SDSU officials planning for return of students in August

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KJJQ) – South Dakota State University officials continue their planning for the return of students with classes set to begin August 19.

New student orientation will take place virtually next week with pre-taped tours and administration and faculty presentations.

When students physically return to campus, some will likely be infected with the new coronovairus. How do you plan for that, how do you screen for that?  SDSU President Barry Dunn.

Dunn says they’ve also brought some 2,700 employees back to campus. He says they’ve done it slowly and carefully.

Dunn says many things are changing including the flow of buildings, the way students will be taught and the way they will have meals. He says student tutorials on the virus will begin in July. They’ll recommend that students self-isolate for two weeks before coming to campus and that they do a daily health screen.

Dunn says they are bringing on a public health expert. She is Laura Dirks, an SDSU alum.

He says they also have plans in place in case an outbreak occurs on campus.