Seattle Central College COVID-19 response and resources

 


March 27, 2020 update:

President Sheila Edwards Lange and Seattle Central Colleges leadership team held a video forum on Thursday, March 26 to update our community about the state of our college, as we work to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here is a video recording of that session:

 

We have posted here answers to your questions that we answered via text during the forum, and also questions that we received in advance but ran out of time to answer.

Stay safe, be kind.


March 24, 2020 update:

In compliance with Gov. Inslee’s Stay at Home order, Seattle Colleges is closed to the public and only operating essential services at physical locations until midnight April 6. Supervisors will contact employees needed to operate these services.

Seattle Colleges will provide more information about operation and working conditions beyond April 7 as it becomes available.

Plans for Spring Quarter 2020 remain with the following modifications:

  • We will announce a new date for opening core student services—such as bookstore, registration, financial aid, admissions, and cashiering—soon. Remote (online, phone, etc.) services remain available.

The Spring 2020 Academic Calendar has been adjusted:

  • April 6 – Tuition due date (originally March 9)
  • April 13 – SPRING QUARTER BEGINS
  • April 17 – Last day to withdraw with 100% refund (less processing fee). Last day to add/register (South)
  • April 24 – Last day to add/register—instructor permission required. Last day to change audit/credit status without instructor permission.
  • April 29 – Last day to withdraw without a "W" appearing on transcript.
  • May 2 – Last day to withdraw with 50% refund.
  • May 13 – Development Day
  • May 29 – Last day to change/audit credit status—instructor permission required. Last day to withdraw (no refund)
  • June 19 – SPRING QUARTER ENDS

Seattle Colleges remains committed to helping our students achieve their academic goals. We are balancing this with the need to keep our students and employees healthy and safe. This may require more modification to these plans. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


March 19, 2020 update:

Thank you to everyone for flexibility and resilience during this crisis. We are navigating through uncharted waters with information changing daily. As noted in the communication sent by today by the Seattle Colleges District, we are planning for alternative instructional modes for spring quarter, with classes starting on April 13.

We will provide faculty with resources to convert courses to alternative modes and maintain social distancing. We will also work with students to ensure continued access to technology as needed to complete courses.

We will update this page with more details as we get them.


March 16, 2020 update:

Seattle Central College is teaching and operating remotely in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

This page will be updated as new information and materials become available.

Remote access, library, and tutoring resources for students

  • Chat live: ask a question using this service, and a member of our staff will get you answers.
  • Using Zoom for teleconferencing
  • How to join a Zoom meeting
    Zoom support
  • Library services are available through the library web page, where links to services and research databases are available. Reference service will be provided through online chat, phone, and Zoom. Get help by clicking "Ask A Librarian" at the top of the screen. Seattle Central's librarians are available M-Th, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Chat reference service is also available 24/7. 
  • Introduction to Canvas for Students: This course is a resource for students to help how to use Canvas to complete your coursework.  It will require you to self-enroll in the course by logging into Canvas with your Student ID (SIS) and Canvas Password.  If this is your first time using Canvas, visit our How to Login to Canvas for the First Time help page.
  • The BE Learning Center will still be providing tutoring appointments through Saturday, March 21, but these will be remote sessions through Zoom technology with your tutor. We will be messaging all students with appointments through Starfish with the unique URL link to your Zoom tutoring session. You can also find your tutor’s unique URL link to Zoom by signing up for an appointment in Starfish – it will show in their office hours. For more details visit the BE Learning Center page.
  • The SAM Learning Center will still be providing tutoring on a drop-in basis from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., but these will be remote sessions through Zoom technology with your tutor. Please see our website for detailed information.
  • We also continue to offer eTutoring online (through the Western eTutoring Consortium) for all current students. Services provided include a Writing Lab, Live tutoring (via Zoom) and eQuestions. Visit this link for more information and to set up an account.
  • The IT Helpdesk is available to assist you with your technology-based concerns. We can be reached at ithelp@seattlecolleges.edu. We will contact you via email, phone, and will have Zoom available to assist you with technical issues. Seattle Colleges Computer Techs will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
  • Career Exploration Center: Staff are available for Zoom appointments from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. If you’re a current student, schedule online through Starfish. New students should call 934.4383 or email.
  • Bookstore: The store is closed to the public until April 6. We are encouraging students to place online orders for their textbooks and required materials. We have waived all shipping costs for the duration of the remote instruction period. Due to limited staffing and store access there may be a delay in shipping. We are working with each campus to determine what days and hours we will be able to have in-person services. In addition to email updates, please utilize these links to frequently updated information about our services. For more updates:
    Facebook
    website
    phone: 206.934.4148
    email: sm232@bncollege.com

