Embry-Riddle to reopen Florida, Arizona campuses

May 21, 2020 GMT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will resume face-to-face instruction at residential campuses in Florida and Arizona on June 30, the school announced Thursday.

The private aviation and aerospace university’s board of trustees voted unanimously for the move, school officials said in a news release.

“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,” Board of Trustees Chairman Mori Hosseini said in a statement. “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.”

Flight and housing operations have resumed at the school’s campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler said in a statement.

“Our plan focuses on statistical risk testing, risk mitigation, support for contact tracing – and most importantly, education,” Butler said.

New measures at the school will include limiting classroom capacity, optimizing schedules, screening students for risk factors and requiring face coverings for anyone on campus.