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CPPS COVID-19 Updates and Communications

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, please know WSU is actively monitoring and assessing the situation and potential impacts to the WSU community. We urge you to track the latest developments on the WSU COVID-19 website.

First and foremost, the health and well-being of the WSU community remains our highest priority, and we will continue to act thoughtfully as we respond to COVID-19.

Updates specific to the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences can be found on this page, including messages sent by the college to students, faculty, staff, and preceptors. If you have any additional questions please contact Jennifer Robinson at jenirobinson@wsu.edu.

This website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

CPPS Town Halls

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PY1-3 Town Hall | September 15, 2021

WSU guidance for rotations during COVID-19

Student Volunteering

We have heard from several student about an interest in volunteering in your communities. We want to applaud you for your spirit of service in these challenging times. These are the values that make you the amazing students you are.

If you plan to participate in volunteer activities that are not WSU-sponsored, please be mindful of the potential risks of the activities you are participating in and consider the following guidelines:

  1. Any volunteering you do should adhere to CDC guidelines. Please refrain from putting yourself in a situation that would conflict with social distancing and other such guidelines.
  2. Be mindful of the potential for transmission to family, friends and vulnerable populations. It’s important to avoid becoming a vector for the disease to spread.

Student Communications

CPPS Masking Guidelines | Sent March 11, 2022 at 10:36 a.m.

Sent March 11, 2022 at 10:36 a.m.

Dear Students,

As many of you are aware, starting March 12, Washington State University will be lifting masking requirements in the majority of WSU buildings. Students will be required to continue to mask in the following situations:

  • Clinical simulations such as APC courses and Pharmaceutics labs
  • Clinical research areas
  • When students are providing or receiving health care on campus
  • Counseling Service Office
  • Yakima students are required to continue to mask in all indoor areas of the Pacific Northwest University campus and follow masking guidelines established by PNWU. Yakima county continues to experience a high level of community transmission rates, therefore multilayered face coverings will be required inside campus buildings throughout the semester.
  • Students on clinical rotation should continue to follow their sites’ policies on masking

Outside the listed areas above, masking will be optional in all campus environments after March 12. We encourage a mask-friendly environment, and students who wish to continue wearing masks are welcomed to do so.

Please remember that students still need to self-screen for illness prior to visiting a WSU facility and stay home if you are symptomatic. A multi-layered prevention strategy continues to be essential to protect against current and future surges. Vaccines, face coverings and social distancing remain the best ways for individuals to protect themselves and others from serious illness.

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Return to Campus Update| Sent January 7, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. PST

Sent January 7, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. PST

Dear Students,

I am updating last week’s communication regarding our return to campus following the winter break. I understand several of you have concerns regarding inclement weather and making your return to campus. Please see below updates to our original communication from last Thursday.

Doctor of Pharmacy Students

  • With winter weather conditions this weekend, we remind everyone to take personal safety into account when determining whether travel to campus can be accomplished safely. Classes for all PharmD students will resume on Tuesday, January 11, as originally scheduled. Ensuring your safety back to campus is a priority and we encourage students to work with their instructors if they foresee issues in returning to campus. Instructors will work with students who cannot safely travel to review missed course content.
  • We must stay on track with current courses as scheduled to ensure your on-time graduation. If we were to delay the start of spring semester or push all courses to virtual learning, this would impact our accreditation, and ultimately negatively impact your progress in the program.

Graduate Students

  • Classes for graduate students will resume on Monday, January 10 as planned.

Both Spokane and Yakima campuses will remain open on Monday, January 10, barring a severe weather event.

Spring 2022 Update

We continue to track the COVID-19 Omicron variant and its impacts across the state. Decision-making concerning college operations will be informed by data and guidance from federal, state, and county health agencies.

High rates of vaccination across both campuses will mitigate the risk of severe illness posed by Omicron. For those who are eligible, we highly encourage you to obtain a COVID-19 booster as soon as possible. Use the vaccine locator tool to find where you can obtain a booster.

Face masks will be critical in preventing the spread of illness as we return to in-person classes. We highly encourage you to wear N95 or KN95 masks, if possible. With the arrival of winter, it’s also important for everyone to get a seasonal flu shot to help reduce the spread of illness.

