Instructional Continuity Planning – Start of Semester Checklist

The start of a semester is a good time to think about how you would conduct classroom instruction in the event of emergencies and disasters. Items to consider include:

Updating your syllabus
  • Adding course policies to your syllabus on how you will continue instruction in the event of emergencies and disasters.
  • Adding a contingency plan to your attendance policy allowing for emergencies and disasters accommodating individual student situations.
Once the semester starts
  • Ask students for alternate email addresses and contact information.
  • Communicate to your students that class will continue and they are expected to keep up with the course work.
  • Prepare a draft communication to send to your students referring to your syllabus contingency plan if university closure is imminent.
  • Conduct practice drills which will help you prepare to access all vital university systems from home.