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Protocols for In-Person Classes

Fall 2021

 

Fall 2021 Protocols for In-Person Classes

These guidelines outline the public health requirements, strategies and best practices for ensuring instructional spaces are occupied safely, and for supporting the needs of employees and students returning to the classroom. For the latest information about Laurentian’s COVID-19 response and policies, please see the University’s COVID-19 webpage and review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

 

General Information 

  • COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will be widely communicated to all members of the Laurentian community.  Changes to health and safety guidelines will also be communicated widely to the Laurentian community as they arise.  Please visit https://laurentian.ca/COVID-19 for the latest updates.
  • Students, faculty and staff entering campus must comply with Laurentian University’s  Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 is required before students and instructors come to campus.  The SecurLU-UL app screening tool can be used for this purpose. 
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and not attend classes.
  • Signs will be posted on the entrance doors to all buildings and all classrooms to remind all individuals that masks must be worn when indoors.

Classroom Occupancy

  • The maximum capacity of each classroom will be compliant with government directives on room capacity and in-person teaching.
  • Fall 2021 classes have been scheduled not to exceed 80% room capacity.
  • Students entering a class are asked to yield to students who are exiting the classroom. 
  • Where possible, entry and exit paths will be designated through separate marked doors.
  • Instructors are asked to dismiss students starting with those closest to the designated exit.
  • Students are asked to maintain physical distancing, where possible, as they exit/enter the classroom.

 

Class Start and Stop Times

  • Instructors should plan to start sessions five minutes later and end them five minutes earlier whenever possible to support transitions that allow for physical distancing. For example, if possible, a class scheduled to start at 11:30 AM and end at 12:50 PM, should start at 11:35 AM and end at 12:45 PM.
  • Instructors are asked to remind students not to linger in the classroom once they have been dismissed. 
  • Instructors should avoid meeting students at the end of the class at the teaching console. If a student and instructor need to speak after class they are asked to move the meeting outside the classroom to a location that allows for physical distance.   Alternatively, a virtual meeting could be scheduled.

 

Teaching in a Classroom

  • Instructors and students must wear face masks in the classroom
  • Eating in the classroom is not permitted. 
  • If a student or instructor needs to drink they should do so efficiently and replace their mask immediately. 
  • Instructors are required to wear a mask when teaching, unless they have an exemption. For more information see the Policy on Face Coverings.
  • The science on surface transmission (fomites) suggests that surface transmission of COVID-19 occurs very rarely. However, disinfectant wipes have been provided in each classroom for instructors or students to use.
  • Instructors are asked to bring their own dry-erase markers, erasers and/or chalk to use on the writable surfaces in the classroom.

 

Student Guidelines 

  • Students are required to comply with Laurentian University’s Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Students are required to conduct a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before entering campus.
  • Students are required to wear a mask when in an instructional setting (e.g. classroom or laboratory)  unless they have a valid exemption.
  • If students have symptoms, or have been directed by Public Health Sudbury and District (PHSD) to self-isolate as a result of close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual, stay home, do not attend classes, and follow the PHSD Protocols.
    • If a student misses a class(es) or an academic requirement due to COVID-19 illness, COVID-19 symptoms, or a self-isolation requirement, academic consideration will be granted.
    • For COVID-19-related absences, a self-attestation of illness or requirement to self-isolate will be sufficient documentation of the student’s circumstances.  Documentation from a health-care provider will not be required.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to contact each of their instructors to discuss their continuity of education plan and make arrangements to complete required work.
  • Students are asked to allow individuals from the previous class to leave the room before they enter in order to avoid bottlenecks at entrances.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance to each building for your use
  • Masks are required to be worn in all indoor spaces, including in classrooms, labs and clinical teaching spaces.  Some programs may require the wearing of medical-grade masks and/or full personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • If a student is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they can visit Accessibility Services and they will arrange for alternatives such as a face-shield.  Students are encouraged to advise their instructor(s) that they have a valid exemption for not wearing a mask.  However, the student does not have to provide proof.
  • Eating will not be permitted in any instructional spaces. If the student requires a drink (and the instructional space allows for beverages) the student is asked to drink efficiently and replace their mask immediately.

 

Instructor Guidelines

  • Instructors should be prepared for disruptions due to COVID-19 and be flexible when possible.
  • Instructors are required to comply with Laurentian University’s Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Instructors are required to conduct a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before entering campus.
  • Instructors are required to wear a mask when teaching unless they have a valid exemption.
  • Instructors are also asked to remind students regularly
    • to conduct a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to campus for a class or academic activity
    • not to come to campus for in-person class if they have COVID-19 symptoms, or have been directed by Public Health Sudbury and Districts to self-isolate as a result of close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual
    • if they have been on campus and are experiencing symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19 they are asked to report following the Procedures for Students Reporting Illness process, go home and follow public health protocols
  • If a student advises that they will be absent from class due to symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19, or have been advised by Public Health Sudbury and Districts to self-isolate they are only required to inform the instructor.  No additional documentation will be provided. Instructors are asked to be flexible and work with the student and the program’s academic advisor to develop a continuity of education plan.  The instructor is asked to refer to Laurentian University’s Continuity of Education Plan for additional information.
  • If students arrive at a class without a mask, instructors should remind them that masks must be worn indoors unless an individual has a valid exemption. 
    • If a student did not bring a mask, offer them a mask.  Boxes of disposable masks have been provided in each classroom.
    • If a student is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they have the option to wear a face shield. Face-shields can be obtained at Accessibility Services.
    • If a student does not have a valid exemption (they do not have to show proof) and they refuse to wear a mask you can ask them to leave the class.  If the student refuses to leave the class the instructor can call Campus Security at 705-673-6562, who will send a security professional to address the situation.