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Starting April 4th – those with an accommodation (exemption) must continue to test weekly but will no longer be required to fill out a weekly attestation. Students/employees with accommodations must be prepared to submit test results upon request.
Starting May 9th Bastyr will be removing the on-campus mask requirement in classrooms and common areas
We recognize that this new masking policy is a significant change and is a transition that may feel abrupt or unsettling to some members of our community, especially those who remain vulnerable to the virus. Individuals may choose to continue wearing masks indoors or outdoors on campus, and we welcome their decision to do so. We need to honor their choices and demonstrate empathy, professionalism, and respect for one another. Thank you all for continuing to respect the mask choice of your colleagues and peers as we continue to move through the pandemic.
**In the event state/federal mask guidelines change, Bastyr will re-evaluate our masking guidelines
If you are a faculty or staff member with further questions, please reach out to Human Resources or if you are a student, please submit your questions to Susan Weider.
The travel policy varies for domestic or 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. It is still recommended ALL individuals follow the steps listed below to protect others. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation and transportation hubs such as airplanes and train stations avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not traveling with you wash your hands often, or use hand sanitizer self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after travel and isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms follow all state and local recommendations and requirements.
Travelers are advised to delay travel until Fully Vaccinated*. Travelers not fully vaccinated*, who must travel out-of-state, are required to get tested 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Self-quarantine for a full 10 days if you do not get tested. Students and faculty who have received an accommodation for traveling from out-of-state to attend classes or clinic rotations in Washington or California must also follow the considering of their accommodation and quarantine for 7 days after arrival and prior to the scheduled class or clinic rotation.
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
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.
If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
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.
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.