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Monmouth College to Reopen In-person

Monmouth College

Monmouth College will reopen this fall with in-person classes and accommodations for students and faculty members at higher risk for COVID-19. 

The semester will begin Aug. 18, with fall classes ending on Nov. 24. Final projects will be completed remotely between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. 

College President Clarence Wyatt says that Illinois is fortunate to be in Phase 4 of the governor's reopening plan. But while planning events for the fall semester, so much still depends on the positivity rate. 

"Ultimately the virus is in control, and we'll continue to monitor things on a daily basis, and we'll work as hard as we can to be sure we can have an in-residence experience up to Thanksgiving." 

He says common spaces in residence halls will be routinely sanitized, with hand-sanitizing stations available at every entrance. Family Weekend and Homecoming will not be held in-person. 
Administrators at Monmouth College are still planning virtual alternatives for students, parents, and alumni.

Marianna Bacallao is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2020-2021 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism and served as Editor-in-Chief for the student newspaper, The Cluster.