General Faculty Meeting 081020 - Gallery view
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The COVID web site on solomon specifically states that faculty will be issued clear masks or clear face shields. Will be receiving those?
What about BES’ concerns about the quality of the fabric of the LU masks? Both in terms of fit and fabric?
Here is a link to the study done at Duke University about facemask efficacy. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083.full
The social work program is selling LU masks to benefit our scholarship fund. The cost is only $12
What are the criteria you are going to use to decide whether to lock down (send online) a class, a building, or the whole campus?
Will the university *commit* to letting students who live on campus *stay* on campus for the duration of the semester, even if we decide to go fully online and even if the online will last the rest of the semester? (This is very important information for our students who have poor bandwidth or no internet at all at home.)
I got my face shield today.
Second Don Blaheta’s question
Chris McGee/Jennie Miskec
Will the classrooms be fully, completely cleaned before the semester begins?
did Lara just say that the face shields are an alternate to fabric masks that act as a filter ?
http://www.longwood.edu/covid19/our-shared-commitment/ Our Shared Commitment Statement sent to all students encouraged to endorse or pledge to abide-by/commitment to these safety measures.
No, Dale, I didn't say that.
Not just health: also bandwidth
I was told by the head of EH&S that the blue masks handed out do not meet any standard. Is this true?
^^^^ What are the criteria etc etc ?
I said that we recognize that face shields might be inadequate for protecting against all aerosols and so we have ordered clear masks for faculty.
But faculty are still expected to clean the work stations in classrooms before they leave, correct?
Don, I was told it was just fabric with a "filter"
Repeat: "What are the criteria you are going to use to decide whether to lock down (send online) a class, a building, or the whole campus?"
Please find the link to order LU mask, which will be available before school commences. All proceeds will benefit the SW Scholarship Fund. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeRvr4IPHgXXYUPmqsHxRBtqZioiLi1VJkyDVOhXNnZEgfFKw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1
Tim, are we regulating non-Longwood visitors to Longwood residential hall?
Clarification about the face mask policy, including as it relates to student meetings – The most recent email sent out about student groups organizations said that student groups could meet indoors and NOT wear masks as long as they are socially distanced six feet. Is this policy being revised to be consistent with guidelines that indicate people should distance and wear masks indoors? I think this is what Justin indicated in his remarks but want to check. Thanks!
Justin, by what criteria did the administration determine that the majority of students WANT in-person classes? Was there a survey? A poll? I ask because there is a student petition circulating with more than 100 students who do NOT want in-person classes, but would prefer online instruction because they do NOT feel safe returning to campus or taking in-person classes.
What will Greek life be doing related to parties, particularly off-campus? Will there be any consequences for parties (Greek or not) that occur off campus w/o proper social distancing and masks?
Do we have any updated numbers for freshman deposits 2020 compared to 2019 e.g. this year deposits vs last years deposits. How do our numbers look for returning sophomores, Jrs and Srs.
Here is the document Kat Tracy mentioned:
Here is the document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RacZOQLs_2M_s1pVSJDLWgNI8BzB5PMZm_KwlJnc6Do/edit
Thank you Tim Ritzert
What if anything are we doing to prevent/discourage round trips home (which, every round trip makes campus less safe)?
During the previous meeting it was noted that Longwood will not be testing students upon their arrival to campus following consultation with the local health authorities. What makes us different from VT and UVA, both of which are testing students upon arrival to campus, and both say they are doing it upon the recommendation of health authorities? What is different about the Piedmont health district?
Is there a mechanism to report off student parties w/o social distancing and masks? A link?
This is that form that Tim just mentioned
Can ANY student request to take ANY class online if it is scheduled to meet in person?
