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UA Hope-Texarkana releases return to campus plan for fall 2020

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HOPE/TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KSHV) – The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) will begin face-to-face classes on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, with safety protocols in place. All online courses are still scheduled to start on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

Below is a summary of the protocols UAHT has implemented to support a safe return to campus this fall. For a full list of protocols, visit the UAHT Coronavirus Information Campus Updates webpage at uaht.edu/coronavirus-information before returning to campus.

Fall Course Schedule

Academic deans and program directors have modified the typical schedule to move more classes online, move full classes to larger areas, and limit seating in smaller classrooms. Classes will be offered via distance learning in addition to in-person classes, and faculty are creating live streaming opportunities for students.

Classes meeting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday will have a modified start time to allow 15 minutes in between classes for cleaning and safe transition.

The academic calendar has been modified to accommodate the public-school start date for face-to-face classes, and holidays have been adjusted. Students should check classroom locations, times and the new academic calendar for changes.

Classroom Safety Protocols

Several safety protocols have been implemented to keep students, faculty, and staff safe in and transitioning to and from the classroom.

Among the protocols are requirements for all persons to wear face masks while on campus and to maintain at least six feet distance from one another. For a full list of protocols, please visit the UAHT Coronavirus Information Campus Updates webpage at uaht.edu/coronavirus-information.

Faculty will work with students who are sick, suspected of being sick or are quarantined. Students who question whether they should stay home due to a possible exposure should email questions to covid@uaht.edu. High-risk students and need special accommodations are asked to contact Steve Ogden, director, Disability Services at steven.ogden@uaht.edu.

Students Health Kit

UAHT will provide a health kit to all on-campus students. Each kit will include a cloth face mask, hand sanitizer, a personal thermometer and a COVID-19 information guide. The kits are designed to allow students to do a self-health assessment before coming to campus each day. Students should be able to pick up their kits before the first day of class. Further information will be provided.

Closure of Common Areas

Common areas will either be closed or have minimal seating to discourage individuals from congregating in enclosed spaces. Whenever possible, in-person meetings should be replaced with virtual meetings. Essential in-person meetings should be limited to one-to-one and wearing face coverings, and social distancing should be maintained.

Faculty Office Hours

Faculty will hold face-to-face and virtual office hours. Office hours will be visible on every faculty member’s door and in their syllabus. Students are encouraged to meet with faculty virtually. If this is not possible, faculty can meet with students face-to-face, but social distancing and face masks are required.

Library Use and Procedures

Students must wear a mask when entering the library. No more than 13 students will be allowed in the library and nine in the computer lab at one time. Staff will clean computers and workstations after each use. Returned library books and returned textbooks will be held for 36 hours before disinfecting.

Food Services/ Breaks /Meals

The Brickhouse Express Cafe in the Student Center on the Hope campus will adhere to all requirements in the Arkansas Department of Health’s Directive on Resuming Restaurant Operations. The full text of the directive can be viewed at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/pdf/directive__restaurant_dine-in.pdf.

Seating in the Student Center atrium will be arranged so that students are six feet apart, and chairs will be removed so that the dining capacity is 33 percent of standard capacity. In breakrooms, high touch devices such as microwave ovens must be cleaned after each use.

Business Office and Student Bills

The UAHT Business Office staff encourage employees and students to use electronic options as the preferred means of communication and interaction with the business office. Students who need to make a cash payment on the Hope campus, are asked to ring the bell located at the service window in the Administration Building, and the business office staff will assist; cash payments on the Texarkana campus will be taken at the front desk of the Texarkana Campus Center.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

UAHT cleans and disinfects all campus buildings, including classrooms, common areas, restrooms, and other surfaces daily. The college has implemented specific cleaning protocols for all public spaces, including classrooms. In addition, hand sanitizers have been placed in every building and classroom.

Quarantine

Students, faculty, and staff must notify UAHT if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has displayed symptoms. Contact tracing for that testing positive will be done in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Health using current ADH guidelines to determine the length of quarantine.  UAMS, out-of-state students’ state agencies will be responsible for their contact tracing.

The protocols listed above are just a summary of the precautions UAHT is taking to ensure safety on campus this fall.

For a full list of protocols, please visit the UAHT Coronavirus Information Campus Updates webpage at uaht.edu/coronavirus-information before returning to campus.

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