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In-person college classes can work when implemented correctly

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

It is possible to have safe classes when safety guidelines are followed.

Like clockwork, I answer those questions every day in Arizona State University's mobile app from my on-campus apartment.

The main Tempe campus, in which 52,000 students enrolled for the fall semester, has had over 1,000 cases, according to reports from the school.

My program is based at the downtown Phoenix campus, which has about 11,000 enrolled students this fall.

However, from my observations on the Tempe campus, there are groups of students just off campus that don't wear masks and hold large gatherings.

From my personal experience, when health and safety guidelines are followed, it's possible to hold in-person classes.

I have one in-person class, which is the Cronkite News immersive newsroom program that I attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight hours a day.

Since field reporting opened up to students, I've taken portraits of individuals who have had Covid-19, attended a personal protective equipment donation event hosted by the City of Phoenix and gone on an overnight trip to report on the Navajo Nation's experience with the virus.

Free Covid-19 testing on campus

Students can get free, nearly unlimited testing on campus.

The school calculates its positivity rate based on the total population of students or staff, not the portion of the population who has taken the test.

Despite some of ASU's shortcomings, I am grateful to be able to take in-person classes and get free coronavirus testing.

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