While we understand the apprehension surrounding the spread of the Omicron variant, we are in a much better place in terms of treatment and mitigation than we were at the start of the pandemic. Delivering a quality education and preparing you to be future health care providers, while adjusting to our “new-normal,” is a key priority for the college. We will continue to monitor conditions within our communities and take appropriate steps to protect public health as the situation evolves. Updates will be communicated as soon as possible if operations are impacted.

Thank you all for your flexibility and professionalism during these uncertain times. Should you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact me or your instructors directly.

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

REMINDER: CPPS COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation Requirement Oct 1 Deadline | Sent September 24, 2021 at 1:25 p.m. PDT

Sent September 24, 2021 at 1:25 p.m. PDT

Dear Student Pharmacists,

This is a reminder to please upload your COVID-19 vaccination documentation to your CastleBranch compliance tracker, by Oct 1. Thank you to everyone that has done this already! Please prioritize logging into your CastleBranch account and uploading your COVID-19 vaccination documentation. Documentation must include your name, vaccine manufacturer, lot # and dates of vaccination or a CPPS Declination Form (available in CastleBranch).

Acceptable COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record;
  • State immunization information system record; or
  • For an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above.

CPPS COVID-19 Declination Form:

  • The declination form is available in CastleBranch within the “COVID-19 Vaccination” requirement is available in CastleBranch.
  • This is not the same as seeking an accommodation with WSU, instead this form indicates to us that you do not plan to get the COVID-19 vaccination and may affect clinical site placement.

Collection of COVID-19 vaccination records in CastleBranch is specific to CPPS. This process is separate from and in addition to Washington State University’s requirement that all students provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or file a request for a qualified exemption/accommodation via Cougar Health Services (deadline was September 10).

Every site is working through their own process for COVID-19 vaccine documentation. Some clinical training sites may require all students to be vaccinated,  while others may allow for placement upon receiving a site-specific approved exemption or accommodation. We are learning of updates to individual site expectations daily. Some clinical partners may deny non-vaccinated students from being at their site as permitted by law.  Onboarding requirements in CORE ELMS are being updated as we learn of new site specific COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

If you have questions or concerns about this requirement please reach out to Dr. Jennifer Robinson.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services
abertramson@wsu.edu

CPPS COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation Requirement –Available Now | Sent September 21, 2021 at 1:08 p.m. PDT

Sent September 21, 2021 at 1:08 p.m. PDT

Dear Student Pharmacists,

Your CastleBranch compliance tracker now has a COVID-19 vaccination requirement added to it. Please prioritize logging into your CastleBranch account and uploading your COVID-19 vaccination documentation. The deadline to meet this requirement is October 1, prior to the statewide deadline of October 18. Documentation must include your name, vaccine manufacturer, lot # and dates of vaccination or a CPPS Declination Form (available in CastleBranch).

Acceptable COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record;
  • State immunization information system record; or
  • For an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above.

CPPS COVID-19 Declination Form:

  • The declination form is available in CastleBranch within the “COVID-19 Vaccination” requirement is available in CastleBranch.
  • This is not the same as seeking an accommodation with WSU, instead this form indicates to us that you do not plan to get the COVID-19 vaccination and may affect clinical site placement.

Collection of COVID-19 vaccination records in CastleBranch is specific to CPPS. This process is separate from and in addition to Washington State University’s requirement that all students provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or file a request for a qualified exemption/accommodation via Cougar Health Services (deadline was September 10).

Every site is working through their own process for COVID-19 vaccine documentation. Some clinical training sites may require all students to be vaccinated,  while others may allow for placement upon receiving a site-specific approved exemption or accommodation. We are learning of updates to individual site expectations daily. Some clinical partners may deny non-vaccinated students from being at their site as permitted by law.  Onboarding requirements in CORE ELMS are being updated as we learn of new site specific COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

If you have questions or concerns about this requirement please reach out to Dr. Jennifer Robinson.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services
abertramson@wsu.edu

Town Hall Follow Up | Sent September 17, 2021 at 9:10 a.m. PDT

Sent September 17, 2021 at 9:10 a.m. PDT

Dear student pharmacists,

Earlier this week, we hosted our first town hall meeting.  If you were unable to attend, you can access the recording here.