Responding to the question about criteria for moving courses online. First, unlike last spring, there are a number of steps short of that we could take -- further D-Hall restrictions, further steps regarding extracurricular activities, some but not all classes moving online. As far as when to do those, or further steps, that is something we would do in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health. There is no exact number of cases. It would depend on local health care surge capacity, the nature of cases (community spread versus known source), community and Virginia trends. VDH has also indicated that sending students home is not necessarily the best option in that scenario from a public health perspective. That certainly aligns with yours all of our concerns about ensuring they have the needed online access to continue their coursework -- obviously that is much easier on campus.
So no clear policy or consequences for noncompliance have been articulated or communicated to students?
I’m a little confused. Did I hear that right. Students would be restricted to their dorm pod … but they will travel to mixed classrooms?
This risk assessment tool is exceptionally good. Prince Edward Co is at >99% risk. https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu/
UVA is going to be testing the "waste" (not sure which forms) coming out of dorms to look for presence of COVID. Will LU be doing anything similar? This seems like a good approach, since students might be asymptomatic.
How many tests do we currently have on hand and how many do we expect to get? Have we considered randomized testing of students/faulty/staff to get an indication of the percent of nonasymptomatic carriers?
Will students who live off-campus also be quarantined in campus housing?
What Leigh asked--What are we doing about detecting asymptomatic carriers?
With events of 25 or more people… the size of my current classes, the risk is 73%, according to the GATech matrix.
Oops I meant asymptomatic carriers :-). Thanks!
Responding to Chris Jones - yes, Students would be restricted to their res hall room … but they will travel to mixed classrooms?
Will faculty be quarantined if a student in one of their classes tests positive?
2nd for Lee’s question
Lily Anne Goetz
There is not 8 feet distance between desks in classrooms
Could someone restate the percentages Justin shared in terms of the number of students who were taking all online courses, number taking 1 online course, etc? Thanks
Is visiting a different dorm a Jboard offense if so are they prepared for the significant increase in Jboard offenses
Second Patti's question.
Where will the roommates of off-campus students who are quarantining go? Won't they be likely to be exposed too by living in the same home?
How long will such contact quarantine last? Does a positive in my class mean my whole class will be quarantined? First question influences disruption length to our class.
40% all in person; 30% only 1 course online; 19% 2 online' 10% 3+ online
I will send a link to the recording and transcript of this meeting to all faculty tomorrow morning.
Thank you Lee
Should we require each students sit at the same desk each class?
Melanie - there are a couple of schools that are testing water samples - we are not at this time.
The university website mentions that on-campus courses will include “hybrid elements”. Have students been informed in any more detail than this about what hyflex courses are and how likely it is that some of their courses will be hyflex?
Thank you Lee.
The details on processes are very helpful, Matt. Will the school recommend (require?) the state’s COVID WISE tracking app be installed on all student, staff, and faculty smart phones?
Are you saying that we will not even be notified if a student in our class has tested positive and we are just assuming that nobody else in the classroom was exposed, because we are disregarding the evidence that aerosols can travel further than 6 feet and that they can stay suspended in the air for hours within indoor environments?
Will students be tested before they are “released” after symptoms subside?
To clarify - When will students be released from self-isolation? And also - Do we have a sense of how many students on campus would NOT handle this virus well and are instead at elevated risk?
But how fast will the results come back? LabCorp can take up to a week.
Good question, Brandon -- the COVID WISE app is only useful if everyone uses it pro-actively.
I second Mary's question. Will faculty be notified if a student in their class tests positive?
I appreciate the discussion about the physical health of students do we plan to talk about the fiscal health of the university
Test results have been any where from one day to 5 days for results right now
If we don't have time to get all today's questions answered, can we get answers e-mailed out to us tomorrow?
So when symptoms are gone, students are free to come back to class even though they are still contagious?
My wife got results (negative) in three days
My last test took five days to come back (negative) in Richmond.
I'd like data to back up the statement that it is "highly unlikely" that Covid can be contracted in a classroom, social distancing or not. What studies underpin this claim?
