Hybrid Operations

Assumes a moderate risk of COVID-19 transmission. Corresponds to Washington state “Safe Start” Phases 1, 2 and 3.

College operations are adjusted in phases so that work may be conducted remotely when feasible. Some in-person instruction and services may be open if conditions allow, with restrictions.

Prior to hybrid operations, each work unit will determine the essential work that should happen on campus as well as who is needed, consistent with guidance provided by the Response Team. Each unit will then report their findings to their respective vice president.

Employees and students in high-risk health categories should be given the option to work and learn remotely, whenever possible. Each person and work area will need to follow safety guidance and protocols. 

Hybrid — Limited

Corresponds to Washington state “Safe Start” Phases 1 and 2.

Limited in-person and on-campus operations offered to support instruction, student engagement, and residential life.

This is the first phase as we gradually lift from a Stay Home order starting when safety plans are in place later this quarter or in summer. It extends through the first two phases of the Governor’s Safe Start plan (PDF). It has the following general characteristics/restrictions, providing safety protocols are followed:

  • Limit number of people on campus. Employees should continue to work remotely unless they are needed on campus for essential work. Solo work in offices is permitted.

  • Avoid group activities and meetings indoors. Groups of 5 or fewer may gather outside with physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

  • Instruction is mostly remote:

    • On campus 1:1 instruction and solo work, such as undergraduate research, is permitted.

    • The farm program may conduct instruction outside with appropriate physical distancing and sanitizing protocols.

  • Services: Only limited pick-up/drop-off services are available, such as distributing items for teaching and learning, or goods essential for residential life. (e.g. book pick-up, copying, laundry)

  • Most buildings and physical offices remain closed. Some may be open by appointment or on restricted hours for self-service, such as CAB common spaces for WiFi.

  • Residential students are encouraged to stay at their primary residence, if possible, but housing is open to a reduced number of students, with physical isolation in residential groups.

  • Food services will be takeout only for Phase 1 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan (PDF) and may expand to eat-in for Phase 2, operating at less than 50% capacity and table size no more than 5 people.

Hybrid — Expanded

Corresponds to Washington state Phase 3.

This phase allows for more in-person operations. It corresponds to phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan (PDF), which is not expected to start before July 2020. It has the following general characteristics/restrictions, providing safety protocols are followed:

  • Working in common office areas on campus is OK with reduced hours and with health and safety plans. Employees and work units that can continue to work remotely should do so.

  • If conditions allow and there is work that is essential, and small groups may meet indoors for for activities, or meetings. (Group size 5-50 subject to COVID-19 occupancy limits to ensure 6 feet of separation), with health & safety restrictions.

  • Instruction is mostly remote:

    • In-person instruction in-doors is OK within occupancy limits and health & safety restrictions

    • Some regional field trips may be permitted if conditions allow.

  • Services: Walk-in services may be available in the library, bookstore, media loan, the CRC, the CAB, student activities, and the computer center.

  • Expanded housing programming and meeting with students on campus is possible.

  • Food services open to eat-in options, operating at 75% capacity table size no more than 10.

Planning for hybrid operations.

See all Response Levels for College Operations.