Aquinas College President Kevin Quinn formed the AQ Opens Task Force to develop a plan for students to return to campus for in-class learning and other on-campus activities for the fall semester.
The task force represents all areas of campus. It will collaborate with members of the campus community, state and local health officials and other experts.
“We intend to begin classes on time this fall,” Quinn said. “The most important matter facing us now is how to do that thorough planning for our safe return to on-campus work and the establishment of our operational footing for the fall semester in a way that is safe for our community and the broader community.”
Plans for the fall semester will include new measures and precautions, health-monitoring protocols, cleaning, disinfecting, communication and clear guidance about how to return to in-class instruction while preventing the spread of COVID-19 and being prepared for any future surges in the disease.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on society and the way we will interact with one another going forward,” Quinn said. “The world has changed, but we intend to provide as close to a traditional experience as possible for our students while keeping our community and the broader community safe. There are many details to work out, but the health and safety of our employees and the community will be paramount in our planning.”