The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology has decided to move forward to deliver classes online through December 2020 amid the uncertainty of COVID-19.
“In this season, we are all grieving our ability to be together, and we are anxious to return to campus. This is a season of much uncertainty, and even when we are able to re-open our campus, not all of our returning students, incoming students, and participants may be comfortable traveling to school or be physically and financially able to relocate to Seattle. We are first committed to your safety and also with providing a rich and quality education that reduces the barriers to access the learning experience,” said President J. Derek McNeil in communication to staff and faculty.
In addition to moving all classes online for Fall Term, there will also be the option for incoming students in all three graduate degree programs to complete their entire first year online. The Certificate in Resilient Service, in addition to The Allender Center’s Certificate in Narrative Focussed Trauma Care Level I and II, Externship Program, and Story Workshop, will also be offered online this academic year.
“We do not come to this decision lightly. While we grieve not being together, we know that students needed clarity in this season. Having Fall term classes online allows students to make good choices on behalf of their education and allows us to focus on developing a robust virtual campus to support the community, connection, and belonging that are at the core of who we are as a learning community,” said Dr. Misty Anne Winzenried, Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning.
The school continues to follow guidance from the Governor’s office regarding Washington State’s phases for re-entry, which has not yet provided a clear date to be able to re-open campus. In the meantime, the school is actively preparing for community events and gatherings that can be held remotely, while also creating opportunities for some small group in-person engagement with social distancing when we are able to do so safely.
“We have a commitment to welcoming our students, faculty, and staff back on campus as soon as we are safely able to do so. We are important to each other, and I recognize there is a sense of loss in these decisions. In this season, we are surviving to thrive. I have deep trust in our ability to do this together,” said President McNeil.