Mary Baldwin welcomes students back to campus

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 6:39 PM EDT
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - Mary Baldwin welcomed students back to campus this month. With the “Back to Baldwin” plan, university officials said they are confident in the university’s ability to keep students safe.

MBU started the semester with in-person learning and students on campus. Mary Baldwin University president, Dr. Pamela Fox said that they had been working on the plan for four months.

Mary Baldwin’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, located in Fishersville, has been open since June 15. The University said there was one case associated with Murphy Deming, but it was contracted off campus and was found to be unrelated to MBU. The University credits their contact tracing system in helping to keep the case isolated.

“Our plan has been tested and refined and evolved, so as our residential undergraduates come back we feel very confident in how it’s been tested and put together, ” Dr. Fox explained.

The plan includes social distancing throughout the campus, contact tracing and the campus has its own testing capabilities.

“We are relatively small. We’re close-knit. Everyone knows that it is in our hands mutually, that this is shared responsibility for ourselves and holding everybody accountable,” Dr. Fox said.

The university has made it clear that the plan can change and that it will continue to follow state, local and federal guidelines.

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