It has been announced in both Washington State and California that individuals aged 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
Both states have been following a tiered eligibility system beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death in order to balance federal guidance with the unique needs of each state. It is currently unclear how this eligibility changes the distribution of the vaccines or how quickly individuals can become vaccinated.
Additional information about the COVID-19 Vaccine can be found at
Your personal actions create an impact on others. We should continue doing everything possible to keep cases down and following those measures that have been put in place over the past year, including the wearing of face coverings, distancing, and basic hygiene - even after receiving vaccinations.
We appreciate all that you are doing to keep your community safe, and thank you for considering others as you make plans and continue to help in ensuring the safety and health of those around you.
In Washington and California, the public health directives currently indicate that a 10-day quarantine is required after out-of-state and international travel.
In response to changes in CDC and State guidance, Bastyr has adjusted our policy to require a 10-day quarantine after both out-of-state and international travel (which includes Mexico and Canada).
Please follow these guidelines, and if you have travel plans, you will not be allowed to enter Bastyr sites until your 10-day quarantine is completed. You will want to make appropriate arrangements in on-campus/clinic activities to ensure you can reschedule activities, find subs if applicable, schedule make-ups or move activity to remote/online if possible. Note this change applies to quarantine after travel and non-compliant activities only; a 14-day quarantine is still required for exposure and close contact. The COVID-19 Decision-Making Flowchart has been updated with this change.
If you have questions, please reach out to your instructors/supervisors.
Didactic courses for Summer 2021 will be delivered remotely/online, however, some labs and clinical skills courses will be held in-person. Our faculty are continually developing increasingly robust, remote/online curricula. Academic departments can be contacted for more information regarding in-person courses.
Didactic courses will be delivered in a combination of remote/online-only AND in-person experiences. More and more we will be able to open up courses on campus for the fall. We will continue to follow state and county public health recommendations and will apply them to our campuses in a manner that protects safety and wellness of our campus communities. As we come closer to the fall quarter we will have specific information regarding the delivery method for each course.
Certain courses that require in-person activities; e.g., needling, suturing, physical medicine, clinical skills, in-person clinic shifts, and others will be held in a safe, physically-distanced manner. We are allowed by state officials to provide these labs and clinical skills courses in person due to the fact that Bastyr University trains individuals to take on medical, medically-related, and essential worker positions.
We will be providing details concerning which exact lab/skills courses will be in-person closer to the start of the school quarter.
Bastyr has resumed limited, in-person patient shifts. We are also continuing to conduct telehealth video visits. If you are scheduled for a clinic shift, plan to be available to attend shifts in-person at the clinic. We will work with students who have needs or circumstances that would make this challenging.
These are challenging times for everyone associated with Bastyr University, and indeed for our entire world. We intend to conduct courses in an on-campus environment as soon as it is safe as designated by state officials in Washington and California. At this point, we are tentatively planning for many courses to be remote/online for the 2020-21 academic year. This will highly dependent on factors out of our control, such as federal, state, local, regional accreditation bodies, and program/discipline-specific accreditation body guidelines. At this point, we do believe that we will be able to offer all the classes, labs, and clinic to allow you timely progression towards your degrees. More information will follow regarding the 2020-21 academic year as soon as we have more details.
COVID-19 AANMC Statement of Institutional Facts and Values
For previous website and email communications regarding Bastyr University's response to COVID-19, please see Archived COVID Updates.
COVID-19: Decision Making Flow-Chart
Above is a flowchart designed to help you decide if you should self-quarantine based on recent interactions and travel.
Below is further information on how you, as an individual, should deal with your own decisions around self-quarantine. The response to COVID-19 is somewhat dependent on your individual circumstances. Below we are offering, based on CDC and public health agency advisement, a plan that addresses when and how to apply self-quarantine.
These directives apply to students, faculty, and staff at BU Kenmore, BU California and all clinics.
You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. Please CALL your medical provider to talk through your options. You must stay away from campus/clinic for SEVEN (7) days OR until you have been fever free and symptom free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours whichever is longer.
You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. You must stay away from campus/clinic until you have been symptom-free and fever-free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours.
Potential exposure means that you have a member of your household with symptoms or you have been within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes to someone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, fever and/or shortness of breath). You must stay away from campus/clinic for FOURTEEN (14) days. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then you begin following the procedure above (7 days/72 hours). The reason this category is longer than the others is due to potential incubation periods before symptoms begin.
The above information is a distillation of a longer set of recommendations from King County Public Health. The full set of information can be found HERE.