Bellevue College is NOT closed. We are largely operating from remote status with core functions continuing to work on campus.
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)
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
We are finally at the end of an extremely challenging winter quarter. I want to thank everyone at the college for their patience and perseverance in continuing to stay focused on students, managing the changes, and preparing for the challenges coming in the next several months.
The Flu Team, President’s Cabinet, and area leadership teams still meet daily and are focusing on changes and supports for spring quarter. We are poised to adapt to any new guidance or directives the president, governor, or county may issue. In the meantime, you are probably wondering what we’re planning for spring quarter! As of this afternoon, we confirmed that classes will begin on April 8. Here are additional details and a timeline for next quarter:
- Classes will resume on Wednesday, April 8.
- Classes will all be 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 will remain April 1 to provide an additional week to help faculty prepare and adapt for remote learning. The first week (April 1-7) will be considered instructional prep days.
- There will be no on-campus class meetings allowed through at least April 26. 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 April 24, 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 April 24. 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.
These are unprecedented times, and as we adapt to change, I want to recognize that this isn’t easy for any of us, personally and professionally. I know that working together we will get through this. Thank you for your courage, resilience, and dedication. Please reach out for emotional support as needed. We will continue to send updates as soon as more information becomes available.
Kristen Jones, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Thank you so much for adapting to the sudden changes we’re all experiencing. While we’ve never gone through something like this before, one thing that won’t change is our dedication to educating and serving you – our students. Below are some important updates. Please read it through carefully – we hope that it will answer some of your immediate questions.
Classes will begin on Wednesday, April 8.
Classes will be 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 April 26. Labs, resources, and offices will continue to provide services on-line. The campus will reassess the situation in late April and we will determine if some on-campus activity with social distancing will be allowed.
April 16, 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 April 24. Many services will be 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.
Computer Labs. Computer labs are closing for break.
Bookstore. Students can access the Bookstore online or by email. The Bookstore will accept spring term refunds from students through April 30. This will allow one week for refunds after re-opening the store. This extended date will also apply to winter term rental returns.
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. The current sales date is April 27, which is subject to change. 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: email@example.com 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/
Please keep checking your official BC email regularly. We’re doing our best to communicate as much as we can, as soon as we can. We appreciate how hard it is to deal sudden change while going to school too, and we will do everything in our power to ensure you can stay on track for your academic, and life goals. It’s a challenging time, but working together, we’ll get through it together.
As of Monday, March 16th, the Office of Human Resources (HR) will have reduced office coverage as we implement remote work options for all staff members. Due to this reduction of coverage, we encourage you to access HR services through phone, email, and/or Microsoft Teams. If you are unable to reach an HR employee by phone, please be sure to leave a detailed voicemail with a good time to return your call.
If you need to provide a document to HR, you can scan and email the document to the appropriate HR staff member or you may drop off the document at the HR front desk in the designated secure box. The document box will be reviewed daily and addressed in the order received.
To access HR staff regarding specific services, please refer to the HR Services and Contact Information found on our SharePoint site. You may also contact HR at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-564-2274.
We do not expect any disruption in service to our BC community.
Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to adjust to federal and state guidance on COVID-19 preventative measures.
On Friday, March 13th, Governor Inslee announced a new set of restrictions, some of which impact higher education institutions across Washington state. Of primary importance, Governor Inslee directed that beginning Tuesday, March 17th, there will be no in-person courses taught through Friday, April 24, 2020. The only exceptions to this rule are labs and clinics, which can continue in-person if social distancing guidelines or clinical protocols are enforced.
Based on this announcement, the College is enacting a number of changes to our daily operations and to Spring Quarter. They are as follows:
- We are currently planning to begin the Spring Quarter a week later than scheduled, on April 8, 2020; however, this date needs to be bargained with the faculty union first, so we will notify everyone when we have an agreed upon date. We are also planning to have all classes taught online through April 24, 2020, with the exception of a limited number of labs and clinics, which must be approved for in-person teaching by the appropriate Dean and the AVP of Academic Affairs.
- The College is NOT closed as of the date of this message. General administrative functions (e.g., IT, HR, student affairs, administrative services, etc.) will operate on a restricted, scaled-down basis. All employees able to telework should do so, even if this means closing an office. Essential services will continue to operate on campus, per guidance from supervision. The list of essential services includes:
- Public Safety (Public Safety will remain open 24/7 and can be reached at (425) 564-2400)
- Grounds (on an as needed basis)
- Mail and Warehouse services – mail and other deliveries will be received Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; mail delivery service will occur Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
- Payroll (on certain dates, to ensure they can process semi-monthly payroll for employees)
- Designated School Official (DSO) in International Education (on certain days to review and approve F-1 visa related requests)
- Effective Monday, March 23rd, the Early Learning Center (ELC) is closed and will tentatively reopen on Monday, April 27th.
- The cafeteria and all campus coffee shops will be closed until April 24th.
