Orangeburg, SC (WOLO) – South Carolina State University has decided to postpone classes for its fall semester for a week to create additional campus safety protocols as COVID-19 cases continue to rise statewide.
School officials announced their decision to start classes on August 23 instead of August 18 as previously planned so that they can teach incoming students more about COVID-19 safety and encourage them to take advantage of vaccination clinics in the campus.
To date, University officials say they have already introduced new security measures that include all students and staff wearing face shields while on campus and testing all students remaining on campus. Weekly COVID. In addition to those changes, officials say they plan to increase sanitation measures and allow faculty members the ability to work on how to switch to digital platforms if cases of the virus continue to grow.
University President Alexander Conyers issued a statement that read in part:
“As the university intensifies its response to this pandemic, we will do everything we can to encourage the students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated if they haven't already, ”Conyers said. "I have authorized the implementation of campus-wide incentives designed to encourage community members on our campus to receive the vaccine."