Wallace Community College taking precautions ahead of reopening for classes

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Wallace Community College will reopen for classes on August 19th and school officials discussed how they are planning to take precautions.

To prepare for the arrival of students, President Linda Young said everyone is required to wear a mask. In addition, they will be creating space for students to social distance in labs, cleaning and fumigating all classrooms and restrooms.

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be quarantined immediately and if cases increase, they will close and all courses will go online.

“That’s really one of the two goals we have is to be sure that we protect faculty, staff and students and then secondly that we provide learning options for students to be successful in this time of pandemic,” Young said.

To adhere to their plan, Young says they will go by the 6-15-48 rule, staying 6 feet apart, no more than 15 minutes of contact for appointments, and showing no symptoms of COVID-19 for 48 hours.

Many students, such as graduating senior Krista Grider is pleased with how Wallace is keeping them informed and their safety first.

“This is my last and final semester. Honestly speaking my faith is bigger than my fear, so i feel that as long as I can just keep my eyes on the prize which is graduating of course, and keeping God first,” Grider said.

Young says ensuring safety is their number one goal. For more COVID related information on Wallace and to see their full reopening plan visit their website wallace.edu/coronavirus.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly named the college’s president. The mistake has been corrected.

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