.internetessentials.com/.

We are working with several organizations, internally and externally for access to computers. If you are in need of a computer please reply to this email and we will do our best to connect you to resources.

Dr. B

__________________________________________________________

Brenda Ivelisse, Ph.D. | Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (she/her/hers/ella)

425-564-2206
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, B231B
Bellevue, WA 98007

b.ivelisse@bellevuecollege.edu

Greetings campus,

The end of Winter Quarter is arriving quickly and we recognize there is a lot of concern about yesterday’s announcements from the State of Washington and the World Health Organization. BC has a dedicated team meeting daily to monitor developments and respond swiftly. The key is to remain calm and follow the guidance from health authorities. There is a lot to take in, so please read this email carefully to understand the latest updates.

 

Summary of Governor Inslee’s Press Conference

On March 10, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Public Health – Seattle & King County  announced new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. Key points include:

·         Events with more than 250 attendees are prohibited.

·         Events with fewer than 250 attendees are prohibited unless event organizers take steps to minimize risk.

Specifically, organizers of events of fewer than 250 people must ensure that:

·         Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions that are at increased risk of serious COVID-19 are not required to attend;

·         Social distancing recommendations (i.e., limit contact of people within 6 feet from each other for 10 minutes or longer) are met;

·         Employees are self-screening for coronavirus symptoms each day and excluded if symptomatic;

·         Access to proper hand hygiene and sanitation is provided;

·         Proper environmental cleaning guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are followed.

What does this mean to our daily operations?

 

Employees and supervisors:

·         Maximize telework; we recognize some people need to come to work. Those who do should practice social distancing and self-screening (see below for self-screening guidance). Conduct meetings on-line.

·         Supervisors of customer service functions that want to close should get approval from their respective VP/AVP and, if approved, notify Dennis Curran so we can post the updated hours or closure info on the Flu Team site.

·         Employees should “self-assess” for symptoms before they come to work. If they have symptoms, they should contact their supervisor BEFORE coming to work and consider a self-quarantine.

·         Employees should ask students, contractors and visitors if they are exhibiting any symptoms of the virus and, if they are, ask them to leave campus and follow the guidance of health officials.

·         Supervisors should ask their employees upon arrival to work if they “self-assessed ” and if they have symptoms, they should be encouraged to follow the guidance of health officials.

·         Employees in a high-risk group should not come to campus.

·         Public Safety and student programs will post the attached notice on building exteriors.

Students, contractors and visitors:

·         Please stay home and access services on-line, as much as possible. If you are exhibiting any symptoms or are in a high-risk group, do not come to campus. Contact your health care provider and follow the guidance of health officials.

·         Students: contact your instructors should you have any questions.

Campus Cleaning

 

During the next few weeks, our custodial team will deep clean and sanitize the entire campus.  “Sanitizing” includes the following:

·         Offices: cleaning doors, door jams, doorknobs and light switches. Emptying trash and vacuuming.

·         Classrooms: cleaning tables, chairs, light switches, doors, door jams, doorknobs, podiums, keyboards, and whiteboards. Emptying trash, cleaning and disinfecting floors and vacuum carpets.

·         Hallways: cleaning railings, floors, furniture, doors, door jams and doorknobs. Emptying trash.

·         Bathrooms: cleaning doors, door jams, doorknobs, floors, stalls, toilets, sinks, mirrors, partitions and light switches. Emptying trash.

 

In order to best serve the needs of the campus and to ensure we maximize cleaning efforts, we will enact the following sanitation plan:

 

We will close one building at a time, deep clean and sanitize it, and then reopen public areas that are currently still open. Most buildings will close for about a day and a half; during the closure, access will be restricted only to custodial personnel. Employees who work in the buildings that are closed should work with their supervisors to determine their options. They include:

·         Finding an alternate work location

·         Working remotely

·         Taking leave

Supervisors, with the approval of their respective VP/AVP, may shut down operations for the time period the building is closed for cleaning. Should they choose to do so, then suspended operations rules will apply for the section(s) that close. Please notify me at dennis.curran@bellevuecollege.edu ASAP if there is a decision to close an office.

 

Schedule:

·         L Building: closes 3/13 at 3 p.m.; reopens 3/14 no later than (NLT) 10 a.m.

·         N Building: closes 3/16 at 3 p.m.; reopens 3/18 no later than (NLT) 6 a.m.

