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UW-L announces “Eagles Return Safely” Plan for students

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Students at UW-La Crosse started the semester very differently than previous years.

The university currently has a shelter-in-place order for the campus. According to the university, approximately 1,500 students are in residence halls while another 1,500 are sheltering at off campus locations.

The university released its "Eagles Return Safely" plans Monday for how they will welcome back students in a safe way despite the current campus climate.

The university said the two-phase plan ensures the safety of all students living on and off-campus in order to safely return to some in-person classes by October 5.

Phase One, which runs from now through September 25, outlines testing for all students currently sheltering on campus. The university plans to test approximately 300 students per day during the week.

From the university:

-Students who test negative for COVID-19 or bring documentation of a positive test result from an accredited health care provider or county health
department dated within 90 days of the established return date may continue to live in their room.
-Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to move to isolation rooms provided by the university; or they may choose to go home for their isolation period.
-Students who refuse testing will begin the removal process from the halls.
-Additionally, UWL commuter students living in the La Crosse area will be informed of three La Crosse County mass COVID-19 testing events and highly encouraged to participate. They are:

Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25 on the UWL campus
Saturday, September 26 at Logan High School.

Phase Two begins Monday, September 28. This part of the plan involves:

All students who chose to leave campus must schedule a visit to the testing center in Cartwright Center and either:

-Be tested and receive notification of a negative result.
-Bring documentation of a negative test result from an accredited health care provider or county health department dated within 48 hours of the
established return date.
-Bring documentation of a positive test result from an accredited health care provider or county health department dated within 90 days of the
established return date.

Students who are "cleared" can return to their campus residences.

Students with positive results or ones who refuse to be tested will not be able to return to their hall. Additionally, isolation rooms may be available for students who tested positive. Students may also choose to return home.

Chancellor Joe Gow said their goal is to finish the process by October 2 to allow students to return back to classes in various formats including in-person classes on October 5.

Face coverings are required in all public spaces both indoors and outdoors.

To read the full report and find out more information go to UW-L's COVID-19 website.


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For more COVID-19 information check out WXOW's COVID-19 page

Chip O'Brien

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