WHITEWATER — When classes open this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater the plan is for students to be in the classroom.

Chancellor Dwight C. Watson announced the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s plans for the fall 2021 semester will include in-person classes and on-campus living and dining experiences as they were pre-pandemic.

In addition, plans include athletics, arts and other expected activities.

“We at UW-Whitewater are always focused on student support and success,” Watson said. “We do not yet know what, if any, modifications — such as mask wearing and restrictions in class sizes — will remain in place as we return in the fall. Just as our protocols under COVID-19 have been based on county, state, and federal health department guidelines, our path to a safe fall 2021 will continue to be based on this guidance.”

To get to fall, Watson said everyone needs to continue to wear a mask when in public, stay socially distant when appropriate, wash hands regularly and get tested, and — when eligible — get vaccinated.

Currently enrolled students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisers to be ready for fall priority registration, April 5-16.

Newly admitted students can sign up for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) beginning March 1.

“We can’t wait to welcome you to the Warhawk family!” Watson said.

On Thusday, University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced that he wants most classes to be taught in-person this fall, saying it’s time to give students a typical college experience again.

Thompson said that he has directed chancellors to ensure students at every campus have an opportunity to attend at least 75% of classes in person.

— Daily Union and AP reports

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