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A Plan for a Safe Return to Campus Fall 2020

Blaney Hall

June 23, 2020
Cedar Crest College has announced its plan for the upcoming Fall 2020 academic semester. Residence halls will reopen and course delivery will be in-person and online based on the course and classroom space availability.
In early May, the Board of Trustees assembled a task force of trustee, faculty, staff and student representatives to address the challenges of the pandemic. Based on the recommendations of the task force, the College developed a plan for course delivery that will allow in-person instruction to resume in the fall of 2020. Some in-person instruction will begin this summer for a limited group of students that require clinical instruction and select first-year students in the Aspire research program.
The fall semester will begin at Cedar Crest College on August 24, as originally planned, and will follow the typical 15-week schedule, with all instruction after Thanksgiving Break taking place online. Courses will be delivered in mixed modalities—some in person, some hybrid and some fully online availability.
In-person instruction will be in compliance with social distancing guidelines from public health officials. In some class locations, plexiglass barriers or other mitigation strategies may be utilized to further support student and faculty health and safety. Such in-person courses will be simultaneously delivered in a flexible model that can pivot between in-person and online instruction without interruption to learning and academic progress to respond quickly to any changes in the region or our immediate community. This model will allow for courses to be responsive to students’ needs and possible life changes related to COVID-19.
Cedar Crest’s plan reflects the most up-to-date recommendations provided by the CDC, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Allentown Health Bureau and allows for a high level of flexibility given the changing nature of the pandemic. A comprehensive Health & Safety Plan will be distributed to the College community and posted on the College’s COVID-19 website to provide detailed guidelines.
Cedar Crest College plans for campus life, including residence halls, student activities, dining, athletics and other events to resume operation under a set of guiding principles that mitigate risk for contracting the virus and contain the spread if a member of our community should become ill.
This model will be continuously evaluated and adjusted when necessary to provide the best possible learning experience for the students.
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