By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Linfield will reopen campus, with in-person classes this fall

News-Register file photo
News-Register file photo

Students will return to in-person classes this fall at Linfield University, President Miles Davis said today.

"We are going to comply with the best scientific data, as well as make sure you have a good, positive experience on campus," he said in a message to students Wednesday.

Linfield hopes to welcome back employees on June 15, if Yamhill County's Phase II reopening plan is approved by then. Yamhill County's Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to submit a letter to the governor asking that the county be allowed to move to Phase II.

Linfield will reopen to students the week of Aug. 17 when freshmen and transfers arrive for orientation and "experiential community building." Returning students will arrived by the next week, with in-person classes starting Aug. 24 on the McMinnville campus and Aug. 31 on the Portland nursing school campus.

Classes will end before Thanksgiving. There will be no fall break.

The school will limit class sizes to 25 -- most of its classes already meet that size limit -- and implement other social distancing practices to keep students and staff safe from possible exposure to coronavirus, he said.

The school has been using remote learning, mostly via the internet, since the campuses at institutions of higher learning were closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. With most students studying from home, professors have been delivering lessons and holding classes using programs such as Google and Zoom.

See the Friday print edition of the News-Register for more.


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