This page will be used to update our campus community about the latest changes and information in response to COVID-19.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Higher education, effective Aug. 1, now has its own set of guidelines and compliance standards, separate from K-12 education and other businesses and industries, according to Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington state's Safe Start phased reopening plan.
Our districtwide Health and Safety Team has incorporated this information into the latest version of our official Infection Control Plan (ICP). The ICP guides the decision-making of the Emergency Response Team—including the chancellor, college presidents, leadership teams, and working groups—as they plan for Fall Quarter and beyond.
Fall Quarter 2020
Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of employees and students. As Fall Quarter nears on Tuesday, Sept. 29, we will continue to serve thousands of students with most instruction offered remotely, and some hybrid and limited face-to-face offerings—all observing public health and hygiene best practices outlined in the ICP.
Most employees will continue to work remotely wherever possible. Access to campus buildings will remain limited and by appointment or approval. Any students, faculty, and staff who arrive at a campus for authorized purposes should follow the appropriate procedures and safety training requirements. Employees should contact their supervisor if they have any questions, or Human Resources if they require accommodation due to health concerns.
While we strive to make consistent policy and procedure decisions across our district, our colleges—North, Central, and South—have different programs and levels of resources.
College presidents, vice presidents, and deans are working to make decisions that fit their colleges and programs best while providing student services efficiently in ways that resources and health and safety guidelines allow.
Information about each college’s program and student services offerings is available at the college’s COVID-19 informational website:
Central: Student Services | Campus Entry Procedures and COVID-19 Updates
North: Student Services | Campus Entry Procedures | COVID-19 Updates
South: Student Services | Campus Entry Procedures | COVID-19 Updates
Districtwide COVID-19 Updates
We are grateful for the technology that allows us to continue to engage with one another and pursue our collective mission of delivering great instruction and service to our students. Thanks as always for your patience and diligence in working to keep everyone safe.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Seattle Colleges is planning to begin phasing more in-person instruction and activities for fall 2020. Details of which courses are currently planned to be offered in person / on-line / hybrid are reflected in each college’s class schedule.
Modifications to normal operating procedures will likely be required to address necessary health and safety considerations for students, faculty, and staff. Seattle Colleges continues to consult with public health experts to ensure the transition is made as smoothly and safely as possible. More information on the specific modifications will be announced throughout the summer.
Listed below are key dates for fall quarter.
September 29 – Fall quarter begins
October 12 – Last day to add/register
December 17 – Fall quarter ends
Friday, May 29, 2020
This afternoon, Friday, May 29, Governor Inslee gave an update of his Safe Start phased approach to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s announcement does not change current operations at North Seattle College or our plans for summer quarter.
Authorized employees and students enrolled in certain instructional programs or those seeking services by appointment are being admitted to campus in accordance with public health and social distancing guidelines. All other instruction and services are continuing through remote operations, and campus remains closed to the public until further notice.
Students with questions should contact their instructors. Employees with questions should contact their supervisors.
We appreciate your patience and diligence in working to keep everyone safe.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Beginning Monday, May 18, North Seattle College will admit the following groups to campus:
- Faculty and students in approved Career and Technical programs
- Essential staff, approved by their supervisor
- Students that have confirmed appointments with Student Services
- All other instruction and services will continue remote operations and campuses will remain closed to the public.
Maintaining Public Health Guidelines:
North Seattle College is opening its physical locations in compliance with all public health guidelines. Those authorized to enter campus are asked to follow the processes, actions, and procedures below:
- Take your temperature at home – Please take your temperature at home each time you plan to come to campus. If you have a fever 100.4° F or above, or do not feel well, remain at home.
- Wear a face mask – You need to wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. If possible, please bring your own. We have a limited supply on hand for those who do not have one.
- Check-in and check-out daily at established locations – Everyone entering and leaving a campus will be expected to check in and check out by completing a form (Students | Employees) at established entry/exit points. Students must check-in at the Bookstore, and employees must check-in at the Security Office see the map below.
- Take the Required Health and Safety Training – You will be expected to complete health and safety training that details recommended social distancing and hygiene best practices.
- Students will be required to complete the training in their classes with their instructors on the first day of class.
- Employees are required to complete the training before returning to campus or on their first day at campus. Employees can register to take the training online or view a pre-recorded video on Canvas. Anyone without a Canvas account may email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive one.
