For higher education

  1. Housing
  2. Classrooms


  • Social distancing
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Regular cleaning 
  • Desk cleaning between classes 
  • Avoid large gatherings/group activities 
  • Handwashing stations/sanitizer stations in buildings 
  • Virtual learning where possible  


  • Prepare for increased absences 
    • Administrators and instructors should plan to monitor and respond to absenteeism.  
    • Prepare for virtual learning options. 
  • Provide students/staff with social distancing guidelines before leaving for spring break. 
  • Check the CDC’s Traveler Health Notices for latest guidance and travel recommendations. 
  • Provide students/staff with guidance of circumstances in which they should avoid returning to campus until they have received medical care (ie: exposure; symptoms). 
  • Set up notification process for if/when students/staff is diagnosed while away from campus. 
  • Consider planning for a quarantine and/or isolation wing for students living on campus. 

What to do if you have a confirmed case 

  • Consider virtual learning options 
  • Possible stand-up of quarantine and/or isolation wing 
  • When to cancel classes and/or close campus 

 For more information 

Washington State Department of Health: Higher Education Facilities Information for Administrators and Employees