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Classroom Management Guidelines Fall 2021

Updated August 26, 2021

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

As we look to the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, we continue to navigate the changing landscape of COVID-19. The Emergency Management Response Team has been reviewing the guidance of health officials, and determining how to best open the for semester to keep our community safe.

To aid in your preparations for Fall 2021 classes, attached is a document with guidelines for classroom management practices related to COVID-19.

Recently, we were informed that we are responsible for conducting our own contact tracing. The best way for us to comply with this requirement is for us to take attendance for the entire semester for all courses. This is important to enable us to contact trace if the need arises, (as well as for the usual reasons such as ensuring that students are accurately registered for billing, DOE reporting, financial aid, and grading purposes). Attendance should be tracked in Self-Service, and detailed instructions on how to do this is attached to this message.

Many of you will continue to have questions about masking in the classroom, and we will send updates and answers to your questions. It may be helpful to know that very few students have received exemptions from the masking rule, and if one happens to be in your classroom, you will be notified by Health and Wellness. If you yourself received an exemption, it would be helpful for your colleagues and students if you acknowledged this somehow in class, so that we remain as consistent as possible in our messaging about the use of masks indoors.

Thank you for helping us with these protocols.

Warm regards, 

Maria Toyoda
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs