Information about Spring Quarter 2020 at South Seattle College

(Updated April 3, 2020)

To Our Campus Community:

First off, thank you for your patience and perseverance in this challenging time for our college, communities, country and world.  On this page you will find 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 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. As nationwide social distancing requirements continue to increase and evolve daily, we believe this is the best course of action for reducing uncertainty and anxiety and establishing a reliable, high-quality method of instruction and academic progress for South students through the spring.

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

We will be answering your frequently asked questions about Spring Quarter here, and please continue to consult with your instructors, academic advisors and student services staff for information specific to your situation. 

Please note the following information is subject to change as we all navigate this rapidly changing environment. 


Spring Quarter classes at our main campus in West Seattle will start April 13 through online and alternative modes of instruction for the entire quarter. Apprenticeship programs at Georgetown Campus may have limited in-person instruction as the quarter progresses (more information on that below in the “Programs with Adjusted In-Person Instruction” section).  The quarter will end on June 19, as originally scheduled.

At the outset of the quarter, you and your instructors will work together to establish class norms for teaching and learning remotely. In addition, our campus will provide online resources and technical assistance for all students new to eLearning to help you be successful during this ongoing public health crisis. 

This decision is in keeping with Governor Inslee’s executive orders calling on Washingtonians to "Stay Home, Stay Healthy," and requiring colleges and universities to transition to online and alternative modes of instruction.

Following are additional details on adjustments for Spring Quarter:


Ongoing: We will continue with our current practice of providing remote services for students.  Limited in-person student services by appointment may be made available in the future.

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.
  • 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 (new dates have bold, italicized text):

April 6

     Tuition deadline for previously registered students

April 13


April 17

  • Last day to withdraw with 100% refund (less processing fee)
  • Last day to add/register (SSC)

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

     Faculty Development Day (no classes)

May 29

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

June 19


Programs with Adjusted In-Person Instruction

While all Spring Quarter 2020 classes offered from our main campus in West Seattle will be held online/remotely, exceptions may take place at some point during the quarter 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.  This list is current as of April 3, 2020:

  • Select Apprenticeship Programs
  • Justice Involved Solutions (online only initially, but may switch to in-person learning if facilities open)

Student Services Updates

We will continue with our current practice of providing remote services for students. Limited in-person student services by appointment may be made available in the future.

Additionally, the South Seattle College Bookstore, operated by Barnes & Noble, will be virtual until further notice (visit their website for latest status).  

For additional information, please visit our Spring Quarter FAQs page and explore resources in the menu.