Penn State students will return to on-campus classes in the fall

Written by on June 16, 2020

Penn State students will return to on-campus classes in the fall

By Anne Danahy, State College

June 16, 2020

Penn State announced Sunday it will be returning to on-campus classes in the fall. As WPSU’s Anne Danahy reports the university is starting to outline the steps it will take to have tens of thousands of students on campus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

In an email and video message, Penn State President Eric Barron emphasizes the priority the university is putting on health and safety even as it moves back to in-person classes.

“Things will be different on our campuses depending on how the pandemic unfolds across the commonwealth. This is complex. We will continue to make changes and work with our faculty, staff and students and evolve our plans over the summer.”

Classes will start on schedule in August, but move online after Nov. 20th. Students won’t return to campus after Thanksgiving. 

Among the steps the university says it is taking is having a place to isolate and quarantine students who do get COVID-19 and having a testing and contact-tracing program in place. Classes with more than 250 students will be delivered online.

Still unclear is whether the Nittany Lions will be able to play with football fans in Beaver Stadium.


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