Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

(Updated Sept. 16, 2020)

This page will be used to update our campus community about the latest changes and information in response to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.  Please explore the menu, Quick Links and Downloads features on this page for additional information as we navigate this public health crisis.  For updates from the Seattle Colleges District, please visit seattlecolleges.edu/coronavirus

Student Campus Access Form during COVID-19 restrictions

Employee Campus Access Form during COVID-19 restrictions

 

Summary of Current Status (please scroll down for daily updates)

  • Current students can register and future students can apply/enroll now for Fall Quarter, starting Sept. 29.  Most classes will be held online, with limited exceptions as allowed by state and local public health directives. Learn more.
  • Student services are available remotely. Access to campuses is restricted until further notice to comply with State of Washington executive orders, with online/alternative instruction for students and remote work for employees in place. Learn more about accessing student services and getting started as a new student.
  • Emergency Funds/CARES Act Funds are available to support students during this time. Learn more.
  • South Seattle College is operating remotely until further notice in compliance with state and local health care directives to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Students, staff and the general public should not come to campus during this time unless otherwise notified by faculty or staff.

  • South Seattle College will admit authorized employees and students enrolled in approved instructional programs to campus locations in compliance with public health guidance. Learn more hereStudents will be notified by faculty or student services staff if they are to come to a campus location and employees will hear from their supervisors. All other instruction and services will continue with remote operations until further notice.  


Update for August 15, 2020

As we all get ready for fall quarter classes to start on Sept. 29, we are reaching out with important information about computer lab and technology equipment access.

Technology Equipment & Support Requests

If you are in need of additional technology equipment for your online classes this fall (such as Chromebooks, wifi hotspots or webcams), please fill out a Technology Request Form and our Information Technology team will contact you to learn more and coordinate a pickup time if equipment is available for loan.

Please note technology equipment pickups take place at South Seattle College’s Georgetown Campus, located at 6737 Corson Ave. South (campus map). Curbside pickup is available, and please wear a face mask.

If you need additional help using or purchasing technology, please contact IT Services by visiting https://itservices.seattlecolleges.edu/ or via email at ITHelp@seattlecolleges.edu.

Appointment-Based Computer Lab Access from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15

South Seattle College has set up a computer lab on main campus for appointment-based desktop computer access two weeks before and two weeks into fall quarter with sanitization and social-distancing protocols in place to keep you safe. The labs will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays during limited hours, and students are required to follow a campus entry procedure to gain access (required to comply with State of Washington public health guidelines). Here are the full details:

Where: The computer lab is located in Olympic Hall, Room 102 (campus map) on the main South Seattle College Campus at 6000 16th Ave S.W.

When: Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2020. The lab will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 9 .m. to 2 p.m.

Procedure to access the computer lab:

  • Step 1: Reserving your computer lab space and letting us know your plan. At least 24 hours before you come to campus you will need to fill out two forms.
  • Step 2: Filling out a campus entry form on the day of your visit. On the day you are coming to campus, you will need to fill out the Student Campus Access Form before you arrive on campus.  You will also fill this form out before you leave for the day. 
  • Step 3: Important reminders and information for your visit.
    • When you arrive on campus you will check in at either Entry 1 or Entry 3. Entry 1 gives you access to the North Parking Lot while Entry 3 gives you access to the South Parking Lot. Entry 3 is recommended as you will be closer to the Olympic Hall computer lab. View campus entry map.
    • Please remember to wear a face mask at all times while on campus and maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible.
    • When you get to the computer lab you will be provided with a sanitized keyboard and mouse to use. 

Please remember student services are available virtually and remotely to assist you before and after fall quarter starts. Thank you and stay safe! 


Update for August 5, 2020

UW Medicine Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site at South Seattle College Updates Hours as of Aug. 7.

UW Medicine and the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods are changing mobile COVID-19 testing site hours to 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at South Seattle College’s main campus in West Seattle, effective Aug. 7.  The testing site, located in SSC’s north parking lot, is open on Fridays only.  This change was made to avoid the hottest hours of the day during summer.

Location & Time

When: Fridays only from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: South Seattle College’s North Parking Lot, accessed by Entry 1, located at 6000 16th Ave S.W.  (campus map link). 

Please Note:  Visitors should only use Entry 1/North Parking Lot entrance.  South Seattle College’s physical campus is otherwise closed to the public in response to COVID-19 with very limited exceptions for essential staff and programs approved by the state.  The college is operating remotely until further notice and will run fall quarter classes in accordance with public health guidelines.

Testing Site Details

  • Anyone experiencing the following symptoms can come to the site, speak with medical staff from UW Medicine and, if qualified for testing, get tested on-site: 
    • Cough
    • Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • Muscle Aches
    • Headaches
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • There is no cost to be tested.  If you have health insurance UW Medicine will bill your insurance.
  • Walk-up and drive-up visitors are welcome.  Please note due to King County Metro bus service reductions in response to the pandemic, the college does not currently have Route 128 service to campus. Route 125 is currently running. Visitors should only use Entry 1/ North Parking Lot Entrance where UW Medicine staff will direct you.

Update for May 28, 2020

UW Medicine Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site Opens May 29 at South Seattle College

Testing site, open Fridays only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is located in SSC’s north parking lot (main campus in West Seattle at 6000 16th Ave S.W.)

UW Medicine and the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods are opening a mobile COVID-19 testing site at South Seattle College’s main campus in West Seattle starting May 29, 2020.  The testing site is open Fridays only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  SSC agreed to be the host location to help improve testing access for the communities of south and southwest Seattle, and south King County.

Location & Time

When: Fridays only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning May 29, 2020

Where: South Seattle College’s North Parking Lot, accessed by Entry 1, located at 6000 16th Ave S.W.  (campus map link). 

Please Note:  Visitors should only use Entry 1/North Parking Lot entrance.  South Seattle College’s physical campus is otherwise closed to the public in response to COVID-19 with very limited exceptions for essential staff and programs approved by the state.  The college is operating remotely until further notice and will run summer and fall quarter classes in accordance with public health guidelines.

Testing Site Details

  • Anyone experiencing the following symptoms can come to the site, speak with medical staff from UW Medicine and, if qualified for testing, get tested on-site: 
    • Cough
    • Shortness or breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • Muscle Aches
    • Headaches
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • There is no cost to be tested.  If you have health insurance UW Medicine will bill your insurance.
  • Walk-up and drive-up visitors are welcome.  Please note due to King County Metro bus service reductions in response to the pandemic, the college does not currently have Route 125 or 128 service to campus. Visitors should only use Entry 1/ North Parking Lot Entrance where UW Medicine staff will direct you.

Link to flyer with more information from UW Medicine.

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An Update on Summer Quarter 2020 at South

Summer Quarter will begin as originally scheduled on June 29 through primarily online and alternative modes of remote instruction. Summer registration for returning students will open May 18 (new students can start registering May 26). Please note you can also register for Fall Quarter 2020 classes starting May 18, and we will have more details to share about Fall Quarter soon.

