Highline College continues to plan for a safe and successful fall quarter for all students. If you have already submitted, thank you. If you have not been in close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, you are considered to be at low risk for infection. Technology distribution, bookstore pick-ups and other related drive through events will still happen the first week of winter quarter, Jan. 11-15, 2021. Are you a Highline College student with expenses related to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic? The college’s leadership team focused on three guidelines mentioned in a July 6 message to make our decision to limit in-person instruction in the fall and those same guidelines apply to winter quarter as well. Social distancing is critical to stemming the spread of COVID-19, and I urge you to observe the order to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy. In times of fear and uncertainty, there is often misinformation shared as a result of bias and, at times, discrimination. P.O. The extension does impact our plans for a limited number of classes that must be held in a face-to-face format, particularly health care programs. Now that we’re settling into spring quarter, I want to share plans for summer and fall quarters. The quarter will end as scheduled on June 11, 2020. I appreciate the governor’s desire to protect the health and safety of our students, and I share that goal. In times of fear and uncertainty, there is often misinformation shared as a result of bias and, at times, discrimination and xenophobia. We will email you directly by the first week of August with any changes to your courses. Jay Inslee’s four-phased approach for reopening businesses and modifying physical distancing, we are unable to host an in-person Commencement this spring. Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (206) 477-3977 to see if isolation and quarantine services are right for you. The Counseling Center, to name just one, has spent the last week becoming certified in tele-mental health. Winter Quarter 2021 I’m writing today to provide updates regarding the novel coronavirus. King County Public Health publishes a page with regular updates relevant specifically to our region. We have been busily working to outline clear measures about how we will successfully operate under Gov. This news will not impact many students, since most classes will continue in remote and online teaching for winter and spring quarters. Refer to Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details. 2400 S. 240th St. We are not alone in these efforts, as our neighboring colleges — Renton Technical and Green River College — are also reviewing their options. Students are urged to contact their instructors to make arrangements if they need to miss class for any reason. We also welcome your questions at ask@highline.edu. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Phone: (206) 592-4525 Office: 19-103 Mailstop: 19-1 Email: hkang@highline.edu Due to Covid-19, classes are online and I hold office hours via Zoom. B99: until 5 p.m. A. We are monitoring the ongoing situation and will send updates as needed. Please follow all guidelines to help protect yourself and prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is operated by CHI Franciscan and hosted by Highline College, with support from King County, and is provided as a walk-up tent off of South 240th Street in the college’s South Parking Lot. Highline College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all who study, work or visit. Canvas down? Skip to main content. Below is a listing of buildings that will remain open during the final week of winter quarter. In the winter, we will continue to offer robust educational opportunities, including many virtual events and online services and resources at Highline. It will be up to individual faculty members and/or their department heads to determine what those policies are. I have spoken to our executive leadership and they have already prepared for this possibility. B1: until 3 p.m. In accordance with King County Department of Public Health guidance, we encourage supervisors to provide telework options to employees whose job duties can be performed remotely without hampering operations or instruction. I earned my Masters of Accounting at Washington State University and have been at Highline since 2009. Additionally, fall 2021 marks the college’s 60th anniversary since it was founded in 1961. Campus will remain physically closed to all students, faculty, staff and the public, with the exception of some classes and critical staff, such as public safety officers and facilities staff. Give yourself permission for grace, to pause and self-care. CDC travel advisories are at Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel for. To contact them or to review online resources, visit Virtual Support Services. Your necessary feedback informed the college’s decision to hold a virtual commencement. If you signed up for a course listed as a face-to-face class, then you will be notified if the mode of instruction has changed to another format. Currently, no members of the Highline College community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. I hope this message finds you well. Gain more experience with Canvas and Zoom by taking our non-credit, self-paced and instructor supported class, Let’s build a virtual community! Your continued dedication to our community remains a model of excellent customer service and care that I believe has provided comfort for our wonderful International Students. Governor Inslee announced state plans to cover the costs of COVID-19 tests for residents without health insurance. The Technology Resource Loan Program will allow students to request technology support for spring quarter. I want to take a moment to thank Gov. During spring quarter, counselors will be conducting both drop-in and scheduled appointments using Zoom. Additionally, HR will provide reminders about FERPA to ensure we don’t violate federal laws or student privacy when speaking with parents or guardians. We are trying a variety of ways to make sure you feel supported this quarter. Inslee issued an emergency proclamation aimed at increasing social distancing efforts and limiting face-to-face instruction to reduce and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Español (206) 592-3750 Based on initial drafts of Phase 3 guidance from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), we expect Phase 3 guidelines to require similar infection prevention measures. January 11 – March 26. Today, Gov. Here’s some important things to know: As always, be cautious when clicking on links in emails from unknown sources. I appreciate the collaboration that Student Services, Academic Affairs and Administrative Services dedicated to this issue over the past several days. Ill with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled from an affected area in the last 14 days. A new free COVID-19 test site will open at Highline College on Friday, November 20. 