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This page will be used to update our campus community about the latest changes in response to the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

Updated: 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.

Sincerely,

  • Kurt R. Buttleman, Ed.D.
  • Acting President - North Seattle College 
  • Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Success- Seattle Colleges
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear North Seattle College students,

Winter Quarter is complete, and you made it past the finish line. Congratulations! We hope you take time to relax and enjoy spring break, while staying safe at home and staying healthy.

In response to Gov. Inslee's Stay Home - Stay Healthy order, we are providing more information about campus operations over the next two weeks and during spring quarter. We will continue to send updates when there is new information to share.

Spring Quarter Classes
Spring quarter will start on Monday, April 13. Classes will be online unless your instructor tells you otherwise. Online classes will include labs, studio art classes, and physical education classes. Very few classes will meet in person, and in person classes will not be scheduled until later in spring quarter.

The 2019-20 Academic Calendar, with updated spring quarter dates, is online.

Student Services & Campus Resources
NSC Student Services staff are available to assist students online and through Zoom. Staff are actively monitoring and responding to email correspondence. Please check department's websites for more information and see this site for a list of Student Services contact information and other campus resources.

The NSC bookstore is closed now and anticipates reopening on April 7. More information about returning Winter Quarter books and order fulfillment for spring is online and has been emailed to you.

Community Support & Resources
We know that Spring Quarter isn't the only thing on your mind, and you are focused on taking care of your health, family, finances, and community. There are resources on campus and in the community that can help. Please see our Emergency Resources site for a list of support services.

Online Classes & Technology Assistance
We're here to help you transition to online classes in spring quarter. In order to be successful in taking online classes, you will need a computer, tablet, or mobile device, with speakers and a camera. You also need internet access. See the Technology Assistance for Students page to get more information on technical support, getting internet access, borrowing a Chromebook, and support services from the Library and E-Learning. Please reach out through these resources if you need help accessing your classes and coursework online.

Please check back on these websites regularly, as information is constantly being added. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.


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.

District Communications


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.

District Communications


Friday, March 13, 2020

Message to students from the Seattle Colleges District:

Dear Students,

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.

District Communications


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, leanna.bordner@seattlecolleges.edu
NSC Student Financial Aid Office, NSCCfinancialaid@seattlecolleges.edu 
NSC/UWKC Benefits Hub, Jamie.lewis@seattlecolleges.edu
NSC Workforce Education Office, nworkforce@seattlecolleges.edu 
NSC Equity and Welcome Center, Dandre.Fisher@Seattlecolleges.edu  

Service updates:

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.

Sincerely,

  • Sincerely,
  • Warren Brown, Ed.D.
  • President, North Seattle College
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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 Personal Statement Workshop online tomorrow on Zoom. Students can RSVP here. And they will be able to join the online workshop by following this link.

The Library, eLearning, Teaching and Learning Center, and Student Media Center have updated hours on their sites:


Saturday, March 7, 2020

Dear Students,

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.

  • Sincerely,
  • Warren Brown, Ed.D.
  • President, North Seattle College
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