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Kent State University plans for ‘more normal’ 2021 fall semester

Kent State University faculty preparing student teachers for classroom changes
Posted at 4:12 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 16:12:13-05

KENT, Ohio — Kent State University, planning for the school’s 2021 summer and fall semesters, is working towards a “more normal” level of operations, according to Todd Diacon, president at KSU.

While the school may change course as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Deacon said the goal is to provide students with “more in-person opportunities for living, learning and working.”

The plan, Diacon said, is fueled by the assumption that adults, including students, who want to be vaccinated will have done so by the start of the fall semester in August.

“Even with widespread vaccinations, though, we should expect to continue wearing face coverings and it is possible that some level of classroom physical distancing will remain in place through 2021,” Diacon wrote in a letter addressed to students, faculty and staff.

Kent State’s plan for a “more normal” semester includes more face-to-face courses, recommencement of study abroad programs, residence halls operating at near capacity, in-person co-curricular activities returning and intercollegiate athletic events with at least some attendance from fans.

“We won’t go back to normal; we will instead strive to approach normal and do things better – applying lessons learned during the pandemic to make us an even more student-ready, caring and supportive university,” Diacon wrote.

To learn more about Kent State's plan, click here.