Emporia State leaders announced today that some face-to-face classes will resume in the second half of the summer session, which begins June 29, with the goal of returning in fall 2020 with in-person classes.
“In all planning our priority has been, and will continue to be, the health and safety of students, faculty and staff,” said ESU President Allison D. Garrett in an email to students, faculty and staff. “Already we know that when we do return to campus, it will be with additional safety measures like wearing masks, continued social distancing, sanitizing, cleaning and sanitizing some more.”
Garrett said that, although no date is finalized for when faculty and staff will return to campus, everyone will receive one week’s notice.
Even with face-to-face classes in fall 2020, she said, some aspects of campus life likely will look different.
“The process will be planned carefully and will be based on federal, state and local guidance,” she added.
Still, she said, the university must put together contingency plans.
“Despite our hopes and planning for a face-to-face fall, we are also planning for other scenarios because we must be ready for whatever COVID-19 throws our way.”