The main focus of the town hall was to provide an update about the semester and the ongoing impact of COVID. Key information shared included the following:

  • Vaccination rates for WSU Spokane students (which includes Yakima) is currently >96%.
  • All students attending WSU must submit either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or file for an exemption through WSU cougar health services.  Any student failing to submit the required documentation will have a hold placed on their student account.
  • In addition to submitting COVID-19 vaccination documentation to the university, all students will also need to also submit proof of vaccination or a declination form to the college for required experiential on-boarding with clinical practice sites.  More information will be provided directly from experiential services about this requirement.
  • Any approved religious or medical exemption from the university, will not automatically transfer to all practice sites.  This may result in being blocked from some (possibly many) practice sites or having to engage in additional processes to minimize risk and meet current local, state or national mandates.
  • If you are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, have been exposed to COVID or test positive, we ask that you follow the university guidelines.
  • If you are ill or have been instructed to isolate/quarantine and cannot be on campus, we request that you fill out an absence notification form.
  • As a college, our focus is to continue delivering the curriculum in person with contingency plans in place for different scenarios (students or faculty are ill and cannot be on campus). This could mean that a few targeted classes are temporarily moved to zoom, for a short period of time.  The expectation is that unless there is a strong public health reason to do otherwise, in-person courses are delivered in-person.
  • There have been quite a few questions about the masking expectations on campus based on the governors proclamation 20-03.5.  The biggest issue, what does, “actively eating and drinking” mean?  Our interpretation is that an individuals mask should always cover the mouth and nose, except when actively taking a bite of food or a drink.  If you are slowly eating or you like to enjoy your coffee over an extended period of time, please re-mask between bites or sips.

If you have any questions about the current mandates or expectations, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson, PharmD
Associate Dean, Professional Education | Professor | College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
jenirobinson@wsu.edu

CPPS COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation – Coming soon | Sent September 16, 2021 at 4:53 p.m. PDT

Sent September 16, 2021 at 4:53 p.m. PDT

Student Pharmacists,

On August 20 Dr. Jennifer Robinson communicated with you there was WA state proclamation (email below) requiring all private and public health care and long-term care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As she expressed, some of our clinical partners may deny non-vaccinated students from being at their site as permitted by law.  As we learn of COVID 19 vaccination requirements at sites we are working to add that information to the onboarding requirements listed in CORE ELMS.

CPPS has developed a process to collect approved COVID-19 vaccination records in CastleBranch to meet the statewide vaccination requirement for licensed health care providers and to assist with placement with our clinical partners. This process is separate from and in addition to Washington State University’s requirement that all students provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or file for a qualified exemption via Cougar Health Services (deadline was September 10).

We expect our CastleBranch upload process to be available in the next week and we will notify you once this has become available. Documentation will require your name, vaccine manufacturer, lot # and dates of vaccination or a CPPS Declination Form.

Acceptable COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation:

  • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or photo of the card;
  • Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider or electronic health record;
  • State immunization information system record; or
  • For an individual who was vaccinated outside of the United States, a reasonable equivalent of any of the above.

CPPS COVID-19 Declination Form:

  • The declination form will be available once COVID 19 Vaccine requirement is available in CastleBranch.
  • This is not the same as seeking an accommodation with WSU, instead this form indicates to us that you do not plan to get the COVID-19 vaccination and may affect clinical site placement.

Every clinical partner is working through their own process for COVID-19 vaccine documentation, some do not have exemption/accommodation processes, while others may allow for certain exemptions/accommodations. Additional documentation may be required by individual sites for students requesting an exemption/accommodation.

If you have questions or concerns about this requirement please reach out to Dr. Jennifer Robinson.

Sincerely,

Anjie Bertramson
Director of Experiential Services | Office of Experiential Services
abertramson@wsu.edu

PY1-3 Town Hal | September 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement | Sent August 20, 2021 at 3:20 p.m. PDT

Sent August 20, 2021 at 3:20 p.m. PDT

Dear student pharmacists,

Governor Inslee recently made an official proclamation requiring all private and public health care and long-term care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes licensed pharmacy interns. The Governor’s COVID-19 vaccine proclamation is the law, and it is enforceable.  It sets forth exemptions only for legitimate medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Personal/philosophical exemptions are not permitted.

The WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences partners with health care organizations to provide clinical experiences for Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Although medical or religious exemptions exist under the proclamation, it is possible our clinical partners may not allow non-vaccinated students into their clinical settings for reasons that are permitted by law, and we cannot control whether these organizations will allow non-vaccinated students to access their clinical training site.

