With plans to return to in-person instruction in the fall, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has released a guide for faculty, staff and students as they prepare to come back to campus.
At 31 pages, the plan lays out the planning process for returning to campus as well as the virus control and prevention strategies that the university will be adopting.
The guide also details the phases of the return to campus. Phase I, which is underway, consists of “essential employees” at campus. Starting July 6, Phase II will begin when some office personnel will start returning, and students will be able to visit business offices beginning July 20.
In Phase III, office personnel will be expected to return to work by Aug. 3. Students will be able to return to campus for the start of the fall semester on Aug. 24. The fourth phase is expected to be a “general return of normal campus operations” and will be “further developed as the COVID-19 health crisis evolves.” There is no set date for this phase.
This plan also outlines the academic course delivery options that will be available to students. According to the plan, all instructors will be asked to prepare contingency plans for a conversion to 100 percent online instruction.
“The return to campus guide is not comprehensive; questions remain, and plans will be further developed as guidance becomes available from local, state, and national health officials. However, sufficient information is available to help UA Little Rock start preparing for a successful fall term,” UA Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale wrote in the introduction to the guide.
On June 5, the university announced its plans to reopen the campus in the fall for in-person instruction. According to university officials, the school is planning to offer a in-person classes in a “flexible hybrid format.”
Read the full guide here.