As you prepare to return to the classroom, here are a few suggestions to help prepare your students for the health and safety guidelines in the classroom.
Send out a message via ReggieNet Announcements:
Hi Redbirds. I am so excited to welcome you back to campus this semester. Just as a reminder, our classroom environment will look a little different. We will be spaced 6 feet apart and all students and instructors are required to wear a face covering. In addition to physical distancing, and washing your hands often, research has shown that wearing a face covering is one of the most important, and potentially life-saving tools to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the interest of public health and your fellow Redbirds, please follow these guidelines both on and off campus. I encourage you to read the full policy at: EHS.IllinoisState.edu/safety/face-coverings. Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Think about including a picture of the classroom (or use general pictures, see below) and a picture of yourself with a face covering.
Include a link to video created by Student Affairs on What to Expect this Fall - Classrooms
Consider creating PowerPoint slides with the following information for students the first day:
The COVID-19 pandemic is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation, which continues to evolve. Therefore, students consistently should review the ISU COVID-19 Response website, Coronavirus.IllinoisState.edu, for information throughout the semester. ISU will follow federal, state, and county public health recommendations and mandates in decisions related to university operations. Our priority is the health, safety and well-being of our entire campus community. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, students are expected to follow university guidelines for wearing their own face coverings when on campus in all indoor common spaces, including classrooms. Students additionally are expected to follow physical distancing guidelines by keeping at least 6 feet from others. See full university guidelines and information on accommodations/alternatives at: EHS.IllinoisState.edu/safety/face-coverings
Chair/Directors will let you know what the capacity limit is for your classroom. A copy of the classroom layout will be placed on the instructor desk in a sleeve. The new classroom furniture layout will show which chairs individuals can sit in following 6-foot physical distancing. Each chair will be marked with a decal identifying where NOT to sit. A large container of wipes will be available in each classroom for students to clean their chair/desk.
Greet students as they come in… at the proper 6-foot distance.
If a student does not have a face covering on, remind them of the policy:
If they refuse to put on a face covering and refuse to leave, you can contact your identified back-up person* for support.
* To plan for a possible situation where a student refuses to put on a face covering and will not leave, faculty members teaching face-to-face or hybrid are encouraged to develop a plan for backup that fits their situation. It could be their chair/director, but it does not have to be. Other options could include:
The role of the back-up person is to confirm and support the respectful, educational, and firm approach to encouraging compliance with the face covering requirement.