Since the onset of the pandemic, many college and university standards and initiatives have had to undergo a complete reassessment.The status quo is no longer valid since institutions have had to rethink classroom models, dining areas and student residence and living environments. Today, new approaches to campus learning and living are being implemented – ones that could become the new normal for institutions of higher learning. The following article does an excellent job of pointing out some of the specific, and ultra-important changes that are being made to buildings, classroom areas and dormitories to enhance student and staff wellness and safety.
As college students wrap up their studies this winter, colleges and universities will be gearing up for the spring semester. Much of that will center around logistics to keep returning students safe, healthy, and engaged amid the pandemic.
The basics are familiar now. Most universities are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that urge people to wear masks and social distance on campus. Universities have established contact tracing and self-testing protocols, restricted student work areas, moved classrooms outside, increased cleaning of high-touch points, and installed hand sanitizer stands near building entrances, restrooms, and eating areas. Even more COVID-19 precautions will be implemented behind the scenes.