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GSU opens fall semester with safety protocols in place

Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 10:18 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2020 at 7:06 PM CDT
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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE) - Grambling State University students started classes for the Fall 2020 semester on Monday. The university has made a few changes to keep students and faculty safe from COVID-19.

Assistant vice president for student affairs Gourjoine Wade says the university created a task force with school officials and student leaders on how they will welcome everyone back to campus safely.

That task force has created reopening guides for all of our major stakeholder groups, our students, our staff, our faculty members and how do we engage with them and do so safely,

Students were given the option to take classes online only this semester.

Wade says the first thing everyone will notice are the masks that everyone is now required to wear across campus. Seating is also limited and distanced in classrooms and other popular areas.

“All of our spaces are reflecting social and physical distancing. Our dining partners have grab and go, so students can get in,” Wade says. “They can get their meals and leave, and there are some limited socially distancing seating in that space as well. They also can take their meals and eat outside at various spaces on campus.”

Grambling won a $50,000 Retool Your School grant in April from Home Depot to go towards campus improvement projects. GSU is using that to improve lighting on green spaces and further social distancing indoors as well.

“We were able to do some internal upgrades to lighting as well so we could provide our students with those distant spaces, but also well-lit spaces so they could be able to enhance their studying inside our buildings.”

As students and faculty get back into the swing of things, Wade says it’s important everybody is reminded to do their part to ‘protect the G.’

“It’s an opportunity for us to get creative to find new ways to support our students as they continue to matriculate through the institution and to be able to listen to their feedback on what else we need to do to keep you safe.”

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