Submitted by The Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College will move instruction online for the first four weeks of this spring quarter, which will begin April 2, the college announced Friday.

“We’re adapting campus operations and preparing to engage students online at least until April 24,” said President George Bridges, who with other state higher-education leaders spoke with Governor Inslee on this topic today. “Our goal is to continue the vital work of teaching and learning, while taking essential steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our region.”

Evergreen’s winter quarter evaluation and finals week runs from March 16 to 20, and spring break is March 23 to 30.  Earlier this week, the college moved to conduct evaluations remotely instead of face to face, and to cancel study abroad trips through the end of spring quarter.

Evergreen will maintain dining and residence hall service for students who need to remain on campus. Over the next two weeks, the college will accelerate work in progress to prepare faculty and staff to shift instruction online for the first four weeks of the spring quarter, to April 24.

While campus services will be limited, key support such as financial aid, academic advising and veterans will be available, with operations adapted to the reality of COVID-19.  The college is prioritizing remote delivery of services, deep cleaning and social distancing to fight the spread of disease.

These are extraordinary days,” said Bridges. “Our campus community is developing new ways to deliver a high-quality Evergreen-style education, while meeting our solemn responsibility to do our part to halt the movement of this virus.”

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