CSE-461 Winter'22
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Covid 19 Policies

Note These policies are designed to reflect the current guidance provided by the University, and are subject to change as we get more information.

Week 1

The University has indicated that we will begin week 1 fully remote, and classes will be held via zoom.

Week 2

Due to ongoing uncertainty and concrn around Omicron, we’ll move to a hybrid model for week 2. Monday’s class will be fully remote (similar to week 1) for logistical reasons, but Wednesday and Friday will be “remote-first hybrid”. We fully expect the majority of the class to participate remotely, and are planning accordingly.

Week 3 and Onward

We’ll re-evaluate the effectiveness and popularlity of the hybrid approach at the end of week 2.

Week 5

Per university policy, we’ll be returning to primarily in-person instruction for the main class sessions starting Jan 31. Sections and office hours will continue to remain on Zoom.

Remote Access & Exams

If you are sick, or think you likely have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not come to in-person class or section. Let the course staff know via email before class starts, and we can work with you to get you the information you missed and answer any questions you may have. Students who are absent due to illness and miss an exam or quiz will be asked to make up the exam or quiz at a later time.


All people in class (students, instructor, and course staff) will wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times, except to briefly drink a sip of water if needed. The UW does not allow for eating food in class yet.

Social Distancing

Social distancing while masked is not currently required, but if you would feel more comfortable with more space, please politely ask your neighbors to leave space open and try to sit in the less crowded edges of the room.

What if I get sick?

See this UW FAQ on what you should do if you get sick. We hope that most students’ needs will be covered by the course’s general late days policy, but let the course staff know if something exceptional has happened.

What if the course staff get sick?

If one of the TAs or Matt gets sick or has a likely COVID-19 exposure, we will move the relevant sections or classes temporarily online. Your health is extremely important to us, and we will not risk exposing the class in that case.