La Crosse higher education institutions, Health Department issue statement on the return to campus

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Leaders from Viterbo University, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College along with the La Crosse County Health Department, today released a statement regarding the fall return to campus.

Administrators, staff, and faculty of each institution developed separate return-to-campus plans this summer, addressing the needs of each school while promoting shared values of health and safety. Both face coverings and physical distancing will be required on all campuses.

Classes will be online, hybrid, and some will be in person, in classrooms or labs suitable for physical distancing.

Each institution has developed testing and tracing protocols to help pinpoint when and where cases of COVID-19 arise, and to take immediate action to prevent further spread. An isolation space has been secured as well for infected students to recover.

School administrators ask for the cooperation of students, employees, and the community in keeping everyone safe and healthy.

In the statement, the institutions said they would be receptive to changing guidance from local, national, and international health experts and will be prepared to make the necessary changes to their plans.

Here is the statement issued by the La Crosse institutions of higher education: La Crosse Institutions of Higher Ed shared statement