UNL undoing social distancing in classrooms

University of Nebraska-Lincoln buildings are returning to the way they were before the pandemic, with socially distanced classrooms a thing of the past.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – University of Nebraska-Lincoln buildings are returning to the way they were before the pandemic, with socially distanced classrooms a thing of the past.

“Everybody’s really excited to be a part of this,” university space manager Jack Dohrman said. “They were very proud to be a part of this last year, it was a huge campus-wide collaboration, but everybody’s really happy, I think, especially on this end of it, because things are kind of going back to normal.”

The process involves returning the 1800 chairs that were removed last year back into school buildings, making sure that the seat counts are correct in every classroom, and removing all of the social distance signage that were on the floors, seats and walls.

Staffers say this serves as a reflection point for the year that was and shows how far the university has come.

“We didn’t have a roadmap for this,” Dohrman said. “So we were kind of creating the plan as we went.”

The plan was developed with the executive vice chancellor’s office. Dohrman and his team got word of the project from the university about three weeks ago.

 “Last year, we were doing this right up until the Friday before classes,” Dohrman said.

The project will be complete well before the start of classes in late August.

“We’re going to get back to normal by fall and things will feel a lot more a little less strange than they have for the past 18 months,” Dohrman said.

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