NSL Operating Procedures During COVID-19 Pandemic
ENTRANCE TO THE BUILDING
- Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, students will enter in one of two assigned entrances. All students must enter only via the entrance assigned to their class during this hour-long period.
- 1L students enter through the Faculty entrance. This is on the north side of the building, near the U.S. Postal Service mailbox. There is some parking along the side of the building, but students are not permitted to park in any spot marked RESERVED or FACULTY at any time.
- 2L, 3L, and 4L students will enter only through the courtyard Classroom & Library Entrance doors for screening.
- Students entering prior to 5:30 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday must enter through the courtyard Classroom & Library Entrance doors.
- Students attending class on Tuesday and Wednesday, or coming to the School at any other time must enter through the courtyard Classroom & Library Entrance doors.
- Students do not have to be screened more than once each day.
- Students are not permitted to prop open any outside doors or allow students to enter any locked door by opening it from the inside.
NAVIGATING THE BUILDING
- Students are asked to go straight to their classrooms and only leave to go to the bathroom, library, vending machines, bookstore, or outside.
- Students will select a seat in the classroom on the first session of each class and be required to use that same seat through December.
- Congregating is not permitted in the library lobby, hallways, or other common areas of the building.
- On Monday and Thursday nights:
- 1L students must use the bathrooms near the bookstore and exit only via the faculty doors after class is over.
- 2L, 3L, and 4L students must use the bathrooms near room 100 and exit via the library lobby or door near 300 after class is over.
MASKS, EATING, & SMOKING
- Students must wear masks at all times in the building.
- If a student has a medical condition that prevents the use of a mask, class attendance must be remote.
- Students are not permitted to eat in the building. Students are welcome to use the vending machines or microwaves, but food must be consumed outside or in one’s vehicle.
- Students may drink beverages in the building. Masks may be removed for a brief moment to take a drink and then placed back over the nose and mouth immediately. Straws are recommended.
- Smoking is permitted in the outside courtyard only, not outside other entrances to the building.
ATTENDANCE & THE ROLL
- All attendance records will be completed online. Students are required to fill out an online form once each week.
- You may fill out an entire week’s attendance at once – after you have completed classes for the week.
- Students will use this method to record attendance regardless of the method class was attended (in person or remotely).
- There is a spot to indicate “did not attend” for each class. While it is not required, the School recommends you make a selection for each class to be sure you did not omit any attendance records. Do not mark any classes you are not enrolled in.
- Any class that does not have an attendance indicated will be considered an absence.
- The weekly deadline to complete attendance is 8:30 a.m. Central time each Friday. Any attendance not completed by this time will be considered an absence.
- Any attendance that is filled out PRIOR to the start of class will be considered an absence.
- Students must complete their own attendance records.
- Failure to abide by any of the attendance rules is subject to review under the Honor Code.
- There is a separate link for the elective classes. If you are taking any elective, you will fill out two attendance forms each week.
REPORTING POSSIBLE COVID EXPOSURE or POSITIVE TEST
- If you have been at the School in the past 14 days or plan to be at the School in the next 14 days and any of the following conditions apply, report your status to Stacey Angello to discuss your situation.
- You have tested positive for COVID-19 within the time period outlined
- You have reason to believe you are infected with COVID-19
- You have confirmed direct exposure to any person who has tested positive for COVID-19
- If you are taking classes remotely, have not been in the School building, and do not plan to be in the School building, you are not required to report to the School regarding COVID exposure.
SWITCHING FROM IN-PERSON LEARNING TO REMOTE LEARNING
- If you have selected in-person learning and have a compelling health reason requiring you to temporarily switch to remote learning, you must notify the School at Heather.Earls@NSL.law that you will be attending that class session remotely and state the reason. This is a notification only, so you may not get a response to your email.
- Any switch to remote learning is considered temporary and students are expected to return to in-person learning for the next class session.
- If you are unable to attend at all (in-person or remote), simply mark your attendance appropriately. If you do not select one of the three options, you will be deemed to be absent from the class.
- Also follow your professor’s instruction for any required notification to them regarding absences and changes to learning method.
- Campus is currently open regulars hours for students and the class of 2020.
- Licensed attorneys may use the library between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Bookstore is closed. Contact Chip Loser for information about book purchases.
- We have a reduced staff working, please limit calls and emails if possible. Check other information on this page that may answer your questions.