- Employees needing help with key pick-up and drop-off should email our locksmith, Calixto Quan, to arrange time to meet.
- The pizza kitchen will remain open for takeout only from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays.
- On-campus housing will remain open.
- The bookstore will remain open for normal hours (M-TH 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), but with minimum staffing. Students will be encouraged to order books online with free shipping.
- Functions such as HR, IT, public records, contracts, etc., will continue to stay open, but operate in a remote status. Employees needing assistance should contact the appropriate individual via email or office as follows:
- IT Service Desk:
- Submit a service ticket or chat with a technician online at https://bellevuecollege.teamdynamix.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 425-564-4357
- Physical visits will be by appointment only. No drop-in support without an appointment will be available.
- Current hours posted online at https://bellevuecollege.teamdynamix.com/
- IT Service Desk:
- For an updated list of services and their availability, check out the college COVID-19 site.
Guidance from the Washington State Department of Health
- What to do if you have a confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF)
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (PDF)
- What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (PDF)
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 Department 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 #.
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).
Kristen Jones, Ed.D. (she/her/hers)
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Access these portals for more resources and the most recent campus updates:
King County has confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more cases have been identified in the U.S. Currently, the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are tracking and monitoring COVID-19 in our area to provide updated guidance for the epidemic. We at Bellevue College are focused on communicating clearly and accurately as we prepare for the potential of more infections.
The situation in King County continues to evolve quickly, so please check their website often for updates.
You can also stay informed by visiting 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 #.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
What is a coronavirus?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines “coronaviruses” as:
“a large family of viruses found in both animals and humans. Some infect people and are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).”
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.
How do I get notified when BC is closing the campus or canceling events?
The College sends notifications via email and through our BC Alerts system that sends out text messages. Now is a great time to go to the BC Alerts webpage and make sure your notification settings are correct. You can always check our Emergency Operations Hotline, (425) 401-6680, for information on emergency closures or delays.
What can I do to help prevent the spread of viruses, including coronavirus?
We care about the health of our campus community. We are asking everyone on campus to follow these recommendations from healthcare providers:
- Stay home if you become sick and avoid close contact with others that may be sick.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water if possible. Use hand sanitizer if water is not available.
- Practice respiratory hygiene – cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
What happens if I get sick? What do I do?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends following these steps:
1. Stay home except to get medical care.
2. Separate yourself from other people in your home.
3. Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
4. Wear a facemask.
5. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
6. Clean your hands.
7. Avoid sharing personal household items.
8. Monitor your symptoms and seek medical advice if they become severe
Will wearing a mask regularly protect me?
Medical masks are a tool to help limit the spread respiratory disease. Masks alone, however, are not guaranteed to stop infections. Handwashing, increase in respiratory hygiene, and avoiding close contact should also be practiced.
The World Health Organization advises against using masks unnecessarily because of shortages and for the potential to misuse or wear them improperly. Some people also wear masks when they aren’t sick. Masks should be used if you have:
- Respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing).
- Suspected infection with mild symptoms.
- Are caring for someone with suspected coronavirus infection.
What is the best way to clean and disinfect common spaces and areas?
The college has ordered supplies to prevent illness during the regular flu season, and those measures also apply to the coronavirus outbreak. College custodial staff have increased cleaning high traffic areas and commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and tables.
Reducing the spread of illness is a community effort. Instructors should encourage students at the beginning of class to disinfect their area upon arrival using sanitizing wipes or spray bottles with cleaning agents. Please submit a work request to custodial staff if you need sanitizer and wipes, or a refill for your sanitizing hygiene station.
Have students attending BC reported coronavirus symptoms or been screened at airports?
Due to privacy reasons, BC cannot release information about students who reported symptoms, or are being monitored and/or tested for the novel coronavirus . Bellevue College is providing support and is in close communication with staff and students that may have been impacted by the situation.
The coronavirus makes me feel anxious. What should I do?
There are campus resources if you need to talk to someone or report a concern. 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 someone does feel they’re the victim of a bias or hate incident, please use Report a Concern to let us know.
What about 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 (3/1), 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.
There will be no sponsored employee or student travel until further notice without VP or AVP approval. Case by case travel for pedagogical reasons (e.g. clinical and practicum) may be approved by Dean and AVP of AA under special circumstances.
You can find the latest travel advisories on the CDC website.
What are the best resources to get more information on COVID-19?
Below is a list of resources from federal, state, and local governments.
CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page provides coronavirus situation updates, advisories, and recommendations.
The Washington State Department of Health has 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, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Who is on the ‘Flu Team’?
The Flu Team formed in 2018 to plan and prepare for a particularly heavy flu season. The team gathered again at the start of 2020 to address issues and make recommendations to the President’s Cabinet to maintain a healthy campus. Membership is made up of representatives from Public Safety, Campus Operations, Housing, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Events, Health Sciences Division, Counseling, Institutional Advancement, and Human Resources.
Thank you and stay healthy,
BC Flu Team
Last Updated March 27, 2020