By Jack Margaros
On Friday afternoon, Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper announced changes to the College’s initial plan to bring student back to campus for the spring semester.
All students were geared up to move in starting on Jan. 21, but now only 60 percent on the student population will return on that date.
“Given the increase in the number of positive cases in the region and the concerns over the new variant of the virus coming to our state, several important modifications have been made,” Cooper said in an email.
Students who live in apartment-style housing (Living Center, Senior Suites, and Townhouses), winter and spring student-athletes, upper division students enrolled in select academic programs, international students and others who live at a great distance from the College and essential student employees (including resident assistants) will be given priority to return to campus. Those who fall into those categories will be notified on Friday.
The remaining student population will return between Feb. 5-7.
In terms of the mode of courses, initially Springfield planned to deliver the first week of classes online. That’s now been adjusted to include the first two weeks of the semester, from Jan. 25-Feb. 5. In-person classes will begin on Monday, Feb. 8.
The College is hosting an open forum Friday evening at 4 p.m. to discuss the situation further.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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