Check this website regularly for the most up-to-date information about Walla Walla University’s response to the coronavirus and what to expect on our campus.
Spring quarter on campus
We are excited about spring and are planning to take full advantage of the abundant sunlight and warmer days as we carefully move toward normal. Concerts, worship, open mic night, intramurals, ASWWU Outdoors trips are all being scheduled and planned at this moment. Yes, we will be tested at the beginning of the quarter, and we will continue to wear masks and distance, but we are excited to be able to take deliberate steps toward healthy re-engagement on our campuses. Read more about what the return to campus plan looks like and what you need to know as we plan for a quarter back together.
We will protect our community.
14-point prevention plan
Face coverings are required on campus. The university has provided students and WWU employees with reusable cloth face masks to wear in indoors and outdoors outside of personal living spaces, in accordance with state regulations. Learn about the COVID-19 Code of Conduct.
2. Social distancing.
Social distancing is practiced on WWU campuses. Signs are posted as reminders to maintain safe distances. Students and WWU employees are expected to limit the number of close-contact exposures and to avoid congregating in groups outside of class settings. Learn more about adjustments to food services, classes, and social gatherings.
3. Traffic patterns.
Some traffic patterns in our buildings have been altered to help with distancing. Convenient directional signs are posted to help.
4. Occupancy limits.
Occupancy limits in our classrooms and public spaces allow for safe distancing. In some cases, class schedules and locations may be more creative than usual.
5. Air filtration.
Hospital-grade air filters have been installed in our buildings following extensive research on air-quality options that will be safe for everyone. We have consulted with organizations such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES). We are also increasing outside air infusion and frequency of filter changes to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Additional options are being evaluated against the most recent research on HVAC products.
6. Special equipment.
Special equipment, such as plexiglass dividers and high-end microphone, camera, and computer technology, has been installed to facilitate safer interactions in our classrooms and study spaces.
7. Personal care kit.
Students and WWU employees have received a personal-care kit containing hand sanitizer, a thermometer, and other equipment for daily safety.
8. Personal hygiene.
Maintaining vigilant personal hygiene and respiratory etiquette is one way to care for one another and for those in our local communities. Hand washing is routinely encouraged, and hand sanitizer is available via convenient dispensers and refill stations so personal hand-sanitizer bottles are always full and ready for use. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and others.
9. Daily health report.
Each student and WWU employee will submit a daily health report using a form in myWWU. (We are no longer using the SaferMe app.) Watch for a QR code to the form in posters on campus or find it at wallawalla.edu/dhr. Your myWWU login is necessary to access the form. The daily health report process is required for all students and WWU employees even if they do not plan to be physically on campus.
10. Temperature screening.
Approved guests to our campuses will also have their temperature screened before visiting campus.
11. Contact tracing.
Contact tracing for students and WWU employees is used to provide critical information for medical professionals to assist in their efforts to understand who might need to be tested for COVID-19 and who might need to isolate or be in quarantine. Only COVID-19 response personnel have access to private information.
12. Campus guests.
WWU campuses are currently closed to uninvited and unauthorized guests. This helps to ensure that everyone on our campuses is approved to be here and has completed appropriate screenings. Before accessing campus, authorized guests must visit a campus health-screening station where they complete a brief health questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and receive a daily pass authorizing them to be on campus. We ask that guests on our campus follow established check-in protocols and adhere to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct while on our campus. Policies and procedures for guests on campus.
13. COVID-19 training.
Online COVID-19 training is required for all students and WWU employees before approval to be on campus. This training covers what to expect on campus and how we can work together to prevent the spread of the virus.
14. Prearrival period.
A prearrival period for self-evaluation and temperature screening helps students and WWU employees become familiar with the screening app and establish daily screening patterns. To help minimize spread of the virus, we will start spring quarter with two COVID-19 tests for each student, faculty, and staff member.
Additional safety measures:
Required COVID-19 testing for spring quarter 2021
At the start of spring quarter we will gather from many different locations. A modified quarantine will help slow or isolate any potential infection. All students and WWU employees must complete two COVID-19 tests no later than April 12. The first test is offered by appointment on Sunday, March 28. Students, faculty, and staff will quarantine from campus until the result of their second COVID-19 test has been received and processed by WWU.
Classes will be offered in person, online, and, in some cases, via dual modality. Occupancy limits in our classrooms and public spaces will allow for 6 feet of physical distance. Learn more about what classes will look like this year.
Streamlined food service.
Food service in our campus dining hall will include special serving arrangements, including the option for students to order in advance and pick up their meals in a convenient location where safe traffic flow protocols can be maintained. More about campus dining.
Cleaning of classrooms and other common areas.
Common areas have been reorganized for distancing and routine cleaning and sanitizing is in place for these spaces. View the COVID-19 Campus Sanitation and Cleanliness Policy.
How we are making decisions:
A special committee has been formed to do the work of determining the precautions and safety measures that will allow us to confidently return to campus. As they make decisions, this committee:
Covers the work in continual prayer, asking for wisdom and for the safety of our community.
Works with public health experts to determine the best course of action.
Follows Washington state and Walla Walla County guidelines regarding reopening phases.
We’re committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone on our campus. As part of this commitment, we are working to deploy safety strategies guided by the following principles:
- Academic strength and integrity. Teaching is at the heart of what we do, and whether face-to-face, online, or in hybrid formats, our faculty are committed to building engaging learning experiences that support the success of students.
- Attention from faculty and staff. We remain committed to being accessible and available for personal and helpful connections with you.
- Community. Engagement with one another is essential to quality education, and we will continue to nurture the kind of community Walla Walla University is known for.
- Responsibility. Safety is not just a mandate. We recognize it as an opportunity to highlight our care for one another and for those in our local communities.
- Hope. Together we can create an experience that will be meaningful and that will strengthen you now and for the future.
- Visual guides for health and safety
- Help Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Social Distancing Guidelines At Work from the Society for Human resource Management
- Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Cloth Face Covering from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention