Delaware Valley University today announced today that the school is creating plans to hold classes on campus for the fall 2020 semester. “We will follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding how we open campus,” said DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo. “There is no question that our students, faculty and staff want to be together as a community again.”
Gov. Tom Wolf recently created the Governor’s Paths Forward Education Committee to provide recommendations for reopening education at the K-Graduate levels. Gallo is on the board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) and added, “AICUP leadership, which is on the Path Forward committee, will be working closely with the governor to develop strategies for a safe opening for schools.”
The university’s opening will prioritize public health and safety and will include enhanced safety measures. Senior administration is working with individual areas to develop a specific reopening plan. An implementation task force will coordinate those plans with strategies for social distancing and other contingencies that may be required for a safe opening.
“We will provide updates over the coming weeks as we work through the details for opening the campus to students,” said Gallo. “DelVal faculty, staff and administration are working tirelessly to bring our community back together safely on campus as soon as possible.”