Welcome to the Bellevue College COVID-19 Student Resource Portal
Recent Student Services Updates
As we near the end of the Spring quarter, we wanted to provide an update on COVID-19 along with information on the status of Fall Quarter. While Spring Quarter has been a challenge, the College worked hard to ensure you were able to continue your education, even in the midst of a global health crisis.
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 the foreseeable future. That means most of the College will continue to provide instruction remotely, at least until King County enters Phases 2 and 3. Once we enter those phases, we expect a gradual return to campus, rather than happening all at once. 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 have decided that Fall Quarter instruction will be taught remotely. There is simply too much uncertainty with COVID-19 to commit, at least at this time, to bringing classes back to campus.
Most Student Affairs departments remain open and continue serving our students remotely during the quarter break and throughout the summer. Effective June 22, 2020, office hours will change to the summer operation hours until September 6. Check each department’s website for more details.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the fall, and for those graduating this quarter, congratulations! What a tremendous achievement, and inspiration, for students working on their degree. It’s not easy, but we will get through this, together.
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)
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)
We hope you and your loved ones are doing well and staying healthy! Below you can find important information:
SPRING QUARTER is REMOTE LEARNING,
meaning that classes will be held remotely for all Spring quarter.
Classes begin April 8. Check your BC email and Canvas to find out more specific information related to your classes. The last day for 100% Spring refunds is April 14, and the 50% refund deadline is April 28. For updated information about spring quarter deadlines, visit https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/studentcentral/calendar/.
Campus offices will also be working remotely until May 4th. You should check office websites to determine the best way to contact office staff and receive services. Spring term textbooks are available to buy online through the BC Bookstore. Books will be shipped to students for free within the U.S. International rates please review the website.
For online student services resources, please go to: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/services
For COVID-19 student resources, please go to: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/publicsafety/covid-19-student-portal/
Dr. B, Rob, Dennis and Team
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (she/her/hers/ella)
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Dear BC Community,
We were informed late Friday, March 20, that a Bellevue College student tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and is being treated while under quarantine. This is the first known positive test for someone in the BC community. The individual was last on campus (in a limited capacity) February 20, which is long past the time the virus is known to be able to survive. We have disinfected nearly every building since that time and enacted a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus on campus.
At Bellevue College, we take the health of all members of the Bellevue College community seriously. We continue to follow the best practices for sanitation as outlined by the Public Health – Seattle & King County and remain committed to keeping open lines of communication while doing our best to ensure the privacy and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
As a reminder, the best way to ensure the health of everyone on our campuses is to practice good hygiene including washing hands thoroughly, covering coughs and sneezes, practicing social distancing, working and studying from home, and not coming to campus at all when feeling sick.
More information and resources can be found on the Bellevue College COVID-19 website. You can also stay informed by visiting the Public Health – Seattle King County website, the Washington State Department of Health website, and by subscribing to the Public Health Insider blog.
Call Centers for Public Inquiries
Public Health-Seattle & King County – 206-477-3977
For King County residents who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, or for healthcare providers with COVID-19 questions. This helpline is open daily from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and operators are able to connect with a third-party interpreter.
Washington State Department of Health – 800-525-0127 and press #
For general questions about how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms. This helpline is open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and we encourage everyone to stay informed through official Public Health channels. Please feel free to share this information with your friends, family and communities. By working together, we can help to “flatten the curve” and make sure that our community remains healthy and safe through this difficult time.
NOTE: We are aware of Governor Inslee’s latest directive to shelter in place and will provide further information as soon as we understand better how it will affect higher education.
Kristen Jones, Ed.D.
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue WA 98007
Dear BC Community,
On Monday, March 23, Governor Inslee announced a new proclamation requiring Washington state residents to “ Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” except as needed for an essential activity or to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure. The directive officially begins at midnight March 25 and lasts through midnight April 6.
The directive allows colleges to remain open (see page 10). Colleges are listed among several functions “…critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.” This has several implications for Bellevue College:
- Nothing has changed since our last communication regarding the beginning of Spring Quarter 2020. Classes will be delivered remotely for the entire quarter which begins April 8.
- Bellevue College remains open for business, with every office and customer service section working remotely. As long as the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive is in effect, services will be delivered by phone, email, online, or chat (chat is available at the bottom of the BC website or as a popup on the right side of the page). However, the physical location of every office on campus will be closed until after the directive ends April 6.
- All external exits to buildings are closed and locked throughout the duration of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive. With the exception of a few core functions, all employees should stay home, stay healthy, and not come to campus. Public Safety, IT, Payroll, Finance, Custodial, Maintenance, and Grounds will come on campus to perform critical job functions, as needed.
- Student housing remains open.
- Packages and mail will continue to be received and delivered with personal safety measures in place. Deliveries will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at this time
Until further notice, all travel for college-related business is cancelled. Employees having a critical need to travel for official college business must receive approval from their respective AVP/VP prior to traveling (an email with an approval statement from the AVP/VP can be attached to the travel requisition).
Again, thank you for adapting to so many changes, and we look forward to seeing you back on the “virtual” campus this spring.
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.
- There will be no on-campus class meetings allowed through at least May 10th The College may have a few on-campus classes, as approved by the state, but the large majority of labs, resources, and offices will continue to provide services on-line.
- May 15 and 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.
- Locations closed, services online. Computer labs, the library, and a host of other student-centered functions will close their physical location until at least May 31st. Most services are being provided remotely. For example,
- The Academic Success Center (ASC) will host on-line tutoring
- “Ask a Librarian” is available on-line
- Advising appointments can now be scheduled online at: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/advising/ – submit a ticket and our team will respond!
- Live Chat with Enrollment Services and Outreach Staff available from 8am to 8pm M-Th, 8am to 5pm on Fri: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/
- 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. To find out your testing options please email: firstname.lastname@example.org from your BC EMAIL, include your BC SID# and full name. Please allow 3 business days for a response.
- For updates to the campus schedule, please visit: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/studentcentral/calendar/
Last Updated June 22, 2020