Students and employees will need to complete health verification forms before visiting campus. Additional information is available on the COVID-19 Health and Safety website.
We're still accepting applications for new students for Fall 2020. You're invited to join an online information session or check out the virtual tour. Take your first steps, now!
Newly admitted students can find out how to get started online before next fall’s classes.
Learning and teaching
Our faculty continues to create rich Evergreen educational experiences in the midst of global challenges. Here are some important notes:
- Interim changes to the credit hours policy and academic standing policy apply for Spring 2020.
- Summer 2020 will continue remote instruction, with select exceptions during second session if conditions allow.
- Remote instruction will continue through Fall 2020 for most courses. We are developing health and safety plans to permit some in-person labs, studios and activities to support our first-year experience. Visit the online catalog to see available course options, and filter the catalog to view remote courses or hybrid courses.
- Remote instruction after Thanksgiving: To limit the risk of transmission within our community, all courses will switch to remote instruction after the week of Thanksgiving. This encompasses Week 9 through Evaluation Week, November 30 through December 18, 2020.
Learn more about updates to teaching and learning at Evergreen.
Most services are available via phone, email, and videoconferencing, although most buildings and physical offices are closed. Some other important details:
- Online events are listed in the campus calendar and Schedule Evergreen.
- Student housing is open. Housing for 2020-21 will be in apartment-style housing only. Dining is available to-go only.
- Resources are available for student assistance with remote learning, emergency financial aid, and other concerns.
- For Fall 2020, most offices on campus will continue to offer services remotely. Some offices may offer limited in-person services; these offices will list hours and availability on their webpages.
We are working hard to ensure all important employment information gets to you quickly. Here are some good links to help keep you informed:
- Information for staff working remotely
- Information for staff working on campus
- Options for staff unable to work their regular positions or hours
College operations levels
The college's senior leadership has established the following response levels for operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. These levels include guidance from state, federal, and local officials to address public health and safety.
Assumes a substantial risk of transmission of COVID-19. If there is significant local impact and transmission, the college may establish Suspended Operations (see below).
Instruction is conducted 100% remotely using phone, email, and online tools. College operations are conducted remotely, unless essential work is required on campus. Employees in high-risk health categories should refrain from working on campus if at all possible.
See a detailed description of Remote Operations.
Current level. Assumes a moderate risk of COVID-19 transmission. Corresponds to Washington state “Safe Start” Phases 1, 2 and 3.
College operations are adjusted in phases so that work may be conducted remotely when feasible. Some in-person instruction and services may be open if conditions allow, with restrictions. Employees and students in high-risk health categories should be given the option to work and learn remotely, whenever possible. Each person and work area will need to follow safety guidance and protocols.
Corresponds to Washington state Phase 4. Assumes a minimal risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Instruction and College operations continue in-person and on campus, with additional health and safety steps implemented.
See a detailed description of In Person Operations.
If there is significant local impact and transmission, the college may establish suspended operations.
If possible, instruction is conducted remotely using phone, email, and online tools.
College operations are conducted remotely as much as possible. Employees who are able to telework are authorized to do so. Employees with job functions which must be conducted on campus to support health, safety, and essential operations (including remote teaching) are authorized to work on campus as needed.
- The Emergency Operations Center opens at the direction of the President.
- The COVID-19 Response Team serves as Incident Command.
- College operations may be further reduced to support emergency needs for the county.
The COVID-19 Response Team
At each level of risk, the COVID-19 Response Team will:
- Inform the college community about risks and preventative measures
- Provide guidance for work, services, and instruction
- Recommend appropriate levels for forecasted health conditions and timing of transition between levels to senior leadership
At all levels, we seek to maintain essential operations, including, but not limited to:
- Maintaining health and safety while preserving access to instruction and essential services
- Supporting instruction, whether remote or in-person
- Preparing for, or delivering, services that support students on campus for student learning
- Distribution of mail, food, or supplies essential for instruction and college operations
- Work in the production and preparation of food
- Maintaining critical operations
General information about COVID-19
Please refer to these local, state, and national agencies for current information about the novel coronavirus:
- Thurston County (WA) Health Department
- Tacoma-Pierce County (WA) Health Department
- Washington State Coronavirus Response
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Emotional and mental health
If you are experiencing an emergency or are suicidal, please contact 911 or call the Crisis Clinic at (360) 586-2800.
If anxiety about COVID-19 is disturbing your ability to handle daily life and you would like to talk with someone, support is available.
- Student Wellness Services is limiting services to phone triage and referral until further notice. To access their services, please call (360) 867-6200 Monday through Friday during business hours. A provider will return your call before the end of the day.
- All members of the college community have access to the TAO Self-Help program for help managing anxiety, depression, and other common issues.
- Staff and faculty: contact your health care provider or the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
The state EAP has also put together a help sheet on coping with disease outbreak (PDF).
Resisting stigmatization, bias, and xenophobia
- Rely on and share trusted sources of information.
- Speak up if you hear, see, or read stigmatizing or harassing comments or misinformation.
- Show compassion and support for individuals and communities more closely impacted.
- Avoid stigmatizing people who are in quarantine. They are making the right choice for their communities.
- Do not make assumptions about someone’s health status based on their ethnicity, race or national origin.
Find out more from the CDC about how to reduce stigma and fight misinformation.