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U-M students must have 14 days of ‘enhanced social distance’ before returning to campus – Detroit Free Press


Students walk down South State Street on the University of Michigan central campus in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
 (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Fr)
University of Michigan students must spend 14 days in a semi-quarantine before they come back to campus, school officials said Monday. That includes not going to work or social gatherings.
In a letter to students, school officials said any student coming back to campus “must observe a 14-day period of enhanced social distance at home before arriving in Ann Arbor or on campus. It is an important part of our strategy to minimize risk and keep COVID-19 out of our community.”
The first day of classes is Aug. 31. Move-in starts Aug. 24.
The letter to students told them to monitor their health and reduce contact with others.
It specifically said students need to:

  • Take their temperature two times a day and monitor for fever.
  • Watch for cough, trouble breathing or additional COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Students should not go to work, school or social gatherings.
  • Avoid public transportation, taxis or ride-shares.
  • Maintain a physical distance from others (about 6 feet).
  • Wear a face covering when in public settings or while interacting with others outside of the home.
  • Seek medical attention if you develop a fever, other symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19. Do not come to campus until you receive further instructions.

“We are very excited to welcome you to a new academic year at the University of Michigan whether you choose on campus or remote learning,” said the letter from Martino Harmon, the university’s vice president for student life, and Robert Ernst, associate vice president for student life and executive director of university health service. “We are continuing our planning for a hybrid model of remote and in-person instruction this fall and we want to share new expectations for our student community that are designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on campus.”
The letter noted planning is still underway for which classes will be offered in person and which ones will be online.
“Our schools and colleges are diligently working to design a semester that reduces density in classrooms and academic buildings,” the letter said. “Most students will be able to choose whether to return to campus or remain at your permanent residence to study remotely based on their choice of courses. Currently available data and registrations imply that approximately 70 percent of credits for undergraduates can be taken remote this fall; many hybrid courses also offer the option to attend remotely as well. There is no requirement to return to campus for your coursework for most majors.”
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