If you cannot engage in clinical rotations due to your non-vaccinated status, it may delay your progression in the program or impact your ability to meet graduation requirements. The college will make a reasonable attempt to find alternative clinical experiences for students who have exemptions for legitimate medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs, but placement cannot be guaranteed.

Unvaccinated students may also be barred from providing any direct patient care, including patient-care outreach completed by Registered Student Organizations.

The College is currently developing a process for students to upload proof of vaccination via CastleBranch.  Information about how to submit proof of vaccination will be communicated soon.  In addition to college level expectations, the university is requiring all WSU students to submit proof of vaccination or file for a qualified exemption through Cougar Health Services by September 10th.

As a reminder, falsification of COVID vaccine documentation has been determined to be a crime. Anyone submitting falsified information will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.  Equally important, the College will refer this sort of misconduct to the Conduct Board, and Student Progress Committee for appropriate discipline. See WAC 504-26-202 (Acts of dishonesty).  Lastly, this sort of misconduct qualifies as unprofessional conduct as defined by Washington’s Uniform Disciplinary Act and will be referred to the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission.  See RCW 18.130.180.  The College has a zero-tolerance policy for this sort of fraudulent conduct that places patients and others at risk.

Please contact me with any questions and/or to discuss potential options if you will not be fully vaccinated.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson, PharmD
Associate Dean, Professional Education | Professor | College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
jenirobinson@wsu.edu

How to submit proof of vaccination or file an exemption | Sent August 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Dear Cougs,

We can’t wait to see you in-person and on campus this fall and get back to the Coug experience we’ve all been missing. We also know you have questions, and we wanted to provide an important update regarding vaccine documentation and exemption processes.

WSU officially announced a return to in-person operations and classes following the proclamation by Governor Jay Inslee in June. This is in large part because of the widespread availability and proven efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, which WSU is requiring for all students, faculty, and staff. Exemptions are allowed for medical and non-medical reasons.

As we prepare for the fall semester, it is important WSU has your COVID vaccination status on file. The information below will help you plan and submit the required documentation.

We understand that there are students who have concerns about attending courses in person that are related to a disability. These students will need to work with campus Access Services and Access and Career Services Manager Jackie Schneider to seek specific solutions for each individual’s needs. Note that several courses in each term of the curriculum including experiential rotations cannot be completed virtually.

Submitting Your Vaccination Information

The University has created a safe and secure way for students to submit proof of vaccination or file an exemption using the Cougar Health Services Patient Portal.

This process is now available to all students. You should submit your proof of vaccination or file an exemption as soon as possible.

The most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine requirement at Washington State University can be found on the WSU COVID FAQs page. For questions about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, please contact covid-19.info@wsu.edu. If you have questions about vaccines or exemptions, please contact cougarhealth@wsu.edu.

Protecting Cougs and Our Communities

We strongly recommend that all Cougs who are able get vaccinated so we can keep ourselves, our most vulnerable Cougs, our communities, and our state healthy. We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any variants. Vaccination is the best way to do that.

If you are able, start the vaccine series as soon as possible. Vaccines are widely available in nearly every U.S. community.

We will continue to monitor for any changes to guidelines issued by the University, local health district and/or state in the weeks ahead and update students as restrictions change. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms of illness, please stay home.

Spokane

If you are not fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after you have received all doses of the vaccine), you will need to wear a mask while on your campus or WSU location. Currently all unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks in public indoor settings in Washington state.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, we welcome and encourage you to wear a mask to ensure your health and the health of those around you. Amid an uptick in cases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Spokane Regional Health District recommend everyone wear face masks indoors where there is high transmission. Currently, Spokane is considered an area of high transmission based on CDC guidelines.

Masks are still required in clinical settings on campus, which include the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic, the University Hearing and Speech Clinic, the NEP clinic, Range Community Clinic and EWU’s dental hygiene clinic, regardless of vaccination status.

Yakima

All WSU students enrolled in the Yakima Doctor of Pharmacy program on the PNWU campus will be required to follow PNWU campus safety guidelines as outlined in the PNWU Fall 2021 Campus and Semester Reentry Plan including completing daily COVID-19 screening. The screening table will be located in the lobby of Cadwell Student Center. Masks are required on campus regardless of vaccination status. All PNWU campus spaces require 3-foot social distancing at all times regardless of vaccination status.

