STATEWIDE – Maine colleges and universities are expected to reopen this fall. The reopening includes strategies to improve safety on campus and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Back in March, students were forced to leave school early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The president of St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Jim Dlugos, said Thursday there is excitement about the reopening in the fall.
“I think there is excitement. It’s a challenge, we love challenges — how do we figure this out, how do we make sure we have all the bases covered, have we thought about all the angles — but our excitement is driven by our students and the idea of coming back. That’s what’s really driving us these days,” he said.
The framework for reopening is expected to have a significant financial impact on the economy, another school official said.
“Across the public universities in Maine and the private universities and colleges in Maine, to come together to say we are an important sector for Maine and we represent a significant part of the Maine economy, with estimates that we will have a $4.5 million impact on the Maine economy,” University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy said.
University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy said they are committed to their student athletes and doing all they can to have athletics begin as soon as possible.
“We have a commitment to the people we admitted to our institution to provide the activity the sport they’ve trained in for a large portion of their life, their relatively young lives, so we’re going to try and meet that,” he said.