Yale to Hold Most Classes Online, Will Test Some Students

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Yale University plans to hold most classes online next semester and require those students who do attend on campus to be tested for Covid-19 weekly.

Some undergraduate, graduate and professional students will be given the option to return and live in school housing, according to a letter Wednesday from President Peter Salovey and Provost Scott Strobel.

All faculty and those staff members who interact with students will be required to undergo viral testing. Most students must also review, sign, and follow the Yale Community Compact, which requires social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. They must also complete the New Haven, Connecticut school’s health and safety training program.

As colleges announce plans for the semester that begins in August or September, they are offering visions of a changed college experience. At Yale, performances will not be held, and meal service will be substantially modified to eliminate crowded dining rooms. Travel outside of Connecticut is discouraged for faculty and staff. Undergraduates may leave for emergencies only or with approval for travel that is essential for educational or personal reasons.

“All of us are sacrificing as part of a community dedicated to reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19,” the officials said in the letter. “Although the rates of Covid-19 hospitalization and death have declined in Connecticut, this pandemic is not over.”

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