Face coverings, flexible scheduling headline SFA’s plans for Fall 2020 semester

Face coverings, flexible scheduling headline SFA’s plans for Fall 2020 semester

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Stephen F. Austin State University will give students the opportunity to return to face-to-face classes this fall as university officials finalize plans to maintain a healthy campus.

SFA is offering students the choice to attend classes face-to-face, online, live stream, hybrid, or “hyflex” formats, according to the university’s website. Students will be able to build class schedules with “flexibility to choose from courses with a regular meeting schedule, online-only, or a combination of both,” the website states.

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More than 80 classrooms are receiving technology upgrades to help facilitate the campus’ move to distant learning, the website said.

No one can predict with certainty how the fall semester will go, but we all want to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, so we are making plans that will help you finish the semester with the maximum possible flexibility. We’ve updated protocols to protect student, faculty and staff health in campus classrooms, labs, residence halls and other buildings.
Open SFA: Guide to Fall 2020

In order to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus, the university has enacted new safety measures designed to limit personal contact to lessen the spread of COVID-19.

  • The university will require face covering to be worn in all public indoor spaces and in all outdoor spaces when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be reliably maintained
  • SFA’s custodial staff has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection throughout all campus buildings
  • The university will also stress the importance of personal hygiene, especially handwashing

Many student services will also either be held remotely or, in cases like on-campus dining areas, in a way to ensure no contact between staff and students.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 24. For more information about SFA’s Fall 2020 guidelines, please visit the university’s website.

Stephen F Austin State University campus mask order is effective Tuesday, July 7. Something to get used to knows president, Dr. Scott Gordon.

“As far as going into any of the common areas, the hallways, any kind of community space they must wear their face mask,” explained Gordon.

Including classrooms, according to the plan posted on the university’s website.

SFA’S decision was made before Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County announced, only Tuesday, its mask-wearing proclamation. Separate processes, but complementary to one another, according to Gordon.

"It's great that the university and the community are in sync with this."

Not entirely. The city/county's proclamation lists voluntary policies. SFA's is required.

"This is a hard-fast rule."

The question is, will people obey the rule.

{Cindy Lay/SFA Parking Services- ”That’s a great question,” said Cindy Lay, with SFA’S parking services.

This fall she will drive a campus shuttle bus.

“I’m sure most of them will be, but I’m also sure there will be some who just won’t do it.”

Dorms will open, but the on-campus living requirement is lifted for the academic year.

Dining halls will provide touchless service with an emphasis on grab and go meals. There will be no self-serve stations.

Dr. Gordon has a good perspective on why a Fall Plan is so important. He has two college-age sons with questions of their own.

“They call me. And ask, ‘Dad, what do you think about this? Dad, here is what our university are doing. What are your thoughts?”

A dynamic situation, Gordon calls it.

"And (we) make decisions as the information comes out."}

The complete plan can be found at http://sfasu.edu/fall2020

The call center number is 936-468-3401.

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