Guidance and Reminders for Spring 2021 Instruction
As we begin the Spring 2021 semester and continue in modified instructional modalities, clear and sustained communication between faculty and students is essential for effective teaching and learning, and for providing students with the information needed to understand expectations for course instruction, assignments, and assessment. Below are some guidelines and resources for faculty and departments to support course progress and success.
- To support student mental health and wellness, faculty should ensure the one-day 2021 spring break holidays (February 5, February 25, March 17, April 6, and April 26) are preserved as non-instructional days. According to the University’s academic calendar, there should be no class meetings, assignments due, nor exams administered on these dates. Faculty should also do their best to avoid assignment due dates and scheduling of exams on instructional days immediately following one of these spring break holidays so that students do not feel obligated to spend their down time studying or completing course requirements.
- Faculty should ensure they and their students remain vigilant in complying with public health measures proven to be effective in reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus. Chief among these is wearing a face mask and avoiding exposure to those who are infected, facilitated by testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.
- Virginia Tech will continue to employ a consistent, thorough, and deliberate classroom and facility cleaning process. This process includes innovation and technology to minimize high-touch points across campus sites in combination with frequent cleaning of the remaining high-touch point surfaces. In addition, Virginia Tech will provide cleaning and disinfection actions aligned with the use and operational hours of building spaces. These guidelines apply to all facilities owned or leased by Virginia Tech.