Clemson students will need to wear masks, test negative for COVID before returning to campus
Anyone on Clemson University's campus this fall will be required to wear a face mask in most settings, the university announced Friday.
The university will also require that students and staff test negative for the coronavirus five days before arriving on campus. Anyone who tests positive will have to self-isolate for 10 days.
"Once the academic year begins, the university will conduct voluntary random-sample testing of students and employees on a regular basis to track prevalence and spread of the disease in the university community," according to a statement from the university.
The university's announcement comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise across South Carolina.
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In a statement, the university said it is purchasing 70,000 cloth masks and will distribute two to all students, faculty and staff.
Where masks are required:
- All university buildings, housing and dining halls
- In non-university buildings while participating in university programs
- When outdoors, on-campus, but in a place where social distancing cannot happen
- When in a university vehicle or when riding university trasnportation/mass transit
Where masks are not required:
- In a private office, alone
- In an on-campus housing room, alone
- When not in close contact with someone else, such as walking alone, outside
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Classes will still start on Aug. 19, but faculty have been advised to create online learning plans in case the university must close because of the spread of coronavirus cases.
Classrooms are being re-configured to allow six feet of social distancing between each person, the school announced, with the intent of having in-person interaction in at least 75% of classes.
May and August commencement ceremonies are tentatively set for the weekend of Oct. 9-11.
Ariel Gilreath is a watchdog reporter focusing on education and family issues with The Greenville News and Independent Mail. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @ArielGilreath.