Washington State University remains open and essential functions continue. On 11/15/2020, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country.

The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 PM and will remain in effect until Monday, December 14. The modified restrictions of restaurants, however, will take effect Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 AM.

The full proclamation is available here.

The full guidance page is available here.

Employee Q&A regarding the Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel is available here.

WSU’s plans will be aligned and consistent with local orders as well as the State of Washington’s Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery and the Governor’s June, 24 Proclamation – Higher Education – Fall 2020. WSU’s plan will also follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), and Washington State Department of Health, (DOH) and local county health officials.

Through Phases 2 and 3, teleworking or working at alternative work location remain the preferred work option. WSU employees who can telework without hampering essential operations should continue to do so.

Supervisors should work with their employees regarding their work schedule. Consult with your HRS Service Team if you need assistance with evaluating work options.

WSU Employee Q&A

Has WSU suspended operations due to COVID-19? (6/1/20)

WSU is complying with Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and Safe Start Washington | Phased Reopening County-By-County. WSU has not suspended operations.

How do I know if I’m designated as essential personnel?

Contact your manager/supervisor.

I am already approved to work from home or an alternative location, do I need to do anything different?

If you’ve been approved to work from home or an alternative location, you may not need to do anything different. Contact your supervisor/manager if you have any questions regarding work assignments.

I don’t know if I should come into my WSU work location or not.  What should I do?

Contact your manager/supervisor.  Only essential personnel are to report to their physical WSU work location. Employees who must come to work to maintain essential operations need to adhere to appropriate social distancing and safety standards.

I am approved to work from home, however, need equipment/supplies to telework, can I go into my WSU work location to retrieve them?

You will need prior approval from your supervisor/manager.

How do I report my time if I am not required to work during the period of Stay Home, Stay Safe?

WSU employees are to accurately record and report their time. Information on leave processes is available on the HRS website.

I’m designated as essential personnel however have I concerns regarding reporting to my physical WSU work location.

Contact your manager/supervisor. If you have a medical condition impacting your ability to report to work, contact your supervisor and HRS Disability Services at HRS.disabilityservices@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521.

I still have questions. Who can I contact for assistance?

Since each employee’s circumstances are different, please talk to your supervisor for additional guidance. Your Human Resource representative is also available to discuss concerns.

Also see the COVID-19 Leave and Work FAQs for Employees and Managers

Updated 11/16/2020