USC Salk is ready for students on Aug. 20

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USC Salkehatchie will reopen for in-person classes in Walterboro on August 20.

USC Salkehatchie launched a Campus Reopening Task Force to develop protocols and procedures necessary to safely open its campus to faculty and students. “The campus task force worked all summer to prepare campus for the return of students in the fall, working closely with officials from the USC Columbia campus and using S.C. DHEC and CDC guidelines for colleges and universities,” said Jane Brewer, assistant dean of student services and athletic director.

The plan is as follows:

1. Face coverings will be required in campus buildings and classrooms at all times.

2. Classroom capacities have been altered to allow for 6-feet between all students and the professor. As a result, classroom capacities have been drastically reduced, and most are under 15 students per class.

3. The academic calendar was altered with all face-to-face instruction ending Nov. 24 and concluding online.

4. Almost half (44%) of on-campus courses are being offered in a 100% online format this fall, and nearly 57% of high school dual enrollment classes are being offered 100% online.

5. Visitors on campus will be limited and all student activities will follow guidelines for social distancing.

6. Common areas and gathering places have been reconfigured to allow for distancing; hand sanitizing stations are in place across campus.

7. Athletic competitions for fall sports have been canceled by the NJCAA and moved to spring.

8. Additional custodial staff have been hired and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place.

“We are confident that we have everything possible to provide a safe learning environment for our students this fall at USC Salkehatchie. Of course, the task force will continue to meet and monitor and adjust as needed until COVID-19 is behind us” added Brewer.

Students and other visitors may come on campus to meet with student support staff by appointment only.

All visitors will be required to complete a visitor health screening form prior to coming on campus, and will be required to wear a face covering while inside a campus building at all times.

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