Mayville State to resume in-person learning Nov. 12
MAYVILLE, N.D. – Mayville State University will resume in-person learning late next week, President Brian Van Horn announced Friday.
On Sunday, Nov. 1, the campus moved to distance learning as COVID-19 concerns rose. But Friday, Van Horn said in a campus announcement that face-to-face, on-campus courses will begin again on Thursday, Nov. 12. That is, assuming the results from a Friday, Nov. 6, testing event have been processed.
The campus will continue with online-only learning Monday and Tuesday next week. There will be no courses on Wednesday due to Veterans Day.
Mayville State has been dealing with an increase in COVID-19 cases in the last 10 days. The campus dashboard shows there are seven on-campus residents who have tested positive for the virus, plus an additional 15 students who live off campus and seven MSU employees, as of Friday morning. The campus has a total of 59 close contacts.
Some students were isolated in the campus wellness center.
The campus also had a stay-in-place request, which will remain until Sunday. MSU athletic teams whose players have recently received negative COVID-19 tests and who are without symptoms, are not identified as close contacts, and are not currently identified as having active COVID-19 cases will resume practice Sunday, Nov. 8.
“As required by the NAIA and NSAA, all participants are screened for symptoms prior to every practice,” the campus letter said.
Van Horn said the campus will “continue practices focused on health and safety for our campus community including social distancing, 6-foot distancing in classrooms, readily available hand sanitizer dispensers, and mandatory mask use indoors.”
Faculty and nonessential staff will continue with remote work arrangements Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, Van Horn said. Essential staff will continue with on-campus work arrangements. The university will return to full campus operations with all faculty and staff working on campus Thursday, Nov. 12, assuming test results have been processed.
“These protocols will provide additional time for the release of results of the Nov. 6 testing event, associated contact tracing processes, and an opportunity to evaluate prior to returning to full on-campus operations,” the message said.
Similar to UND, Mayville State is encouraging students to not return home for Thanksgiving break.
“While it may be hard to be apart from family at this time, traveling and attending family gatherings greatly increase the risk of spreading the virus, particularly to older and more vulnerable individuals,” Van Horn wrote. “In addition, we do not want students contracting the virus over the break and returning to campus with it. Please consider how your actions may affect others and act accordingly.”
Van Horn said campus “residential students have made it known that they desire face-to-face course delivery and on-campus experiences. Administrators and COVID-19 task force members are constantly monitoring the situation and have the health and safety of students and employees and their families, as well as the needs of the university, as the top considerations.”