Seating capacities for all spaces will be reduced. New guidelines establish a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals in all directions. In some cases, rooms may not be appropriate for instruction.
Guidelines for General Purpose Classrooms
General purpose classrooms include rooms with flexible seating, seminar rooms and fixed-seating lecture halls and auditorium spaces. This guidance can also be applied locally in departmental classrooms, such as laboratories, practice rooms, studios and theater spaces.
- Instructor zones will be established allowing the Instructor to walk freely across the front of the room and use the writing surfaces while maintaining physical distancing.
- Student desks/tables will be located in the balance of the space.
- Floors will be taped to identify instructor zones.
- Seminar rooms are set up to encourage whole-group presentations and discussion.
- They typically include loose chairs and a single large or multiple smaller tables, with users configured in the round.
- These rooms may have more than one teaching wall, and often have minimal teaching technology.
Flexible Seating Rooms
- Most instructional spaces are flexible seating rooms.
- They include mobile tablet-arm chairs or mobile chairs and 2- 3-person tables.
- Furniture can be configured facing in one direction.
- These rooms typically have a teaching wall, and a mobile podium or instructor desk.
Lecture Halls and Auditorium Spaces
- Fixed seating rooms have chairs and/or tables which are permanently affixed to the floor.
- They generally have larger capacities, and often have sloped or stepped floors with a single teaching wall.
- They also tend to have higher levels of instructional technology, including fixed podia or demonstration benches.
Physical Barriers in Classrooms
While physical barriers can be effective in certain situations to intercept respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, etc. that are thought to transmit COVID-19, it is the least effective protective measure. Learn More