Western Dakota Tech to resume in-person classes in August
RAPID CITY,S.D. – Western Dakota Tech has confirmed that it will be resuming in person classes in the fall.
Although they will be opening doors in late August, they still plan to put staff and student safety first.
The institution will be implementing a number safety measures.
When students return to WDT, they will be required to wear face masks or shields.
Learning will take place in larger classrooms and with spaced out seating.
“Custodians will be on campus during the day. We used to have a cleaning company that would come at night to clean up but because of COVID-19, we know that we need to have areas sanitized in between classes,” says WDT president, Dr. Ann Bolman
Technical careers require a lot of hands on learning, whether students are fixing cars or learning how to administer an IV.
Distance learning can do damage, especially in the medical field, where lives are at stake.
In addition to student and staff guidelines, the institution will also keep the traditional cafeteria services closed. They will have an alternative meal service for those that don’t pack lunch.
Dr. Bolman says, “we are going to have grab and go food items available. So that people can get food and obviously we have vending machines all over campus as well.”
Bolman adds, she believes its especially important to train medical students in this time. Students graduating soon will be need due to the pandemic.