NEWPORT, Ark- Arkansas State University Newport has announced they plan to host in person classes for the fall semester.
The university is re-opening in a two-phase process with phase one currently underway.
“We have a few essential functions that just cannot be done at home, so we have a limited number of employees who are opening mail, paying bills and a few of our facilities folks who are keeping up with the grounds,” says ASU Newport Chancellor Sandra Massey. “We have also brought back a handful of students that are finishing out their spring semester labs.”
Massey says students who have been brought back to finish labs are in specific programs including nursing and welding who are graduating this summer, with all other classes remaining online.
Massey says phase two will include bringing more faculty and students back to campus, with only exceptions to those who have health issues or who can completely work from home.
The school also has a COVID screening process in place for people on campus that is not going away anytime soon.
“It’s very likely when you have masses of people on the campus, I feel sure that we’ll have to have something in place,” says Chancellor Massey.
Classes will also look different in this fall as they are exploring different options to help with social distancing.
“Maybe you have ten or twelve students in that classroom versus twenty twenty-five and you give the option to those who don’t feel comfortable coming to campus to Zoom in to that live classroom.
Chancellor Massey says the school is more accessible now than it’s ever been with staff working around the clock to assist students.
She also says online instruction was very successful for faculty and students, so if they have to transition online again, they are prepared.