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Classroom Guidelines

The Office of the Provost has developed Classroom Guidelines to be utilized by faculty and instructional staff to support a safe and healthy learning and working environment for both staff and students. Please see below for brief best practices which outline key points as referenced within that document.

Physical distancing

  • All students should be seated six feet apart. Use the dots facilities has placed on desks to assign students to specific seats.
  • Develop a seating chart and take attendance to support contact tracing.
  • Instructors should maintain six feet of distance from students throughout the course, minimize movement, and minimize contact with students.

Classroom cleaning process

  • Each classroom will have a yellow bin that contains cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer.
  • Incoming instructors should clean touch points (computers, clickers, etc.) prior to the beginning of each class.
  • Incoming students should wipe down their space before class starts.
  • You will find a clean and dirty bucket for dry erase markers. Instructors should place “used” markers in this dirty bucket. Instructors are able to wipe down the marker or plastic holder of the eraser before use if needed.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized at least once per day.

Distributing materials

  • Instructors are encouraged to use Canvas or email to distribute or collect materials to minimize contact.
  • If you must hand out materials in class, place them in a central location six feet from all others and next to the hand sanitizer. Ask students to come up one at a time from row to row to pick up the material.
  • If you need to collect material, follow the same process in reverse, with students placing their work into a folder, box, or another receptacle.

Dismissing class

  • Instructors should plan to dismiss their class 5 minutes early to allow for greater opportunity to physically distance when leaving class and to provide incoming instructors and students time to wipe down surfaces.
  • Instructors should dismiss their students 10 at a time or 50% of the class, whichever is lower, to minimize the number of people clustered together at once, starting from the front to the back of the classroom.
  • If there are two doors to a classroom, one should be labeled as the entry door and the other should be labeled as the exit door to also mitigate interaction.

Providing Personal Protective Equipment

  • Each classroom will have a yellow bin that contains extra disposable masks and a face shield.
  • Please consult the Procedure for Addressing Non-conforming Students in the Classroom within the Classroom Guidelines to see procedures for addressing non-conforming students.

Positive Case Decision-Making Process

  • The Teaching and learning Working Group has created a Positive Case Decision-Making Flowchart to help walk through the step-by-step process if a student informs an instructor that they are COVID-19 positive or that they may be positive. This provides a structured process for how these situations are being handled.