ITHACA, N.Y.—Cornell University is tweaking its reopening plans, reinstituting a surveillance testing program for vaccinated students as well as unvaccinated, though the latter group was already required to adhere to surveillance testing.

It’s unclear how long the testing program will last, and the school said that it will determine the length and frequency based on the results of the tests. There will be arrival testing for all unvaccinated and students who aren’t fully vaccinated, but Cornell officials haven’t decided whether or not to require it of vaccinated students yet.

“Given our evolving understanding of the delta variant, all vaccinated undergraduate students, as well as students enrolled in Cornell’s three professional schools (CVM, Law, Johnson), will initially be required to participate in some level of surveillance testing for a period of time necessary to determine the prevalence on campus when students return,” Cornell’s site states.

The school had already announced its indoor mask mandate for all individuals in reaction to the renewed spread of COVID-19. Cornell is still moving forward with its in-person learning plan, with most classes not offering a remote option at this time.

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