Local colleges and Universities create social distancing measures amid COVID-19

WATCH: Local colleges and Universities create social distancing measures amid COVID-19

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rhodes college is thinking of ways on how to keep students safe when they re-open.

They’re planning to partner with a healthcare system-- and they’re not the only ones planning out how they’re going to welcome students back to campus.

The president of Rhodes College said their planned partnership with a large health care system is being finalized, so there will be some changes that students will see over the coming days and months as they gear up to go back to class.

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As colleges begin to re-open their campus to in-person learning environments, schools are taking added measures to ensure the safety of students.

In a letter to faculty, the president of Rhodes College said they’re in the final stages of partnering with a large regional health care system to provide guidance and oversight their plan to keep students safe.

They’re changing the fall academic calendar to allow on-campus teaching from August until Thanksgiving, from there they’ll end on-campus instruction and allow everyone to work remotely.

They’re also setting up a quarantine space for students who get COVID-19 while on campus.

They say they’re deep cleaning classrooms and students may be able to reside in their dorms.

The University of Memphis said they’re also making changes.

They’re seeing more new freshmen enrolled this year at the university amid COVID-19 than in the last 3.

Tom Nenon, University of Memphis Provost said over the phone, “2 years ago the number was 1,783, last year the number was 2096 and this year, we had 2,409. We’re up over 300 from a record registration last year.”

They’re working to set up classrooms to give students the appropriate space for social distancing.

They may have to change how they teach students.

“That may mean the students will be face to face one day a week and have a hybrid approach, so instead of a lecture, we might have a commented powerpoint or some other way to present the material and use the class time for discussion," said Nenon.

They’re planning to also possibly end on-campus instruction at a certain point in the school year, but they’re still working out the details and said it could become a primarily technology-based instruction going forward.