Fall Quarter 2021 Reopening Plans

Dear Colleague,

As the current academic year nears an end and we marked the one-year anniversary of our shift to remote learning and operations due to COVID-19, I want to share what the next six months will look like on our campus.  

The College remains under the guidance of the Higher Education Reopening plan, which has been in place since spring 2020 (and is separate from the Healthy Washington plan other organizations follow). The Governor may update the Higher Education plan with new guidance for the 2021-22 academic year, but until then, Shoreline continues to adhere to the same guidance we have been following all year.  

Summer Campus Status 

As previously announced, the College is continuing predominantly remote learning and operations through summer quarter (through August 24, 2021), with some additional hybrid classes added to allow for some additional in-person learning opportunities. 

Fall Campus Status 

Based on current public health data and results from our campus surveys, up to 25% of Shoreline’s fall quarter classes will have an in-person component. The rest of our classes will remain online, as will most of our operations (through December 16, 2021). We may increase the availability of some on-campus support services, and we will share these updates as they become available. Curbside pickup/drop-off service will remain available. 

Three course formats will be offered in fall to better meet students’ learning goals: 

  • Online – Fully online class with no scheduled meeting date/time
  • Live Online – Fully online class with scheduled virtual meeting dates/times 
  • Hybrid – A combination of traditional in-person and online instruction 

On-Campus Safety Procedures 

Mask wearing, social distancing, and cleaning practices continue for all on-campus activities. Hybrid class sizes have been adjusted to ensure appropriate social distancing and safety protocols. The College is following Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding appropriate building air filtration.  

Students must do the following when coming to campus: 

  • Wear a mask at all times on campus, regardless of vaccination status 
  • Fill out a Campus Access Form to check in and out of campus each day they are on campus 
  • Stay home if they are feeling sick
  • Follow any specific class safety practices communicated at the start of the quarter 

Employees coming to campus must continue to follow the practices described on the COVID-19 faculty/staff page.

Vaccination Requirements

COVID-19 vaccinations are not currently required at Shoreline, but it is possible state higher education guidance could change in the future. The College strongly recommends all students and employees get a vaccine if they have not already. Find a vaccine location near you.

While there is so much hope on the horizon, we know caution and safety is still paramount when it comes to successfully preparing for the gradual reopening of the College campus. As we remain vigilant, we also look forward to welcoming more students and employees on our beautiful campus this fall. 


Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.
Office of the President

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