Embry-Riddle Set To Resume Face-to-Face Instruction June 30

Before entering Embry-Riddle Flight Operations, students must be pre-screened, show ID, get a temperature check and follow all health precautions such as wearing a face covering. (Photo: Embry-Riddle/Special VFR Productions)

Last week, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to reopen the residential campuses in Florida and Arizona for face-to-face instruction on June 30.

“We are excited about the return of students to Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses,” said Mori Hosseini, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees in a press release. “We continue to review all progress and monitor every phase of the strategy. We believe that a structured, cautious return to normal operations will provide a platform for our institution’s long-term success and better prepare us for the fall semester. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is well positioned for this next step. Our safety focus is unparalleled and our board is unanimous in supporting this decision.”

“We have resumed flight and housing operations on our campuses,” Dr. Butler said. “Beginning face-to-face classes on June 30 will mark the next critical milestone. Our plan focuses on statistical risk testing, risk mitigation, support for contact tracing – and most importantly, education. We are continuing to educate our community on the risks, create redundancy across all of our safety standards, and finalize our testing protocols.”

Embry-Riddle’s Summer B plan precautions:

  • Classroom capacity will be limited to ensure physical distancing (six feet of separation).
  • Class schedules will be optimized to minimize contact.
  • Returning students will be pre-screened for risk factors.
  • Cloth face coverings are mandatory in all common areas on campus, indoors and outdoors.
  • Daily wellness checks and physical distancing are also mandatory.
  • Plexiglass barriers and “smart” pathways help reduce contact between individuals.
  • Residence hall occupancy and density are limited.
  • Sanitizers are readily available and everyone is urged to maintain a personal supply, too.
  • No one can return to campus if they have recently been sick, in contact with someone who is sick, on a cruise, or in any designated Covid-19 hotspot, without appropriate quarantine, screening and/or testing.
  • Visible ID badges must be worn at all times.
  • All visitors as well as returning students must check in first at the Henderson Welcome Center on the Daytona Beach Campus, or the Visitors Center on the Prescott Campus.

“Embry-Riddle is leveraging both its strong aviation safety culture and trademark can-do Eagle spirit to bring students back to our residential campuses in the safest possible way for the fall semester,” Dr. Butler said. “We are also working hard to remain transparent in communicating all of our plans. Based on our aviation expertise, we know the importance of being able to quickly and openly speak up about any safety concerns – without fear of negative consequences. That principle, along with the critical need for personal responsibility, are at the heart of our return to face-to-face instruction.”

To ensure transparency, Dr. Butler added, Embry-Riddle will continue to convey what it knows, and what it does not yet know about the ever-evolving health crisis. “We cannot predict a spike in new cases of Covid-19, for example, and we don’t know what new federal, state or local rules might affect us, going forward,” he said. “We do know that consistently adhering to strict health precautions such as physical distancing, hand washing, and face coverings will reduce our risks. We have called on everyone in the Embry-Riddle community to do their part to ensure good health as we take our first, cautious steps toward more normal operations.”