Planning for a safe, healthy return to our campuses

President Cauce has assembled two task forces to plan for how we safely return to in-person learning and how we safely enable more employees to return to in-person work on our campuses. The UW’s plans will follow Governor Inslee’s “Safe Start” phased approach to recovery and guidance from local health departments. The task force pages will be updated with new information and guidelines as work continues.

Until people have equitable access to a vaccine and/or effective treatments, planning for future quarters will resemble turning a dial, rather than flicking a switch. We must be flexible and prepared to ease or ramp up restrictions based on the rate of viral transmission in our region. The pandemic’s impacts are wide-ranging and varied between people, so the UW is approaching next steps through the lens of understanding how our decisions affect the health and well-being of everyone in our community.

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Learn more about the task force working on how to safely return to in-person learning at the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses.

Sven Haakanson, a curator of Native American anthropology at the Burke Museum, works with artifacts at a lab bench.


Learn more about the task force working on how to safely bring more employees back to the UW’s campuses.