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The University of Delaware and Delaware State University have each announced plans to return students to campus for the upcoming fall semester.
But students of Delaware Technical Community College learned Thursday that the school plans to continue remote learning through the end of 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"In light of the health data we’ve been monitoring throughout the summer, we have decided to maintain the current distance learning format for the fall semester," president Mark T. Brainard said in a letter posted on the school's website. "We will, however, continue to review and identify a limited number of skills laboratory courses that will take place in person, on campus."
Brainard said that clinicals for nursing and allied health courses may continue off campus "at the discretion of the clinical site."
"We know that this is disappointing for all of us who want to be back on campus, but our first responsibility is to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, and community at large."
On-site tutoring, math, computer and writing centers will be open on each campus to offer supplemental in-person instruction, the letter said.
All campuses remain open and operational, but the "preferred work model for employees is telecommuting and flexible scheduling to minimize in-person interactions," Brainard said. Those who are on campus are required to wear masks and practice social distancing and are screened upon arrival.
The University of Delaware said last month that in-person classes will resume Sept. 1. However, students will leave campus over Thanksgiving break and complete the remaining weeks of classes and finals remotely.
Delaware State University plans to resume campus operations in the fall. Classes start Aug. 25 and the school plans to use a combination of in-person and online classes. DSU students and employees will undergo regular COVID-19 testing.
Wesley College also plans to have students on campus.
Like Delaware Technical, Wilmington University will hold classes remotely in the fall.