·         E Building: closes 3/18 at 3 p.m.; reopens 3/20 no later than (NLT) 6 a.m.

·         R Building: closes 3/23 at 3 p.m.; reopens 3/25 no later than (NLT) 6 a.m.

·         S Building: closes 3/25 at 3 p.m.; reopens 3/27 no later than (NLT) 6 a.m.

·         T Building: closes 3/30 at 3 p.m.; reopens 4/1 no later than (NLT) 6 a.m.

·         A, B, C and D Buildings: TBD, based on hiring additional help

 

G, H and Q buildings will continue to be cleaned and sanitized daily.

 

Building Security

Due to classes moving online, Public Safety will begin locking most classrooms for the remainder of Winter Quarter 2020 (the exception is the T Building, where small, in-person classes are continuing).  Staff/faculty may contact Public Safety to request access to a classroom.

 

During the week, all exterior doors will be secured at 6 p.m., except for C Building, which will be secured at 8 p.m. and T Building, which will be secured at 9:30 p.m.

 

Spring Quarter

The Flu Team is discussing options for Spring Quarter and we anticipate a decision soon about the start date and teaching modalities. Given the recent announcements, it seems likely we will need to start the quarter online. Faculty should be proactive and plan for an online start – we recognize you need time to plan so we will communicate an official decision as soon as possible. We will continue to follow public health guidance as we make decisions and provide guidance to the college.

 

Website Updates

The Flu Team website is updated on a near daily basis. Recent additions include a catalogue of all college-wide COVID 19 email communications, a list of Flu Team members, and a list of offices that have changed or reduced hours due to the reduced number of people on campus.

 

Report Bias

It is important to note that people are NOT at risk because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not place a person at higher risk for COVID19. You can help keep our campus safe and inclusive for everyone by sharing accurate information with your fellow community members.  If you or someone you know witnesses or feels they have experienced bias, please use Report a Concern to let us know.

For emotional support, students can contact our Counseling Center which is located on the second floor of the B Building, or by phone at (425) 564-5747. Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 877-313-4455 at any time (24/7).

 

Stay Healthy

We encourage you to continue to take care of your health during this flu and cold season. Remember that the best thing you can do is regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds and stay home if you are ill.

 

 

Dennis D. Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

Bellevue College, K100G

Dennis.curran@bellevevuecollege.edu

425-564-2446

College offices are open for business. Offices will be working as normal and some will be working with increased online presence. Please check the office’s website to see if services have changed and note that hours may need to be updated on a daily basis so check them often.

 

Bookstore:

Monday-Thursday  10am – 4pm; Friday Closed

 

Library: Reduced Hours March 6 through March 20:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 

Drop-in Computer Labs (D101 & N250): Open

  • N250: Monday-Thursday 7am-9:30pm; Friday 7am-7pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm
  • D101: Monday-Thursday 7am-9:30pm; Friday 7am-7pm; Saturday-Sunday Closed

 

Academic Success Center: Open

Online tutoring is also available at Academic Success Center

Monday-Thursday: 8 m-8pm, Friday: 8am-3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am-4pm

 

Reading Lab: Closed

All Reading Lab Workshops for the rest of Winter 2020 have been cancelled. Contact us at readinglab@bellevuecollege.edu if you need more information.

 

Housing: Open

Housing Front Desk Monday – Friday 8am to 8pm; Sat –Sun Noon to 8pm

 

Food Services:

  • Main Cafeteria: Closed
  • Housing Pizza Kitchen: Open
    • Monday – Friday 8am – 8 pm
  • C Building Coffee Shop: Open
    • Monday – Thursday 7am-8pm
    • Friday 7am – 2:45pm
  • T Building Coffee Shop: Open through March 13th
    • Monday – Thursday 7am-5pm
    • Friday 7am – 2:45pm
  • R Building Coffee Shop: Closed
  • Food Pantry: Open
    • Located by Student Programs, 2nd floor of C Building

 

Early Learning Center: Open

Will remain open for normal operating hours until further notice.

Here are a few important notes regarding this week’s events around COVID-19. We do want to thank you for your patience as we move forward in these uncertain times. We recognize the physical and emotional effort that all of you, employees and students alike, are contributing to creating a safe environment for our community. We thank you immensely and ask that you please be patient with each other as we work through the end of Winter Quarter 2020.

