According to Scott Bernott, according to the university’s new rules, classes may be empty this fall.
We are limiting the number of people in the classrooms so that everyone can keep a safe distance, said Bernotha, deputy vice chancellor of Facility Services.
On Monday afternoon, Dr. Bernoth held a meeting of the Senate Commission on Plant Use and Planning to provide an update on campus policy, which will come into effect in the fall as a result of the current COVID 19 pandemic. According to Bernotte, each classroom is provided with instructions on the number of students that can occupy the room at the same time, with signs on each chair indicating whether or not students are allowed to sit there.
He says that this is part of a multi-stage plan that the university wants to create a safer and smoother transition to campus life.
The leadership is developing at national, state and local levels, Bernotha said. As it develops, we continually evaluate our efforts in the light of this leadership, focusing primarily on the safety of everyone.
According to Bernott, the first step in the plan and the longest effort to secure the university campus is the continuous cleaning of all parts of the campus. Since the closure of the campus, the university’s technical staff has thoroughly cleaned all the buildings and the cleaning of sensitive areas such as lift buttons, light switches and door handles is being intensified.
Disinfection will continue during the fall semester, with common areas such as classrooms, bathrooms and elevators disinfected several times a day, Bernot said. Supervisors will supervise all this maintenance work.
We have a lot of people who keep the building system clean, and we have to make sure we have a good process to make sure all this work is done properly, Bernotte said.
If the students return to Auckland in mid-August, the hardest part of the plan is to implement the social distance policy throughout the campus. To keep the thousands of students returning to Auckland under control, all university buildings are equipped with signs for heavy pedestrian traffic and a compulsory indication of the number of people allowed in the halls and elevators, in order to relieve as many places as possible.
We are also working with the deputy director and the clerk to develop plans to combat exclusion in our classrooms, Bernotha said. While the students prepare for their return, we want to ensure that they remain socially isolated. That’s why we provide signage and work with the Vice-Chancellor to determine what each of these classrooms will look like.
In addition to changing the capacity of the classrooms, many university buildings will no longer have recreational areas to prevent large groups of students from gathering, Bernot said.
Lucy Russell, vice president and chief of staff of president Ann Cudd, said Pitt’s plans weren’t careless and that additional training was needed to address the increased risk of the entire student population on campus.
One of the answers is the adoption of new standards of behaviour, Mr Russell said. But I think it all comes together.
Several thousand masks for students are fine, Russell said, although it is not yet known how many masks each student will receive or how they will be distributed. Last month, Pitt officials said she was considering giving each employee a mask and each student two masks.
Although the planning is not conclusive, Bernotte is confident that the university’s plans are strong enough to help students and staff cope safely with the uncertainty of the pandemic.
Our plans continue to develop, there’s still a lot ahead of us. But what are the first steps, Bernotha said. We will continue our efforts to ensure that we comply with guidelines and standards.