Bethany Lutheran College announced earlier this week the school is planning to have on-campus classes for the fall semester, if at all possible. College President Doctor Gene Pfeifer says the area educational leaders have been in consultation with Dr. James Hebl from the Mayo Clinic Health System since the start of the pandemic.

“Mayo did say that the first couple of weeks of May would be a peak in our area, and that is holding true,” said Pfeifer. “The Mayo model also said there would be what they call a brownout, a possible return to relative normalcy, in late August.”

Pfeifer says the College has developed a COVID-19 response to coordinate a safe and well-integrated plan for students, faculty, and staff, and guests to return to campus.