If you have additional questions, students should ask their instructors, employees should ask their supervisors.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and diligence in working to keep everyone safe.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
North Seattle College is hoping to resume in-person instruction for the fall quarter. However, in light of the ongoing uncertainty, we will remain flexible to ensure compliance with public health guidance. Key dates for the fall quarter are listed below. Please note that the dates for fall registration have not changed.
Fall registration for returning students
Fall registration for new students
Fall quarter begins
Last day to add/register – South
Last day to add/register – North and Central
Fall quarter ends
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Summer quarter will begin as scheduled on June 29, primarily through online instruction. Programs requiring labs, face-to-face, and hands-on instruction, if offered, will be in accordance with public health and social distancing guidelines.
Summer registration for returning students will open May 18. Registration will open May 26 for new students. Please see MyNorth for the list of summer courses and course information.
More information will be shared as it is available.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Counseling Resources for Online Learning
The NSC Counseling Department is available to support to students during the transition to online learning and in the time of COVID-19.
Looking for tips to be successful in your online classes?
Research shows online students do best when they:
- Choose/clear-off a consistent space for study
- Make a study schedule blocking times
- Put phone and messaging services on "silence"
- Check-in regularly/actively participate-- making a comment/asking a question on discussion boards
- Stay healthy--eat, sleep, exercise, schedule electronic visits with loved-ones.
Please see the counseling website for additional tips for success in online classes.
Seeking additional counseling resources?
- Please see the counseling website for Emergency, Crisis, Health, Behavioral /Mental Health resources.
- Tele-consulting with a Counseling faculty member, about academic success skills, is available for currently enrolled students: email@example.com.
- Join the counseling faculty for the "Well-Being and Productivity in the Time of COVID-19" workshop on Thurs. April 30 at noon. Register through SLC Online Services via Zoom.
- Need help identifying your career interests and college major, and with developing skills to meet your goals? Register for HDC100. 02: Personal Evaluation and Career Planning (2 credits) with instructor Jenny Mao. For permission to enter HDC100, email instructor firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the counseling website for additional information and support.
Friday, April 10, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has changed many things. But it doesn't change the exceptional achievements of our Class of 2020.
In years past, we have used our commencement ceremony to award degrees and celebrate our graduates. This year will be slightly different, but our passion and enthusiasm remain.
Uncertainty around the current pandemic has led us to cancel the June 25 in-person commencement ceremony. However, we are working with student leaders to evaluate options and alternatives to show love, appreciation, and admiration to graduates.
Make no mistake, we are determined to celebrate the Class of 2020 in a manner fitting of our students' hard work and perseverance. Graduates should apply for graduation in the normal manner.
Although things are different than we had planned, we encourage everyone to keep looking forward, remain hopeful, and show compassion and understanding for those in need.
Stay home, stay healthy, and an early "Congratulations!" to the Class of 2020 from all of us at Seattle Colleges.
Chancellor, Seattle Colleges
Acting President, North Seattle College
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Pursuant to Governor Inslee’s updated date, May 4, for the Stay at Home order, North Seattle College will now be offering only online classes for Spring Quarter for all programs, April 13 - May 4. It is currently anticipated that the following list of programs may offer some in person instruction starting May 5.
EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
Student Services will also only be offered virtually during this time. No in person services will be available until May 5 at the earliest.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Dear North Seattle College students,
Thank you for your patience and flexibility regarding plans for Spring Quarter. Spring Quarter classes at North will begin on Monday, April 13, and most classes will be online for the entire quarter. We believe this is the best way to continue spring classes while observing social distancing requirements and prioritizing the health and safety of the North Seattle College community.
Most classes will be online, including labs, studio art classes, and physical education classes. A few programs will require some on-campus instruction due to regulatory or accreditation requirements. More information about in-person instruction will be shared when it is available. We will continue to consider your health and safety and to follow the state and federal guidelines for disease prevention while planning requirements for Spring Quarter. By April 13, you should receive information from your instructor about courses and how the courses will be taught in the Spring Quarter. You may also find specific information about your spring classes in the instructor notes section of MyNorth.
Programs with some on-campus instruction are as follows:
EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
We encourage you to plan your spring schedule and register for Spring Quarter classes now. Advisors are available by email to assist you with selecting and registering for classes. The college will have limited on-site services until further notice, but we are still available to answer your questions by phone or email.
