Franklin College announced its students will return to in-person classes beginning Monday, Oct. 12. This comes after a week of virtual-only classes due to what appeared to be an uptick in positive cases within the college’s student-athlete population.
Out of an abundance of caution, the college moved to remote classes for the week of October 5-9, 2020, to assess COVID-19 test results from a sample of student-athletes. All in-person athletic activity was suspended and co-curricular activities were exclusively virtual.
The one-week pause of in-person classes and activities allowed the college to expand its surveillance testing of student-athletes and submit data to medical professionals for analysis and recommendations.
“Of the surveillance testing done between Saturday of last week and Monday morning of this week, we have 151 results, double the sample size of the previous week,” said Franklin College President Kerry Prather. “The infection rate for this most recent testing of student-athletes is eight percent, deemed by our medical professionals as fully manageable in an environment that includes in-person instruction and activities within our mitigation guidelines. Therefore, we will return to traditional instruction and co-curricular activities next week.”
Prather said additional steps will be taken out of an abundance of caution, including limitations on athletic activity, continued expanded testing of student-athletes beyond NCAA requirements, and extension of testing into the non-athlete student population. He emphasized to the campus community the need for vigilance.
“While our greatest challenge is certainly COVID, it is followed closely by the human tendency toward complacency. We all must be reminded that the safety protocols which guided our return to campus in August remain just as important today. They will be just as important for the foreseeable future,” Prather said in an email to the campus community.
POSTED Oct 8, 2020