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How U of T plans to keep everyone safe on campus this fall

In this U of T Mississauga lecture hall, off-limits seats have been shrink-wrapped so students can maintain a safe physical distance (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Members of the University of Toronto community who visit campus in the fall semester will notice new safety measures the moment they set foot in a building, including guidance to wear masks. 

在ü牛逼米西索加的,例如,人进入maanjiwe nendamowinan会立即看到迹象指挥步行交通的流量,海报建议他们通过每一个电梯戴口罩和洗手液站。在进入建筑物的报告厅或教室,学生将通过收缩包装桌椅指示迎接在这里他们可以 - 或者,更准确地说,是不能 - 坐以彼此保持两米的安全距离,并教师。

这些都只是一些许多变化,用u正在实施的T,因为它准备一个安全,逐渐回归校园生活,今年秋天。许多课程交付了重大变化,以支持安全返回了。超过90%的本科课程%将有一个在线交付选项,大约三分之一将提供一个面对面的选项。 

The university is planning for a range of scenarios and mapping classroom capacity to ensure physical distancing is observed. Regardless of a room’s capacity, government limits on gatherings at any given time will determine how many people can be in a classroom.  

U of T also recently introduced new measures that call for the wearing of non-medical masks or face coverings in building spaces that are usually accessible to the public – a measure the university will be extending to classrooms. Work is underway to provide more guidance on the wearing of masks in classrooms and other settings on campus in the coming weeks.   

Tammy Cook在ü牛逼米西索加的设施管理和规划的执行董事表示,工作人员开始通过使用AutoCAD设计平台映射出房型图准备了校园的教室。然后他们从高科技的设计技术变成简单,但收缩包装家具的有效的解决方案,以促进身体疏远。

“当你有一个房间,平时可容纳500,你如何让学生留在空间,他们应该留在?它可能会比较混乱,”库克补充说,工作人员嘲笑了几个教室,看看如何收缩膜或胶带粘贴方法是有效的,并进行了满意的结果。

“It’s pretty obvious where to sit when you enter the classroom because you can’t sit in the spaces that are all taped off.”

The approach – using cavernous lecture halls to teach relatively small, physically distanced in-person classes – will be repeated elsewhere across the university.

For example, Susan McCahan, U of T’s vice-provost, academic programs and innovations in undergraduate education, said no matter how many seats are in a room, in-person class sizes will be limited by public health measures in courses that have an on-campus activity.

在ü牛逼米西索加的,厨师说,目标是要重新配置的教室,使他们更安全,更容易为学生进行导航,特别是对那些在第一年谁发现校园周边的道路的第一次。同时,她说,工作人员希望能减轻教师的负担。

“The last thing they want to do is spend half the classroom time monitoring where people are sitting. They don’t have time for that – they want to focus on teaching the class.”

Simplicity and consistency were also top of mind when it came to additions to common spaces in the building.

“例如,我们一直在努力,大约在洗手液和抹布是一致的。总有一个在电梯里,一个在大门,一个在浴室 - 这是关于标准化的东西怎么看待所以不管什么建筑,你在的时候,说:”做饭。

(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

而在校园里,教师和学术人员的设施和物业管理人员重新配置物理空间已经搞清楚如何重新想象的课程和实验室优先考虑安全为大家,同时提供有意义的,互动学习,主要是在网上。

Assistant Professor Erin Styles, who is the director of the Master of Health Sciences program in medical genomics, said program faculty members have been in regular touch with students to ask them how they are doing, as well as to garner their feedback on fall semester arrangements.

She said students are keen to get back on campus and have more in-person connections.

“我们将要提供我们的广大课程的在虚拟环境中,但也优先于人提供了一些东西给他们。也有一定的影响大,高度参与的会议,我们打算举办以人的大讲堂”之称的风格。

“所以基本上,所有我们的课程,我们将尝试和主机是最有意义的人的会议,同时网播他们为学生的利益谁不能出席” [由于医疗条件或旅行限制或其他原因。

款式补充说,教师一直在努力通过分裂重新设计程序的实验室组件队列分成更小的群体,并提供多个房间的实验室。新的协议也已经推出了在实验室,物理疏远和试剂及实验室设备的消毒,戴面具式。

“We’re working really closely with our TAs and the teaching labs to make sure we can offer some in-person activities in a way that’s still really engaging and meaningful but without jeopardizing students’ or instructors’ health,” said Styles.

Faculty efforts to prepare for the fall semester are being supported by U of T property management staff.

Mary Byrne, director of the property management group for the St. George campus, says the role of her office is to oversee shared and common spaces of buildings and help faculties and divisions prepare the spaces that are under their control.

“Whether it’s showing them examples of what we’re doing in other buildings, talking them through potential solutions or physically providing materials like signage, we’re here to guide them,” Byrne said.

That includes moving and rearranging furniture to encourage physical distancing and fitting all 1,300 washrooms on the St. George campus with paper towel dispensers (nearly 200 of them previously had only air dryers, which are less sanitary).

(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Byrne emphasized that solutions will vary building by building.

“We did walkthroughs with building managers for the first few buildings to get their input because they may know the flow in their buildings better than the property management group. We wanted to give them a chance to envision what it will look like,” she said.

At U of T Scarborough, meanwhile, students can expect to see new signs guiding them to move safely through buildings.

“如果你是通过例如UTSC学术资源中心的正门进来,你会看到戴着口罩和身体疏远的迹象,然后你走进大楼,你会看到在地板上领先的贴花你到等候区外面的教室,图书馆或来自Tim Hortons的,”说 Fran Wdowczyk, director, business development and special adviser to the chief administrative officer at U of T Scarborough.

“We’ll also have signage up, directing students to an email address if they have questions or concerns, and we’ll also have people in the buildings initially in September to welcome and direct students, faculty and staff.”

Staff at U of T Scarborough have also been working to plan classroom configurations for reduced capacity and better flow, with rooms that would typically seat 120 students holding no more than 20 or 30 this fall.

(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Ron Saporta, chief operating officer of property services and sustainability, says that while protocols for a safe and gradual return to campus are aligned across the campuses, faculties and divisions are empowered to shape solutions to specific buildings.

“这是一个复杂的工作,因为我们有跨学院,学院和校园责任的多层次来考虑,这就是为什么规划工作已经进行了几个月了,说:”萨波塔。 “作为大学社区的成员开始返回到建筑,他们会发现差异,旨在保护公众的健康和安全,同时使恢复校园活动的新措施。”

支持这些努力,建设运营团队将继续维持通过对所有校园供热和通风系统的定期维护一个安全的室内环境,并确保所有过滤器达到或超过行业标准和公共健康建议。  

For Saporta, the return to a safe campus environment – whether in downtown Toronto, Mississauga or Scarborough – will require everyone to play their part.

“作为学生,教职员工开始回到校园的9月,他们将遇到的经历校园这个新的方式 - 直接从建筑物的前门,穿过大堂,电梯,楼梯,教室中并重新”他说。 “我们所有的新协议的目的是为了保证校园是充满活力和活泼,但对社会,这是我们的首要的健康和安全不会妥协。”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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