• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Arkansas State University enters phase two of re-opening school


JONESBORO, Ark- Arkansas State University has officially entered phase two of their returning to work plan.

This will allow the university to bring more employees back to campus as they prepare to return to normal operations for the fall semester.

“While we enter phase two, it is a continuum since we ended essential personnel several weeks ago,” says Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications at A-State, Bill Smith. “We’ve been working our way toward bringing more and more people on to campus because we have to be prepared for the fall semester where we will be welcoming back our students to campus.”

The university will enter phase two after over a month of being in phase one.

While more employees will be brought back to campus, those who can continue to work from home will do so.

Smith says today has to do with making sure signage and procedures including social distancing are in place as more people return to campus.

The process is staggered, as employees had to talk with their supervisor before returning to work.

Smith says there is no timeline for how long the university will be in phase two.

“I think a lot of that will be done in conjunction with guidance from the state government as well as looking at our current state of readiness toward the fall,’ says Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications at A-State, Bill Smith. “So, I would really hesitate to put any kind of date on a phase three for those two very important reasons.”

We will continue to update you on a-state and their transition to bring students and staff back to campus.

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