Florida university system working toward reopening campuses

Century Tower at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. [Photo courtesy: UF]

After the coronavirus pandemic sent students home in March, the chairman of the state university system’s Board of Governors outlined a process Tuesday aimed at reopening campuses this fall.

Chairman Syd Kitson said a task force that includes leaders from each university has been formed to create a phased-in approach for each function and operation to determine what resources are needed to open.  A focus on the health and safety of students and faculty will guide the decision.

"We will all work together on the fall semester reopening of the state university system in a manner that will minimize the risk of the transmission of the virus by using shared experiences, by taking advantage of the science and medical expertise at our institutions. It will be at that time, working with Gov. (Ron) DeSantis and the Board of Education that we’ll make an announcement for our plans to reopen our campuses for the fall semester.”

Kitson, speaking during a conference call of the Board of Governors, did not detail how long the process might take.