Bluefield University to extend remote learning for an additional week | News

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Bluefield University will extend its remote learning for an additional week while continuing to test members of the campus community, institution officials announced Thursday.

Bluefield University (BU) began the Spring 2022 semester with distance learning on Monday with plans to return to in-person instruction on January 18. However, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases locally and nationally, the university will continue remote learning for an additional week with the resumption of in-person instruction on Monday, January 24, officials said. DRANK. This will allow university staff to continue testing all members of the campus community before a full return to in-person learning and campus activities.

“It’s a process similar to boarding a flight,” said Dr. Joshua Arnold, vice president for student development. “We onboard groups of identified students at specific times by running tests on everyone.”

Bluefield University last week updated its guidelines and protocols for a safe return to campus, university officials said. All members of the campus community must receive and submit a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus. All traditional students have been assigned a day and time to return to campus for COVID-19 testing. If an individual tests positive, the institution’s quarantine protocols engage with entry into campus life permitted after testing negative. A negative test result allows students to immediately enter campus life and activity.

Information regarding required COVID-19 testing and registration has been sent to BU students and employees. All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to receive their booster or first shots.

“We are very optimistic that after this initial process of returning to life on campus, the rest of this semester will be fruitful as we return to living and learning together in community,” Arnold said.

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