Chadron State College began the fall semester today with in-person classes for the first time since before Spring Break in mid-March when the coronavirus hit Nebraska and the school finished the spring semester with all classes via remote learning.
The school is operating under the Governor’s Directed Health Measures and guidelines and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Panhandle Public Health District, and the Nebraska State College System Office.
The CSC COVID-19 policy says students and employees should wear a face covering for all face-to-face interactions, including in classrooms, meeting rooms, and hallways. Nearly 5,000 masks featuring the college’s logo were distributed to students and employees to help them comply.
Face coverings aren’t required in private spaces, outdoors, during athletic practices, in gyms, or in public spaces while eating and drinking, but the school says social distancing should be practiced in all instances where a face covering isn’t required.
CSC Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Student Services Jon Hansen leads the college’s COVID-19 Implementation Team and says “The health and safety of students and employees remains our top priority and requires all of us working together.”
Chadron State has developed the Protect the Nest Pledge, based on following what it calls the 3 W’s: Wash your hands, watch your distance, and wear a mask. Hansen says they’re “simple things that are proven to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in Chadron.”