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Olivet Nazarene: 85% of all classes to have ‘some face-to-face’ in fall

Nearly 5,000 students from across the globe to descend on Kankakee County this fall

Olivet Nazarene University announced Thursday afternoon in a letter to returning students 55% of all classes this fall will be face-to-face, in-person learning on campus.

The school told students 85% of all classes will have some face-to-face elements. At last count, Olivet Nazarene University had just under 5,000 students from across the globe registered at the University.

“The Register’s office has divided courses to three groups. We are pleased that about 85% of our classes will have some face-to-face (F2F) instruction, with more than 55% fully F2F.” Director of Registration Services Mark Mountain told students via email Thursday.

Olivet plans to use some ‘creative classroom space across campus’ according to Mountain, including the Warming House and Centennial Chapel for teaching areas.  

Mountain says about 30% of classes will be hybrid in the fall. Hybrid classes will require a variety of interactive learning options, including online components and videos. Only 15% of all classes have been adopted to feature fully online learning.

Olivet claims the move adheres to social distancing measures featuring a maximum of 50 people in one classroom. The move does not account for claims that COVID-19 is airborne, as reported by a team of over 230 scientists across the globe in an open letter to the WHO earlier this week.

That letter is expected to be published soon.

Olivet’s announcement comes less than 24-hours after President Trump threatened schools across the nation to reopen for classes this fall, or have funding cut. Olivet of course is a private University.

Other area schools including Kankakee Community College have already announced the school will remain online only for Fall 2020, with just a handful of classes meeting in person.

Kankakee County has struggled to maintain a line of reasoning with the rest of the state, seeding a pushback against basic science and prevention policies through politicians throughout the entirety of the pandemic. The county was among the first to ‘reopen’ and allowed indoor dining prior to the reopening dates put forth by the “Restore Illinois” plan.

Since Kankakee County has been predominantly featured on the County Level Risk Metrics listed by IDPH for weeks in cases per capita. In the past 48 hours alone, the Kankakee County Health Department has reported 48 new cases of COVID-19.

On Thursday, Kankakee was second for the worst cases per capita in the state, behind Cass County with 215 per 100k residents.  On Thursday, Kankakee had 112 per 100k. Those numbers are set to be updated this weekend.

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