While most classes will be offered remotely this summer, there are limited exceptions planned in our Professional-Technical programs. In accordance with public health and social distancing guidelines, those exceptions are:

  • Two Welding Fabrication Technology classes (WFT 120 and WFT 121) will be offered at SSC’s Harbor Island Training Center. Please contact your instructors with questions.
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology will hold AMT 214 and AMT 234 classes for students closest to graduation, with one class held on campus and the other at our Boeing Field facility. Please contact your instructors with questions.
  • Apprenticeship programs offered through our Georgetown campus will offer in-person instruction where necessary at a variety of locations. For questions about your specific apprenticeship, please contact your apprentice coordinator or instructor.

The remaining Professional-Technical programs (Culinary Arts, Wine Studies, Landscape Horticulture, Automotive Technology, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology) will not teach in-person technical courses this summer but students may still have the option to enroll in required general education courses, offered remotely, for their certificates and degrees.  Please contact your advisor to explore this option.

Thank you for your continued dedication to your education during this trying time, and we wish you the best in health and safety.

South Seattle College Communications/Public Information Office

Update for May 6, 2020

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order Extension and a Summer Quarter 2020 Update

Hello Students,

We are writing today with a few updates regarding Governor Inslee’s extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” executive order and plans for Summer Quarter 2020 at South Seattle College.

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order Extended through May 31

As you have likely heard, Governor Inslee announced last Friday that he is extending the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through at least May 31, and is implementing a phased re-opening of Washington’s economy.  For South Seattle College, this means we will continue to operate remotely until further notice. Please continue to connect with Student Services remotely for assistance and keep in close communication with your instructors as you progress through your classes this quarter.

We know that many of you are experiencing financial challenges as a result of the pandemic and want to remind you of available resources. The college has Emergency Funds and Financial Aid available, and we have compiled a list of community resources as well.

Update for April 22, 2020

Hello Students and Happy Earth Day!

We hope you have been settling into your online/remote classes this spring, and please remember to contact Student Services for support at any time.

Student Town Hall Recording & Transcript Now Available

Thanks so much to the students who were able to send us questions and attend our virtual Student Town Hall last Friday, April 17.  We will have another town hall mid-quarter, and we will let you know once that’s scheduled so you can plan and send questions in advance.

Here are the links to the recording and transcript from Friday:

Town Hall Recording (please click the “CC” button on the YouTube interface for captions/subtitles)

Town Hall Transcript (PDF)

There was one question we did not have time to answer before the town hall ended.  The question was, “Is there any help for the students who got coronavirus?”

First off, any student who starts to feel ill, with most people experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and general muscle aches, should stay home and self-isolate from others in the home if possible. Follow this guidance from King County Public Health  and this advice from the Washington Department of Health for information on care and when to contact your health care provider. 

At the college, please let your instructors know if illness is limiting your ability to fulfill class requirements and they will work with you.  Our student services teams, including counselors and advisors, are also available to support you.

We also have emergency funds available for students.

Access Computer Labs from Off-Campus

Students can now access our computer labs from off-campus.  You will be able to use the software on those computers as if you were there in person.  Available labs include specialty labs and a subset of open lab/general use computers.  Remote access will be available from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.  Learn more at our IT Services website.

Update for April 17, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Reminder of Virtual Student Town Hall Today, April 17, 3-4 p.m.

Dear Students,

This is a reminder to please join a virtual student town hall on Zoom today, April 17, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. hosted by South Seattle College President Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap and the leadership teams for instruction, student services, and administrative services.

This is an opportunity to hear from you and answer your questions directly about the many changes taking place in instruction and college operations as we all navigate an unprecedented time due to COVID-19.

We look forward to speaking with you.  The webinar will be also be recorded and shared (along with a transcript) with students the following week for those who cannot attend. If we are unable to answer all your questions during the webinar, we will also provide answers to those the following week.

Full Invite Details
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

Topic: South Student Town Hall

Webinar ID: 954 0746 7268

 

Date and Time
April 17, 2020  3:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Attendees URL Link
Please click the link to join the webinar: zoom.us/j/95407467268

iPhone one-tap US:
+13462487799,,95407467268#
+16699006833,,95407467268#

Telephone

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location) US:
+1 346 248 7799
+1 669 900 6833
+1 253 215 8782
+1 301 715 8592
+1 312 626 6799
+1 646 876 9923

International numbers available: zoom.us/u/abI68mJPbZ 

 

Things to Know About the Webinar

  • The forum will be interpreted (ASL).
  • You won't see a list of other participants.
  • There is no general chat option, but there will be a moderated Q&A to ask questions during a live Q&A section of the webinar.
  • A recording and transcript will be made available to the campus community the following week.

Update for April 9, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Student Town Hall Scheduled for Next Week – Ask Your Questions Now!

South Seattle College President Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap and her leadership team for instruction and student services will host a virtual town hall for students on Zoom next Friday, April 17.  This is an opportunity to hear from you and answer your questions directly about the many changes taking place in instruction and college operations as we all navigate an unprecedented time due to COVID-19.

An invite link and specific time of the day will be shared early next week, but we are reaching out now to get your questions. 

Please submit your questions here, and we will answer them at the town hall.

There will also be a moderated Q&A during the town hall, so questions can be asked during the event.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Reminder to Get Registered Now for Your Spring Classes

Spring Quarter starts next Monday, April 13, with online and other forms of remote instruction continuing through the entire quarter. We so appreciate your patience and flexibility as we forge a new path to keep your education on track while still protecting the health and safety of our communities.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to get fully registered for your spring schedule. Visit MySouth to get registered and please contact student services or your instructors if you need further assistance.  

The last day to add/register for spring classes is next Friday, April 17.

We are in this together, and we are here to support you!

 

Staff Spotlight: Vy Pham

We could all use a break from everything we read being about the coronavirus.  To help, we’d like to share a staff spotlight on Vy Pham, Student Success Specialist at South’s AANAPISI Center. Learn about Vy’s background as a first-generation college student who started at community college before transferring to university, and how she uses those experiences to advise students on the challenges of college life and preparing for next steps.

“Attending a community college fundamentally changed my life and gave me another chance,” said Vy. “As an AANAPISI advisor at South, I’m excited to help guide students towards a pathway that’s right for them and discover a career they love just like I did.”

Read her full story here.

Update for April 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Reminder About Emergency Funds and Financial Aid Grants Available for Spring Quarter 2020

Dear Students,

As you prepare for Spring Quarter 2020, we know you are facing many challenges from the impacts of COVID-19.  Below are reminders on Emergency Funds and Financial Aid Grants, two financial support resources you may be eligible for.   

