Georgia plans to welcome students back in August according to school president, forms working groups to evaluate campus return
Some good news came out of Athens on Wednesday as the school’s president shared the latest on Georgia’s attempts to reopen the school to students.
According to Jere Morehead, the school has formed an extensive list of working groups to analyze the latest information regarding a potential return to campus with an emphasis on the health and safety of Georgia’s students and facility while aiming to return to in-person classes starting in August.
Here is an email Morehead sent to Georgia facility on Wednesday, which comes from Seth Emerson of The Athletic:
I have established nine working groups to begin evaluating a smooth transition to full operations here at UGA. These working groups will address workplace and health safety, instruction, research, public service and outreach, student life, enrollment management, athletics, communications, and fiscal impact. The groups are being led by senior administrators and involve nearly 140 members of our faculty and staff.
Our top priority in a phased, gradual reopning over the summer is the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. We must ensure that our plans promote a healthy and safe environment, comply with Executive Orders and directives from the Governor’s Office, and reflect guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
We are aniticpating a resumption of in-person instruction of the Fall Semester beginning in August 2020 for all USG institutions. However, I would empahsize that this situation remains a fluid one, as the USG monitors developments related to COVID-19 and receives consel from state public health officials. Guidance could be subject to change, even after our plans are put in place. We will need to remain flexible and patient as we move forward.
While there is still plenty of time before this date arrives, it’s great to know Georgia is hard at work to study and analyze various aspects of campus life in the effort to return some form of normalcy back to Athens.