Fort Lewis College will no longer require Green Health Passes in classrooms and other indoor spaces beginning May 16.
Throughout the pandemic, we have attempted to balance safety with learning and the quality of the student experience. Given the diminishing threat posed by COVID-19 and our interest in getting back to the best possible student experience, we will be taking the next step toward our return to normalcy. Based on our conversations with local and state experts, minimal transmission and positivity rates, and an exceedingly high vaccination rate, we can remove another layer of COVID mitigation. Health passes and symptom tracking notifications will no longer be managed beginning next week.
Faculty should return to their own classroom management and attendance policies. We encourage flexibility and support for students and employees with symptoms or illness as we try to maintain healthy and safe classroom and working environments.
We also encourage supervisors to continue to be flexible with their staff based on the needs of their department and the needs of individual staff members. Employees who are impacted by COVID-related illnesses or disruptions are eligible for use of Public Health Emergency Leave through the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act. Faculty, staff, or student employees can contact Human Resources for additional leave reporting procedures.
We will continue to trust our community to follow the following guidance:
Special thanks go out to the Academic Learning Team, the Campus Health Team, and our Covid Response Team. These employees have gone above and beyond to serve our institution and keep our campus safe!