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University of Washington returns to in-person learning Jan. 31

Jan 24, 2022, 6:43 PM | Updated: Jan 25, 2022, 12:12 pm
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Students at the University of Washington on campus (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

The University of Washington plans to return to mostly in-person learning next Monday, Jan. 31.

The decision follows the university’s announcement in late December that winter quarter would begin online.

“The improving public health situation and the resulting reduction in coronavirus-related disruptions allows us to follow through with our plans to return to largely in-person classes and learning experiences on Monday, Jan. 31,” states a news update from the university.

The update lists a number of metrics used to determine whether or not a reversal might be warranted in the coming weeks and months.

“Several scenarios are considered when evaluating a return to largely remote instruction and/or operations, including a major uptick in on-campus transmissions or positivity rates; greatly diminished capacity in our area hospitals; major disruptions in our K-12 schools or transportation systems; or the imposition of state or local restrictions, such as distancing requirements or ‘stay at home’ orders,” the update continues.

Western Washington University made a similar announcement last week, and students returned to class Jan. 24.

“I am encouraged by recent news that new COVID-19 cases are decreasing rapidly across the country, with new cases falling more than 30% in places that were among the first to see a surge of the Omicron variant in December,” wrote WWU President Sabah Randhawa in an update.

Both universities require COVID-19 vaccines and masks for attendance. A list of COVID testing facilities in King County can be found here.

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