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COVID-19 Update

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Statement from the President of SFI

Last update March : 18th 2020

As the situation around COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus) continues to evolve, we would like to communicate steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of the Seattle Film Institute community, prospective students and their families, and the public at large.

Govenor Jay Inslee has ordered all higher education institutions in the state to close for in-person classes instruction (not including labs) from Tuesday, March 17 through at least April 24th.

Seattle Film Institute will continue to deliver its curriculum through online and hybrid delivery (and labs as appropriate). Seattle Film Institute has been delivering its on-ground instruction in a synchronous online platform for many years. Students, regardless of location, are able to virtually join live on-ground sessions to participate in a full classroom experience including discussions, critiques, and group projects. Our online platform is robust and built to meet the needs of all of our programs. In fact, this online/hybrid mode of delivery extends SFI’s already-established online/low residency curriculum developed for our graduate programs to the entire student body.

During this period, campus services providing support for admissions, academics, financial aid, and the business office are open and available to prospective students and their families, current students, and the general public during normal business hours and of course, by phone and email. We are accepting and processing applications for enrollment for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 and the Financial Aid Department is providing all applicants with information about all federal financial aid and institutional grants.

Here at SFI, we’ve asked all staff who can work remotely to do so. Our cleaning staff is continually working to clean all campus surfaces and areas, including countertops, handrails, and door handles to ensure a safe environment for those on-campus whether staff, current students, or visitors.

For those who are on campus, your health is our highest priority. In addition to the heightened sanitation measures at our facilities, we are currently working directly with Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health, and are taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we recommend the following actions for members of our community and the public:

· Follow social distancing guidelines; whenever possible maintain a distance of 3-6 feet from anyone sneezing or coughing.

· Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

· Cover your cough with your arm, elbow, or shoulder.

· Avoid contact with people who are sick.

· Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Stay home if you are sick, especially if you have a fever.

· Be patient and understanding to those who are worried, fearful, or anxious during this outbreak.


In addition to this page, current students, faculty, and staff should also continue to monitor internal communication channels for other information pertinent to the SFI community.