Students have returned to College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout for the fall semester, with classes underway Tuesday.

The school says with more than 1,500 people enrolled, there are strict guidelines, including self-quarantine prior to arriving on campus, and monitoring temperatures.

Students will be required to wear face masks when indoors, and class sections will be moved to the largest possible classroom.

Other precautions taken by C of O include:

  • Larger classrooms will alternate days and will make use of new technology, Swivl, so that some students can view the day’s lecture virtually.
  • Larger classes may have assigned seating, so that physical distancing can be maintained, and efficient and effective tracking can be done should a student test positive.
  • Students will have their temperature checked every morning before they leave their dorms.
  • Any faculty or staff entering the campus will  have their temperature checked at the front gates.
  • Sanitization stations will be placed at the entrance of buildings.
  • The Pearl Rogers Dining Center will not allow more than  a 50% capacity, or 250 students, to be seated in the cafeteria at one time.
  • Students will also have a carry-out option in the cafeteria.
  • Cafeteria workers will serve food behind plexiglass windows, and the floor will be marked with six foot distancing labels.
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