Gov. Jay Inslee joined presidents of Washington colleges and universities on June 24 to unveil guidance for reopening in-person instruction at the state’s postsecondary institutions this fall. The Campus Reopening Guide details guidelines for Washington higher education institutions as they create back-to-school plans. The guide has checklists with baseline recommendations for campus safety, student/personnel support, and visitor expectations; additional considerations for campus safety and support; and protocols for campus food services, transportation, and residences. The announcement from Gov. Inslee came with a proclamation providing specific health guidance for four-year public and private institutions, as well as two-year community and technical colleges, apprenticeships, and private career schools.
The Washington Roundtable was proud to join Challenge Seattle in supporting development of the reopening guide, which was put forward by leaders representing 50 postsecondary institutions across the state. The guide builds upon the state’s reopening plans and checklists developed this spring to support the safe reopening of businesses across the state. Like those checklists, this guide is rooted in an effort to ensure students, faculty, and staff can return safely and with confidence.