Get your vaccine.

If you are not yet vaccinated, you can find appointments for your COVID vaccine by visiting www.vaccines.gov/search/, texting your ZIP code to 438829, or calling 800-232-0233. Vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of citizenship and/or health insurance status.

Spokane

WSU Spokane will also be offering free COVID-19 vaccines for anyone still needing one. The clinics will take place on the Spokane campus in the basement and atrium area of the Nursing building.

WSU Spokane plans on providing the Pfizer vaccine, and depending on supplies, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well. The clinics will be held on multiple days in partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District:

Thank you for doing your part to keep our communities healthy. We’re looking forward to being on campus with you this fall.

Sincerely,
Office of Student Services
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
509-368-6605
pharmacy.studentservices@wsu.edu

Go Cougs!

Fall Update | Sent July 1, 2021 at 12:23 p.m. PDT

Sent July 1, 2021 at 12:23 p.m. PDT

Dear student pharmacists,

I honestly cannot believe that it is July already. Other than encouraging you to stay hydrated in this heat, I wanted to provide a few updates and reminders about the fall semester.

  • Faculty and staff across the university system continue to work towards a safe return to in-person learning this fall. Faculty have reflected on lessons learned and are working on course improvements for the next academic year.  This includes resuming in-person instruction and in-person testing while keeping a few select courses online.
  • WSU is working towards the goal of becoming a fully vaccinated institution. Proof of COVID vaccination, or an approved exception, will be required for all students this fall. More information will be communicated from the university soon about submitting proof of vaccination, or how to file for an exception from Cougar Health Services.
  • Guidance on face coverings and social distancing are changing in accordance with local and state guidance.  The most updated information for Spokane can be found here. Yakima will follow the rules and regulations determined by PNWU.
  • Schedules of classes for the fall in Spokane and Yakima have been modified to minimize movement of cohorts between classrooms and to strategically schedule online vs. in-person courses.
    • Additional details about assigned instructors, additional class meeting times and locations can be found here.
  • Assessments, including tests and exams, will be administered in-person. The block test schedule is finalized for the fall.  All students are encouraged to review the remote proctoring policy and absence policy as both policies will be in effect for this fall.
  • In August, we will be hosting in-person White Coat ceremonies for the class of 2024 and 2025 in both Yakima and Spokane.  More information will be communicated soon as details are still being finalized.
  • Rules and regulations for Registered Student Organizations have not been determined for the fall.  More information will be provided as we get closer to the start of the school year.
  • Your academic and student success advisors are here to help you transition back to campus. If you would like to meet with your advisor, schedule an appointment via handshake.

When reading this email, you may have noticed a mix of emotions. For each individual, this transition is going to feel different – with some individuals experiencing more intense emotions then others. These emotions could include a wide range of feelings including anticipation, sadness, joy, apprehension, or acceptance. Experiencing emotions in this way is a normal and expected part of the process. Please be patient with yourself and the rest of the college community during this transition.

If you have questions or would simply like to talk about the return to in-person learning this fall, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, counseling services or your academic and student success advisor.

Please take time to enjoy the summer.  On behalf of the faculty and staff of the college, we are all excited to see you in-person soon!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Robinson, PharmDPronouns: she/her/hers (what’s this?)
Associate Dean, Professional Education | Professor | College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
jenirobinson@wsu.edu

Faculty & Staff Communications

CPPS Masking Guidelines | Sent March 11, 20222 at 10:36 a.m.

Sent March 11, 20222 at 10:36 a.m.

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you are aware, starting March 12, Washington State University will be lifting masking requirements in the majority of WSU buildings. Faculty and staff will be required to continue to mask in the following situations:

  • Clinical simulations such as APC courses and Pharmaceutics labs
  • Clinical research areas
  • Yakima faculty, staff and students are required to continue to mask in all indoor areas of the Pacific Northwest University campus and follow masking guidelines established by PNWU. Yakima county continues to experience a high level of community transmission rates, therefore multilayered face coverings will be required inside campus buildings throughout the semester.

Outside the listed areas above, masking will be optional in all campus environments after March 12. We encourage a mask-friendly environment, and faculty and staff who wish to continue wearing masks are welcomed to do so.

