Lock Haven University will start new semester with remote learning

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (WTAJ) — Based on new guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education, Lock Haven University has announced on Wednesday that they have revised the reopening plans for the spring 2021 semester. 

LHU will move to a two-week fully remote format on the original semester start date of Jan. 25 and ending on Feb. 5. No in-person classes or labs will take place during this time. 

“We have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 positivity in recent weeks,” said Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president. “With concerns about a post-holiday surge, a new, more contagious COVID variant now present in the U.S. and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine off to a slow start across the country, we must continue to operate with caution and take the steps necessary to mitigate virus spread and provide as safe a learning environment as possible for our entire campus and the extended community.”

While the majority of courses will remain remote, when classes resume on Feb. 8, LHU will maintain plans to increase face-to-face instruction from 15 to 25 percent and include more synchronous learning opportunities.

Studio art, labs, clinicals, and some first-year experience courses are among those that will be taught face-to-face with a limited number of students enrolled in these courses, the university reports.

They will also observe occupancy limits for campus facilities including the Student Recreation Center and Stevenson Library. 

LHU will offer free COVID-19 re-entry testing from Feb. 4-6 to assess and evaluate the ability for in-person instruction and activity for the start of the semester. All on-campus residents will be required to test before being allowed to stay on campus and attend classes. Random COVID-19 testing will be conducted bi-weekly throughout the spring semester with exit testing at the end of the semester.

They say tests also will be available as needed and students are encouraged to download the COVID Alert PA app.

“If the positivity rate is above 5 percent following the re-entry testing, LHU will continue the semester fully remote until the rate goes below 5 percent. This also may impact the possible start of spring sports. No athletic associated activities will take place prior to Feb. 8. “

For questions about LHU’s spring reopening plan, you can call 570-484-2027. 

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