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In-person classes will continue after Thanksgiving break, Chancellor Steinmetz announced in an email Thursday morning.

The change comes after UA officials introduced new guidelines in regards to COVID-19 in a June 1 email, including the possibility of campus going completely remote after Thanksgiving break.

“In light of our continuing decline in the number of positive COVID-19 cases (now at 33), we have decided to stay the course following Thanksgiving break,” Steinmetz said. “We had been preparing to go completely remote after the Thanksgiving break if needed, but it now appears that we can continue to hold in-person classes safely as we have been doing.”

Although active on-campus cases have declined, Steinmetz said he insists students to continue being cautious and to look out for their community.

“That said, students who have health concerns are encouraged to discuss remote options with their instructor,” Steinmetz said. “Otherwise, students, faculty and staff should plan to stay the present course.”

Steinmetz will present the State of the University address Oct.15 at 11 a.m. The address will be live streamed on the UA YouTube channel.

UA Pat Walker Health Center officials advise students and faculty to continue following the COVID-19 guidelines laid out by the University in effort to continue the decline in cases.

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