ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Florida’s largest university is one step closer to bringing students back to campus after the University of Central Florida’s reopening plan now has the go-ahead from its Board of Trustees.

What You Need To Know

During a meeting at its main campus, the school’s board of trustees passed the plan unanimously.

UCF just needs the okay from the Board of Governors, which will meet next Tuesday.

The school’s reopening plan is modeled from that board’s blueprint. The plan that passed on Thursday requires classes of 100-plus students to be taught remotely.

Smaller classes will meet in larger classrooms until Thanksgiving break, then all classes go remote.

Dorms will have reduced capacity and students living on campus will be tested.

And they will have to sign a form to acknowledge inherent risk.

Meanwhile, UCF’s COVID-19 task force has already implemented safety initiatives on campus, like screenings at student health services and mask mandates inside university buildings.

“We cannot let our COVID guard down. The most effective things each of us can do is wear a face covering when we are around others and practice physical distancing,” said UCF President Alexander Cartwright, Ph.D., during the meeting.

UCF has ordered 100,000 face coverings for students and staff, plus another 250,000 disposable masks.

It is now up to the Board of Governors for final approval. 

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