Spring quarter updates

We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19 in the last year, and researchers and analysts continue to update recommendations as appropriate. Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask guidelines. The latest Walla Walla University policy for wearing masks is: 

Facial coverings are required in indoor areas, such as classrooms, laboratories, hallways, lobbies, restrooms, and other common spaces. Reasonable exceptions to this requirement will include outdoor settings when there is an ability to physically distance from others, certain approved athletics practices and contests, when employees are alone in their private offices, and when students are alone or with roommates in residence hall rooms or apartments. Mask wearing is required whenever outdoor physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

Your continued vigilance is important to helping us continue spring quarter without significant interruption. Please continue to maintain 6 feet of social distance and respect and protect those around you with appropriate mask use.

We are looking forward to spring quarter and taking advantage of longer, warmer days to dine, study, and enjoy each other's company outdoors. COVID-19 response efforts at Walla Walla University are carefully moving toward normalization. While we continue to focus on interrupting the transmission of COVID-19, we are excited to be able to take deliberate steps toward healthy re-engagement on our campuses. We will gather safely for these events and more:

  • Spring Jam
  • Open mic nights
  • Banquet
  • Intramurals (volleyball, flag football, and more)
  • Athletic events
  • ASWWU Outdoors events
  • Vespers
  • University Church service
  • Circle Church
  • Berean Fellowship
  • Small-group worships
  • Concerts

We have adjusted our classroom spaces so that more than 60% of our spring quarter classes are in person. The majority of your professors, staff members, and WWU administrators will be back on campus.

We look forward to a healthy, connected community environment during spring quarter!

Washington state phase guidelines

View the Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery and learn about activities during the current state phase.

COVID-19 safety on our campuses

Safety measures are essential as we carefully move toward a more in-person approach. Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, all students, university employees, and guests to campus are required to wear a mask in accordance with the policy outlined above, maintain social distancing, and adhere to your state (Oregon, Washington, or Montana) social gathering guidelines while on our campuses. Masks must be worn in any campus space where you are not alone, including outdoors. In some cases, you may be asked to also wear a face shield.

Classrooms used for in-person classes will remain configured to accommodate social distancing.

All students and WWU employees are required to complete a Daily Health Report form during spring quarter. We are no longer using the SaferMe app. The new Daily Health Report form is offered through myWWU. You’ll find the form at wallawalla.edu/dhr or by using the QR code on one of our campus posters. The form must be submitted every weekday (Monday through Friday) and on weekends if you are experiences symptoms. If you forget to complete your health report, you will receive an automatic reminder each afternoon.

Any WWU event must be planned and deployed in accordance with Washington state Phase 3 guidelines and additional WWU guidelines.

Required COVID-19 testing and modified quarantine for spring quarter 2021

At the start of spring quarter we will gather from many different locations. Testing for COVID-19 and 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. If you are absolutely unable to meet your March 28 test appointment, please submit a Late Campus Arrival Request. Please note that submission of the form does not guarantee approval for late testing. Your request will be reviewed, and then you will be notified if you are approved for alternate testing dates and new scheduling options.

Students and WWU employees will quarantine from campus until the result of their second COVID-19 test has been received and processed by WWU. Campus access status will then be communicated via email by the COVID-19 Compliance Team.

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