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Students faced with COVID changes as colleges open back up

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DULUTH, MN --Back to school jitters are different this year for a lot of students heading back to the classroom.

"I was excited, nervous, just not really sure how it was going to be," said Nursing Major at Lake Superior College, Luke Hom.

College students around the country worried about what secondary schooling would look like this fall, are now being confronted with some noticeable changes.

"They've taken the precautions," said Hom.

Lake Superior College welcomed students back Monday after seeing an uptick in applications in the past couple of months.

One of LSC's Vice Presidents, Daniel Fanning, credited that to COVID-19 concerns saying, "Typically, April and May are our biggest applications months. this year it was June and July."

The technical school is making sure social distancing guidelines are not just happening in the hallways, but in classrooms too.

"So, the way we have chairs set up, classrooms set up, labs set up, it's all different this year," said Fanning.

Per state recommendations, LSC is only allowed to have 25 or fewer students in each classroom at a time.

Along with wearing masks, students have to fill out an online screening questionnaire before they enter the building.

"Just to make sure you don't have those symptoms, you don't have the fever, just asking those basic questions," said Fanning.

The way students buy books is also different this year.
Students must line up outside the book store and wait until an employee gathers their items for them.

As for class structure, Fanning said about more than half have moved to a hybrid model, meanwhile, hands-on classes had some reworking done.

"Typically, we would do a lot of lecture upfront and then lab toward the back of the semester and now we are doing the opposite. We are trying to get as much as hands-on learning as we can upfront just in case it gets worse in the fall," said Fanning.

"Things change day by day so they're ready to make adjustments as the pandemic continues to unfold."

Lyanne Valdez

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