Embry-Riddle to resume face-to-face instruction on June 30

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to reopen the institution’s residential campuses in Florida and Arizona for face-to-face instruction on June 30.

With health precautions in place, Embry-Riddle will resume face-to-face instruction, in keeping with its Path Forward strategy, President P. Barry Butler announced on May 21.

“We are excited about the return of students to Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses,” said Mori Hosseini, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees. “We continue to review all progress and monitor every phase of the strategy.

“We believe that a structured, cautious return to normal operations will provide a platform for our institution’s long-term success and better prepare us for the fall semester. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is well positioned for this next step. Our safety focus is unparalleled, and our board is unanimous in supporting this decision.”

Added Butler, “We have resumed flight and housing operations on our campuses. Beginning face-to-face classes on June 30 will mark the next critical milestone. Our plan focuses on statistical risk testing, risk mitigation, support for contact tracing – and most importantly, education.

“We are continuing to educate our community on the risks, create redundancy across all of our safety standards, and finalize our testing protocols.”

Summer B plan

Key elements of Embry-Riddle’s Summer B plan include these and other precautions:

  • The university will rigorously adhere to all federal, state and local guidance.
    • Classroom capacity will be limited to ensure physical distancing (six feet of separation).
    • Class schedules will be optimized to minimize contact.
    • Returning students will be pre-screened for risk factors.
    • Cloth face coverings are mandatory in all common areas on campus, indoors and outdoors.
    • Daily wellness checks and physical distancing are also mandatory.
    • Plexiglass barriers and “smart” pathways will help reduce contact between individuals.
    • Residence hall occupancy and density are limited.Sanitizers will be readily available, and everyone is urged to maintain a personal supply too.
    • No one can return to campus if they have recently been sick, in contact with someone who is sick, on a cruise, or in any designated COVID-19 hotspot, without appropriate quarantine, screening and/or testing.
    • Visible ID badges must be worn at all times.
    • All visitors as well as returning students must check in first at the Henderson Welcome Center on the Daytona Beach Campus, or the Visitors Center on the Prescott Campus.

For updates, visit Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s COVID-19 informational web page at erau.edu/coronavirus.

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