Messiah University has launched a “Bridge to Reopen Messiah” website that details its planning for an in-person, on-campus start in August 2020 for its fall semester. * President Kim Phipps launched the website via email and the release of a video on July 15 to current students and parents, employees, and prospective students and parents.
Campus administrators and educators have been thoughtfully hard at work to develop and implement Messiah’s reopening strategy. Messiah’s leadership is collaborating with local healthcare systems and authorities on a reopening plan that places health and safety at the forefront, focuses on optimal student learning—and complies with state, CDC and other public health standards. The reopening website provides additional details on important aspects such as:
- Modifications to Messiah’s fall academic calendar and our high-flexibility, high-quality model of course delivery allowing students to take courses in person or remotely
- Proactive health and safety measures for student housing, dining and commuter student space
- On-campus healthcare and COVID-19 protocols including:
- additional hours and telehealth resources at our Engle Health Center
- clear protocols for COVID-19 testing, screening, surveillance and containment
- on-campus quarantine care for students
- caring for vulnerable student populations
- Use of masks and social distancing protocols across campus
- Campus deep cleaning and disinfecting
- Cocurricular programming—including chapel and campus ministries, athletics, the arts, and student clubs and events
- Institutional travel
- Visitor guidelines
*While it is the University’s firm intent to proceed with the above reopen calendar, Messiah’s plans may be subject to change based on fluid public health directives related to COVID-19. Messiah’s campus leadership team continues to monitor the changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and will respond with weekly updates to its planning on this blog in the weeks ahead.