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UK announces plans for August 17 restart

LEXINGTON

The University of Kentucky will open its fall semester in mid-August with in-person classes continuing until Thanksgiving break, the school said this week.

Plans to reopen the Lexington campus include testing students for COVID 19, daily symptom assessments for students and employees and mask wearing in most places, officials said.

Testing will be encouraged for faculty and staff with underlying health conditions and for those over age 65. Infection rates will be monitored on campus and in the community, officials said.

“ Reopening and returning to the distinctive residential and classroom experience we provide will mean, in some cases, changing old habits and thinking of different ways to accomplish long-standing goals,” UK President Eli Capilouto said.

On-campus instruction will begin Aug. 17, a week earlier than scheduled prior to the pandemic. Classes will end at Thanksgiving break and finals will be online.

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