CLEVELAND, Ohio — Kent State University officials are planning ahead for spring while finishing out the semester, with officials planning to halt in-person classes after Spring Break.
For fall semester, in-person classes will not take place after Thanksgiving break. Colleges across the state are taking the precaution as travel for Thanksgiving can increase the spread of the virus. The university already moved Spring Break from late March to April.
Trustees approved adjusting housing and dining rates to reflect the change, which would reduce time in residence halls by about four weeks.
Kent State will also step up coronavirus testing as part of its spring semester plan. The semester will begin as normal, and there will be a blend of in-person and remote classes.
Students moving into residence halls must be tested on move-in, and will be tested initially bi-weekly. Random tests for groups of faculty and students attending class in-person during the semester will also be required. Kent State is also part of a project to monitor wastewater in hopes of catching viral material in sewage, which could indicate cases in buildings.
The university partnered with CVS to expand testing in October and announced plans to test 450 random students a week for the virus. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine previously recommended colleges devise plans for random testing, as many coronavirus cases can be asymptomatic.
Testing through the school’s program with CVS, the Ohio Pandemic Testing Team or through athletics is free. Testing is available for students at the campus health center, with no out-of-pocket cost.
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