State and community colleges in CT detail in-person learning plans for fall semester

They are each hoping for a more normal college experience for students in a post-COVID-19 setting.

News 12 Staff

Apr 19, 2021, 9:41 PM

Updated 1,127 days ago

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Gov. Ned Lamont joined state and community college presidents at Gateway Community College on Monday to announce plans for this year’s fall semester.
They are each hoping for a more normal college experience for students in a post-COVID-19 setting.
Thomas Coley, president of Shoreline-West Regional Community College system, says the state's community colleges will provide in-person learning and services this fall.
Several other presidents, such as Joe Bertolino, of Southern Connecticut State University, said their goal is the same.
"The fall semester will have a familiar pre-COVID look with faculty and staff resuming in-person teaching and working,” he said.
A total of 70% of classes are scheduled to be in-person or hybrid with the remainder online.
At Quinnipiac, most students were on campus last year learning in-person or hybrid. However, many experiences will not be as limited as last year.
“Students will be able to visit each other in residence halls, dining halls will go back to normal,” said Judy Olian, the university’s president.
Olian says she's confident this can happen and it will be successful. She says the university administered over 60,000 tests this school year and has a .5% positivity rate.
Students are not required to get a vaccine to return to QU or Connecticut's state schools. Gov. Lamont, however, is encouraging all student to get their shots.


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