Updated: Sept 19th, 2021 at 4:22 p.m. 

School of Social Work COVID-19 Information & Resources

To help faculty, staff and students navigate the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape, the School of Social Work developed these pages to provide information and resources to help you stay informed and remain productive.

In accordance with UW policies on back to work – back to school planning, the School of Social Work has created two documents to train all personnel and students on SSW back to work – back to school procedures via its SSW COVID 19 site plan and guidance for staff and supervisors on return to work best practices via SSW telework procedures:

For the latest UW updates, visit UW Novel Coronavirus & COVID-19: Facts and Resources. The UW Back-to-School Task Force has posted its new Return-to-School Guidance—in effect until Sept. 10. For employees, UW HR has developed this website with the latest information: UW Return to Onsite Work.

Governor expands vaccine mandate to higher education personnel​
On Aug. 18Gov. Jay Inslee announced that personnel at higher education institutions, K-12 schools and childcare providers will be added to his previous order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition of employment for state employees and health care workers. Under this expanded proclamation, personnel at these institutions, including the University of Washington, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18 if they have not been granted an exemption for a documented medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. The University will share additional details once an updated proclamation is received from the Governor’s Office and we determine how UW’s vaccination requirements will be updated, including changes to the process for requesting a medical or religious exemption. 

Updated guidelines for in-person events
On Aug. 31, the UW Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety updated its COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines for In-Person Events (Word) to comply with recent Washington state and local public health requirements for in-person events sponsored by or conducted at the University of Washington.