Classroom Exposure

Simple Steps to Do Your Part

USU has processes in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure in the classroom, and we ask that you as a student do your part to help keep classes, events, and activities happening in person this semester. 

  1. Get vaccinated if you're able. Vaccines are the best available tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19, especially with more contagious variants circulating. Though much misinformation and disinformation has been circulated about the vaccines, they are safe, free, and easy to access
  2. If you are vaccinated, let USU know. You are not required to quarantine if you are exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms. Please upload your proof of full vaccination to AggieHealth so USU’s COVID case containment team can verify you are exempt from that requirement.
  3. Stay home if you're sick and get tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been exposed. It’s important to not bring any illness to campus. COVID-19 has many different symptoms that may change with new variants. 
  4. Wear a mask indoors. Public health experts recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in high COVID-19 transmission areas, which includes most of Utah. On the Logan campus, masks are required on the Aggie Shuttle in accordance with a CDC rule about public transit.

Class Seating Charts

In any of your classes with more than 10 students, a seating chart will be used to track where you are sitting. Stickers will be placed on seats to indicate row letters and seat numbers.

After the first week of classes, your instructors will ask you to enter your seat number in Canvas. A new "Seating Chart" link will appear on the left-hand navigation bar on your Canvas page beginning September 7, where you will enter your final seat selection. You must sit in the same seat for the rest of the semester. This is extremely important for tracking cases of COVID-19 and helping classes remain in person.

If your class has a lab, recitation section, or uses a second classroom, you will be able to enter a second seat assigment.

Screenshot of seating chart tool

If you add a class after the second week or are absent when the instructor directs students to enter seat assignments, please communicate with your instructor and select your seat in Canvas based on what remains available.

Green-Red-Orange Class Status

There will be courses where USU's Case Containment Team identifies multiple active cases of COVID-19. USU's goal is to reduce their disruption of in-person classes as much as possible using this process. 

You will receive an accouncement in Canvas whenever one of your courses has a change in status. Install the MyUSU and Canvas apps on your phone so you are notified as quickly as possible.

Classes will cycle from normal, to remote delivery only, to recovery in process, back to normal

 

Green Status: Normal

Classes are held face-to-face as scheduled. If your class in in green status, but you are in self-isolation or quarantine, the instructor will make accommodations so your learning is not disrupted.

Red Status: Remote Delivery Only

If there are too many active cases or exposures to contain through quarantining individual students, a class will be required to go temporarily remote via Zoom.

All students will attend this class via Zoom until USU Case Containment has completed the classroom exposure investigation. During the investigative process, Case Containment investigators will contact those exposed.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless you have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.

Instructors will hold class via Zoom at the regularly scheduled day/time and provide a Zoom link to students via Canvas.

Orange Status: Recovery in Progress

The class may return to face-to-face teaching as soon as the instructor is cleared by the Case Containment Team. As individual students are cleared by case containment, they may return to class. The instructor will accommodate students not attending in-person by providing recorded lectures and online course material.

The class will return to green status when the current risk has been addressed.

Questions?

  • About the class status system, please email covid-19@usu.edu.
  • About USU's case containment efforts, please email cci@usu.edu.
  • About academic accomodations and COVID CARE Team support:

Submit a COVID-19 Questionnaire

Fill out the questionnaire if you are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who tested positive, or if you have been asked to quarantine by health officials.