CHICAGO (CBS) — North Park University announced Wednesday that it plans to reopen its campus fully beginning in the fall of 2021.
After having operated on a hybrid model since the current school year began in the fall of 2020, North Park said it plans to reopen in-person classes and services, student housing, intercollegiate athletics, and student activities when the 2021-2022 school year begins.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Showers By Daybreak
North Park — located in the Northwest Side neighborhood of the same name — noted that since the coronavirus pandemic begin, its Pandemic Response Team has been using a tiered approach when it comes to decisions about tightening or loosening mitigation measures. Throughout the school year, the university has used a combination of in-person, remote, and hybrid learning.READ MORE: Oak Lawn Woman Got Locked Out Of Her Facebook Business Account, And Even Facebook Can't Be Sure If The Email To Blame Was A Scam
In January, North Park partnered with SHIELD Illinois for a COVID-19 surveillance program to test about 10 to 20 percent of faculty, staff, and students – including those at high risk due to close contact such as participants in athletics, music, art, and theatre.
The university will continue observing current wellness protocols alongside trends such as vaccination. The university’s Pandemic Response Team will watch for changing circumstances and modify campus life as needed.MORE NEWS: They Had A Tough Year Of E-Learning, But Southland College Prep Seniors Have Now Racked Up More Than $50 Million In Combined Merit Scholarships
North Park will also continue online learning and teaching after the campus is open.