Coronavirus Information & Reentry Plan
It is essential, now more than ever, that we extend kindness and respect to all members of our College of Education family, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin. The strength of our community comes from embracing our diversity and working together to ensure we have a respectful and inclusive environment. This is a time for us to communicate facts and empathy, engaging in care for ourselves and for others. We must all stand together in responding to the threat of the coronavirus.
For the most-recent updates and guidance, visit the University of Arizona coronavirus information webpage, a central location for information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).
For teaching continuity, please visit our remote teaching resources for information and guidance.
We have created the College of Education Reentry Committee to explore recommendations about re-opening our buildings, including classrooms, after the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. The committee is led by Disability & Psychoeducational Studies Department Head Carl Liaupsin and includes members from across our communities, so all voices are included. As plans are developed, we will post them to this page.
The main College of Education building doors will be unlocked during normal daytime and evening hours. Each exterior door is marked as either entrance or exit, and there are one-way flows indicated for hallways, etc. The dean’s office and departmental offices will be minimally staffed, but the doors into those offices will be closed and locked. If you have business in those offices, you will need to knock to get entry so that we can control how many people come into the office at any one time.
Here's more information on returning to workspaces.
We have many centrally scheduled classrooms, so there may be classes from other colleges offered in our building. More information about classes is below.
Our approach is one of maximum flexibility so we are prepared to respond to the local conditions due to the COVID-19. The information is a bit long, but our constituents said they would like to hear from us about all the details.
Only a select few courses, such as research labs, medical courses, and fine arts and performing arts studios will be held in person. About 5,000 students are expected to resume in-person classes. The College of Education does not have any courses that fit these categories, so we are not holding any in-person courses.
Each stage of reentry will be predicated on community health information, hospital bed availability, and a myriad of other data before assigning a date for progression from each step to the next. This is a fluid process as numbers change every day. If benchmarks are reached, progress will be made. Risk Management and College of Public Health have created a matrix that will help with the decision-making process.
The staged approach to in-person instruction will not affect dorm move-in, which will take place as planned. All students planning to live on campus will be tested for COVID-19 with a rapid antigen test and must get a negative result before they are permitted to move in. Those who test positive will be moved into an isolation dorm for 10 days, and their regular dorm room will be held for them.
University leaders will continue to monitor public health conditions on and off campus and make adjustments to the reentry plan as necessary.
These are the class types — which are selected by the professor for each class:
Offered in a classroom setting, modified for physical distancing and enhanced disinfectant routines. Students will be required to wear face coverings at all times when in the classroom. Students should be available during all scheduled class meetings. Students who are unable to come to class due to illness or a need to self-isolate during the semester will be able to stay current with class work via remote or online methods.
Structured to allow students to participate via a mix of in-person and online modes. The exact mix of in-person and online components will be determined by the instructor. Students should check the D2L course site for guidance from the instructor prior to attending the class in-person. Students should be available during all scheduled class meetings and follow all health and safety guidelines. Some components of this class will be offered in a classroom setting, modified for physical distancing and enhanced disinfectant routines. Students will be required to wear face coverings at all times when in the classroom. Students who are unable to come to class due to illness or a need to self-isolate for a period during the semester will be able to stay current with class work via remote or online methods.
Offered in a live online (synchronous) format. Students and instructors will meet simultaneously through an online platform. Students must be available during all scheduled class meetings, and will require sufficient internet bandwidth to join the classes via video link. Students who are unable to attend a class due to illness during the semester will be able to stay current with class work via remote methods.
iCOURSE or ARIZONA ONLINE
Offered fully online and asynchronous (meaning not live). These courses are the same as they always have been.
For the most up-to-date details, continue to check the Office of the Registrar.
Supporting Native Nations
The Native Nations of Arizona have been hit especially hard by COVID-19. With limited resources, many Indigenous communities have sent a call out for monetary donations and support. If you are able to donate, please follow any of the links listed below and consider sharing among your networks to support our Indigenous students, families, and communities. If you know of additional donation campaigns, please reach out to Director of Marketing & Communications Ana Luisa Terrazas. Chiokoe uttesia (thank you in Yaqui).
Please see this research-specific coronavirus information.
Graduate Student Research Updates and Resources:
Graduate Student Research Guidance and Resources: Social Distancing and School Closures
Presentation: Graduate Research Resources, April 9, 2020
COVID-19 IRB Protocol Amendment FAQ