BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Governor Justice recently announced via executive order that he will permit all colleges and universities in the state to open in the fall.
Last Tuesday Justice spoke with all 27 colleges and universities in West Virginia to discuss reopening plans. All the colleges have been developing their own guidelines for reopening safely.
WVU Tech Campus President Carolyn Long says they’ve been working for months to develop enough safety measures that they say will keep all of their students safe.
“Well we’ve been moving forward. We’ve worked all summer and part of the spring to get ready to welcome our students back. We’ve been doing many safety measures and trying to find ways to make everyone, faculty, staff and students, feel as comfortable as possible,” Long said.
Some of the precautions that staff, faculty and students will go through include needing to wear masks at all times while on campus, reducing the number of students in each classroom and following strict social distancing guidelines.
Students will also be required to take a brief online course that outlines what COVID-19 is and how it spreads.
The executive order also clarifies the reopening date for all K-12 schools as September 8, 2020.