Officials in the 330,000-student Georgia system have said they hope to have in-person instruction this fall, pending approval from state health officials and the governor’s office. The memo outlines those requirements.
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The document includes general recommendations for four options: in-person instruction with limited social distancing expectations, in-person instruction with social distancing expectations, online learning and online learning during a portion of the semester. A group of university system presidents have been involved in the discussions.
Here are some potential recommendations included in the plan:
- Testing for COVID-19: The schools should have policies regarding screening, including temperature checks and/or symptom monitoring for employees and students.
- Classroom instruction: The discussions include moving to larger classrooms and providing alternate schedules for students within the class. Faculty should have flexible office hour schedules to allow more one-on-one interactions.
- On-campus housing: Students should consider wearing cloth face coverings in any shared spaces, not including the student's room. Visitors should be limited or avoided. Students should practice social distancing from classmates who are not roommates.
- Dining: Social distancing would be recommended. The schools should discourage large gatherings.
- Athletics: Guidance would come from state health officials and the NCAA.
The memo says a student diagnosed with COVID-19 should leave campus immediately and return to their home whenever possible. Employees who test positive or who receive a clinical diagnosis should report the positive test to their immediate supervisor as soon as possible.