Breaking News: FIU to Return to Pre-COVID Operations for Summer B and Fall 2021

Screenshot of the email sent out to the university community on the return to pre-COVID operations

Yansall Rasquides / Staff Writer 

As FIU transitions into summer B and fall 2021 terms, the university community will return to a new normal implementing pre-COVID-19 conditions, according to an email sent from FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg to students this morning. 

FIU plans to deliver a new campus experience beginning with the summer B term. 

Masks are no longer required on campus but are recommended in appropriate settings.

“Classrooms will be populated at pre-COVID capacity, dining venues will be open according to their summer schedule, our athletic venues will host games with fans in the stands and there will be no physical distancing requirement,” said the email.

Those who feel sick are not allowed on campus and must reach out to their professors in order to complete assignments as remote classes will not be an option beginning in summer B. 

Faculty and staff must use the appropriate accrued leave to address any personal situations before returning to campus.

Students are now asked to take responsibility for their own health and consider wearing face masks in appropriate settings. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends those not fully vaccinated to continue to wear masks; Rosenberg asked students to respect the personal decision of those who continue to wear them.

Vaccines are still available at Modesto Maidique Campus; students can call (305) 348-5100 for an appointment. Vaccines will also be available at the Biscayne Bay Campus’s Parking Lot 4 until 6 pm on June 7.

Students, faculty, and staff can also make appointments through the Student Health Center Portal for COVID testing which are available throughout MMC and BBC campus: 

  • The Curative mobile units at PG5 and BBC have expanded their hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. 
  • The Curative mobile unit at Park View is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • FIU’s own lab, which has a sample collection unit at Parkview. 

Students are asked to continue filling out the Panthers Protecting Panthers questionnaire or P3 app before starting their day on campus. The app, along with surveillance testing (ongoing collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data), will help identify cases and prevent them from spreading throughout campuses. Those who are fully vaccinated and feel healthy do not need to participate in surveillance testing.

PantherNOW will update this story as more information on how to ensure a safe campus and academic year for the FIU community becomes available. 

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