NEWPORT – Arkansas State University-Newport is working to implement reopening plans as the Fall 2020 semester approaches. In response to COVID-19, ASU-Newport moved to all online instruction in March 2020. Many summer courses will also be online, but phases are being determined to allow for a return to campus.
In a statement today, the school said while many courses can be successfully completed online, many technical programs require in-person class models for optimal learning including, but not limited to automotive service technology, high voltage lineman technology, and welding.
With this in mind, ASUN is in Phase 1 of reopening campuses. A select number of students and faculty members are returning to campus this summer to complete their spring coursework. All Summer 1 courses will be online, but we anticipate allowing more faculty and students to conduct on-campuses classes during the Summer 2 term.
Phase 1 of reopening includes strict health and safety guidelines including there being one point of entry on each campus. Those approved to come to campus must complete a COVID-19 risk questionnaire and have their temperatures taken upon arrival. Everyone on campus will be required to wear masks and gloves. Most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely to limit the number of individuals on each campus. Approval from the Chancellor’s Office must be granted before coming to campus.
Phase two will allow for more on-campus courses and labs. Similar restrictions in Phase 1 will continue. Once Summer 2 begins, ASUN will evaluate what protocols to take into Fall 2020. It’s the school’s expectation, while not particularly “normal”, on-campus instruction will resume in the fall.
ASU-Newport is prioritizing the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The institution will consider guidance from health professionals, authorities, and government officials. As this pandemic continues to evolve, ASUN strives to be transparent with its patrons. We recognize the service we provide to train essential workers and plan to continue to supply the workforce with highly skilled workers.
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