Please continue to visit our Spring Quarter FAQs page for additional student services and technology support available from the college, and visit our Community Support & Resources page for help available to all community members.  Just announced today, the Plate Fund has launched to help restaurant workers in King County who have suffered financial hardship (learn more and apply).  

 

Emergency Funds Reminder

A Message from the Emergency Funds Committee at South Seattle College

The online Emergency Funds application is currently open for new applicants. Now that funding is available, students on the waiting list will be contacted first. If you are on the wait-list; we encourage you to please apply online, so that we may receive your funding request. We invite students on the waitlist to first apply online with the link provided below and then contact the Emergency Funds email for questions or concerns that may arise.

Emergency Funds Committee

Apply Online: https://seattlecolleges.academicworks.com/

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Apply

Contact Email: SouthEmergencyFunds@seattlecolleges.edu

In the meantime, Benefits Hub is still serving students in need of support services, remotely due to the COVID-19 circumstance. For assistance with financial coaching, housing, or paying for college please contact Benefits Hub. They are here to provide support. Their information is mentioned below.

Benefits Hub

Online link to schedule: https://calendly.com/beneFitshub_southseattle/

Contact Email: BenefitsHubSSC@seattlecolleges.edu

 

Financial Aid Grants Reminder 

To help ease the financial burden caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, South Seattle College’s Financial Aid Office is making an additional financial aid grant available to eligible students for Spring Quarter 2020.  These are grant funds, not loans that need to be paid back.

Current or new students taking 12 credits (fulltime student) during Spring Quarter can receive up to $1000 on top of their current financial aid awards, or any financial aid awards you would normally receive. Part-time students are eligible for awards as well, based on the chart below.

Award amounts:

  • 12+ credits = $1000
  • 9-11 credits = $750
  • 6-8 credits = $500

Awards can be used to help pay for living expenses and more during this challenging time. Students are encouraged to take at least 12 credits this Spring Quarter so they can receive the full award amount.

Who is eligible to receive this award?

Registered South Seattle College students who complete the Financial Aid Application process, including their FAFSA or WASFA for the 2019-20 Academic Year, and show Financial Need can receive an additional award added to their accounts for Spring Quarter 2020. Students must complete their financial aid file and accept their financial aid award letter no later than June 10, 2020. Student must have Washington State Residency status for tuition purposes.

Students who have already completed their FAFSA or WASFA for Spring Quarter and are eligible will receive their awards at the start of Spring Quarter.

Please note: International students and students enrolled in an apprenticeship program are not eligible to receive this award.

Apply for Financial Aid Today!

If you have not already applied for Financial Aid for Spring Quarter 2020, follow the steps on South’s Financial aid application page to get started. We encourage everyone to apply! It typically takes three total hours to complete the entire Financial Aid application process from start to finish.

For more information please contact the South Seattle College Financial Aid Office at FinancialSouth@seattlecolleges.edu.

Update for April 3, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Important Spring Quarter Instruction and Operations Updates

WA Gov. Inslee’s extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order until at least May 4. In light of this development and other factors, please note the following updates:

  • All classes at our West Seattle campus will be offered online or through alternative modes of remote instruction for the duration of Spring Quarter 2020 to remain in compliance with public health measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus (more information below). Apprenticeship programs at Georgetown Campus may have limited in-person instruction taking place at some point this spring with social distancing measures in place.  Please visit our Spring Quarter 2020 Information page for the latest status.

 

  • The college will continue with remote operations until further notice, following timelines and guidance established by WA Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive orders.  Student Services will continue support for current and future students through remote means (including email, video conferencing, and phone calls). Students should not come to campus during this time; nor should staff unless otherwise advised. 

 

More Information: Online and Alternative Modes of Instruction for Spring

While South Seattle College was planning to offer limited in-person instruction for some technical programs during Spring Quarter, we have decided to move all classes on the West Seattle campus to online or alternative modes of remote instruction for the full duration of the quarter.  This plan was already in place for most classes and programs.  This is a change for students in our Aviation Maintenance, Automotive Technology, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology, and Welding Fabrication Technology programs.  Instructional and Student Services staff are working with these students directly to develop alternative education plans as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

This decision is based on several factors, including:

  • Foremost, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff while COVID-19 continues to threaten our region and nation, and the complexity of holding in-person classes while still maintaining safe social distancing protocols.
  • Complying with Governor Inslee’s extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to May 4 and other executive orders in place to further suppress the spread of coronavirus and flatten the curve of infections.
  • Significant transportation challenges getting to campus.  King County Metro has reduced transit service in response to COVID-19 and the 125 and 128 bus lines do not currently serve our campus.  Additionally, the West Seattle Bridge is closed for an undetermined amount of time for repairs.    

For students in our Aviation Maintenance, Automotive Technology, Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology, and Welding Fabrication Technology programs, please note you were sent an email from the college’s dean of technical education the morning of April 3 with additional details and information on next steps.  

Our focus for spring, with classes starting April 13, turns to getting everyone prepared for successful online and remote learning.  Faculty and staff are polishing their skills to administer quality instruction remotely, student services staff are expanding ways to support you remotely, and we are building resources to help our students be successful.

Student Resources for Online Learning:

  • Instructional Support Services is here to help students and staff with their questions about eLearning and online technology tools including Canvas, Google Suite for Education, LinkedIn Learning, Panapto, and Zoom.  They have also set up a Live Chat function that can be accessed at South’s eLearning site, or on Canvas. Live chat hours vary, but you can always leave a message and someone will get back to you. 
  • For assistance with Citrix, MySouth, and Office 365, contact IT Services
  • For first-time online students, you can start by taking this Intro to Canvas course in advance of spring.
  • Additionally, please visit our Spring Quarter FAQs and Online Learning & Technology Assistance webpages for helpful information.
  • For students who are required to complete coursework online but are without reasonable access to required technology, please let your instructor or any staff member you are connected with know of your needs as soon as possible. We are actively working with the South Seattle College Foundation to provide technology access.
  • For anyone who doesn’t have reliable internet service at home, Comcast announced they have made their Xfinity wifi hotspots available to everyone for free in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To find and use a hotspot, enter your zip code at this page and scroll down for additional information. Comcast also announced their Internet Essentials plan for qualifying low-income households is available two months free with no contract obligation. 

 

We know the challenges you face from the impacts of this virus go well beyond preparing for online learning this spring.  Please visit our Spring Quarter FAQs page for information on financial assistance available from the college, and visit our Community Support & Resources page for help available to all community members.

Thank you deeply for your continued patience, resilience, and adaptability as we take on this unparalleled challenge together.

Update for April 1, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Distance Learning Fee Waived for New Online Classes

For Spring Quarter 2020 classes that were originally intended to be face-to-face or hybrid and have now converted to 100% online, the Distance Learning Fee (UN) will be waived. For additional classes added to the spring schedule during remote operations, the Distance Learning Fee (UN) will also be waived. These fees have been waived so that we do not burden students with unexpected costs as we adjust spring plans in response to COVID-19 public health requirements.

