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This is the Winter 23 final website.

COVID-19 Safety


All policies below are designed to match guidance from the University of Washington. It is possible for guidance to change as the pandemic evolves over the coming months, so we will update this page as rules/regulations change.

Return to Campus

As in fall quarter, we plan for winter quarter to be primarily in-person instruction. Here are some links to policies we can follow to keep our community safe.

Remote Access

If you are sick or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19, stay home. We will not be assessing you on attendance, so you will not be penalized for missing class to keep our community safe. See more here.

Below, we briefly describe the accommodations for students having to miss class due to potential illness, with full information in the linked pages.


Masking is now optional, but it is encouraged that you continue to wear a mask. The university strongly recommends the continued usage of masks during the first two weeks of the quarter as our peers and colleagues return from potential travel. Please see more here. Everyone is also encouraged to make sure they have a higher quality mask.

Do you need to maintain social distancing?

Vaccinations and masking provide strong protection against the spread of COVID. Currently, UW does not require social distancing in the classroom or office hours for students who are vaccinated and wearing a mask.

Of course, some students might feel more comfortable keeping a little distance. If you would like to keep space between you and another student, please kindly ask them to leave a space between you and them if there is room available. Similarly, if someone asks you to maintain a space between them, please respect that request if possible.

What if you get sick?

See this FAQ by UW on what you should do if you get sick. You should also check out the Remote Access options listed above!

What if you are potentially exposed to COVID-19?

Follow the recommendations outlined in this flowchart by EH&S.

What if Lauren or your TA gets sick?

The course staff is committed to keeping you safe, so we will not make you risk a potential exposure to COVID to attend class. If one of the course staff feels ill, we will move any in-person activities we are hosting (e.g., a class session, quiz section, or support hours) to be purely online or have someone else on the course staff fill in for us while we are potentially contagious.

Please make sure you check your email frequently for announcements from the discussion board and before you attend an in-person event to make sure it is still happening in-person. We will always try our best to give as advanced notice as possible for any changes from in-person to remote for a day.


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