Welcome to the Bellevue College COVID-19 Employee Resource Portal
Human Resources Updates
Dear BC Community,
The purpose of this email is to notify all BC employees that beginning today, June 8, 2020, per guidance from the Governor, all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering or face mask while on campus. Exceptions to this rule include when working alone in an office (without interactions with others) or when in a vehicle.
The College will provide masks for employees as long as we are required by the State to wear a mask while working on campus. We have currently filled all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requests from departments through the end of June. Campus Operations will soon put out a call for a second order of PPE to cover July 1—August 31, 2020. If exposure dictates a higher level of protection, appropriate masks will be provided. The state Department of Labor & Industries’ Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements or Which Mask for Which Task guide has additional details on the wearing of masks, but most of our employees only need to wear a basic cloth mask.
Any employee needing a reasonable accommodation for this new workplace requirement will need to contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employees who work with hearing impaired individuals or who rely on facial cues during communication may request a clear window facial mask or covering from Campus Operations. A good resource for those employees who would like to make their own clear window facial mask, can be found HERE.
There has been an increase in racial profiling across the country toward individuals of color who are wearing masks. Specifically, recent reports show a rise in bias against Black males who are wearing masks to protect themselves and others against the spread of COVID-19. Employee safety is of utmost concern and we are committed to a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination. Please support your fellow employees. To report a bias incident, please fill out a report at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns. For more “anti-racism and COVID-19” information, please go here.
Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and others healthy.
Kristen Jones, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)
As we near the end of Spring Quarter, it’s time to provide an update on where the College is in relation to COVID-19, along with the status of Fall Quarter. While Spring Quarter has been a challenge, we all worked together to ensure our students were able to continue their education, even during a huge health crisis. We also successfully returned a few classes to on-campus instruction.
The Governor’s “Stay Home Stay Safe” order expired June 1, so we are now following his “Safe Start” phase-in plan. As of today, King County is still in Phase 1 and could be so for at least a couple more weeks. That means most of us will continue to provide instruction and work remotely, at least until King County enters Phases 2 and 3.
Once we enter those phases, we expect a gradual return to campus, but that will take place over several weeks and maybe even months, rather than happening all at once. The Governor also approved new guidance on reopening higher education. The College will follow this closely once the county moves into Phase 2. We understand the uncertainty of the situation is stressful and appreciate your patience and understanding as the College navigates this crisis.
After much deliberation, we decided that Fall Quarter instruction will be taught remotely. There is simply too much uncertainty with COVID-19 to commit, at least currently, to bringing a large number of classes back to campus. While there may be some opportunity for a limited number of classes to be taught on campus during the fall (such as continuing to have approved healthcare classes on campus), those decisions will have to be made as we get closer to September. For now, faculty should plan to teach most classes remotely.
Thank you for all you are doing to support our students and each other.
Kristen Jones, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)
Good Afternoon BC Faculty and Staff;
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted on March 18, 2020. It includes two different employee leave acts: Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA), which provides up to 80 hours of paid leave to qualifying employees who need leave for their own COVID-19 health related issues, to care for an individual with COVID-19 issues, or to care for a minor child due to a COVID-19 related school or child care closure, and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), which provides qualifying employees up to twelve weeks of paid and unpaid leave to care for a minor child due to a COVID-19 related school or child care closure.
These acts are effective on April 1, 2020 and expire on December 31, 2020. Families-First-Coronavirus-Response-Act-P-FD-FF-E-0320
Please contact Benefit Services with any questions or to request an application at email@example.com.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 protocol, I am working remotely.
Suzette Yaezenko | VP-HR | (she/her/hers)
(425) 564-2178 | firstname.lastname@example.org
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Room R130L
Bellevue, Washington 98007
Welcome to spring quarter! I’d like to update you on a few things, but first want to express my deep gratitude for all that you are doing amid the COVID-19 crisis. I have been impressed and heartened by how quickly people have come together to support each other and our students. This has been, and will continue to be, a stressful and unsettling time for all of us. Yet, in many ways, it seems like BC is at its very best right now. Thank you for your patience with ambiguity, willingness to adopt new ways of teaching and meeting, engagement in creative problem-solving, and continued focus on our students.
