Whitworth University announces plans to fully return to in-person instruction this fall

SPOKANE, Wash. — Whitworth University announced its intentions on Friday to fully return to in-person instruction when classes resume in the fall. 

Whitworth has operated on a hybrid learning model throughout the pandemic, with an emphasis on in-person learning. 

In a release, the university said COVID-19 spread remained low in the campus community throughout the fall semester, averaging a 0.43 positivity rate each week. 

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Whitworth has employed effective safety protocols to identify, track and mitigate the virus on campus and among our off-campus students,” it reads in the release.

As it stands, Whitworth hopes to return to normal operations for the 2021 Fall Term. That includes unrestricted occupancy in residence halls and the resumption of all extra-curricular activities. You can learn more here.  

Whitworth joins other local universities announcing plans for the upcoming school year. Eastern Washington University was the first to announce tentative plans for an in-person return come fall quarter. Gonzaga University made a similar announcement earlier this week.

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