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.” (“What to Do If You Have Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 or Are Worried That You May Have COVID-19,” King County Public Health, Public Health Insider, 3/5/20). Complete form. I encourage everyone to take care of yourself, listen to your body and please err on the side of caution in all your activities. In an abundance of caution, we are preparing as we would for any other potentially disruptive situation, such as a natural disaster. Receiving these updates and hearing about coronavirus can be overwhelming and, for some, extremely stressful. Our best strategy is to limit the amount of in-person contact on campus. Only very few classes will be held in person, such as specific sections of labs that cannot be taught remotely. Highline staff members are here to help you with resources and virtual support services. Please know that the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Resources and tips for Highline College employees engaged in teleworking during the current coronavirus situation. We will continue to offer remote support during this time. You can sign up to receive free email alerts that will inform you when new information is posted to the site. Jay Inslee. Locations and Directions Department Directory. If necessary, for the completion of the program, the Governor’s proclamation allows for the continuation of limited in-person learning for classes and finals that cannot be offered online, such as labs and clinicals, as well as career and technical programs. Managers may be able to provide telecommuting options for employees on a case-by-case basis. I want to end this week with some updates about what to expect in the coming days and weeks. For those limited classes that cannot be performed online, social distancing protocols will be practiced. Self-care is very important during this stressful time. TTY (206) 870-4853, COVID-19 test site at Highline College expands testing capacity. Library: until 5 p.m. Thursday (3/19): This website works best with modern browsers such as … Award winning Highline College in Des Moines, Washington offers over 100 degrees and certificates, included five applied bachelor's degrees. For all of us at Highline, much will remain the same. We are incredibly grateful for the governor’s thoughtful approach, during this time. For more information about getting tested, including a list of free test sites, visit Public Health’s testing webpage or check out  a video of what it is like to get a COVID-19 test. Presenters and panelists include: Dr. Colleen Sheridan, Daryllyn Harris, Dr. Ann Korn, Xiaohong Zhao, Francesca Fender and Jonathan Dietzen. Student Services is currently operating remotely. Here’s what those designations mean: We are hoping to resume in-person classes during fall quarter. Highline continues to provide instruction and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Español (206) 592-3750 We are working on a solution for those courses and will provide an update soon. This new site complements free test sites already in operation in Renton, Auburn, Tukwila and Federal Way, increasing access to testing across south King County as cases skyrocket. B99: until 5 p.m. Free parking is available on the west side of the South Parking Lot and there is access to the 156 bus line. Our college staff has worked hard to provide students a dynamic virtual college experience that prioritizes community support and provides an opportunity to safely continue your educational goals during this very difficult time. We will also ask instructors to confirm the class delivery methods with their students. Our first virtual Commencement is sure to be a special one. Most college support services will continue to function remotely. Highline remains committed to providing that opportunity for our community. Support Services: Many support services are available virtually and through Zoom. We will be acting immediately to help our campus community succeed and adjust. Communicating and responding to our International Students has been extensive and a heavy lift for the department. Adherence to social distancing protocols will be followed in all locations. The Facilities department will be cleaning high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces more often, with special attention to door handles and keyboards. Since this quarter will be anything but traditional, we want to help you become Thunderbird Ready for a virtual fall quarter at Highline College. View tips for working remotely, setting up online meetings and e-learning options. Student Employee Paperwork: *Career and Student Employment, HR and IT will not be processing New Hires during the time period of (1/15/21-2/28/21) We will re-open the Drive Thru March 1 st 2021. Avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes to the extent possible. The Port of Seattle continued to help COVID-19 recovery efforts in South King County with the approval today of a three year, $160,000 agreement with the Highline College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide small, woman and minority business enterprises (WMBE) with training and assistance for those interested in doing business with the Port. The COVID-19 pandemic is extremely stressful, and it is vitally important to not panic. A team of Highline College employees will reach out to you next week to check in and answer questions. The campus remains physically closed to all students, faculty, staff and the public. Highline has a Coronavirus Information and Resources page that contains the latest official communications from the College, including updates from Dr. John Mosby and the Washington State government as well previous updates and a FAQ list for General Information, Information for Students, and Information for Faculty and Staff. In the event a student or employee falls ill or needs to care for a sick family member, we are encouraging managers and instructors to be as flexible as possible when it comes to missing school or work. Campus Location The support of Highline College students means the world. If you experience or witness any bias or harassment, report it to Highline Public Safety at (206) 592-3218. Under Phase 2, the college has the option to resume all non-lecture based higher education and workforce training, including those activities for which physical distancing may not be maintained. We believe that students who have an inclusive environment to learn, backed by an institution that is committed to anti-racism, have the capacity to change the world as global citizens. In an effort to help slow down the spread of COVID-19, any class or lab that is scheduled to be on campus winter quarter will be remote for the first week of instruction (Jan. 11-15, 2021) and will return to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. As I announced on April 2, alternate modes of instruction — whether it is online, remote or another form of teaching — will continue for the duration of spring quarter. Classes for fall quarter are designated in these five ways: During summer quarter, we are planning to continue offering student resources and services online. Kindness, among all this uncertainty, is needed right now toward one another. If you need help with registration, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (open seven days a week, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.), at (206) 477-3977. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest … B6: until 1 p.m. Network down? Please know our campus is fortunate to have an incredible collection of students, staff and faculty that care for one another and a group of leaders who will always put Highline College first. For making purchases from the Bookstore, students can now order online and pick up in Mt. 2400 S. 240th St. Highline College continues to remain open to serve all those who rely on our services, including our library, computer labs, business offices and student housing, but staff schedules and open hours may change. While our collective efforts are working to slow the transmission rates of COVID-19, Washington state is not yet ready to resume a full return to normal activities. All employees not working alone in an office will be required to wear a mask and stay within their designated workspace. Likewise, students should contact their instructors if they have questions about attending classes. Students will be updated by their instructors. Employees who were confirmed to have been in close contact with the employee have been directed to self-quarantine at home until the suggested 14-day quarantine period ends. Highline College welcomes you to Winter Quarter. Many of our students have limited or little access to technology. Supervisors will work with their department or division leaders to develop these plans. Instructors may elect to continue holding classes in person with no changes. Under Phase 1, specific classes are allowed to be held on campus as long as they demonstrate that they meet the Governor’s strict health guidelines. Take time to do something for yourself, whatever makes you happy. Regularly check your Highline email for key updates. As always, we welcome your questions at ask@highline.edu. Most instruction will be offered in virtual and remote modes, building on our experiences in spring and summer quarters. Among these are limitations on social gatherings, business operations and out-of-state travel. I also want to specifically thank our International Student Programs office for their hard work this past week. More information on our plan moving forward will be communicated on Monday, March 16. While it gives us some freedom to determine what can be offered on campus in fall, the college’s leadership team focused on these three guidelines: Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy. But we do look forward to the day when it is deemed safe to bring students and our community together to enjoy and appreciate our beautiful campus and facilities. COVID-19 Testing on Campus: Free COVID-19 testing is available at Highline College. Self-Screening Form: All students, employees and guest coming to campus are required to complete a COVID-19 self-screening form before arriving and leaving. And feel free to email any questions or provide feedback to ask@highline.edu. In addition, facial coverings must be worn by every employee, instructor, and student not working alone (with no chance of human interaction) at the location, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under Department of Labor & Industries safety and health rules and guidance. Stay tuned for updates in the next week. Inslee released his plan for re-opening higher education. We are working on the possibility of opening some specific spaces on campus for limited access for students in Winter Quarter. With the decision to extend online and remote teaching and online student services for the entire spring quarter, we recognize that some students are in need of technology resources to be successful. If you have specific questions about this recent developments, please email ask@highline.edu. Box 98000 M/S 6 … Oussama Alkhalili. Originally scheduled for June 11 at the Kent ShoWare Center, Commencement is one of the largest events Highline College puts on each year, regularly drawing thousands of students, families and community members to one single location. I’m reminded of a sign I saw recently: “We’re all in this together. We are still working on the possibility of opening some specific spaces on campus for limited access for students during winter and possibly spring quarter. We realize this news is concerning and want to reassure you that we are working closely with the employee and local health care professionals. Important tip from public health experts: “… you generally need to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19 to get infected. The Commencement Committee has been hard at work, talking to colleagues at other institutions, attending webinars, reading articles and exploring options for a virtual celebration of our graduates. Also visit Virtual Support Services During Spring Quarter for information on many campus programs and services. As you view the class schedule, you’ll see classes are designated in one of three ways: virtual, hybrid/virtual, or online. Just 6 feet apart.”