Athens State University prepares classroom for fall return amid pandemic

The university is expecting more students to return to the classroom this fall, but it has measures in place for safety.

Posted: Jun 24, 2020 8:26 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2020 10:10 PM

Athens State University is dealing with its first set of coronavirus cases. Three employees have tested positive, but were exposed off campus.

This all comes as the university is making several changes when more people are expected to return to campus this fall. 

Right now, some students are back in the classroom for summer courses. However, there have been changes.

"Those include plexiglass between rows of desks," Spokesperson Chris Latham said. "We have the desks arranged, and the seating arranged where people can maintain the social distancing requirements." There are also sanitizer stations in all the buildings. All of these adjustments cost the university more than $65,000 so far. Latham said they are still holding the majority of summer classes virtually, but expect more in person classes this fall. 

"Faculty members are being involved in making that determination whether courses can be held virtually or not," Latham said. "Of course, some programs require in person instruction for the students to really meet the learning outcomes for the programs."

The university is expecting more than 3,000 students to enroll this fall. With a smaller university, it makes it easier to social distance.

"We have a 15 to 1 student faculty ratio," Latham said. "So our class size is already very small, and we think that will also help so our students can spread out and not be congregated, they can maintain those social distancing requirements." Before the pandemic hit, a lot of students were already taking advantage of online courses.

"91 percent of students have taken at least one online class, so we feel like we are a leading in online education as is," Latham said. "So, that helps the situation for us." Students are also encouraged to wear face coverings, but not required. By the end of the year, Athens State is projected to spend more than $200,000 on all these safety procedures.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 76°
Florence
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 76°
Fayetteville
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
Decatur
Few Clouds
76° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 76°
Scottsboro
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4802152
Montgomery3947103
Mobile3904134
Tuscaloosa218842
Marshall168010
Lee130237
Madison12717
Shelby117623
Morgan10475
Walker90524
Franklin87814
Dallas8689
Elmore86414
Baldwin8289
Etowah70713
DeKalb6945
Butler62328
Chambers61227
Tallapoosa58369
Autauga56012
Russell5190
Unassigned50323
Lauderdale4736
Limestone4660
Lowndes46321
Houston4614
Cullman4354
Pike4175
Colbert3836
Coffee3702
Bullock3679
St. Clair3472
Barbour3452
Covington3437
Escambia3326
Calhoun3225
Hale30621
Marengo30011
Talladega3007
Wilcox2898
Sumter28412
Clarke2726
Dale2680
Jackson2632
Winston2463
Monroe2312
Chilton2282
Blount2261
Pickens2226
Marion21413
Randolph2019
Conecuh1977
Choctaw19512
Bibb1861
Greene1838
Macon1819
Perry1621
Henry1313
Crenshaw1253
Lawrence1050
Washington1047
Cherokee857
Geneva780
Lamar751
Fayette671
Clay622
Coosa581
Cleburne361
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 48712

Reported Deaths: 633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby11145197
Davidson10450118
Rutherford285435
Hamilton266533
Sumner155952
Trousdale14945
Williamson122614
Knox10865
Out of TN10657
Wilson89117
Putnam8537
Robertson81511
Sevier7683
Lake6910
Bradley6623
Tipton6335
Bledsoe6181
Unassigned5811
Bedford5455
Montgomery5347
Macon4363
Maury3263
Hardeman3255
Hamblen3144
Fayette3102
Madison2802
Loudon2771
Rhea2760
Dyer2401
McMinn22718
Cheatham2251
Blount2123
Dickson2010
Cumberland1784
Lawrence1526
Washington1420
Lauderdale1393
Monroe1376
Jefferson1250
Gibson1211
Coffee1170
Anderson1162
Obion1132
Smith1111
Sullivan1082
Hardin1047
Greene952
Haywood922
Cocke900
Franklin823
Wayne820
Marshall811
Hickman800
Warren720
Marion714
White703
McNairy680
Weakley631
Lincoln610
DeKalb600
Grundy591
Overton591
Roane590
Hawkins572
Carter561
Giles561
Unicoi550
Henry450
Campbell441
Carroll441
Henderson440
Polk440
Claiborne410
Grainger400
Johnson390
Cannon360
Crockett343
Meigs330
Perry330
Sequatchie330
Chester300
Humphreys271
Jackson260
Morgan251
Stewart230
Decatur220
Fentress220
Scott180
Clay160
Union160
Houston140
Benton131
Moore120
Van Buren80
Lewis60
Pickett60
Hancock30

 

 

Community Events