Other resources: 

  • Hygiene 
    • Urban Rest Stop is a place people can shower and do laundry. Call to get on the list ahead of time. Locations:
      • 1924 9th Ave., 206.322.0110 
      • 2014 NW 57th St. | 206.258.3626 
      • 1415 NE 43rd St. | 206.327.0744 
    • Immanuel Community Service has a Hygiene Center where folks can shower and wash laundry; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., 1215 Thomas St., 206.622.1930. 
  • Food: Food banks are doing disbursements at the same times they usually do; most have moved to distributing pre-packed bags to go. Check with them for times and dates.
    • Jewish Family Services – 1601 16th Ave., 206.461.3240 
    • Byrd Barr Place – 722 18th Ave., 206.812.4940
    • Immanuel Community Services – 1215 Thomas St., 206.622.1930 
  • Childcare: Boys & Girls Club of King County will provide child care at nine locations around the Seattle metro area. In King County, Boys and Girls Clubs will be extending hours and programs at 12 of its centers as an option to families looking for a place to turn. Families with memberships currently pay a $50 monthly fee and then $25 per day per child. For teens, there is no additional daily fee. Scholarships are available. 
  • Emergency Financial Assistance 
  • Rent: The City of Seattle has passed a temporary moratorium on residential evictions. You can also call agencies directly; agencies in Capitol Hill doing emergency rental assistance: 
    • Salvation Army: 206.447.9944 
    • St.Vincent dePaul: 206.767.6449 
    • Wellspring: 206.902.4275 
    • Jewish Family Service: 206.461.3240 
  • Utilities: Seattle City Light is keeping all electricity on during the emergency. They also have a discount program

 


March 13, 202 update:

Today Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all higher education institutions in the state to switch from in-person to remote instruction and to limit their business operations, from Tuesday, March 17, through April 24. 

Seattle Central College has already implemented these changes through March 27, so we do not need to make any more changes or adjustments for the rest of winter quarter. However, the new directive will impact the start of spring quarter. 

We are waiting to get more direction from the state, before making decisions regarding the mode and timing of our spring quarter and how we will adapt our business and student services. We will share details about our decision as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, please follow the public health guidelines to practice good hygiene, stay away from large groups of people, and stay home if you are sick. If you haven't signed up for text and phone emergency alerts, please do so now. For the latest updates on our COVID-19 response, visit his website

Thank you for your patience and your flexibility. These are uncertain times, and we are working hard to keep you safe and to minimize the impact of this health emergency on your academic success. 

 

Sheila Edwards Lange, PhD
President, Seattle Central College
 


March 11, 2020 update:

Dear Seattle Central Community,

This message follows the recent update from the Seattle Colleges District.

We have received news of a presumptive positive test result for coronavirus from a Seattle Central College student.

Following the recommendations of King County Public Health, we have decided to restrict access to our campus to only authorized employees and contractors, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, through at least March 27. The decision covers the Broadway Edison, Science and Math, Fine Arts, and Mitchell Activity Center buildings, and the Wood Technology Center in the Central District.

We will continue to teach and operate remotely during this time.

The Maritime Academy and the Heath Education Center remain open because their students are earning an external, industry-based certification based on clock hours, seat time, or program-based accreditation requirements. They will continue to offer instruction on site.

The student who reported their test results attended one session of an evening class in the SAM building, shortly before we switched away from in-person instruction at the college. The student had mild flu symptoms and recovered with no complications. We are notifying anyone who was in that class and in contact with the student, and recommend that they quarantine themselves for 14 days. Contacts of contacts do not need to go into quarantine.

Public health officials have told us that the risk of infection from this incident is low. Cleaning and disinfection of SAM is underway, and we will also clean and disinfect classrooms, offices, and common areas in the rest of the Broadway campus.

Employees will continue to report to work remotely. If you work at Seattle Central College, please contact your supervisor to make arrangements and for access to resources. 

