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    • Trevor Rising
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      Hi All,

      A couple of questions below that I would appreciate feedback on. Sault College did not have any of their computer labs open for the 2020-21 academic year. We are considering opening the labs for this fall and I am hoping you could share your experience from this past academic year and/or your plans for next year. We are looking at everthing in the questions below.

      1. If you opened your computer labs for the 2020-21 academic year how did you clean the keyboard and mouse?
      2. Are you opening up your computer labs for the fall semester?
      3. How will you be cleaning the keyboard and mouse at each station?
      4. Has their been consideration to move more towards “bring your own device (laptop)”?
      5. Has their been consideration to have students bring their own keyboard and mouse?

    • Spencerwood
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      We have added a large container of wipes to the wall in each lab, it is the users obligation to wipe down before and after use. Signage posted to that effect. Those wipes were vetted by our IT department. Has worked well. People at least know the disinfection is done to their own satisfaction.

    • rgould
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      At Confederation, this is what we have in place to date as per our IT dept.

      1. If you opened your computer labs for the 2020-21 academic year how did you clean the keyboard and mouse?

      One PC lab was opened. Students were responsible for using supplied wipes to wipe down keyboard and mouse after use.

      2. Are you opening up your computer labs for the fall semester?

      TBD

      3. How will you be cleaning the keyboard and mouse at each station?

      If we open additional PC labs, it will be self serve cleaning most likely.

      4. Has their been consideration to move more towards “bring your own device (laptop)”?

      We use software tools to enable a BYOD solution – in particular Apps Anywhere and Splashtop.

      5. Has their been consideration to have students bring their own keyboard and mouse?

      No.

      Cheers
      Robin

    • Christian PrudHomme
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      Hi Trevor,

      See below, responses to your questions:

      1. If you opened your computer labs for the 2020-21 academic year how did you clean the keyboard and mouse?
      Utilizing our contracted cleaning staff the keyboard and mouse are wiped down and disinfected at a minimum of 2x during business operational hours. The lab is additionally cleaned and disinfected at night by our contracted cleaning staff. The College also provided students access to virox disinfectant wipes throughout the computer lab area as an opportunity for the students to wipe down their workspace before and after use. Additionally, hand sanitizer dispensers are provided at the printing station and wall-mounted dispenser are located throughout the lab area.

      2. Are you opening up your computer labs for the fall semester?
      We never shut our labs down. Our SAL (Student Access Lab) was drastically scaled back and computer labs were assessed and also downsized.

      3. How will you be cleaning the keyboard and mouse at each station?
      The College will continue with the same process as previously implemented as it has proven affected in keeping our community safe. Virox wipes will be used by both cleaning staff and students on the keyboard and mouse. Post-COVID the College will evaluate the condition of the keyboards and replace any that the keyboard lettering has worn off due to cleaning needs.

      4. Has their been consideration to move more towards “bring your own device (laptop)”?
      Not at this point.

      5. Has their been consideration to have students bring their own keyboard and mouse?
      Not at this point.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Chris
      Loyalist College

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