Class Format from Q3 of AY2022

Dear students,

In consideration of things such as educational effectiveness, and the effects on students' mental and physical health, classes will continue to be conducted in person from Q3 of AY2022, in principle, with sufficient measures against CODIV-19 in place, as in Q1 and Q2.

Meanwhile, the university will conduct remote classes to the extent possible for students who have underlying health conditions and other unavoidable reasons. Please review the class formats and infection prevention measures detailed below.

Please note that the class formats are subject to change as the situation regarding COVID-19 changes daily.

As for graduate courses, faculty members have been given discretion to hold classes remotely for the time being. However, starting from Q3, graduate course classes, too, will be conducted in person. All seminars, presentation, etc. , which the UoA operate, will also be conducted in person, in principle.

1. Class Formats

Classes will be conducted in person, in principle. Meanwhile, we will conduct remote classes for students in either of the following two categories at their request.

1) Those who are at high risk due to underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, respiratory diseases (COPD, etc.)

(How to request remote classes: Students Requesting Remote Classes)

2) Those who cannot attend classes on campus due to travel restrictions.

*For students in category 2), we will contact you separately.

2. Infection Prevention Measures

1) In-person classes

-Classrooms will be ventilated by keeping classroom doors and windows open.

-Spacious class rooms will be used at roughly half capacity with desks and chairs spaced apart.

-If the number of students exceeds the capacity of a classroom, the class will be taught simultaneously in two classrooms.

(The class will be taught in person in one classroom, and a video of the class will be streamed in the other classroom. Interactions will be facilitated through a two-way audio feed between the classrooms.)

-Acrylic panels are installed between the seats where students sit side-by-side or face-to-face

2) Daily Infection Prevention Measures

Faculty members, administrative staff, and students are instructed to take the following infection prevention measures.

-Avoid the 3 Cs (closed spaces, crowded places, and close contact settings).

-Make sure to thoroughly implement basic infection prevention measures such as practicing physical distancing of at least one meter (preferably two meters), correctly wearing a mask made of unwoven cloth, and hand sanitizing.

-Record on-campus activities and health conditions such as temperature in the health check sheet daily and always carry it around.

-When having a fever or flu symptoms, etc., stay at home and refrain from coming to the university. (Absences from classes will be handled as excused absences in such a case.)

-Refrain from engaging in activities with a high risk of infection such as attending large parties at restaurants, pubs, and other similar venues (In particular, avoid conversations without wearing a mask during eating and drinking.).

-Do not use facilities, etc. where infection prevention measures have not been thoroughly implemented.

-If you spend time with family members or friends who have returned home or travelled from areas where cases are spiking, or if you are with someone who has recently visited those areas, please make sure to take preventative measures such as wearing a mask and having proper ventilation, even when you are indoors or at home.

-When traveling outside Fukushima Prefecture, check the pandemic situation in the destination.

-When traveling to the regions where the risk of infection is high, make a careful decision on the necessity of the travel.

-Act with high level of consciousness and awareness regarding the control of COVID-19.

Chairperson of the Board of Executives,
the Public University Corporation, the University of Aizu
September 21, 2022