Central PA schools announce plans for fall semesters amid COVID-19 outbreak

Central PA colleges announce plans for fall semesters amid COVID-19 outbreak

More colleges and universities across PA are announcing their plans to either return to campus this fall or offer distance learning. Here is a list.

Several colleges and universities in central Pennsylvania announce their plans for the fall semester during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Here is a list of the schools in Pennsylvania that have published their plans so far. The list will be updated as soon as the FOX43 receives more information:

Central Penn College

Central Penn College announced that in-person courses with improved security protocols will return in the fall semester to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors safe. The college operates quarterly and year round. The fall semester starts on October 5th.

During the fall semester, Central Penn College will return to its regular offering of face-to-face, online and hybrid courses. On August 1st, students and staff will be available on site as part of a new partnership with UPMC. Access to all buildings, classrooms and student offices requires a QR code to be scanned through the Central Penn app for better contact tracking.

When campus reopens, the college will follow recommendations from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health on social distancing, including:

  • Wearing masks
  • Class sizes are limited to 15, with students at least two meters apart
  • Increased hand sanitization stations and improved cleanings throughout the college, especially in public areas
  • Screening Form – must be completed before returning to campus
  • Personal contact logs – must be kept by all students and staff

For more information on the college's reopening plans, please visit: www.centralpenn.edu/COVID.

Dickinson College

President Margee M. Ensign announced on July 15 that Dickinson College will be offering distance learning for the Fall 2020 semester. Only a small number of students are brought back to stay on campus:

  • International students who need to return to campus (permission is granted automatically)
  • Students with specific basic needs that are not met at home, such as B. safe living space, food, internet or computer access.
  • Special academic projects that cannot be postponed or carried out remotely – only at the request of the faculty member.
  • Student staff performing essential functions as approved by Human Resource Services and the Vice President of the Department.

Classes start on August 17th. The school will keep tuition stable for this year rather than moving forward with a previously planned 3.9% increase. There is also no fee for the school's fall activities.

Elizabethtown College

Personal lessons will resume on August 24th. This came from an email President Cecilia McCormack sent to students and their parents and guardians on July 14.

Numerous COVID-19 security measures are in place, according to McCormack.

The school requires all students, faculty, and staff to wear face masks or fabric covers in all campus buildings. Students who are alone or with a roommate in their dormitories can remove their masks, as can employees who are alone in their offices. Exceptions are made for food. Parishioners are required to wear face-covering when outdoors if they are two meters away from others, the school said. Elizabethtown also provides a mask for all students and recommends that students bring other face coverings with them onto campus.

Guests or visitors from other dormitories are not allowed to stay in the students' dormitories, the school said. Social measures of distance are given in the buildings, including students who reserve shower times in the morning and evening.

Classrooms will also be reconfigured to create social distance and students will be tested for COVID-19 before arriving on campus, McCormack said.

Further information on E-Town's fall semester 2020 can be found here.

Franklin & Marshall College

Classes continue on August 26th at F&M and continue through Thanksgiving break on November 20th. Students will be working from home for the remainder of the term after Thanksgiving.

F & M's COVID-19 plan includes: pre-screening for symptoms before returning to campus; testing; daily self-check by all members of the community upon arrival; Availability and use of masks and other personal protective equipment; physical distancing; Cleaning protocols; comprehensive education and communication; and appropriate quarantine, isolation, and contact tracing protocols.

The school said it will use a staggered approach for students returning to campus. Students return in phases before class begins. The school announced that it will provide return flight dates before the end of July.

Further information on F & M's fall semester 2020 can be found here.

Gettysburg College

For the fall semester, Gettysburg College announced that it will begin classes on August 17, eliminate the fall reading days, finish classes on campus by November 20, and hold the finals remotely.

The school said its residential plan "reduces housing density and sets individual and shared expectations designed to promote the health and safety of all."

Each student and employee must wear a mask or face covering on campus when in campus buildings, including common areas in dormitories or within two meters of another person. Large gatherings that do not allow social distancing are not allowed.

All Gettysburg College community members are responsible for monitoring their own health on a daily basis.

More information can be found here.

Harrisburg Area Community College

The autumn courses start on August 24th. The courses are taught online through distance learning and virtual learning. Courses currently scheduled for a specific day on a campus will be held via Zoom during the scheduled time. HACC said it was working on updating the schedule to keep the class off via zoom.

Only essential staff or staff involved in the approved programs are allowed to return to campus. Training on the COVID-19 protocol and screenings is offered.

More information can be found here.

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

After several discussions among executives of the HU community and examining a variety of options that are being considered by other universities, the HU has decided that all elementary school classes will be offered online for the fall semester 2020.

There are no face-to-face meetings and no student access to HU classrooms or facilities is granted.

Before and during the autumn semester 2020, you should continue to monitor the HU COVID-19 website for news and developments: https://covid.harrisburgu.edu/.

Lebanon Valley College

In-person classes at LVC begin August 24th and last through Thanksgiving break. Classes after the break will continue remotely until December 4th. The finals will also be held remotely from December 7-11.

LVC has also changed plans for the spring semester, which starts a week later on January 26th and runs through May 11th.

Classroom configurations and class sizes, schedules and locations are adjusted to allow for physical distancing in the class and the transitions between classes.