. Highline faculty and staff are working on tips to help you succeed in an online environment. You can find additional resources about how you can prepare as an individual, family or business on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website. Jay Inslee issued a set of restrictions on Sunday, Nov. 15, that will last through Dec. 14. We will share an update once a plan is in place. Classrooms: until 7 p.m. Classrooms: until 3 p.m. And if you have questions about personnel matters, such as sick leave and telecommuting options, contact Human Resources. We are most grateful for their work and believe this to be an important strategy in keeping our campus community safe and healthy. If you have any concerns about attending class on Monday, please contact your instructor. Faculty Business Technology. In the upcoming week, the college will provide hours of operation to the campus community. Campus emergency? Phone: (206) 592-4543 Office: 26-314 Mailstop: 26-3 Email: saadams@highline.edu ***DUE TO COVID-19, CLASSES HAVE MOVED ONLINE AND OFFICE HOURS ARE VIA ZOOM. Consequently, we anticipate sending guidance about fall quarter to the campus during the first week of July. Take this next week to rest and connect with loved ones. Unlike some of our peer institutions, we need to provide a wider range of options to students and instructors. Currently there are over a dozen participating services, with more to be added in the coming days and weeks. For Students: View online resources for doing classwork from home. We will share an update once a plan is in place. COVID-19 Resources. Jay Inslee announced the extension of the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 31. Depending on demand, there may be a random lottery selection due to the limited supplies on hand. We will remain in contact with this employee throughout the recovery process to ensure that they get the care they need before returning to work. This week, the college received confirmation that a Highline employee tested positive for COVID-19. Skip to main content. Each office should immediately reassess their essential services and develop work plans that encourage social distancing among employees. This policy currently requires international students take in-person classes, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to keep their visa status. You may qualify for a federal CARES Act grant, which provides emergency funding for college students. Many support services available virtually and Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced a new emergency proclamation to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Click Here for Coronavirus Updates . Highline College Counseling Center P.O. View details. In the interim, I want to share a few reminders and new ways we are ready to help support you throughout the quarter. As announced earlier, all classes for summer quarter will be held remotely. The college will continue to operate on three guidelines outlined in Inslee’s summer plan for re-opening higher education, which led to our decision to limit in-person instruction in the fall, winter and now spring quarter of the 2020-21 academic year. Thank you for your patience, resilience and empathy as we move forward during this trying time. While there is not yet a confirmed case of coronavirus at Highline College, I take the governor’s directives and concern very seriously. We are still not open to the public and will not provide face-to-face services. The method of instruction — whether it is online, remote or another form of teaching — will be in place for the duration of the quarter, even after the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order has been lifted. For fall quarter, that strategy will continue. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number. We look forward to a successful fall quarter at Highline College. Tuesday and Wednesday (3/17 and 3/18): In times of crisis, there is often panic and rumors. We are making changes here on campus to help people from having to be in close proximity to one another. COVID-19 is a global concern that can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity. Our 60th Year Celebration will provide a unique opportunity to honor our 2020 graduates with a special ceremony. Public Health is not recommending closing colleges and schools at this time unless there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19. through Zoom. Effective Monday, March 16, at midnight, all college and universities in Washington must transition instruction to alternative formats through Friday, April 24, at noon. As I stated in my April 22 message, remote teaching and learning will continue during summer quarter. We’ve compiled Resources for Remote Learning to help guide you through this change. Hee Kang. For spring, summer and now fall quarter, you, the students of Highline College, have shown tremendous resilience and dedication to your learning during a time when it’s just not as easy to do so. We will also be hanging posters in every bathroom, reminding people of the importance of washing hands thoroughly, which is the single best strategy you can take to protect yourself and others from spreading any virus. As always, be cautious when clicking on links in emails from unknown sources. Skokomish to avoid waiting in long lines. As much as we’d love to return to campus winter quarter, we’ve made the decision for instructors to continue with remote teaching and learning for most classes. It’s imperative that you continue to check this page for official, current, Highline College–related information as well as our frequently asked questions. Even though this presents additional challenges, I believe it is the right thing to do for the health of our entire campus community. Please check back here for further updates regarding Financial Aid. As we continue into these unchartered waters, I know there are questions. Box 98000 Des Moines, WA 98198-9800 If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, Public Health will work with the college or school to determine the best measures, including potential closure. 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