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New semester, new COVID protocols: Northland college students return to campus

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 11:36 PM CST
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - A new semester starts Wednesday at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, just as Omicron surges in the Northland and nationwide.

According to UMD officials, they’re keeping the COVID precautions they had in place last semester and adding a few new ones.

Their first priority is increasing access to testing for students, staff, and faculty.

They’re planning to work with campus health services to acquire more tests, so people will be able to get tested more frequently.

Officials said they’re also helping students find better quality masks and educating students on what types of masks they should be using.

School leaders said keeping students safe while also providing a college education and experience is important.

“Our number one priority continues to be finding that balance between a quality academic experience and ensuring the health and safety of our campus community. So, that’s at the forefront of all the work we’re doing,” said Lynne Williams, UMD Marketing and Public Relations Director.

According to Williams, 89% of their classes this semester will be offered in-person or as a blended class.

Across town, at Lake Superior College students returned to class Monday.

According to LSC officials, they’re coordinating COVID safety efforts with UMD and other schools, since many students from different schools live together off-campus.

UMD plans to adapt to the pandemic over the next few weeks, and are open to changing policies if necessary.

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