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UArizona set to bring more students into classrooms on Monday

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TUCSON (KVOA) – As cases continue to decline, the University of Arizona is offering more in-person instruction starting Monday.

The university will move into what they call "stage two" of their campus reentry plan. They made this decision due to the current state of public health conditions.

For a while, the university was offering in-person instruction only for essential courses. And, the majority of courses have been remote.

Now that they're entering stage two, this means that they'll be allowing in-person instruction for classes of fewer than 50 students that were designated as in-person or flex in-person, which is a mix of online and in-person instruction.

President Robbins noted last week that this will not have any impact on university employees' work-from-home guidance and that they are being very careful with the number of people on campus.

"We don't have any evidence for transmission in classrooms," said UArizona Provost Liesl Folks. "And, that's a statement that is true for our campus, but also for other campuses that institute really good controls on face wearing, face mask-wearing and physical distancing… which is just critically important."

It's important to note that students will not be required to attend classes in person if they are more comfortable with the online format. Students will have the option to attend in a "remote format" which means that they are tuning in to an in-person class from home.

If a student is choosing to attend an in-person class, they are required to get tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.

For more information on what the university is doing to combat the spread of COVID-19, visit covid19.arizona.edu.

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Frankie McLister

Frankie McLister is the Multimedia Journalist for News 4 Tucson Today. His interest in storytelling began when he was young and loves telling those of Southern Arizona.

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