As we slowly transition from a post-pandemic world, the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid. However, based on extensive thought and deliberation, and our desire to return to the university’s traditional in-person instructional model, we have decided our Fall 2021 quarter will be primarily in-person instruction including clinical activities. Accordingly, students should anticipate being on the campus for the start of the school year.
While some programs will continue to utilize online/remote models, the majority of instruction at Bastyr University will be in-person. Soon, you will be contacted directly by your academic department(s) with details on exact courses and which clinic shifts will be delivered online/remotely. To learn more, you can direct questions regarding specific courses and clinic shifts to your academic department.
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.
The travel policy varies for domestic vs. international travel, and on the basis of vaccination status.
Individuals who are Fully Vaccinated* are no longer required to quarantine for 10-days after out-of-state travel
Travelers are advised to delay travel until fully vaccinated*. Travelers not fully vaccinated*, who must travel out-of-state, are required to quarantine for 10-days after date of return.
To help protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, the following is recommended:
DO NOT TRAVEL IF you were exposed to COVID-19, you are sick, you test positive for COVID-19, or you are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. Don't travel with someone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
Individuals are considered to be fully vaccinated:
If you do not meet these requirements, regardless of age, you are NOT fully vaccinated
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.