 

Classes:

BC classes have moved online. All students are expected to check BC email and Canvas for specific class instructions and exceptions, and to continue to participate in their classes for the remainder of the quarter.

Faculty are working hard to assure that you can complete your studies this quarter through alternate means, but please be patient with them while they make this possible. In addition, we will depend on support from several departments, listed below, to help ensure that we can address concerns of technology, accommodations and student access.

 

E-Learning: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/elearning/

ITS: https://bellevuecollege.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/2044/Portal/Home/

Disability Resource Center: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/drc/

Library: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/lmc/

 

In the event you have difficultly access your online course you should contact the Bellevue College ITS Service Desk at (425) 564-4357 (HELP).

If you have questions about an event, meeting or something else, please contact your instructor for further information or go on our website at: www.bellevuecollege.edu and search for the department you are seeking. You may also check out our new service below:

 

NEW SERVICE:

We will be offering ONLINE CHAT with our BC Ambassadors (from the Welcome Center) from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday, Fridays from 8am – 5 pm, click here to access it –> https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/admissions/ from March 9 – March 27

RESOURCES:

 

Technology Resources:

As many of you are logging online for your courses in the coming days and weeks, we want to make sure you are aware of the technological resources available to help you stay connected to the campus:

 

Microsoft Teams – allows for chat, video conferencing, file sharing and more. All Bellevue College students currently have access to Teams. Please visit these Knowledge Base articles (KB) for training and information:

 

Microsoft Office – The college has provided licensing for all current students to install Office 2019 on their personal devices – the following link details the installation process:

 

Please contact the Bellevue College ITS Service Desk at (425) 564-4357 (HELP) if you have questions.

 

Financial Support for Quarantined Students:

Students who are quarantined for coronavirus exposure may face immediate financial challenges that could impact their ability to complete the final days of the Winter 2020 term. To assist students in quarantine, Bellevue College Foundation is making one-time emergency awards to qualifying students of up to $240.00 based on remaining instruction and testing days. Aid is to help with medications and/or food. Total aid is limited.

 

To be eligible, students must:

  1. Document being quarantined on advice of a medical or public health professional
  2. Be registered for:
    • 10 credits or more for WTR20
    • in a degree or certificate program in good academic standing
    • have eligibility for financial aid
  3. Apply by March 16, 2020 with a Foundation COVID-19 STUDENT ASSISTANCE application form with documentation of quarantine to StudentSNIntake@bellevuecollege.edu

Applications will be screened for eligibility. If approved, the Foundation will mail the funds directly to the student. An application is attached to this e-mail and may be shared with impacted students.

(Applications and information about the Staff & Faculty Safety Net are available from the union presidents and also from Human Resources.)

 

Bias Concerns

It is important to note that people are NOT at risk because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity. Having Chinese ancestry—or any other ancestry—does not place a person at higher risk for COVID-19. You can help keep our campus safe and inclusive for everyone by sharing accurate information with your fellow community members. To report a bias incident, please fill out at a report at www.bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns.

For downloadable posters about anti-sigma created by King County Public Health Department please visit this site, https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/anti-stigma.aspx

 

Additional Thoughts and Clarifications:

1. Campus is “open” in the coming weeks meaning that most buildings will be open and available to you. However, we do ask that no more than 10 people congregate at a time (i.e. social distancing), meaning if you are in a small space, we urge you to find a larger space to meet. Clubs and organizations should work with the Student Programs Office (https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/stupro/) to determine next steps regarding meetings.

2. If you have questions, reach out to us. If you are concerned about your health or someone else’s health, please submit a CARE Team Report: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns/. A report allows us to follow up with folks individually. We are working with the college’s FLU Team (experts collaborating from across the college) in response to this ongoing situation.

3. Spring Quarter is still moving forward. There is still time to register and get your classes in order before Spring term. Take the time to do so now. Your campus leadership team called the President’s Cabinet is working to determine next steps for the college. You will be informed about changes, if they occur.

For information about COVID-19 in the area, please check out the King County Public Health website: https://kingcounty.gov./covid. You can sign up for free alerts on their website.

You can also check your BC official email for updates or visit the Flu Team website (https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/publicsafety/flu/) where we are posting all COVID-19 related campus-wide emails.

