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Staged return to on-site research, scholarship, and creative activities

General Guidelines

WSU Everett will operate in a remote-learning environment for the Fall 2020 semester. We will operate remotely with only a few exceptions—primarily labs courses that require in-person learning. All exceptions will be presented to the Chancellor and the Incident Command Team for approval. All exception requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact

If you are a student requesting building access, please email either your professor or Anna McLeod and include the following information:

  • Your name:
  • Date/time requested for building access:
  • Access of (office, lab, classroom):
  • Description of why the request can’t be accomplished remotely:

Whether you’re a student, faculty/staff, or a visitor, you must complete a self-attestation form every day you plan to be at a physical WSU location. Locations include all campuses, extension locations, and satellite offices.

Students, please see these community resources at WSU Everett and in Snohomish County.

Washington State University systemwide information can be found at Please also review these frequently asked questions.


Preparation and Delivery of Instruction

  • All in-person classes will be approved by the Chancellor’s Office on a case by case basis.
  • All requests for an exception to the remote learning policy must be accompanied by an Exception Request to Offer In-Person Instruction, Educational Experience, or Extracurricular Activity Form.


Faculty delivering instruction via distance:

  • Faculty/instructors are encouraged to conduct/prepare instruction from their place of residence, or another safe, remote, location.
  • Faculty/Instructors will hold office-hours virtually.  Face to face appointments should be an extremely rare occurrences and will require and Exception for building access.
  • Outside Vendor deliveries will need to be arranged by the academic department and scheduled with the Facilities Department.


Student Support Activities

  • All student support activities (student success, counseling, advising, tutoring, etc) will offered on-line or via telephone.
  • Any face-to-face support will be require an Exception.


Building Access

  • All WSU Employees must read and follow the WSU Return to Work Guidelines at
  • Employees and students will be required to through the Attestation procedures and confirm that they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms prior to returning to a WSU work location.  Attestation will be required each day the employee and/or student is reporting to a WSU campus location.
  • A COVID-19 Employee Attestation tile will be accessible to all faculty and staff via their employee homepage. All employees reporting to a WSU work location will need to log into myWSU and complete the attestation form.
  • All those entering the building must wear a face mask. Please see WSU guidelines at
  • Daily wellness check-in of everyone entering the building will be conducted to ensure sick employees/students stay home or immediately go home if they feel or appear sick. We will cordon off any areas where an employee/student with probable or confirmed COVID-19 illness worked, touched surfaces, etc. until the area and equipment is cleaned and sanitized. Follow the cleaning guidelines set by the CDC to deep clean and sanitize
  • Contact tracing log-in required by everyone entering the building on a daily basis. Logs will be maintained for 4 weeks at a time and will include name, email address and contact phone number.  Contact tracing will be used for:
    • Notifying and isolating all students/personnel in contact with an individual that develops symptoms while maintaining confidentiality of those who are sick.
    • Disinfect areas where students/personnel who was sick touched
  • Maintain a minimum of at least 6 feet from other people. In the case where social distancing can’t be maintained (i.e. some lab work situations) both masks, face shields and gloves are mandatory unless a medical condition prohibits the use of PPE
  • Holding or propping open exterior doors is prohibited.
  • Building occupants must follow signage that direct traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevator usage and similar common use areas.
  • Those employees not on the essential list are required to telework from their residence.
  • Avoid in-person meetings. Use online meeting applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or telephone conferencing when possible, even when employees are in the same office or building
  • Notices will be posted on entries to copier room, break rooms, offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, elevators, stairwells, etc., limiting the number of people in the space and use signage to clearly reflect 6 foot social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer to be located throughout the building
  • HVAC system to use exterior ventilation as much as possible
  • WSU Everett’s south entrance will be the only exterior door open for ingress
  • Staff to clean their own offices (limit exposure) M-Th. Disinfectant and hand sanitizers will be provided in all offices.  Custodial to do office cleaning on Friday evenings
  • Ensure frequent and adequate hand washing with adequate maintenance of supplies. Use disposable gloves where safe and applicable to prevent transmission on tools or other shared items.
  • A cleaning schedule will include frequent cleaning and sanitizing with a particular emphasis on commonly touched surfaces.
  • Sanitation procedures:
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance to the building
    • Signage is posted to encourage personnel and students to wash hands regularly
    • Disinfectants will be provided throughout building
  • Certain groups may be at higher risk for COVID-19 infection, including:
    • Older adults (aged 65 years and older)
    • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease
  • Employees who have been instructed to return to their work location and have concerns about doing so, due to a medical condition that places them in a higher risk group, those who are pregnant, or those who wish to seek ADA Reasonable Accommodations related to returning to the work location should visit the HRS Disability Services website or contact the HRS main line at (509) 335-4521.
    • Employees who have been instructed to return to a WSU work location must do the following:
      • Complete the WSU COVID-19 Safe Return to Work training before returning to a WSU work location.
      • Conduct symptom self-attestation every day before reporting to a WSU work location
    • Require employees with Covid-19 symptoms to remain home until they are symptom-free for 10 days and 3 days without medication (whichever is longer)


Mask Information can be found at: