HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — James Madison University says it will resume in-person instruction.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the school in Harrisonburg will welcome students back on Oct. 5.

School officials say they now feel confident that they can keep students safe through the fall semester.

The university will institute new rules that limit class sizes to no larger than 50. There will be fewer seats and stricter mask enforcement in dining halls. Plus, there will be mandatory prevalence testing of 300 students each week to gauge the spread of the virus.

Back on Sept. 1, the school reported having 528 total positive cases. That prompted JMU to announce a shift to nearly all online courses.

Classes and exams will also move back online after the Thanksgiving break. But students will still have the option to return to on-campus housing and use on-campus services. Final exams are set to start on Dec. 10.

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