NNU planning in-person classes for spring semester

Posted at 1:52 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 15:52:39-05

Northwest Nazarene University is set to have in-person classes for the upcoming spring semester.

NNU announced Friday its updated COVID-19 safety guidelines the university plans to follow to allow face-to-face learning. Students are set to resume classes Jan. 12, according to NNU.

"As we look forward to a new year with hope and anticipation, we know we will continue to navigate an ever-changing global pandemic,” said Brad Kurtz-Shaw, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chair of the COVID-19 Planning Team in a statement. “We are pleased with the ways our community came together to put Community First fall semester, which allowed us to complete the semester together on campus. We continue to carefully monitor the situation and reflect, refine and adapt our plans to keep our community safe and healthy as we optimistically begin Spring 2021."

The plan prioritizes the "needs of others in the community and asks all faculty, staff and students to make a pledge to do their part to following health and safety protocols," according to NNU. The plan combines recommendations from health experts, the CDC and the state.

As part of updated safety plan, all students and staff will be asked to take saliva screenings twice a week to test for coronavirus, according to NNU. The school also announced quarantine time may be reduced from 14 to seven days if campus community members participate in regular health and saliva screenings.