The College will employ testing, monitoring and contact tracing; physical distancing; and training on public health strategies to minimize the risk of the virus spreading on campus.
The fall semester will be held from Aug. 17 (start two weeks early) through Nov. 20, with no fall break. Instruction will be delivered via on- and off-campus methods.
The College will prioritize resources for technology and training to support flexible instruction, secure safety supplies, and introduce structural changes to manage density.
• Campus closure and rapid move to remote teaching and learning
• Incident Action Group subcommittees formed • Safety protocol team established • Academic Continuity and Adaptability Committee created • Campus health and safety group formed • Finance advisory group established and financial scenarios developed
• Technology planning begins for increased flexibility • Board of Trustees endorses exploration of fall on-campus scenarios • Operational unit plan development with 20 major areas providing input • Implementation Plan Development Group is created, charged with developing plan framework and outline steps to be taken for fall opening • Significant procurement decisions made to plan for fall and gradual return to campus • Town hall for faculty and staff
• Decision to hold virtual Commencement made • Town hall for students • Faculty endorse two-week early start to the fall semester • Public announcement of plan for fall semester • Town hall for parents and families • Town hall for faculty and staff • Town hall for Easton community • Following guidance from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health and the CDC, some faculty/staff transition back to campus for research, teaching, and campus life programming • Most staff continue to work remotely
• Faculty and staff complete phased return to campus (where appropriate) • Students return to campus in phased move-in • Public health awareness and safety protocols are in place, including personal protective equipment • Fall semester begins Aug. 17
• Continue monitoring, testing, notification, isolation and assessment of COVID-19 risks • Campus operational notifications provided, as needed, based on potential changes to operating mode • Continued public health awareness and accountability for everyone to follow guidance • Scaling of in-person events/activities/access possible, depending on risk factors • Students will leave campus for Thanksgiving break and return prior to the start of the spring semester