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SLU-Madrid Prepares to Welcome Spring 2021 Students

by Katie Gortz on 01/14/2021

SLU-Madrid has adopted an inclusive hybrid programming model for the Spring 2021 semester in order to accommodate students on campus as well as those studying remotely. 

Course offerings include in-person classes as well as both synchronous and asynchronous online alternatives. All faculty have a transition plan in place in case the regional government requires universities to pivot to remote teaching. Counseling, advising and student life activities will also be available to students both on and off campus to ensure that all SLU-Madrid students have the support and sense of community they need. 

SLU-Madrid successfully implemented this model during the Fall 2020 semester, when campus was re-opened for in-person instruction. Taking with them the lessons learned during the shift to online learning at the onset of the pandemic, faculty and staff designed new ways to support student learning and socialization. The Fall 2020 Theatre Workshop, for example, set aside lights, costumes and props to explore the art of radio drama. Remote laboratory science students completed virtual lab sessions. The semiannual Studio Art Exposition went online. And students continued to gain valuable real-world experience through internships, many of which were also online.

On January 9, the historic Snowstorm Filomena covered the city of Madrid with as much as 30 cm of snow (and more in surrounding areas). Preparations for the Spring 2021 semester included clearing snow and ice from the pathways, sidewalks and patios across campus.

Welcome Sessions

The Spring 2021 Welcome Sessions and activities will be delivered online or in small groups. Student Life staff and Campus Ambassadors will serve as guides to help new students learn about the resources available to them and get to know the city. From Madrid walking tours and museum visits to virtual orientation sessions and social activities, the program has also been designed to help Madrid-based and remote students to get to know one another. 

Health and Safety Protocols

SLU-Madrid's health and safety protocols have been developed in accordance with the guidelines required by national and regional health authorities. Detailed information about our campus-wide safety measures is available online. Measures include, but are not limited to: 
Face masks: In Madrid, face masks must be worn in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors, including SLU-Madrid's campus.
Social distancing: SLU-Madrid has reconfigured all spaces on campus to promote 1.5 meters of social distancing.
Handwashing and sanitation stations: Hand-sanitizing stations with hydro-alcoholic gel are located throughout campus, including at all key entrance and exit points. SLU-Madrid has also partnered with Dyson and the Roser Group to offer our campus community a state-of-the-art solution for hand hygiene in our cafeteria: the Wash and Dry Pod.
Cleaning/Disinfecting: SLU-Madrid has implemented daily disinfecting efforts on campus, with special attention to high touch surfaces.
Additional protocols are in place for students in host-family housing as well as those living in Nexo Student Residences, SLU-Madrid's partner for residential living. For additional information, contact: