Reinhardt University will hold the majority of courses in person when students return in the fall, university officials recently announced.
The university said health and safety measures will be considered and factored into all decisions, in a release posted on its website earlier this month. University officials said they will continue to monitor the on-campus and regional impact of COVID-19 to make decisions that reflect current health and safety precautions aligned with the CDC and Georgia Department of Health.
With this in mind, university officials said Reinhardt will offer opportunities for digital enhancement for students this fall.
Under the university’s latest COVID-19 safety guidelines, those who are fully vaccinated can resume campus classes and other activities without a mask or face covering.
Some of the other guidelines include increased communication with campus community, complying with local, state and national executive orders, continued cleaning methods of high-touch surfaces, practicing contact tracing efforts, and requiring all doors to offices and classrooms to remain open, and to open windows if possible.
University guidelines also state that 2% of residence halls are designated to be isolation units. Isolation units are rooms in the university student health center created last year to allow access for any students in need of isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure/positive test, said Laura Long, director of marketing and communications at Reinhardt. The university will continue to have the isolation units available for the fall semester.
Long said students who fall within the CDC guidelines and stay on campus for their isolation or quarantine due to a positive test, exposure, or show symptoms, will stay in the isolation units as long as the latest guidance recommends.
Testing centers were offered throughout the year at various times, as well as vaccination clinics in partnership with the Department of Public Health.
Long said the university will continue to provide testing on campus for the fall semester. She added that the university is working to set up vaccine opportunities, however, nothing is set at the moment.