ORONO – University of Maine officials say they’ve been focusing on students’ health and safety during the reopening process.
To avoid the spread of COVID-19, school officials and public health leaders worked together to create guidelines for reopening to improve the safety of students.
“What made it work well was that everyone knows that we have to stay nimble. We need to make changes on things we may have said and six months ago aren’t necessarily what would work now. People seem to get the flexibility that we need and the compassion that’s needed,” said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of University of Maine.
When campuses first reopened and a handful of students tested positive for COVID-19, university officials had to act swiftly to take the necessary steps to protect people’s health.
As a course of action, the chancellor of the University of Maine System travels around the state to different campuses to make sure students are following the rules that were established.
“I think we are doing better than any of us reasonably predicted. To have no one currently sick, it really is kind of amazing. And the measures, we are doing substantially better than the general rates of infection in Maine,” said Dannel Malloy, chancellor of University of Maine System.
University officials urge anyone on campus to be respectful and wear masks on campus.
The campus renovated classrooms and lecture halls to meet the COVID-19 guidelines.
According to the president, students have adjusted to the reality of COVID-19.
“The students are thrilled to be here in person. With all these safety conditions in place, I‘m hearing that students feel safe and they enjoy the experience to be in classes, be with friends to experience that college life,” said Ferrini-Mundy.
With the COVID-19 guidelines in place, university officials want students to have a safe and enjoyable experience on campus.