COVID-19 Employee Resource Portal

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Welcome to the Bellevue College COVID-19 Employee Resource Portal


Human Resources Updates

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



NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 protocol, I am working remotely.


Suzette Yaezenko VP-HR | (she/her/hers)

(425) 564-2178 |
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Room R130L
Bellevue, Washington 98007

Dear BC Community,


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 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)

Acting President


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

Placement and Testing Services is providing service remotely.

For updates to the campus schedule, please visit:

Please keep checking your official BC email regularly.

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Last Updated May 18, 2020