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Arkansas State University starts spring semester with COVID protocols


JONESBORO, Ark- Today starts the first day of the spring semester at Arkansas State University.


All students are back on campus today for the first time since November as the spring semester kicks off at Arkansas State.


The university will follow their return to learn plan that they released back in mid-December.


"They're excited to be back on campus. If there's one thing we hear from most of our on-campus students is that they really welcome the opportunity to be on campus and be face-to-face as much is practical during this time with the coronavirus," says Arkansas State University Chief Communications Officer Bill Smith. "At the same time, the university and the chancellor as also monitoring conditions to make changes if necessary."


Students started to arrive back on campus last weekend.


Classes will continue with in-person, virtual, and hybrid format classes for the semester.


The university will also host free small group and virtual events throughout this week and next to welcome students back.


Arkansas state will also follow the new CDC quarantine policy.


"Ten-day quarantine if you have not exhibited symptoms and have been tested. You can test after five days and perhaps leave your quarantine if you are asymptomatic in seven days. You know our students, faculty, and staff that have been extremely helpful in participating in contact tracing will see this as an opportunity to be even more responsive when somebody reaches out to them, he says."


Smith says all classrooms are limited capacity and are arrange for proper social distracting.


Even with all the coronavirus changes at a-state, one student says that doesn't bother him.


As he's excited to be back on campus.


"I live four hours away in Texarkana, so just coming back is a breath of fresh air. Classes are going to be a little different, but I'm happy," says Keyon Atkins. "Yes, absolutely. I don't mind it at all just because I love to be around this community at A-State. I love to be around my friends, so I don't mind Corona[virus] [changes] at all."


Smith wants to remind people, including visitors, that they must do their part and follow mask and social distancing requirements for the university to have a successful semester.

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