The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain the university’s top priority. CWU has developed a comprehensive plan that we believe will help us manage this difficult and changing situation. But for our campus reopening plan to be most effective, everyone will need to take steps to protect themselves and others.
Health & Safety
There are five key safety measures that everyone who visits campus must follow. They comform to guidelines from Kittitas County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help control the spread of COVID-19:
Always maintain six feet of physical distance between you and other people. This applies to classroom settings, campus gatherings, and social situations. This also means avoiding handshakes and hugs, as well as limiting visits to public spaces.
All students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus must wear face coverings at all times, unless they are in private offices or inside residence hall rooms or apartment rooms. Wearing face coverings in public is Washington state law as it reduces the transmission of airborne pathogens, such as the coronavirus. Face coverings will be provided to CWU students, faculty, and staff.
Public health officials recommend washing your hands in hot water for at least 20 seconds, and doing so frequently. Any time you touch something in a public space, you should immediately wash your hands before touching anything else, such as your cellphone, keys, or car steering wheel. It’s also important to avoid touching your face.
Daily Health Check
All students, faculty, and staff are required to perform a daily health check prior to coming to campus. Whether you’re planning to come on campus to work or attend class or an event, you must first complete a daily health check. Just log into MyCWU. It only takes one minute to determine if "You're cleared to come to campus." Remember: If you're sick, stay home.
Frequent cleaning of countertops, desks, chairs, and other publicly accessible surfaces is important for the same reason as hand washing. The virus can be transmitted in numerous ways, and disinfecting surfaces has been shown to minimize the risk. The university’s custodial staff will be wiping down surfaces in all campus facilities, but it will be incumbent upon students to disinfect surfaces in their own living spaces to protect themselves and others.
Testing and Immunization
The university is offering more robust surveillance testing during the academic year. The plan is to test a sample of the student population each week in a way that allows us to monitor—and respond to—any potential spread of the virus in the community. For more information about resources available for student testing, go to COVID-19 Testing Resources for Students. Enrolled students also have access to WildcatCare 365, a telehealth service available 24/7 for medical assistance. For more information, go to the WildcatCare 365 website.