Bellevue College is NOT closed. All Student Functions are operating remotely.
On Monday, May 4th, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive through May 31st. He also announced a Safe Start plan for gradually re-opening the state in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. The duration of each phase is expected to be a minimum of three weeks each. Data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.
Along with the SBCTC, we are seeking guidance on which phase will include higher education. However, we are certain that any authority to open the college will still include a significant portion of our students, staff, and faculty continuing to take classes remotely or telework.
This conforms with our plans for Summer Quarter, in which classes will continue to be held remotely. The governor approved a select group of small healthcare programs and courses that may offer some hands-on instruction under very strict guidelines. As a part of this measure, the college must strictly comply with requirements set by the state to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are currently developing a plan to implement measures over the next few days and weeks and will share that plan upon completion.
As we progress through the phases, we still want to ensure that employees who are “High Risk” or do not feel safe coming to campus can work with Human Resources to determine what options are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Based on guidance from the state, appropriate protective measures will be put in place to inhibit the spread of the virus during all phases. Our Operations staff are working with campus offices to identify needs and implement a coordinated response for supplies and cleaning.
None of this is easy on any level, and we should be prepared for many of these protective measures to be in place for some time. But our collective efforts are flattening the curve and saving lives.
Dennis D. Curran
Vice President of Administrative Services
Bellevue College, K100G
Dear BC Community,
Thanks everyone for adhering to Washington State’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” directive. Together, we’re protecting the health and safety of our community. Currently, the Stay Home directive is set to end at 11:59 p.m. on May 4th. Of course, that end date could be extended, and significant restrictions will continue to be in effect for weeks or months to come.
With all of the uncertainty around the future, we wanted to provide an update on our preliminary plans for “dialing up” operations, share our thoughts on the upcoming Summer and Fall quarters, and provide information on student financial support made available through the CARES Act.
Reopening the State
In his press conference April 21, Governor Inslee indicated that reopening the state will be a gradual approach (more like a dial than an on/off switch), and that there is always the possibility that his directive may be extended, depending upon the circumstances.
While we await details on what will be allowed on May 5th, our current plan is to continue operating a large portion of our services and instruction remotely through the Spring Quarter. A few services, such as maintenance and grounds, will likely return to campus, along with an increase in our custodial staff to help manage an increase of campus activity.
We will also put measures into place on campus to ensure social distancing. A subgroup of the Flu team is working on a list of recommendations that will include things such as PPE, sneeze guards, signage and more. Information will be provided on these recommendations in the coming days.
Returning to On-Ground Operations at Bellevue College
Here’s a full rundown of what we anticipate over the next few weeks (this is 100% tentative and may be adjusted, depending on any guidance issued by the Governor):
Phase 1 (tentatively starting May 5th pending the governor’s guidance)
- The limited number of employees/functions that were approved to be on campus during the Stay Home order will continue to work on campus
- An extremely limited number of service functions will return to campus (details will be provided to those areas, pending governor’s guidance)
- Early Learning Center is planning to reopen, but that can change any time depending upon guidance from the governor
- We may increase the number of custodians on campus to ensure a safe, clean environment
- Housing will continue to be open
- The cafeteria, coffee shops and pizza kitchen will remain closed
As always, employees who are “High Risk” or do not feel safe coming to campus can work with Human Resources to determine what options are available. Please contact email@example.com for questions. Additionally, it’s expected that some sort of protective measures will be in place to inhibit the spread of the virus during all phases.
Phase 2 (date TBD):
- All on-campus functions in Phase 1 will continue
- A limited number of administrative and service functions will return to campus
- The C Building coffee shop will open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon.- Thurs., with an expanded menu offering
- Phase 3 (date TBD):
- All on-campus functions in Phase 1 and 2 will continue
- All administrative and service functions will return to campus
- While a few details are still being worked out, the College will continue to offer instruction remotely for the entire Summer Quarter. Deans are working with program chairs and faculty to help reflect this in the Summer Course Schedule (which will be available to students on May 1, followed by continuing student registration beginning May 11).
- Registration for Fall will begin as scheduled in conjunction with Summer registration (May 11). The schedule for Fall will be published as planned, however, it will contain a banner that states all Fall courses could be switched to a remote modality dependent on public health/COVID-19 guidelines. A tentative decision on the status of Fall classes will be made by the end of the quarter, but may still be subject to change based on the most current available data.
- Current information and models suggest that we should all plan for some restrictions to still be in place in the Fall, so we should prepare for continued impact to instruction for at least the rest of the calendar year.
Funding Available to Students
- On April 23, we sent current spring term students an email about funding being available to a majority of students. We also sent an email to “All BC Official” to notify all staff and faculty about this funding, the CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds. These are direct cash grants to students. We ask that departments post the following weblink on their websites, as well as send a personal email to students encouraging them to apply: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/studentcentral/cares-act/
- As of this morning (April 24), we have received 600+ applications and funding should begin to be dispersed early next week.
- The highest needs students have identified have been food insecurity and basic technology. https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/studentcentral/cares-act/
- Average requests have been around $750.
- We are committed to sharing the total awarded, number of students served, and the average amount awarded with all staff and faculty.
As we navigate these uncertain and challenging times together, we need to be mindful about everyone’s health and safety. We can help keep our community safe and inclusive for everyone by sharing accurate information and not tolerating biased behaviors, stereotyping and discrimination. To report a bias incident, please fill out a report at www.bellevuecollege.edu/reportconcerns. For more “anti-racism and COVID-19” information, please go here.
We will continue to follow the Governor’s guidance to facilitate a safe start with measured steps that protects our community’s health and safety. And we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Thank you for all you’re doing to support each other and our students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 protocol, I am working remotely.
Suzette Yaezenko | VP-HR | (she/her/hers)
(425) 564-2178 | email@example.com
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Room R130L
Bellevue, Washington 98007
We are closing in on the beginning of classes for the Spring quarter of 2020 and wanted to provide a short update to the campus. We understand faculty and staff are working hard to prepare for the first day of classes, which begin April 8th. While this will be a challenging quarter, we’re confident the College is up to the challenge! Enrollments are coming in at a steady pace and as of today, we are only slightly down from last year’s numbers.
Yesterday, April 2, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through 11:59 PM on May 4th. In the big picture, this extension doesn’t change much for Bellevue College based on our current posture, other than extending our remote operations from April 6th to May 4th. The College will continue operating almost entirely remotely and plans to offer instruction online for the entire quarter. As of now, we plan to start bringing staff back to campus on May 5th, but that could change if the Governor or President issue new guidance. We’ll continue to provide updates to the campus as necessary.
Here’s an update on how the extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order impacts our services:
· 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 May 4th.
· Housing is open.
· The Bookstore remains closed through May 4th. Books can be ordered online and will be shipped for free. Returns will be accepted through May 8th.
· The Early Learning Center is closed through May 4th.
· Cashiering is closed through May 4th. However, we are using on-line payments and have options for those who need to pay by cash, such as a drop-off lockbox or mail. In exceptional circumstances, the cashiers can make an appointment with those who need to meet face-to-face and get a receipt. For questions, please contact Jennifer.Carnahan@bellevuecollege.edu.
· Packages and mail will continue to be received and delivered with personal safety measures in place. Deliveries will occur on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
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.
Thanks for your continued support. Have a great weekend!
Dennis D. Curran
Vice President of Administrative Services
Bellevue College, K100G
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,
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)
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 #.
Last Updated May 18, 2020