Students filled the Iowa State University campus for class Monday despite Labor Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The university decided to continue classes through the holiday so the fall semester can end before Thanksgiving.”(This is) how we’re going to be able to help our students complete their courses in the light of everything else that’s going on,” said Ann Marie VanDerZanden, ISU Associate Provost for Academic Programs.Students told KCCI they do not mind having class on Labor Day because the fall 2020 semester is already far from normal.“I personally don’t (mind),” ISU junior Cydnie Paul said. “I think that it’s just, having classes on Labor Day, it’s something that a lot of people did ask about yesterday, but with the condensed schedule it does make sense to have classes today. So, I don’t really mind it.””It all makes sense,” ISU junior Mike Gerhardt said. “They’re trying to do the best that they can whether you agree with it or not.”As the Ames metro places on COVID-19 hot spot lists nationwide, ISU decided to end the fall semester early to prevent the spread following the Thanksgiving holiday. “I actually have an exam today, which I’m on my way to study for, but honestly, it’s fine,” ISU junior Shaylyn Lewis said. “It doesn’t really make much of a difference for me, especially because of that condensed schedule.”Lewis said she appreciates being back on campus and advises other students to take things one day at a time.”Please just wear your mask,” Lewis said. “We all want it to be over, but that can’t happen if we don’t all cooperate.”Iowa State’s fall semester ends Nov. 25. Iowa State faculty and staff who worked over Labor Day will receive additional time off.

Students filled the Iowa State University campus for class Monday despite Labor Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The university decided to continue classes through the holiday so the fall semester can end before Thanksgiving.

“(This is) how we’re going to be able to help our students complete their courses in the light of everything else that’s going on,” said Ann Marie VanDerZanden, ISU Associate Provost for Academic Programs.

Students told KCCI they do not mind having class on Labor Day because the fall 2020 semester is already far from normal.

“I personally don’t (mind),” ISU junior Cydnie Paul said. “I think that it’s just, having classes on Labor Day, it’s something that a lot of people did ask about yesterday, but with the condensed schedule it does make sense to have classes today. So, I don’t really mind it.”

“It all makes sense,” ISU junior Mike Gerhardt said. “They’re trying to do the best that they can whether you agree with it or not.”

As the Ames metro places on COVID-19 hot spot lists nationwide, ISU decided to end the fall semester early to prevent the spread following the Thanksgiving holiday.

“I actually have an exam today, which I’m on my way to study for, but honestly, it’s fine,” ISU junior Shaylyn Lewis said. “It doesn’t really make much of a difference for me, especially because of that condensed schedule.”

Lewis said she appreciates being back on campus and advises other students to take things one day at a time.

“Please just wear your mask,” Lewis said. “We all want it to be over, but that can’t happen if we don’t all cooperate.”

Iowa State’s fall semester ends Nov. 25.

Iowa State faculty and staff who worked over Labor Day will receive additional time off.