Fresno Pacific to resume in-person instruction in fall 2021
Interesting news from Fresno Pacific University: Primarily face-to-face instruction will return to all Fresno Pacific University campuses for the fall of 2021.
In a news release Wednesday morning, FPU president Joseph Jones said: “Our campuses have felt empty since in-person instruction ended in March 2020 and we look forward to meeting face-to-face again this fall as much as is safely possible. Progress with vaccines has made us more optimistic than ever about prospects for bringing this community physically back together to provide the education we know is most effective.”
The university noted that during the time instruction has been online, the university completed a $2M plan to improve the online experience and to ensure safety:
Social-distancing standards were put in place; spaces in classrooms, residences and other areas were modified for social distancing; classrooms were equipped with cameras and other equipment for hybrid instruction; plexiglass shields and signage were installed throughout the five campuses; cleaning services were increased; and personal protection equipment, such as masks and hand sanitizer, was made available.
A decision about summer instruction will come in March.
My take: I wonder if the California State University system will announce the same step soon? Or maybe even sooner? Will choir, orchestra, theater and dance be allowed to meet in-person? On one hand, the vaccines make a big difference, as do the masks. On the other hand, some people still refuse to wear masks (I saw one at a 7-Eleven last night), and there’s resistance to the vaccines.