 

Thank you all for your understanding and hard work during these uncertain times,

 

Dr. B, AVP Student Affairs

Rob, AVP Academic Affairs

Dennis, VP Administrative Services

Rodger, VP ITS

Numerous other folks, too many to mention that are working hard behind the scenes

Dear BC Community,

Bellevue College continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and will share information as it becomes available, including updated guidance to the campus. This is an emerging, quickly evolving situation, and we’re communicating as much as we can, as soon as we can.  Thank you for your patience!

There are no changes at this time to the guidance provided by Dr. Jones in her March 5th email to faculty, students and staff. You can check your BC official email for updates or visit the Flu Team website where we are now posting all COVID-19 related campus-wide emails.  It is important to reiterate that campus offices will remain open for business (hours may be adjusted due to staffing availability).  As our classes move online, daily operations and customer service sections will remain open and continue to serve our students, staff and community.

Students are expected to continue to monitor BC Email and course Canvas sites to complete their courses for the quarter. Faculty are working hard to ensure students can complete their studies this quarter through alternate means, but please be patient with them as it takes time to make these adjustments.

Please continue to report issues related to possible COVID-19 exposure to the CARE Team using Report Concerns.

Why is BC moving classes online and encouraging staff to telecommute?

As of the writing of this email, we are not aware of any member of the Bellevue College community who has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The college’s decision to start moving classes online and allow more employees to telecommute was made out of an abundance of caution and is in line with recommendations from health agencies, the governor’s office and other colleges in the region.

What about travel?

This section provides guidance on College related travel (e.g. education conferences, study abroad, athletic events, state-wide meetings); the College is NOT providing guidance on personal travel.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance: CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.  Additionally, they recommend older adults or those who have chronic medical conditions consider postponing travel to Japan and that all travelers should practice usual precautions when travelling to Hong Kong.

The Flu Team has the following recommendations:

Trips outside Washington State: as of now, the College is not limiting out-of-state travel to countries or areas that are not on the CDC and State Department risk list; however, that may change quickly, depending upon guidance from health officials.  Out of state trips will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis.  We recommend organizations wait for approval to purchase airline tickets in case guidance changes.

Trips inside Washington State: The Flu Team recommends limiting travel to large gatherings (i.e., meetings and conferences of more than 10 people). For the next three weeks, if a larger state organization, such as NWAC or SBCTC, chooses to hold an event, no college staff member or student will be required to attend if they are concerned about COVID-19.  For situations where groups are travelling to events or meetings, we recommend limiting the number of passengers per vehicle to avoid close contact.

Bias Concerns

It is important to note that people are NOT at risk because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity. Having Chinese ancestry—or any other ancestry—does not place a person at higher risk for COVID-19. You can help keep our campus safe and inclusive for everyone by sharing accurate information with your fellow community members. To report a bias incident, please fill out at a report at www.bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns.

We recognize the physical and emotional effort that all of you, employees and students alike, are contributing to creating a safe environment for our community.  We thank you immensely and ask that you please be patient with each other as we work together through the end of Winter Quarter.

 

Dennis D. Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

Bellevue College, K100G

Dennis.Curran@bellevevuecollege.edu

425-564-2446

Hi Bellevue College Students,

Here are a few important notes regarding this past week’s events around COVID-19. Please note we have no known confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students, faculty, or staff. We do want to thank you for your patience as we move forward in these uncertain times.

Classes: Most classes have moved online. All students should check BC email and Canvas for specific class instructions and exceptions. The decision to transition the format of classes mid-quarter was not made lightly; if it could have been avoided, please know that we would have done so. We appreciate that it is extremely challenging and thank you for doing what you can to keep participating in your course, while also staying safe. In addition, we will depend on support from E-LearningITSDisability Resource Center, and others to help ensure that we can address concerns of technology, accommodations and student access.

College Offices: College offices are open for business.  Offices will be working as normal and some will be working with increased on-line presence.  Please check the office’s website to see if services have changed.

As many of you prepare for logging online for your courses in the coming days and weeks, we want to make sure you are aware of the technological resources available to help you stay connected to the campus:

  • Microsoft Teams– allows for chat, video conferencing, file sharing and more. All Bellevue College students currently have access to Teams. Please visit these Knowledge Base articles (KB) for training and information:
  • Microsoft Office – The college has provided licensing for all current students to install Office 2019 on their personal devices – the followinglink details the installation process:

Please contact the Bellevue College ITS Service Desk at (425) 564-4357 (HELP) if you have questions.

