UE students return to class; All students, staff required to wear masks

UE students return to class; All students, staff required to wear masks

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Wednesday marks the first day back to school for students at the University of Evansville.

UE staff tell us not all students will be returning back to the classroom.

According to one professor, 10 percent of his students are now quarantining because they were close contacts to someone who tested positive for COVID -19.

New restrictions are in place on campus, including encouraging social distancing and increased cleaning efforts.

The University also sent out this statement.

Now that the campus has reopened and Stage 4 COVID-19 protocols are in place, the University of Evansville is utilizing guidelines developed by the Coronavirus Healthcare Task Force when any member of the campus community tests positive. The University is working with the health department and has additionally created its own contact tracing on campus to expedite and notify those potentially impacted. Although it is essential that UE respects the privacy of students and employees, the University plans to aggregate the data on active positive COVID-19 cases and make that data available periodically. UE expects to release the data soon.

Classrooms at UE will now be socially distanced so students can be more spread out.

They’re also requiring face coverings for all students and staff.

“I really enjoy in person classes a lot more than online, personal, I feel like, it’s a lot easier for the professor to individually interact with each student, it’s a lot harder when you’re grouped in a big call to really get that personal feeling” said Junior Caleb Sager.

As students head back, they hope to stay open, unlike some other colleges and universities who have had to send kids back home due to outbreaks.

Leaders are also asking their students to take the Purple Pledge, which means they will protect themselves by practicing good hygiene, respect others by staying six feet apart and safeguard their community.

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