Lehigh Valley colleges detail their plans for reopening for fall semester

Written by on June 29, 2020

Lehigh Valley colleges detail their plans for reopening for fall semester

By K.C. Lopez

June 29, 2020

Summer is just beginning. But for colleges, that means the fall semester is just around the corner. Campuses in the Lehigh Valley are trying to figure out how to safely get students and staff back in class.

Lehigh University, Moravian College and Lafayette College say they will welcome students back on campus this fall. But all three schools plan to reopen with new regulations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. 

Annette Diorio is Vice President of Campus Life at Lafayette College.

“We don’t anticipate a vaccine, we don’t anticipate really great treatment options being available so we still need to manage our environment in a way that is aware of the disease,” said Diorio.

Students will be asked to wear masks in lectures, labs and other shared spaces. Moravian will install disinfectant stations and plexiglass partitions. 

All three colleges have opted to cancel fall break. So, students will go home for the Thanksgiving holiday and not come back until the spring semester begins in January. School officials hope this will limit travel back to campus after the busy holiday. 

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