|▲ Students are required to record their temperature and visiting information in the visitor registry|
Class operation guidelines are being implemented according to the outbreak level of COVID-19 in the Gyeongsangnam-do province. As the previous recommendations for remote classes ended on September 21, Changwon National University has since strengthened the overall quarantine. The 2020 Second Semester Lecture Preparation Support Team (Living Environment Team) came up with an effective COVID-19 plan for each department. What will the school look like as it continues to deal with COVID-19?
Class Operation Guidelines
All students are required to submit their self-diagnosis certificates using the ‘Changwon National University’ mobile application before school. Online self-diagnosis documents can be submitted through the app and students who do not go to school also have to submit their diagnoses. In addition, if students feel abnormal symptoms at school, they should contact the medical office (055-213-2068). Currently, thermal imaging cameras (a total of 12) have been installed at the entrance of each major campus building to check for fever and record visitors. In person classes with less than 20 students must get the consent of all students and must follow all quarantine rules.
The operating hours of the library have been extended compared to the first semester. On weekdays (Monday – Friday) the library will operate with normal hours from 09:00 to 18:00. Enrolled students, faculty members, and students on a leave of absence (who need to apply for a special borrowing ID) can use the library, can directly apply for services, and access books and documents. Graduates and local residents cannot be issued a new ID and cannot access the facilities at this time. Instead, they can use ‘Walking Thru’, which means they can reserve materials online and receive them at a designated time once a day. When delivery is requested or necessary, the applicant is responsible for the cost.
The students who live in the dormitories have to submit daily symptom records twice a day using a self-diagnosis application. Shared areas (excluding laundry rooms, toilets, and shower rooms) are closed. Dormitory managers will conduct a regular fever check every Monday at 9 P.M. If dormitory residents do not participate, they will be given 1 penalty point. Restaurants in dormitories have also stopped selling food tickets, require students to socially distance while sitting, and are restricting outsiders from eating at the restaurants. Daily check-ins and the self-diagnosis of restaurant suppliers and all employees are checked thoroughly. After distributing meals, the restaurant area and facilities are disinfected 3 times a day.
Currently, only one cafeteria is open for professors and staff, but Bongrim and Sarim Student Hall will reopen if in-person lectures reach 50 percent attendance. Bongrim Restaurant will run from 11:30-14:30/17:00-18:30, and Sarim Restaurant will run from 11:10-14:00 with no dinner hours. Bongrim Restaurant for professors runs from 11:30-14:00/17:00-18:30. Restaurants are only open from Monday to Friday, and dinner is only available Monday through Thursday. People who go to eat at the restaurants must make sure to keep their distance by sitting in one direction, wearing disposable gloves, using the designated entrances and exits.
International Affairs has staggered the arrival of international students so that they don’t all arrive at the same time. Upon arrival, International Affairs provides transportation from the airport to the dormitories in cooperation with the local government, and monitors the health conditions of the international students at least once a day. The medical office carries out physical diagnostic tests and manages compliance with quarantine obligations to protect students. Only international students staying on campus will have expenses covered and be provided with living supplies and quarantine supplies.
Recently, a series of additional confirmed cases occurred at a nearby university in Busan after students failed to keep social distance. COVID-19 is a highly contagious infectious disease and it is important to prevent the spread in advance through self-quarantine. Now that Chuseok has passed, crowded places and large gatherings should be avoided as much as possible. All students at CWNU should strive to have a fun and safe second semester by making efforts to social distance and following COVID-19 guidelines.
By Lee Yeon-Ju,editor-in-chief email@example.com
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