After months of taking classes from home and overcoming obstacles placed by a sudden shift in our day to day activities, we are transitioning back into the classroom. This transition can cause many to be anxious of the uncertainties and cause challenges adjusting back to our new normal. Experts suggests that we take the proper precautions to avoid infection, but also deal with the stress of the transition back into the classroom after being in a state of isolation for an extended period.
We know that the classroom and interactions with fellow students, faculty and staff may look very different following the pandemic, but we are committed to taking the necessary precautions to lower the risk of infection. I am sure that you have noticed that we have socially distanced all desk areas, there is a mandatory mask policy in place on the installation, and we are providing wipes to sanitize each work space.
Some suggestions for managing the transition safely to a post-COVID 19 learning environment include:
- Manage Stress: Many of us have a lot of anxiety during this time and adjusting to being back in the classroom may add to those feelings. Utilizing a stress-reduction app, practicing self-care that calms your breathing, and making plans for you and your family manage the transition can help to build resilience and reduce the stress of returning to the classroom.
- Taking Precautions: Restrictions may have eased up, but the threat is not gone. So, precautions such as washing your hands for 20 seconds while taking deep breaths, using sanitizer and disinfecting wipes on surfaces are still ways to reduce the spread. Wearing your mask and avoiding physical contact in common areas are also ways to remain safe.
- Keeping Your Distance: We have positioned each desk and chair in the classrooms where they are six feet or more apart. By keeping the distance between those chairs, you are helping to avoid the spread of the virus. Scheduling appointments with your advisors can also help to avoid being in crowded hallways or common areas.
- Consider Your Health and the Health of Others: If you don’t feel well, stay home and notify your instructor and the Columbia College office personnel.
We are glad to have you back in the classrooms, but we want to ensure that we are taking the proper precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. Please do not hesitate to contact Columbia College – Hunter Army Airfield location, if we can be of any assistance to you.
Best of luck this semester.