Welcome to class ... it's a little different
Coming to class at UTS isn’t quite the same as before COVID-19 – and returning students will spot a number of differences. So, what should you expect when you walk through the door of your classroom or theatre?
Social distancing: Yes, it’s still necessary. You’ll see that some seats in classrooms, theatres and computer labs are unavailable, and classroom capacities are smaller. Larger furniture may also have been rearranged to enable you to keep that all-important 1.5 metres distance wherever possible. Of course, you can still smile, wave and talk to your classmates!
Exceptions to the rule: During certain essential collaborative low-risk activities, such as lab work, it may not be practical to put 1.5 metres between you and your classmates. Where you need to work closely, it’s better to stand or sit side by side rather than face to face. And, if you can't maintain 1.5m physical distance, make sure you're wearing a face mask.
Where is everyone?: To avoid congestion and enable social distancing in your class, not all students may attend every class. You may be grouped into teams and alternate online with face-to-face learning – the best of both worlds!
Entry and exit: Because people can accidentally bunch up on entry and exit, marshals will be on hand outside larger teaching venues to help with social distancing. Be patient – they’re doing their bit to keep your campus safe. At smaller teaching venues, be aware of those around you. It’s fine to hang back – or politely ask others to give you some space. Doors may be left open to reduce the need for contact with door handles and surfaces.
Campus check in: We'll be using a check-in system for every class to help us with contact tracing, if it's ever needed. This means you'll need to check in to each room that has a poster with a QR check-in displayed.
What’s your name?: Your class teacher may ask you for your name at the start of class – or request you scan a QR code. We’re not checking up on you; we’re just keeping an attendance register in the event we need to undertake contact tracing. We’ll hold this information for about a month.
Hand hygiene: Washing or sanitising your hands regularly is just about the most important thing you can do to keep yourself and others healthy. So that you can maintain hand hygiene, you’ll find disinfectant hand gel dispensers located in your classroom (as well as across campus) so please use it often.
Surface sanitisation: Help us to keep our campus clean – and keep you and everyone else healthy – by wiping down classroom desks and tables, as well as shared equipment. Sanitising wipes will be located near the entry to each classroom. Using them before class and as you leave will help us prevent the transfer of any nasties so you can keep coming to campus for classes.
Read the signs: You’ll notice plenty of COVID-19 signage inside and around your classroom. These signs set out the protocols for social distancing and point out hygiene stations. Please take note as the protocols may differ from venue to venue.
Listen to your teacher: Prior to the start of each class, your teacher may run through critical information, such as hygiene and physical distancing expectations – and remind you to stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. You won’t be penalised for missing class because you’re sick. Please support your teacher by doing the right thing, and help us to keep the campus as safe as we can.
Looking out for each other: As well as your teachers, UTS student helpers and our helpful security staff will be looking out for you; they’re a great source of advice and support if you need it. Please pass on the favour by showing consideration to your classmates, especially if you think they’re unwell. A simple ‘are you feeling okay?’ (from an appropriate distance, of course!) will express your care and concern.