Delaware County Colleges Welcome Back Students With COVID-19-Resistant Campuses

It was a staggered move-in day Aug. 11 at Villanova University. Above, a Villanova student carries bags across Lancaster Avenue with his parents. Image via Pete Bannan, Media News Group.

With students starting to arrive on campuses, Delaware County colleges will be the first to test the waters locally regarding the best way to teach students safely in a pandemic, writes Pete Bannan for the Daily Times.

Masks, social distancing , and a hybrid of remote and in-person instruction are common themes.

Villanova students, faculty and staff must test negative for COVID-19 for on-campus instruction.

“This semester will be in-person and on-campus, but it will be unlike any in our 178-year history,” said Villanova University President Rev. Peter Donohue OSA, Ph.D.

The Cheyney University Senate has voiced concern about in-person instruction, asking that remote learning continue there.

Haverford College requires students to have a COVID-19 test seven to 10 days before arriving on campus, with surveillance testing throughout the semester.

Neumann University’s campus has hand sanitizer, hand-washing stations, and Plexiglass barriers. Daily online self-health checks will be required for everyone, with referrals to healthcare providers when warranted.

Swarthmore College will rotate about half its students between campus and remote learning.

Widener University and Delaware County Community College have decided to have mostly online instruction.

Eastern University in Radnor will include testing and infection tracing for everyone on campus.

Read more about colleges reopening here.

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