Many LI colleges planning to welcome students back to campus this fall
Some Long Island universities say they plan to reopen in the fall, and have released plans to keep their students safe while on campus.
Adelphi University in Garden City announced Friday it is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the next semester with masks, social distancing and altered schedules and classrooms.
"Students will have classes that may be traditional, in-person classes. They maybe hybrid or blended classes, they maybe online classes or they may be high-flex classes, which is where students rotate between in-person and livestream sessions," says Kristen Capezza.
Hofstra University has also announced plans to reopen its campus in the fall with new safety measures in place. The school says it will feel like Hofstra, despite reducing the density of its cafeteria and residence halls.
Officials say most undergraduate classes will be in-person, with safety measures in place. Hofstra will also start its fall semester a week early, there will be no breaks and students will go home for Thanksgiving, ending their semester by taking finals remotely over after the holiday.
"I'm just excited to get back, I wasn't really a fan of the home learning," says junior student Andrew Bacigalupo. "It was something that was out of my element a bit."
Many other college across the Island also say they're prepared to reopen. NYIT says it is currently working on health and safety guidelines.
Long Island University says their plan is to hold classes on campus, and are prepared with contingencies to ensure the semester proceeds as scheduled.
Farmingdale State College says classes will be a mix of face-to-face, remote learning and online classes.
Stony Brook officials say they have submitted an on-campus plan to SUNY for the fall semester that follows state and CDC guidelines, and are awaiting approval.