AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Governor Kay Ivey announced an amendment to the statewide Safer at Home health order in a press conference this morning requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public.Auburn University released their new health and safety plan, "A HEALTHIER U", detailing their plans for the fall semester to help keep students and staff safe on campus. The plan includes the new modified academic calendar, detailed depictions of the different course instruction options as well as the safety precautions that will be put in place across campus. 

According to the plan, teachers will have the ability to choose what instruction style best fits their course, online or in-person, and students will have the opportunity to search and choose classes based on what instruction format they are comfortable with. 

The primary tool of their new safety platform, “Stay Safe Together” involves students conducting daily health screenings via Healthcheck which includes a series of questions and a temperature check in order to be cleared to come on campus.

In their plan, it is also stated that there will be several safety expectations on campus, especially in buildings. These safety expectations include requiring masks or face coverings in all university buildings as well as physical distancing of at least 6 feet between people as much as possible. This includes having classrooms at a 50% capacity as well as spacing signage in all halls and open areas. The university will also have increased availability of cleaning and disinfecting materials. There are also detailed contingency plans in case of illness or positive COVID tests for students or staff. 

Auburn says that, “Maintaining student learning and academic progression is paramount to Auburn University’s mission. With the decision to resume face-to-face instruction and commence modified academic operations during fall 2020, the university will align with institutional safety measures that outline expectations necessary to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.” 

You can read more on the safety guidelines and the AHEALTHIERU plan at: http://ahealthieru.auburn.edu/