Update for March 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions Webpage Launched

Our thanks to everyone for sharing your feedback in the survey sent out last week (see the update from March 25 below if you'd like to participate).  It is incredibly helpfully as we strive to support your success this spring.  Thank you for being candid in your responses and letting us know how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted your education and your lives beyond campus.

We have launched a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage to start answering your questions about Spring Quarter 2020, preparing for online learning, and on-campus financial resources available to support you.   We will continue to grow this resource over time. 

Health & Safety Reminders

Please continue to follow Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

Please take care of yourselves as we navigate this public health emergency and remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. We are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being.  

Focus on basic prevention and sanitation practices, including the following:

  • Maintain social distancing – don’t gather in groups and keep 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.

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

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we all adapt to these changing conditions. 

Update for March 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Grants Available for Students this Spring

To help ease the financial burden caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, South Seattle College’s Financial Aid Office is making an additional financial aid grant available to eligible students for Spring Quarter 2020.  These are grant funds, not loans that need to be paid back.

Current or new students taking 12 credits (fulltime student) during Spring Quarter can receive up to $1000 on top of their current financial aid awards, or any financial aid awards you would normally receive. Part-time students are eligible for awards as well, based on the chart below.

Award amounts:

  • 12+ credits = $1000
  • 9-11 credits = $750
  • 6-8 credits = $500

Awards can be used to help pay for living expenses and more during this challenging time. Students are encouraged to take at least 12 credits this Spring Quarter so they can receive the full award amount.

Who is eligible to receive this award?

Registered South Seattle College students who complete the Financial Aid Application process, including their FAFSA or WASFA for the 2019-20 Academic Year, and show Financial Need can receive an additional award added to their accounts for Spring Quarter 2020. Students must complete their financial aid file and accept their financial aid award letter no later than June 10, 2020. Student must have Washington State Residency status for tuition purposes.

Students who have already completed their FAFSA or WASFA for Spring Quarter and are eligible will receive their awards at the start of Spring Quarter.

Please note: International students and students enrolled in an apprenticeship program are not eligible to receive this award.

Apply for Financial Aid Today!

If you have not already applied for Financial Aid for Spring Quarter 2020, follow the steps on South’s Financial aid application page to get started. We encourage everyone to apply! It typically takes three total hours to complete the entire Financial Aid application process from start to finish.

For more information please contact the South Seattle College Financial Aid Office at FinancialSouth@seattlecolleges.edu.

 

An Alumni Update

We'd like to share an update from South Seattle College Culinary Arts Alum Brandon S. LaVielle, director of culinary and partner at Lavish Roots Catering Catering in Burien (owned and operated by Brandon and his fellow South alumni). It is truly inspiring to hear our alumni are stepping up in this time of unprecedented need:

"Hello! Like tons of our colleagues, we are closed for business for now. We have dedicated our efforts around preserving our products and with that, trying to help feed our community.

For the past year and a half we have donated our leftover product and overages to a local shelter called Transform Burien. They are seeing a large uptick in people coming to their shelter for food, showers, and supplies as of late. So my team and I have been supplying grab and go items to them over the past week or so, with another delivery going to them on Wednesday this week.

Yesterday I went to our local "Prompt Care" clinic and dropped off meals to the nurses, doctors, and medical professionals there that have been working around the clock to help our citizens.

Tomorrow I am heading to the City of Tumwater, just outside of Olympia to provide meals to the Tumwater Fire Dept and Tumwater Police Department First Responders.

As you know, helping people is in a Chef's DNA."

Update for March 26, 2020 at 5:45 p.m.

Updates from the South Seattle College Bookstore

Dear students,

We at the South Seattle College Bookstore are reaching out to update the student body regarding our current state of operations. As of now the bookstores are closed to the public through April 6th. We are still managing correspondence through emails as store access and staffing allow.

  • Rentals: The rental due date of March 25th remains the same, but we have extended the charge date to April 3rd, 2020. Students should ship their rental textbooks back if possible. Every rental customer has been sent an email with instructions on how to do this, including a link to a free UPS label. Students should check their Spam/Junk folders as well for this communication. When shipping rental books back they should include their order number and/or phone number that was given at the time of rental. Links to shipping instructions and label for South Seattle College -http://bit.ly/2DVMauh

 

  • Spring Quarter Book Purchases: As of now we do not have in-person purchases and 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:

 

  • Students without PayPal, Credit/Debit or Financial Aid: For students who need to make cash purchases, we encourage them to purchase either Barnes and Noble gifts cards or any credit-based gift cards, i.e., Visa, Mastercard or American Express, at outlets like grocery stores. They can use these gift cards to make online purchases on our websites. Credit based-based gift cards should be used as a credit card when checking-out; the gift card option is used strictly for Barnes and Noble gift cards.

 

  • Students who require in-store pick up: In-store pickup has now been disabled on our websites. We are working with each campus to determine how we will be able to manage in-store pickups from now until April 6th. Once in-store pickups of required materials becomes a possibility we will update everyone as soon as possible and enable the option on our websites.

 

  • Best way to contact us: Closed to public through April 6th, available via email at sm233@bncollege.com.

 

We are constantly adapting to the situation as it develops, and we are committed to doing as much as we can to assist you with your educational goals during this difficult time.

Thank you,

Joshua Espindola

Store Manager, Seattle Colleges Bookstores

Update for March 25, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

A Request for Student Feedback

Dear Students,

I am writing today in hopes of hearing from you. We are in unprecedented times facing the COVID-19 pandemic. As the college has worked to make responsive decisions on our instruction and services, we have had to keep up with the fast-changing landscape of public health measures and state governor directives. While we have focused on getting information to you, we need to turn to listening to you, and taking action on what we learn.

In collaboration with Hanover Research, South Seattle College will be administering a College Pulse Survey over the next several weeks to gain real time feedback on your experiences and challenges due to the COVID-19 virus. Your participation will help the leaders, staff and faculty at South identify additional services and measures needed to better support you, our students, as we navigate this public health challenge in an unprecedented time.

You are invited to participate in a short, 3- to 4-minute survey (link below). This study is for research purposes only and is voluntary: all information you provide will be maintained on a confidential basis by Hanover Research and will only be reported to South Seattle College in an anonymous, aggregated form, so please be candid in your responses.

Please click on the following link to participate: South Seattle College Pulse Survey

Additionally, the Seattle Colleges District Foundation is raising money for a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help students with acute financial needs, and by sharing the challenges you've faced, you can help them make the case to potential donors. If you would like to provide additional details about how you have personally been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, please click the link below. Personal stories might include how the COVID-19 crisis has affected your job, caring for family or dependents, or your education. This is voluntary and anonymous.

