Classroom COVID Policies

Additional COVID-19 health and safety policies are in effect for classrooms during the spring 2021 semester.

Syllabus Insert

If your class falls into the modality of Face-to-Face or Hybrid, you must include the health and safety syllabus insert in your course syllabusYou may download the health/safety syllabus insert here.

Expected Minimum Health & Safety Protocols

The health and safety expectations for classrooms include directions to observe before and during class and while exiting the room. These apply to instructors and students. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Completing the electronic Daily Health Screening;
  • Wiping down one’s workspace/desk with disinfectant upon entry to class;
  • Wearing a face covering that appropriately covers both nose and mouth at all times while indoors (and bringing a backup face covering);
  • Remaining at least six feet apart from others in the classroom whenever possible;
  • Following all recommendations for traffic flow entering and exiting a classroom; exiting the classroom in a way that maintains six feet of distance from others;
  • Refraining from moving classroom furniture;
  • Sitting in the same space for each class meeting;
  • Refraining from eating or drinking while in the classroom;
  • Refraining from sharing supplies or equipment, or—if that is not possible--wiping down shared items between uses; and
  • Minimizing or suspending the exchange of paper between students or between students and faculty; to the extent possible and where appropriate, using electronic means for course materials, testing, and submitting assignments to minimize contact and the sharing of paper.

The standard classroom-based health and safety expectations found in the syllabus insert should suffice for most classroom experiences. Special labs or courses that necessitate closer contact between students may require a health and safety plan approved by the Health and Safety Advisory Group (please contact Christina Moylan at cmoylan@ithaca.edu).

Seating Charts and Attendance

To assist in contact tracing processes, faculty teaching students in-person must maintain a seating chart and take daily attendance for in-person students. Students should be assigned to the same seat each time the class meets. No students should attend an in-person class for which they are not officially registered. 

There is no standardized format for the seating charts. If you are looking for how to download your classroom’s COVID-amended seating charts, you may reference this document to see how to retrieve the seating arrangements that have been approved for each classroom space being used this spring.  

Please submit your final seating charts by February 12, 2021, using this survey, submitting each course section’s seating chart individually. You may submit the survey as many times as you need to be sure each section you are teaching in-person has been submitted. Before you submit, please have the course number, section number, and CRN handy, as well as the names of any additional instructors or TAs who might be participating in person.

Teaching Supplies

We recommend that faculty teaching in-person courses bring your own teaching supplies to class every day. If you are a markerboard user, this will include an eraser and markers (preferably black or blue and wide-tipped so that notes/markings are more clearly visible to any students attending remotely or more distant than usual due to a larger classroom space).

Food and Drink

Food and drink should not be consumed in classrooms during class meetings as it requires people to remove their face coverings. Students should be allowed to leave the room briefly to do so if needed. Some students may have a medically necessary and unavoidable need to access food or drink during the time class meets.