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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

Arkansas State University- Newport delays the start of the fall semester

NEWPORT, Ark- ASU- Newport will welcome their students back starting August 24th, a week later than originally planned.

The delay will allow them to start the same time as area partner schools.

“Our original start date for the fall term was August 17th and, we decided to postpone for one week to August 24th to allow for our schedule to coincide with K-12 public schools,” says ASU-Newport Marketing and Communication Officer Mallory Jordan. “That makes it where our high school students in night academy or concurrent credit aren’t a week behind. They’re all on the same schedule.”

The delay will also not change the length of the fall semester. Jordan says this only applies to the ASU- Newport campus.

Jordan says this will relieve possible stress on students who are also parents.

“We immediately thought okay that could put a hardship on them trying to find childcare if they’re not already in school,” says Jordan. “We didn’t want them to have to choose between furthering their education starting classes in the fall versus how do I make sure my children are taken care of.”

Students enrolled in the license practical nurse to registered nurse program; practical nursing; traditional nursing; and cosmetology programs will start classes on August 17th.

Due to students needing to meet multiple state clinical hours.

Jordan says they are taking precautions including increased cleaning, having plexiglass in class, among others.

“We have a return to campus guide that students, faculty, staff, and visitors are expected to read,” says Jordan.

“It has in there all the protocol calls. Mask’s will be required for everyone as well as our classrooms will be spread out."

ASU- Newport will offer in person and online classes this fall.


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