UW taking hybrid approach to fall classes, offering remote and in-person instruction

UW taking hybrid approach to fall classes, offering remote and in-person instruction
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SEATTLE — UW President Ana Mari Cauce said in a letter to students Monday that the university will be taking a hybrid approach to class in the fall, offering some in person classes as well as online instruction.

The letter said UW will be offering as many in-person classes as possible, prioritizing hands-on classes such as clinical and lab courses.

“Over the past few months, we have been hard at work preparing for how we can be safely together on our campuses while offering robust experiences for students who aren’t yet able to return in person. Protecting the health of our community is a responsibility we all share, and we will all need to be flexible,” Cauce wrote.

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Small classes will meet in larger lecture rooms, and all classes over 50 students will be remote. Depending on individual course work and majors, some students’ schedules will be entirely remote.

Classes will be staggered to allow physical distancing and minimize interactions in rooms and hallways.

Students who chose not to return to campus can continue their learning online, the letter said.

Cauce said it is possible the school will have to pivot to all-remote learning depending on public health recommendations, as it did in the spring.