Health Safety for Instructors and Upcoming Town Halls

A number of you have raised questions about campus plans to ensure the health and safety of instructors and students who will be participating in in-person learning this fall.  I want to assure you that as part of our instructional continuity effort we have a number of groups working on this, in coordination with school and college associate deans.

More specifically, we have a team focused on the design and capacity for each classroom, taking account of physical distancing guidelines. This group is also involved in class scheduling decisions and is coordinating the rescheduling of fall courses to updated modalities. This week students will be notified about fall 2020 course details and given directions on what to do if they have questions.

We also have teams working on specific safety protocols for classrooms, including safety equipment for instructors. This includes making sure that cleaning supplies are available in each classroom and determining cleaning responsibilities. Additionally, we have a team developing an editable syllabus template that will outline clear behavioral expectations for students and guidelines for instructors.

Together, these teams are creating detailed plans to guide and support safe, effective and engaged instruction and learning this fall.

We will be sharing additional details on our efforts during two upcoming virtual town halls – one next week and another in mid-Aug. I will be presenting alongside Jake Baggott, director of University Health Services in both sessions. The sessions are intended for instructors teaching this fall. The sessions will be hosted on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and will be recorded.

Virtual Town Halls on Instructional Continuity

  • Wednesday, July 29 – 1-2:30pm | Register now
    This session will provide an overview of our instructional continuity working teams, the key areas we are working in to support your instructional needs, including health and safety, and what’s still to come. Followed by Q&A.
  • Wednesday, August 12 – 9-10:30am | Register now
    This session will provide updates about guidelines, recommendations and protocols related to instruction for fall 2020. Followed by Q&A.

We know you have many questions and concerns. We hope these sessions will help provide a space to share those concerns and get answers. We recognize that we will not be able to answer all of your questions in real-time, and will use subsequent communications and town halls to do so. Updates will be shared with the broader campus community, including students, as well.

We encourage you to continue to check the Instructional Continuity website and Smart Restart website for updates. Thank you for your efforts in these challenging times.

Steve Cramer – Vice Provost for Instructional Continuity and Academic Affairs