Additional Thoughts and Clarifications:

  1. Campus is “open” in the coming weeks meaning that buildings will be open and available to you. However, we do ask that no more than 10 people congregate at a time, meaning if you are in a small space,we urge you to find a larger space to meet. Clubs and organizations should work with the Student Programs Office to determine next steps regarding meetings.
  2. If you have questions, reach out to us. If you are concerned about your health or someone else’s health, please submit a CARE Team Report. A report allows us to follow up with folks individually. We are working with the college’s FLU Team (experts collaborating from across the college) in response to this ongoing situation.
  3. Spring Quarter is still moving forward. There is still time to register and get your classes in order before Spring term. Take the time to do so now. Your campus leadership team called the President’s Cabinet is working to determine next steps for the college. You will be informed about changes, if they occur.

Thank you all for your understanding and hard work during these uncertain times,

Dr. B, Student Affairs

Rob, Academic Affairs

Dennis, Administrative Services

Rodger, ITS

Mike, Your favorite Dean, Student Affairs

Numerous other folks that are working hard behind the scene for you

Dear BC Community,

This is a challenging time for the College on a number of different levels, but I wanted to assure our community that even with the transition in leadership, BC is working collaboratively, and swiftly, with campus stakeholders from multiple departments to address the COVID-19 outbreak. As Dennis Curran stated in an earlier email, we are committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Based on the recommendations made by Public Health – Seattle & King County yesterday and today, the College is taking the following actions:

  1. The College will remain open for the time being, with the following caveats:
    • Supervisors are encouraged to allow their employees to telework to the greatest extent possible, for the next three weeks (through March 27th). Please work with your supervisor to determine who is able to telework. There is more information attached on the COVID-19 – Leave and Work Options for Faculty and Staff. (see email)
    • Effective tomorrow (Friday), instruction for the remainder of the quarter will continue online or through alternate modalities. Faculty are asked to move classes online and/or to institute alternate means of instructions for the rest of winter quarter. Some exceptions for essential functions (e.g., health care students, computer access) are still being discussed. The AVP of Instruction, Rob Viens, will send out an email later today with more information.
    • Students – instruction will continue for the remainder of the quarter and every effort will be made for you to finish winter quarter classes. Your instructors will contact you regarding plans for your classes. Please make plans on how to access online materials and visit your course Canvas site regularly for information. Contact your instructor with any course related questions, or concerns about having access to appropriate technology.
      • VETERAN students: Please note your benefits will not be impacted by shifting to online modality during this time.
    • Effective tomorrow, Friday, March 5th, non-essential events with more than ten participants will be cancelled through March 27th.  This includes all external customer events on campus.
    • Effective Friday, March 5th, non-essential meetings with more than ten participants will be rescheduled or move online through March 27th.  It is the responsibility of the meeting organizer to determine whether a meeting is essential; meetings that are not essential can continue through Microsoft Teams or Skype.
    • The computer lab in N201 will remain open for students who need to access their services.
    • The Cafeteria will ramp down operations over the next several days and close completely beginning March 9th.  The cafeteria will reopen at the beginning of Spring quarter, April 1st.
      • The Pizza kitchen will remain open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
      • The C Building coffee shop will remain open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. on Fridays.
      • The T Building coffee shop will remain open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will close operations beginning March 13ththrough March 31stand will reopen for normal hours on April 1st.
      • The food pantry, located by Student Programs on the second floor of the C Building, is available to students while supplies last. Donations for the pantry will continue to be accepted at the same location.
    • The Early Learning Center will remain open for normal operating hours until further notice.  The ELC is closing early tomorrow, March 6, to disinfect the classrooms and equipment.
    • This is not an exhaustive list.  If you have questions about an event, meeting or something else, please contact your supervisor or instructor for further information.
  1. The Flu Team will issue guidance tomorrow about Bellevue College-related travel.
  2. It is important to note that people are NOT at risk because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity.Having Chinese ancestry—or any other ancestry—does not place a person at higher risk for COVID-19. You can help keep our campus safe and inclusive for everyone by sharing accurate information with your fellow community members. To report a bias incident, please fill out at a report at bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns.

