Classroom face covering syllabus statements

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Instructors teaching fully in-person, blended, or mostly online courses this fall should consider including a statement about the use of face coverings during class meetings. These sample classroom face covering syllabus statements can be copied, pasted, and edited without permission or attribution.

Statement 1: General statement about student face covering

Research indicates that face coverings, combined with physical distancing, reduce the transmission of COVID-19 significantly. In light of the elevated community spread and guidance from the Minnesota State system office and the CDC, WSU implemented a mask requirement on August 4th, 2021. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors, service providers, vendors, suppliers, camp participants, and the general public) are required to use a cloth face covering to cover both the nose and mouth in all public indoor spaces on university campuses and properties in both Winona and Rochester, including leased facilities, transit shelters and university shuttles. This guidance applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. This protocol will remain in effect through the first several weeks of the fall semester. Unless you have an approved accommodation from Access Services, please come to class wearing a face covering. Approved face coverings include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth face mask, a scarf or bandanna, or a religious face covering. Your face covering should cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive and should feel comfortable to wear. Spare disposable masks will be available in our classroom and in various other locations across campus. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement.

Statement 2: Student mask plus face shield

Becuase we will be [describe why you are requiring a face shield] in our class meetings this semester, I am requiring you to wear a transparent face shield in addition to a mask. Face shields will be provided to you in class.

Statement 3: Instructor mask only

I will be wearing a [describe mask] during class meetings this semester. If you have trouble hearing me during class, please let me know.

Statement 4: Instructor mask plus face shield

I will be wearing a [describe mask] and a transparent face shield during class meetings this semester. I am using the face shield because [describe why you are using a face shield]. If you have trouble hearing me during class, please let me know.

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