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Lake Superior College and CSS plan to open campus in fall

Updated: June 11, 2020 06:35 PM

Lake Superior College plans to open its campus for classes for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 24. 

The college says instruction will happen both in-person and online. Students should check their online portal for information about registering and updates from instructors. 

LSC's main campus is now open with limited hours. Students can meet with advisors and financial aid specialists.

"We actually have some students on our campuses now this summer who, once we were given permission by the State, have been able to make up the time lost this spring," Vice President of Advancement and External Relations Dan Fanning said in a press release. "We have been able to demonstrate that we can do it right, do it safely, use physical distancing and other safety precautions, and continue to support students both on-campus and online." 

Fanning also said the college already has the benefit of having smaller classes which will make social distancing easier. The college has social distancing signs and markers up on campus. Fanning said sanitizing will be happening frequently in between classes and high touch surfaces.

"As of right now we can do up to 25 students per classroom using social distancing and using all the other safety precautions and for us that's a really good number. It's a number we can work with because for the most part, our general courses are right around 25 to 30 students. So if anything we have to juggle the schedule a little bit and make adjustments, which we want to do, clearly the safety of our students and employees is a top priority," said Fanning.

Campus tours have also resumed at LSC. 

Fanning said the college anticipates even more applications coming in for the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaving some people unemployed and more variability in scheduling.

"There's pros and cons and a lot of our students may actually benefit from this in the sense that they'll have some increased flexibility," said Fanning.

The College of St. Scholastica announced they will be starting the fall semester on campus on Sept. 8.

Executive Director of Communications Bob Ashenmacher said they will have in-person classes but are keeping them small and properly social distanced. Other classes will remain online. Ashenmacher said if the COVID-19 pandemic does change, they will adapt.

He added that extra sanitation and cleaning will be happening as well. Residence halls will be part of the reopening. The college is also preparing Student Health Services on campus to address COVID-19 testing and tracing.

Ashenmacher said they have learned a lot from having to shift gears fast during the spring semester.

"We will take the lessons learned from springtime and apply them now toward fall with the eye toward keeping everyone safe and healthy and having a first grade St. Scholastica experience," said Ashenmacher.

Ashenmacher mentioned the college has a guiding group called "Saints Rise Up" it's a community committee that is coordinating the work of action groups that are covering every aspect of the college's operations from dining halls, residential life, athletics, office and classroom space. They will make sure operations are done safely.

"As each group evaluates the situation and the needs and based upon the best information possible, we will forward up their recommendations and the committee will put everything in a plan that is being refreshed constantly. Moving forward, staying flexible is key because I think that's going to be required of all of us. We've got a strong common vision that we will rise to this challenge and that we can do that responsibly," said Ashenmacher.

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