Our response to COVID-19 has taken a lot of our focus and energy the last month. As a result, we haven’t been as communicative as we could have been regarding work that has been taking place around matters that the campus was focused on prior to the virus outbreak. Here are some updates on those areas:
“Never Again is Now” Mural
The art exhibit by artist Erin Shigaki which commemorates Japanese American history in Bellevue before and during WWII will be extended through the end of summer quarter. The College feels this exhibit is relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, as our Asian American community is being targeted with Anti-Asian racism and rhetoric. The mural is an important public demonstration of solidarity and the necessity of addressing this racism.
Academic and Student Affairs Reorganization
Initiated by the Provost in July 2019, the proposed reorganization has been reviewed by several groups across campus. Currently, feedback from governance councils is being considered. The President’s Cabinet will provide a written response to College Assembly in the near future.
Student Club Space
We recognize our current space for Student Clubs is not adequate or equitable. In an effort to correct this, we are working with our Associated Student Government leadership to develop a plan for student space across the college. We will be gathering input from students, advisors, and the community. To begin that process, please contact Student Programs at email@example.com to provide your thoughts. We want to hear from you.
S&A Fees Appeal Process
The week of April 13th, we will be hosting appeals for the Service & Activity Fee. The clubs/programs/organizations that would like to appeal will be contacted by Student Programs to schedule an appeals time. Those will be posted online and an email with a link to view the event will be shared with the campus. It will be interactive, so anyone interested can post questions. Once deliberation occurs, the S&A Fee Committee will make their final recommendation which will then go to the Associated Student Government for their review and vote. We will be updating the campus as we move forward with this process.
Thank you for all you are doing to support each other and our students. We are in unprecedented times but we will get through this because of commitment to making a difference in the lives of our students.
Finally, I’d also like to send a heartfelt thank you to our students, alumni, employees, and community members who are working on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The first responders, healthcare professionals, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, and anyone else working to keep us safe and healthy are making sacrifices to ensure we have the food, supplies, and medical care that we need to get through this challenging time. To those workers and volunteers holding our community together, thank you!
Kristen Jones, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)
Spring Quarter Information
- Classes began on Wednesday, April 8.
- Classes are being delivered remotely for the spring quarter. Like many other colleges, we have made the decision to extend remote learning (e.g., online, synchronous, etc.) through the entire spring quarter, so that faculty and students can plan accordingly.
- The first day of “instruction” for faculty was April 1 to provide an additional week to help faculty prepare and adapt for remote learning.
- There will be no on-campus class meetings allowed through at least May 10th. Labs, resources, and offices will remain closed to the public during this time (though offering services online as much as possible). Depending on the situation in late April, we will determine if some on-campus activity with social distancing will be allowed.
- Faculty Professional Development Day (April 16), College Issues Day (May 15), and Student Success Day (June 16), which were scheduled to be non-instructional days, will now be instructional days. This helps make up for losing the first five days of instruction of the quarter.
- Staff will continue to work remotely, at least through May 31, as much as possible. Employees who need to come to campus must:
- Notify their supervisor.
- In accordance with Governor Inslee’s directives, practice and enforce social distancing (six feet of separation between others), and perform a self-assessment before coming to campus—anyone who is sick or exhibiting symptoms should not come to campus.
- Ensure that all doors are securely locked upon exit.
- Remember that buildings A, B, C, and D and North Campus are closed this weekend for cleaning/disinfecting.
- Locations closed, services online. Computer labs, the library, and a host of other student-centered functions will close their physical location until at least until May 31. Many services will be provided remotely. For example, the Academic Success Center (ASC) will host online tutoring and “Ask a Librarian” is available online. Student Affairs is regularly communicating with students to inform them of the status of various offices/organizations and will provide information on resources to successfully navigate the spring quarter. The updates to students are also e-mailed to faculty and staff and posted on our flu website. On-campus housing remains open.
- Bookstore. Students can access the Bookstore online or by email.
Spring ORCA Card & Commuter Check Sales: Due to the COVID-19 response, Bellevue College student ORCA Card and Commuter Check sales for Spring quarter will be closed until in-person classes resume. For information, please visit https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/location/bus/
Placement and Testing Services is providing service remotely.
For updates to the campus schedule, please visit: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/studentcentral/calendar/
Please keep checking your official BC email regularly.
Last Updated June 22, 2020