Dear Students and Graduates-

All of us at NWSAM hope you are well and safe and we look forward to getting to see some of you in the coming months.
We decided to start a regular Friday update to keep you apprised of the changes afoot.  As Washington State moves forward with its phased re-opening plan, we look forward to finding ways to get back to regular campus activities, including rescheduling postponed classes and scheduling new ones!
We appreciate how challenging it can be to plan and make arrangements in the current climate.  At the moment, we suspect that King County will remain in Phase 1 for at least several more weeks.  We are still optimistic that we will resume classes starting July 15th, although there will be new policies in place for your safety that may limit class sizes and activities.  We are exploring some alternative facilities in areas of the state that have already moved into Phase 2, if necessary.
Here is what we know as of today:
July 24th-26th  The Aromatic Science for Animals practical will be held at Bermaga Farm in Montesano, WA.  Their county is moving into Phase 3 soon and Joan Sorita will teach class out of her own amazing gardens with a variety of animals that live at her farm.  It is a great opportunity to learn from her in a unique environment.
We start a jam-packed schedule on July 27th!  Our goal is to have these courses held at our Vashon Campus but if King County is still under restrictions at that point, we are lining up alternative locations outside of the county rather than further postpone these trainings. Alternative locations will most likely include Tacoma, Montesano, Chehalis and Hood River. We know that moving classes can present different challenges and will try to help you navigate accommodations, travel…as best as we can.
July 27th-31st  Small Animal Foundation Massage Practical
August 1st  DogSafe Pet First Aid class with Helga Karisch
August 3rd-7th  Animal Acupressure Practical
August 8th  Tools of the Trade Workshop
August 10th-14th  Large Animal Foundation Massage Practical
August 16th  FUNdamentals of Animal Massage
By then, we should be back to our normal course schedule.( https://www.nwsam.com/course-catalog/schedule/ ) We will also begin adding practicals and classes for the fall shortly, including additional Foundation level practical and Manual Ligament Therapy courses.
We do anticipate that whenever we are able to be together again, it will require strict social distancing protocols, some level of personal protection equipment and limited class sizes.  Thankfully, our campus is of adequate size for us to accommodate all Covid-19 recommended practices for your health and safety, including possibly running multiple small groups on different parts of the property.  We will disclose the procedures that will be followed as soon as we have word from the Department of Health.
We sincerely appreciate your patience and your understanding during these most interesting of times.
Stay safe, stay healthy and stay in touch!