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Bay gradually reopening to public

ESCANABA — As Bay College continues its efforts to resume normal business, Bay representatives spoke about how the college’s reopening plan has been going so far.

Vice President of Student Services Travis Blume said Bay re-opened on a limited basis on Wednesday, June 24.

“Right now, we’re taking appointments with students to come in and work with financial aid or register for classes,” he said.

Currently, the only door on campus open to the public is the front door of the Besse Center.

As of Friday, the reopening process had been going smoothly for Bay.

“It has been good — it’s exciting to see students back on campus and working with them to get them ready for the fall semester,” Blume said.

Some services at Bay’s campus — including computer resources and access to the college library — are also available to students enrolled in the current semester.

“They don’t have to make an appointment to come in and do that,” Vice President of Operations Christine Williams said.

Student visits to Bay got off to a slow start, but have gradually increased each day the college has been open since June 24. Blume noted he expects the trend to continue this week.

“We’re gearing up for inviting some students in for an event on July 1 to register for classes,” he said.

On the week of July 6, Blume said the college will move into the next phase of its re-opening plan.

“At that point, we’ll be opening more doors for access,” he said.

Some health and safety precautions have been put into place at Bay. “We have requirements for people entering the building,” Williams said.

Visitors must wear masks, observe social distancing guidelines and fill out a short screening questionnaire. The questionnaire is available online at baycollege.edu/healthscreening.

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