During the past year, community members worked tirelessly to ensure our educational opportunities kept going. We were able to do this…AND keep people safe. As we move into the future, we have the same intent in an increasingly post-pandemic world – to provide the best educational experiences AND keep the full Bastyr community as safe and healthy as possible. This is a balancing act, and we will continue to monitor and adapt as needed or mandated by local public health requirements. Moving forward, we will adopt the following practices:
We will continue to strongly recommend COVID-19 vaccinations to all community members. We recognize some individuals in our community have medical, religious, or other concerns that will guide their decision to forego vaccines. While some community members have pressed for a vaccination mandate, it’s unlikely that mandates have any more power than recommendations since even mandates provide exceptions and exemptions. A policy of strong recommendation versus a policy of mandate with exception/exemption will likely result in similar outcomes.
Students, please note that we will have classes primarily in-person for Fall 2021 unless your program is designed to be online. While there may be a few classes offered in a remote or hybrid manner, Bastyr University is returning primarily to full-time, in-person programming. Students and Faculty should plan to be on campus and at clinics for most classes and shifts. Any variations will be made clear to students through the academic departments. In the coming days, more information will be available regarding course schedules for student planning purposes.
Staff members will resume working on campus in the fall, with some remote work opportunities as appropriate. More information on Bastyr’s future remote-work policy will be shared in August. Employees who wish to return to work onsite in advance of the Fall Quarter may use the summer as an optional transition period, as further described below.
At ALL locations associated with Bastyr University, you will be required to wear a mask in ALL indoor locations. The only exception will be if you are in an office, alone, with your door closed. This includes dormitories. You will not need to wear a mask if you are outside of a building.
Additionally, everyone is asked to continue to observe physical distancing where possible.
In closing, we'd like to again thank everyone and again emphasize all guidelines are in place to continue with our mission of education, service and research while maximizing the health and safety of our greater community. Please continue to support each other, and be considerate of those around you. We have all gone through a challenging year and have done a great job of staying healthy as a community. Now it is time to forge a new path together. It is exciting that we are moving toward new opportunities to be together this fall.
Didactic courses for Summer 2021 will be delivered remotely/online, however, some labs and clinical skills courses will be held in-person. Our faculty are continually developing increasingly robust, remote/online curricula. Academic departments can be contacted for more information regarding in-person courses.
Bastyr has resumed limited, in-person patient shifts. We are also continuing to conduct telehealth video visits. If you are scheduled for a clinic shift, plan to be available to attend shifts in-person at the clinic. We will work with students who have needs or circumstances that would make this challenging.
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.
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.
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.