Please remember to continue to self-screen for illness prior to visiting a WSU facility and stay home if you are symptomatic. A multi-layered prevention strategy continues to be essential to protect against current and future surges. Vaccines, face coverings and social distancing remain the best ways for individuals to protect themselves and others from serious illness.

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Spring 2022 Update | Sent December 30, 2021 at 8:57 a.m. PST

Sent December 30, 2021 at 8:57 a.m. PST

Dear Colleagues,

We continue to track the COVID-19 Omicron variant and its impacts across the state. Decision-making concerning college operations will be informed by data and guidance from federal, state, and county health agencies. With that said, we expect to resume operations on January 3. Those with approved telework agreements may continue with those agreements.

High rates of vaccination across both campuses will mitigate the risk of severe illness posed by Omicron. For those who are eligible, we highly encourage you to obtain a COVID-19 booster as soon as possible.

Face masks will be critical in preventing the spread of illness during the holiday season. With the arrival of winter, it’s also important for everyone to get a seasonal flu shot to help reduce the spread of illness.

While we understand the apprehension surrounding the spread of the Omicron variant, we are in a much better place in terms of treatment and mitigation than we were at the start of the pandemic. Delivering a quality education and preparing our students to be future health care providers while adjusting to our “new-normal” is a key priority for the college. We will continue to monitor conditions within our communities and take appropriate steps to protect public health as the situation evolves. Updates will be communicated as soon as possible if operations are impacted.

Thank you all for your commitment to our students as well as your flexibility during these uncertain times. Should you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

CPPS Return to Campus Plan | Sent June 3, 2021 at 1:09 p.m.

Sent June 3, 2021 at 1:09 p.m.

Dear Colleagues,

After 16 months of working from home, I am pleased to announce that we will begin the process of returning to campus. This will be a phased approach, with the goal of 50 percent capacity by July 12, and fully in-person at the start of fall semester on August 16. It is strongly encouraged that administrative staff get settled before the official start of the fall semester to ensure we are ready and prepared for students as they arrive back on campus. Students are expected to start the fall 2021 semester fully in person, and we will ensure that all services and amenities at our college will be available to them upon their return to campus.

What this means for CPPS
Flexibility will be a key factor as we transition back to the workplace. We understand that many of you have had to juggle working from home and caring for family during this pandemic. Supervisors should communicate with their teams to ensure that the transition back to the workplace is smooth and flexible. As circumstances and guidance from the Washington Governor’s office changes during the opening up process, we will adjust our operations as needed.

Linked here you will find guidelines for each position and the amount of time they should be in-person on campus by August 16. Below are some of the guiding principles to take into account as we move towards returning back to in-person work:

  • Supervisors will be on campus 100% of the time with certain exceptions based on shared office spaces, which are detailed below.
  • Offices and departments with student-facing roles will be staffed 100% of the time.
  • Until further guidance, employees should minimize the number of people occupying a single room at one time. Please arrange your schedules so that joint occupation of an office can be minimized.
  • Supervisors will be responsible for ensuring that those who report to them are following the mask and social distancing guidelines depending on one’s declaration status. If an individual is not fully vaccinated, or does not declare, they are required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet social distancing. Those who have declared that they are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask or maintain social distancing in many of our campus settings. Certain facilities noted by campus will still require masking at all times.
  • Daily attestation is still required. If you cannot attest, please stay home and contact your supervisor. Some situations would allow for remote work while others may require that a sick day be utilized.
  • Colleagues in Yakima at the PNWU campus will follow guidance dictated by PNWU. Protocols for returning to the Yakima campus are pending and will be communicated when finalized.
  • Colleagues working at other non-WSU sites will continue to follow the expectations and requirements of those sites.

Resources for returning to campus:

  • More information about the transition back to the workplace from the WSU Health Sciences Chancellor Daryll Dewald will be communicated in the next few days.
  • COVID-19 Leave and Work FAQs: Guidance for employees on masking, social distancing, and vaccination declaration at WSU.
  • Follow this link on instructions to declare your vaccination status.

On behalf of the college leadership, we look forward to returning back to a sense of normalcy in the coming months and connecting with you all in-person.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Director of Business Services Sarah Kohler.

Sincerely,

Mark Leid, Professor and Dean
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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