How have you been personally affected by the COVID-19 crisis?

Finally, I want to congratulate you and also express my deep gratitude. Congratulations for completing Winter Quarter coursework while enduring so much uncertainty, and while responding to such unexpected change. I want to especially congratulate those who completed their degrees in Winter under these conditions!

And thank you for all that you are doing to keep yourself, your family and your community safe and healthy at this time. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as your faculty shifted their courses online, or as they modified how they were teaching earlier this month. Thank you for your adaptability as our Student Services functions also moved online, or were offered from afar. I am grateful for your patience as you awaited our plans for Spring Quarter, while we worked to implement Governor Inslee's orders for social distancing, and now to "Stay At Home." We are taking on this unparalleled challenge together.

Spring Quarter will be a new experience for all of us, and we will likely face more challenges to come that we will need to respond to. However, please know that South Seattle College is here to support you, and it begins by listening.

Sincerely,
Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap, President
South Seattle College

 

Update for March 24, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

"Stay at Home" Order Fully Restricts College Access Through April 6 

In compliance with Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, South Seattle College campuses are closed to the public and only operating essential services at physical locations until midnight, April 6. Remote student services are still available to students in preparation for spring quarter and additional support needs. 

We 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:

  • With the Governor’s announcement, limited in-person student services by appointment will not start March 30 as previously announced.  We will announce a new date for opening limited in-person core student services soon. Remote (online, phone, etc.) services remain available for current students and new/prospective students.
  • The Spring Quarter 2020 Academic Calendar has been adjusted as follows:
    • 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 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

The Seattle Colleges remain 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.

Community Support & Resources Page Added to the Website

Our latest addition to the Coronavirus Information & Resources section of the website is a growing list of Community Support & Resources.  Topics include Support for Laid-Off Workers, Support for Parents, Guardians & Caregivers, Rent & Utilities Support, and more.

Update for March 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Governor Inslee Announces “Stay at Home” Order

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced a “Stay at Home” order for the entire state on Monday evening, March 23, starting immediately and lasting at least two weeks.  For all of us, this means staying home as much as possible and only going out for essential needs (grocery shopping, doctor appointments, and essential work duty).  South Seattle College will be learning more about the order and its impacts on college operations and services, and we will keep you updated. 

Important Transportation Updates

Effective today, March 23, King County Metro has announced several temporary service reductions in response to the reduction in ridership since the emergence of COVID-19.  The duration of these changes is not yet known.   Specific impacts to South Seattle College’s West Seattle campus:

  • Route 125 has been fully cut until further notice.
  • Route 128 is currently not serving stops along 16th Ave SW north of SW Austin St. (including South Seattle College).

Additionally, the Seattle Department of Transportation announced an emergency closure of the West Seattle Bridge, effective at 7 p.m. on March 23.   The lower bridge will only be open for transit, emergency services, and freight.  Other drivers will have to use detours into and out of West Seattle, including 1st Avenue South and Michigan Street.  The closure may last for months as needed repairs take place.

These disruptions will impact many of us in our ability to travel to campus, and we will share more information on impacts to college operations soon.

An Update from South’s Counseling Department

South Seattle College's Counseling Department is committed to providing high-quality, confidential and secure counseling services to our students. As a result, counselors must ensure appropriate legal, regulatory, and technological safeguards are in place prior to providing counseling services remotely.  Counselors are evaluating numerous approaches to serving students. As soon as appropriate safeguards are in place, students will be able to schedule appointments.  

Students who would like to contact a counselor may do so by e-mail. Counselors will respond as quickly as possible, but please note counselors are experiencing a higher than usual amount of e-mails.


Stephen Coates-White - Email: Stephen.Coates-White@seattlecolleges.edu

Don Howard - Email: Donald.Howard@seattlecolleges.edu

Yvonne Willis-Oguntuwase - Email: Yvonne.Willis@seattlecolleges.edu


In addition, South’s counselors encourage students to use the following resources for information and support:

    1. Seattle-King County Health Department
    2. Contact healthcare professionals through your health insurance plan.
    3. American Counseling Association (ACA) COVID-19 Resources
    4. American Psychological Association (APA) Social Distancing Considerations
    5. Addressing Loneliness As a Result of Social Distancing – AHIP.org
    6. Dial 2-1-1 for local resources and support
    7. Dial 9-1-1 if you feel you are in crisis


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Remaining Diligent for a Healthy Community

Please continue to take care of yourselves as we navigate this public health emergency and remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. We are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being.  

Focus on basic prevention and sanitation practices, including the following:

  • Maintain social distancing – don’t gather in groups and keep 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.

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

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we all adapt to these changing conditions. 

Update for March 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Spring Quarter 2020 Classes Start April 13

A reminder that Spring Quarter 2020 classes will start April 13, with instruction offered through online and alternative modes of instruction for the duration of the quarter. Programs requiring labs and hands-on instruction will continue with social distancing best practices in place. Please get registered for your spring classes now, and we will be sharing resources in the coming days to help you prepare for online and alternative learning. Learn more here.

 

Financial Aid Money is Still Available

Financial Aid money is still available for Fall 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020!  Complete your FAFSA or WASFA for money to help you pay for living expenses, tuition, fees, and books.  Aid is available to support you financially through the  COVID-19 health crisis with Pell Grants, South Grants, and low interest, guaranteed, student loans.  Learn more here

 

Apply for Foundation Scholarships by April 15

This is a reminder that you have until April 15 at midnight to complete your scholarship application.

The Seattle Colleges Foundation and South Seattle College Foundation award hundreds of student scholarships. Incoming, current, international, and transferring students are eligible. Scholarships will apply to a student's 2020-2021 school year and can range anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000.

It's simple to access the scholarship application.  Please visit to seattlecolleges.academicworks.com to get started.

For a step by step in creating an account and accessing the scholarship application, please go to Seattle Colleges Foundation Annual Scholarship Overview.

It is not too late to apply, even if you haven’t started yet!

 

Remaining Diligent for a Healthy Community

Please continue to take care of yourselves as we navigate this public health emergency and remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. We are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being.  

Focus on basic prevention and sanitation practices, including the following:

  • Maintain social distancing – don’t gather in groups and keep 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.

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

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we all adapt to these changing conditions.

Update for March 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Information about Spring Quarter 2020 at South Seattle College

To Our Campus Community:

First off, thank you for your patience and perseverance in this challenging time for our college, communities, country and world.  Today we are sharing plans for Spring Quarter 2020, now starting April 13, that will allow students to continue your academic progress and stay on track toward your educational and career goals.

By moving to primarily remote/online instruction for Spring Quarter, we can continue protecting the health of our community by reducing the spread of COVID-19 and provide our students with the flexibility of online learning. 

Students - both returning and new – are encouraged to register for classes now in preparation for a successful spring. 

