COVID-19 Vaccination Timeline

Greetings,

With the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations to Washington State, a vaccination timeline outlining the schedule phases when categories of people are eligible to receive the vaccination has been developed by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). At this time, Washington State has moved to Phase 1b which includes:

  • Those in Phase 1a not already vaccinated as listed below.
    • High-risk workers in health care settings
    • High-risk first responders
    • Residents and staff of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other community-based, congregate living settings where most individuals over 65 years of age are receiving care, supervision, or assistance
    • Once these categories are completed, all other workers in health care settings
  • All people 65 years  or older
  • All people 50 years or older in multigenerational households (home where individuals from 2 or more generations reside such as an elder   and a grandchild)

While the vaccination is not mandatory, employees and their families are encouraged to receive the vaccination from their health care provided as soon as they are eligible under the DOH timeline linked above. Additional information related to those eligible for vaccination can be found on the DOH COVID-19 Vaccination website.

Thank you,

Veronica Zura

Executive Director

Human Resources

Winter & Spring COVID-19 Campus Update

Dear Colleague, 

With continued elevated rates of COVID-19 in our region, I am announcing two important updates for our community regarding our current pause in attendance on campus and our plans for spring quarter. 

Extending the Temporary Pause in Campus Attendance 

The College will extend the temporary pause in on-campus attendance announced last month through January 31. We ask that employees and students refrain from coming to campus during this period to help reduce the spread of the virus after the winter holidays. Limited instructional programs approved to start earlier may continue to meet on campus as needed, and the curbside pickup/drop-off service will remain in operation for students and employees. 

Remote Spring Quarter 

Based on current health data and the anticipated time for widespread vaccinations to take place, the College will continue remote learning and operations through spring quarter (ending June 18, 2021). We will continue to offer primarily online, asynchronous courses, with limited exceptions for face-to-face learning in pre-approved programs. While we are eager to return to campus in greater numbers, the safest choice for our students, employees, and the community at this time is to limit as much in-person gathering as possible. 

Updates to Public Health Guidance 

Governor Inslee recently updated the Healthy Washington recovery plan to restart the state in Phase 1. We continue to ask everyone in our community to keep up the excellent work of wearing masks, staying 6-feet apart, avoiding crowds, and washing hands frequently. As COVID-19 vaccines begin to become more available in our region, there is a phased plan for vaccinations, starting with those at highest risk. You can learn more about this plan on Public Health Seattle & King County’s website

New On-Campus COVID Coordinator 

I am pleased to announce that Ellen Gottas has taken on a new role as our on-campus COVID coordinator. Ellen will be scheduling staff for the student check-in stations, facilitating communication between departments, and working with Greg Jensen to purchase personal protective Equipment (PPE) for the campus. 

In this new year, while we face many challenges, we also have overcome much and can celebrate the resilient community we call Shoreline. I look forward to seeing all that we will accomplish together in support of our students, even as we remain apart. 

In health, 

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
President

CARES Act funds available for students

Image of a young man wearing a mask holding up dollar bills with the heading "Facing financial hardship during the pandemic?"

Please help spread the word that winter quarter COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Fund dollars are available for students experiencing hardship due to the pandemic.

  • Qualified students can request up to a maximum of $2,115 per quarter for tuition, technology, textbooks, rent, food, childcare, or healthcare expenses 
  • Funds are dispersed on a first-come, first serve basis starting January 4  
  • Students who have applied in a previous quarter may apply again 
  • Applications will remain open until all funds are dispersed 

Learn who’s eligible: www.shoreline.edu/covidfund

Questions? Email emergencyaid@shoreline.edu

Holiday Gatherings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Colleague,  

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Washington, Governor Inslee recently issued a new four-week restriction on group gatherings and certain businesses.  

Status of Campus Operations 

This guidance does not change the current operations or protocols at the College, as we follow the state’s Campus Reopening Guide for higher education. While our campus continues to operate remotely, we currently have 10 programs that offer some practical in-person coursework on campus, with appropriate safety protocols in place. We will continue to monitor the change in COVID-19 cases and alert the campus community of any potential changes to these on-campus programs. 

Holiday Gatherings 

Governor Inslee’s latest guidance does provide some important recommendations about how to stay safe during the fall and winter holidays. Please remember, gathering in groups — even with people you know— may spread COVID-19. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others.  

This holiday season, public health experts are urging all of us to “stay put” — to celebrate only with the people we already live with, whether that means staying at home or in a residence hall. This is especially important if, over the past two weeks, you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or you have had symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.The Department of Health’s Safe Gatherings webpage offers helpful ideas on ways to celebrate safely and how to have conversations with friends and family about social events. 

If you decide to host or attend a Thanksgiving celebration, public health experts ask that you: 

  • Celebrate outdoors 
  • Limit the guest list to no more than five people outside your household 
  • Keep social interactions as short as possible 
  • Consider quarantining from now to the celebration date, leaving your residence only for essential activities such as buying groceries or brief periods of outdoor exercise 
  • Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands regularly, and consider taking your temperature before socializing with others 
  • If you have been around groups of people who may not have worn masks, health experts recommend getting a COVID-19 test 
  • For your safety and others, the College strongly encourages employees to consider avoiding travel during the holidays, especially if they are faculty or staff members who frequently work on campus 

Free Drive-Through Flu Shots 

It’s also not too late to get a flu vaccination this season! Flu vaccination is more important than ever to keep you from getting sick during the pandemic, and to help save important medical resources for COVID-19 patients. Find out how to make an appointment or check out these next drive-through dates: 

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Midway Elementary School, 22447 24th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198 
  • Saturday, Nov. 21 – Beverly Park Elementary School, 1201 S 104th St., Seattle, WA 98168 
  • Or find another vaccine clinic site 

I know these are stressful times for so many reasons, which can become even more pronounced during the holidays. If you are feeling sad, lonely, stressed, or anxious, please know you can find support through Washington EAP services (877-313-4455). 
Students can access support at the Counseling Center (206-546-4594). 

Thank you for being so resilient and caring during these disruptive times. I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy start to the holiday season. 

With care, 

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
President
Office of the President

Winter Quarter Classes & Operations

Dear Colleague,

Based on current public health information, Shoreline Community College will continue remote operations and remote instruction through winter quarter (which ends March 24, 2021). 

For winter quarter, classes will be offered in the following formats: 

  • Online: Constructed as 100% online (no specific day/time) 
  • C19 Online: Temporarily online due to COVID-19 (no specific day/time) 
  • On-Campus: Limited professional-technical classes may meet in person (specific days/times listed) 

As with previous quarters, any employees or students who need to come to campus will be required to secure pre-authorization and follow our COVID-19 campus access protocols (learn more on the Faculty/Staff COVID-19 web page). The only campus buildings accessible to the public at this time are the Dental Hygiene Clinic and the Parent Child Center.

While I know we would all prefer to be back together on our beautiful campus again, given the continued transmission rates of COVID-19 in King County, this is the safest and best choice for our students and employees.

Respectfully,

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
President
Office of the President