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As the fall 2020 semester quickly approaches, the technicalities of returning to campus have become more specific.

On Aug. 10, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. sent a letter to the community with the latest information on the fall semester, including requirements for self-health screenings by faculty and staff and soon students as well, along with other strategies to keep campus safe.

"I want to make clear that MSU is carrying on with our plans to welcome students back to campus for a combination of in-person, hybrid and remote instruction," Stanley said. "As we have from the onset of the pandemic, MSU will continue to monitor the progression of this virus and use all available information from federal, state and local health experts to adapt and adjust our plans to best protect our community."

With his background as a physician focusing on infectious diseases, Stanley continues to stress the importance of personal responsibility as we return to campus.

"MSU has put numerous mitigating measures in place for the upcoming academic year to help reduce the transmission of the virus and protect you as much as possible," Stanley said. "Together, we all have a vital role in doing our part, wearing face coverings — both inside and outside — maintaining physical distance, performing proper personal hygiene and caring for ourselves and one another."

Faculty and staff are being asked to complete the official health screening form each day before beginning on-campus work. Previously, departments had their own forms for their employees, but this is an official form from the university they are required to fill out when they plan to physically go to campus.

In the letter, Stanley also said students will soon be required to complete the daily health screening before moving around campus. More information will be available in the coming days.

The information from the form will go directly to the MSU Health Care COVID-19 Triage Line and the Office of the University Physician, which is responsible for monitoring health trends on campus and all of our contact tracing efforts.

In a recent email, Stanley also spoke about the need for students to try to self isolate for two weeks before returning to campus.

"During this 14-day period, you should monitor your health, greatly reduce your contact with others and follow guidance consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," Stanley said.

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