- Masks must be worn on campus at all times when in the presence of others.
- Faculty are permitted to remove masks for lectures, provided there is ample space between faculty and students for the duration of the class.
- Staff is not required to wear masks when in their offices alone.
All visitors to campus are required to undergo health screening, including temperature checks, pulse ox measurements, and a health questionnaire.
You can download, print, and fill out our Entry Screening Questionnaire prior to arrival on campus. It must be filled out no less than 3 hours prior to arriving on campus.
- Classes begin August 10.
- Classes are being held remotely & in person.
- Links to specific Zoom sessions for each class will be in each TWEN course under weblinks.
- Zoom instructions for Students
Books may be purchased in the bookstore Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m – 6:30 p.m.
NSL COVID FAQs
Why are you screening people when they come in the building?
The purpose of the screening is to protect the health of the NSL community. The School is following recommendations from multiple sources, including the CDC and Nashville Metro Health Department.
What if I don’t feel well?
Do not come to NSL if you are not feeling well, have a fever, or if you know you have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
What should I do if I have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Do not come to the School if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 until you have spoken to a School official. The School also asks that any person who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has a current positive test to alert the School to enable us to work with local health officials on a plan to move forward.
Do I have to wear a mask at school?
Yes. Masks must be worn at all times, with some minor exceptions for faculty and staff under certain circumstances.
Who is requiring that we wear masks?
It is School policy that everyone wear a mask for the safety of everyone in the building. Nashville’s Roadmap for Reopening states that “cloth masks should be worn in public.” The School has made the decision based on the number of students, the amount of time students are together, and the confines of the building. Students must supply their own masks.
What are my options if I do not wish to wear a mask?
You are not permitted to remain in the building without a mask. If participating remotely is available, you should do that. If it is not available, you will receive an absence for the class. Refusing to wear a face mask, particularly after being warned, will be treated as a disciplinary offense.
Where in the building do I have to wear a mask?
Anytime you are in a space in the presence of other people. Wearing a mask helps protect others from the spread of the virus. Each person is acting in a sign of respect for others by wearing a mask.
Why do I have to wear a mask? Why can’t I choose to wear or not wear a mask?
Wearing a mask is for the protection of your fellow students and others around you. Wearing a mask helps protect others from the spread of the virus. Each person is acting in a sign of respect for others by wearing a mask.
Can we enter the building from the bookstore or courtroom entrance after we have been screened?
At this time, everyone entering the building must do so through the library lobby doors. You may leave the building by any exit.
How much time should I allow for screening?
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of class to allow enough time for screening.
NSL COVID FAQs
Can I eat in the building?
Meals may be enjoyed outside in the courtyard or other spaces. At this time the School is not permitting students to consume food inside the building.
What if I can’t breathe or I feel claustrophobic by wearing a mask?
If you have any health concerns about wearing a mask, please consult with a member of the administration prior to your attendance at the School to discuss options.
What measures has the school taken to prevent the spread of the virus?
The School has implemented screening of everyone who enters the building, reduced capacity in all spaces, required masks, and added additional cleaning measures – all steps reviewed by Nashville Metro Health Department.
What are the ramifications for not wearing a mask?
You will be asked to leave the building. If you are attending class, you will not be counted as present for attendance purposes. Also, because every person entering the building must sign a health screening questionnaire that they agree to wear a mask, not wearing one may constitute an Honor Code violation.
What if my professor says I do not have to wear a mask, or they are not wearing one?
Professors have been informed that everyone in their classroom must wear a mask. Professors have the option to take their mask off while lecturing, provided there is ample space between them and students. Before and after lecturing, they are required to wear masks.
How do I appropriately answer the questionnaire regarding headaches or shortness of breath, for example, if I suffer from migraines or asthma? These are symptoms of COVID-19, but can be chronic illnesses that are not connected with the disease.
The primary concern should be any new or different conditions in the past few days that are not typical for your health, although you will not be permitted to enter with a fever of 100.4 or higher, regardless of the circumstances.
Why are there so many restrictions when I come to school but when I am in my own neighborhood, I am traveling freely to grocery stores, home improvement stores and the like, without having to wear a mask?
Everyone has a choice regarding trips to stores and similar outings – which ones, at what times, in what area, etc. Those same options do not exist for school. Because students are required to attend classes and may not have a choice, the School is acting in the best interest of all students, including those that may have greater health risks or concerns.
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