University of Central Florida braces for reopening amid COVID surge

ABC News’ Will Reeve reports on how the University of Central Florida is reimagining coursework and lodging as students are set to return to campus next month.
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Transcript for University of Central Florida braces for reopening amid COVID surge
As parents and educators trying to determine what the beginning of the school year might look like let's take a look. At the University of Central Florida it's a diverse institution with an enrollment of more than 69000. Students it's one of the largest in the country. Announce preparing to welcome back less than half of the student body in physical classrooms while tripling the amount of students it caters to online. Our will Reeve has the story. It's cove in nineteen cases surge in its community the largest public university in Florida is preparing to welcome students back to campus in just weeks. The University of Central Florida in Orlando was making drastic changes to its on campus experience. Over a quarter mile worth of plexiglass barriers installed in high contact areas the school erecting these disinfecting solutions and creating isolation rooms for students who test positive and there will be fewer students on site. This school is limiting the number of students who can live on campus when they return to residence halls everyone will have their own single room. But even with additional precautions the student body president understands her peers still have concerns. To me student safety is the priority and we have to focus on the we have done a major effort to go into the classrooms and reduce them so they're facing. So questions that are normally filled with young couple hundred students will be filled now with like twenty of 4052. The course were changed to one archaeology professor teaching online classes has shifted her approach. I would typically have students come out into the field and learn how to draw an excavation unit. I can't have them do that now so what I have them do is draw the dirty dishes in their saint. What impact does virtual learning have on students who would normally be in a classroom. I think you know students that are leader in their careers. What as a student it's not that much of the transition but for those freshman incoming ones for Britain they're losing that on campus experience. So I think we as faculty it's it's. Part of our responsibility to make sure it and ensure that we're giving students that ability to socially connect with each other because it is very important how bad when their first brand new to college. When you see F returns for its fall semester next month 68% of its classes will be virtual. But as the largest public university in this state there will be thousands of students on campus as the school reckons with a surge of cases in the state of Florida. And a new season for Yu CS notable football team is a big question mark but as students prepare to reconvene amid the pandemic. The school is staying the course. College to become that that's the future that's what students are investing. What would you say to incoming students. Who are nervous about what the future holds here. I think that I would say remember why you chose UC asks or remember why you chose whichever school he shows and really. Try to make the best out of your college experience it doesn't all have to be in person. And take advantage of the remote programming that's being made for you because you're still gonna be able to be involved and acted that way. For ABC news live I'm will Reeve Orlando.

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