Classroom Protocols

The protocols outlined below are intended to help university employees ensure the health and safety of faculty and students in teaching and learning spaces on USU campuses. COVID-19 conditions may change and cause USU to adapt and alter its procedures.

Social Distancing

  • USU will provide social distancing for students in all instructional and learning spaces.
  • Social distancing may be adjusted in USU instructional and learning spaces where:
    • seating is fixed to the floor;
    • seating varies in the width of and spacing between seats;
    • limitations due to instructional lab spaces;
    • Course scheduling logistics necessitate flexibility.
  • If the 6-foot social distancing standard is adjusted, the requirement will be to maintain 4-6 feet of separation between attendees (6 feet should always be maintained between students and the instructor);
  • Group work and other teaching /learning scenarios that require close contact between students and instructors should be avoided unless such practices can accommodate social distancing (6 feet of separation);
  • All students and instructors will be required to wear face coverings in the classroom. Students may request accommodations for the face covering requirement through the Disability Resource Center, and these will be resolved on a case-by-case basis.

Implementation of Classroom Social Distancing

  • Seat spacing/marking chairs/marking floors
    • Rooms with mobile tables and chairs
      • Marking the location for each student on the table with a “Sit Here” sticker. In these types of classrooms, the chair would be placed at the location of these table stickers and used accordingly. Marking chair locations should not be necessary.
    • Rooms with fixed seating (auditoriums)
      • Applying the “Sit Here” stickers in designated, predetermined chairs. Using the fabric-ready sticker so as to not provide confusion as to where to sit.
    • Rooms with fixed tables/mobile chairs
      • Mark the tables with the “Sit Here” sticker, not chairs, of the pre-designated locations.
    • Desks
      • Marking the location for each desk is with the “Sit Here” sticker (using either fabric-ready or hard surface stickers).
  • Excess furniture (tables, chairs, desks) that will NOT be conducive to the social distancing spacing will be stored when not in use:
    • Where possible stacking “stackable” chairs in the back of the room and wrapped/bound with shrink wrap or caution tape so as to not allow someone to take a chair off and sit in an undesignated spot;
    • Desks and non-stackable chairs can be relocated to rooms where they can be marked by classroom number and stored until they can be returned.
  • ADA accommodations in classrooms:
    • International Symbol of Accessibility (Blue) colored stickers will mark a wheelchair accessible seat that can be moved to accommodate a wheelchair if needed. This would occur in movable seating classrooms. In fixed seating locations, these same stickers will be used on the floor to identify a designated seating location for these same students;
    • A single (portable) chair will be provided in each classroom to accommodate an ASL interpreter and should be accounted for in the social distancing room cap;
    • Some rooms may be provided with a specialized desk from DRC. This will be placed in the location of one of the designated ADA seats, to be used by any student in classes without a student in need of this resource. These tables will be requested by specific students and will be placed by staff from the DRC on an as-requested basis.

Classroom Signage

  • Each classroom will include:
    • Wall decals on side of door to indicate which door to use to enter/exit (green);
    • ADA decal in blue for designated entrance/exits – separate signs;
    • Do Not Enter/Exit Only sign on the opposite sides of the doors (“wrong way”);
    • Prevention Precaution signage (developed by UMAC) that includes the following: (available at https://www.usu.edu/covid-19/operations/prevention-signage):
      • Hand Washing
      • Face Coverings Required
      • Symptoms – what to do
      • Avoid contact/shaking hands
      • Cover coughs and sneezes
      • Social distancing
  • A diagram of the room near instructor station which includes the capacity and designated seat locations.

Classroom Technology

  • Approximately 160 classrooms on the Logan campus will be equipped with an instructor camera, wireless microphone and computer. This will allow instructors to web broadcast to students with Zoom or record lectures with Kaltura. All recordings will be integrated into Canvas;
  • Most Statewide Campus classroom already have instructor cameras, microphones and computers;
  • Specific, non-corrosive cleaning agents must be used to disinfect technology surfaces and will be provided by Facilities Management and AIS at each instructor station;
  • Instructors should only use USU-supported technology in classrooms.

Pedestrian Traffic Flow

  • Each room should have an entrance and exit sign (all doors should indicate to use in case of emergency);
  • Where possible separate doors should be used to enter and exit to help encourage social distancing;
  • Student should be directed to move to the first open seat furthest from the door they entered through;
  • Instructors should dismiss students from class starting with the row closet to the marked exit door(s) so that student can maintain social distancing;
  • A diagram for classrooms should be provided with traffic flow arrows (using the same diagram addressed in the Signage section).

Cleaning and Sanitation

  • Cleaning guidelines for non-infected areas by Facilities Management.
    1. At least once daily:
      • Disinfect all door handles/knobs including outside
      • Disinfect light switches
      • Disinfect conference room tables
      • Disinfect common use counter tops
      • Disinfect instructor and facilitator stations
      • Disinfect tables, desks, and high-touch areas
  • Frequent cleaning/sanitizing: classrooms that are used more than four times per day will receive a “mid-day” cleaning by Facilities personnel—to include cleaning/sanitizing the instructor station and equipment, student work areas, doorknobs, light switches, chairs, etc... (as noted in a VI-a-i)
    1. Students attending the classroom will be provided sanitizing wipes to clean their area;
    2. Instructors will be asked to perform the frequent cleaning for their teaching station and provided specialized cleaning supplies at the instructor station;
    3. Variations of this process may be implemented by colleges and campuses as long as the minimum cleaning/sanitizing expectations are met.