Franklin College releases safety plan

Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 09:37:30-04

FRANKLIN — As Franklin College prepares to begin a new semester, it's opening its doors under the plan called "Fortify Franklin."

It involves more disinfecting, 24 sanitation stations are in place campus-wide, and masks are required.

"How do we mitigate, minimize the threat of infection on campus, while we go about the business of what we do?" Franklin College's president Kerry Prather said.

Prather says internships and most extracurricular activities will be done online. Sports like football and soccer have been moved to the spring. And visitors must comply with all campus requirements.

"I do think the preparation ahead of time and the ability to be flexible as we go the external conditions are going to dictate even from the point of return of students," Prather said.

Just like we see in elementary, middle schools, and high schools, colleges are no different and will be one student per desk. The goal of social distancing

"All of us are adapting to a mindset than rather than fight the illness. We got to figure out to peacefully co-exist. So the fact is there is no such thing as zero risks," Prather said. "We have mitigated every possible risk that we can under normal circumstances. There are no zero risks."

The college is also taking a number of other steps, such as 8 a.m. classes beginning at 7:45 a.m., to allow for the cleaning of classrooms.

The state's 30 private colleges have posted their plans on their websites.