Robust testing, face coverings part of UD’s reopening plan

University releases preliminary reopening plans

The University of Dayton shared preliminary plans for reopening to students for the fall semester.

“The University of Dayton has made bringing students back to campus this fall our highest priority,” UD President Eric Spina stated in a release. “Nearly 100 members of the University of Dayton campus community — faculty, staff and students — are tirelessly working together and with outside experts, including public health officials and a panel of medical and public health experts, to form plans for how we can safely welcome students back to campus.”

The UD Path Forward Task Force on Thursday released the following recommendations:

  • Undergraduate students begin classes Aug. 24, depart campus at Thanksgiving and complete the semester online without a typical fall break.
  • Campus will be open and many classes will meet in person; however, all courses will be prepared for flexible course delivery to ensure student learning continues no matter the state of the pandemic.
  • Fall move-in will be a phased process during the first three weeks of August.
  • Specific areas of campus housing will be set aside for students who are high-risk, who need to self-isolate because of positive COVID-19 test or symptoms or who need to quarantine because of exposure to someone who tests positive.
  • A robust plan to test, monitor and contain cases of COVID-19 will be put in place, including testing all faculty, staff and students initially on campus and as symptoms warrant during the semester.
  • Faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to wear face coverings in shared indoor environments and expected to maintain 6-foot social distancing requirements, expect when students are in their residential household groups.

Spina said the university hopes to have more definitive plans to share next month.

“I truly believe if our community makes a mutual commitment to each other, follows recommendations of public health officials and medical experts, remains flexible, and grants each other grace, we can safely and successfully return to learn, live and work together in community this fall,” he said.

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