Iona College Proposes Plan To Reopen Campus In August

Kristie Keleshian
May 28, 2020 - 8:23 pm

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — If Gov. Andrew Cuomo approves, Iona College says it will reopen in August. 

The college announced its reopening plans on Thursday to welcome students, faculty and staff back to the school by the end of summer 2020.

The official start date would be August 10 – three weeks earlier than usual, according to college president Dr. Seamus Carey.

“We know there's a risk in the fall of the virus coming back.  And with the risk of the flu season coming as well, we thought we'd get as much of the semester done as early as possible,” he explains.

The semester is also planned to end just before the Thanksgiving break to reduce the risk of an outbreak. 

In the plan, all students, faculty and staff will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing before the semester starts and Dr. Carey says it will also be the students’ responsibility to keep the campus safe.

"We were going to try to build a culture of caring for one another and for being responsible for the health of everyone around each other,” the college president explains.

Only two students will be allowed in the schools’ dorm rooms and masks will be required in all classes.

Daily temperature checks will be available before entering the campus and the school will increase spacing in all classrooms and dining halls by 50%. 

Classes will be offered in a hybrid form for some in-person and remote learning classes. Remote work will continue for staff who can perform their roles from home.

While these plans are tentative, Iona College administrators are prepared to re-evaluate if the governor denies the proposal. 

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