To plan for the fall 2020 semester, Temple convened a Return Team, which is made up of representatives from every area of our campus. This group is meeting daily to build out scenarios, plans and guides for a safe and healthy community over the next several months. Each member of this team is committed to maximizing safety while ensuring that your Temple experience can commence.
Transition to Online Learning
On Sept. 3, President Englert and Provost Epps announced that all classes will pivot to online learning. All in-person courses, except for essentials-only courses, have been suspended for the fall semester.
Temple employed a phased return approach for the semester. Each phase allowed additional people on campus in strictly regulated fashion. To ensure a healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff, measures aimed at protecting public health—centered around four pillars of use of face coverings, physical distancing, hand hygiene and personal health monitoring—are in place.
When employed, a phased approach allows us to assess our protocols and ensure that they produce the best possible results through each of the phases of reopening. All planning efforts and continued support of state and local authorities allow for a highly fluid situation. The university was ready to pivot to primarily online instruction at any point.
Scenarios considered explored a range of possibilities, from a slightly modified traditional semester, to a blend of smaller classes, continued online teaching and gatherings that are limited in size, or anticipate greater use of online options. The four scenarios are reasonably normal, restricted semester, essentials only and comprehensive remote. All plans have included contingencies for changing conditions over time. The university consistently monitors and responds to new information about COVID-19 and its impacts, and is prepared to deviate from outlined plans in order to take swift actions to keep our community safe. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are always our top priority.