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Instruction FAQ

Updated April 21, 2022

For spring 2022, all classes will be conducted in person.

Courses will be expected to meet in person beginning with the first day of class; however, instructors will have the authority to conduct the first week of instruction remotely if they have concerns about health risks associated with travel over spring break. After that, all class meetings will be in-person.

Following the identification of a positive case of COVID-19, SWS staff will engage in the contact tracing process and will identify any potential classroom exposure, and communicate via email with the instructor, TAs, and class participants to provide public health-related instructions as appropriate.

Students who miss class should contact their instructors to access or make-up the material, as they would have prior to the pandemic.  Instructors will no longer be required to record or offer lectures remotely for students who are unable to attend in-person class meetings.

SWS will inform identified close contacts about exposure to a positive case of COVID-19. Not every individual in a classroom is likely to be considered a close contact, but in the event that a student tests positive and attended class within the time period where they were likely to be infectious, the entire class would receive a courtesy notification by email, with reminders about conducting symptom checks, ensuring participation in the surveillance program, and information about how to report illness if they become symptomatic.

Instructors will no longer be required to record or offer lectures remotely for students who are unable to attend in-person class meetings. Students who miss class should contact their instructors to access or make-up the material, as they would have prior to the pandemic.

Any individual experiencing any signs of illness, should not attend classes until they are no longer symptomatic and have tested negative for COVID-19.

If a student is symptomatic, they should not attend class, but immediately report their illness on the COVID-19 Reporting Application. They may reach out to the instructor directly, and inform them of their absence. It is recommended they cc the appropriate dean as well.

Yes. As of April 22, 2022, Caltech requires the universal use of high-quality masks (surgical, N95s, KN95s, or KF95s), regardless of vaccination status, in indoor settings on campus. However, instructors and speakers may elect to remove their masks indoors when all other individuals in the space are masked.

Several options are available to support video and/or audio recording of classes, discussed at https://teach.caltech.edu/tech-tools/video-recording-options. Recording equipment and training are coordinated by the divisions. The recording options website linked above includes guides and how-to videos for users and contact information for questions and advice on setup in specific teaching spaces.

The instructor is responsible for organizing the course in a manner that meets the Institute commitment to in-person teaching and learning.

If office hours or recitation sessions are conducted in person, students will be expected to attend in person.