We will be providing additional answers to frequently asked questions in the coming days on our Spring Quarter 2020 Information page, but you should consult with your instructors, academic advisors and student services staff for information specific to your situation.


Overview

Spring Quarter classes will start April 13 (instead of April 6) primarily through online and alternative modes of instruction where possible. Programs requiring labs, face-to-face, and hands-on instruction will also begin April 13 at all campuses and locations (more information on that below in the “Programs with Adjusted In-Person Instruction” section).  The quarter will end on June 19, as originally scheduled.

Students and staff should prepare for online and alternative modes of instruction for the entire quarter, except for those noted below.

This decision is in keeping with Governor Inslee’s March 13 announcement calling for colleges and universities to transition to online and alternative modes of instruction through April 26. It also follows his guidance to observe social distancing best practices for courses required to meet in person due to regulatory or accreditation requirements. 


Following are additional details on adjustments for Spring Quarter:

Timeline

Starting March 30: We will continue with our current practice of providing remote services for students and limited in-person student services will be made available by appointment.

The following in-person services will be available on a limited basis for those who cannot access these resources online, with health status check and social distancing protocols in place:

  • Admissions & Registration
  • Financial Aid
  • Cashiering

April 6-10

  • Faculty will use April 6-10 to prepare and adapt their classes for online and alternative modalities.
  • Classes, originally scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, will instead start on Monday, April 13.
  • Students will begin classes April 13.
  • Students are encouraged to connect with student services as needed to prepare for a successful quarter

Beginning April 13

  • Spring Quarter 2020 will begin for students on Monday, April 13.
  • Classes that cannot be offered online due to regulatory or accreditation requirements will meet in person while observing social distancing best practices.
  • Students will receive information from their instructor about how to proceed with their respective courses.

April 27 and beyond

  • The end of Spring Quarter 2020, June 19, will remain as scheduled.
  • Faculty instruction will adapt as circumstances allow.

Adjustments to Our Academic Calendar

Please note the following changes to important dates for Spring Quarter 2020:

Apr 13

SPRING QUARTER BEGINS

Apr 17

Last day to withdraw with 100% refund (less processing fee). *
Last day to add/register (South)

Apr 24


Last day to change audit/credit status without instructor permission.
Last day to withdraw without a "W" appearing on transcript (All Campuses).

Apr 25

Last day to withdraw with 50% refund *

May 13

Faculty Developmental Day (No classes)

May 29

Last day to change audit/credit status — instructor permission required
Last day to withdraw (no refund)

June 19

SPRING QUARTER ENDS


Programs with Adjusted In-Person Instruction

While most Spring Quarter 2020 classes will be held online, exceptions are planned for the following programs and classes (with social distancing best practices in place).  Students should check with instructors and/or program staff for additional details:

Professional / Technical Programs and Apprenticeship Programs:

  • Aviation Maintenance Technology / Aeronautical Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Landscape Horticulture
  • Nursing
  • Welding Fabrication Technology & Maritime Welding
  • Various Apprenticeship Programs

Additional Programs:

  • Certain Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning classes
  • Certain Basic & Transitional Studies classes (including ESL, pre-college, and high school completion programs and classes), with orientations taking place starting the week of March 30
  • IEP (Intensive English Programs), including orientation starting the week of March 30
  • Justice Involved Solutions

Student Services Updates

We will continue with our current practice of providing remote services for students.  As mentioned earlier, starting March 30 there will be limited in-person student services available on South’s main campus by appointment. 

The following in-person services will be available on a limited basis for those who cannot access these resources online, with health status check and social distancing protocols in place:

  • Admissions & Registration
  • Financial Aid
  • Cashiering

Additionally, the South Seattle College Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, will be virtual until further notice (visit their website for latest status). The Copy Center also plans to return to limited service starting March 30.

Update for March 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Limited On-Campus Services Expected to Return March 30

The Seattle Colleges District, including South Seattle College, plans to open limited in-person student and business services on March 30, as health, government, and staffing requirements allow.  More details will be shared in advance of that date.

 

Checking in With Your Instructors as Winter Quarter Nears Completion

Current students: If you have questions about finishing up your Winter Quarter coursework or plans for final exams, please reach out to your instructors.   

 

An Update from Library Services

During remote operations, South’s Library is here to support students, faculty and staff with the following services:

  • Live chat with a library staff member is available at varying times Monday – Friday on our library website. If live chat is not available, patrons can click the chat button to leave a message, and someone will get back to them in 1-2 business days.  
     
  • Reference assistance is available on the library website, via live chat or email.  
     
  • Library resources, including eBooks, periodicals, databases, articles, streaming video and reference material are available online via our website. Students, faculty and staff can access resources with their SID and last name or their MySeattleColleges login. 
     
  • STARS support to assist students with campus computing resources or eLearning is available at the Instructional Support Services Center website.  
     

Anyone wishing to contact Library Services directly can do so at library@southseattle.edu.  

Please Note: If students have library materials checked out, you can return materials when the library re-opens. The South Seattle College Library will NOT place blocks on student accounts during this time and will not charge fines for late materials.  

 

Winter Quarter Rentals from the Bookstore

South’s Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, shared the following update for students today: "You can still check in your Winter Quarter rentals by shipping them to the store using your FREE UPS label, which you can access here: http://bit.ly/SouthUPSlabel . You will need to enter your rental order number, which you can find in the rental reminder emails you've been getting.


While the due date for rental returns is still Wednesday, March 25th, we've extended the grace period before you're hit with any replacement charges or late fees: we need to receive your rentals by FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd."

 

Remaining Diligent for a Healthy Community

Please continue to take care of yourselves as we navigate this public health emergency and remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. We are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being.  

Focus on basic prevention and sanitation practices, including the following:

  • Maintain social distancing – don’t gather in groups and keep 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.

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

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we all adapt to these changing conditions. 

Update for March 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Spring Quarter Planning Underway

Administrators, faculty and staff across the Seattle Colleges District are working together now to develop plans for Spring Quarter, starting in April.  Expect more updates throughout the week as plans are finalized.  We will also create a webpage dedicated to Spring Quarter information in the coming days. 

Accessing the Internet

For anyone who doesn’t have reliable internet service at home, Comcast announced they have made their Xfinity wifi hotspots available to everyone for free in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  To find and use a hotspot, enter your zip code at this page and scroll down for additional information.

Comcast also announced their Internet Essentials plan for qualifying low-income households is available two months free with no contract obligation.

Alternative Food Bank Options  

With our on-campus food pantry currently unavailable, students are encouraged to reference the Seattle Food Committee Food Bank Directory for a list of nearby food banks.  Enter your zip code and the site will show the resource closest to your home.

Graduation Website Updated

For students graduating Winter 2020 or Spring 2020, our graduation experts have updated the Graduation Homepage with the latest information to help ensure there is no delay in conferral of your degree or certificate.

