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Cal Poly hosts Virtual Town Hall about fall plans

Posted at 7:57 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 01:58:34-04

Cal Poly hosted a Virtual Town Hall on Aug. 27 to expand on their fall plans for the upcoming quarter.

School officials and San Luis Obispo County health officials answered questions submitted by the campus community in a panel discussion.

President Jeffrey Armstrong said that all students living on campus are required to test for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving on campus.

Armstrong said in the meeting that they have expanded their testing capability to be able to screen all students arriving before the start of classes. They are also requiring any student living off-campus enrolled in an in-person class or plan to be on campus must present a negative COVID-19 result before participating in any on-campus activities.

If protective measures are followed, Armstrong said health officials believe the campus community will be at minimal risk. He said its key students are compliant to help ensure COVID-19 doesn’t spread in the community.

If a student needs to be isolated because of contracting the coronavirus, school officials said they’ve built a team dedicated to students who need to quarantine or isolate. The team will work with these students including delivering food to them, taking care of their laundry, and making sure they have everything they need.

Regarding Greek life, there are no sanctioned events. Armstrong said the sororities are recruiting virtually and the fraternities are deferring.

He said anyone who is found to have planned a big party will face serious consequences.

School officials said the situation is very dynamic, so it is a continually shifting situation as the pandemic continues.

For more information, a recording of the event can be viewed here.