Nose and mouth covers are required. They should be worn by all students and staff in all classrooms, common areas, and common areas on campus, as well as in areas where physical distancing is not observed. With kind permission, LVC will distribute a face mask (washable and reusable) to all students at the beginning of the fall semester 2020.

Students are not allowed to host guests outside of campus in their dormitory or home, including in their rooms or common areas. This prohibition includes short visits, study periods, socialization and overnight stays. In addition, LVC students are only allowed to enter their assigned dormitory (e.g., they are NOT allowed to enter a dormitory that they do not live in).

The students are only allowed to socialize outdoors in public and have to distance themselves physically.

You can find the full LVC reopening schedule here.

Lock Haven University

Lock Haven University announced the decision to move to a largely remote learning environment for the fall semester 2020 with limited exceptions and a limited time on campus. This is a revision of previously announced plans that relied more on personal instruction and a semi-traditional on campus experience.

Looking at the recent rapid surge in COVID-19 infections across the country, Dr. Robert Pignatello, President of LHU, that the LHU has reached the consensus that “bringing back the entire campus community is too risky – engaging approximately 3,500 students, faculties and staff. "

"We're not winning the fight against COVID-19," argued Pignatello. “Our students come from all over Pennsylvania, many from areas where the virus is now escalating. They also come from 11 states and seven countries. This reality is very worrying and requires significant changes to our operational plan.

“We can do a lot to reduce the risk, and our original plan did, but we concluded that we cannot do enough with the entire campus to reduce the risk to our students, faculties and staff as well their families to reduce revisions necessary. "

More information can be found here.

Millersville University

After Millersville University originally announced that face-to-face classes would begin on August 24 and last through November 20, with the last two weeks of the semester, including the finale, being delivered remotely, Millersville University announced on Aug. July suggested that the school would instead hold 80 percent of all classroom teaching remotely.

"Given the continued increase in COVID-19 cases at the national level, the fall classes are mainly delivered in online / remote modality," University President Daniel A. Wubah said in a July 27 statement. "Over 80% of classes are delivered remotely. This approach can include synchronous teaching and learning, where students are required to be present at specific dates and times, and / or asynchronous teaching and learning, where students have the flexibility of when in to enter the course you are able. "

University living will be open, but campus living will use a one-student, one-bedroom approach to prioritize student health and safety and ensure adequate social distancing in dormitories, Wubah said.

"Unfortunately, this approach will also limit the total number of students we can host in our on-campus accommodations," said Wubah. "We are therefore offering students who want to live in the villages, in Shenks Hall or Reighard Hall, the opportunity to terminate their housing contract.

You can find more information about the Fall Semester in Millersville here.

Penn State University

The fall semester starts on Monday, August 24th, but classes on campus end on Friday, November 20th. The remainder of the semester – including the final exams – will be offered remotely and online when classes resume after the Thanksgiving break on November 30th.

Given Pennsylvania's county-by-county approach to dealing with the pandemic, the status of each Penn State campus may vary, especially for those located in an area of ​​the Commonwealth where various restrictions remain in place or become due later on Number of COVID-19 cases in this region.

More information can be found here.

Shippensburg University

In-person lessons take place from August 17th to November 20th. The courses offer a teaching model in which most courses are conducted in person and which is supported by a distance learning component.

After November 20th, the final exams will be held remotely from November 30th to December 4th.

In addition, all faculties and staff of the student will:

  • Wear face covering while on campus
  • Sign a pledge to adhere to the new campus standards to minimize the possibility of exposure and reduce the spread.
  • Use all personal protective equipment (PPE) provided, wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer to better protect life on campus.
  • Include social distancing education and adhere to revised traffic patterns, social distancing markers, and other specific safeguards.
  • Do daily "self-tests" to check for common COVID-19 symptoms. The presence of symptoms activates a complex reaction and action.
  • Participate in a contact tracing initiative as needed that respects privacy but better informs the Commonwealth and the local community in the event of infection.
  • Take part in staggered planning to enable manageable, socially distant traffic in restaurants.
  • The residents enjoy living in suite style, with each suite being viewed as a “family unit” in the event of infection, quarantine and isolation.

More information can be found here.

Wilson College

Wilson College President Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D. announced that Wilson College will be holding remote courses for the fall semester for the health and safety of its students, faculties and staff. The decision was made against the backdrop of the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country, new guidelines and restrictions from the CDC, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the NCAA, and limited availability of tests.

Speaking of the announcement, Fugate said, “We have determined, in consultation with the Faculty's Senate, that the safest approach is to deliver our curriculum for the coming semester through reliable online distance learning. This decision is incredibly difficult to make, but given the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases across the country and the significant impact this is having on college-aged young people, we believe it is the right one. "

More information is available at https://www.wilson.edu/.

York College

Classes begin on August 24th and last until the Thanksgiving break on November 24th. All other holidays and breaks have been removed from the semester calendar. Once the Thanksgiving break ends, the remainder of the semester is conducted remotely.

All members of the campus community are expected to:

  • Adhere to social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet.
  • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose when you are around other people
  • Wash your hands and / or use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Disinfect personal electronic devices.
  • In front of a fully occupied public toilet, wait for someone to get out.
  • Follow the given occupancy guidelines for elevators, meeting rooms, lounges, study, etc.
  • If you are sick, stay at home and notify trainers, employers, etc.

You can find more information about the fall semester here.


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