Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a list of frequently asked questions. Please check back regularly for updates.
Has Pilchuck cancelled any of the 2020 sessions because of COVID-19?
Yes, Pilchuck has cancelled all programs and events that were scheduled for May (including Pre-Session and Session 1). We are making plans to proceed with the remainder of the summer, starting with Session 2 which begins June 12, 2020.
As we make decisions, our top priority will be the safety of those who come to campus this summer. These decisions will be made while considering the guidance of our public healthcare professionals. We believe that we will have clearer information each day, and will share updates with our community as the story evolves. For now, we are proceeding with 2020 programming that is scheduled to start in June.
I am planning on attending Pilchuck this summer and have to book travel soon. Should I be concerned about cancellation of programs? What if I become ill and need to cancel?
Pilchuck recommends that students purchase refundable tickets or travel insurance. We will be covering this additional expense for our teachers, Artists in Residence, TAs, and AAS. This slightly increased cost allows for added flexibility in your travel plans. Many airlines have been more generous with their refund policies during this difficult time, so it’s worth checking with your airline when booking your travel. Pilchuck is committed to providing 30 days’ notice on any program changes. We are actively encouraging anyone demonstrating flu-like symptoms to stay home, therefore, we have temporarily relaxed our cancellation and refund policies for the upcoming season. You can find this specific information here.
Washington banned gatherings of 50 or more, closed its schools, and placed a Stay-at-Home mandate. How does this impact Pilchuck?
The current closures announced by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee currently have end dates, however if they continue they will impact Pilchuck programs and events. We have made the difficult decision to cancel May programming to ensure the safety of our community. As we prepare to start programs in June, we will continue to follow the guidance of local government and public health entities to make sound judgments on future programming.
What is being done to address hygiene on campus and in the studios?
Before and between each session, housing units and bed linens are professionally cleaned including anti-bacterial cleaning methods. Studio surfaces and common areas, bathrooms, etc. will be cleaned twice daily with a focus on heavily used surfaces. We know that each studio is different and will increase cleaning protocols accordingly. For example, we will provide sprays and wipes to sanitize shared tools and equipment in all studios, while also providing personal mouthpieces for students who will use blow pipes in the hot shop. We will continue to monitor developing best practices as we all learn more about this virus and how to protect ourselves.
What can I do to be healthy once I get to campus?
All of the advice of public health professionals points to personal responsibility to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19. This includes regularly washing your hands, avoid touching your face, courteous sneezing & coughing practices, and staying home if you have flu-like symptoms.