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Radford University to reopen in August

Posted at 11:56 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 11:56:48-04

RADFORD, Va. -- Radford University announced it would reopen campus to students in August ahead of the Fall 2020 semester.

“The campus reopening will include full operations, such as on-campus housing and dining services, followed by face-to-face instruction beginning on August 24, 2020,” the school posted on its website. “The reopening process will begin on August 3, 2020.”

“The health, safety, and well-being of you and your fellow Highlanders remain our top priority,” Radford University President Brian Hemphill said. “We are working diligently on contingency planning to account for continued developments based on analysis and research by public health experts. Additionally, we are examining policies and procedures regarding social distancing protocol; personal protective equipment, or PPE, utilization; testing availability; classroom configuration; event size; etc.”

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said last week the state was still at least two weeks away from allowing nonessential businesses to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. He announced a new task force to help advise him on how best to reopen the economy, but said he won’t be rushed to open too soon.

This week Northam said he was open to the idea of opening businesses in southwest Virginia before the rest of the state as he weighs when coronavirus restrictions can be lifted.

Radford University is located about 200 miles southwest of Richmond.

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