Penn State Announces Classes to be Held In-person to Start Spring Semester
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State announced on Thursday that the start of the 2022 spring semester will be in-person. Classes and activities will be held as scheduled and will follow any health and safety protocols in place.
Additional or more enhanced protocols may be added depending on the coronavirus omicron variant's circumstances.
Penn State previously announced that the University leadership has been closely monitoring hospital capacities and the spread of the coronavirus at the local, state and national levels.
Penn State's COVID-19 Operations Control Center determined that conditions do not warrant remote learning or move activities remotely at the start of the semester.
President Eric Barron stated that the students, faculty and staff have high vaccination rates. Wearing face masks indoors and weekly testing for not vaccinated students will still be required.
University leadership is optimistic that preventative measures that have been instituted, returning to on-campus classes and activities can occur.
Students, faculty and staff will be able to get tested at on-campus locations or have test kits mailed to their homes. Students or employees can currently order up to 12 at-home coronavirus test kits.
The University urges everyone returning to campus to get tested.
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