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French & Italian Studies COVID-19 Prevention Plan – Phase 3

The following departmental guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 Phase 3 are in effect until further notice.

UW Seattle is currently in PHASE 3 of the COVID-19 recovery, in accordance with Washington’s Safe Start plan

Under Phase 3, limited in-person academic and co-curricular activities are permitted so long as they are safe and operationally feasible. These activities include individual and small group informal instruction, such as office hours and academic-related meetings. All of these activities must follow health and safety guidelines — including wearing masks, maintaining six feet of physical distancing and working with FIS staff/building coordinators to ensure spaces can be safely accessed. These activities must also be voluntary and consider equity, including offering remote alternatives and not factoring in-person participation into grades. Please be considerate of facilities and support staff across the University who will continue to be vital to safe operations. Masks continue to be required at all UW facilities, and you must stay home if you have symptoms or feel ill. These requirements apply even if you’re fully vaccinated. Additionally, the state’s requirement for six feet of distancing remains in effect and limits the capacity of offices, classrooms and meeting rooms.


Before returning to campus, you must take the university’s Back-to-the-Workplace COVID-19 Safety Training and send proof of successful completion to the French and Italian Studies COVID-19 Supervisor, Maria Francom (

Maintain Social and Physical Distancing

While at the university, it is required that you maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people at all times. This includes in the shared spaces of Padelford (elevators, hallways, restrooms, etc.), as well as in the department's hallways, copier area and conference room.  To ensure the necessary distance is achieved, the following guidelines must be observed:

            • No more than three people may be in the conference area at a time.
            • No more than one person may be in personal offices at a time. If you share an office, you must coordinate with your office mates to ensure you do not overlap.
            • Small meetings are permitted if they meet the standards outlined above.
            • No visitors may accompany you while in Padelford Hall. This includes, but is not limited to, the main office, conference room, and your personal office.
            • No more than one person in the restroom in FIS area at one time.

Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

You must disinfect the surfaces you touch in the department after every use. This includes, but is not limited to, the photocopier, the keypads to the copier area and the conference room door handles, the microwave and refrigerator/freezer handles, the conference room table, and office supplies.  In addition, if you share an office or equipment, you must disinfect all surfaces and shared equipment when leaving for the day.  Cleaning supplies, including disposable gloves, are on order and will be available in the copier/refrigerator area when available. If supplies run out or appear to be low please email Maria or Michael (

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Face masks are required at all times in the common areas of university buildings (e.g., hallways, staircases, elevators, and restrooms), regardless of whether there are other people present. Likewise, face masks are required in Padelford Hall, and at all times while in the departmental shared spaces (hallways, area near the copier and conference room).  When working alone in your personal office, or when outdoors and maintaining a 6-foot distance is possible, you may remove your face mask.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to wear a face mask due to a health condition, you must follow the formal accommodation request process outlined by the Disability Services Office. Please review this PDF for proper mask usage.

Practice Good Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene is a key factor in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.  While at the university, please wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.  Hand sanitizer is available in the area outside of the conference room.  In addition, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; avoid contact with people who are sick; and cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and then immediately dispose of the used tissue.

Monitor and Report Symptoms

The university and department are required to prevent sick personnel from being onsite.  In order to achieve this, the following guidelines must be followed:

            • If you go to the university, even for a few minutes, you must fill out the attestation in Workday confirming you do not have symptoms. This must be done every day you are onsite.  Other members of the department who do not have access to Workday must fill out the attestation located in the area outside of the conference room.
            • If you are sick or experiencing even mild symptoms of illness you must stay home. If you are already onsite, you must go home immediately.
            • If your healthcare provider suspects or confirms you have COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you are required to contact the EH&S Employee Health Center and follow the isolation requirements outlined in the COVID-19 FAQs.

Husky Coronavirus Testing Program

The Husky Coronavirus Testing Program is a critical part of our back-to-campus efforts. All community members – faculty, staff and students – are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Husky Coronavirus Testing program, especially those that will be on a UW campus/facility for work, courses, research and other purposes during autumn quarter. Testing through the program is free for all students, staff and faculty and other academic personnel. Results of testing through the program will sync with Environmental Health & Safety's contact tracing efforts. Please note that signing up and participating in this program does not replace the need to still complete the daily attestation in Workday when working on campus. More information about how to register is available here.

UW Case Tracking Dashboard

This dashboard includes positive COVID-19 test results reported to the University by UW community members, and test results (both positive and negative) from the Husky Coronavirus Testing program powered by the Seattle Flu Study (SFS).

We are ALL responsible for slowing the spread of COVID-19.  If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact the department's COVID-19 supervisor Maria Francom (


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