Iona College resumes in-person learning for 1st time since COVID-19 outbreak

About 60% of Iona's students are physically returning to campus for the fall semester.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 10:49 AM

Updated 1,375 days ago


Westchester's first college is returning to in-person learning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut every school down in March.
For the first time in five months, students are roaming Iona College's campus in New Rochelle.
Students say they are eager to get back in a classroom, even if the college experience is nothing like before.
Every student and staff member is tested for COVID-19 before stepping foot on campus, and they must log their symptoms daily. Professors are teaching behind a plexiglass barrier, and the campus has been transformed to promote social distancing.
Even with the changes, 60% of Iona's students are returning for in-person learning this semester.
For the rest going remote, new technology like voice-activated cameras in each classroom will help make the online experience a little more personal.
The school is planning to do random student testing to better track and trace any possible cases throughout the semester.
Iona College is also starting three weeks earlier compared to past years in order to reduce student travel mid-semester and get everyone home by Thanksgiving.

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