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Temple University students and faculty have mixed feelings about returning to in-person learning – CBS Philly

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Temple University students and faculty have mixed feelings about returning to in-person learning – CBS Philly

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Their bags are packed and suitcases are rolling as Temple University students began returning to campus on Saturday. The school has made some COVID safety changes for the spring semester, which begins Monday.

There are now three options for masks: a surgical mask with multiple layers of material, a surgical mask with a fabric mask on top, or a KN95 mask.

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“I’m glad to be back, it sucked being locked up at home,” said one student.

Like many, Temple students studied virtually for the first three weeks of the spring semester due to an increase in COVID cases.

“On Monday we will open and we are concerned that business will continue as usual, but the virus is not gone yet,” said Will T. Jordan of the Temple Association of University Professionals.

The decision to return to in-person learning touches on an agreement with TAUP – the union that represents university faculty.

In a letter, they called the decision reckless.

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“Faculty, we want to be in the classroom, we want to be on campus, but we want to do it safely,” Jordan said.

The group says they have met with Temple leaders to implement common sense safety measures such as social distancing and contact tracing to no avail.

“We get this 11 a.m. meeting with a list of demands that would keep us safe and we’re told ‘No no no no no,'” Jordan said.

The university, however, says it has made changes such as banning cloth masks and encouraging students to get vaccinated.

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“I feel like there’s a lot of precautions going on and especially with everyone coming back after New Years and Christmas, these two weeks have kind of let everything die down,” Logan Wright said. , who frequents Temple.

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Until then, only time will tell what happens next.

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