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Manchester University announces reopening plans

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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WPTA21) - Manchester University intends to open its main campus as well as one in Fort Wayne for the Fall 2020 semester, school officials announced on Thursday.

Faculty, staff and students are being notified of the move by email.

“The health, safety and well-being of students and everyone in the Manchester community remain top priorities, and we are developing strategies to deal with physical distancing, cleaning, use of masks, additional technical equipment and more when we return to campus," President Dave McFadden said. "We are using local, state and federal health guidelines, as well as the expertise of our own health-care experts, to set up the best practices possible."

The university will provide online training in advance of the start of the semester to lay out expectations and explain steps that can be taken to reduce risks stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials said they will continue to evaluate the situation.

“While this schedule might need to change based on what transpires with COVID-19, and state and federal guidelines for higher education, making this announcement now gives everyone time to plan for fall 2020,” McFadden said.

Manchester University anticipates bringing students back to each of its campuses using its standard timeline, starting in August. Some students arrive on campus as early as two weeks before the start of classes.

To see the three-phase reopening plan leading up to the first day of classes, visit

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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