North is here to help you have a successful spring quarter. Advising, Counseling, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Tutoring and other Student Services staff are available to help you transition to online classes and to help you continue your academic plan this spring. Please check departments’ websites for more information and updates. Additional resources to support you are found on the Online Classes & Technology Assistance page and the Emergency Resources for Students page.
For more information about ordering books for Spring Quarter, please check your email and the North Seattle College Bookstore site.
We will continue to send updates to your Seattle Colleges email address and update the North Seattle College COVID-19 website. Please reach out if you have questions or need assistance to prepare for Spring Quarter.
Monday, March 30, 2020
Dear North Seattle College community,
Since North moved to online classes and remote operations due to coronavirus, we have asked you to keep us informed about your health and your students’ health. With the number of confirmed cases in the state increasing, it felt like just a matter of time before we would hear news of a confirmed case from our community.
There have been a few reports of illness over the past few weeks, and unfortunately, we have now received our first reports of confirmed coronavirus cases. At this time, there are two reports of confirmed cases from our college community. Both people are resting and recovering.
These two community members were last on campus on March 4 and March 12, and we are past the 14 day required quarantine period since that time. Additionally, the campus was cleaned and disinfected after those dates. Students and staff who interacted with these two people have been informed of their exposure.
We hope that you are taking care of yourselves and your community. Please continue to prioritize your health, and follow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy guidelines. If you are ill, please follow the public health guidelines, and know that the college community is here to support each other.
Kurt R. Buttleman, Ed.D.
Acting President - North Seattle College
Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Success- Seattle Colleges
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Message to students and employees from the Seattle Colleges District:
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 (Central and North). 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.
In the meantime, stay home and stay healthy.
Monday, March 23, 2020
Seattle Colleges Community,
This evening Gov. Inslee issued a “stay at home” order for the state of Washington. Seattle Colleges is working with government officials to determine a path forward. More information soon.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Today, the Seattle Colleges announced that Spring Quarter classes will start April 13 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. We will provide additional information about specific spring quarter classes and campus services when details are confirmed. Please continue to check this site for updates.
Please see the Seattle Colleges site for the full announcement.
North Seattle College operations will continue remote operations March 16-27. On March 30, the college will open for limited in-person student and business services, as health, government, and staffing requirements allow.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Message to students and employees from the Seattle Colleges District:
Seattle Colleges Community,
Seattle Colleges is planning for a Spring Quarter of instruction. The leadership team is actively working with our labor partners to determine the details and timeline. An announcement will be made no later than Thursday, March 19.
In the meantime, Seattle Colleges is focusing on establishing a list of core student and business services and opening those operations March 30, as allowed by Governor Inslee’s and public health guidelines.
Friday, March 13, 2020
Message to students from the Seattle Colleges District:
Today, 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. This is consistent with our current operations for Winter Quarter through March 25.
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.
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Chromebooks Available for Library Checkout for Spring Quarter Students
North Seattle College library is making a limited number of Chromebook laptop computers available to students to better enable them to continue their studies online, using Canvas. Eligible students may use the computers and return them at the end of spring quarter to the library. Computers will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until the supply is exhausted, so you need to act now.
To be eligible, you must:
• Not have a computer at home to use.
• Be registered for and taking for-credit classes spring quarter (including ABE, ESL and IBEST students). Not-for-credit continuing education classes are not eligible.
• Have access to internet service at home.
• Have received a referral form from one of the referring areas listed below.
Priority will be given to students who are also caregivers (children, other family members) and need to be home, and other students with substantial economic need.
To receive a referral for a computer, you need to contact one of the referral areas listed below who will verify your eligibility and issue a referral form. You will need this form to pick up your computer next week. Your referral staff will arrange to have your computer delivered to you at your home by an NSC staff member, maintaining social distancing.
To receive a referral form, contact one of the following referral areas immediately:
NSC Academic Advising, email@example.com
NSC Student Financial Aid Office, NSCCfinancialaid@seattlecolleges.edu
NSC/UWKC Benefits Hub, Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org
NSC Workforce Education Office, email@example.com
NSC Equity and Welcome Center, Dandre.Fisher@Seattlecolleges.edu
The North Seattle College bookstore is closed today, Thursday, March 12. Hours for Friday, March 13 are to be determined.
