NEO A&M College on course to start on campus classes in August

College still working on exact details and procedures
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MIAMI, Okla. – In March, all classes were moved online and the campus closed at NEO A&M College. And trying to figure out how to proceed has been a challenge for college leadership.

“We had a great first couple of months and then the pandemic came down… forced us to think totally differently,” says NEO President Kyle Stafford.

Stafford was named the next president of NEO in January and has been on the job for around four months. So far, he’s had to make a lot of adjustments.

My first two months were normal, and it’s not been anything but normal since then,” says Stafford.

Much like he’s had to do, Stafford says everyone on campus will have to continue to make adjustments as they move toward the fall semester.

“We’re gonna plan, and we’re gonna plan and we’re gonna plan. And I think we’re gonna have to be able to adjust and adjust and adjust,” says Stafford.

The campus is currently open to visitors by appointment so that tours and other business can happen in person. And yesterday (May 19th) NEO announced that when the fall semester starts, students will return to campus to take their classes in person.

Stafford says things will look different, but the college doesn’t know yet how different.

“The health and safety of our employees and our students is a big part of that process and so we have the next couple of months to really work on the plans and the details of what that would look like. Some of the components of that will be the class schedule, how we arrange the courses. Also the space that we have in our classrooms. And also the housing side of things,” says Stafford.

Stafford says in the months between now and August 19th, college leadership will work on exactly what the fall semester will look like.

NEO isn’t the only college that’s still working on those plans. MSSU and Pittsburg State are also still working on their plans for when in-person classes resume in the fall.

So, one thing Stafford does know is that everyone will have to be flexible to make the fall semester work.

“We do our best instruction face to face. We spun on a dime this spring, but our students want the face to face delivery. So, I feel like we’re up to the challenge,” says Stafford.

Summer classes that start in June will be taught online.

The college has not yet made a decision on how classes that start in July will be taught.

We’ll have more details on the college’s reopening plan as they become available.

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