BOULDER — The University of Colorado Boulder announced Tuesday that students will return to campus this fall with new policies and safety measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The university introduced new guidelines including mandatory safety training, mask-wearing requirements, smaller class sizes and the creation of small groups of on-campus students who will live, socialize and go to class together, the Daily Camera reported.
The plans are designed to provide students with an on-campus experience while simultaneously implementing safety measures to curtail COVID-19. While fall classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 24, students will stay home after the Thanksgiving break and finish their classes remotely — a decision aimed at reducing potential spread of the virus between their homes and the campus.
The university said it will enhance its on-campus testing capability, create a campus response team to track, notify and isolate those exposed to the coronavirus and change the student code of conduct to include compliance with COVID-19 public health requirements and increased sanitation.
The announcement came as state education officials released guidance for how K-12 schools might operate in the next school year.
Noting that significant physical distancing would likely continue through fall, the Department of Education said schools may be able to have staggered schedules and smaller in-person instruction for some students, as well as remote learning for those who are more prepared to work from home.
It warned that there would be disruptions that would require the use of remote learning, and schools would need to be flexible.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.