Drury University has released a statement saying they are planning to hold their fall classes on the campus.
A press release Wednesday says the school plans to have their 2020-2021 school year begin the same as the previous 146 school years.
“We will continue to fulfill our mission of educating students and transforming lives here on campus as the semester begins in August,” Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd said in the statement. “While it may look and feel a little different due to any necessary social distancing measures, one thing that will not change is our dual commitment to student success and well-being.”
The University is looking at a number of changes to make classrooms safer for students and teachers, including smaller classes and options for social distancing.
“Our size and scale allows us to be nimble and formulate ideas and plans that will meet the needs of our students without compromising the integrity of Drury’s high-engagement classroom experience,” Provost Dr. Beth Harville, the university’s top academic officer, said in the statement. “As always at Drury, it will not be a one-size-fits-all approach. There are likely to be customized solutions in each discipline, from the sciences to the arts to the humanities.”
A Student Health and Public Safety Committee will be considering changes to classroom settings and other campus operations and making recommendations to Drury officials. Changes being discussed include single occupancy dorm rooms and food service delivery options.