Villa Maria College plans for return to in-person classes for fall 2021 semester

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 11:28:44-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Villa Maria College announced Thursday it plans to resume in-person classes for its fall 2021 semester.

Officials say the college has determined it has the necessary space available to safely deliver in-person classes on campus and it will follow federal, state and local health protocols.

Villa Maria says students will have options to take classes online if they choose but, the primary delivery will be face-to-face classes on campus.

“We have decided that the College will move ahead with its plan to be face-to-face this coming fall,” said Dr. Matthew Giordano, Villa Maria’s president. “We know that our students benefit most from as much in-person interaction as possible. They choose us for this very reason, so we are going to do everything in our power to enable in-person instruction in the fall.”

The college says it will act now to prepare for a safe return in the fall.

"Existing classrooms and other shared spaces will be rearranged, and new classrooms will be created to reflect the increased capacity. The College will uphold its rigorous cleaning policies and its health screening procedures that have proven to be effective," a release says.