Instructors should plan to maintain physical distancing within the classroom setting and should minimize their contact with students. For example, instructors will need to be mindful where they walk during class time, how students receive and turn in materials, and what sorts of in-class activities are able to be conducted to limit close contact among students. We recommend that instructors utilize Canvas or email for students to receive and turn in materials to minimize contact. If you do need to pass out materials in class, consider placing them in a central location in the front of the class six feet from you and all others and next to 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 the material, follow the same process in reverse, with students putting their work in a folder, box, or another receptacle.
Instructors should plan on dismissing their class 5 minutes early to allow for greater opportunity to physically distance and to conduct any wiping down of surfaces. This loss of in-person instruction time should be accounted for via alternative delivery means. 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.
In classrooms, there will be a clean and dirty bucket for dry erase markers. Instructors can place “used” markers in this dirty bucket. Instructors would be able to wipe down the marker or plastic holder of the eraser before use if needed. Cloth chairs will need to be covered in plastic or switched out with hard surface chairs instead to facilitate cleaning. For classes with microphones, we are working to determine how best to sanitize these, likely utilizing microphone covers.
There will be hand sanitizing stations at the main entries to buildings, which instructors and students will be encouraged to use. Each floor of academic buildings will have cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer available. Incoming instructors should plan to clean touch points (computers, clickers, etc.) prior to the beginning of each class. Incoming students should wipe down their space before class starts. Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized at least once per day. Specialized art and lab courses will develop cleaning protocols in Academic Affairs for how equipment will be cleaned between uses.
Specific Class Considerations
Classes will be taught in a variety of modalities in the fall semester. Music classes and ensembles for voice and instruments requiring voice have an approved safety plan to be offered in-person allowing for 12 feet or more of physical distancing using small groups of students in sizable spaces (e.g., Cofrin Family Hall in Weidner Center).
We are utilizing CARES Act funding to be able to outfit the following 20 classrooms with recording equipment so that instructors would be able to stream or record their lectures while lecturing. However, it is important to note that students would need sufficient Internet access to be able to live stream a course and this transmission would only be occurring one-way. We have prioritized larger classrooms to account for limited class capacities with physical distancing.
MAC Hall: 103, 204, 206, 208, 210
Rose Hall: 250
Studio Arts: 350
Wood Hall: 114, 117, 118, 201, 205, 213, 215, 216, 303
CATL has created a resource to help you envision what your courses may look like this fall. Their advanced training course will help you build that vision in partnership with a cohort of colleagues. Sections of the course will run two-weeks, with new sections starting each week until the end of August.