Students who need assistance with registration, advising, or other business or student support functions should contact those services through their regular phone or email addresses.

Our cleaning staff will need to have access to work space surfaces. We ask employees to please remove personal items, papers, food, and other materials from desk, shelf or table tops. Employees will be able to access their work stations in the Broadway campus until the close of business on Friday, March 13. 

While the coronavirus outbreak is a serious health crisis, it is important to keep things in perspective and to not let fear and prejudice take over. The best actions you can take are still basic prevention and sanitation practices such as washing your hands, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home if you are sick.

Here are some informational resources to help you make good decisions:


This is an unsettling situation for all of us. I thank you for your patience and flexibility as we struggle to adapt to the changing conditions. Please be assured that your safety and well-being are our top priority.

 

Sheila Edwards Lange, PhD
President, Seattle Central College

 


March 9, 2020 update:

Over the weekend the decision was made to stop in-person class instruction at Seattle Central College as a sensible way to add social distance and minimize the potential exposure to the coronavirus by students, faculty and staff at least through March 25, the last day of Winter Quarter 2020.
 
During this time period, we are not closing the college. Our campus will remain open for business (including our library, computer labs, business offices, and the Mitchell Activity Center) in order to serve those members of our community who rely on our services.
 
Although in-person class instruction has stopped through the end of winter quarter, instruction in classes may continue online or through other alternate means during this time period, even for classes that were only scheduled to meet face-to-face. Similarly, Winter Quarter finals will also need to be conducted online or through other alternate means.
 
It is still acceptable for instructors and students to meet in person, one on one or in smaller groups, as part of these alternate means of instruction during this time period. Students can check with their instructors for the options that will be available for their classes.
 
Instructors are taking Monday, March 9 to make plans for the remainder of the quarter. They will be communicating proactively with students starting on Tuesday, March 10, if not before, about how each class will conclude for the quarter.
 
For situations in which continuing instruction online or through other alternate means does not seem possible, instructors may grade students only on the work that has been completed up to this point in the quarter. Whenever there are changes to planned assignments, their due dates, the final for the class, or the grading system used to determine a student’s final grade, instructors will communicate up front about changes. The college is committed to ensuring that disruptions to in-person instruction will not negatively affect a student’s grades or academic progress.

 


March 7, 2020

A Message from President Sheila Edwards Lange

Dear Seattle Central Community, 

 After carefully assessing the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle, we have decided to suspend in-person classroom instruction at Seattle Central College, starting on Monday, March 9. The suspension is planned through at least March 25.  

This message provides details specific to Seattle Central College: 

  • We do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting any student, faculty, or staff. We continue to follow the guidance of King County Public Health, which does not recommend the closure of a school unless there is a confirmed case at that school. 

  • There will be no classes at all on Monday, March 9. Faculty will use that day to prepare. 

  • The decision means that classes and finals will no longer be held in person this quarter. Check with your instructor to see how your class will conclude for the quarter. We will make sure these disruptions to in-person instruction will not negatively affect your grades or academic progress.   

  • We made this decision as a sensible way to add social distance and minimize the potential exposure to the coronavirus by students, faculty, and staff. It followed our decision on Thursday to cancel public events at our campus involving more than 50 people. 

  • Our campus will remain open for business, including our library, computer labs, business offices, and the Mitchell Activity Center. Employees will continue to report to work. Where appropriate, employees may work remotely. 

  • We are restricting public entry to just one door on the Broadway side. All other entries will be accessible with a key card. Please be conscientious about making sure those doors close after you enter or leave.  

  • We will take advantage of the in-person teaching suspension to clean and disinfect all classrooms and public areas in our Broadway campus and our co-locations (The Seattle Maritime Academy, Wood Technology Center, and Health Education Center). 

Please continue to follow hygiene best practices established by the CDC for prevention, including staying home if you feel sick, coughing and sneezing etiquette, clean hands etiquette, and refraining from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 

For more updates, remember to visit www.seattlecolleges.edu/coronavirus. 

If you haven’t signed up for emergency text and phone notices, please do it now. Even if you have signed up already, access your account and check that your contact information is still current. 

 No amount of planning can cover all the possibilities, but please be assured that we take this situation very seriously, and that our top concern will always be the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

 

Sheila Edwards Lange, PhD 
President, Seattle Central College.