The Wellness Center will be closed until further notice. Please check back for potential updates to the schedule.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Message from the President:
Dear North Seattle College community,
As we continue to adapt and respond to public health recommendations regarding the coronavirus, North Seattle College will be moving to remote operations starting Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. North Seattle College will resume operations Monday, March 30, pending guidance from public health officials. The decision was made in response to the Public Health of Seattle & King County recommendation for employers to enable as many employees as possible to telecommute in order to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
All North Seattle College classes and campus services will operate remotely during the closure, and students and employees should not come to campus. Employees, please work with your supervisor to make arrangements to work remotely. The college will remain open through Sunday, March 15, which will allow time for you to prepare for remote operations.
Students should continue to work with instructors to finish winter quarter classes. Although our campus buildings will be closed, Student Services employees in financial aid, advising, the cashier’s office, etc. are working remotely and can still support students in registering for spring classes, and answering questions. The best way to contact each service at this time is through their department email found online. Students can also call and leave a message, and staff will respond as soon as possible.
At this time, we do not have a report of a positive coronavirus test from a North Seattle College student or employee. However, with safety and prevention in mind, we will use the closure to clean and disinfect classrooms, offices, and common areas. During the closure, our cleaning staff will need 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 until the close of business on Sunday, March 15.
We will continue to be in touch when we have something new to report. Please look for email updates, and updates on our website: https://northseattle.edu/coronavirus. And, if you haven’t signed up for emergency alert messages, please do so now: www.getrave.com/login/seattlecolleges
Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to respond to this situation.
Warren Brown, Ed.D.
President, North Seattle College
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The North Seattle College Food Pantry operations are temporarily suspended. We hope to re-open the first week of spring quarter, on Thursday, April 9, 2020, pending direction from the district and/or campus administration.
In the meantime, students, staff and community members may find food resources at area food banks including the Ballard Food Bank, Bethany Community Church, Wallingford-FamilyWorks Food Bank, Greenwood-FamilyWorks Food Bank, North Helpline-Bitter Lake, North Helpline-Lake City, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, and the University District Food Bank. Additionally, the Equity and Welcome Center is currently operating on a 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily schedule and can provide grab-and-go items (soup, snacks, etc.) to students.
If you live outside of North Seattle, here are other food banks which may be near you: https://www.parenthelp123.org/resources/food-assistance-resources
Monday, March 9, 2020
The Student Learning Center is operating within its normal hours until further notice.
To help alleviate large gatherings of people and support students who may not want to come to campus, the SLC has two options:
- E-Tutoring. This is tutoring offered both synchronously and asynchronously through the Western e-tutoring consortium. Access instructions are on the website.
- Online Zoom tutoring with our in-house staff. Students can check the online schedule, and click on the link to enter the Zoom room with the tutor.
The Library, eLearning, Teaching and Learning Center, and Student Media Center have updated hours on their sites:
- Library https://libguides.northseattle.edu/welcome/hoursstaff
- eLearning https://elearning.northseattle.edu/mission-vision/contact
- TLC http://webshares.northseattle.edu/tlc/abouttlc_direct.shtm
- SMC https://northseattle.edu/student-media-center
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Through continued review of the King County Public Health recommendations, conversations with our staff, and noting that we are nearing final exams, we have decided to suspend classroom instruction for one day, Monday, March 9, meaning no classes will be held at NSC on Monday. At that time faculty will be working to create lesson plans for the remaining weeks of winter quarter that will reduce face-to-face class time. On Tuesday, March 10, classes will resume and your instructors will be in touch to share their plans for the rest of the quarter.
Campus facilities and all student services will remain open to continue to serve you. Available services include the Child Care Center, Student Learning Center, Advising Office, Registration Office, Library, Business Office, and Wellness Center.
There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students or employees at any Seattle Colleges locations. The decision to suspend classroom instruction is intended to minimize the potential exposure to coronavirus by students, faculty, and staff. This follows our decision on Thursday to cancel public events at our campus involving more than 50 people. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed, NSC will review our operational plan.
We will continue prioritize your health and safety and will be in touch with updates. Please check the Seattle Colleges informational site for the most up-to-date information: seattlecolleges.edu/coronavirus.
And, if you haven’t signed up for emergency alert messages, please do so now: www.getrave.com/login/seattlecolleges.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this situation, and please take care.
Warren Brown, Ed.D.
President, North Seattle College