Teaching this fall: Questions about health

As we work to return to a more normal campus environment for fall, the COVID-19 Operations group would like to highlight some FAQs related to classroom instruction. Additional questions can be directed to Carolyn.shaw@wichita.edu to be addressed by this operational group.

FAQs Set #5:  Questions about health

  • Can instructors still wear a mask while providing instruction?
    • Yes. Everyone in classrooms and lab spaces should wear a mask.
  • Can instructors be compelled to take off their mask to teach?
    • If students have trouble with hearing or comprehension, a microphone might be advisable or use of a face shield instead of a mask. If an accommodation need exists, the instructor needs to consult with ODS.
  • Can instructors require masks in the classroom, or when students visit their office?
    • We are following state and county guidelines. We will continue to encourage COVID-healthy behaviors, including getting vaccinated, masking, and distancing as space allows. Updates based on Gov Kelly’s July 28 announcement will be found on the Shockers United news page.
    • You may choose to meet students in a larger conference room if that is more comfortable than a smaller office; or arrange for a virtual meeting instead.
  • If an instructor has students who want to socially distance and students who don’t, can they designate part of their classroom for distancing?
    • Instructors can manage seating in their classroom as they choose. We encourage instructors to spread students out in the classroom to the best extent possible.