On June 3, 2020 the PA Department of Education (PDE) announced a modified state policy to permit colleges, universities, seminaries, trade schools, and adult basic education programs in counties designated as yellow to resume limited, in-person instruction. Postsecondary education institutions choosing to resume any of the in-person operations permitted during the various phases of PA’s reopening plan are required to create their own Health and Safety Plan, or its equivalent, and make that plan available to the public before proceeding to resume in-person instruction, operations, services, and activities.
We encourage all members and attendees to read the Health and Safety Plan thoroughly. The protocols in this policy are in alignment with PA Department of Education Preliminary Guidance for Resuming InPerson Instruction at Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs. This guidance is informed by what is currently known about COVID-19 and incorporates existing federal/state public health and safety recommendations directed at postsecondary institutions. It should also be noted that this guidance may change as new information becomes available. Lastly, it is imperative to point out that the PA guidance was informed by input and feedback from institutional leaders representing all sectors and regions of the commonwealth’s postsecondary landscape.
The following is an Overview of Allowable Instruction, Operations, Services, and Activities at Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Basic Education Programs by Phases Corresponding to Pennsylvania’s Phased Reopening Plan.