Florida’s public university campuses are moving ahead with plans to reopen and return to face-to-face instruction in the fall — that’s the “what”.
The “how” will come later.
The State University System’s Board of Governors announced that on Monday, but it will meet again on May 28 to talk specifics and guidelines, a release from the State University System of Florida said.
Universities will then present their individual plans, based on these guidelines, to the Board of Governors at a board meeting on June 23, 2020.
“The task force is focusing on developing guidelines that will prioritize the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors as our institutions continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Board of Governors’ chair Syd Kitson. “Our measured and thoughtful approach will be informed by science and medical professionals, and we are working hard to develop sound guidelines that enhance campus safety, as well as continue to meet the Board’s rigorous academic performance and student success goals.”
In setting these guidelines, the task force has recognized that each university has a dedicated mission with unique strengths and characteristics, as well as an extraordinary environment that includes densely populated urban areas, more rural settings and students from all regions of the state, the nation, and the world.
“Over the last few months the State University System has risen to the COVID-19 challenge by nimbly and effectively moving classes to remote instruction, and also stepping up by giving back to their communities and leveraging their expertise to address some of the most critical challenges posed by this global pandemic,” said State University System Chancellor, Marshall Criser III. “As we move forward with a framework for the fall, we will be mindful that a healthy campus environment and academic rigor remain paramount.”