Matt is spot on with his take on mass testing
Lily Anne Goetz
What classrooms have 8 feet distancing?
I repeat, have we considered doing randomized testing of students/faculty/staff to detect asymptomatic carriers? This could be helpful to get an idea of how widespread the virus is, especially if we are getting positive cases. Thanks!
will there be a mist that can be used to disinfect keyboards?
Will there be guidance on more complex cleaning spaces? Labs, computer rooms, etc.
Yes, I second both of these!
Misting in Chichester May affect experiments and labs. Can rooms opt-out of misting?
Will classroom cleaning/misting occur over the weekend as well for classes held on Saturdays?
Yes, music students will be using practice rooms on weekends
If a space is marked inaccurately, who do we talk to about reallocating space. Example, my lab places students throughout room when I need a stronger consideration of how many hoods my students can access. Other locations are not helpful for me.
So are we now allowed to tell students about A/B formats and schedules for our "in-person" classes?
new faculty query: ¿what is banner? and ¿where is it on the Longwood website?
Gregg, Banner is the same as mylongwood. It's on the dropdown menu on the home page.
banner is my.longwood.edu
But do students actually KNOW that?? Because they do not realize that in-person may actually mean hybrid or hy-flex.
Has priority for all in person spaces been given to all freshmen classes like Citizen 110?
Are faculty being contacted directly if their classroom will not accommodate their full roster? In other words, how do we know the new capacity of rooms? Are these new capacities posted?
Are we responsible for setting up A/B rotations?
Spencer, I was notified today by my Dept. Chair.
Students were notified before we were.
You said it's not up to the student to decide whether they come to class in person vs online. If they feel sick or are worried they've been exposed or whatever, whose permission do they have to wait for before they stay home from an in-person class?
If we are moved to a classroom in a building we don't normally teach in, how are we going to know how many students can safely be in the face-to-tace portion of the campus? Will there be a note in Banner to indicate the maximum number or will we have to physically go to the classroom and count for ourselves?
I checked Banner today and saw that two of my classes have been moved to Hull and two are still in rooms in Grainger that will not accommodate the complete enrollment. So I assume those two will be hy-flex.
Janet, my department chair was able to give me that information today.
How many students have requested fully online courses?
Thank you, Lee! I'll check with my chair if I am moved to a different building.
What percent of the courses are going to be able to be in person in the traditional sense in that all students will be in the room together with no hybrid elements?
Second Virginia's question.
Will there be a go-to list of classroom capacities for all rooms on campus? This seems like a necessary reference.
I agree with Spencer!
When will that information be available?
Will class meeting times be updated on MyLongwood?
Life hack re keyboards if the wipes don't come through: saran wrap
What are the plans for providing more detailed information about face covering requirements (e.g., explicitly explaining unacceptable materials and features) and for educating everyone about the importance of adjusting masks for proper fit, covering both the mouth and nose, not removing face masks to talk, etc.?
I just ordered 100 count nitrile exam gloves on Amazon.
What time is the Faculty meeting on August 21st being held?
I have faculty meeting at 3:30 on the 18th in my calendar
Lily Anne Goetz
9 am on 21st
Begins at 8:30am. Here's the year's schedule: http://solomon.longwood.edu/facultysenate/meetings--minutes/
Thank you!! :)
what about contingent faculty - lecturers?
What has the university done to prepare students for the news that their “in person” courses may not in fact be fully in person? It sounds like it’s being left to faculty to break this news to them? Is this correct?
Has anything been done to address the student petition going around regarding moving to online instruction?
Good question, Stephanie. I asked it earlier and Tim Ritzert posted the link.
ah, sorry, somehow missed hat
Second Dave Magill's question.
Thank you all for all of the hard work in helping to keep students and faculty safe. It is a huge undertaking and we appreciate what you all have done.
Hasn’t been answered.
Thank you for taking the time to answer so many of our questions!
This was helpful. Thanks.