What you can do

We strongly recommend students and employees who are sick follow public health recommendations to stay home.  In addition, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that people with higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. Employees can report sick days through the usual channels, and work with HR if they need to request shared leave.  Employees should talk to their supervisor/dean about making arrangements to work from home where that is feasible. Always remember to wash your hands and avoid unnecessary contact (e.g., handshakes). Please do your best to reduce the spread of disease.

Please continue to report issues related to possible COVID-19 exposure to the CARE Team using Report Concerns.

Will Campus Close?

At this time, public health officials are not recommending suspension of campus operations. Bellevue College is closely monitoring COVID-19 updates provided by the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the Centers for Disease Control. We will continue to follow the guidance of health officials and provide updates and resources as they become available.

T Building Closure & Custodial Support

We appreciate your cooperation and patience with the temporary closure of the T Building on Tuesday. I’d like to thank our staff and students for calmly evacuating the building and especially our dedicated custodial crew for cleaning and sanitizing the facility.

Additionally, please be patient with the status of our cleaning operations.  It may be a few weeks until we get back to normal operations as we focus on sanitizing and disinfecting the most used areas.

Stay healthy. Practice good hygiene habits. As the situation develops, we will continue to update the campus.

 

Resources

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
  • The call center will be open daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM PT.
  • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.

When to seek medical evaluation and advice

  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Public Health is recommending, but not requiring, the following steps:

  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of 10 or more people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant
  • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness
  • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
  • Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health will work with the school and the district to determine the best measures including potential closure of the school.
  • All people should not go out when they are sick.
  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.

More detail on these measures will be available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid

 

Kristen Jones, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)

Acting President

425-564-2260

3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007

kristen.jones@bellevuecollege.edu

Dear BC Community,

Addressing the outbreak of COVID-19 is the college’s highest priority, and we are committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The Flu Team has been meeting intensively over the past three days to respond to the recommendations of Public Health – Seattle & King County. We are aware of the new recommendations made by Public Health late yesterday and will provide more detailed information about the plans for our college in an email later today.

Students and employees who are sick should follow public health recommendations to stay home. In addition, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that people with higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible.

Please continue to report issues related to possible COVID-19 exposure to the CARE Team using Report Concerns.

It is important to note that people are NOT at risk because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not place a person at higher risk for COVID19.

 

Resources

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
  • The call center will be open daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM PT.
  • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.

When to seek medical evaluation and advice

  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

More detail on these measures will be available at www.kingcounty.gov/covid

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

 

Dennis D. Curran

Vice President of Administrative Services

Bellevue College, K100G

Dennis.Curran@bellevevuecollege.edu

425-564-2446

Dear BC Community,

Last night, March 2, the College received information that two students were exposed to COVID-19 (also known as Corona virus). To be clear: they DID NOT test positive, and it is our understanding that they are not currently exhibiting symptoms. After investigation, we learned this morning that one of the students was present in the T Building last week.

At this time, neither King County Health Department nor the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are recommending closures, but out of an abundance of caution, the president’s cabinet has decided to close the T Building today, March 3, to disinfect and clean the facility. All other campus buildings will remain open, and classes and operations are continuing as normal. The College will consult with CDC and King County Health Department when making decisions about college operations.

Additionally, our staff is working daily to sanitize the campus. Here are some things we are doing to limit the spread of germs:

  1. Uniform Laundry service – in the last year we implemented a uniform laundry service. Crew members don a fresh set every working day and throw their dirty uniform in the laundry basket at the end of the shift. This measure prevents contamination through clothing.
  2. Our custodial team has received training sessions to improve cleaning and disinfecting practices.
  3. During monthly safety meetings, we covered the importance of disinfecting the most touched surfaces on a daily basis to prevent an outbreak of a virus. Those areas are: doors, door knobs, tables, elevator buttons and more.
  4. Our custodians were instructed to change cleaning gloves between spaces they clean to prevent contamination. This measure prevents spreading any germs from one space to the next.

For students impacted by the closure, please check CANVAS for any guidance from your instructors. Faculty should continue to report issues related to COVID-19 to the CARE Team using Report Concerns.

We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are top of mind as we work our way through this situation.

For information about COVID-19 resources, please go to our website. You can also stay informed by visiting the King County COVID-19 website, 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 #.

For emotional support, students can contact our Counseling Center which is located on the second floor of the B Building, or by phone at (425) 564-5747. Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 877-313-4455 at any time (24/7). If you or someone you know witnesses or feels they have experienced bias, please use Report a Concern to let us know.

