Monroe College plans to reopen campuses with hybrid plan

The school will offer some in-person learning for nursing and culinary classes, as well as other subjects like math that are more difficult to teach virtually. The students still have the choice to attend in-person or online.

News 12 Staff

Jul 22, 2020, 1:27 AM

Updated 1,397 days ago

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As schools across the country make plans to restart classes this fall, Monroe College unveiled its hybrid learning plan that will bring back some of its students.
After closing its doors on both campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle in March due to the pandemic, and taking its classes virtual, the college is preparing to welcome some students back into the classroom.
The school will offer some in-person learning for nursing and culinary classes, as well as other subjects like math that are more difficult to teach virtually. The students still have the choice to attend in-person or online.
"We're really mostly offering a limited in-person for the classes that don't do well online," says Marc Jerome, the president of Monroe College. "Classes are going to be smaller, 10 students in each room."
Desks have been spread out, and students will have assigned seats in class after going through safety protocols and answering a daily coronavirus questionnaire when they enter the building.
"We're taking everybody's temperature when they come in... masks are required for everyone throughout the school, even in class," says Alan Mechanic, the director of facilities at Monroe College.
Throughout the pandemic, the school's president gave all students his cellphone number to contact him at any time with any issues, especially since they were located in two national COVID-19 hotbeds.
School officials say they feel prepared to continue learning this fall.
"I'm looking forward to it we're close with the students we get to know the students… we're a big family here," says Mechanic.
Jerome says if they have any issues or if there's a public health outbreak, they are prepared to transfer all learning online once again.


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