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NSHE planning for late summer, fall classes

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UNR Campus. Image: Trevor Bexon

Planning is underway to reopen Nevada’s university and college campuses for fall classes, according to a May 4 memo from Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Thom Reilly. Limited in-person classes are also proposed for a late summer session, after July 1.

“NSHE and institution leaders are working closely with health and education experts on various reopening scenarios and phases, with the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff being at the forefront of our concern,” Reilly wrote. “These scenarios include resuming some form of in-person instruction, campus housing, and athletics events.”

Options under consideration include what Reilly called a hybrid approach, combining in-person instruction with remote or online lectures. Other measures being evaluated are reduced class sizes, use of masks, and increased testing availability.

NSHE is working with the Mountain West Conference and NCAA for guidance on resuming athletics programs.

Additionally, each institution is evaluating options to minimize risk in residential dorms and dining halls.

All plans, Reilly said, will be in coordination with the Office of the Governor and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and county health and safety directives.

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