We encourage you to continue to take care of your health during this flu and cold season. Remember that the best thing you can do is regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and stay home if you are ill.

Dennis D. Curran
Vice President of Administrative Services
Bellevue College, K100G
Dennis.Curran@bellevevuecollege.edu
425-564-2446

Dear BC Community,

While the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are tracking and monitoring COVID-19 in our area, Bellevue College is focused on communicating clearly and accurately as we prepare for the potential of more infections. As of now, the College will remain open and we will follow guidance from the health department regarding schedule changes, work restrictions, closures, etc. We do not yet know how the virus will impact our area; however, the situation is fluid and we are preparing to act quickly should we need to do so. For more information on COVID-19, please review the attached PDF from the King County Health Department.

What the College is doing

Our monitoring and communication efforts continue to be led by BC’s Flu Team, a group of college staff with emergency planning expertise, as they address ongoing issues regarding COVID-19 and influenza. The Flu Team is focusing on several key points to ensure the College is able to act quickly to any guidance that may be issued by the health department. While the purpose of this email is to provide some key information, details on many of the following points will be further discussed and shared in detail over the coming days. The key points of focus are:

  • Remind the campus community that the most effective prevention for COVID-19 is frequent hand-washing and not touching the eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Clarify policies and procedures around teleworking, extended leave, distance learning, school and event closure, and travel.
  • Communicate emergency plans as the COVID-19 presence in Bellevue evolves.
  • Prepare for the potential need to move instruction online in the event of a possible extended closure (more information will be disseminated to faculty from the Associate VP of Academic Affairs in the near future).
  • Identify additional on and off campus resources for students and staff, including local health clinics (see attached list).
  • Focus on sanitizing common areas and high traffic touch points (doorknobs, tables, restrooms, etc.).
  • Provide information to the campus community in a timely manner as the campus receives updates.

More Information

You can also stay informed by visiting the King County COVID-19 website, 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 #. Bellevue College is also maintaining a flu website with links to the most current information.

What to do if you are feeling sick or have sick students

If you feel sick and have a fever or difficulty breathing, please contact your health clinic. Employees who are sick should contact their supervisors; students should contact their instructors.

In the event that a student identifies that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, we encourage you to report the information to the CARE Team via Report a Concern. In addition, faculty members should inform their Dean. A CARE representative will address these on a case-by-case basis by contacting the student and working with them to plan accordingly and support their specific needs. Per FERPA, remember not to reveal student names or information to anyone who does not “need to know” (CARE Team, your Dean, and AVP are OK).

If the College is open, but an employee personally does not feel safe to come to campus , they should treat decisions about not coming to campus in the same way they would regarding “sick leave”: report and make arrangements with their supervisors accordingly. If you think you are sick from exposure to COVID-19, please notify your supervisor so that we can institute next steps. Decisions about working from home or moving a course online to avoid exposure must be made in conjunction with your supervisor. Questions regarding employee leave, working from home, or other personnel related questions can be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 425-564-2274 or hr@bellevuecollege.edu.

Spring Break Travel

With Spring Break coming up soon, we encourage everyone to stay informed of the most current travel advisories from the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and to use caution in traveling to areas with higher risk of infection. As of today (March 1), the CDC lists China, Italy, South Korea and Iran as Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) and Japan at Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions). Along with the risk of infection, there is also the chance that travelers to these countries may be restricted or delayed entry into the U.S.

Report Bias

It is important to note that people are NOT at risk because of their race, nationality, or ethnicity. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not place a person at higher risk for COVID19. You can help keep our campus safe and inclusive for everyone by sharing accurate information with your fellow community members. To report a bias incident, please fill out at a ticket at Report Concerns.

For emotional support, students can contact our Counseling Center which is located on the second floor of the B Building, or by phone at (425) 564-5747. Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 877-313-4455 at any time (24/7). If you or someone you know witnesses or feels they have experienced bias, please use Report a Concern to let us know.

Stay Healthy

We encourage you to continue to take care of your health during this flu and cold season. Remember that the best thing you can do is regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds and stay home if you are ill.

Dennis D. Curran
Vice President of Administrative Services
Bellevue College, K100G
Dennis.Curran@bellevevuecollege.edu
425-564-2446

Last Updated March 26, 2020