State Mandate: Vaccination or Weekly Testing
Mutual Mask Use & HEPA filters
The main danger in transmission from asymptomatic individuals is from exhaled viruses. Mutual mask use is proving extraordinarily effective in preventing transmission.
In the event that infectious aerosols escape the mask, there are HEPA filters placed near every student workstation. Additionally, our classroom ceilings are 14′ high, with MERV-13 filtration applied to the circulated air. MERV-13 filtration is effective in removing SARS-CoV-2 viruses from the air. The in-room air handling systems direct air up and away from students before filtering and returning air into the environment.
Student workstations are spaced 10’ apart, so that pairs have no close exposure to one another. During lecture, spaces are marked for chairs so that students are 6’ apart during lecture.
We have procured soft washable vinyl layers that go over all futons, and have switched to vinyl bolsters. All surfaces can be easily disinfected at the end of class. Students are asked to help with disinfecting stations at the end of class.
Thus far, surface transmission remains a very low risk factor in the spread of COVID-19, but we are maintaining this as an additional safety step.
- Avoid attending class when in any way symptomatic
- Follow state guidance regarding mask use in public places
- Notify us about any outreach from contact tracers about possible exposure
- Seek testing about their COVID status when appropriate