Spring 2020 Cook hall

Spring may be here at ISU but students and staff are still away on quarantine. The flowers and trees bloom while the animals explore the campus.

In a campus-wide fall semester update email, a look into how fall semester is going to look and what is expected of the Redbird community was laid out. 

The email points out that face masks will be required in all indoor spaces and that individuals must maintain 6 feet of physical distance and to regularly use healthy hygiene habits. The university is providing students, staff and faculty with a cloth face covering that can be picked up from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 8-16 on Schroder Plaza.

In regard to testing, it is highly encouraged that all students to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus and recommended to share results with Student Health Services by uploading them to the health services portal by signing into the students’ ISU accounts. If a student tests positive, they are to stay home until they no longer a risk to the campus community. 

If someone is deemed a close contact to someone who tested positive, they also should not return to campus and to quarantine. Students are also encouraged to avoid large gatherings and limit travel. Student Health Services has the ability to test symptomatic students with same-day results. As of now, expanding on-campus testing is being arranged and more information will be provided upon release.  

Individuals are also expected to quarantine and self-isolate at their permanent address. The university has set aside space in university housing for those who can't return home to self-isolate but only has limited space. Students should also not return to in-person class, events or activities until all recovery requirements have been met of having COVID-19. Students are expected to communicate their absence to professors. 

The full email can be read below. 

GRACE KINNICUTT is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at gkinnic@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @GKinnicutt 

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