Classroom Safety Operations

Purpose:

To encourage safe operations in classrooms. Classrooms will be the most common shared spaces amongst students, faculty and staff. Following theses safety protocols will better protect against the spread of COVID-19:

Signage

  • Signage will be placed in all classrooms to indicate where desks/chairs will be placed to maintain physical distance between students.
  • Students will be required to sit in desks/chairs that have been marked to accommodate the proper physical distance.
  • Classrooms that have two doors will be marked so that there is one entrance and one exit.
  • Academic building will be marked with one-way flow of traffic, physical distancing reminders and other signs that will need to be followed.

Classroom Circulation

  • The students from the previous class will always completely exit prior to the next class entering.
  • Students need to always keep to the right and walk in one direction to prevent cross traffic in the classroom.
  • Students will file into the classroom, always staying towards their right, walking to the farthest chair from the entrance.
  • Upon the completion of the class, the student closest to the exit will leave first, following row by row until the room is empty.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected by Physical Plant nightly prior to when classes are scheduled.
  • As students enter the classroom they will have access to supplies to clean their workspace.
    • A paper towel dispenser and cleaning solution will be available in all classrooms.
  • Professors are responsible to clean their workspace prior to class. This includes the keyboard, mouse and their work station.
    • Professors will receive a packet of wipes from their department to clean these items.

Scheduling Classrooms

  • Priority for scheduling classrooms will go to Academic classes.
  • After academic classes are scheduled, time for cleaning and disinfection will be scheduled.
  • If time blocks remain available, classrooms can be scheduled for student activities and meetings.

Classroom Supplies

  • Professors will receive chalk, markers and erasers from their Department Office that they will be responsible to bring to class.
  • 4’ by 4’ moveable plexiglass stands will be put in classrooms so that professors can move to their preferred teaching position to accommodate the removal of mask.

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are required by students in the classroom.
  • Professors can remove face covering when directly behind the supplied plexiglass. As soon as they move away from the plexiglass they are required to put on their mask.

Miscellaneous

  • Students will be allowed to work at the chalk/white board in a classroom as long as they can maintain physical distancing and are wearing a mask.

(updated 7/28/2020)