- Classes will be held in a hybrid setting, with some classes gathering for in-person instruction and virtual teaching and learning, and others meeting online only
- The academic calendar has been modified to help make sure that students will return home before winter flu season. The Fall 2020 Semester will end before Thanksgiving. There will be no fall break. Final exams will be held between Nov. 16-20
- Move-in for freshman and transfer students will be held from Aug. 16-17. Move-in for upperclassmen will be held on Aug. 18
- Each student in a traditional residential house and Otis Moss Suites East will have their own room
- Additional hand-sanitizing stations have been added in high traffic areas
Dr. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College, also released a letter reiterating the aforementioned guidelines and adaptions for the upcoming school year, and reassuring returning students, new students, faculty, and staff of the insitutions commitment to safety. “Morehouse is known for its strength as a community. Since 1867, we have been educating men who are dedicated to academic excellence, leadership, and service. That historic legacy will not be disrupted now. We are committed to maintaining the quality and continuity of our academic program regardless of whether our students are on campus or learning remotely. We will continue to monitor the very fluid path of the COVID-19 pandemic and make adjustments to our safety and academic plans as needed. It is imperative that every member of the Morehouse Community adhere to the guidelines that we have established. With your collaboration and pride in the community, the 2020-21 academic year will be a success for our new and returning students.”
At Spelman a low-density hybrid model, including both in-person and online instruction will be adopted for how classes will be conducted for the foreseeable future. The college will also be reopening in four phases, each taking place during various times of the academic year.
- onboarding COVID-19 awareness and precaution training modules
- increasing cleaning and sanitizing regimen
- ordering personal protection equipment (PPE)
- setting up COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and symptom monitoring
- creating signage about face covering, physical distancing and hand washing
- determining measures for isolation, quarantine and resurgence; size limitations of on-campus classes and meetings; and guest visitation protocol.
The second phase of the reopening will begin on August 1, 2020, prior to the start the fall semester on Aug. 19, 2020. During this phase, Spelman’s on-campus presence will include first-year students, who make up between 25-30 percent of the student body. ROTC students will also be given on-campus housing preference due to the requirement that they engage in early daily military practices in Atlanta.
Spelman’s aforementioned low-density hybrid model allows students and staff to have ongoing access to online course materials, while allowing some students, and faculty and staff members to return to campus in the fall.
Phases 3 and 4
Phase three is set to begin on February 1, 2021. Here, students living on campus will include freshmen students and graduating seniors.
The College plans to begin its final phase of reopening during Fall 2021. However, getting to this final part will depend on COVID-19 being contained or a vaccine readily available, according to Sharon Davies, the vice president for academic affairs, “Last spring taught us that no matter how well we plan, the realities of this pandemic may require us act swiftly to change course,” she said. “This means that any plan to reopen must be able to flex and pivot as evolving conditions demand. We will watch these health conditions carefully and respond accordingly.”
We are glad to see these colleges are taking this seriously. It really shows just how committed they are to the safety of everyone on campus and the surrounding areas. For more information on the AUC’s reopenings check out their respective websites.