Students at Wingate University started the fall semester on August 24th with all online classes. Now, 15-hundred students are back on campus, as the University prepares to kick off a hybrid learning plan.
Dr. Rhett Brown is the President of Wingate University. He says the university has been preparing for this since August. Social distancing will be in place, along with deep sanitation of shared spaces. Outdoor learning will be encouraged, also. Students were surveyed to find out their preferences, and the majority of students prefer in person learning. The hybrid model is a prudent choice. A committee of faculty will survey the situation on an ongoing basis, seeking input from the Union County Health Director and other state and local officials. Wingate also will set aside quarantine spaces as needed.
As of September 4, two students have tested positive for the coronavirus, and they currently are in isolation.
Dr. Brown says he is confident in the university’s plan, but he says the university is prepared to shift if circumstances on campus change. The hybrid model of learning at Wingate University begins Tuesday, September 8th.