As the fall semester comes to a close, several universities and colleges have made the decision to send students home and continue with online classes after Thanksgiving Break. Many believe that this will lessen the chance of another COVID-19 wave and will make it possible to bring students back for face-to-face classes in the spring. Because of these precautions, Snow College has just recently held a meeting to make a decision for its students regarding the break.
According to an article in the Sanpete Messenger, as well as information on the Snow College website, President Brad Cook made the announcement on November 2 that the college will continue with face-to-face classes after the break. This decision was made “after listening to student feedback and carefully considering the metrics that matter – specifically current COVID-19 cases on campuses and the number of hospitalizations.” Mandatory mask regulations in class and in buildings on campus will be kept in place, as well as other precautions such as avoiding large social gatherings, but face-to-face classes are a go for the final quarter of fall semester.
With this decision, Snow College is one of the few educational institutions to continue with these kinds of classes. Cook thanked and urged employees and students to continue to be diligent in his official announcement. “We are experiencing an elevated case count currently and we need to be ever more vigilant. If we can continue to control infection rates to a manageable level, we will remain open and classes will continue face to face after Thanksgiving.”
Cook did note that if the state makes any changes regarding COVID-19, the college leadership may have to make a new decision depending on what that might be. However, Cook stated, “With everyone’s commitment to protect each other, we believe we can finish this semester and have another successful semester amidst this pandemic. We will continue to monitor the number of cases and hospitalizations we have, and we will continue to work closely with our local health officials and take direction from state leaders.”