A Word from Our Counselors

The changes that are happening due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can often result in a person feeling a variety of emotions. Uncertainty about ourselves, our families, our communities, and our financial situations can result in expressions of fear, anxiety, worry, stress, and loneliness.

These are all normal reactions to an unprecedented public health event in our lifetime. While counseling is still sorting through how we will continue to meet with students, South’s counselors encourage you to use the following resources for information and support:

  1. Seattle-King County Health Department
  2. Contact healthcare professionals through your health insurance plan.
  3. American Counseling Association (ACA) COVID-19 Resources
  4. American Psychological Association (APA) Social Distancing Considerations
  5. Addressing Loneliness As a Result of Social Distancing – AHIP.org
  6. Dial 2-1-1 for local resources and support
  7. Dial 9-1-1 if you feel you are in crisis

Remaining Diligent for a Healthy Community

Please continue to take care of yourselves as we navigate this public health emergency and remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. We are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being.  

Focus on basic prevention and sanitation practices, including the following:

  • Maintain social distancing – don’t gather in groups and keep 6 feet of distance from other people when you have to be in public.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.

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

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we all adapt to these changing conditions. 

Update for March 13, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Remote operations at all South Seattle College locations are now extended through April 24, 2020 to comply with a Washington state executive order from Gov. Jay Inslee to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

South Seattle College had already transitioned to remote operations on March 10, moving as much instruction as possible online and transitioning our student services to remote support.  South Seattle College expects to deliver Spring Quarter instruction, and you can expect more information soon on how that will work for our students, faculty and staff.

Message from Seattle Colleges:

Today, March 13, Governor Inslee called for colleges and universities to transition to online and alternative modes of instruction, effective Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 26. Classes that cannot be offered online may operate with social distancing and essential campus operations can continue.

We know you are thinking ahead to Spring Quarter and likely have many questions about it in light of Governor Inslee’s comments today.

Seattle Colleges intends to deliver Spring Quarter instruction. Some details remain to be worked out, but our leadership team and faculty will be working together to make it happen. More detailed information about Spring Quarter will be provided next week.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Update for March 12, 2020 at 6:45 p.m.

Accessing Student Services During Remote Operations

We’ve added two new pages to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information and Resources page to help current and future students access the support they need while the college operates remotely through March 27:

Accessing Student Services: Current Students

Accessing Student Services: New & Prospective Students

Online Support Services Available During Remote Operations

Instructional Support Services is here to help students and employees with their questions about eLearning and online technology tools including Canvas, Google Suite for Education, LinkedIn Learning, Panapto, and Zoom.  They have also set up a Live Chat function that can be accessed at South’s eLearning site, or on Canvas. Live chat hours vary, but you can always leave a message and someone will get back to you.

For assistance with Citrix, MySouth, and Office 365, contact IT Services.

Financial Aid Information for Veterans

Veterans, please work closely with your instructors to ensure your attendance is properly cataloged for the purpose of financial aid and VA Benefits when doing online learning.  All faculty have been sent instructions to help you ensure you illustrate attendance in an online environment.

Remaining Diligent for a Healthy Community

Please continue to take care of yourselves as we navigate this public health emergency and remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. We are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being.  

Focus on 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:

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we all adapt to these changing conditions. 

Update for March 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Remote Operations Extended through March 27

Remote operations currently in place for South Seattle College’s main campus are extended through at least Friday, March 27. 

Georgetown Campus and NewHolly Learning Center locations will shift to remote operations starting next Monday, March 16, and through Friday, March 27.  Like main campus, programs and classes at these locations will move to alternative modes of instruction for the remainder of Winter Quarter, except for Georgetown Campus programs that must meet face-to-face to meet regulatory or accreditation requirements.

This change aligns with the Seattle Colleges District decision (made March 11) to move all locations to remote operations through Friday, March 27 in response to the Public Health - Seattle & King County recommendations to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  All Seattle Colleges locations plan to resume on-site operations Monday, March 30, pending guidance from public health officials.

Additional Updates

Campus Cleaning Status: A third-party cleaning service finished a deep clean and sanitization of the University Center Building (UNI) yesterday, March 10.  Cleaning and sanitization of additional buildings across campus will happen in the coming days, with an outside company supporting our facilities team, who have been trained on CDC sanitization protocols and provided with recommended gear.

We will share more information on accessing student services and technology support during remote operations in another update, coming tomorrow.

Please continue to take care of yourselves as we navigate this public health emergency and remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. We are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being.  

Focus on 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:

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we all adapt to these changing conditions. 

Update for March 10, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and resiliency as we transition to remote operations at South’s main campus in West Seattle for the remainder of Winter Quarter (through March 25). 

First, a reminder that we received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case in our campus community yesterday (more information on that below), and have transitioned to remote operations from March 10 through March 25.  During this time, main campus will be closed.   Students will work with their instructors to complete coursework for the quarter through alternate methods (including online) and staff will work remotely where possible.  Please read the update from yesterday, March 9, for further details.

Into updates for today:

More Information on the COVID-19 Case at South

The impacted student was on campus for an evening class on Monday, March 2, entering one classroom in the University Center Building (UNI) for approximately ten minutes to turn in an assignment before leaving.  The student reported they did not interact with any other students during their brief time on campus and has not returned since.  The student was not experiencing symptoms while on campus, but started to feel poorly later that evening. 

Public Health – Seattle & King County, believes the risk to the campus community is likely low because in this situation, the ill person did not have prolonged close contact with others.

Other students in the class, students who have had a different class in that building this quarter, and staff who work in the building have all been notified, were asked to be diligent in monitoring their health status and connected with public health resources. A college employee who had a confirmed interaction with the student is in contact with their physician and has been advised to remain at home, following public health guidelines. The UNI building is now closed for cleaning and sanitization.

Updates for Students

  • Please continue to communicate with your instructors about plans for remote instruction this quarter.
  • Student Services staff appreciate your patience as it may take longer to respond to your requests while working remotely.   Notes for the following services:
  • Current students, don’t forget to register for Spring Quarter classes starting April 6!  You can register for classes online at MySouth.   
  • For new students looking to enroll: Despite our campus shift to remote operations, we are still enrolling for Spring Quarter. Please explore our Steps to Enroll and reach out to InfoSouth@seattlecolleges.edu with any questions or concerns regarding your enrollment process.
  • For new students who need placement testing, you can get that done at other local colleges including Seattle Central, North Seattle, and Highline.
  • For students who are required to complete coursework online but are without reasonable access to a computer and internet, please let your instructor or any staff member you are connected with know of your needs ASAP. We are actively working with the South Seattle College Foundation to provide technology access.

We will share additional updates in the coming days.

Updates for Faculty & Staff

For faculty and staff, please keep in contact with your deans and supervisors with continuing questions about working remotely and technology needs.  Please keep a close eye on email and Canvas for the latest information. 

