Current Status of Campus
Remote Classes & Operations
- The College is operating remotely (services available by phone and email)
Winter Quarter classes begin online on January 6
- All buildings closed to the public except the Dental Hygiene Clinic and the Parent-Child Center (staff is available by phone and email)
- The 7000 Campus Living residence hall remains open to residents only
- Bookstore orders may be placed online and delivered by mail or through curbside pickup
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Reporting Possible COVID Exposure
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November 18th, 2020 Update
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Washington, Governor Inslee recently issued a new four-week restriction on group gatherings and certain businesses.
Status of Campus Operations
This guidance does not change the current operations or protocols at the College, as we follow the state’s Campus Reopening Guide for higher education. While our campus continues to operate remotely, we currently have 10 programs that offer some practical in-person coursework on campus, with appropriate safety protocols in place. We will continue to monitor the change in COVID-19 cases and alert the campus community of any potential changes to these on-campus programs.
Gov. Inslee’s latest guidance does provide some important recommendations about how to stay safe during the fall and winter holidays. Please remember, gathering in groups — even with people you know— may spread COVID-19. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others.
This holiday season, public health experts are urging all of us to “stay put” — to celebrate only with the people we already live with, whether that means staying at home or in the residence hall. This is especially important if, over the past two weeks, you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or you have had symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath. The Department of Health’s Safe Gatherings webpage offers helpful ideas on ways to celebrate safely and how to have conversations with friends and family about social events.
If you decide to host or attend a Thanksgiving celebration, public health experts ask that you:
- Celebrate outdoors
- Limit the guest list to no more than five people outside your household
- Keep social interactions as short as possible
- Consider quarantining from now to the celebration date, leaving your residence only for essential activities such as buying groceries or brief periods of outdoor exercise
- Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands regularly, and consider taking your temperature before socializing with others
- If you have been around groups of people who may not have worn masks, health experts recommend getting a COVID-19 test
Free Drive-Through Flu Shots
It’s also not too late to get a flu vaccination this season! Flu vaccination is more important than ever to keep you from getting sick during the pandemic, and to help save important medical resources for COVID-19 patients. Find out how to make an appointment or check out these next drive-through dates:
- Thursday, Nov. 19 – Midway Elementary School, 22447 24th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198
- Saturday, Nov. 21 – Beverly Park Elementary School, 1201 S 104th St., Seattle, WA 98168
- Or find another vaccine clinic site
I know these are stressful times for so many reasons, which can become even more pronounced during the holidays. If you are feeling sad, lonely, stressed or anxious, please know you can find support at the Counseling Center (206-546-4594).
Thank you for being so resilient and caring during these disruptive times. I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy start to the holiday season.
Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
Our services and offices are operating – we’re just not on campus! Our caring staff is available to help students and the public via phone, email, and video appointments. To find a service:
- Visit the Contact page
- Browse the Campus Directory
- Search for what you’re looking for in the search box on the home page
All campus services are available online and by phone, email, and video appointments.
Online Support for Students and Employees
- Students and employees can check-out laptops, webcams, and microphones
- Technology Support Services provides help with computers and internet access
- e-Learning Services offers Canvas training sessions and other online learning resources
- Internet Access – Many companies are providing free, low-cost, or increased data options for internet
access right now. Please contact your mobile phone or home internet provider for details.
Some current deals as of September 9th include:
- AT&T: $10/month home internet access for qualifying customers.
- Charter/Spectrum: covers most of eastern Washington. Free internet access for students for 60 days along with low-cost services after initial 60 days.
- Comcast/Xfinity: Free internet for 60 days for low-income families. Also, access out-of-home Xfinity WiFi hotspots for free for anyone at a hotspot, even without service.
- T-Mobile: $15/month smartphone plan
- Through the Federal Communication Commision, they have a Lifeline Discount where you can get internet and cell phone services for $9.95/month.
- The government has also partnered with cell phone companies to give either free or low-cost cell phone and service plans.
- Drive-in WiFi hotspots provide free temporary, emergency internet access for those who do not have access to broadband service in their homes. Find nearby locations with the Drive-In WiFi Hotspots Location Finder
Can't pay for things because of COVID-19? Many people are trying to figure out how to afford school when they are facing additional financial hardship due to a sudden loss of wages or additional health care costs. Here are some ways to receive assistance:
- Our Financial Aid office can help students navigate federal and state loans, grants, and scholarships – and they can help review existing aid packages to see if students may qualify for more aid if their income has changed since they first applied
- Our Foundation office has emergency grants for students in financial crisis, as well as quarterly scholarships to help pay for tuition, books, and fees
- Our Benefits Hub connects students with financial resources, food, transportation, and housing support
- The Federal CARES Act has provided additional emergency funds for students experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19
- The Employment Security Department has adopted some emergency rules to relieve workers whose employment has been disrupted by the virus
- Learn more about various financial resource options from the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.
- Students feeling overwhelmed or stressed are encouraged to access support from the Counseling Center (206-546-4594)
- Employees can access support from the state Employee Assistance Program
- Washington Recovery Help Line (866-789-1511)
- Tips for Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Tips from our Counseling Center staff to help you navigate this stressful time:
1. Reestablish a routine – wake up, go to sleep, and perform daily activities at consistent times throughout your week.
2. Eat, sleep, and exercise – even if you don’t feel like it.
3. Acknowledge and accept your feelings and thoughts – sadness, grief, anger, and fear are normal reactions.
4. Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling or thinking.
5. Do something you enjoy.
6. Seek trusted sources of information but avoid information overload. Think critically as you follow news reports and verify information you receive from social media or loved ones.
7. Keep your distance and connect with others via phone, video chat, social media, etc.
8. Do what makes you feel calmer: breathing, sitting in a quiet space, reading, meditating, listening to music, journaling, going for a walk.
9. Practice self-compassion, being kind and compassionate to yourself, much like you would for a friend a family member.
10. Understand what you can, and cannot, control. You can control your attitude, your own kindness and grace, and your behavior. You cannot control the actions of others, predicting what will happen, or how long this will last.
11. Seek additional help. Individuals who feel an overwhelming nervousness, a lingering sadness, or other prolonged reactions that adversely affect their job, school studies, or relationships should consult with a trained and experienced mental health professional.
For the most up to date information about COVID-19, including symptoms and prevention tips, please reference the websites below:
- Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Public Health Seattle - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Washington Department of Health - 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)
- Washington State’s official COVID-19 site - Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)
For general questions about COVID-19, you are encouraged to call King County Department of Public Health at 206-477-3977.