As mentioned above for students, take note of students who have digital access needs. An email from President’s Cabinet members about matching students to resources is coming to you shortly. We rely on your established connections and relationships with students to guide the college in closing any unintentional equity gaps created by this shift.

Keeping Your Health Front of Mind

A reminder that Public Health – King County and Seattle believe the risk to our campus community is low, but we urge you to continue engaging in these precautionary measures while away from campus to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Explore additional resources and information at www.kingcounty.gov/covid

Update for March 9, 2020

South Seattle College has received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case and will move to remote operations at main campus starting March 10 and for the remainder of Winter Quarter (through March 25). 

Main campus in West Seattle will be closed during this time (with online instruction and remote work continuing where possible).   

 

Summary for March 9, 2020 Update

  • South Seattle College has received confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case in our campus community and will move to remote operations at main campus starting March 10 and for the remainder of Winter Quarter (through March 25).  Main Campus in West Seattle will be closed during this time, with online/alternative instruction for students and remote work for employees continuing where possible.  

 

  • Students should not come to the West Seattle campus from March 10 to March 25.  Contact your instructors for information on your courses.   Remote operations generally mean you will continue to finish your classes using alternate modes of instruction (including online, via Canvas, and other means).  Your instructors will provide further information as soon as possible. 

 

  • For staff and faculty, remote operations will have a wide array of impacts to your daily work.  Please contact your supervisor to learn more.  

 

  • Staff and faculty may come to campus on March 10 to consult with their supervisor and gather necessary supplies for remote work.  Staff should reference recent emails from IT Services and Human Resources for further instruction.  Staff who receive a paper paycheck can stop by the cashier’s office by 2 p.m. on March 10.  Otherwise, the paycheck will be mailed to your home address on file.

 

  • Georgetown Campus, NewHolly Learning Center classrooms, and the Harbor Island Training Center will stay open (with possible alternative modes of instruction in place) at this time.

 

Full Update for March 9, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

South Seattle College learned on Monday, March 9 that a student at our main campus in West Seattle has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.  Information so far indicates the student was on campus for an evening class, entering one classroom in the University Center Building (UNI).  UNI is now closed in preparation for cleaning and sanitization.

The individual is complying with instructions from health care professionals to stay home in self-isolation, and we wish our student the best in their recovery.  A college employee who had a confirmed interaction with the student is in contact with their physician and has been advised to remain at home.  

College officials are in direct communication with King County Public Health, and stand ready to support their work.  Department of Health guidance at this time is that you generally need to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to get infected.  Close contact includes scenarios like living with or caring for a person with confirmed COVID-19, being within six feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, or if someone with COVID-19 coughed on you, kissed you, shared utensils with you, or you had direct contact with their body secretions.  

Following the guidance from King County Public Health and out of an abundance of caution, South Seattle College is moving the main campus in West Seattle to remote operations starting March 10 and for the remainder of Winter Quarter, ending March 25, 2020.  During this time, the West Seattle campus at 6000 16th Ave SW will be closed for deep-cleaning and sanitization and to provide us time to work with public health officials to best protect the campus community and slow the possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Georgetown Campus, NewHolly Learning Center classrooms and the Harbor Island Training Center will stay open (with possible alternative modes of instruction in place) at this time.

College leadership is actively planning for remote operations, and additional information will be shared in the coming days.  Students, please keep in contact with your instructors, and more information about accessing student services will be shared soon. Faculty and staff, please keep in contact with your supervisors as we work through this ever-changing and unprecedented situation. 

Staff and faculty may come to campus on March 10 to consult with their supervisor and gather necessary supplies for remote work.  Staff should reference recent emails from IT Services and Human Resources for further instruction.  Staff who receive a paper paycheck can stop by the cashier’s office by 2 p.m. on March 10.  Otherwise, the paycheck will be mailed to your home address on file.

We have made this decision to put the safety, health and well-being of our campus community first.  Students, please keep in contact with your instructors, and faculty and staff, please keep in contact with your supervisors as we work through this ever-changing and unprecedented situation. 

Please remember, discrimination based on race or ethnicity only makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. While COVID-19 may have started in China, having Chinese or Asian ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to or a cause of this illness. COVID-19 doesn't recognize race or ethnicity.

South Seattle College will continue to work closely with King County Public Health as this situation evolves, and prioritize the safety of our students, faculty and staff in every decision.  Please continue to take care of yourselves and thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information about COVID-19, here at the college and regionally, please check your email regularly , and visit SSC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources webpage and King County Public Health’s Information Hub

Additional Public Health Information

The campus community should know King County Public Health reports there are a number of viral respiratory germs circulating right now in our region (including the seasonal flu), and that everyone should take precautions if you are ill, but not to assume that you have COVID-19.  While many positive cases result in mild to moderate illness, those at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people over 60 and those with underlying health conditions or compromised immune systems.  Important steps we can all take to limit the spread of illness include:

  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.

For more on what to do if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or are worried you may have it, please visit the King County Public Health Blog online for important advice.

South Seattle College Moving to Alternative Modes of Instruction for Remainder of Winter Quarter. No Classes March 9. Instruction Resumes March 10

To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any Seattle Colleges locations. The following changes have been made in accordance with Covid-19 recommendations from King County Public Health to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time.

Important Highlights of This Change

  • Beginning Monday, March 9, South Seattle College is moving from in-person classroom instruction to the appropriate alternative modality for each class, when and where possible. This includes satellite locations of Georgetown and NewHolly, and will continue through the end of the Winter Quarter (March 25). The move is in accordance with the COVID-19 recommendations from Public Health ­­— Seattle and King County to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time.

 

  • There will be no classes on Monday, March 9 so that faculty and staff can prepare for alternative formats and communicate further instruction to students; Classes will resume Tuesday, March 10, reflecting instructional changes throughout the remainder of Winter Quarter.  Students should contact their instructors with any course-related questions or concerns about having access to appropriate technology. Important Exceptions: Some specialized and/or professional-technical classes may continue to meet in person.  Students will hear from their instructors regarding those exceptions. Additional precautionary measures will be taken in these instructional spaces, including priority sanitization of surfaces and seating students farther apart where possible.

 

  • Campuses Remain Open.  All administrative, business and student services operations will remain open with regular hours at this time, including enrollment services, financial aid, library services, advising, counseling, childcare, and accessibility services. 

 

  • Students are welcome on campus to use services as necessary, however everyone, including students, staff and faculty, should stay home if you are feeling ill. 

 

Please continue to follow good personal hygiene habits including washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and wiping down surfaces.  Those who are at higher risk (including people over 60 years old, those with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems, or are pregnant) may also choose to stay home.  Faculty and staff wishing to explore working remotely should contact their supervisor to discuss options.

 

Please continue to take care of yourselves and thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation.  If a member of the South Seattle College community tests positive for Covid-19, college operations will be immediately reassessed.